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.
Oakland University recently announced that its Board of Trustees has approved a new PhD in Nursing program. The program will be offered in three options: BSN-PhD, MSN-PhD, and DNP-PhD.
The program will be offered online to attract a diverse range of candidates and to provide flexibility to prospective students. The program is designed to prepare nurse researchers to provide evidence that becomes the basis for nursing practice and improvement of patient care.
Laura Pittiglio, PhD, RN, one of the lead program developers, tells Oakland.edu, “The demand for further advancement in health care knowledge continues to increase dramatically. PhD prepared nurse scholars are crucial to benefitting the health needs of society as well as generate new knowledge.”
Oakland’s new PhD in Nursing program will provide a new pipeline to developing nurse researchers and nursing faculty, both of which are in high demand. The program addresses the 2010 Institute of Medicine Future of Nursing report which recommends that nursing schools double the number of nurses with a doctorate by 2020.
The program will offer unique annual residency opportunities where students come to the Oakland University campus to meet in a research environment that will teach them basic and applied nursing knowledge and prepare them to be transformational leaders.
To learn more about Oakland University’s new PhD in Nursing program set to begin in 2019, visit here.
Our Nurse of the Week is Sarah L. Szanton, PhD, ANP, FAAN, professor in the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) who was recently named the inaugural Endowed Professor in Health Equity and Social Justice.
As part of the partnership, Szanton will step into a permanent position created to solidify the school’s influence and leadership in advocating for universal health access, equity in care locally and globally, and understanding how gender, race, and other social determinants impact health and well-being.
Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN, dean of JHSON, tells Newswise.com, “Dr. Szanton is qualified, committed, and an excellent fit to forge this important and transformational agenda. Her work with low-income, older adults throughout Baltimore has expanded across the nation and world and has reformed how we look at access to health care, especially among the most vulnerable populations. This is an opportunity for her to continue the good work and further advocate for equity and justice in health.”
Szanton was also recently named the director of JHSON’s Center for Innovative Care in Aging where she leads the school’s efforts in advancing and supporting the health and well-being of older adults and their families. Early on in her career, Szanton cared for homebound, low-income elderly patients in Baltimore which led her to develop the Community Aging in Place Advancing Better Living for Elders (CAPABLE) program.
Szanton also researches the impact of food and energy access on health outcomes, strategies for preventing falls among older adults, and policy changes for cost-effective, tax-saving programs that improve health. To learn more about Sarah Szanton and her newly endowed professorship, visit here.
The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC Health) is launching a 60-day nutrition pilot intended to improve the eating habits of working nurses. MUSC Health nurses were hungry for healthier food options so they created a pilot program to give themselves new opportunities to increase their daily consumption of fruits and vegetables and improve their quality of life.
According to the American Nurses Association, the health of the average nurse is worse than that of the average American. A survey conducted at MUSC found that 75 percent of their nurses say they put the health, safety, and wellness of their patients before their own. Due to the demanding shifts and stress associated with nursing, nurses often put their own health and well-being last, especially their nutrition, despite their knowledge about prevention.
The pilot nutrition program offers fresh, seasonal, and locally sourced to-go food items available for quick pick-up at three locations on the MUSC campus. The pilot is supported by Sodexo Healthcare, a food services and facilities management company committed to improving quality of life. They are partnered with the Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation Grand Challenge (HNHN), an initiative of ANA Enterprise. MUSC is also an HNHN partner and the first organization selected to participate in an HNHN quality of life program in the US.
Andrea Coyle, MUSC Health Professional Excellence and Magnet Program director and registered nurse tells NursingWorld.org, “Our nurses impact the lives of their patients, colleagues, families, and neighbors every day. We had no reservations when we were approached to spearhead the pilot because the health of our staff is a top-priority. We are honored to work alongside Sodexo and ANA to offer more quality food options on our campus and serve as a model for other organizations.”
The outcomes and results of the MUSC nutrition pilot will be presented this fall. To learn more about the university’s pilot nutrition program to improve nurses’ eating habits, visit here.
The George Washington University (GWU) School of Nursing recently announced a new doctoral program focused on cross-disciplinary research. The program will be offered starting in 2020.
With a focus on nursing research, GWU’s new doctoral program will make students more attractive in the job market after completing their degree. The 57-credit doctorate degree has a primary goal of scientific discovery in the nursing field. Classes are offered primarily online and designed for registered nurses who have completed a master’s program.
GWU’s new program will allow doctoral candidates to focus on topic areas ranging from symptom management for chronic diseases to infant and child health. It’s developed to meet professional nursing demand to increase the supply of doctoral-prepared faculty and researchers trained to educate the next generation of nurses.
The doctoral program was an initiative of Pamela Jeffries, the dean of the nursing school, and it has been a top priority for her since 2015. Jeffries formed a committee of faculty and administrators to evaluate the creation of a new doctoral program which is now in its final stages of development.
Jeffries tells GWHatchet.com, “The PhD in nursing is for those seeking to become nurse scientists, and graduates are prepared to educate and conduct clinical research in a multitude of specialties.”
The GWU nursing school currently offers one other doctorate degree in nursing practice. The new program will help the nursing school align with their strategic plan to raise their research portfolio, as outlined earlier this year. Funded by the nursing school, the doctoral program will be capped at 12 students.
To learn more about GWU’s new nursing doctoral program focused on cross-disciplinary research, visit here.