Herzing University Names Mary Judith Yoho New System Dean of Nursing

Herzing University Names Mary Judith Yoho New System Dean of Nursing

Mary Judith Yoho, PhD, RN, CNE, was recently named the new System Dean of Nursing at Herzing University to help lead the growing program to meet an increased demand for nurses across the country. Her role will involve providing leadership and oversight for the on-campus and online nursing programs.

With more than 35 years of experience in nursing including roles in nursing practice, instruction, research, management, and education policy, Yoho is well prepared to take over support for the nursing programs offered at Herzing. Yoho tells Herzing.edu:

“I’m looking forward to preparing Herzing students to meet the country’s future healthcare needs because the demand for nurses will be strong for many years. We will ensure that Herzing nursing graduates are ready to care for today’s patients as well as for future healthcare challenges.”

Yoho also has experience in student testing and faculty recruitment and retention. She has presented nationally and internationally on topics in test development, exam analysis, teaching strategies, learner engagement, and preparing students for first-time success on the NCLEX. At Herzing, Yoho will be helping nursing students prepare for current and future trends in the healthcare industry including an aging population; nurse practitioners serving as healthcare providers for a diverse patient population; global health challenges; providing care for victims of violence, trauma, and natural disaster; reducing the shortage of nurses and nurse educators; and increasing diversity in the nursing workforce.

To learn more about Yoho and her new role at Herzing University, visit here.

Columbia University School of Nursing Welcomes Visitors to Dedication Ceremony for Cutting-Edge New Building

Columbia University School of Nursing Welcomes Visitors to Dedication Ceremony for Cutting-Edge New Building

On Thursday, June 8, the Columbia University School of Nursing welcomed faculty, alumni, and friends of the Columbia community to a dedication ceremony for its cutting-edge new building. The seven-story, 68,000-square-foot facility is located on 168th Street and Audubon Avenue in Washington Heights.

The most significant feature in the new building is a two-story, state-of-the-art simulation laboratory, designed to prepare students to meet the changing demands of the profession as expert clinicians, researchers, and educators. Other notable features of the building include a large assembly space, sprawling rooftop terrace, meeting rooms, and a café on the ground floor. The building is also decorated with archival photos providing a visual retelling of the nursing school’s 125-year history.

Lee Goldman, MD, dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine and chief executive of Columbia University Medical Center tells Nursing.Columbia.edu.

“Columbia University School of Nursing needed a space to match its celebrated record as a leader in nursing education, research and practice, and the new facility beautifully fulfills this need. This building is a fitting centerpiece for nursing at Columbia.”

The impressive 16,000-square-foot Helene Fuld Health Trust Simulation Center is the “literal and figural ‘heart’ of Columbia Nursing’s new home,” according to the building’s architect, Jonathan Kanda. Students will now be able to practice clinical skills in simulated hospital rooms, exam rooms, in-patient hospital rooms, and birth simulation in the labor and delivery suite in a space that quadruple’s the school’s current simulation space.

To learn more about Columbia Nursing’s new state-of-the-art home and dedication ceremony, 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.

Nurse of the Week: Honoring Kirsty Boden, Nurse Killed in London Terrorist Attack

Nurse of the Week: Honoring Kirsty Boden, Nurse Killed in London Terrorist Attack

Our Nurse of the Week is Kirsty Boden, a 28-year-old nurse who was killed during the London terrorist attack earlier this month as she ran towards danger in an effort to help people on the bridge. Boden was from Australia and had been living and working in London as a nurse at Guy’s Hospital where her colleagues described her as an “outstanding nurse” and a “one in a million” member of staff “who always went the extra mile for the patients in her care,” as reported by NBCNews.com.

“Kirsty was loved and adored by her family, friends and boyfriend. She was the most outgoing, kind and generous person who loved to help people. Helping people was what she loved to do in her job as a nurse and in her daily life.”

Boden was the second victim identified by authorities after three attackers drove a van into pedestrians on the London Bridge before proceeding on a stabbing rampage in Borough Market. Seven people were killed and dozens injured. In a statement to London’s Metropolitan Police, Boden’s family said: “As she ran towards danger, in an effort to help people on the bridge, Kirsty sadly lost her life.”

According to People.com, Danny Mortimer, an executive with the National Health Service, also released a commemorative statement: “It is truly humbling that bright, hard-working people like Kirsty were brave enough to run towards danger in aid of victims lying helpless on the bridge following such a barbaric attack.”

American Health Council Names Dr. Udo Ariwodo to Nursing Board

American Health Council Names Dr. Udo Ariwodo to Nursing Board

Dr. Udo Ariwodo, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, House Call Nurse Practitioner at United Healthcare, has been chosen to join the Nursing Board at the American Health Council for her expertise in Assessment Skill, Research, and Nursing.

With two decades of experience in the field of nursing, Dr. Ariwodo brings new insights from her role at United Healthcare, the largest single health carrier in the US. United Healthcare focuses on the delivery of quality care and improvement with an investment in research and development. As a House Call Nurse Practitioner, Dr. Ariwodo educates patients about their medications, health promotion, disease prevention and management. She also conducts home health assessments for patients with chronic diseases and psychiatric conditions.

Dr. Ariwodo’s nursing background includes a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Winston-Salem State University and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Grand Canyon University. She is also certified as an advanced practice registered nurse and a certified family nurse practitioner. She is currently a member of the American Nurses Association and American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

To learn more about Dr. Ariwodo and the American Health Council, visit here.

Trauma Nurse Marisa Kreutzer Reflects on Treating Victims of Pulse Shooting

Trauma Nurse Marisa Kreutzer Reflects on Treating Victims of Pulse Shooting

On the one year anniversary of the horrific shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Trauma nurse Marisa Kreutzer reflects on her experience providing care for the victims admitted to Orlando Regional Medical Center. A lone gunman killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in an attack inside Pulse, the deadliest mass shooting by a single shooter in United States history. Thirty-five victims were admitted to Orlando Regional Medical Center – all of whom survived.

Nursing runs in Kreutzer’s family and as a big people person with compassion for helping others, she knew that nursing was the right career path for her. Kreutzer never saw herself becoming a trauma nurse, but when she was offered a position in a trauma ICU in South Florida, she immediately fell in love with the fast-paced, adrenaline-filled role and variety of patients that comes with working in trauma.

Kreutzer wasn’t originally scheduled to work the day of the Pulse shooting, but when she woke up and saw it on the news, she did what nurses do – she called her hospital unit. They needed all hands on deck and were thankful she was able to come in and help.

Recalling arriving at the hospital, Kreutzer says the amount of media surrounding the area was overwhelming. She was forced to take a detour around the police presence to get to the hospital and walked into a chaotic unit. However, Kreutzer also felt that the unit had gained some level of control by the time she arrived, and felt that her unit was prepared for the situation.

“In terms of preparation, I felt we were as prepared as we could be,” Kreutzer said. “We do practice mass casualty drills often. So we had the training and had the knowledge, but I had no idea what to expect when I walked in. I felt like we were prepared as much as possible; I just don’t think there’s anything, though, at least from the emotional standpoint that could prepare you for this.”

Dealing with her first patient is still vivid in Kreutzer’s mind. She jumped in to help with a patient coming back from an operating room who already had several nurses and physicians tending to them. However, the patient stands out because it was her first one that day and she became the primary nurse caring for the patient the next day. Her patient had sustained multiple abdominal and multi-organ injuries and was operated on several times in a 24-hour period.

That first day, Kreutzer remained at the hospital until about 7:30 pm. In the chaotic trauma unit, she was able to go into nursing mode and deal with the issue at hand, but once she got into her car to head home for the evening she experienced a flood of emotions that had been held back all day. She also experienced an overwhelming euphoria for the patient victories that the trauma unit had achieved.

Now a year later, Kreutzer reflects on the aftermath of the events of that day and the impact it left on her and her colleagues.

I did not find it easy to move on,” Kreutzer acknowledged. “Even after the road by the club wasn’t blocked off anymore – like I said, I drive past that to and from work every day that I go in – it took me a long time just to be able to drive past the club without getting tears in my eyes.”

Despite the suffering she witnessed, the experience as a whole has reaffirmed that trauma is the right nursing focus for her. In the midst of tragedy, Kreutzer and her team on the trauma unit found strength and compassion, and came together to help their patients survive and begin the recovery process.

For more information, visit the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Q&A with Marisa Kreuzer.