Our Nurse of the Week is Jennifer Pettis, the associate director of the long-term care program at NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) in the New York University (NYU) College of Nursing. Pettis was recently named an Alzheimer’s Ambassador to Senator Chuck Schumer.
Pettis is an expert on aging and healthcare. As an Alzheimer’s Ambassador, she will attend the annual Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum in Washington, DC, as well as several district meetings with Senator Schumer’s office. She will also lead the activities of her local Alzheimer’s Congressional Team, a group of highly engaged advocates.
Pettis tells nursing.nyu.edu, “There are 5.8 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, and that number is expected to grow to 7.1 million by 2050. In short, Alzheimer’s disease is a public health crisis, and the time to act is now. Not only do we need to find a cure for this devastating disease, but we also need to support those afflicted by it and their caregivers as we work toward a cure. Additionally, we need to ensure that health systems are prepared to provide person-centered, quality care to individuals living with Alzheimer’s.”
Alzheimer’s Ambassadors are volunteers for the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement, working to develop and advance policies to overcome Alzheimer’s disease through increased investment in research, enhanced care, and improved support. They serve as the main point of contact for specific members of Congress for issues related to dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Pettis joined NYU Nursing and NICHE in 2018 and brings over 25 years of healthcare experience as a nurse, nurse researcher, educator, and consultant working to improve healthcare for older adults with her.
To learn more about Jennifer Pettis, the associate director of the long-term care program at NYU Nursing who was recently named an Alzheimer’s Ambassador to Senator Chuck Schumer, visit here.
The Ohio State University
(OSU) College of Nursing will be hosting its biennial Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute
for Evidence-based Practice (EBP) in Nursing and Healthcare on November 21-22, 2019. It is a national
summit series called Transforming Healthcare
Through Evidence-Based Practice.
event provides nursing and transdisciplinary clinicians, leaders,
academicians, and researchers with the best and latest evidence to guide the
highest level of practice that improves healthcare quality, safety, policy,
patient outcomes, and costs. A wide range of guest speakers will cover topics including
strategies for integrating EBP into academic programs, building and sustaining
an EBP culture and environment, using EBP to guide organizational and health
policy, using evidence to inform consumer decision making, and dissemination
and implementation of research to rapidly move evidence-based interventions
into real-world clinical settings.
year’s keynote speaker is Victor
Montori, MD, a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic. Montori is an
endocrinologist and health services researcher, and the author of more than 600
peer-reviewed publications. He is also a senior advisor for the Center for
Evidence and Practice Improvement at the Agency for Healthcare Quality and
Research of the US Government.
learn more about Ohio State University Nursing’s biennial Fuld Institute for Evidence Based
Practice National Summit happening in November 2019, visit here.
Columbia University recently
announced that Sarah
Collins Rossetti, an assistant professor of
biomedical informatics and nursing, has received the Presidential Early Career Award
for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The PECASE is bestowed by the US
government on outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their
independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in
science and technology.
Rossetti was honored with the award on July 25th in Washington DC. Her
nomination for the PECASE came from the National Institutes of Nursing
Research (NINR), a part of the National Institutes of Health. She tells nursing.columbia.edu:
“It is truly humbling to be recognized among many of my scientist peers from so many disciplines. We strive to ensure that the frontiers of scientific knowledge continue to advance and be of service to all our communities. My hope is that my work continues to help nurses, patients, all clinicians, and the health care system so that we are delivering the highest quality care to patients possible.”
established in 1996 and now serves to acknowledge the contributions scientists
and engineers have made to the advancement of science, technology, education,
and mathematics education and to community service as demonstrated through
scientific leadership, public education, and community outreach.
more about Sarah Collins Rossetti, an assistant professor of
biomedical informatics and nursing at Columbia University who was recently
awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
(PECASE), visit here.
Two School of Nursing
faculty members from Indiana University (IU) have been award a $2 million grant
from the National Institutes of Health to develop nurse scientists dedicated to
looking for new ways to manage
serious chronic diseases.
The program will be run by nurse researchers Susan Rawl and
Susan Pressler. They have designed the program to train nurses who have
completed their master’s or PhD in nursing with an interest in conducting scientific
research and reporting their findings.
Rawl tells insideindianabusiness.com, “It gives them the knowledge and skills to pursue cutting-edge science to help patients and families self-manage chronic conditions.”
Nurse researchers who participate in the program will
be tasked with looking for new ways to prevent and manage the care of patients
who suffer from long-term health conditions like cancer, heart failure, and
Alzheimer’s disease. The $2 million in grant funding will go toward a
fellowship program for new predoctoral and postdoctoral students. After completing
the program, nurse researchers will be able to develop and apply frameworks
that guide research and develop interventions in those serious health cases.
To learn more about the $2 million grant awarded to
nursing faculty in the Indiana University School of Nursing to help fund
chronic disease management research, visit here.
Samford University’s Ida Moffett
School of Nursing recently received a four-year, $3.5 million grant to
help the university place nurse practitioner graduates in rural, underserved
areas for primary
The nurse residency program
is part of the US Department of Health and
Human Services’ Advanced Nursing Education – Nurse Practitioner Residency
Program Grant, which is designed to prepare new nurse practitioners to deliver
high-quality primary care in community-based settings. The primary care
residency is a year-long program in which nurse practitioner residents will
complete academic coursework and clinical hours in rural and underserved areas.
Nena Sanders, vice provost of the Samford University College of Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Nursing, tells alabamanewscenter.com, “For nearly 100 years, Ida Moffett School of Nursing has prepared well-equipped, compassionate nurses to serve the underserved. This grant affords us the opportunity to enhance the knowledge and skill sets of our graduates and intentionally place caring, competent nurse practitioners where the needs are greatest.”
The grant will facilitate the
launch of the primary care nurse residency which will be housed in the School
of Nursing. The program will focus on developing new family nurse practitioners
with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to improve the quality and
safety of rural health care systems.
Out of 67 counties in Alabama,
55 of them are considered rural and only two of those 55 are considered to have
the minimum number of providers available. During their rotations, residents
will receive training in vital telehealth technology to help reduce
accessibility issues for patients who are forced to travel long distances
to seek necessary care.
To learn more about the four-year,
$3.5 million grant awarded to Samford University’s Ida Moffett School of
Nursing to help the university place nurse practitioner graduates in
rural, underserved areas for primary care residency, visit here.