Our Nurse of the Week is Jim Gosnell, a nurse at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA, who has donated 16 gallons of blood over the last 30 years. Gosnell knows his blood type is O-negative, the universal blood type, and some of his donations go to the hospitals Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to help save children in need.
As a nurse, Gosnell gets pleasure out of knowing he’s helping someone every time he donates blood. Last Wednesday was World Blood Donor Day and it marked the 136th time Gosnell has donated. Although he’s already donated so much, he has a goal of donating 20 gallons. He says donating blood regularly is easy and it’s a great habit to get into, so he’s not done yet.
Dr. Richard Kaufman who heads the donor operation at Brigham tells Boston CBS, “Less than 5% of people who are eligible to donate actually donate. Any transfusion that’s given has the potential to save one or more lives, and it’s a very nice thing to be able to do for people.”
Gosnell says, “I donate about every 56 days. That’s when I’m eligible to donate.” He also encourages everyone who is able to get out and donate when they can.
The Elms College School of Nursing in Chicopee, Mass. recently announced a new Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree and graduate certificate in school nursing program to help expand opportunities for school nurses to meet state education requirements. Massachusetts school nurses are required to earn board certification in school nursing or their MSN degree within five years of employment and currently there is only one graduate program in New England that focuses on school nursing.
School nurses see large numbers of students with a wide array of needs, sometimes spread over several schools as our country faces a shortage of nurses, especially in schools. They must be able to assess; diagnose; identify outcomes; plan, implement, and coordinate care; and teach healthy practices to their students while working with several other healthcare professionals when needed from physicians to counselors to classroom aides.
The school nurse track offered at Elms will be comprised of MSN curriculum components, with a focus on school nursing that includes core graduate nursing classes, direct-care courses, school nurse professional standards, technology and informatics, and school nurse practicums. The school nurse certificate won’t fulfill state board-certification requirements, but it benefits nurses with a graduate degree in another discipline who want to improve their school nursing knowledge base.
All BSN nurses at Elms College will be eligible to enroll in the school nursing graduate certificate which consists of 12 credits and three class options: classroom attendance, livestream, or archived videos. The first group of students enrolled in the graduate core classes will begin in Fall 2017, and school nursing functional content courses will roll out in Spring 2018.
The Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research recently awarded Rachel Walker with the Career Catalyst Research Award for $450,000. Walker is an assistant professor and nurse scientist at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst College of Nursing. Out of five research teams who received the award this year, Walker’s was the only nurse-led team.
Walker’s work will build on her previous research at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Innovative Care in Aging. Over the course of three years, Walker will be working with a multidisciplinary team to develop an “off-the-shelf survivorship toolkit” for breast cancer survivors. With a goal of helping breast cancer survivors take control of their health, Walker’s study will track the health of participants using wearable technology to reduce symptom interference, support goal achievement, and increase activity.
With help from Innovation Fellows from UMass Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management and the Institute for Applied Life Sciences, Walker’s team hopes to have a scalable product developed and widely accessible at the end of her study. She believes in the long-term potential of her approach for maintaining wellness for a variety of health settings and communities.
To learn more about Walker’s background and her upcoming study, visit UMass.edu.
Following her upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare, Carla A. Boutin, RN, BSN, has been welcomed into the International Nurses Association. The International Nurses Association’s mission is to bring together outstanding nurses from all specialties and backgrounds to establish an integrated network of the best nursing professionals. It is their hope to create new possibilities in treating and diagnosing disease, and to improve quality of life worldwide.
Boutin began her career in nursing in 2013 after graduating with an Associate’s degree in nursing from Springfield Technical Community College. She continued her education to earn a BSN degree from Grand Canyon University in 2015 and now holds four years of experience in school nursing. Carla currently works as a School Nurse at Springfield Public School District 186 in Hampden, MA.
To learn more about Carla Boutin, visit her member page with the International Nurses Association. Look for her upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare which is published annually and represents over 100 different medical specialties across the globe.
Last Tuesday, Northeastern University hosted their latest installment of the Women Who Empower Speaker Series along with the launch of new Nurse Innovation & Entrepreneurship Programs for 2017 in accordance with Global Entrepreneurship Week (November 14-20, 2016). The Keynote Speaker was Dr. Vanessa Kerry, Co-Founder and CEO of Seed Global Health, an innovative nonprofit aimed at solving the workforce shortfall. Kerry used her keynote speech as an opportunity to talk about how her healthcare nonprofit is ‘seeding’ the next generation of doctors and nurses.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there is a shortage of 7.2 million healthcare professionals worldwide, a number which is expected to worsen in coming years. Armed with this statistic, Kerry, a critical-care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, used her entrepreneurial and healthcare experience to help create Seed Global Health, which deploys US health professionals to serve as educators in resource-limited countries to build a pipeline of future in-country providers. Referring to Seed Global Health, Kerry says,
“We are committed to raising the next generation of well-trained doctors and nurses who can be agents of change for their countries.”
A World Health Report from 2006 cites that, “The more healthcare workers you have [in a particular country], the higher the survival rate of the population.” This is why the global burden of disease is worse in countries with critical shortages. Kerry noted in her keynote address that the vast majority of cases of HIV, maternal mortality, and non-communicable diseases are concentrated in underserved regions like Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Seed Global Health, under Kerry’s leadership, helped established the Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP), a public-private partnership with the Peace Corps, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, and the countries in which the program operates. GHSP has sent volunteers to Uganda, Malawi, and Tanzania, and trained more than 10,000 doctors, nurses, and midwives since 2013.
In celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Northeastern University announced the launch of their new Nurse Innovation & Entrepreneurship Programs for 2017. The programs are intended to define and shape nurse innovation and entrepreneurship across the lifespan of nursing: from student nurse, to the career nurse, to Nurse Practitioners and beyond. The following programs will all be available at the Northeastern University Boston Campus:
Nurse Leadership & Entrepreneurship Certificate, February 8-11, 2017 – The first non-degree, certificate program to focus on leadership and entrepreneurship in a transformational four-day leadership development program designed for mid-career nurses. Develop key business, strategy, and entrepreneurship markers to build on the strengths and competencies of a strong nursing foundation, imparting the functional knowledge and mindset nursing leaders need to succeed.
Nurse Hackathon: Nurses Hacking Healthcare, March 24-26, 2017 – The nurse hackathon is a fast-paced, high-energy event designed to present problems in healthcare and formulate solutions among teams of attendees. Nurses Hacking Healthcare brings together individuals from all backgrounds including nursing, engineering, computer science, and business to work together in a collaborative environment of innovation leading to product creation that accelerates the growing trend of bringing healthcare from hospital to home for older adults.
Nurse SharkTank, May 1, 2017 – This is an event designed for Nurse Entrepreneurs to display their product and pitch to a team of investors for funding their idea or company. In support of young Nurse or Healthcare Entrepreneurs, go beyond the hackathon with this event to gain traction and support for your idea or venture.
Nurse Practitioners in Business Conference, July 13-15, 2017 – The Nurse Practitioner in Business Conference focuses on developing Nurse Practitioner Entrepreneurs who want to start an independent practice or other business, or those who have taken the plunge and want to strengthen their business fundamentals. Learn about the how-to, macroeconomics of the health care marketplace, and what this means for Nurse Practitioners as business owners through all stages of business creation and growth.
Nurse Innovation & Entrepreneurship Summit, Fall 2017 – This will be the second annual Nurse Innovation & Entrepreneurship Summit, a two-day event focusing on the pedagogy of innovation and entrepreneurship in the sphere of nursing. Nurse attendees will be provided with awareness of the design cycle and tools needed for innovation and entrepreneurship.
With the help of an $870,000 grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services, the College of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst will be developing a program to train student nurses in screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT). SBIRT is a method for delivering early intervention and treatment to people with, or at risk of developing, alcohol and/or substance use disorders.
UMass Amherst’s project is one of 12 nationally funded projects by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. The grant will go toward addressing a growing need for medical care providers working across a variety of service delivery settings to be trained in SBIRT, and will boost the ongoing work of bringing evidence-based practice to substance abuse prevention and treatment.
The undergraduate training program in the UMass Amherst College of Nursing will build on a SAMHSA curriculum and be integrated this coming fall into existing psychiatric/mental health, pediatric/young adult, and community nursing courses that cover alcohol and substance use disorders. The training program, called “SBIRT: The Power of Nursing to Change Health,” will allow student nurses to apply these new skills in their community and medical/surgical rotations as part of a partnership with the Western Massachusetts Public Health Training Center, the Center for Health Promotion, University Health Services, and the Springfield Public Schools.
UMass Amherst is optimistic about the approach of the new curriculum to teach behavior change, and believes in the program’s potential to impact the medical system and improve patient outcomes long term. Donna Zucker from the College of Nursing will serve as principal investigator to the project along with Sally Linowski, co-principal investigator and associate dean for Student Affairs and Campus Life. Implementing training curriculum along with a multi-disciplinary team from Nursing, Public Health, Student Affairs, and Campus Life, the three-year project will train up to 500 students in SBIRT techniques.