NYU College of Nursing Names Inaugural Vernice D. Ferguson Professor in Health Equity

NYU College of Nursing Names Inaugural Vernice D. Ferguson Professor in Health Equity

The NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing recently named Jacquelyn Taylor, PhD, PNP-BC, RN, FAHA, FAAN, the inaugural Vernice D. Ferguson Professor in Health Equity. Vernice D. Ferguson (1928-2012) was a distinguished nurse leader, educator, and champion for the health of all people.

Ferguson received her baccalaureate degree in nursing from NYU, before going on to pioneer leadership positions for nurses and elevate the nursing profession through advocating for increased opportunities, respect, and wages, as well as fostering nursing research. She also served as the chief nurse executive for the Veterans Administration, president of the American Academy of Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau International, and she was recognized as a Living Legend in the American Academy of Nursing.

In recognition of her leadership and service to the nursing profession, NYU’s College of Nursing established an endowed professorship in her name: the Vernice D. Ferguson Professor in Health Equity. Taylor’s work in this role will focus on the social factors that contribute to health disparities for common chronic conditions among underrepresented minority populations in the United States and abroad. She is also in the midst of conducting a study on the genomics of lead poisoning in Flint, MI.

Taylor’s work has been highly praised in the past, including being awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers by President Barack Obama in January 2017, the highest honor awarded by the federal government to scientists and engineers.

To learn more about Dr. Taylor and her new role as Inaugural Vernice D. Ferguson Professor in Health Equity at NYU, visit here.

Johns Hopkins Nursing Faculty Sarah Szanton Named Director of Center for Innovative Care in Aging

Johns Hopkins Nursing Faculty Sarah Szanton Named Director of Center for Innovative Care in Aging

Sarah L. Szanton, PhD, ANP, FAAN, professor and director of the PhD program at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON), has been named director of the Center for Innovative Care in Aging. Szanton is set to take over the roll in February 2018 from Laura Gitlin, PhD, who founded the center in 2011.

Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN, dean of JHSON, tells Nursing.JHU.edu, “Dr. Szanton is a rising leader nationally and across the globe for her research and innovative solutions for aging populations.  We are excited for her to be the next leader of our center.”

Szanton has served as associate director for policy within the Center for Innovative Care in Aging since 2015. She also holds joint appointments within Johns Hopkins and is an adjunct faculty member for international universities including the American University of Beirut and the University of Technology, Sydney.

An expert researcher and practitioner in gerontology, Szanton will lead the Center’s efforts in advancing and supporting the well-being of older adults and their families using innovative approaches, policies, and practices. She is already doing so through her Community Aging in Place—Advancing Better Living for Elders (CAPABLE) program, which combines home visits from a nurse, occupational therapist, and handyman to help equip low-income older adults to live more safely in their homes. Her program has helped decrease disability, depression, and improve self care for participants.

To learn more about Szanton’s CAPABLE program and new role as Director of the Center for Innovative Care in Aging at Johns Hopkins, visit here.

Rasmussen College Launches Evening and Weekend Practical Nursing Program

Rasmussen College Launches Evening and Weekend Practical Nursing Program

Rasmussen College recently announced a new Practical Nursing program (PN) to open on its Tampa/Brandon, FL campus. The diploma courses will be offered on evenings and weekends beginning in April 2018 to help accommodate growing healthcare needs in the community and ensure that those seeking nursing education can find programs that fit into their schedules.

The Tampa Metro area has seen high demand for LPNs with 72 percent growth in demand compared to five years ago according to the labor analytics firm Burning Glass. The PN diploma program has been approved by the Florida Board of Nursing and will also offer flexibility and cost savings through Flex Choice, a learning option that allows students to combine traditional courses with optional self-directed assessments.

Eymie Fitzgerald, Rasmussen College Tampa/Brandon campus Dean of Nursing, tells PRNewswire.com:

“Like most communities nationwide, the Tampa metro is feeling the need for highly skilled LPNs, a need that has shown dramatic growth in the past five years. In addition to preparing graduates for the NCLEX-PN exam, the Rasmussen College PN Diploma program provides students with hands-on training in a supportive environment led by experienced nurse faculty. The program has no pre-nursing course requirements or wait list, so qualified students can be on their way to a career as an LPN and help fill the growing needs of the community in as few as 12 months.”

To learn more about Rasmussen College’s new evening and weekend Practical Nursing program, visit here.

State of Indiana Proposes Bill Offering Faculty Grants to Help Ease Nursing Shortage

State of Indiana Proposes Bill Offering Faculty Grants to Help Ease Nursing Shortage

Lawmakers in the state of Indiana have proposed a new bill that would offer grants to nursing faculty to help repay part of their college loans in order to help ease a shortage of nurses across the state. Registered nurses are the No. 1 job in demand across the state according to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, and the shortage is expected to worsen in coming years as more nurses age into retirement. The bill is intended to help increase the number of nursing faculty so that colleges can educate more nurses.

Hospitals and other healthcare providers are scrambling to fill open nursing positions, offering bonuses to new hires and creating nurse residency programs to try and attract new nurses and keep them as long as possible. Despite these efforts, there is a still a strong need for more nurse educators.

There are currently more than two dozen colleges in Indiana that offer nursing programs but many have faculty shortages. Colleges in the state turned away a combined 700 qualified applicants to undergraduate nursing programs last year due to faculty shortages and lawmakers believe that more nursing faculty is a pipeline for graduating more nurses into the industry.

The proposed bill, Senate Bill 28, is designed to attract and retain nursing faculty by offering grants of up to $5,000 a year with a lifetime maximum of $25,000 eligible to nursing faculty. To be eligible, applicants must have lived in Indiana for at least a year, be a registered nurse, and be enrolled in a graduate degree program for qualification as a nursing faculty member or an adjunct clinical faculty member already.

Most faculty positions require a master’s degree to teach undergraduates and a doctorate degree to teach graduate students. The grant would help repay large loans accumulated over several years of attending graduate school. Funding for the grant will be created by collecting 10 percent of the state’s nursing licensure fees.

To learn more about Senate Bill 28 and its proposal to help ease the nursing shortage in Indiana by offering loan repayment grants to nurse educators, visit here.

Arizona State University Names Judith Karshmer New Dean of College of Nursing and Health Innovation

Arizona State University Names Judith Karshmer New Dean of College of Nursing and Health Innovation

Arizona State University (ASU) recently named Judith Karshmer the new dean of the College of Nursing and Health Innovation. Karshmer is the former dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions at the University of San Francisco (USF) and will join her new post at ASU in June.

Mark Searle, executive vice president and university provost, tells ASUNow.edu, “Judy’s commitment to seeking out innovative collaborations that address real-world concerns and develop new initiatives will position her well to lead our College of Nursing and Health Innovation. It’s exciting to have her join our knowledge enterprise.”

ASU has chosen Karshmer to focus on expanding the global footprint of the college through academic practice partnerships that promote research and community. She tells ASUNow.edu, “At USF I’ve been positioning the university to be the go-to place to advance health priorities in the city and the Bay Area. I want to bring that same kind of energy around promoting community and strategic partnership that embed practice, research and scholarship to ASU.”

Karshmer graduated from the University of Iowa with her bachelor’s degree in 1970 before continuing on to earn her master’s degree in advanced psychiatric nursing at Rutgers University. After being appointed to the San Francisco Health Commission in 2013, Karshmer became experienced in creating relationships within academia, overseeing the formation of partnerships with several nearby universities, as well as developing an integrated academic-practice model that allows faculty to provide services wile working with students at community clinics.

Karshmer is now expected to bring that expertise to ASU. To learn more about Judith Karshmer and her background in nursing education, visit here.

Mizzou Sinclair School of Nursing Launches Online Accelerated Nurse Educator Track

Mizzou Sinclair School of Nursing Launches Online Accelerated Nurse Educator Track

The University of Missouri (MU) is opening a new online program to address a shortage of nurses and nurse educators in the state of Missouri. The Sinclair School of Nursing has developed an accelerated curriculum that allows RNs to earn their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing online in three to four years.

Judith Fitzgerald Miller, Dean of the Sinclair School of Nursing at MU, tells LakeNewsOnline.com, “We need more nurses and the educators to prepare them. Nursing schools around the country lack the faculty to keep up with the demand for degrees as it is, and that is only going to grow for the foreseeable future.”

Registered nurses and nursing faculty in Missouri have an average age of 50, which is contributing to the shortage problem. As nurse educators begin to retire, nursing schools are forced to turn away qualified applicants because they don’t have enough faculty to teach them. Their goal is grow the number of faculty at MU and at other nursing programs in the state.

MU’s accelerated RN-MSN program is supported by a grant from the Missouri State Board of Nursing and the Missouri Department of Higher Education. The grant provides scholarships for full-time and part-time students in their first year of the new program. Scholarship recipients must agree to teach in Missouri nursing programs for three years after graduating.

Heidi Lucas, director of the Missouri Nurses Association, tells LakeNewsOnline.com, “The shortage of nurses in Missouri is at an all-time high. But to graduate more nurses, our colleges and universities have to have more capacity. When programs like this produce nurse educators, nursing programs can hire more instructors. In turn, the state can educate more future nurses.”

The online RN-MSN curriculum is designed to eliminate repetitive courses, allowing students to opt out of four required undergraduate-level courses and take six graduate-level courses on similar topics instead. Students in the existing online BSN program can apply to MU Graduate Studies in the last semester of their undergraduate course work to be admitted into the master’s program, after which they will have earned a BSN and MSN in three to four years.

To learn more about MU’s accelerated online nurse educator track, visit here.


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