Doctoral Nursing Program Launching at Marian University, Indiana

Doctoral Nursing Program Launching at Marian University, Indiana

The Marian University Leighton School of Nursing is set to begin offering a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program starting in May 2017. The DNP program will offer two tracks: Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).

Marian’s DNP programs are open to registered nurses (RNs) who want to be educated to the highest level for advanced clinical practice and leadership roles. The DNP curriculum uses hybrid methods of on-campus and web-based instruction with courses in systems leadership, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, policy and advocacy, informatics, and other courses to improve patient and organizational outcomes.

The new CRNA curriculum will be the first program of its kind to be offered in Indiana. Students in the state who wanted to train to become nurse anesthetists previously had to complete programs in Cincinnati, Chicago, and other out-of-state nursing programs. The new DNP program tracks are intended to help meet local, regional, and national employment demand for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). Graduates of the Marian University DNP program will be fully prepared to provide primary care in hospitals and clinical settings, work in research facilities, and teach at the university level.

To learn more about Marian University’s new DNP program, visit here.

Dual-Option Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Launching at University of Saint Francis

Dual-Option Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Launching at University of Saint Francis

The University of Saint Francis (USF), located in northeast Indiana, is launching a new Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program to improve access to health care for local patients and increase medical research locally while training nurses to fill high-level jobs. It is the first doctoral degree offered at USF and the first program of its kind in the area.

Developed to complement existing nursing programs in the area and fill gaps in nursing education, the goal of USF’s DNP program is to improve health in the region. The DNP program will offer two tracks:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree to DNP-Nurse Anesthesia Program
  • Post-Master’s degree in Nursing to DNP Program

The first BSN to DNP-Nurse Anesthesia program is a three-year, full-time program that will accept 15 students per year, with the first cohort of students starting classes this fall. News-Sentinel.com reports that the Council of Accreditation now requires Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) to hold doctorate degrees, and graduates of USF’s program will be able to provide the same quality of care as anesthesiologists. USF hopes that graduates of the program will stay and work in northeast Indiana, adding local CRNAs to their workforce.

Ideal candidates for the post-masters to DNP program are health care system chief nurses who don’t hold doctorates. The program will emphasize implementing and applying original research to improve patient outcomes, enhance quality of care, and reduce costs.

To learn more about FSU’s new DNP programs, visit here.

University of Southern Mississippi Welcomes Newest Class to Nurse Anesthesia Program

University of Southern Mississippi Welcomes Newest Class to Nurse Anesthesia Program

After establishing a Nurse Anesthesia Program on its Hattiesburg campus in 2012, the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) recently welcomed it’s fifth class consisting of 20 new students. The university is thrilled to welcome a new cohort who were successfully selected out of many highly-qualified applicants.

Students in the Nurse Anesthesia Program complete three years of learning didactic anesthesia principles in the classroom and practicing in clinical settings through the state. Students who successfully complete the program graduate with their Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degrees and become eligible to take the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) exam.

USM’s College of Nursing offers the only nurse anesthesia program in state of Mississippi and is one of only 116 programs in the nation as accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. Dr. Lachel Story, Interim Chair of the Department of Advanced Practice, tells News.USM.edu,

“The College of Nursing is proud to be the home of the only Nurse Anesthesia Program in Mississippi. Our graduates are improving health care, not only in the state and region but across the country.”

To learn more about the University of Mississippi Nurse Anesthesia Program, visit www.usm.edu/nursing.

Doctor of Nursing Practice in Informatics Leadership Introduced at American Sentinel University

Doctor of Nursing Practice in Informatics Leadership Introduced at American Sentinel University

American Sentinel University has announced a new Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Informatics Leadership program, once of the first programs of its kind offered online. Intended to prepare master’s educated nurse leaders and educators to lead informatics in current healthcare systems, graduates of the program will be integral in ensuring patient safety, improved patient outcomes, and reduced healthcare costs.

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) defines Nursing Informatics as “the science and practice that integrates nursing, its information and knowledge, with management of information and communication technologies to promote the health of people, families, and communities worldwide.” Responsible for educating bedside clinicians, implementing health IT, coordinating strategic use of technology, and understanding its impact on patients, DNP level nurses with informatics experience will be in high demand at the top of their specialized field. According to Elaine Foster, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN, Dean of Nursing and Healthcare Programs at American Sentinel,

“Healthcare is driven by electronic health record technology, and these IT-related initiatives require skilled nurse leaders capable of leading teams and making meaningful contributions that ensure patients receive safe and efficient care.”

American Sentinel’s timely curriculum focuses on critical thinking and advanced management and leadership skills, providing nurses with the foundation to lead their organizations and nurses. The DNP Informatics Leadership program is 28 months long and completely online aside from a four-day residency that students complete in their first year. To learn more about the new program, visit here.

University of Texas at Arlington Adds Five Graduate Nursing Degrees to Online Catalog

University of Texas at Arlington Adds Five Graduate Nursing Degrees to Online Catalog

The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) College of Nursing and Health Innovation recently added five new nursing graduate degrees to its online catalog for the spring semester. The new online programs include a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree and four nurse practitioner master’s degrees in pediatric primary care, pediatric acute care, adult gerontology acute care, and adult gerontology primary care.

After drastically increased enrollment from UTA’s master of science in nursing (MSN) education and nursing administration courses were offered in an online format, the university decided to further expand its online nursing degrees. The additional online degrees will provide advanced nursing education access to students who are unable to attend on-campus courses.

The new online DNP program provides advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) with the information, knowledge, and skills to transform healthcare from the local to global level. With an online learning system that doesn’t require specific class times, the program’s goal is to provide the rigorous standards of a DNP program in a flexible and affordable way for professional working nurses.

Adding new online programs supports UTA’s mission to improve health and human condition by making advanced nursing programs more available so that UTA students can have a broader impact on the health and lives of people in their own state, country, and around the world. To learn more about UTA’s new online nursing programs, visit TheShorthorn.com.

University of Nebraska Medical Center Names New Assistant Dean for College of Nursing Kearney Division

University of Nebraska Medical Center Names New Assistant Dean for College of Nursing Kearney Division

Effective as of January 1, Cathrin Carithers, DNP, has taken over as the new Assistant Dean of the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Nursing Kearney Division. Carithers is succeeding two previous interim assistant deans who served from 2014 to 2016.

With previous experience as a clinical associate professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science in Little Rock and director of their doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program from 2014 to 2016, UNMC is excited about the knowledge she brings. She also previously served as director of the DNP program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center from 2002 to 2011 and co-director of the DNP program from 2011 to 2013.

Carithers’ education background includes a BSN degree from the University of Kansas in 1981, a MSN degree from the University of Oklahoma in 2002, and her DNP from the University of Arizona in 2011. UNMC is pleased to welcome Carithers as Assistant Dean as she brings her experience leading doctor of nursing practice programs and a strong background as a registered nurse as well as in advanced practice nursing.

Discussing her new position with the UNMC Newsroom, Carithers says, “I’m excited to be part of the rich academic environment with growing student enrollment and programs to address the nursing shortage to meet the health care needs of Nebraskans and beyond.”