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.”

First Doctoral-Level Nurse Anesthetist Program to Be Offered at UW Oshkosh

First Doctoral-Level Nurse Anesthetist Program to Be Offered at UW Oshkosh

With a shortage of doctoral-level Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) in the state of Wisconsin and 30 percent of all CRNAs set to retire in the next five years, the University of Wisconsin (UW) Oshkosh has responded by offering the first doctoral-level nurse anesthetist program in the state to help lessen the shortage.

The College of Nursing at UW Oshkosh has developed a nurse anesthesia program to meet the healthcare needs of Wisconsin citizens in rural and urban areas. Future CRNA students at the university will receive their doctoral level nursing education in new state-of-the-art simulation labs. Simulations will include scenarios with high-fidelity simulators, animal models, and cadaver models. The CRNA program will be a three-year, full-time program requiring 74 graduate credit hours in courses like anatomy, pharmacology, chemistry, and pathophysiology. Students will also complete clinical hours with partners around the Fox Valley area.

UW Oshkosh’s CRNA program is the second program at the university with Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) emphasis. The first is a Family Nurse Practitioner emphasis which began in 2010.  The DNP is the highest level of nursing education and it prepares nurse clinical experts in specialized advanced nursing roles.

UW Oshkosh is now accepting applications for the inaugural class which is scheduled to begin in June 2017.

MSN Nurse Practitioner Program and Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at Kaplan University Earn National Accreditation

MSN Nurse Practitioner Program and Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at Kaplan University Earn National Accreditation

Kaplan University recently announced that two programs from its School of Nursing have received national accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program which began in 2013 has been granted initial accreditation for the maximum five-year period offered to new programs. Kaplan’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program has also been re-affirmed for an additional five years of accreditation, while the Nursing School’s Post Masters Certification program was reaffirmed for ten years.

The CCNE is an autonomous accrediting agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency. Ensuring quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing, the CCNE continues to be a contributor to the improvement of the public’s health.

The MSN program includes several tracks for primary care nurse practitioners including Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP), Nurse Informatics, Nurse Educator, and Executive Leader. In addition to the three higher education nursing programs offered, Kaplan also offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing for RN to BSN students and a Pre-Licensure BSN program, both accredited by the CCNE.

CCNE accreditation for the MSN and DNP programs has been a momentous step for the School of Nursing. Dean and Vice President of the Kaplan School of Nursing, Dr. Chandice Covington, has given her gratitude to the nursing faculty whose contributions to the accreditation process have made it possible for Kaplan to continue contributing to the nursing profession and success for their students.

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