Frontier Nursing University Awarded 2018 Health Professions HEED Award

Frontier Nursing University Awarded 2018 Health Professions HEED Award

Frontier Nursing University (FNU) was recently awarded the 2018 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine is the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education, and the HEED Award is a national honor recognizing US medical, dental, pharmacy, osteopathic, nursing, veterinary, allied health, and other health schools and centers that demonstrate outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

FNU President Dr. Susan Stone tells, “We are deeply honored to receive the prestigious HEED Award. We believe in the benefits of a diverse university and in the positive impacts our diverse graduates can make in communities across the country. Our graduates serve people of all races and cultures and are increasingly coming from diverse backgrounds. It is imperative that our students, faculty and staff have cultural awareness and competency in order to effectively advance our mission of servant leadership. We have demonstrated our ongoing commitment to diversity by implementing programs and structure to ensure we reach our goals. The HEED Award is a validation of those efforts and provides additional inspiration to maintain our commitment to achieving and exceeding our diversity and inclusion goals.”

FNU will be featured in the December 2018 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine along with 34 other higher education institutions. FNU was awarded for the implementation of its FNU PRIDE Initiative (Promoting Recruitment and Retention to Increase Diversity in Nurse-Midwifery and Nurse Practitioner Education) in 2010 which spearheaded targeted recruitment activities and increased student of color enrollment from 9% in 2010 to 23% in 2018.

The university has also held three annual Diversity Impact Student Conferences to ensure that nurse practitioners and nurse midwives understand the challenges and opportunities offered by diversity in rural and underserved healthcare systems. To further demonstrate ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, FNU created a Chief Diversity Inclusion Officer (CDIO) position in 2017 and appointed Dr. Maria Valentin-Welch to that office.

To learn more about Frontier Nursing University being awarded the 2018 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, visit here.

South Carolina Hospital Association Awards Grants to Clemson University and University of South Carolina

South Carolina Hospital Association Awards Grants to Clemson University and University of South Carolina

The South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) has awarded Clemson University and the University of South Carolina (USC) individual grants in the amount of $25,000 to support the development of a high-quality healthcare workforce. The nursing schools were also offered the potential for two additional years of funding which will be determined based on an annual review.

Clemson’s School of Nursing received a grant of $25,000 from SCHA’s Indigo Enrichment Scholarship for its partnership with the Greenville Health System. The university plans to use the funds to help create interprofessional opportunities in the clinical learning environment.The $25,000 granted to USC went to the health services policy and management department of the Arnold School of Public Health. USC will use the funds to support students in the Master of Health Administration program.

Clemson School of Nursing Director Kathleen Valentine tells, “We’re grateful for the South Carolina Hospital Association’s support of our efforts to ensure that our graduates are well prepared to work at the top of their license as a registered nurse. Through these funds, students will have increased access to experts in the fields of interprofessional teamwork, continuum of care, population health and community health.”

USC Master of Health Administration program director Bankole Olatosi says, “The SCHA scholarship will help the MHA program as it prepares students for positions to advance the provision of effective, efficient and equitable health services in South Carolina. Our students will benefit from the increased access to professional education available through conferences, meetings, and training to complement their education.”

The South Carolina Hospital Association is the leadership organization and principal advocate for the state’s hospitals and healthcare systems. The scholarship program is funded by SCHA Solutions, a division of the hospital association that partners with endorsed companies that provide workforce and operational services to state hospitals and health systems.

To learn more about the South Carolina Hospital Association’s $25,000 grants to Clemson University and the University of South Carolina, visit here.

Chamberlain Nursing Students Treat Patients in Kenya

Chamberlain Nursing Students Treat Patients in Kenya

Chamberlain University College of Nursing students recently completed a two-week trip to Kenya as part of the Global Health Education Program. The program, which has been in existence for 23 years, provides Chamberlain nursing students the opportunity to put their nursing skills and education to use in different countries, like Haiti, Kenya, Brazil, and India.

Third year nursing student Christopher Monzon chose to travel to Kenya for his GHEP trip earlier this fall, working alongside local nurses and nursing students in five cities: Mukuru, Koch, Babadongo, Kamahuha, and Maasai Mara. The nursing groups helped provide healthcare and assistance in a variety of ways, treating around 400 patients per day. “Maasai Mara, located near the Tanzania and Kenya border, had a high number of patients with malaria so they needed anti-malarial medications and disease education,” Monzon said. “However, the tribe did not believe in vaccinations so we used a special plant called Artemisia annua to treat the patients. We also taught this tribe how to search for clean water, another serious issue in the region.”

Chamberlain’s Global Health Education Program partners with different organizations in each country, such as Family Hope Charity in Kenya and Hope for Hansan’s in India. Dr. Susan Fletcher, chair of the GHEP, works with her faculty to ensure that even with varying healthcare needs, every community is helped. Dr. Fletcher told “The program’s focus across the board is health promotion and disease prevention with an emphasis on sustainability.”

Monzon and other students were partnered each day with translators and Thika medical students to diagnose patients, distribute treatment and medication, or travel to homes of bed-ridden patients. Because the students treated so many patients each day with limited time, they sharpened and honed their interview skills to figure out symptoms and appropriate treatments. But each team learned many valuable skills from working closely together. “For example, a Thika medical student taught me how to diagnose Rickets, a disease I had never encountered prior to the trip,” Monzon told “Then I was able to teach the Thika students how to properly take a patient’s vital signs which they then took over for us while we were interviewing patients in clinics.”

These GHEP trips fill the Chamberlain College of Nursing requirement for the campus-based community health course, while providing students the opportunity to broaden their education outside of the United States. Program requirements include a 3.0 GPA, faculty recommendation letters, and an application with the campus president’s signature. Chamberlain also provides 10-12 scholarships annually for students requiring financial aid for these trips.

These trips are invaluable for Chamberlain students, as they not only practice their nursing skills and gain new healthcare skills, but get to treat patients from very different backgrounds. “Before leaving for Kenya, I wanted to be a travel nurse,” Monzon said. “Now I want to be an international nurse to help more people like those I met in Kenya.”

To learn more about the Chamberlain University Global Health Education Program, click here.

New Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion at Vanderbilt School of Nursing

New Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion at Vanderbilt School of Nursing

Earlier this fall, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing named Rolanda Johnson, PhD, MSN, as the new assistant dean for diversity and inclusion. Replacing assistant professor Jana Lauderdale in this new position, she is also continuing her roles as assistant dean for academics and associate professor of nursing. Dr. Johnson ensures VUSN continues to foster and provide an environment that is culturally appreciative and inclusive, especially for underrepresented and marginalized groups.

“We’re very fortunate to have Rolanda in this leadership role,” VUSN Dean Linda D. Norman, DSN, FAAN, shared with VUSN Communications. “With her experience in academic enhancement services, as the longtime adviser to the Black Student Nurses Association, and through her research in health promotion for African Americans and in black racial identity, Rolanda will bring expertise and wisdom to the role of VUSN’s assistant dean for diversity and inclusion.”

Dr. Johnson joined the VUSN faculty in 1998, after receiving her PhD in Nursing Science from Vanderbilt. Over her 20 years at Vanderbilt, she has served as director of the Fisk University-Vanderbilt University Nursing Partnership Program, she re-established Vanderbilt’s Black Student Nurses Association, and represented the School of Nursing in campus-wide programs such as the Provost’s Task Force on Sexual Assault, FutureVU Faculty Advisory Committee, and Diversity, Inclusion and Community Committee. Additionally, Dr. Johnson is the founding president of the Nashville Chapter of the National Black Nurses Association.

To learn more about Dr. Rolanda Johnson’s career and vision for diversity and inclusion at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, check out her Q&A at

Johnson & Johnson is Calling On Nurses for the Next Big Idea in Healthcare

Johnson & Johnson is Calling On Nurses for the Next Big Idea in Healthcare

Johnson & Johnson recently announced the launch of a new campaign to not only recognize nurses as critical partners on the front lines of healthcare, but to empower them as innovators. The “Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge” invites more than 3.2 million nurses in the United States to submit their ideas for new devices, health technologies, protocols, and treatment approaches. They have also committed up to $100,000 in grants and access to mentoring and coaching via their Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS.

Michael Sneed, Executive Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs and Chief Communication Officer at Johnson & Johnson, stated in a press release: “Nurses have ideas that can profoundly change lives, and at Johnson & Johnson, we’ve consistently provided support by educating, inspiring, and empowering those in the field. The Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge was created to bring these ideas to life by pairing them with our vast network of resources and expertise. In the end, our goal is to use Johnson & Johnson’s scale, resources and know-how to help incredible ideas move forward.”

Johnson & Johnson conducted a nationwide survey that found that nearly half of Americans are unaware of the role nurses play in developing new medical tools and solutions. However, 75% of those surveyed believe nurses should be given a platform to submit their ideas and inventions to improve patient care.

The Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge will run from October 1, 2018, to February 1, 2019, and solutions will be evaluated based on uniqueness of the idea, potential impact on human health, feasibility of the idea, thoroughness of approach, and identification of key resources and plan to further idea.

To learn more about the Johnson & Johnson Nurses Innovate QuickFire Challenge which calls on nurses to come up with the next big idea in healthcare, visit here.

George Washington University Nursing Professor Develops Online Resources for Pediatric Care Educators

George Washington University Nursing Professor Develops Online Resources for Pediatric Care Educators

Ashley Darcy-Mahoney, a neonatal nurse practitioner and nursing professor in the George Washington University (GW) School of Nursing, is working to create a set of guidelines for nursing professors teaching pediatric care. She will be working alongside the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, a philanthropic foundation focused on health care, and the National League for Nursing to create an online toolkit for educators teaching pediatric nursing.

Darcy-Mahoney’s toolkit will include online education resources to help nursing students understand how to treat infant and child patients of lower socioeconomic statuses or with difficult home situations. She started developing the toolkit six months ago with a research focus on the long-term impacts of social factors on high-risk infants that influence pediatric health.

Darcy-Mahoney tells, “This has profoundly shaped how I view my role as a nurse practitioner, scientist and advocate for kids. Given the decades of research on the impact of early childhood, it seemed clear that our curriculum needed to reflect these important components of pediatric health to ensure the best outcomes for our patients.”

The toolkit will contain interactive cases, presentations, and information on pediatric adversity and social determinants of health, which educators can incorporate into their courses. The cases will focus on children’s needs including nutrition, obesity, oral health, preventive care, immunizations, mental health, and autism. The toolkit, which Darcy-Mahoney expects to be completed by the end of the year, will also be housed in the National League for Nursing’s Advancing Care Excellence Pediatrics program.

To learn more about George Washington University nursing professor Ashley Darcy-Mahoney’s development of new online resources for pediatric care educators, visit here.

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