National League for Nursing Names Francis Marion University Department of Nursing a Center of Excellence

National League for Nursing Names Francis Marion University Department of Nursing a Center of Excellence

The National League for Nursing (NLN), the nation’s premier organization for nursing faculty and leaders in nursing education, has named Francis Marion University (FMU) one of its 15 new Centers of Excellence for the 2016 year.

Centers of Excellence are chosen based on an institution’s core values including integrity, diversity, excellence, and faculty who share their experience and wisdom in nursing education. Programs that receive the Center of Excellence designation meet high standards and are individually recognized for the unique contributions they bring to the field of nursing.

Francis Marion’s Department of Nursing was recognized for “Promoting the Pedagogical Expertise of Faculty.” They were one of only seven schools nationwide recognized in the area, including Duke, Indiana, Connecticut, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, UNC-Greensboro, and LSU Health Sciences Center-New Orleans.

With a long-standing commitment to providing students with the best instruction and faculty, FMU’s Dean of the School of Health Science, Ruth Wittman-Price, says the recognition is an appropriate benchmark for the Department of Nursing. FMU is now one of only 56 institutions in the nation that have been designated a Center of Excellence by the NLN, and one of only two nursing schools in South Carolina that have been recognized.

National Nurses in Business Association Hosts Annual Conference to Help Nurses & Nurse Entrepreneurs

National Nurses in Business Association Hosts Annual Conference to Help Nurses & Nurse Entrepreneurs

With constant upheaval and changes in the health care system, nurses need to diversify their knowledge, including learning how to incorporate sound business decisions into their practice.  Many nurses today are choosing the entrepreneurial path to coincide with their nursing career in order to protect the longevity and financial future of their careers. The National Nurses in Business Association (NNBA) is helping nurses unite in their own businesses with the Nurse Entrepreneurship and Career Alternatives Conference running October 14-16 in Las Vegas, NV.

NNBA is a professional nursing association for nurses transitioning from traditional nursing to small business ownership and self-employment. Membership provides nurses with the knowledge and tools to meet their entrepreneurial goals and connect with members of an extensive network of colleagues and resources to help navigate their business success.

The theme for this year’s NNBA conference is “Advancing Nurses Through Entrepreneurship.” All practicing nurses, aspiring nurse entrepreneurs, and current nurse entrepreneurs who wish to grow their business can attend the educational and professional development event. Attendees will benefit from nationally-acclaimed speakers and business owners, learn tools and take-a-ways to start their business, and receive information on how to make their current business more successful.

Conference highlights will include more than 19 sessions on nurse’s roles in the new health care landscape; transitioning to being a nurse entrepreneur; how to start or grow a business; effective business management; marketing and diversifying a business; social media tips from nurse writers and bloggers; and more. Attendees can also expect to hear from keynote speaker Dr. Louise Jakubik and attend optional pre-conference workshops about elder care business, blogging, podcasting, and other career and business insights essential to entrepreneurship.

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Announces Annual Grants to Support Nurse-Driven Research

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Announces Annual Grants to Support Nurse-Driven Research

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) recently announced the recipients of its annual research grants, and invited clinicians and researchers to submit projects for the next application cycle which has available funding of $160,000. For the 2016 year, AACN awarded three Impact Research Grants of up to $50,000 each and the AACN-Sigma Theta Tau Critical Care Grant of up to $10,000 in funding.

Annual AACN Impact Research Grants go toward supporting clinical inquiry that drives change in high acuity and critical care nursing practice. The grants are designed to ensure a source of clinically relevant research for creating evidence-based resources that influence high acuity and critical care nursing practice. Over the past five years, AACN has invested over $750,000 in nurse-driven research projects designed to improve critical care nursing practice and outcomes for patients and their families. Evidence from AACN-funded projects continues to influence care provided by nurses every day. 

The 2016 Funded Projects and Grant Recipients are:

Postoperative Respiratory Failure – Postoperative respiratory failure is the most common and severe postoperative pulmonary complication and this case-control analysis seeks to identify the impact of nursing care on potentially modifiable risk factors. Lead researcher Jacqueline Stocking, RN, PhD(c), MSN, MBA, NEA-BC, is a critical care nurse pursuing her doctoral degree at the University of California at Davis School of Nursing.

Arrhythmia Monitoring and Alarm Fatigue – Arrhythmia alarms alert nurses to changes in a patient’s heart rhythm, but a high number of alarms contributing to alarm fatigue is a known patient safety issue. Lead researcher Michele Pelter, RN, PhD, assistant professor and director of the ECG Monitoring Research Lab at the University of California at San Francisco will lead a research team in analyzing a large dataset of annotated arrhythmia alarms to assess clinical significance associated with serious outcomes. Results will provide guidance to manufacturers and hospital policy creators.

Moral Distress Consultations – The Moral Distress Consult Service at the University of Virginia (UVA) Health System is one of few programs that are multidisciplinary and institution-wide in scope for moral distress interventions. Lead researcher Elizabeth Epstein, RN, PhD, and Mary Faith Marshall, PhD, BSN, FCCM, will lead a team from the UVA School of Nursing and Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities to formally evaluate the consult service and its effects on moral distress and other elements of a healthy work environment.

AACN will award up to three $50,000 Impact Research Grants in 2017 and continue to offer their annual AACN-Sigma Theta Tau Critical Care Grant of up to $10,000 in funding. Principal investigators are required to be current AACN members with a master’s degree or completed candidacy requirements for a doctoral degree. Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) members are also eligible to apply. 2017 funding applications are now open and all research grant applications must be submitted online by October 13. For more information, visit

Emory University Nursing Professor to Be Inducted as Fellow of the National League for Nursing

Emory University Nursing Professor to Be Inducted as Fellow of the National League for Nursing

Dr. Angela Amar, PhD, RN, FAAN, Assistant Dean for BSN education at the Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing has been chosen as a Fellow of the National League for Nursing’s (NLN) prestigious Academy of Nursing Education. She has been selected for her sustained and significant contributions to nursing education.

Dr. Amar is an advanced practice psychiatric nurse. She joined the Emory School of Nursing faculty in 2012 and has since been lauded for her innovative teaching strategies, faculty development, academic leadership, and collaborative educational and community partnerships. Her research focuses on forensic nursing and mental health responses to trauma, which has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She fosters diversity in nursing leadership through the School of Nursing’s Bridges to the Baccalaureate and Building Nursing’s Diverse Leaders at Emory (BUNDLE) Programs.

As an early pioneer in forensic nursing, Amar helped develop nursing curriculum to better prepare nurses to serve as a first line of defense for survivors of violence and trauma when they enter the health care system. She has helped develop course content and establish national forensic nursing education standards for the International Association of Forensic Nursing. Dr. Amar has also worked with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to establish the Advanced Forensic Nursing certification and co-authored an introductory forensic nursing textbook.

Prior to her work at Emory, Dr. Amar has developed forensic nursing programming for Georgetown University and Boston College. She has also worked with key stakeholders, law enforcement, social service, the Department of Public Health, and violence programs to develop an educational model for nursing schools nationwide. Dr. Amar is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Association of Forensic Nurses, a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, and a Nurse Faculty Scholar of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She was also named Nurse of the Year in Behavioral Health by the March of Dimes Georgia.

As one of 17 distinguished nurse educators selected as fellows, Dr. Amar will be integral in helping the NLN develop standards of excellence to increase the number of graduates from nursing programs nationwide. She will be inducted into the Academy of Nursing Education at the NLN Education Summit this September.

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Honors Elizabeth Henneman for Nursing Research

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Honors Elizabeth Henneman for Nursing Research

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) selected Elizabeth “Beth” Henneman, RN, PhD, FAAN, as its 2017 Distinguished Research Lecturer. Established in 1982, the award is funded by a grant from Philips Healthcare in Andover, Massachusetts to recognize nurses whose research has significantly influenced high acuity and critical care.

Dr. Beth Henneman has a nursing career spanning 35 years and she is widely known for her research on how nurses and physicians recover medical errors at the point of care. She is currently an associate professor at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) College of Nursing in Amherst where she has been an educator and researcher since 1999. Previous experience as a staff nurse and clinical nurse specialist have informed her research, driving her to focus on testing interventions that enhance patient safety and facilitate patient and family-centered care for the acutely and critically ill.

Previous nursing experience includes over 12 years as a clinical nurse specialist in the medical intensive care unit at UCLA Medical Center. Henneman also served on the faculty at UCLA School of Nursing and California State University while she was completing her doctoral degree at UCLA. Dr. Henneman’s education began with an undergraduate nursing degree from Boston College before she went on to earn her master’s degree from the University of Colorado in Denver and her PhD from UCLA. 

Henneman’s current research uses eye-tracking technology to provide objective evidence on how nurses and physicians carry out routines in error-prone processes like administering and ordering medications. She also uses eye tracking as a debriefing strategy for nursing students practicing in simulation settings.

In addition to her personal research studies, Dr. Henneman has also been co-principal investigator on three projects funded by the National Science Foundation to improve patient safety and processes. She also serves as a team leader of the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s safe medication and task force and a reviewer for nursing and interdisciplinary journals including Critical Care Nurse (CCN) and Journal of Patient Safety.

AACN has previously honored Dr. Henneman with its Circle of Excellence award in 2012 to recognize her sustained contributions to acute and critical care nursing. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a member of Sigma Theta Tau International. As the 2017 Distinguished Research Lecturer, Henneman will be discussing her career and research journey during AACN’s National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition in May 2017.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing Awards Funding to Host White Coat Ceremonies at Fifty Schools Nationwide that Champion Compassionate Care

American Association of Colleges of Nursing Awards Funding to Host White Coat Ceremonies at Fifty Schools Nationwide that Champion Compassionate Care

As part of a partnership between the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation (APGF), fifty nursing schools around the country will be receiving funding to host White Coat Ceremonies, emphasizing the importance of providing compassionate care among health care professionals. The collaboration between APGF and AACN was launched in 2013 as a ground-breaking development intended to promote humanistic, patient-centered care in future registered nurse generations.

White Coat Ceremonies have been conducted by medical schools for over 20 years, but the APGF-AACN initiative is the first effort to offer the ceremony to schools of nursing. Many health professions are starting to offer these “cloaking ceremonies” beyond medical and nursing schools including dentistry, pharmacy, and physician assistant programs. The goal of APGF and AACN is to reach students early in their professional development, spreading the message to them that compassion matters and ensuring all future healthcare providers view humanism as a foundation to their practice.

With the fifty new nursing schools being offered funding for White Coat Ceremonies by the APGF-AACN initiative, there are now 210 nursing school institutions in 46 states plus the District of Columbia that have received financial support and guidance to offer a White Coat Ceremony. A White Coat Ceremony traditionally consists of reciting an oath, an address by an eminent role model, and a reception for students and their invited guests. Students receive a pin at the ceremony to serve as a visual reminder of their oath and commitment to high quality care.

As health care becomes more interprofessional and team-driven, nurses, physicians, and other health providers must implement humanism into their practices as a way to elevate the patient care experience. For Dr. Juliann Sebastian, Chair of the AACN Board of Directors, white coat ceremonies highlight the role that compassion plays in providing patient-centered care and improving health outcomes.

To view a list of the 50 selected schools, visit the AACN website here.

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