Columbia University Names Lorraine Frazier New Dean of the School of Nursing

Columbia University Names Lorraine Frazier New Dean of the School of Nursing

Columbia University recently announced that Lorraine Frazier, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been named the new dean of the School of Nursing, the Mary O’Neil Mundinger, DrPH Professor of Nursing, and senior vice president at Columbia’s Irving Medical Center. Frazier’s appointment is effective September 1, 2018, succeeding Bobbie Berkowitz, PhD, RN, FAAN.

Lee Goldman, MD, Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine and Chief Executive, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, tells, “We are delighted to welcome Dr. Frazier to the Columbia University School of Nursing. Dr. Frazier’s remarkable depth of experience will help us advance the role of nursing practice in an increasingly complex health care landscape. As we welcome her to Columbia, I also want to express my personal as well as institutional gratitude to Dean Bobbie Berkowitz, whose extraordinary leadership over the past eight years has positioned the school for even greater success in the future.”

Dr. Frazier is joining Columbia from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston where she is professor and dean of the School of Nursing. After completing her PhD there in 2000, Frazier joined the faculty in 2002 then rose to professor, associate dean, and chair of the Department of Nursing Systems in 2008.

Frazier is a national expert in biobanking, the emerging science of collecting, storing, and sharing blood and tissue samples for the purpose of advancing medical research and providing access to genetic information. Dr. Frazier served as director of the UTHealth Biobank and project director for TexGen, a biobank consortium involving academic institutions in the state of Texas.

To learn more about Dr. Lorraine Frazier and her appointment as dean of the Columbia University School of Nursing, visit here.

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Receives $1.28 Million Grant for Future Faculty

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Receives $1.28 Million Grant for Future Faculty

The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) recently received a $1.28 million grant from the US Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) to help increase the number of qualified nursing faculty in US colleges and universities. The grant will support Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students at VUSN who plan to become nursing faculty.

Linda Norman, DSN, FAAN, Valere Potter Menefee Professor of Nursing and dean of VUSN, tells, “The American Association of Colleges of Nursing estimates that nursing schools turned away more than 56,000 qualified applicants in 2017. Lack of faculty was one of the reasons. This loan forgiveness program encourages and equips our DNP graduates to teach nursing and be a part of the solution to that need.”

Eligible DNP students who plan to teach after graduating can receive an NFLP award to underwrite up to 85 percent of the tuition, books, fees, and associated costs for attending VUSN if they are employed as faculty in any school of nursing in the US for four years following graduation.

In addition to their regular DNP coursework, NFLP recipients at the university will also take courses focused on nursing education to bring additional value to their degree upon graduating. To learn more about VUSN’s $1.28 million grant to help future nursing faculty, visit here.

Nurse of the Week: Oncology Nurse Kaitlyn Whitewater Gives Back What She Receives

Nurse of the Week: Oncology Nurse Kaitlyn Whitewater Gives Back What She Receives

Our Nurse of the Week is Kaitlyn Whitewater, an oncology nurse at Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa, OK. However, Whitewater isn’t just an oncology nurse. She’s also a cancer survivor who connects with her patients and gives them hope in a way that many of her fellow nurses on the oncology unit can’t.

Whitewater was just beginning her first semester of college when she was diagnosed with a rare case of acute lymphoblastic leukemia and acute myeloid leukemia. She was sent to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and within a week of diagnosis, was admitted to the intensive care unit comatose and with a failing liver. After Whitewater finally regained consciousness, her liver began to heal, and she was able to undergo extensive chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant.

While at the hospital in Texas, Whitewater continued her online studies at Tulsa Community College. She had already decided on a nursing career prior to her diagnosis but discovered during her treatment that she wanted to become an oncology nurse.

Whitewater returned to Tulsa but needed to be seen by her oncology team in Tulsa daily for blood work and labs. During one of her many visits, a conversation with the nurse manager led to her becoming a nurse technician on the oncology unit. She earned her certified nursing assistant credentials and started working as nurse tech while attending Tulsa Community College as a full-time student.

After earning her associate degree in nursing, Whitewater was accepted to the nursing program at the University of Tulsa. She pushed through the side effects of her chemo treatments and graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in May 2017. Now Whitewater works as a clinical nurse on the Saint Francis Hospital Oncology Unit alongside the nurses that helped her while she was a patient.

Whitewater isn’t the kind of person who shares her story with everyone; she only shares when she feels it will help a patient. But she can offer her patients and their families hope by sharing her experience and letting them know she understands some of what they might be going through and that they’re not going through it alone.

To learn more about Kaitlyn Whitewater and her journey from cancer patient to oncology nurse, visit here.

University of Hawaii at Hilo School of Nursing Awarded Permanent Status for DNP Program

University of Hawaii at Hilo School of Nursing Awarded Permanent Status for DNP Program

The University of Hawaii at Hilo (UH Hilo) School of Nursing recently received permanent status by the Board of Regents for its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. The action has changed the DNP program’s designation from a provisional to an established program.

Dr. Alice Davis, director of the UH Hilo School of Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice program, tells, “The [Board of Regents’] decision validates the outstanding quality of the DNP, along with the efforts of our Nursing faculty and staff who have worked hard to develop and administer this important program. Our DNP graduates are going to be a tremendous part of the healthcare workforce in Hawaii, and can help address the nursing faculty shortage unfolding across the country.”

The DNP program began at UH Hilo in 2012 with a program objective to provide nurses with doctoral-level education focusing on primary care, cultural diversity, health disparities, health promotion, and disease prevention in rural communities. The program provides training to become a Family Nurse Practitioner and also includes a leadership track.

UH Hilo’s DNP program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), with a five-year accreditation status awarded in 2014. To learn more about UH Hilo’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program, visit here.

JPMorgan Chase Funds Community College Nursing Program Targeting Chicago’s Latino Community

JPMorgan Chase Funds Community College Nursing Program Targeting Chicago’s Latino Community

JPMorgan Chase has announced that it will be helping to fund a new two-year community college to prepare low-income Chicago residents for jobs in nursing and other high-demand fields. Instituto College is set to open this fall and is being developed by Instituto del Progreso Latino, a nonprofit organization that provides workforce development and other services to the city’s Latino community.

A $500,000 contribution from JPMorgan Chase will help provide free tuition for the first class of students as part of the $40 million investment the bank announced in 2017 to boost economic opportunity in Chicago’s underserved communities.

Whitney Smith, head of Midwest philanthropy for JPMorgan Chase, tells, “These are the kinds of programs that exemplify what those commitments are about. There is all this untapped potential that can drive our economy with the right kind of education and supports.”

Instituto College is focused on training graduates for a growing number of middle-income jobs that employers struggle to fill. JPMorgan Chase’s decision to fund the college is backed by Chase research that was released in 2015 showing that Chicago-area jobs pay well and require a high school degree and some further education but not a bachelor’s degree.

The college will launch with a class of 30 students pursuing an associate degree in nursing. The school’s target population includes immigrants with limited English and no high school education who usually can’t succeed in a traditional community college. The program will help build English skills and technical skills together, including offering services like financial coaching and job placement.

To learn more about JPMorgan Chase’s announcement to help fund a new community college targeting Chicago’s Latino community, visit here.

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