Bethel University has announced the launch of a new Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program, available in fall 2018. The DNP program is intended to prepare advanced practice nurses for roles in administration, public policy, advocacy, and specialized care.
Bethel has launched several other healthcare programs in recent year including a physician assistant program in 2015, and a variety of other nursing programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. According to Bethel.edu, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that demand for nurse anesthetists, nurse midwives, nurse educators, and advanced practice nurses with DNP degrees is expected to grow by 31 percent in the next 10 years.
The DNP program will be offered primarily online, putting students on the cutting edge of medical trends with courses in biostatistics, epidemiology, informatics, and healthcare economics and policy. Students will apply evidence-based research, critical thinking skills, and learn to understand nursing from a business perspective to prepare them for roles in hospital management and academia.
Jane Wrede, program director and associate professor of nursing, tells Bethel.edu, “The DNP degree is focused on leadership and transformation in the workplace. Its purpose is to prepare advanced practice nurses to be leaders and change agents in their professional settings.”
Bethel University has pursued initial accreditation of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. To learn more about the launch of the new DNP program, visit here.
University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) College of Nursing faculty member Sharon Spencer, DNP, RN, has been nominated as a recipient of the Alabama League for Nursing Lamplighter Award for exemplary contributions to the nursing profession. Spencer will be awarded at an awards banquet in early March.
Spencer has been a clinical assistant professor in the UAH College of Nursing since 2010, serving in educational and academic roles with a focus on excellence in teaching, academic student advising, and mentoring new faculty and graduate teaching assistants.
Dr. Marsha Howell Adams, UAH Dean of Nursing, tells UAH.edu, “Dr. Spencer is very deserving of this award. She is a master clinician with a specialty in critical care who works tirelessly to position nursing students for success. She is a mentor and professional role model to students.”
Spencer is an expert in critical care nursing with a research interest in nursing leadership, education, and mentoring programs. She has been actively involved in the UAH Nurse Educator Teaching Certificate Program, The University of Alabama System Scholar’s Institute, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society.
Prior to her tenure at UAH, Spencer worked as a clinical nursing faculty member at the Delgado Charity School of Nursing in New Orleans and as an RN at Tulane Medical Center. She received her BSN and MSN degrees from Loyola University and her DNP from UAH.
To learn more about Sharon Spencer’s career in nursing and recent Lamplighter Award, visit here.
Our Nurse of the Week is Saman Perera, a Tennessee-native nurse fighting healthcare inequality through Doctors Without Borders. Born in Sri Lanka and raised in Hendersonville, TN, Perera decided to join Doctors Without Borders after graduating from nursing school and is now setting an example for his community on how to get involved in global humanitarian efforts.
After attending the University of Illinois for his bachelor’s degree in nursing and Vanderbilt University for his master’s degree, Perera embarked on his first mission to Haiti following the 2010 earthquake to help with the cholera outbreak there. His missions have also taken him to work in primary care in the Democratic Republic of Congo and to the frontlines of Chad treating war-wounded victims.
However, Perera was most recently stationed on a two-month medical mission in Bentiu, South Sudan, working in a refugee camp hospital made up of 130,000 residents. The camp was created as a result of a civil war breakout in the area. Although his missions often take him to volatile, war-torn environments lacking housing and running water, Perera says the toughest aspect of his job is managing the emotions involved. Perera has found that the best way to cope with the emotions of treating victims of war is to focus on task-oriented jobs like training local nurses.
For Perera, his work with Doctors Without Borders goes beyond just nursing and medicine. He tells UTDailyBeacon.com, “I realized that medicine, for me, is a Band-Aid to something a lot bigger; we’re talking wars, huge injustices, malnutrition in countries like Congo. For me, my presence there and the presence of Doctors Without Borders is more than medicine, it’s a way of saying injustice is not okay.”
Perera recently moved to Knoxville, TN after returning from his two-month mission in South Sudan. He plans to work as a hospital nurse practitioner while he prepares for another Doctors Without Borders mission trip. In his spare time, Perera encourages other current and future healthcare workers to get involved in global aid and serve those in need.
To learn more about Perera’s time as a medical mission nurse for Doctors Without Borders, visit here.
The Yale University School of Nursing (YSN) recently celebrated the ground-breaking of an expansion of their state-of-the-art simulation lab. The 8,000 square feet of newly designed space will include a new Primary Care Assessment lab, six new standardized patient rooms, a 500-square-foot one-bedroom simulation apartment with kitchen and bathroom, two new classrooms, and an updated café.
The new space is on track to be completed in August for the 2018-2019 academic year. The expansion began in late 2017, nearly doubling the size of the space that the simulation lab currently occupies. Once complete, the first floor rooms will become a primary care space and the lower level will be dedicated to acute care.
Yale’s simulation lab is intended to give students the opportunity to practice cognitive and critical skills, hands-on psychomotor skills, and effective communication in designated primary care and acute care spaces. Simulations are taught using interactive, practice-based instruction with a goal of preparing students to transfer their classroom learning into clinical practice. The expansion will increase the School’s capacity to enroll larger master’s student classes without increasing the number of clinical sites.
Yale School of Nursing Dean Ann Kurth tells News.Yale.edu, “By investing in the expansion of the simulation lab, Yale School of Nursing is committed to ensuring that the next generation of nurse leaders, scholars, and practitioners are fully prepared for the future challenges in national and global healthcare. This exciting venture will help us maintain our status as one of the top graduate nursing programs in the world.”
To learn more about Yale Nursing’s new simulation lab expansion, visit here.
The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) was recently named a Coordinating Centre for the Global Network of World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery. This international designation means JHSON will lead the WHO’s efforts in achieving its mission of strengthening nursing and midwifery to promote universal primary care.
Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN, Dean of JHSON, tells Newswise.com, “This honor is not only a great responsibility, but also a tremendous privilege. The work already accomplished by the WHO and the Centres has made such a difference for communities across the world, and we are proud to be part of an effort that is connecting populations and improving health everywhere through the promotion of our profession.”
The Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery is comprised of six regions working together to share knowledge and resources, promote health through community partnership and empowerment, address emerging health care issues, and participate in policy to advance health care and resources for all populations. As a coordinating center, JHSON’s role will be to provide support through communication, collaborative activities, and goal achievement.
JHSON is also a WHO Collaborating Center for Nursing Knowledge, Information Management, and Sharing. The school will host the Global Alliance for Nursing and Midwifery to support networking, education, and professional development of nurses and midwives.
To learn more about JHSON’s new role as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Midwifery, visit here.
Earlier this week, the Trump Administration released its 2019 Fiscal Year budget, proposing major cuts to federal programs in the Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has openly opposed these cuts out of concern about the impact it would have on the nation’s progress in educating the healthcare workforce on how to deliver evidence-based care.
If the proposed cuts to healthcare and education are approved, it would mark a historic shift away from investment in academic and healthcare infrastructure. Among the proposed cuts is an elimination of $145 million from the Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development programs, which is administered through the Health Resources and Services Administration, totaling a 64% cut.
Dr. Juliann Sebastian, Chair of AACN’s Board of Directors, tells Newswise.com, “Cuts of this magnitude do not align with academic nursing’s mission to prepare a highly-educated nursing workforce. Our nursing schools rely on funding streams such as Title VIII to ensure patients have access to quality care.”
The proposed budget also targets elimination of federally subsidized loans and the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, narrowing choices available to student borrowers. Dr. Deborah Trautment, President and Chief Executive Office of AACN, also shares her concerns with Newswise.com:
“The proposed reductions to programs within the Department of Education would place significant strain on students, families, and academic institutions. Nursing is not immune to what would result in diminished financial support for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as our faculty and programs.”
AACN remains concerned about proposed cuts to the healthcare workforce, but commends the funding of $10 billion to address the opioid crisis and mental health on a nationwide level, making these issues a top priority for the current Administration. AACN has pledged to work with Congress to restore funding for the nursing workforce, research, and education in the US.
To learn more about AACN’s opposition to the current Administration’s newly proposed 2019 budget, visit here.