Georgia Southern University School of Nursing Receives $1.6 Million Grant for Behavioral Health Workforce Education

Georgia Southern University School of Nursing Receives $1.6 Million Grant for Behavioral Health Workforce Education

The Georgia Southern University (GSU) School of Nursing recently received a $1.6 million grant to help better prepare students to work in the psychiatric/mental health care field through the new Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program.

The BHWET Program supports students in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) specialty track of the BSN-DNP program, and aims to develop and expand the behavioral health workforce, increasing the number of providers prepared to deliver team-based psychiatric and mental health services to rural and medically underserved populations in South Georgia.

Melissa Garno, EdD, RN, professor, BSN program director, PMHNP project director, and the BHWET grant principal investigator, tells, “Primary care providers continue to be the most common portal of entry into our healthcare system. Area mental health providers are few, and mental health needs currently overwhelm area primary care settings, emergency rooms and communities. This program will provide support over the next four years for the education of psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner students in settings practicing an integrated model of mental health and primary care using a team approach.”

The program will help provide stipends for BSN-DNP students choosing the PMHNP specialty track which places them in facilities based on providing interprofessional and team-based care, including primary care services. Clinical placements through qualified agencies also helps assist in closing the gap in access to mental health services across the state.

To learn more about GSU’s grant for behavioral health workforce education, visit here.

University of Virginia School of Nursing Offers Course on US Health Care and ACA Repeal Efforts

University of Virginia School of Nursing Offers Course on US Health Care and ACA Repeal Efforts

The University of Virginia (UVA) School of Nursing is offering a course on US healthcare, an appropriate and important topic at a time when many legislators are trying to repeal the Obama-era Affordable Care Act (ACA). The graduate course is titled, “Intro to the US Health Care System.”

The course will be taught by UVA nursing professor Rick Mayes, a Talbott Visiting Professor at the School of Nursing this fall and a former White House health policy adviser. UVA first developed a course on US healthcare in fall 2014 as a primer for nursing and medical students, but the course has evolved to acknowledge today’s rapidly changing healthcare landscape, making a fixed syllabus impossible so that the course can follow and discuss up-to-date news.

Mayes’ personal reservoir of knowledge will be combined with content from news sites and professional journals, providing diverse content to drive discussion. Due to high interest, Mayes was forced to cap the class at 60 students. The course is open to all graduate-level students and will include students from a wide array of programs including nursing, medical, business, education, public policy, and more. Mayes tells

“It’s such a prominent topic, maybe the most-discussed topic of our time. There are so many students who are touched by health care, who see its effects, and because of that, the class has gotten more popular – and more personal.”

Students in the class will be examining European and American health care systems with a focus on growing their understanding of how primary care prevents catastrophic health events and high medical costs down the line. The class will also hear from health care stakeholders including device manufacturers, occupational and physical therapists, and mental health professionals. Mayes cites the growing interest in his course as part of larger trend of student interest in health policy work as a career and non-clinical way to be part of health care change and progress.

To learn more about UVA’s new course on US Health Care and ACA Repeal, visit here.

Nurse of the Week: From Fast Food Employee to Registered Nurse, Faye Lewis’ Career Journey Goes Viral

Nurse of the Week: From Fast Food Employee to Registered Nurse, Faye Lewis’ Career Journey Goes Viral

Faye Lewis has overcome many challenges to achieve her dream career in nursing. Single motherhood, deaths in the family, and working multiple jobs have made her journey harder but not impossible for Faye who graduated with her BSN degree last year and recently began a doctorate in nursing program through the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing as part of her long-term goal to become a nurse practitioner.

On September 6, Lewis posted a photo to Facebook showing all of the nametags and work IDs she has proudly worn throughout her journey to a successful nursing career while working jobs to support herself and her son, AJ. The post quickly went viral, inspiring more than 100,000 shares and 4,000 comments of encouragement from across the country, almost all of them from strangers.

Lewis, 27, is currently a registered nurse (RN) working full-time on the intermediate-care unit at Memorial Medical Center. She is the youngest child of four in a working-class family from Springfield, IL. Her journey started over 10 years ago when she got her first job as a KFC crew member at 16 years old. She has also held positions as a housekeeper at an assisted-living center, nursing assistant, licensed practical nurse, and now registered nurse.

Lewis says she initially posted the photo of her job badges to help encourage herself. She tells the State Journal-Register, “I was having a rough day. It was the second week of grad school. So the response that the post received was very shocking to me.” Looking at all that she overcome gives her the motivation to keep going. Lewis has faced many challenges along the way from becoming a single parent at age 20 to the loss of her father and three other family members in a house fire in 2013.

Through it all, she remembers her lifelong dream to become a nurse and continues to find a way to pursue that passion. After beginning her career as a CNA, Lewis worked her way up through an LPN program, associate’s degree in nursing, and finally her bachelor’s degree in nursing which she completed in 2016 through Benedictine University.

Lewis admits it hasn’t been easy to be an employee, student, and mother at the same time, but she has had much-needed help throughout her journey from family and colleagues. Cathy Steckel, director of nursing operations at Memorial Medical Center, tells, “Her story certainly speaks to the passion she has for nursing. She’s an integral part of a great nursing team at Memorial.”

Now on a path to becoming a nurse practitioner, Lewis is on track to finish her doctorate degree in nursing in 2021. To learn more about Faye Lewis and her inspiring career journey, visit here.

Regent University Opens College of Healthcare Sciences and School of Nursing

Regent University Opens College of Healthcare Sciences and School of Nursing

Regent University has announced that it will be opening a new College of Healthcare Sciences and School of Nursing for the 2018 academic year. The university expects its current student body of 10,000 to swell following the opening thanks to a growing demand for healthcare services nationwide and shortage of professionals in the field.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment in healthcare occupations is projected to grow 19 percent through 2024, adding about 2.3 million jobs. By 2030, the number of new nursing jobs nationally is expected to grow by more than 1 million, with more than 32,000 of those jobs being created in Virginia. The university’s founder, CEO, and chancellor, M.G. “Pat” Robertson, tells, “Health care is exploding around the nation. Demand for quality health-care graduates is three times that of other fields.”

The current healthcare programs at Regent will be moved into the new college which is expected to open in fall 2018. The college will offer bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing, a master’s degree in healthcare informatics and healthcare administration, and a doctor of nursing practice degree. Regent will also phase in five new programs in 2019 and continue to roll out additional programs in future years.

To learn more about Regent University’s new College of Healthcare Sciences and School of Nursing, visit here.

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Names Ruth M. Kleinpell Assistant Dean for Clinical Scholarship

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Names Ruth M. Kleinpell Assistant Dean for Clinical Scholarship

Internationally recognized nurse researcher Ruth M. Kleinpell, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAANP, FCCM, has joined Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) as assistant dean for Clinical Scholarship. Dr. Kleinpell will be joining VUSN from Rush University where she was director of the Center for Clinical Research and Scholarship for the Rush University Medical Center and professor in the Department of Adult Health and Gerontological Nursing for the College of Nursing.

Dr. Kleinpell has also been a visiting professor at VUSN since 2012. In her visiting role, Kleinpell facilitated clinical projects at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and worked with the Office of Advanced Practice to implement an advanced practice registered nurse initiative. She is a certified acute care nurse practitioner and experienced researcher, clinician, and educator in acute care and advanced practice nursing. Kleinpell’s research interests include telemedicine, ICU nursing care, elder care, outcome assessments, and initiatives to advance faculty and clinical scholarship.

Linda Norman, DSN, RN, FAAN, Valere Potter Menefee Professor in Nursing and VUSN Dean, tells, “While visiting professor, Ruth taught in our doctor of nursing practice program in the area of assessing outcomes, and then two years ago, took on the part-time role of directing our newly launched scholarly practice program for nontenure track faculty. The scholarly practice program expanded so greatly under her leadership that it needed a full-time director. Ruth was our first choice. Her willingness to share her extensive experience as a researcher and clinician has enriched our faculty and knowledge base.”

Kleinpell is a fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Institute of Medicine of Chicago, and the American Academy of Nursing. As assistant dean for Clinical Scholarship, Kleinpell will serve as director of the Scholarly Practice Program, focusing on supporting clinical teaching faculty in scholarship initiatives and scholarly clinical excellence.

To learn more about Dr. Kleinpell and her new role as assistant dean for Clinical Scholarship in the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, visit here.