Arizona State University Elevates Healthcare in Rural Arizona Through New Partnership

Arizona State University Elevates Healthcare in Rural Arizona Through New Partnership

Arizona State University (ASU) and Eastern Arizona College (EAC) have partnered to create a concurrent enrollment program that allows students to earn their bachelor’s degree from ASU while studying at EAC’s campus in Thatcher, Arizona.

The partnership between EAC and ASU, called the EAC-ASU Baccalaureate Nursing Program, allows students to take class for both their associate and bachelor’s degrees at the same time. It is a quicker, cheaper, and more flexible option than other traditional nursing education tracks, offering hybrid courses that allow students to do their work online at their own pace but ask professors questions in person.

Program director Carolyn McCormies tells ASUNow.ASU.edu, “Research shows that patient outcomes are better when nurses have a higher level of education, but many nurses with associate degrees find it very difficult to go back to school once they start working or have families. Our graduates have the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree along with their associate. The whole community benefits from having a program like this in their midst.”

A main goal of the program is to ensure that skilled healthcare professionals and quality care aren’t lost to bigger cities. ASU and EAC aim to keep graduates of the program in rural areas. Each semester, students in the program are required to complete 10 hours of community service as well as four hours of “leadership time” mentoring underclassmen.

To learn more about Arizona State University’s partnership with Eastern Arizona College to encourage nurses to work in rural areas, visit here.

Nurse of the Week: Nurse Anesthetist Sarah Sellers Takes Second Place in 2018 Boston Marathon

Nurse of the Week: Nurse Anesthetist Sarah Sellers Takes Second Place in 2018 Boston Marathon

Our Nurse of the Week is Sarah Sellers, a 26-year-old nurse anesthetist at Banner Health Center in Tucson, Arizona who became the runner-up in Monday’s 2018 Boston Marathon. Sellers quickly caught the attention of spectators who wondered who the runner-up was after she finished just four minutes behind Desiree Linden, the first American woman to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years.

“I think my story probably resonates with a lot of people that work really hard and have big goals. I think it’s cool to show that sometimes, you can have a great day and things can pay off.”

Sellers had no idea she had placed second in the annual marathon until after she had crossed the finish line, a feat that hadn’t seemed possible prior to the race. The Boston Marathon was only the second marathon Sellers had ever run, the first being the Huntsville Marathon in Utah which she ran in September as a qualifier for Boston and won, but Sellers is a past endurance runner who ran well in college before being sidelined by an injury.

Training for the marathon required Sellers to run before and after 10-hour shifts as a full-time nurse. She tells the Boston Globe, “I didn’t even know it was a possibility. I was trying to ask officials what place I was in. I had no idea when I crossed the finish line.” Sellers then found herself waking up Tuesday morning to a packed schedule of news conferences and photo shoots to attend before her afternoon flight back to Tucson to make it to work Wednesday morning.

Many have asked if Sellers plans to leave her job to pursue running full-time but Sellers loves her work as a nurse anesthetist and has no intentions of giving it up for right now. When asked the same question by the Boston Globe, Sellers responded: “I think my story probably resonates with a lot of people that work really hard and have big goals. I think it’s cool to show that sometimes, you can have a great day and things can pay off.”

To learn more about nurse anesthetist Sarah Sellers, the shocking runner-up in Monday’s 2018 Boston Marathon, visit here.

New University of Arizona Program Aims to Diversify Arizona’s Nursing Workforce

New University of Arizona Program Aims to Diversify Arizona’s Nursing Workforce

The University of Arizona has launched a new program focused on diversifying Arizona’s nursing workforce. The new program, the Arizona Nursing Inclusive Excellence (ANIE) scholars project, is designed to improve diversity in Arizona’s nursing workforce to help better patients’ healthcare experiences.

Diversity is lacking in a variety of occupations across the country, especially healthcare. In Arizona, 61 percent of the nursing workforce in 2017 was made up of white nurses according to Arizona State University’s Center for Health Information and Research.

Studies show patients are more likely to trust their caretaker when they feel they understand them and where they come from. A more diverse nursing workforce can also reduce communication barriers that can lead to serious errors.

With $1.9 million in funding, the new program is designed to support students from underrepresented backgrounds, specifically Native American students, Hispanic students, students from rural areas, and first-generation college students. With the nation’s third largest population of Native Americans and a Hispanic population of nearly 31 percent, Arizona is well suited to implement the ANIE program.

In addition to academic support, the ANIE program is connecting students with mentors from similar backgrounds. Just like patients like to see themselves in their nurses, students like to see themselves reflected in their professors and advisers.

The ANIE program is projected to support 158 students over a span of four years, helping Arizona work toward a more diverse nursing workforce. To learn more about the program initiatives, visit here.

Arizona State University College of Nursing Hosts Guests from Vietnam Nursing School

Arizona State University College of Nursing Hosts Guests from Vietnam Nursing School

The Arizona State University (ASU) College of Nursing and Health Innovation recently welcomed international guests from the nursing department at University of Medicine and Pharmacy (UMP) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to learn about healthcare education in the US and ASU’s innovative teaching methods.

Visitors from UMP included the head of the nursing department and a few professors who spent a day touring ASU’s facilities, meeting faculty, and learning about their unique nursing program offerings. ASU Dean of Nursing Teri Pipe took the visiting group on a tour of the Downtown Phoenix campus, allowing them to explore their state-of-the-art simulation and learning resources lab, and observe students in their learning environment from a debrief room to watch their evidence-based curriculum in action.

Tran Thuy Khanh Linh, dean of the UMP nursing department, tells ASUNow.edu, “Vietnam is a developing country so we need to expand and improve a lot in nursing and we would like to see the health-care system in Vietnam evolve so that nursing is an important member in the health care systems. These observations and this trip is very helpful for us so that we can learn from ASU and we hope that we can implement part of it.”

The ASU College of Nursing faculty have been working with UMP nursing faculty in Ho Chi Minh City for almost 10 years, spending time on their campus in Vietnam to help their faculty grow and develop their program. Both schools are exploring new opportunities for developing a longer term relationship, feeling that both institutions have a lot to be learned from each other. UMP is particularly interested in learning how others are meeting the challenges of the quickly evolving healthcare industry.

To learn more about UMP’s visit to the ASU College of Nursing campus and how the two institutions are developing a mutually beneficial international relationship, visit here.

Arizona State University Names Judith Karshmer New Dean of College of Nursing and Health Innovation

Arizona State University Names Judith Karshmer New Dean of College of Nursing and Health Innovation

Arizona State University (ASU) recently named Judith Karshmer the new dean of the College of Nursing and Health Innovation. Karshmer is the former dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions at the University of San Francisco (USF) and will join her new post at ASU in June.

Mark Searle, executive vice president and university provost, tells ASUNow.edu, “Judy’s commitment to seeking out innovative collaborations that address real-world concerns and develop new initiatives will position her well to lead our College of Nursing and Health Innovation. It’s exciting to have her join our knowledge enterprise.”

ASU has chosen Karshmer to focus on expanding the global footprint of the college through academic practice partnerships that promote research and community. She tells ASUNow.edu, “At USF I’ve been positioning the university to be the go-to place to advance health priorities in the city and the Bay Area. I want to bring that same kind of energy around promoting community and strategic partnership that embed practice, research and scholarship to ASU.”

Karshmer graduated from the University of Iowa with her bachelor’s degree in 1970 before continuing on to earn her master’s degree in advanced psychiatric nursing at Rutgers University. After being appointed to the San Francisco Health Commission in 2013, Karshmer became experienced in creating relationships within academia, overseeing the formation of partnerships with several nearby universities, as well as developing an integrated academic-practice model that allows faculty to provide services wile working with students at community clinics.

Karshmer is now expected to bring that expertise to ASU. To learn more about Judith Karshmer and her background in nursing education, visit here.

Arizona State University Offers Community-College Transfer Program to Reduce Tuition for Nursing Students

Arizona State University Offers Community-College Transfer Program to Reduce Tuition for Nursing Students

Arizona State University (ASU) has implemented a new strategy for tackling the challenge of getting more nurses to complete their bachelor’s degree. In Arizona, 28 percent of adults aged 25 and older hold a bachelor’s degree, compared with a nationwide percentage of 30 according to the US Census Bureau. Combined with the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation that 80 percent of registered nurses hold bachelor’s degrees by 2020, ASU wants to help more nurses receive their BSN.

The most popular way to pay a reduced tuition rate is by transferring from a community college. In 2016, ASU saw the number of transfer enrollments more than double compared to the prior decade. There was a 124 percent increase from 2007-08 to 2016-17 according to ASUNow.edu. Now ASU is working closely with community colleges to make transferring as simple as possible.

ASU has set up a transfer agreement with the local Maricopa community colleges called Maricopa-ASU Pathways Programs (MAPP). The program specifies which courses are needed for each major so students can avoid wasting time and money on classes that don’t apply to their degree choice. Students who meet the requirements of the transfer program are guaranteed admission to ASU and get help from ASU advisers while still in community college.

Dimi Wassef, an ASU community college transfer student, tells ASUNow.edu, “In our culture, there’s this idea that right after high school you have to go to a university and move away, but the community colleges offer a good transition and prepares you. It’s a more approachable setting than throwing yourself into a very complicated university setting, where you don’t use all the resources if you don’t know about them.”

There are several other ways that students can earn a four-year nursing degree from ASU including rural partnership programs and fast-track degree options. To learn more about ASU’s community college transfer program to reduce tuition for nursing students, visit here.

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