Frontier Nursing University Plans Expansion to Versailles, KY in 2017

Frontier Nursing University Plans Expansion to Versailles, KY in 2017

Frontier Nursing University has announced a planned expansion to Versailles, KY, scheduled to take place later this year. After enrollment grew from 200 to more than 1,600 over the past decade, an expansion was necessary to accommodate the growing student population.

The university is buying Kentucky Methodist Homes’ property in Versailles which includes a dozen buildings. It is being sold by the Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children & youth, a nonprofit corporation that cares for abused, neglected, or abandoned children, which will be downsizing to another location.

Frontier President Dr. Susan Stone released the following statement according to

“We are expanding our Central Kentucky operations by moving our administrative office to Versailles, where we will develop additional capacity to serve students. Frontier Nursing University will leverage this property in new ways, but with the same focus on improving health and wellness for families in Kentucky and beyond.”

Frontier offers digital graduate level education to registered nurses who want to become nurse practitioners or nurse midwives. However, students are required to travel to the Kentucky campus for orientations and education sessions to prepare them for online work and clinical experiences. The use of the new space will be determined at a later date, and the school’s present headquarters will continue to be used in addition to the new campus space.

To learn more about Frontier Nursing University’s planned expansion, visit here.

UT Austin School of Nursing Schedules Summer Renovations to Update Outdated Technology

UT Austin School of Nursing Schedules Summer Renovations to Update Outdated Technology

The University of Texas at Austin has scheduled renovations for its School of Nursing to take place this summer. The 1970s-era building houses old classrooms and outdated technologies that fail to match the nursing school’s reputation for advanced academics and cutting-edge research. With funding for the $3.3 million project now in place, UT Austin is ready to begin renovations.

Rob Bacchus, director of development for the School of Nursing, tells, “This renovation will allow for more dynamic and flexible group work.” Inefficient and outdated learning spaces and technologies hinder students and teachers from learning and teaching at their full capability, which led the school to begin its plan for upgrading in 2014. Last December, the St. David’s Foundation awarded a $950,000 grant which set the project in motion for this summer.

Alexa Stuifbergen, dean of the School of Nursing, says, “With this grant, we intend to update classrooms so that the latest innovative teaching techniques can be used and students can participate in active learning and team-building activities.” Classrooms are expected to be ready for the fall semester, leading to better student performance and satisfaction.

To learn more about UT Austin’s new School of Nursing renovations, visit here.

Vanderbilt School of Nursing Breaks Ground on New Nursing Building

Vanderbilt School of Nursing Breaks Ground on New Nursing Building

The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for the nursing school’s new $26.3 million expansion. With nearly 900 Nursing students currently enrolled, Vanderbilt Nursing is one of the largest graduate nursing programs in the country. The new building will accommodate more students and faculty, enhance learning, and allow for the advancement of nursing research.

With a five-floor building plan, the new facility will house technologically advanced classrooms, conference rooms, student services, and a state-of-the-art simulation teaching lab that allows for complex skills development and real-time feedback on students’ clinical skills. Designed to benefit students by centralizing services, the enhanced learning technology will help students better engage with faculty and peers.

The new building is also designed to allow for the advancement of nursing research by increasing the space currently available for faculty to conduct groundbreaking studies. Susan R. Went, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs tells,

“The number of nursing faculty actively engaged in research has grown significantly over the past five years. Nursing faculty are advancing their own discipline, as well as contributing to groundbreaking work across campus through collaborations with Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the School of Engineering and the Divinity School, to name a few.”

Vanderbilt’s new nursing building is expected to be completed in August 2018. To learn more about the building plans and groundbreaking ceremony, visit here.

Columbia Nursing Professor Patricia Stone Receives Distinguished Scientist Award

Columbia Nursing Professor Patricia Stone Receives Distinguished Scientist Award

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has awarded Patricia Stone, PhD, RN, FAAN a Distinguished Scientist Award for her work as a health policy expert. Stone is the Centennial Professor in health policy and director of the Center for Health Policy at Columbia University School of Nursing.

Linda Greene, RN, MPS, CIC, FAPIC, 2017 APIC President tells, “Dr. Stone’s research has increased our understanding of the infection control structures and practices that are needed to prevent healthcare-associated infections, and importantly, has informed national policies and guidelines aimed at preventing patient harm. APIC is very proud to honor her in this way.”

Stone’s research focuses on the impact of organizational factors and processes of care on patient safety outcomes and healthcare-associated infections. She is considered an expert in cost-effectiveness analysis and has applied her economic knowledge to help quantify financial and personal costs associated with reducing infections. One of few nurse researchers who understands these comparative and economic evaluations in preventing healthcare-associated infections, she has served as principal investigator on several federal grants to conduct national studies informing effective healthcare policy and practice.

The APIC’s Distinguished Scientist Award is given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the science of infection prevention and control, and will be presented at the APIC’s 44th annual conference. To learn more about Dr. Stone’s research, visit here.

Nurse of the Week: Boston Nurse Jim Gosnell Has Donated 16 Gallons of Blood Over Lifetime

Nurse of the Week: Boston Nurse Jim Gosnell Has Donated 16 Gallons of Blood Over Lifetime

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.

Former Johns Hopkins Nursing Dean Martha Hill Retires After Five Decades in Nursing

Former Johns Hopkins Nursing Dean Martha Hill Retires After Five Decades in Nursing

After more than five decades dedicated to a career in nursing, Martha N. Hill, former dean emerita of the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, is set to retire. Hill served as the interim dean of Nursing from 2001-2002 before being named dean, which she held until 2014.

Hill graduated from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in 1964, then went on to receive her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and doctorate in behavioral sciences from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She was also one of the first faculty members after the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing was established as an independent division in 1985.

In her role as dean, research funding for the School of Nursing increased by more than 440 percent. The MSN: Entry Into Nursing Practice degree was also developed under her leadership. Hill is well-known for her cardiovascular research, including pioneering work on prevention and treatment of hypertension among young African-American men in urban environments. She is also recognized as a wonderful student and faculty mentor. Patricia Davidson, current School of Nursing dean, praised Hill on the Johns Hopkins Hub with the following comments:

“Few nurses have had such a distinguished career or as much impact on the profession as dean emerita Hill. An internationally recognized researcher, administrator, mentor, educator, and clinician, she will leave deep footprints on the evolution of our school and health care worldwide.”

Hill has been honored as a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing, named an inaugural member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, and was the first non-physician to serve as president of the American Heart Association. To learn more about Martha Hill’s nursing career and tenure at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, visit here.