University of Arizona Nursing Professor Recognized for Creation of Better Child-Abuse Screening Tool

University of Arizona Nursing Professor Recognized for Creation of Better Child-Abuse Screening Tool

Sheri Carson, a University of Arizona College of Nursing clinical instructor, was named Arizona Pediatric Nurse Practitioner of the Year last month by the Arizona National Association of Nurse Practitioners for her work in the area of children’s health advocacy.

Carson was nominated for the award by Mary O’Connell, senior lecturer in the College or Nursing, for her research aimed at accurately identifying early signs of child abuse by improving the screening process in hospital emergency departments.

According to Tucson.com, studies show that US healthcare providers miss 11 percent to 64 percent of cases in emergency departments. If the abuse isn’t caught early, 30 to 50 percent of those children are at risk for subsequent abuse and up to 30 percent of those children will die from abuse-related injuries. To improve those statistics, Carson developed an evidence-based screening program and tested it at a local hospital.

Carson tells Tucson.com, “I developed it to take healthcare providers from the point when the child arrives in the emergency department and walk them through what to do at each step depending on the outcome of the screening results.”

She found that her methods produced an improvement in knowledge and awareness in recognizing signs, symptoms, and risk factors of abuse. Carson hopes that the award will bring attention to her program so it can be rolled out statewide, especially in hospitals that don’t specialize in child care, but ultimately, she wants nationwide improvement in screening.

To learn more about Sheri Carson, a University of Arizona College of Nursing clinical instructor who was named Arizona Pediatric Nurse Practitioner of the Year last month by the Arizona National Association of Nurse Practitioners for her work in the area of children’s health advocacy, visit here.

Eastern Arizona College Nursing Program Designated a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education

Eastern Arizona College Nursing Program Designated a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education

Eastern Arizona College’s (EAC) Nursing Program has been designated a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing due to its enhanced student learning and professional development.

Carolyn McCormies, EAC director of nursing and division chair for Nursing and Allied Health, tells EACourier.com, “Our students have been the most important focus in our program. This designation underscores our faculty’s commitment to exceptional outcomes in socializing students, professional involvement, and lifelong learning and creativity. We are humbled to be recognized by our peers alongside such prestigious programs throughout the nation.”

EAC shares this distinction with fifteen other nursing programs across the country, and will be formally recognized at an annual convocation. The National League for Nursing invites nursing schools to apply for the Center of Excellence in Nursing Education designation on an annual basis. Applicants are rated on their ability to demonstrate sustained excellence in faculty development, nursing education research, and student learning and professional development.

EAC’s Nursing Program is honored by the prestigious designation and its affirmation of the excellence of its faculty and students. To learn more about Eastern Arizona College’s Nursing Program being named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education, visit here.

Arizona State University Introduces Pediatric Nursing Program to Meet Community Needs

Arizona State University Introduces Pediatric Nursing Program to Meet Community Needs

The Arizona State University (ASU) College of Nursing and Health Innovation has announced that it will be offering a new advanced practice nursing degree this coming fall with a focus on acute care for children. The Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner speciality program is an addition to ASU’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program which aims to meet the needs of students and community partners.

Daniel Crawford, associate director of the DNP program and clinical assistant professor, believes the pediatric nursing program will prepare advanced practice nurses in the acute-care setting. He tells ASUNow.ASU.edu, “Those settings may include pediatric emergency rooms, pediatric intensive-care units, pediatric inpatient-care units and some pediatric specialties.”

Students who join the program can expect a hybrid format that requires in-person classes and online classes. The courses will focus on the development of a framework for developmentally supportive, family-centered, culturally appropriate advanced-practice nursing for infants and children with unstable chronic, complex acute, and life-threatening illnesses.

ASU’s Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program is one of few in the country and will help prepare advanced practice nurses to treat a vulnerable population in need of specialized care. To learn more about ASU’s new pediatric nursing program, visit here.

University of Arizona College of Nursing Receives $2.5 Million Grant to Help Cancer Survivors

University of Arizona College of Nursing Receives $2.5 Million Grant to Help Cancer Survivors

The University of Arizona (UA) College of Nursing recently received a $2.5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to help those undergoing cancer treatment from being patients to survivors.

UA Nursing professor Terry Badger tells KTAR.com, “Oftentimes when people are ending chemotherapy or the active phase of their treatment, it’s kind of a stressful time because you’ve been so involved in working to get the cancer cured, and now you’re transitioning into the survivorship period.”

The grant will go toward studying the effectiveness of two interventions for patients who have completed their cancer treatment. The interventions include a symptom management and survivorship handbook, and telephone interpersonal counseling. The methods will be available in English and Spanish to make access as easy as possible.

Both interventions were developed to be delivered over the phone so that patients don’t have to worry about coming in, making the information more accessible and less costly to obtain. Cancer patients who are completing treatment often face psychological and emotional distress and fatigue. Adopting healthy lifestyles to manage stress can reduce the risk of cancer returning.

To learn more about the University of Arizona’s $2.5 million grant to help cancer survivors cope with the stress of ending their treatment, visit here.

University of Arizona Receives $1.7 Million Grant to Increase Mental Health Nurses in Rural Areas

University of Arizona Receives $1.7 Million Grant to Increase Mental Health Nurses in Rural Areas

The University of Arizona (UA) has received a $1.7 million grant from the US Health Resources and Services Administration which will help bring mental health services to rural and underserved areas.

The grant will help nine mental health nurse practitioner students each year get hands on experience working in integrated care facilities in rural and underserved areas. Integrated care facilities provide services that cover primary and mental health, allowing students to work with primary care providers as part of a holistic team.

Rene Love, PhD, DNP, PMHNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP, clinical associate professor and director of the UA College of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program, tells Nursing.Arizona.edu, “Arizona has vast areas where people have limited to no access to care. They either have to travel or they don’t get services. My thought behind applying for this grant was, ‘Can we promote and help these students so they will see the value in working with patients in integrated settings in rural and medically underserved areas?’ And beyond that, ‘Can we encourage them to stay and help these patients in Arizona once they’ve graduated from the program?”

In total, 36 students will take part in the program over the four years. UA College of Nursing faculty will encourage students to work in Arizona, but they have the option to work anywhere after completing their degrees. The university’s hope is to extend the program beyond the four years covered by the grant.

To learn more about the University of Arizona’s $1.7 million grant to help increase the number of mental health nurse practitioners in rural areas, visit here.

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.

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