The Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing has received a grant to develop a diabetes mobile health app in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the university, including experts from the schools of nursing and business. The US India Education Foundation (USIEF) awarded the grant to create the app which is expected to boost awareness and educate those in India who are most at risk for diabetes.
The team will be led by Shelby Garner, PhD, RN, an assistant professor in the School of Nursing, who has worked in India over the past six years to develop technological health resources. This became an important issue for her after seeing World Health Organization statistics showing that life expectancy in India is among the lowest in the South East Asian Region and is largely attributed to growing rates of non-communicable diseases like diabetes.
Garner tells Baylor.edu, “There is a need for culturally appropriate health education materials in India. Our early research showed that technology, such as smartphones and internet accessibility, are widely available in India among health providers, but most technological educational resources were developed in the West and do not effectively translate to the Indian context.”
The app will feature an interactive 3D animated video with gaming features to help educate patients at risk for diabetes. The app will also answer questions such as: What is diabetes? What happens if I have diabetes? How do I prevent and treat diabetes?
Physicians from Bangalore Baptist Hospital will provide cultural context and help identify important medical content to be included in the app. The app will serve as a data collection tool to help researchers determine if the video is improving participants’ knowledge on diabetes. Community health workers employed by Bangalore Baptist Hospital will use the app as they visit with people in rural villages and urban slums during door-to-door health education visits. The research team will then compare the app’s effectiveness with standard health educational resources previously used.
The grant will fund exchange teams of researchers and faculty from India to come to the US and for Baylor team members to go to India to collaborate on the research over the next two years. To learn more about Baylor Nursing’s grant to develop a diabetes app for use in India, visit here.
Our Nurses of the Week are eleven nursing students from the George Washington University (GW) School of Nursing who traveled to central Uganda last month to provide medical care and educate local populations about heart health. The nursing students were led by Karen Dawn, assistant professor of Nursing, in partnership with nonprofit health organization Omni Med.
The group of nursing students traveled to the Mukono district of central Uganda where they worked to target, prevent, and treat hypertension and malaria — two leading causes of death in Africa. It was the third trip Dawn has hosted and the group’s first trip to Africa. With the help of Omni Med, the university has expanded the program to work on establishing preventative measures against malaria.
The nursing students delivered educational materials for the village tailored to what community members told the university they needed, including stress management techniques and malaria prevention materials. The students created informational handouts translated into Lugandan, the native language of Mukono. The cohort also focused on educating community members about intimate partner violence.
The group of nursing students will go back to Uganda in March over their spring break to assess the progress made by the village health trainers they worked with in October. Treating patients with high blood pressure remains a top priority for the nursing students because of the low levels of detection in Uganda and high levels of fatality.
To learn more about the George Washington University nursing students who traveled to Uganda last month to provide medical care and educate local populations about heart health, visit here.
The Philips School of Nursing (PSON) at Mount Sinai Beth Israel was recently named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing (NLN). This is the school’s second consecutive designation in the category of “enhancing student learning and professional development” and they will hold the honor for 2018-2022.
PSON is the only hospital-based nursing school in New York City and one of 12 schools selected nationwide to receive the honor in this category. The designation recognizes PSON’s commitment to developing a new series of initiatives to enhance student learning in critical thinking and evidence-based practice. The NLN selects programs based on sustained excellence in faculty development, nursing education research, or student learning and professional development.
Todd F. Ambrosia, DNP, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, FNAP, Dean of the Phillips School of Nursing at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, tells Newswise.com, “We are truly honored to receive this recognition from the NLN. I’m extremely proud of the faculty, staff and students as we continue a legacy of excellence established over 114 years ago.”
PSON is dedicated to providing nursing education at the associate and baccalaureate levels. The baccalaureate program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the associate degree program by the Accreditation Commission on Education in Nursing (ACEN). The school’s mission is to become a leader in improving human health through initiatives in teaching, multidisciplinary scholarship, and service efforts that enhance healthcare delivery for the local and global community.
To learn more about the Phillips School of Nursing at Mount Sinai Beth Israel being named an NLN Center of Excellence, visit here.
The Loma Linda University (LLU) School of Nursing and Mt. San Jacinto College (MSJC) have signed a new transfer agreement, which is LLU Nursing’s first transfer agreement with a public college. MSJC nursing students will now be able to transfer to LLU’s School of Nursing to continue their nursing education.
The agreement was signed by LLU Provost Ron Carter, PhD, and MSJC president Roger Schultz, PhD. The two leaders signed the agreement to help build a stronger workforce for the region with a goal of increasing quality of life for students and residents.
The agreement allows students who’ve earned associate nursing degrees at MSJC and received their registered nurse license to transfer to LLU’s School of Nursing to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Advisors from the LLU School of Nursing will travel to MSJC to work with students who are interested in transferring.
The goal of the agreement is to meet the region’s demand for bachelors prepared nurses. It will provide transfer opportunities for current students and transfer students, and local residents will also benefit from the collaboration between the two campuses.
To learn more about the new transfer agreement between the Loma Linda University School of Nursing and Mt. San Jacinto College, visit here.
Hartwick College recently celebrated the 75th anniversary of their nursing program with a day-long symposium on the future of nursing. Several seminars and sessions were offered, covering holistic caring, pediatric mental health, innovation, and the future of healthcare.
One of the highlights of the symposium was a panel discussion on “Nurses’ Role in the Future of Healthcare.” Moderated by Hartwick College President Margaret L. Drugovich, three top hospital executives discussed the role of Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), nurse leadership in hospital administration, and academic advancement for nurses.
Betsy Tanner Wright, president of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Chautauqua WCA Healthcare, was encouraging of nurse leadership, noting that there has been a “tremendous grown in leadership opportunities for nurses.” She shared with the panel and audience: “I see a very bright future for nurse leadership not only at the executive level, but also at the bedside level.”
Jeff Joyner, president of A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, and Mark Webster, president and CEO of Cortland Regional Medical Center also discussed the importance of the personal connection with patients and working together as a team in hospital administration. All three hospital executives agreed that nurses are vital to hospitals functioning properly, and used the CNO role as an example of how the nursing profession has expanded and evolved for the modern age.
“I think we are seeing progress in the industry,” Tanner Wright shared with the crowd. “We are seeing more nurses as hospital presidents.”
Hartwick College was one of several colleges across the United States that began their nursing program in order to train students for the US Cadet Nurse Corps. The Cadet Nurse Corps was founded in 1943 as a federal government program, to increase the number of nurses available both stateside and abroad, to treat military members fighting in World War II. Since then, over 1,500 students have become nurses, and nursing is presently the most popular field of study at Hartwick College.
For more information about Hartwick College’s nursing department, click here.
Western Governors University (WGU) North Carolina and Richmond Community College have agreed to a Transfer Pathways program that ensures transfer students with associate degrees from RichmondCC are aligned with WGU’s bachelors degree programs. The new Transfer Pathways program follows the signing of an agreement in August by both institutions providing RichmondCC graduates and faculty with a 5 percent discount on WGU’s tuition.
Dr. Dale McInnis, president of RichmondCC, tells PRNewswire.com, “Our partnership with WGU North Carolina opens new avenues for our graduates to earn the credentials they need for the careers they want. We appreciate WGU extending the Transfer Pathways to our graduates and making sure the transition to a bachelor’s degree program is a smooth and easy process.”
WGU is an accredited nonprofit online university offering more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degrees in the high-demand fields of business, technology, education, and healthcare, including nursing. As part of the Transfer Pathways program, RichmondCC graduates will be able to transfer credits toward degrees in WGU’s College of Business, College of Health Professions (including RN to MSN options), and College of Information Technology.
According to WGU North Carolina Chancellor Catherine Truitt, “Studies show that North Carolina’s job growth will outstrip our population growth by the year 2024. We are very excited to be collaborating with Richmond Community College to provide an affordable and accessible means for their students to further their education and fill those critical job openings in our state.”
To learn more about the new Transfer Pathways program between WGU North Carolina and Richmond Community College, visit here.