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Arizona Nurse Discovers Dual Passions in Nursing and Earns Sixth Degree

Arizona Nurse Discovers Dual Passions in Nursing and Earns Sixth Degree

Dr. Lokelani Ahyo, a dedicated nurse educator from Yuma, Arizona, has committed to lifelong learning by recently attaining her sixth degree – a Bachelor’s in Psychology. At 52 years old, Dr. Ahyo, a mother of seven, is a nursing professor at Southern New Hampshire University and has accumulated an impressive academic background with two associate’s degrees, a bachelor’s, a master’s, and a doctorate.

In a recent interview, Dr. Ahyo expressed her excitement about achieving this milestone and described it as a stepping stone in her educational journey. Her family jokingly anticipates her next academic pursuit as she prioritizes personal and professional growth.

Daily Nurse is honored to recognize Dr. Lokelani Ahyo as Nurse of the Week for her dedication to patient well-being and lifelong learning.

Dr. Ahyo’s career in nursing began after the birth of her third son, inspired by a midwife who left a lasting impression. Despite the challenges of raising four young children, working full-time, and attending school full-time, she persevered and found a second passion in nursing education while working as an RN at Yuma Regional Medical Center.

As a nurse educator at Southern New Hampshire University, Dr. Ahyo has found a deep connection with her students and a profound sense of fulfillment in shaping them into skilled nurses. Her leadership as the chapter president of the Arizona Nurses Association further demonstrates her dedication to the profession and her commitment to its growth and development.

Driven by personal experiences, such as her son’s diagnosis of Schizoaffective Disorder, Dr. Ahyo has set her sights on a new frontier in nursing. Her pursuit of a degree in psychology is not just for personal growth but to better support young adults with mental health challenges. Her aspiration to contribute to a mental health practitioner program and address the national nursing shortage through her teaching is a testament to her forward-thinking and innovative approach.

Dr. Ahyo’s story is a testament to the multifaceted opportunities within the nursing profession and the importance of continuous learning and growth in providing quality patient care.

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What, Why, How of Clinical Judgment

What, Why, How of Clinical Judgment

Clinical judgment is a hot topic in nurse education right now! The NCSBN’s NCSBN’s Next-Gen Clinical Judgment Measurement Model (CJMM) is the new standard for safe clinical practice. The NCSBN research found that nursing students and newly licensed nurses may lack clinical judgment, a true cornerstone of safe practice.

According to Hoffman, “The two most common reasons that new graduate nurses are disciplined are (1) failure to notice changes in patient status and (2) failure to act when a patient is deteriorating” (2024, 3). This is a sobering report. How can the CJMM help students and newly licensed nurses enter with steady intention into their careers with confidence and competence? The answer is curiosity.

There are five components of clinical judgment in the CJMM: recognize cues, analyze cues, prioritize hypotheses, take actions, and evaluate outcomes (NCSBN, 2019). When addressed in an orderly fashion, these elements can help the nurse make better clinical decisions. Let’s ask ourselves three simple questions to guide us through this model: What? Why? How?

As a nurse educator, I ask students, “Why?” more frequently than they wish, I’m sure. The more they answer that question, the more they make connections between the what, or subject matter, and the how or the actions that may address those findings. This vital principle of connection allows decisions based on understanding and leaves little room for assumption. I have created a graphic using the five domains of the CJMM to help us ask some critical questions and lead us toward good clinical decisions.

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Curiosity Invites Connection 

A seasoned nurse knows through experience the cues of a deteriorating patient, but unfortunately, we cannot transfer our knowledge to our students, peers, or mentees. We can, however, thoughtfully unravel the process by which we understand that a patient has had a status change. For a novice nurse, this process may take more time and require confirmation by another. For a well-experienced nurse, this could take mere seconds. What happened? Why did it happen? How do I address it?

Curiosity Keeps Us Cautious

Using these three simple words to begin each series of questions can be a guide to any nurse who needs to gain confidence and competence in clinical decision-making. At their most simplistic, these questions can keep us moving forward in decision-making rather than being stuck in indecision. We notice systematically that the what leads to the why, and the why guides us to the how. We cannot forsake any step in this process lest our patients receive incorrect treatment or unsafe nursing actions.

Curiosity Helps Us Care

Identifying the gap in clinical judgment offers an opportunity for students, educators, and all nurses to examine our processes and practices of inquiry. Learning this process, like any other, requires repetition and intention. You can make better choices when you ask better questions. Whether you are a student, a staff nurse, or an educator, I hope that the What? Why? How? of clinical judgment will help you as you continue forward in your nursing career. Keep learning.

Stay curious!

References

Hoffman, Janice J., and Nancy J. Sullivan. “Foundations for Medical-Surgical Nursing.” Essay. In Davis Advantage for Medical-Surgical Nursing: Making Connections to Practice, 3rd ed. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Company, 2024. 

NCSBN. Clinical Judgment Measurement Model. Accessed January 23, 2024. https://nclex.com/clinical-judgment-measurement-model.page.

Unlock the Power of Nursing: Top Three Must-Have Nursing Books for Your Bookshelf

Unlock the Power of Nursing: Top Three Must-Have Nursing Books for Your Bookshelf

Meet Dr. Deborah Dolan Hunt, PhD, RN, a nurse who is making a positive impact as an educator, writer, and scholar. She is a full professor at the Dr. Betty L. Forest Dean of the College of Nursing and Public Health at Adelphi University and has authored three essential nursing books for Springer Publishing: Fast Facts About the Nursing Profession , The New Nurse Educator, and The Nurse Professional.

Dr. Hunt says that many things bring passion to her work, and writing and nursing have always been her passions. Throughout her nursing career, she has held various fulfilling roles and currently collaborates with her colleagues to prepare future nurses, advanced practice nurses, and healthcare professionals for their professional practice roles.

Here are three of Dr. Hunt’s books that belong on your bookshelf.

1. Fast Facts About the Nursing Profession (Published: May 2017)

Summary: Captures the essence of pivotal events and individuals in nursing history.

Key Features

  • Provides important historical content often neglected in today’s nursing programs
  • Delivers concise, easy-to-read information about important events and influential nursing luminaries
  • Describes how nurses have influenced health and wellness across the lifespan
  • Highlights key points with “Fast Facts in a Nutshell” boxes
  • Includes an interview with the president of the American Association for the History of Nursing, a chapter on the relevance of nursing history by a noted nurse historian, and a chapter on influential nurses in history by a noted nursing leader and educator

2. The New Nurse Educator (Published: October 2017)

Summary: Guides novice nurse educators through the challenging process of transitioning from service to academe, addressing the fundamentals of teaching, evaluation, and curriculum development, as well as the entire spectrum of skills and duties required of the nurse educator.

Key Features

  • Provides efficient, step-by-step information on all components of being a nurse educator/faculty member
  • Helps nurses transition from service roles to educator/faculty roles
  • Includes advice from novice and seasoned nurse educators, nurse leaders, and nursing theorists
  • Includes learning objectives and review questions in each chapter
  • Provides sample forms and documents for CVs and developing course content

3. The Nurse Professional (Published: October 2014)

Description: Helps novices prepare for their transition into a “real world” role from being a student through graduation, NCLEX success, job search, first job, and beyond. It is the only book to cover all the steps new nurses must take to ensure a smooth transition into the professional role.

Key Features

  • “Top 10 Tips” in chapters concisely highlight important topics
  • Examples of useful forms and documents are available in chapter appendices
  • Delivers specific, practical strategies and exercises for a successful transition and entry into practice
  • Written by an experienced nurse/educator and nurse mentor who has extensive experience regarding how new nurses transition into practice

If you are interested in other nursing books, check out Springer Publishing’s collection of nursing titles available here.

Mount Sinai South Nassau Nurse Eileen Mahler Honored for Illustrious 45-Year Nursing Career

Mount Sinai South Nassau Nurse Eileen Mahler Honored for Illustrious 45-Year Nursing Career

Eileen Mahler, PhD, RNC-OB, NE-BC, a resident of Oceanside, NY, was honored for her 45 years of service as a nurse at Mount Sinai South Nassau with a surprise retirement celebration. Hundreds of hospital staff attended the event, and Mahler was given a chauffeured ride home in a BMW convertible escorted by the Oceanside Fire Department Fire Engine.

Daily Nurse has named Eileen Mahler Nurse of the Week for her illustrious 45-year nursing career and lifetime dedication to the nursing profession.

Mahler began her nursing career in 1979 at South Nassau Communities Hospital (now Mount Sinai South Nassau), where she served on the Maternity Unit. She worked at the hospital for the entirety of her nursing career. She steadily rose through the ranks of nursing leadership, concluding her career as Director of Nursing Education: Professional Development, Practice and Research. Mahler assisted the hospital through numerous challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic; the conversion from hand-written patient medical records, patient triage and admissions; pharmacy orders; inpatient census; and discharge orders to Electronic Medical Records; automated patient triage; admissions and inpatient census; computerized pharmacy order entry; and electronic discharge orders.

As the Director of Nursing Education, Mahler played a pivotal role in the hospital’s journey to earning the prestigious American Nurses Credentialing Center Nurse Magnet designation and re-designation for three consecutive four-year terms, starting in 2014. Her certifications by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in nursing professional development and as a nurse executive are a testament to her expertise and dedication to the profession. Notably, she pursued her PhD while working as a nurse, demonstrating her commitment to continuous learning and professional growth.

Dr. Mahler’s exceptional contributions to the nursing profession have been acknowledged with several prestigious awards, including the Town of Hempstead’s Pathfinder Award and the DAISY Foundation Lifetime Achievement and Leadership awards. The DAISY Foundation’s recognition is a testament to her impact throughout her career, inspiring others in the nursing profession.

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Adelphi Nursing Program Receives Maximum Accreditation

Adelphi Nursing Program Receives Maximum Accreditation

Adelphi University’s College of Nursing and Public Health’s nursing program has been granted accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education’s (CCNE) Board of Commissioners. Adelphi’s undergraduate and graduate nursing programs met all four CCNE accreditation standards and are accredited for ten years through December 2033.

The prestigious accreditation follows a comprehensive self-study and review by a peer-review team of CCNE examiners, then a review by the commission. The 10-year accreditation is the maximum awarded to a nursing program.

Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Undergraduate Nursing Program – jumping an unprecedented 19 spots in a single year in the 2024 rankings – Adelphi is also ranked a Best Grad School for Nursing by U.S. News.

“We are thrilled to have received the maximum accreditation by CCNE for our nursing programs,” said Deborah Hunt, PhD, RN, dean of Adelphi’s College of Nursing and Public Health. “The Commission’s approval is a testament to the quality and strength of our faculty and staff, who play such a vital role in our innovative and highly ranked nursing programs. The CCNE accreditation team was professional and supportive throughout the visit.”

The accredited programs include:

Baccalaureate Degree Program in Nursing

Adelphi’s hands-on BS in nursing is designed to prepare students for rewarding, critical roles in the expanding healthcare field, promoting wellness throughout their lives. Graduates go on to work in hospitals and healthcare facilities, in various community-based settings and can practice in any number of specialty areas. In addition to the traditional program, Adelphi also offers an Accelerated Nursing Program,  which gives students the chance to achieve a BS in Nursing in just 14 months.

Master’s Degree in Nursing (online)

Ranked one of New York’s top online nursing graduate programs, this flexible, online degree program prepares students for much-needed nurse training and education roles. Students in the program will build skills in instruction, performance evaluation, and the implementation of innovative approaches to nursing education. Graduates go on to work in higher education, educating nurses in clinics and hospitals, taking on a clinical supervisor role in healthcare settings, or working as a consultant for teaching institutions.

Adelphi also offers other nursing-related MS degrees, including the Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program (online and in-person) and the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program (hybrid).

Post-graduate Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) programs

This advanced nursing practice post-master’s certificate entails an in-depth study of adult-health nursing. The curriculum integrates theoretical knowledge and practical skills while exploring the issues and forces within the healthcare delivery system that affect the roles of the advanced practice nurse.

Post-graduate Mental Health Nursing Practitioner

This post-master’s advanced practice concentration entails an in-depth study of psychiatric-mental health nursing across the lifespan. Designed for students who are already licensed NPs in another specialty, the curriculum integrates theoretical knowledge and practice skills to prepare nurses at the graduate level for the care of psychiatric-mental health clients, individuals, families, and communities.

“We appreciate the support of President Riordan and Provost Storm and the entire Adelphi University community, including our CNPH faculty, staff, students, alums, administrators, advisory board, and clinical partners who helped to make this visit so successful,” said Hunt. “I would also like to recognize the leadership of the Steering Committee chairs, Vera Bender, Professor and PhD in Nursing Program Director, Dr. Patricia Donohue-Porter, and Associate Dean, Dr. Mary Hickey, who guided the process. This was truly a collaborative effort.”

Mount Sinai Phillips School of Nursing Appoints Dr. Glassman as New Dean

Mount Sinai Phillips School of Nursing Appoints Dr. Glassman as New Dean

Kimberly Glassman, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAONL, FAAN, has been appointed as the new Dean of the Mount Sinai Phillips School of Nursing (PSON) and Vice President for Nursing Academic Affairs of the Mount Sinai Health System in New York City.

“I am delighted to join the expert faculty, administrators, staff, and students at PSON,” says Dr. Glassman. “The unique, integrated relationship between PSON and the Mount Sinai Health System supports our nursing students with combined classroom and clinical experiences, providing a rich foundation for their entry into clinical practice and their nursing career.”

Dr. Glassman has been an outstanding leader in higher education administration and health care throughout her career at New York University (NYU) Rory Meyers College of Nursing. Her roles there included clinical professor, Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Associate Dean of Partnership Innovation, Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services, and Chief Nursing Officer of NYU Langone Medical Center.

“We are honored and excited to welcome Dr. Glassman to our leadership team. Her strategic vision will propel our academic programs, grow our future cohorts, and provide our nursing students with an excellent foundation that prepares them for a rewarding nursing career,” says Beth Oliver, DNP, RN, FAAN, Chief Nurse Executive and Senior Vice President, Cardiac Services, Mount Sinai Health System.

“I look forward to working with her closely to continue the momentum at the School,” says Dr. Oliver. “We have invested in infrastructure and programs with innovative classrooms and simulation programs in upper Manhattan with close proximity to The Mount Sinai Hospital and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and have created partnerships with our Harlem community to create bridge programs for youth with interest in nursing careers. These efforts will grow a robust pipeline of nurses and nursing leaders who are mission-driven in bettering the health of all people and all communities.”

Dr. Glassman will create a dynamic and strategic road map for the school’s future, including:

-identifying new areas of growth and innovation

-establishing PSON as a leader in nursing education in New York City

-developing a regional model for addressing the critical shortage of front-line nurses

-identifying new avenues for attracting, retaining, and developing outstanding faculty

-providing fiscal solid management of PSON

-building solid relationships across the Mount Sinai Health System and community.

Additionally, Dr. Glassman looks to design and advance interprofessional education alongside health system nursing leadership and ideate strategies to ensure best practices for clinical rotations and retention of graduates.