Cheryl Nickolaou, DNPc, MSN, FNP-BC, Oakland University School of Nursing student is the recipient of a $20,000 Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program award from the Jonas Center for Nursing to continue her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree at Oakland.
The Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program is intended to increase the number of doctorally-prepared nurses teaching in nursing schools nationwide. Over 79,000 qualified applicants were turned away from nursing programs in 2014 due to limited faculty, clinical sites, classroom space, and budget restraints according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Award programs like the Jonas Center allow nurses to continue their graduate level education to help fill faculty gaps.
Nickolaou’s interests in the DNP program are in researching pediatric and adolescent health with regards to respiratory disease and adherence to treatment. After beginning her career as an educator in the LA inner city public school system, she noticed the influence of education on health maintenance, which led her to become a family nurse practitioner and pursue her DNP.
Thrilled to be a recipient of the Jonas Scholar Award, Nickolaou tells Oakland.edu: “As a DNP student, I intend to enhance the quality of life in the patients with whom I interact, but also teach them how to maintain optimal health and nutrition.” Nickolaou is one of more than 1,000 Jonas Nurse Leader Scholars at 140 schools across all 50 states.
To learn more about Nickolaou’s nursing background and her Jonas Center Award, visit here.
Chamberlain College of Nursing has broadened its reach in healthcare education with the establishment of Chamberlain University and the launch of a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree within the new College of Health Professions. The MPH degree expands the academic offerings of Chamberlain University which includes pre-and post-licensure nursing degree programs in the existing College of Nursing.
Chamberlain University was created to build upon the legacy of the Chamberlain College of Nursing and fulfill a vision of extending the mission to educate, empower, and embolden diverse healthcare professionals to advance the health of people, families, communities, and nations. Susan Groenwald, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, president of Chamberlain University, tells Chamberlain.edu:
“For more than 125 years, Chamberlain College of Nursing has worked to transform healthcare through the preparation of extraordinary nurses. The establishment of Chamberlain University and the College of Health Professions is a natural evolution of our vision and will benefit our students and society. We are excited about Chamberlain’s future and are looking forward to playing a bigger role in helping transform healthcare in local and global communities.”
The new MPH degree will enhance the Chamberlain focus on providing health and wellness education, improving healthcare policy, and collaborating with others to achieve a culture of health through interdisciplinary collaboration and making health a shared value across communities. Public health initiatives improve lives worldwide by increasing life expectancy, promoting healthy lifestyles, and researching prevention of infectious diseases. The MPH degree program is a 42-credit-hour degree program including practicum fieldwork that can be completed in two years of full-time study.
To learn more about Chamberlain University and the new Master of Public Health degree program, visit here.
DailyNurse.com and Springer Publishing Company are pleased to announce the launch of our new podcast, NurseCasts! Hosted by Joe Morita, Senior Acquisitions Editor at Springer, NurseCasts is a podcast for nurses by nurses. Our goal is to help you understand issues in health care affecting nurses from how to advance your nursing career to understanding policies that might affect patient outcomes.
For our very first episode, we wanted to better understand what motivates nurses to join this fast-paced and fulfilling profession. In order to do so, we took our show on the road to interview attendees at the National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) conference in Dallas, TX. We wanted to learn one thing from student nurses: “What motivated you to join this profession?”
Meet the student nurses you’ll hear from on this episode:
Kylee (LSUHSC School of Nursing, New Orleans, LA)
Emily (Messiah College, Mechanicsburg, PA)
Kimberly (Graceland University, Lamoni, IA)
Maria (University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL)
Chloe (Santa Ana College, Santa Ana, CA)
Roslyn (College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, NV)
Danielle (Cedar Crest College, Allentown, PA)
Josh (Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA)
Mariah (Indian River State College, Fort Pierce, FL)
Jacqueline (Pace University, Pleasantville, NY)
Listen to our first episode below!
Episode 1: Why Are Students Choosing to Pursue Nursing?
Our Nurse of the Week is Bill Smith, a former US Navy welder who pursued a career in nursing following his return from the military and found his calling in the cardiac-cath lab. A veteran for 25 years, Smith used the GI Bill to help him return to school and become a nurse, a field that piqued his interested over two decades ago. Now he works as a shift supervisor and team player in the cardiac-cath lab at Jackson Hospital in Montgomery, AL.
Smith started out his nursing career as a student at Troy State (now Troy University). Following his graduation, he took his first job on a heart floor where he found his passion for cardiac nursing. He has since worked at hospitals all over the state and country, but he prefers his home at Jackson.
As a shift supervisor in the cardiac-cath lab, Smith works with patients who have a cardiac component like chest pains, shortness of breath, or excess fatigue. Smith tells the MontgomeryAdvertiser.com, “We can take a heart attack and stop it midstream. It’s very gratifying to put a heart attack out right in front of you. It’s very gratifying work that we do in the cath lab.”
While returning to civilian life, Smith says the hardest part of his adjustment in leaving the military was going back to school. It was hard work and he found it intimidating at first, but he adjusted quickly and found that he had a talent for it. Smith isn’t big on individual attention, but his hard work has earned attention anyway. He was a recent recipient of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses and one of the first recipients at Jackson Hospital to receive the award. Discussing his career in nursing, Smith says:
“I’ve learned a lot about myself in that I have more patience than I thought I did, or compassion, toward my fellow man. I did not know before I got into nursing that I could do this role, that I could be as compassionate or patient with mankind, with other people, as I’ve developed over time.”
We want to thank our Nurse of the Week, Bill Smith, for his service over the years in both the Navy and as a dedicated nurse. To learn more about Smith’s experience as a cardiac-cath lab nurse, visit here.
The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) will be hosting its annual National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition (NTI) May 22-25 in Houston, TX. Over 6,000 acute and critical care nurses are expected to attend, including nurses at the forefront of research, academia, staff development, and management.
NTI is the premier annual event for critical care nursing with a conference offering nearly 300 comprehensive sessions on improving clinical practice, patient outcomes, and a hospitals’ bottom line by incorporating evidence-based education.
Conference sessions at the 2017 annual meeting will focus on clinical education reflecting today’s diverse critical care environments. These topics will include:
- Eliminating healthcare-associated infections and medical errors
- Improving patient outcomes and financial savings with nurse-led innovations
- Understanding the benefits and risks of healthcare technology
- Integrating new research findings into evidence-based patient care
NTI is the world’s largest conference for critical care nurses and includes the Critical Care Exposition in addition to the Advanced Practice Institute. The Exposition will showcase hundreds of exhibits encompassing cutting-edge healthcare equipment, devices, supplies, and career opportunities. The Advanced Practice Institute will include over 60 sessions on clinical skills, leadership development, and pharmacology, all specifically created for advanced practice nurses.
All attendees will receive online access to over 200 recorded sessions from the conference as well as online access to certification review courses and past NTI conferences. Participants can also earn up to 37.5 hours of continuing education credit during NTI.
Recipients of the AACN’s 2017 Pioneering Spirit Awards and the Marguerite Rodgers Kinney Award for a Distinguished Career will be presented during the conference. Pamela Thompson, MS, RN, CENP, FAAN, will receive the Marguerite Rodgers Kinney Award for a Distinguished Career. Kathleen Puntillo, RN, DNSc, FAAN, and Judith Nelson, MD, JD, both part of an interprofessional research team, will receive an AACN Pioneering Spirit Award. Filmmakers Carolyn Jones and Kathy Douglas, RN, MHA, will also receive AACN Pioneering Spirit Awards.
To learn more about the AACN and NTI conference, visit here.