The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing recently received a $1.2 million grant from the US Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Nurse Faculty Loan Program to support Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students who plan to become nursing faculty. The grant is designed to help increase the number of qualified nursing faculty in colleges and universities across the country.
Linda Norman, DSN, RN, FAAN, Valere Potter Menefee Professor of Nursing and Dean of the School of Nursing at Vanderbilt, tells Nursing.Vanderbilt.edu:
“The nursing profession is in the enviable position of experiencing increasing demand for nurses and seeing record numbers of students apply to nursing programs. Well-qualified faculty are needed to instruct and mentor those students. This loan forgiveness program encourages and equips doctorally prepared nurses to become effective faculty nurse scholars.”
DNP students who plan to teach are eligible to receive a NFLP award that underwrites tuition, books, fees, and other associated costs. Following their graduation, loan recipients who are employed as nursing faculty at any school of nursing in the United States for at least four years will have 85 percent of their loan forgiven. Students are then given a 10-year period to pay back the remaining 15 percent.
DNP students at Vanderbilt also take courses on nursing education as part of their overall coursework. This is because of the importance of increasing the number of doctorally prepared faculty in nursing programs across the country to better educate the nursing professionals of the future. 65 Vanderbilt DNP students graduated from the program last year, and more than 270 graduates have received the loan since its inception in 2008.
To learn more about Vanderbilt’s Doctor of Nursing Practice student grants, visit here.
Mary Zerlan, DNP, CRNA, at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO was recently named to the Nursing Board of the American Health Council. She was selected for her vast knowledge and expertise in anesthesia from three decades of experience in the healthcare industry.
The Department of Anesthesiology at Washington University’s School of Medicine emphasizes innovative education and comprehensive, personalized clinical training. Fostering an academic culture that integrates clinical care, research, and education, services provided include patient care in pre-operative evaluation, intraoperative anesthesia, post-operative critical care, and pain management.
In her role as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) at the Washington University School of Medicine, Zerlan functions as an anesthesia provider at a Level I trauma center. Her scope of practice includes preoperative, intraoperative, and post-operative anesthesia care. After beginning her career as an ICU nurse, Zerlan began serving as an anesthesia provider upon completion of her master’s degree with a sub-specialty in anesthesia. Zerlan’s education background also includes a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Loyola University Medical College in 2012.
Zerlan credits her success to a strong worth ethic, perseverance, and passion. To learn more about Mary Zerlan and her position on the Nursing Board for the American Health Council, visit here.
Elms College recently announced a new Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program in Health Systems Innovation and Leadership (HSIL) to help master’s level nursing leaders further their careers. Graduates of the program will be educated to the highest level of nursing and prepared to serve as nurse leaders and educators.
Teresa Kuta Reske, DNP, MPA, RN, director of the DNP program, says, “We are excited to offer this new track in response to nurse practitioners’ and nurse leaders’ requests to acquire a higher level of knowledge and skills in order to lead effective change of healthcare…The new track will increase the number of advanced practice nurses who are highly educated, prepared to work within collaborative interprofessional teams, and who can lead changes that improve the outcomes of patient and health systems.”
Elms’ DNP in HSIL program is intended to educate innovators who will be prepared to serve as leaders and educators in a complex healthcare system. Master’s level nurses will be trained as interdisciplinary partners to create innovative and healing environments in micro and macro healthcare systems.
The DNP curriculum implements using new original research to improve patient outcomes, enhance quality of care, and reduce costs. Students will be trained using a hybrid curriculum of both on-campus and web-based courses in systems leadership, evidence-based practice, population health, finance, quality improvement, and informatics. After completing the two-year program, graduates can remain in practice serving in leadership roles on cross-professional and interdisciplinary teams to improve the quality of healthcare nationwide.
To learn more about the Elms College DNP in HSIL program, visit here.
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.
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.
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.