University of Miami Opens School of Nursing and Health Studies Simulation Hospital

University of Miami Opens School of Nursing and Health Studies Simulation Hospital

The University of Miami (UM) School of Nursing and Health Studies (SONHS) recently opened a new Simulation Hospital on its Coral Gables campus, signaling a promising transformation in the education of healthcare professionals. The five-story, 41,000-square-foot, fully equipped facility will serve as a hub for students, healthcare professionals, first responders and corporate partners to design, test, and master skills and technologies to transform healthcare education, research, and practice.

UM SONHS Dean Cindy Munro stated in a press release: “The Simulation Hospital will replicate a hospital as well as a fully functioning healthcare system, which makes it a powerful concept, unique among simulation-based healthcare education programs worldwide. Complementing the impressive structural capacity is our faculty’s range and level of expertise. Together, these resources present an opportunity to extend the reach of our education, research and service contributions to local and global communities.”

The simulation training opportunities available in UM’s new hospital are unmatched in scope and capacity. A unique combination of high-tech mannequins, standardized patients (actors), and other resources will challenge learners to respond to a variety of urgent clinical scenarios. Key features in the new hospital include an emergency department, outpatient clinic, auditorium, labor and delivery suites, operating room suites, a critical care unit, and much more.

The simulation hospital will also serve as a local resource for interprofessional learning, licensure and certification, and continuing education opportunities in basic and advanced life support, anesthesia provision, and other healthcare specialties.

As a venue that allows healthcare professionals to develop strategies to improve disaster response, healthcare delivery, and patient experience, the new simulation hospital aligns with UM’s goal to foster global partnerships and promote healthcare innovation across the hemisphere and beyond.

To learn more about UM’s new Simulation Hospital, visit here.

Florida A&M University School of Nursing Receives $1.3 Million to Help Rural Communities

Florida A&M University School of Nursing Receives $1.3 Million to Help Rural Communities

Florida A&M University (FAMU) will be placing new focus on preparing nursing students to serve in rural and underserved communities thanks to a $1.3 million grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

The project, called the Academic-Practice Partnerships Enhance Advanced Learning (APPEAL), is intended to advance the health and life success of Florida communities through the diversification of health professions. Students in the FAMU School of Nursing will work in partner primary care clinical practice sites in medically underserved and rural communities to help increase the number of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) working in those areas.

Henry C. Talley, PhD, dean of the School of Nursing and principal investigator for the grant, tells FAMUNews.com, “The HRSA grant and our new APPEAL project position us to not only train the next generation of nursing professionals on how to serve rural and underserved communities but also allows us to help eliminate health care disparities for families and individuals who deserve the best care available despite their financial status or location.”

APRNs are trained to serve as direct patient care providers in the state of Florida and can offer services including preventing, diagnosing, and treating illnesses. Through new partnerships, the APPEAL project will provide hands-on training for advanced practice nursing students, preparing them for successful entry to community-based, primary care settings in rural and underserved areas.

To learn more about FAMU’s APPEAL project and new nursing grant, visit here.

University of Miami Appoints Cindy Munro as School of Nursing Dean

University of Miami Appoints Cindy Munro as School of Nursing Dean

The University of Miami (UM) recently appointed Cindy Munro as the new dean of the School of Nursing and Health Studies (SONHS). Munro is an accomplished researcher and leader in the field of nursing and her work has helped change clinical practice and reduce health care costs by addressing hospital-acquired infections.

Munro is the current associate dean of research and innovation at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Nursing. She also served as the Nursing Alumni Endowed Professor for the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing prior to joining USF in 2011.

UM President Julio Frenk tells News.UMiami.edu, “Nurses are frontline partners in offering the highest quality of patient-centered integrated health care. Dr. Munro’s extensive experience and commitment to innovation and invention aligns with the mission of SONHS to share health knowledge and provide service focused on patient safety to our community and communities across the globe.”

Munro is a license registered nurse in Florida and Virginia and a board-certified adult nurse practitioner. She recently received the 2017 Leadership in Research Award by the Southern Nursing Research Society and she holds three patents related to nursing and healthcare. Munro is also a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. Munro will begin her new role on August 15. To learn more about her nursing background and upcoming position at the University of Miami, visit here.

Florida Atlantic University Launches Online Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Concentration

Florida Atlantic University Launches Online Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Concentration

Florida Atlantic University’s (FAU) Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing has launched a new online Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) concentration which will be offered as a post-master’s certificate starting this fall. The Health Resources and Services Administration estimates that 5 million Floridians are without access to mental health providers, with only 26 percent of mental health provider needs met throughout the state. The PMHNP concentration is designed to alleviate a critical shortage of mental health providers in Florida.

The current supply of mental health providers is unable to meet the growing mental health needs of the state, making programs like FAU’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner concentration a necessity. Master’s level nurses who complete the program will help increase access to mental health services and enhanced psychiatric mental health nursing care for children, adults, economically disadvantaged populations, veterans, and active duty US military members and their families.

Karethy Edwards, PhD, Associate Dean for Academic Programs at FAU tells The Boca Raton Tribune, “The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner concentration was created in response to a need from our clinical partners and the community. In Florida, the need for mental health providers who can provide both pharmacological and non-pharmacological care is growing.”

The application deadline for the PMHNP post-master’s certified is July 1 and all applicants must hold a master’s degree in nursing. Students in the BSN to DNP program will also be offered the PMHNP track beginning in summer 2018. To learn more about FAU’s new Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner concentration, visit here.

Jacksonville University School of Nursing Receives $3M Donation from Keigwin Family

Jacksonville University School of Nursing Receives $3M Donation from Keigwin Family

The Jacksonville University (JU) nursing program recently received a $3 million donation from Beverly and Jack Keigwin which will go toward the newly named Keigwin School of Nursing. It now marks the largest donation in the school’s 36-year history, and will help expand the nursing program which is the most popular major at the university.

The Keigwin’s new investment comes as the university approaches its goal of raising $120 million by 2020 for an ASPIRE campaign. Once their goal is reached, a fifth of the money will go toward the Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences which houses the school of nursing. The ASPIRE campaign is seeking donations from alumnus and alumna, parents, students, business leaders, and friends of the university to advance scholarships and academics, healthcare science, campus and student life, and athletics.

Funding from the Keigwin’s will be invested in expanding nursing curriculum, adopting state-of-the-art technology, recruiting top teaching talents, and developing students to accommodate the growing demand for quality healthcare in their state and around the nation. Healthcare is a field near and dear to the Keigwin family, and they were pleased to donate to a university they believe in. According to Jacksonville.com, Beverly Keigwin released the following in a statement regarding their donation to JU:

“As a former nurse, I want the students to have a true home on campus where they can learn in a cutting-edge environment with compassionate faculty and hands on training. They are ready when they leave JU.”

To learn more about the Keigwin family and their generous gift to Jacksonville University’s nursing program, visit here.

Florida International University Helps Military Veterans Prepare for Future as Nursing Professionals

Florida International University Helps Military Veterans Prepare for Future as Nursing Professionals

Florida International University (FIU) is helping recent veterans, current reservists, and national guard members prepare for a future as nursing professionals. Their Veterans Bachelor of Science in Nursing (VBSN) program was founded in 2013 and opened to service members who trained or served in select military classifications and were discharged in the past two years, or five years for veterans who were employed in civilian healthcare roles as a combat medic, flight medic, or hospital corpsmen.

The VBSN program is part of FIU’s Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences and has seen almost 100 graduates since the program opened. Curriculum is designed for accelerated graduation, and credit is offered through examination for military training when applicable. Graduates of the program are not expected to return to the armed services, although some do, while others choose to transition to civilian life.

The VBSN program is a project sponsored and funded by a grant from the Health Research Services Administration which runs through December. After that point, students in the program will be eligible to transfer into non-military accelerated programs. Students are also assigned a dedicated advisor, program coach, and mentoring from a veteran registered nurse. Dr. Strickland, Dean of the Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences, tells MiamiTodayNews.com,

“By having a group of veterans come together in a cohort – as classmates – is a real advantage to them after coming out of the military and for adjusting to life as a new nurse.”

To learn more about FIU’s VBSN program, visit here.