NYS Nurse Practitioner Association Presents 2019 Awards

NYS Nurse Practitioner Association Presents 2019 Awards

The Nurse Practitioner Association New York State (NPA), the only statewide professional association of nurse practitioners, has named Janice Ceccucci, DNP, FNP-BC, Nurse Practitioner of the Year, and Daniel Babcock, MS, FNP-C, NP Student of the Year. The awards were presented at The NPA 35th Annual Conference, held in Verona, NY, and were attended by nearly 500 NPs and NP students from across the state. 

Stephen Ferrara, DNP, FNP, FAANP, Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs at Columbia University School of Nursing and Executive Director of the Nurse Practitioner Association New York State, said, “As health care professionals committed to excellence in patient care, nurse practitioners are redefining their role. We’re extremely pleased to recognize Janice Ceccucci and Dan Babcock for their dedication and service.”

Forensic NP and Professor at SUNY Polytechnic Institute Is NP of the Year

Janice Cerrucci, DNP, FNP-BC

Janice Ceccucci is an outstanding Nurse Practitioner and SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner). Ceccucci began her career working with sexual assault victims in the Emergency Department. Recognizing that there were gaps in services, particularly for child sex abuse victims, she decided to pursue forensic nursing. She is committed to ensuring services for child sex abuse and physical abuse patients are widely available.  

“Janice takes nursing to the next level,” says colleague (and nominator) Elizabeth Spooner Dunn. “Her passion for the profession, dedication to her patients and commitment to excellence make her not just a trusted colleague but an example and mentor to all.”

Ceccucci has also received the Joan Unger Memorial Award given by the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault for demonstrating excellence and innovation in services offered to the community in sexual assault. She has also been published by the Journal of Forensic Nursing and is co-founder of Forensic Nurse Practitioners of Schenectady.

On Call, Inside and Out of the Hospital

Outside the confines of Saratoga Hospital, Ceccucci is on call at home 36 hours a month to provide teleconsulting services to hospitals in remote areas that lack access to sexual assault nurse examiners (SANEs). In addition, she conducts sexual assault exams for pediatric patients at child advocacy centers—a service that Ceccucci and a colleague introduced in 2011 to better serve sexually abused children.

A leader in promoting the profession to the next generation, Ceccucci is an assistant professor at SUNY Polytechnic Institute. She is also the co-director and developer of Saratoga Hospital’s Advanced Practice Provider Fellowship Program, which mentors new nurse practitioners and physician assistants, also known as advanced practice providers. And, in case that was not enough to take on, Ceccucci is an assistant professor of nursing for SUNY Polytechnic in Utica and helped pilot a hybrid program that delivers live streaming and on-campus classes.

“I wouldn’t want to do anything else.”

Ceccucci received her master’s degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from SUNY Poly in 2009, and was awarded her doctorate in Nursing Practice from State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse in 2016.   

“I’m proud to be the recipient of the NP of the Year. There are so many wonderful opportunities in nursing. For newer NPs, I would advise they take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself. I love being an NP. I wouldn’t want to do anything else,” Ceccucci said.

For further information on Janice Ceccucci, visit here.

NP Student of the Year Dan Babcock

Dan Babcock, Nurse Practitioner 2019 Student of the Year
Dan Babcock, MS, FNPC

Dan Babcock is an Air Force veteran and a former professional fire officer and paramedic who is currently a full-time Graduate Family Nurse Practitioner Student in the Decker School of Nursing at Binghamton University. He holds a BS in Nursing from Empire State College and as a Registered Nurse has worked in the emergency department and diagnostic imaging. After retiring as a lieutenant from the City of Binghamton’s Fire Department with 20 years of service, he decided to become a nurse practitioner. As Babcock grew up in rural Delaware County, New York, he has a particular interest in improving the health of the poor, rural and vulnerable populations that influenced his early life. 

“It’s an honor to be awarded NP Student of the Year. I chose to become a nurse practitioner because I love being challenged and love the relationships I form with my patients. Aside from the need for primary care providers, I chose family practice to give me a solid foundation for medical mission work. My wife and I do mission work in Guatemala several times a year, and I would like to do medical missions as a nurse practitioner,” Babcock said.

Nurse Practitioner Association New York State

Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are registered nurses who have completed advanced education, at a Master‘s or Doctorate level, plus additional clinical preparation. These professionals are authorized to independently diagnose illness and physical conditions, perform therapeutic and corrective measures, order tests, prescribe medications, devices and immunizing agents, and refer patients to other health care providers.

The Nurse Practitioner Association New York State (The NPA), the only statewide professional association of nurse practitioners, promotes high standards of healthcare delivery through the empowerment of nurse practitioners and the profession throughout New York State. For more information, visit: www.TheNPA.org.

Samford University’s Ida Moffett School of Nursing Receives $3.5M Nurse Practitioner Residency Grant

Samford University’s Ida Moffett School of Nursing Receives $3.5M Nurse Practitioner Residency Grant

Samford University’s Ida Moffett School of Nursing recently received a four-year, $3.5 million grant to help the university place nurse practitioner graduates in rural, underserved areas for primary care residency.

The nurse residency program is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Advanced Nursing Education – Nurse Practitioner Residency Program Grant, which is designed to prepare new nurse practitioners to deliver high-quality primary care in community-based settings. The primary care residency is a year-long program in which nurse practitioner residents will complete academic coursework and clinical hours in rural and underserved areas.

Nena Sanders, vice provost of the Samford University College of Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Nursing, tells alabamanewscenter.com, “For nearly 100 years, Ida Moffett School of Nursing has prepared well-equipped, compassionate nurses to serve the underserved. This grant affords us the opportunity to enhance the knowledge and skill sets of our graduates and intentionally place caring, competent nurse practitioners where the needs are greatest.”

The grant will facilitate the launch of the primary care nurse residency which will be housed in the School of Nursing. The program will focus on developing new family nurse practitioners with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to improve the quality and safety of rural health care systems.

Out of 67 counties in Alabama, 55 of them are considered rural and only two of those 55 are considered to have the minimum number of providers available. During their rotations, residents will receive training in vital telehealth technology to help reduce accessibility issues for patients who are forced to travel long distances to seek necessary care.

To learn more about the four-year, $3.5 million grant awarded to Samford University’s Ida Moffett School of Nursing  to help the university place nurse practitioner graduates in rural, underserved areas for primary care residency, visit here.

University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing Partners With Clinic To Address Rural Healthcare Shortage

University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing Partners With Clinic To Address Rural Healthcare Shortage

The University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing has partnered with the Monroe Clinic-SSM Health to offer rural placements for nursing students to help address rural healthcare shortages

Students earning their doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) degree require field placements to meet their degree requirements and to help positively influence their employment after graduating. 

Pamela Ann McGranahan, director of the DNP program and associate clinical professor of nursing, tells news.wisc.edu, “To help meet our goal of educating nurses for the entire state, the School of Nursing is emphasizing relationships like the one with Monroe. Some of our students really respond to a well-run clinic that is large enough to offer a fairly intricate level of specialties and technology, but not so large as to become anonymous.”

Monroe Clinic operates 11 clinics in Wisconsin and Illinois, with more than 85 physicians, over 200,000 annual patient visits, and 40 to 50 advanced practice practitioners, primarily nurses. In four years offering clinical placements to UW–Madison DNP students, three have returned to work there as nurse practitioners.

UW–Madison offers DNP degrees to nurses who hold a bachelor’s or masters degree in nursing with one year of working experience. The coursework can be completed in-person and online and prepares nurses to use advanced clinical expertise, advocacy, leadership skills, and research understandings to provide up-to-date practices and best clinical outcomes. 

To learn more about the UW–Madison School of Nursing’s partnership with the Monroe Clinic-SSM Health to offer rural placements for nursing students to help address rural healthcare shortages, visit here

SAFE-T Center at Penn State Trains Nurses to Provide Sexual Assault Care

SAFE-T Center at Penn State Trains Nurses to Provide Sexual Assault Care

Pennsylvania State University is using telecommunications technologies to help train nurses for providing better care to sexual assault victims. The Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Telehealth (SAFE-T) Center connects experienced professionals with nurses and health care professionals in training for sexual assault care, while providing patients with crucial help.

The SAFE-T Center is helping provide better access to sexual assault care in underserved communities across the state. The center, now set up at three partner sites across Pennsylvania, was launched three years ago with funding from the Office for Victims of Crime in the U.S. Department of Justice.

“Having a forensic exam performed with expert nursing assistance in a safe, supported environment can be the first step toward healing,” said Sheridan Miyamoto, assistant professor of nursing at Penn State and director of the SAFE-T Center. “Every victim deserves expert care, and every nurse deserves support in providing that care.”

Merging Forensics and Healthcare

Forensic nursing is crucial to helping care for sexual assault survivors. Forensic nurses are trained in very specialized areas like forensic evidence and collection, and additionally learn how to work with the legal system, in order to interact and present evidence in courtroom cases. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, forensic nursing is expected to grow by 26% in the next ten years.

Jocelyn Anderson, a forensic nurse and researcher at Penn State, also works with the SAFE-T Center and knows how crucial the work of a forensic nurse and sexual assault nurse is.  As she shared with Penn State News, research shows that patients receiving care from specifically trained nurses are more likely to receive appropriate care and medication, and have a sexual assault kit properly collected. This means the likelihood of having their criminal case move forward increases, and the experience is not as traumatic for patients with forensically trained health care professionals.

“This specified training and knowledge is not something that every ER nurse or every trained physician can or should be doing,” Anderson said.

Jane French, a clinical coordinator at the SAFE-T Center, manages a team of expert sexual assault nurse examiners and local nurses. She helps ensure that the patients are cared for and that the staff are fully supported and confident in their work.

“Sexual assault exams can be technically and emotionally difficult, and staff who perform them may be difficult to retain,” French said. “The SAFE-T Center offers quality assurance, peer support, mentorship and on-demand training to help nurses feel confident that they are doing a good job.”

For more information on the SAFE-T Center, click here to visit their website.

IMBUEfoundation To Increase Care Options for Rural Maryland

IMBUEfoundation To Increase Care Options for Rural Maryland

A new healthcare nonprofit organization in Maryland recently launched to better address rural patients’ needs. IMBUEfoundation will provide care and transportation services to Maryland’s Eastern Shore communities, to improve residents’ options for care and lifestyle choices.

“IMBUEfoundation was established to eliminate the barriers that prevent people from accessing healthcare and living healthy lives,” founder Dr. Seun Ross said. “We are working to address obstacles like health literacy, transportation, and care coordination.”

Recent research by Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and NPR shows that receiving good healthcare is the second-biggest problem for rural American families. Major health concerns for rural Maryland residents include chronic disease, health literacy, care coordination, outreach and education, according to a 2017 assessment by the Maryland Rural Health Association. IMBUEfoundation notes on its site that the lack of services and coordinated care has led many Maryland residents to struggle in finding proper care.

“Healthcare is more than just going to the doctor,” Ross said. “For example, someone who lives in a place like Caroline County, which is both a food swamp and a food desert, is going to have a harder time making healthy food choices, which can lead to obesity— a major factor of chronic disease. It’s a domino effect.”

The new non-profit is helping those in need with nurse practitioners, acting as “clinical concierges” who provide counseling, monitoring, and stewardship activities. The nurse practitioners assist with coordinate care delivery for patients, explain healthcare plans and treatment options, and provide education on alternative care, in addition to other necessary tasks.

Modes of services provided by IMBUEfoundation include the Rural Health Collaborative, Care Coordination, and Transportation Service, in partnership with Lyft.

“From providing transportation to helping patients coordinate between doctors, IMBUEfoundation is working to make sure Maryland’s mid-shore residents have the resources they need to be healthy and happy,” Ross said. “But there’s still so much work to be done.”

For more information about IMBUEfoundation, visit imbuefoundation.org.

Nurse Practitioners: Meeting the Needs of Rural Veterans

Nurse Practitioners: Meeting the Needs of Rural Veterans

VA strives to deliver high-quality, compassionate health care to Veterans across America. We’ve taken great strides to ensure patients living in rural areas have access to a range of care options to best meet their health care needs. Due to VA’s recent “scope of practice” laws—which grant advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) full practice authority—certified nurse practitioners are stepping in to provide primary care to patients in rural areas.

Currently, nurse practitioners account for 1 in 4 medical providers in rural practices—a 43.2% increase from 2008 to 2016. Their advanced training and ability to diagnose and prescribe medicine enables more efficient, cost-effective health care delivery. Joyce Knestrick, president of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), says “NPs are one of the most significant factors in expanding patient access to primary, acute and specialty care, especially at a time when demand is high and physicians remain concentrated in more urban and affluent areas.”

More and more, nurse practitioners are taking on a significant role in the health care of Veterans in rural areas. Their growing presence demonstrates the wealth of experience, growth and impact available to nurses interested in advancing their careers. Bring your nursing expertise to VA and discover a career in which your capabilities are utilized to the fullest extent—and consider a future serving our honorable Veterans living in rural areas. You’ll enjoy a satisfying quality of life unmatched by metropolitan areas, with all the same comprehensive benefits offered across the VA system. To get started, explore open positions near you and apply.

This story was originally posted on VAntage Point.

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