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Arizona State University’s (ASU) Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation has announced a new strategic partnership with Phoenix Children’s Hospital to develop pre-licensure and graduate-level programs that will enhance the preparation of Arizona’s future pediatric nurses. 

Leaders from both institutions recently formed a joint operating committee to enhance education, research efforts, and train the next generation of pediatric clinical talent. ASU’s Edson College of Nursing created a Dedicated Education Unit (DEU) for pre-licensure nursing students and collaborated on the development of the Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Certificate Program Curriculum for graduate-level nursing students.

Julie Bowman, Chief Nursing Officer at Phoenix Children’s, tells, “Our primary goal is to develop high quality, nationally renowned pediatric nursing programs that offer students increased time at the pediatric patient bedside. A DEU like the one at Phoenix Children’s is one of the first of its kind in pediatrics, and this program helps develop ‘workforce ready’ nurses who are confident in their ability to work with young patients.”

The new DEU program includes a pediatric elective with course credits for pre-licensure nursing students interested in pediatric care, and gives students a total of 72 focused hours of time at the patient bedside at Phoenix Children’s. The program sets students up for success by pairing them with a dedicated Phoenix Children’s nurse preceptor for students to shadow for six full nursing shifts. Hospital staff also gain early insights into prospective nurses who may wish to join the Phoenix Children’s team. 

To complete the program, students complete a major intervention project where they identify an issue in patient care, conduct ongoing research, and implement a solution within a department. Their insights and research outcomes become a crucial part of the Phoenix Children’s care model. This gives ASU nursing students an opportunity to learn nurse management and improve pediatric care on a broad scale in one of the fastest growing cities in the US.

To learn more about the new partnership between the Arizona State University College of Nursing and Phoenix Children’s Hospital to help prepare future pediatric nurses, visit here

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