Vanderbilt Nursing’s Fall 2019 Informatics and Leadership MSN Entrants Set to Receive First-Year Scholarships

Vanderbilt Nursing’s Fall 2019 Informatics and Leadership MSN Entrants Set to Receive First-Year Scholarships

The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (VUSN) is awarding 10 percent scholarships to all incoming fall 2019 students in its relaunched Nursing Informatics and Nursing and Health Care Leadership specialty programs for the first year.

VUSN redesigned two of its Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) specialty programs and relaunched them with revised curricula, educational formats, and degree requirements. The Nursing Informatics and Nursing and Health Care Leadership programs are now accepting applications for admission in fall 2019. All members of the fall 2019 classes will receive scholarships valued at 10 percent of their first year tuition.

VUSN Dean Linda D. Norman, DSN, RN, FAAN, Valere Potter Menefee Professor of Nursing, said that the school recently re-evaluated the two specialties to determine if there were newer or better ways to serve students and prepare them for leadership roles. One major change for the two specialties was moving them to be part time only. The programs will be offered in a modified online learning format that allows students to complete degree requirements without relocating or giving up employment. Distance learning activities for the programs will include online conferencing and video-streamed lectures.

Norman tells, “Nursing, perhaps above all professions, understands the need to periodically revise programs of study to meet the needs of a rapidly changing health care system and incorporate the best practices, thinking and evidence.”

Both specialties are geared toward RNs with Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees. To learn more about Vanderbilt Nursing’s scholarship offerings for first-year students in the MSN Nursing Informatics and Nursing and Health Care Leadership programs, visit here.

Rutgers University School of Nursing Receives $12.5 Million to Improve STI Testing

Rutgers University School of Nursing Receives $12.5 Million to Improve STI Testing

The Rutgers University School of Nursing recently received $12.5 million to improve sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and treatment among people living with or at risk for HIV. In the US, STIs are on the rise with a record-breaking 2.3 million cases of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia diagnosed in 2017.

Rutgers HIV expert John Nelson, PhD, CNS, CPNP, principal investigator for the new $12.5 million initiative, tells, “Common STIs are not only a major health concern on their own, they are also known to increase the risk of both transmitting and acquiring HIV…Despite national recommendations, routine STI testing and prevention are often lacking in primary care for people living with HIV. Now, with the ongoing opioid epidemic, risky behaviors associated with substance use, development of antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea, and decreased condom use by high-risk individuals, we’re facing a perfect storm related to the spread of common STIs.”

Rutgers School of Nursing is aiming to help reverse this trend with a new federally funded project that will work to improve STI screening and treatment practices in some of the nation’s hardest hit regions, especially among people living with or at risk for HIV.

The project, Improving Sexually Transmitted Infection Screening and Treatment among People Living with or at Risk for HIV,  was awarded to Rutgers School of Nursing’s François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center.  The $12,417,717 award is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

To learn more about the Rutgers University School of Nursing’s $12.5 million award to help improve STI testing, visit here.

New RN to BSN Online Program at University of Cincinnati College of Nursing

New RN to BSN Online Program at University of Cincinnati College of Nursing

The University of Cincinnati College of Nursing and UC Health have partnered together to launch a new program for nurses working full-time who want to further their education. The RN to BSN Online Cohort Program will provide free tuition to a select group of UC Health nurses, who will be able to obtain a BSN through the UC College of Nursing over 12 months.

“We’re excited to see our partnership with UC Health get broader and stronger every day,” UC College of Nursing Dean Greer Glazer told the UC Health Media Room. “The UC College of Nursing has a long-standing reputation of educating nurse leaders, and we are honored to have the opportunity to educate a passionate, intelligent group of leaders to continue our legacy within the Academic Health Center.”

To qualify for the free tuition and 12-month program, nurses must be employed at least a year by UC Health and agree to continue working at UC Health for at least two years after completing the program. The UC Health nursing leadership will select students to participate over the next three years.

“Nurse leaders will consider an employee’s dedication to UC Health values, mission statement and vision, the recommendations from management and other nurse leadership, employment history with UC Health, work ethic and previous academic achievement,” UC Health communications consultant Elizabeth Bielman told The News Record.

The program consists of nine courses and allows students to choose between part-time and full-time, to accommodate their working schedules. Students will take three courses each fall, spring, and summer semester to finish their BSN degree within 12 months.

Clarence Pauley, UC Health senior vice president and chief human resources officer, shared with the UC Health Media Room: “This program embodies a critically important component of our tripartite mission of providing education, clinical research and the highest standard of patient care. UC Health strongly believes in investing in advancement and growth opportunities for its nurses, who are integral to the patient journey and to our organization.”

Nursing Program Expanded at Eastern Mennonite University

Nursing Program Expanded at Eastern Mennonite University

Eastern Mennonite University has recently grown its nursing program, in order to increase admissions and help with the nationwide nursing shortage. The Lisa Haverstick Memorial Nursing Laboratory was expanded and upgraded to allow the school to admit 16 more nursing students each academic year.

“We always have a wait list of qualified people who are unable to get into our program,” EMU Associate Professor Laura Yoder shared with With the expansion of the Nursing Laboratory, the average graduating class for the undergraduate nursing program will increase from 48 to 64 students, easing the wait list.

EMU has offered nursing degrees for over fifty years, including undergraduate and graduate nursing degree programs and a doctoral program in nursing practice. Yoder shared that the private liberal arts college sees nursing as a calling, considering both the nurse-patient relationship and the faculty-student relationship throughout their nursing programs.

“We’re very concerned about values and what it means to think about the common good, and doing health care in a way that serves those who are in need and have difficulty accessing care,” Yoder said. “Many EMU nursing students serve low-income patients, refugees and immigrants.”

The nursing program expansion costs roughly $245,000. With $90,000 already raised, EMU anticipates raising the rest of the funds by the end of 2018.

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Johns Hopkins Nursing Professor Nancy Glass Receives $2.2 Million to Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence

Johns Hopkins Nursing Professor Nancy Glass Receives $2.2 Million to Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence

Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) Professor Nancy Glass, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, has received two grants totaling $2.2 million to fund the development of nationally accessible, culturally diverse, and age-appropriate resources to help protect survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault across the lifespan.

The grants will help Glass build on her myPlan safety decision app, a tool to help survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) understand their level of danger and make personalized plans for safety. Glass has been a principal investigator of eleven federally funded research projects to improve safety, health, and economic security, and address gender inequality in diverse community and clinic settings. She will also serve as principal investigator on two new studies funded by her grants.

A two-year, $1.2 million grant will fund Advancing National Tools and Resources for Technology Initiatives in Victim Services in collaboration with Arizona State University and the National Domestic Violence Hotline to address a critical need across the country for a comprehensive database of resources including legal aid, financial and employment programs, health care, safe housing, child protection, and university and college services. The grant is funded by the Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime.

A three-year, $1 million grant will fund Adapting and Testing the myPlan App to Prevent Dating Violence with Adolescents in collaboration with the University of Missouri-Columbia funded by the Centers for Disease Control. The initiative targets 15- to 17-year-olds as an age when awareness and understanding of healthy relationships are being built. Researchers will enroll 600 adolescents and measure risk for severe and lethal violence and develop strategies for integrating the myPlan app into established education programs and policies.

Glass is the Independence Chair in Nursing Education at JHSON and Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health. To learn more about Glass’s $2.2 million in grants to support funding for preventing sexual and domestic violence, visit here.

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