University of Nebraska Medical Center Receives $1.36 Million Grant to Enhance Nursing Care for Veterans

University of Nebraska Medical Center Receives $1.36 Million Grant to Enhance Nursing Care for Veterans

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Nursing recently received a grant designed to improve the health, wellbeing, and care of veterans. The grant is provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration, covering three years of funding focused on recruiting more military veterans into the college’s bachelor’s degree in nursing program. The grant also aims to educate nursing students and practicing nurses on the unique health needs of veterans and active military members. 

Dr. Louise LaFramboise, PhD, grant project director and associate professor of the UNMC College of Nursing, tells, “Military veterans and those who continue to serve have unique healthcare needs. Some of those needs are due to exposures, experiences, and injuries while serving. They’ve done so much for us. This grant is about making their health a priority and addressing their unique needs.”

The grant began on July 1, 2019, and is focused on primary care nursing for chronic disease prevention and management, including mental health and substance use disorders. Grant objectives include partnering with University of Nebraska campuses to develop early admission programs, developing a statewide pool of registered nurses and nursing faculty interested in learning more about caring for veterans through a continuing education program, and more, 

UNMC’s early admission program will give student veterans enrolled in undergraduate colleges or universities who meet and maintain requirements a guaranteed spot in the UNMC College of Nursing. Those eligible are military veterans and those currently serving in the military. 

To learn more about UNMC’s $1.36 million grant to enhance nursing care for veterans, visit here

Columbia Nursing Hosts Nursing Leaders for First National LGBTQ Health Summit

Columbia Nursing Hosts Nursing Leaders for First National LGBTQ Health Summit

The Columbia University School of Nursing recently hosted the first National Nursing LGBTQ Health Summit, drawing deans and other leaders from top nursing schools, representatives of nursing organizations including the American Academy of Nursing and American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and the National Institutes of health. The summit was conceived by the Nursing LGBTQ Summit Advisory Board with a focus on advancing nursing’s progress in addressing LGBTQ health issues.

The Summit was the first step toward creating a national health action plan to raise awareness of and improve LGBTQ health. Participants were tasked with mapping out an action plan, and discussing and brainstorming strategies for bringing attention to LGBTQ health within the nursing profession and around nursing education, research, and practice.

Keynote speaker Perry N. Halkitis, PhD, dean of Rutgers University’s School of Public Health, tells, “One in five LGBTQ people do not seek health care because they fear discrimination… Moreover, the interaction between discrimination and other minority stressors—race and ethnicity, poverty, geography, lack of insurance—further drives LGBTQ health disparities.”

Participants identified a need to reduce disparities and improve the health of people who are LGBTQ, which will require support from nursing leadership to increase LGBTQ-specific content in nursing curricula and in faculty development programs, policy development, and nursing research.

Lorraine Frazier, PhD, Dean, Columbia University School of Nursing tells, “We’re here because we share a commitment to health equity, diversity, and the needs of the LGBTQ community and to looking at how we can advance education, clinical programs, research, and policy.”

Nurse leaders ended the summit with a call to action for the nursing community to prioritize LGBTQ health through innovations in education, research, and practice and to advance LGBTQ health policy. Following the summit, attendees will devise a national LGBTQ health action plan focused on the dynamic intersections among nursing education, research, and practice, as well as a forum allowing participants to network and plan future collaborations. 

To learn more about the first national LGBTQ health summit hosted by Columbia Nursing, visit here.

Nurse of the Week: Nurse Nathan May Finds Passion for Connecting with Pediatric Cardiac Patients

Nurse of the Week: Nurse Nathan May Finds Passion for Connecting with Pediatric Cardiac Patients

Our Nurse of the Week is Nathan May, a 27-year-old nurse at Riley Hospital for Children, who has a passion for connecting with his pediatric cardiac patients. The gift that May brings to his patients is largely in his bedside manner, not his clinical skills.

He has mastered the art of making connections with his pediatric patients in the Heart Center, and he has a special trick for every age group. With babies, he taps into his music minor from college and sings lullabies. For school-age kids, he talks about, or sometimes even plays, video games with them. With older teens, sharing the latest meme usually gets their attention. However, he says the school-age kids are his favorites because they remind him of his nine nieces and nephews.

May didn’t start out working with pediatric patients and didn’t think he had the heart to care for kids. He originally worked with adult patients at a hospital in his hometown, before moving to Indianapolis and finding his passion for working with children at Riley.

May tells, “I wanted to do pediatrics when I started nursing school, then I had my first couple of patients, and they made me really sad because we had to stick them and do labs and cath them. I backed off. I didn’t think I had the heart for it.”

However, May discovered his passion for nursing while in school, taking after his mother and brother who are both nurses. After shadowing for a day in the Heart Center at Riley, May knew that was the right place for him. Now a year into his position there, May loves his job and his patients and is planning to enroll in a family nurse practitioner program next year.

To learn more about Nathan May, a nurse at Riley Hospital for Children who has a passion for connecting with his pediatric cardiac patients, visit here.

HRSA Aims to Tackle Opioid Epidemic in New Mexico with $1.35M Grant to New Mexico State University School of Nursing

HRSA Aims to Tackle Opioid Epidemic in New Mexico with $1.35M Grant to New Mexico State University School of Nursing

The US Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has announced a three-year, $1.35 million grant will be awarded to the New Mexico State University (NMSU) School of Nursing to fund a project to expand the number of professionals in New Mexico who are trained in interprofessional settings to prevent and treat opioid-use and substance abuse disorders in community-based practices.

This project is a collaboration between the NMSU College of Health and Social Services and the College of Education. It will support interprofessional faculty and community health provider training in the prevention, treatment, and recovery of opioid and substance abuse disorders, part of HRSA’s Opioid Workforce Education Program.

Shelly Noe, an assistant professor in the School of Nursing and director of the Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program, will serve as the project director. She tells, “NMSU will leverage its current academic-practice partnerships to develop planned clinical training experiences in the delivery of OUD and SUD prevention, treatment and recovery services.”

NMSU faculty from three departments will participate in the project through 2021 – the Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program, the PhD Counseling Psychology program, and the Master of Social Work program.

According to the New Mexico Department of Health, New Mexico reported a rate of 24.6 deaths per 100,000 people due to drug overdose in 2017, higher than the overall US rate of 21.7. The outcomes of this project will help achieve a long-term goal to transform integrated behavioral health teams to effectively prevent and treat opioid and substance abuse disorders in New Mexico’s medically underserved communities.

To learn more about the $1.35 million HRSA-funded grant awarded to the NMSU School of Nursing to help prevent and treat opioid and substance abuse disorders in New Mexico, visit here.

American Academy of Nursing Names Ken White New President-Elect

American Academy of Nursing Names Ken White New President-Elect

The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) has named Kenneth R. White, associate dean for strategic partnerships and innovation at the University of Virginia’s (UVA) School of Nursing, their new president-elect. White’s new appointment was announced at the group’s annual induction ceremony and policy conference in Washington, DC.

White will serve as the Academy’s president-elect through fall 2021 and assume a two-year presidency from 2021 to 2023. Outside of AAN, White is a palliative care nurse practitioner at UVA Health. He is the first UVA faculty member to lead the American Academy of Nursing.

Prior to becoming president-elect, White was inducted as an academy fellow in 2012 and was elected to its Board of Directors in 2017. As a board member, White helped execute the academy’s strategic plan and guide its diversity and inclusivity statement. He is also an endowed professor at the UVA School of Nursing and Medical Center, and holds joint academic appointments in the School of Medicine, Darden School of Business, and McIntire School of Commerce. 

White tells, “It’s an honor to serve at the helm of the academy and to continue the work of nursing giants who came before me. As the pre-eminent organization of nurse scholars, leaders and educators, I look forward to achieving new heights of impact and outcome to improve health and health care across the globe through innovation, advancement of nursing science and impact of health policy to achieve the best care possible for individuals and communities.”

To learn more about Ken White being named president-elect of the American Academy of Nursing, visit here

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