Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Program Receives ANCC Accreditation

Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Program Receives ANCC Accreditation

Children’s Hospital Colorado recently received Accreditation with Distinction from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for its Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) Fellowship Program, becoming the first ANCC Accredited NNP program in the country.

The ANCC Practice Transition Accreditation program is dedicated to validating hospital residency and fellowship programs that help transition registered nurses (RNs) and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) into new practice settings that meet rigorous, evidence-based standards for quality and excellence. APRNs in the NNP Fellowship program at Children’s Hospital Colorado are part of an elite program that promotes the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and professional behaviors necessary to deliver the safest and highest-quality care.

Pat Givens, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive for Children’s Colorado, tells, “We are extremely proud that Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Fellowship is recognized by ANCC as one of the highest-quality transition programs in the country for NNPs. The accreditation provides the patients and families we serve across the state and region with the reassurance that our neonatal nurse practitioners are some of the most highly trained in the country.

Children’s Hospital Colorado is one of the nation’s leading and most expansive pediatric healthcare systems with a mission to improve the health of children through patient care, education, research, and advocacy. To learn more about Children’s Hospital Colorado’s recent accreditation approval for its Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Fellowship program, visit here.

Johns Hopkins Offers New Advanced Practice Nurse Anesthetist Program

Johns Hopkins Offers New Advanced Practice Nurse Anesthetist Program

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) recently announced a new study track for students who want to train in nurse anesthesiology, which is currently one of the most lucrative roles in the field. A new program will launch in May 2020 as part of the advanced practice track of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program. 

Students who completed the 36-month course will earn a doctorate degree and be eligible to apply for certification as a register nurse anesthetist, also known as a CRNA. According to, CRNA has been ranked among the top 10 “best jobs” by the U.S. News & World Report since 2016. 

Nurse anesthetists have the highest overall earning potential among advanced practice nurses. JHSON’s new program is pending approval by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs. Applications are expected to open in August 2019 and registered nurses who hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing or an entry-level nursing master’s degree with one year of critical care experience will be eligible to apply. 

Nursing students on the anesthesiology track will learn how to administer anesthesia and anesthesia-related services independently and as part of a team. they will train in real-world and simulated settings with peers fro the Hopkins School of Medicine. Through a partnership with the Hopkins department of anesthesiology and critical care medicine, nursing school students will be able to work with experienced anesthetists and anesthesiologists with multidisciplinary expertise. Students will administer over 600 anesthetics in a variety of settings and participate in more than 2,000 clinical hours in preparation for entering the CRNA workforce. 

To learn more about the new advanced practice nurse anesthetist program being offered by the John’s Hopkins School of Nursing’s DNP program, visit here

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Receives $1.43 Million HRSA Award for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Education

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Receives $1.43 Million HRSA Award for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Education

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing recently received a $1.43 million award from the US Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to develop and implement a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) education program for emergency nurse practitioner (ENP) students. The program is expected to increase the number of SANE-trained advanced practice registered nurses practicing in emergency departments and rural or underserved communities across the country.

Mavis Schorn, PhD, FACNM, the grant’s principal investigator, tells, “Currently, there are just over 800 sites in the country that provide SANE services, yet nationally, one in six women and one in 33 men will experience an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. Sexual assault nurse examiners have specialized education to conduct forensic examinations that have been shown to provide better physical and mental health care for assault survivors, deliver better evidence collection and support higher prosecution rates. Most important, SANEs treat patients holistically with compassionate and comprehensive care that takes into account the patient’s current acute care needs and the possible long-term effects of sexual assault.”

ENPs are positioned in emergency departments and are often the first to discover a patient who has been sexually assaulted. Their education and experience allows them to provide primary, episodic, and critical care of males and females of all ages.

Vanderbilt will offer SANE education to students in the Emergency Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate program. Students in the program are current family nurse practitioners who want to become ENPs, and they will complete SANE training and their ENP education simultaneously with an option to select adult/adolescent and/or pediatric/adolescent SANE training.

The initiative is supported by Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Our Kids, Nashville’s Sexual Assault Center, and EmCare. To learn more about Vanderbilt Nursing’s $1.43 million HRSA grant to develop sexual assault nurse examiner education, visit here.

Arizona State University Introduces Pediatric Nursing Program to Meet Community Needs

Arizona State University Introduces Pediatric Nursing Program to Meet Community Needs

The Arizona State University (ASU) College of Nursing and Health Innovation has announced that it will be offering a new advanced practice nursing degree this coming fall with a focus on acute care for children. The Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner speciality program is an addition to ASU’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program which aims to meet the needs of students and community partners.

Daniel Crawford, associate director of the DNP program and clinical assistant professor, believes the pediatric nursing program will prepare advanced practice nurses in the acute-care setting. He tells, “Those settings may include pediatric emergency rooms, pediatric intensive-care units, pediatric inpatient-care units and some pediatric specialties.”

Students who join the program can expect a hybrid format that requires in-person classes and online classes. The courses will focus on the development of a framework for developmentally supportive, family-centered, culturally appropriate advanced-practice nursing for infants and children with unstable chronic, complex acute, and life-threatening illnesses.

ASU’s Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program is one of few in the country and will help prepare advanced practice nurses to treat a vulnerable population in need of specialized care. To learn more about ASU’s new pediatric nursing program, visit here.

Penn Nursing Calls for Medicare to Adopt National Nurse Training Model to Alleviate Primary Care Shortage

Penn Nursing Calls for Medicare to Adopt National Nurse Training Model to Alleviate Primary Care Shortage

Primary care is in short supply across the US, and nurse practitioners are increasingly stepping in to provide this much needed care. Studies show that NPs provide high-quality primary care, which improves access to care in underserved areas and reduces costs of care.

University of Pennsylvania researchers have called for modernization of the way Medicare pays for training nurses. A recent study highlighted a successful new model of cost-effectively training more advanced practice nurses to practice community-based primary care.

The findings come from a five-state demonstration of an innovative model of graduate nurse education (GNE) authorized by the Affordable Care Act. Each GNE site, managed by one teaching hospital hub, combined the training capacity of entire communities across health systems, hospitals, private medical practices, clinics, long-term care facilities, and universities.

The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing’sCenter for Health Outcomes and Policy Research (CHOPR) and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) led the largest demonstration site, which included nine universities, multiple health systems, and more than 600 community health care providers in the region.

Penn Nursing is calling for Medicare to adopt and fund the nurse training model nationally, shifting Medicare funding from diploma nursing programs that produce entry-level RNs to permanent, national funding of training for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs).

To learn more about Penn Nursing’s call to action for Medicare to adopt a national nurse training model to help alleviate the national shortage of primary care providers, visit here.