University of Rhode Island Nurse Practitioner Students Gain Real-Life Experience With Young Patients

University of Rhode Island Nurse Practitioner Students Gain Real-Life Experience With Young Patients

Nursing students from the University of Rhode Island (URI) Nurse Practitioner programs are gaining experience with young patients thanks to a new volunteer opportunity. Taking what they’ve learned in the classroom into the exam room, the students have spent a few recent Saturday mornings at the Rhode Island Nursing Education Center performing full physicals on volunteer children.

These students are enrolled in the Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner programs. The children have been recruited from among friends and family to take part in the exercise where the nursing students interviewed the patients and their parents to gather a full medical and family history, then conducted a comprehensive physical exam.

Twenty URI students took part in the program, which allowed them to apply lessons learned in the classroom to real-life scenarios. Denise Coppa, associate professor and director of Advanced Practice for the College, monitored the exams by video in an adjoining room, allowing her to provide immediate feedback on the students’ performance.

Coppa tells today.uri.edu, “This gives the students great practice on compiling a patient’s history, conducting a physical exam and developing a full assessment of that patient. They benefit from practicing the physical exam as well as working on their communication skills with a patient. It gives the students real-world experience they can take with them.”

To learn more about how University of Rhode Island nurse practitioner students are gaining real-world experience with young patients, visit here.

University of Rhode Island College of Nursing Receives $2.7M HRSA Grant For Advanced Nursing Education Workforce Program

University of Rhode Island College of Nursing Receives $2.7M HRSA Grant For Advanced Nursing Education Workforce Program

The University of Rhode Island (URI) College of Nursing recently received a $2.7 million, four-year grant aimed at enhancing the nursing workforce and strengthening health care in the community. The grant will allow URI Nursing students to get more hands-on experience, benefiting patients at local community health centers at the same time.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has provided the grant in an effort to fuel its Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) program, which enhances the academic clinical partnerships between the College and two community health centers—Thundermist Health Center and Providence Community Health Center. With help from the grant, URI nursing students in the Adult Gerontology, Psychiatric Mental Health, and Family Nurse Practitioner programs, based at the Nursing Education Center in Providence, will be placed in the health centers to provide primary care and behavioral health services, under the supervision of professionals in the centers.

The HRSA grant provides funding for traineeships and will pay the tuition of 14 nursing students in the program each year. Associate Nursing Professor Denisa Coppa expects 48 to 56 students will be placed in one or both of the centers over the four-year period, each working two days a week, while maintaining their studies as full-time students.

Coppa tells today.uri.edu, “This program will give experience to these nurse practitioner students so they are prepared to work in community health centers when they graduate…This project is a huge benefit not just for the students, but for practicing health care providers and the health care system as a whole. We’re increasing and transforming the health care workforce to provide more primary care services for the medically underserved population.”

To learn more about the $2.7 million, four-year HRSA grant awarded to the University of Rhode Island  College of Nursing to help enhance the nursing workforce and strengthen health care in the community, visit here.

University of Rhode Island College of Nursing Announces Nurse Practitioner Degree in Psychiatric Mental Health

University of Rhode Island College of Nursing Announces Nurse Practitioner Degree in Psychiatric Mental Health

The University of Rhode Island (URI) recently announced that it will be introducing a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner master’s degree program to its College of Nursing in the fall. The program is intended to help fill a need for highly trained clinicians in the midst of a nationwide mental health and addiction crisis.

Denise Coppa, associate dean of the College of Nursing graduate programs, tells Today.URI.edu, “We have a huge mental health and addiction crisis across the country. We need more people who are clinically trained and can handle working with mental health patients. The students will come out of the program certified to deliver mental health counseling and therapy, and will be licensed to prescribe psychotropic medications.”

URI’s new nursing program is designed to educate psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners who are capable of providing psychiatric care to individuals and families in a multitude of health care settings. The program is being offered as part of the regular, on-going curriculum in the URI College of Nursing and upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center certification exam.

The program is based at Rhode Island’s Nurse Education Center in Providence where classes in psychiatric assessment and diagnosis, neuro-psychopharmacology, and integrated treatment for older adults will be offered. Students will also be able to complete their clinical hours in local hospitals, community health centers, and private practice offices.

To learn more about the University of Rhode Island College of Nursing’s new master’s degree program in psychiatric mental health, visit here.

University of Rhode Island Nursing Student Jackie Davenport Selected for Prestigious Flynn Fellowship

University of Rhode Island Nursing Student Jackie Davenport Selected for Prestigious Flynn Fellowship

Jackie Davenport, a senior nursing student from the University of Rhode Island (URI), has been awarded a pediatric oncology fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital through The Susan D. Flynn Oncology Nursing Fellowship Program. Davenport was the only student from Rhode Island to be named a Flynn Fellow due to her strong commitment to caring for pediatric oncology patients.

Maureen Hillier, an assistant clinical professor of nursing at URI, tells Today.URI.edu, “It’s an honor for a URI student to be selected. Within the clinical group, Jackie stood out as one of the leaders and has been an exceptional student.”

The Flynn Fellowship is a highly selective 8-week program preceded by two online courses. Davenport was selected for her excellence as a student, strong communication skills, and commitment to pediatric oncology which is rooted in personal experience.

When she was only 11 years old, Davenport’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Remembering accompanying her mom to her radiation and chemotherapy treatments, Davenport says, “[My mother’s] medical team was phenomenal and would explain everything to me.” Davenport’s mother recovered, but she later lost her grandfather and an aunt to cancer which led her to follow her passion for helping people in that situation and to pursue a career in oncology.

In addition to the practical learning experience Flynn Fellows receive, they must also complete an evidence-based research project to present to oncology nurses and leadership at the close of the program. After experiencing how terrifying it is to not know what’s going to happen to your family, Davenport is considering a research project focused on sharing knowledge with siblings, relatives, and young cancer patients.

Following the news of her Flynn Fellowship, Davenport also received the Francine Brem Excellence Award in Pediatric Research and Practice from Sigma Theta Tau International. To learn more about Davenport and her prestigious recognition as a nursing student pursuing pediatric oncology, visit here.

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