The Arizona State University (ASU) College of Nursing and Health Innovation recently welcomed international guests from the nursing department at University of Medicine and Pharmacy (UMP) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to learn about healthcare education in the US and ASU’s innovative teaching methods.
Visitors from UMP included the head of the nursing department and a few professors who spent a day touring ASU’s facilities, meeting faculty, and learning about their unique nursing program offerings. ASU Dean of Nursing Teri Pipe took the visiting group on a tour of the Downtown Phoenix campus, allowing them to explore their state-of-the-art simulation and learning resources lab, and observe students in their learning environment from a debrief room to watch their evidence-based curriculum in action.
Tran Thuy Khanh Linh, dean of the UMP nursing department, tells ASUNow.edu, “Vietnam is a developing country so we need to expand and improve a lot in nursing and we would like to see the health-care system in Vietnam evolve so that nursing is an important member in the health care systems. These observations and this trip is very helpful for us so that we can learn from ASU and we hope that we can implement part of it.”
The ASU College of Nursing faculty have been working with UMP nursing faculty in Ho Chi Minh City for almost 10 years, spending time on their campus in Vietnam to help their faculty grow and develop their program. Both schools are exploring new opportunities for developing a longer term relationship, feeling that both institutions have a lot to be learned from each other. UMP is particularly interested in learning how others are meeting the challenges of the quickly evolving healthcare industry.
To learn more about UMP’s visit to the ASU College of Nursing campus and how the two institutions are developing a mutually beneficial international relationship, visit here.
Master’s students in the Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) have the opportunity to enroll in a new major in Psychiatric Mental Health as of the Spring 2018 semester. This newest major being offered is for Advanced Practice Registered Nursing (APRN) students interested in pursuing a specialty nursing track.
Duke believes in the importance of specialty education programs to ensure that nursing students who go into specialty areas have the formal training they need. Students enrolling in the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program at Duke have the opportunity to choose from one of eight majors, and to pursue an additional specialty track if they are interested. Each major and specialty has its own course requirements and formal clinical rotation requirements that must be met to earn a specialty certificate.
The Psychiatric Mental Health program is the eighth and latest major offered for nurse practitioner students. Majors are also available in gerontology care, family nurse practitioner, neonatal and pediatric nurse practitioner, and women’s health nurse practitioner. The MSN program also recently added two new specialties in Endocrinology and HIV/AIDS, and a pediatric mental health specialty is set to be launched in the near future.
Beth C. Phillips, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, tells Nursing.Duke.edu, “To think about why we do a new program – it’s not because we have a faculty member who would be great at it, so let’s create a new program. We create a program based on community need – local, national or global. The newest major, for example, was added after we recognized there was a scarcity of mental health providers in the state. Behavioral concerns and the addiction crisis in our country demanded a more advanced and skilled workforce in nursing.”
With specialty nursing becoming more and more prevalent, Duke is “aiming to identify community health care needs and respond proactively to meet those needs,” according to Nursing.Duke.edu. Creating new programs is a long process for the university, involving tracking legislature and literature to see what needs are already being met by the healthcare community, and which are not. Once new areas are identified, the university has to hire new staff and create partnerships with clinical sites, in addition to approving new financial resources through the Dean.
To learn more about Duke Nursing’s latest nurse practitioner major in Psychiatric Mental Health, visit here.
Our Nurse of the Week is Joan Riggs, RN, who was recently awarded a Health Care Achievement Award for her advocacy and work in hospital-based quality and safety initiatives for elder patients. The award was granted by the Long Island Business News (LIBN) whose Healthcare Achievement Awards honor individuals and organizations in the healthcare industry for outstanding leadership, service, and innovation.
Riggs currently works as a Nurse Manager at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Long Island, NY, which has been designated as a NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders) hospital as a direct result of Riggs’ work on caretaker education and healthcare center around elder patients. Following a NICHE conference in 2015, Riggs developed and spearheaded a hospital-wide initiative to advance care for elder patients at South Nassau. Since the program began, over 20 registered nurses have completed geriatric certification or become geriatric resource nurses.
NICHE is an international program based out of the NYU College of Nursing that provides principles and tools to stimulate a change in the culture of healthcare facilities to achieve patient-centered care for elder patients. The NICHE network includes over 680 hospitals and healthcare organizations in the US, Canada, Bermuda, and Singapore.
Riggs joined South Nassau in 2010 as the Nurse Manager of the Medical Surgical Telemetry Unit. With 31 professional years in healthcare, Riggs has spent her career working in surgical intensive care and trauma units. Now she’s using her expertise to improve elder care for hospital patients at South Nassau.
To learn more about Joan Riggs and her Healthcare Achievement Award for her efforts to improve elder care, visit here.
The state of Colorado recently passed new legislation enabling 13 institutions in the state’s system of community colleges to offer four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees. The bill passed 12 to 1 in the Colorado House of Representatives Health, Insurance and Environment committee, setting a landmark example for other states looking for solutions to nursing shortages.
The new legislation seeks to address an imminent healthcare crisis in Colorado. Community colleges already teach and train high quality registered nurses, and with an acute shortage of nursing professionals with four-year degrees, the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) sees this as a scalable solution to address the overwhelming shortage of bachelor-prepared nurses.
System President Dr. Nancy McCallin tells GlobeNewswire.com, “We greatly appreciate having had the opportunity for a thorough and forthright discussion of the merits of this legislation. Our colleges have made significant investments in state-of-the-art equipment and simulation labs to create robust nursing programs that can be scaled to offer four-year BSN degrees. Thus, this legislation provides a cost-effective way to expand the number of BSN nursing graduates in Colorado.”
Three community college students testified in favor of the bill, all wanting to pursue BSN degrees but concerned about the cost and logistical issues of transferring to another school. This legislation is important for current nursing students and for future generations who will benefit from local and affordable programs. Nursing students come from a diverse range of socioeconomic backgrounds, so it is also important that they have an equally diverse range of opportunities to acquire additional education and training.
To learn more about Colorado’s new legislation to allow community colleges to offer four-year BSN degrees, visit here.
The American Health Council has recently appointed Theresa Gutierrez, MSN, RN, FNP, to the Nursing Board for her many years of experience in the health care industry. With 21 years of work in the nursing field, and her current position as Family Nurse Practitioner, Gutierrez carries experience in family medicine, bariatrics, and nursing education.
Gutierrez began her career in nursing by completing her bachelor’s degree in nursing at the University in New Mexico in 1996 with a concentration in family medicine. She continued her education, becoming a certified Family Nurse Practitioner in 2013. She was inspired to become a nurse practitioner as an undergraduate student, as she became a mother while completing her education.
In addition to working as a nurse practitioner in the clinical setting, Gutierrez also holds a position as adjunct faculty at the Brookline College of Nursing and the Central New Mexico Community College. Gutierrez is also a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the Obesity Medical Association, and serves as Treasurer for the New Mexico Nurse Practitioner Council.
The American Health Council serves to provide recognition and support for individuals and institutions making a difference in patients’ lives. To learn more about Gutierrez and her new role on the American Health Council Nursing Board, visit here.