Our Nurse of the Week is Laurie Badzek, LLM, JD,
MS, RN, FNAP, FAAN, dean of the College
of Nursing at Penn State, who has been honored with the American Nurses
Association’s (ANA) Leadership in Ethics Award. ANA created the award to
recognize registered nurses who have authentically demonstrated the highest
standards of ethics and leadership in their daily practice, served as an
ethical role model, and promoted ethical dialogue and scholarship.
career, Badzek has held the roles of nurse, attorney, researcher, and educator.
She brings experience in genomics, health care ethics and law, nursing
practice, and end-of-life care and decision-making to her work, and her
commitment to ethical leadership led her to serve as director of the American
Nurses Association Center for Ethics and Human Rights where she was
instrumental in revising the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses.
Nick Jones, executive vice president and provost, tells news.psu.edu, “In 2018, we selected Laurie to be dean of Penn State’s College of Nursing in part because of her exemplary leadership on ethical and human rights issues and advocacy regarding nursing education, practice and policy. I consider Laurie a role model for ethical leadership at the University, so I’m thrilled that she received this much-deserved award from the ANA. I congratulate and thank Laurie for her commitment to excellence.”
began her role as dean of the Penn State College of Nursing in July 2018 where
she oversees the undergraduate and graduate programs at 12 commonwealth
campuses and online. Her role also enables her to be a champion of using genomics
in nursing to enhance patient care, and her research in genomics has been
funded by the National Council of the State Boards of Nursing, National
Institutes of Health, National Human Genome Research Institute, and National
Cancer Institute. Badzek is also a member of the American Association of
College of Nursing Deans and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of
Nursing, and a fellow of the National Academies of Practice and more.
learn more about Laurie Badzek, dean of the
College of Nursing at Penn State, who has been honored with the American Nurses
Association’s Leadership in Ethics Award, visit here.
In an effort to address
of mental health providers in the state of California, UC San Francisco
(UCSF), in collaboration with UC Davis and UCLA, has announced the launch of an
online training program for psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners (PMHNPs).
The program aims to train 300 new mental health providers to enter the state’s
workforce by 2025.
An estimated 17
percent of Californians live with mental health needs, according to ucsf.edu.
Many in that population lack access to mental health care and the problem is
expected to worsen as the psychiatrist workforce continues to dwindle.
Graduates of UC San Francisco’s new program are projected to serve as many as
378,000 patients over the next five years.
has 13,000 nurse practitioners in its workforce, many of whom care for
underserved populations in primary care settings including hospitals, prisons,
schools, and other outpatient medical practices. PMHNPs are specialized mental
health professionals authorized to prescribe psychotropic medications, treat
severe mental illness and substance abuse disorders, and offer psychiatric
Program co-director Rosalind De Lisser, MS, RN, NP, associate professor in the UCSF School of Nursing, tells ucsf.edu, “I am tremendously excited about this innovative multi-campus program. It has the potential to expand our reach as an educational institution by providing excellent clinical training and contributing to the workforce development needs of California.”
Her sentiments were echoed by fellow co-director Deborah Johnson, DNP, RN, NP, also an associate professor in the UCSF School of Nursing, who stated: “Building upon our successful history as a top-ranked public PMHNP program, this program eliminates geographical barriers and allows California NPs in primary care to gain the education and training necessary to provide behavioral health services in their communities. The three-school collaboration provides high-quality educational resources for students across the state.”
The new program
is scheduled to launch in fall 2020, with administrative offices located on the
UC San Francisco campus. Students will be able to complete their clinical
training component in the region where they live. The program aims to recruit
40 students for the first years and 65 students each following year, for a
total of 300 PMHNPs over five years.
To learn more
about the new online training program for psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners
being launched by UC San Francisco in collaboration with UC Davis and UCLA,
The University at Buffalo (UB) School of Nursing
recently expanded its clinical sites for students, offering improved nursing services
to local Native
American communities and other underserved populations. UB Nursing was also
able to enhance its curriculum thanks to $3.4 million in grant funding from the
US Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
The HRSA funding
was provided in two grants—an Advanced
Education Nursing grant, which ended in December, and an Advanced Nursing Education
Workforce grant, which will continue through June. The two grants have led to
significant improvements in addressing nursing shortages, both in outreach to
underserved populations and by allowing the School of Nursing to educate more
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students.
Linda Paine Hughes, DNP, clinical assistant professor and program director for the two HRSA grants, tells buffalo.edu, “Because of the student’s clinical experiences and didactic education, our students have a better understanding of what they are going to face in practice within rural and underserved settings….Our goal is to provide personalized health care, which is culturally sensitive, safe and effective. As trusted team members, we will help improve access to health care for rural and underserved populations in Western New York and beyond.”
grants have enabled the School of Nursing to expand its presence and establish
new clinical sites. In the past four years, 36 students have completed their
clinical rotations in rural underserved settings. The grants funded two, part-time
psychiatric nurse practitioners and a cultural expert who served as liaison
between the School of Nursing and the Tuscarora Nation Health Center, after the
Tuscarora Nation leaders cited the need for traditional medicine services. The
two nurse practitioners currently stationed at the Tuscarora Nation Health
Center are graduates of UB’s nursing programs.
more about how the University at Buffalo School of Nursing recently expanded
its clinical sites for students, offering improved nursing services to local
Native American communities and other underserved populations, visit here.
Our Nurse of the Week is Dana
Lopes, a nursing instructor at the College
of Saint Elizabeth who overcame growing up in poverty in rural Indiana and became
the first high school graduate in her family before continuing on to nursing
Lopes was born in rural
Indiana and raised in a trailer with no heat, no air conditioning, and barely
enough beds for her family. Yet she became the first in her family to graduate
from high school. She is now a nursing instructor and staff member at the College of Saint Elizabeth in
Lopes tells morristowngreen.com, “There was a time I had to sleep on plywood with just a blanket on it. I would always hear murmurings about my family and how I was never going to amount to anything….I want to be the role model for my students that I had when I was in school, because maybe I’m the only one they have in their life.”
Even though the odds were
against her in a family who lived more than 15 percent below the poverty level,
Lopes decided her life was going to be different from the way she grew up. A
tumultuous upbringing with exposure to her father’s incarceration, domestic
violence and substance abuse at home, ultimately inspired Lopes to pursue her
Realizing in middle school
that an education was the only way out of her situation, Lopes joined every
club and sport she could to keep herself away from home, and when she was at
home, she locked herself away in her room in the trailer to read her textbooks
until she fell asleep.
Eventually Lopes’ teachers
became her role models and with their guidance Lopes earned admission to Purdue
University with a fully paid scholarship. She has since earned several
post-graduate certificates and nursing degrees. Now she wants her students to
know that they have the power to fight for what they want and create their own
To learn more about Dana
Lopes, a nursing instructor at the College of Saint Elizabeth who overcame growing
up in poverty and became the first high school graduate in her family before
continuing on to nursing school, visit here.
of Texas at Tyler (UT Tyler) College of Nursing and Health Sciences has
announced a new
mental health nurse practitioner program aimed at addressing the mental
health challenges in Texas. The Master of Science in
Nursing–Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Program was
recently approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
The new program will be offered
primarily online with facilitation of clinical experiences taking place in
students’ local communities. Program curriculum will highlight telehealth,
mobile medical clinic management and disaster management, and provide rural
health clinic opportunities so students can effectively prepare to meet the
healthcare needs of vulnerable populations with limited resources.
Dr. Yong “Tai” Wang, UT Tyler College of Nursing and Health Sciences dean, tells jacksonvilleprogress.com, “As has been well documented, forecasts are predicting significant increases in psychiatric/mental health care needs. Rural areas will be even more at risk due to the misdistribution of health providers who choose to live and work in urban locations. The Master of Science in Nursing-Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree will meet a crucial need in East Texas and the state.”
The PMHNP program will prepare students to diagnose and treat
common psychiatric disorders across the lifespan and offer short-term psychotherapy.
Graduates will have advanced physical assessment skills, including being able
to administer prescriptive psychotropic medications, psychotherapy, crisis
intervention, case management, and consultation.
With more than 500,000 Texans suffering from serious and
persistent mental illness and one in five Texans experiencing a mental health
condition each year, the PMHNP degree is uniquely prepared to bridge the gap
between physical and mental health care.
To learn more
about the new mental health nurse practitioner program being
offered at UT Tyler to address a critical need in the state, visit here.