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New Partnerships and Grant-Funded Initiatives in Nursing Education

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In June 2002, AACN introduced a section in our monthly email newsletter, AACN News Watch, to share information about new partnerships and grant-funded initiatives. This section is used to spotlight new collaborations and initiatives launched by nursing schools and corporate citizens that effectively increase student capacity, add new nursing faculty, increase student diversity, address the nursing shortage, and enhance the way education is delivered. Below are excerpts from past issues of AACN News Watch.

October 2011

  • The 2012 National Health Promotion Summit will be held April 10-11, 2012 in Washington, DC. Abstracts are invited on innovative prevention and health promotion programs that address the Summit’s theme of “Prevention. Promotion. Progress.” Submissions should be made using the online abstracts submissions form at www.aptrweb.org/2012summit.html. Abstracts must be received no later than October 24, 2011. Summit registration will open in January 2012.
  • The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and AcademyHealth announces their Health Policy Fellowship, which aims to foster collaboration between NCHS staff and visiting scholars on a wide range of topics of mutal concern. The fellowship allows visiting scholars to conduct new and innovative analyses and participate in developmental and health policy activities related to the design and content of future NCHS surveys. Student applicants must be doctoral students who have completed course work and be at the dissertation phase of their program. For more information, visit: www.academyhealth.org/nchs.
  • The Nurse in Washington Internship (NIWI) Program provides nurses the opportunity to learn how to influence health care through the legislative and regulatory processes. Participants learn from health policy experts and government officials, network with other nurses, and visit members of Congress. The 2012 NIWI will take place February 26-28 at the Liaison Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. For more information on NIWI, visit: http://www.nursing-alliance.org/content.cfm/id/niwi.

September 2011

  • The American Cancer Society (ACS), the largest not-for-profit funding source for cancer research and training, is pleased to invite applications from master's and doctoral nursing students with an interest in oncology. ACS offers scholarships ranging from $10,000 to $15,000. Please note that the deadline for research-focused doctoral students is October 15, 2011, and the graduate scholarship, which is open to students in master’s and DNP programs, has a deadline of February 1, 2012. The Society offers several other research and training grants in addition to the ones described above. For a full description of all American Cancer Society grants, including applications, instructions, and policies, see http://www.cancer.org/research.
  • Abstracts are being accepted for the Doctoral Education Conference to be held January 25-28, 2012 at the Naples Grand Beach in Naples, FL. Abstracts for poster and podium presentations should reflect the conference theme, “’Leading Change, Advancing Health’: An Agenda for Doctoral Education.”  Submissions are electronic and are due October 12, 2011. For full information, see http://www.aacn.nche.edu/conferences/pdf/12DoctCFA.pdf.
  • The Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR) is planning the 2011 Nightingala, the annual celebration of achievements in nursing science, for October 14, 2011 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. FNINR expects over 1,000 nurse researchers, deans of nursing schools, presidents of medical schools, faculty, senior management of health-related associations, corporate and community leaders as well as members of Congress and their health care and legislative staffs to attend this special event. For more information on the program and reserving a table, see http://www.fninr.org/events.html.

August 2011

  • The Health Workforce Information Center (HWIC) is interested in finding out about your information needs. Please complete a short survey about your use of health workforce information and services by August 26 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HWIC2011. Participants will have an opportunity enter a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift certificate. If you have any questions about the survey, sent them to info@hwic.org or call 888-332-4942.
  • The Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nurses is now accepting nominations for the national “Amazing Nurses” contest. This initiative’s purpose is to recognize nurses’ commitment to the profession as well as the inspirational care that they provide to their patients. Nominees must be nurses who have made significant impact and are currently employed as an RN, LPN, or an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse. The nomination deadline is September 11, 2011. For complete details see: http://www.facebook.com/jnjnursingnotes?v=app_215728808468120.
  • The National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA) invites all undergraduate and graduate nursing students to submit an abstract for a poster presentation at the Annual Convention held at the Hyatt Regency in Louisville, Kentucky from October 13-16, 2011. Abstracts are sought from students who plan to specialize in the care of older adults in all areas of clinical practice, administration, research, and education. NGNA welcomes abstracts that emphasize all settings including hospitals, long-term care facilities, assisted living, home health, community health, hospice, schools of nursing, government and military, and industry.  All topics must demonstrate use, integration and/or application of evidence based practices. Literature reviews are accepted. Poster abstracts should address any topic relevant to gerontological nursing. Abstracts are due by August 29, 2011. See http://www.ngna.org.
  • Sponsored by the University of Texas Arlington Center for Hispanic Studies in Nursing and Health, the annual Travel, Study, Learn program returns to Cuernavaca, Mexico on January 6-13, 2012.  This program is designed to educate the health professional in Spanish language skills and learn about Mexican culture and health firsthand. For more information, call 817-272-5376 or e-mail barr@uta.eduand Ibitayo@uta.edu.

July 2011

  • The Dartmouth Institute will provide a dynamic, interactive Web-based series to introduce the theory of clinical microsystems using the bestselling book Quality by Design and the newly released Value By Design. Discussions and exploration with the authors and editors of the two textbooks will occur in these sessions to determine how this field-tested body of knowledge can advance organization improvement strategies, academic development and curriculum, engagement of interdisciplinary front line groups and transformation. The registration fee is $349, and the deadline is August 19, 2011. The series will include four 75-minute interactive Web session discussions about the two books and the field applications of the knowledge with authors, and will require pre-reading and reflection in preparation. Register now at www.clinicalmicrosystem.org; click “Events,” click “Executive Series.”
  • The Dartmouth Institute will provide a dynamic, interactive Web-based series to introduce the theory of clinical microsystems using the bestselling book Quality by Design and the newly released Value By Design. Discussions and exploration with the authors and editors of the two textbooks will occur in these sessions to determine how this field-tested body of knowledge can advance organization improvement strategies, academic development and curriculum, engagement of interdisciplinary front line groups and transformation. The registration fee is $349, and the deadline is August 19, 2011. The series will include four 75-minute interactive Web session discussions about the two books and the field applications of the knowledge with authors, and will require pre-reading and reflection in preparation. Register now at www.clinicalmicrosystem.org; click “Events,” click “Executive Series.”

june 2011

  • The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing is establishing a Center for Global Women's Health effective July 1, 2011 with Dr. Lynn Sommers as the Director. The opening of the center corresponds with the United Nations initiatives regarding the empowerment of women globally, and Penn President Amy Gutmann's policy paper and presentations to UN Women on behalf of the colloquium on empowering women. "The proposed domains of safety from violence and harm, equity, empowerment and advocacy, and health promotion and disease prevention are translated in the proposal to reflect our tripartite mission and our increasing focus on the future impact of urbanization on populations," said nursing dean Afaf Meleis. See http://www.nursing.upenn.edu.
  • On June 1, 2011, philanthropists Barbara and Donald Jonas were presented the prestigious Worth B. Daniels, Jr., MD Award in recognition of their continuing commitment to the mission of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON). Named for the late Worth Bagley Daniels, Jr., the award is given to an individual or family who has made significant contributions to the profession of nursing and given exemplary and sustained service to the nursing school. JHSON Dean Martha N. Hill notes the award acknowledges the long-standing relationship between the School and the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence. “Our strength as an institution and a profession comes from the collaborations we have with those organizations that recognize the importance of well-educated nurses to improve quality healthcare in this country,” Hill said. See http://www.son.jhmi.edu.
  • The University of Texas at El Paso’s School of Nursing will offer its first doctoral degree, the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), this fall thanks to the recent decision by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The DNP degree is expected to help increase the number of culturally competent advanced practice registered nurses in the Paso del Norte Region. See http://nursing.utep.edu.
  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham is pleased to announce the inaugural appointment of  Dr. Doreen C. Harper as the Fay B. Ireland Endowed Chair for the Dean of the School of Nursing. Birmingham philanthropist and longtime nurse Fay B. Ireland has given $1.5 million to establish the Chair. A leading supporter of the School of Nursing  since 1993, Mrs. Ireland believes passionately in the pivotal role nurses play in building healthy communities. This Endowment will allow the dean to further develop interprofessional leadership initiatives and support the School’s mission to advance nursing education, service, and research. See http://www.uab.edu/son.
  • Faculty and staff from Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) helped create successful virtual poster sessions that won a 2011 Campus Technology Innovators Award. In the seventh annual award competition, ten winners were selected in six categories, out of 393 nominations submitted from higher education institutions around the globe. DUSON's entry, called Immersive Virtual Poster Sessions, received the award in the Education Futurists category. For more information, see http://nursing.duke.edu/modules/son_about/index.php?id=169.

April 2011

  • The College of St. Scholastica and War Memorial Hospital are partnering to offer hospital employees the chance to enhance their skills through online education. St. Scholastica will offer reduced-cost online bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees to the hospital's 800 employees, enabling them to take classes while continuing to work. “We have a 100-year tradition of delivering excellence in nursing and health sciences education to rural clinics and hospitals throughout the Midwest,” said Dr. Beth Domholdt, vice president for academic affairs at St. Scholastica, “and we have now used this knowledge to deliver a superior online learning experience to rural health practitioners throughout the region.” See http://www.css.edu/nursing.xml.

  • The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing has received a $4.35 million grant from the Helene Fuld Trust to implement undergraduate curriculum revisions. The grant will help fund the renovation of science laboratories, implementation of a new undergraduate curriculum, and will provide cutting edge technology for simulation education and observation through the creation of simulation models. Improvements will begin this fall and continue through September 2012. See http://www.nursing.upenn.edu.

  • The New York University College of Nursing has been awarded a $2.9 million, five-year HRSA grant to support implementation of the newly developed nurse managed Mobile Health Van Program (MHVP). Titled “Feeling Good in Your Neighborhood”, the MHVP is an innovative, replicable model of nursing care coordination that includes provision of required primary care services, a health literacy education program, use of health information technology, and outreach and linkages to community resources for underserved adolescent high school students, with a special emphasis on recent immigrants. See http://tinyurl.com/3b2xv4f.

March 2011

  • According to a new study conducted by the University of Florida College of Nursing, 41% of Florida’s nurses had either a baccalaureate or graduate degree as their highest degree in nursing versus 50% nationally. “The lower educational levels are not only worrisome because of possible effects on the quality and safety of patient care, but the pipeline for nursing faculty is greatly hampered when there are fewer nurses with graduate degrees,” said lead researcher Donna Neff. The development of new RN to BSN programs in many of Florida’s state colleges is a “positive first step because it should allow more nurses to obtain the bachelor’s degree toward improving the educational qualifications of Florida’s nurses,” added Dr. Neff. “Florida is a state that is ahead of national trends in having an aging population with multiple health care needs, and thus the state’s responses to current health care challenges could inform policies nationally,” said Dr. Linda Aiken, co-author of the study and director of the Multi-State Nursing Care and Patient Safety Study at the University of Pennsylvania. See http://con.ufl.edu.

  • On March 16, 2011, nursing leaders from across Texas met at the Texas Team Advancing Health Through Nursing Summit in San Antonio to discuss strategies to address the state’s nursing shortage and position nursing to lead change in the healthcare system. The invitational Texas Team summit was held in response to a national initiative resulting from the Institute of Medicine report on the Future of Nursing. The conference was led by Dr. Alexia Green, professor and dean emerita of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing. See http://www.ttuhsc.edu/son.

January 2011

  • Dr. Kathleen Becker, assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, will study interprofessional education in the care of complex community dwelling adults using a portion of a substantial five-year financial gift from the Worth B. Daniels family. The study will focus on internal medicine interns and residents from Bayview Hospital, part of the Johns Hopkins Hospital system. Dr. Becker will collaborate with Hopkins School of Medicine faculty member Dr. Laura Hanyok, meet with the students and residents three times over a one-month period, and focus on experiencing interprofessional learning with faculty facilitation, examining perspectives of colleagues from other health professions, and understanding how team work can contribute to better care. The source of Becker’s funding, also known as the Daniels Initiative, was created specifically for the purpose of helping nursing and medical students and resident physicians learn the skills of interprofessional collaboration. See http://www.nursing.jhu.edu.

  • A multidisciplinary team of researchers, headed by Dr. Susan Beck from the University of Utah College of Nursing and Dr. Nancy Dunton from University of Kansas Medical Center School of Nursing, has received a $300,000, 18-month grant to disseminate and implement a program to assess and improve pain care in hospitals through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Nursing Quality Research Initiative. The study will include 100 hospitals across the United States and will center on using the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) to collect data about pain care and outcomes in the units at multiple hospitals on a given day. Researchers will use the data collected to develop a set of pain quality indicators and a web-based tool kit to help nursing units improve pain care using clinical practice guidelines. For more details, including a list of other NDNQI grantees, see http://www.inqri.org.

  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing is pleased to announce that assistant professor Dr. Gwen Childs was recently awarded a K01 award from NIH-NINR for $277,992 to conduct a three-year study titled “Development of an HIV Reduction Intervention Protocol for Adolescent African American Girls.” This study seeks to develop new and refine existing intervention strategies to educate and empower young women to make healthy choices. See http://www.uab.edu/nursing.

December 2010

  • On November 23, Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) and Samuel Merritt University (SMU) in California announced a cooperative program under which students will be able to study at both institutions and receive a Bachelor of Nursing (BSN) degree from SMU. Under the agreement, eligible students will take two years of foundation course work in liberal arts and sciences at NDNU before transferring to SMU to complete their BSN. Dr. Arlene Sargent, Associate Dean of SMU School of Nursing, sees the partnership as “a great example of how universities can join together to be highly efficient in meeting a critical state and community need.” See http://www.samuelmerritt.edu/president/news_room.

November 2010

  • A partnership between researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing and two Madison community organizations has received $1 million in NIH funding to improve community health while supporting health research. Funding will be used to establish Project WINNERS (Wisconsin Network for New Employment and Research Support), an innovative statewide community-based research support network. The grant program, titled Building Sustainable Community-Linked Infrastructure to Enable Health Science Research, will provide health education and job training in communities with health disparities while also enhancing health research. Project WINNERS will create a cadre of research support workers from among members of underserved and underrepresented populations in Wisconsin and will bring health education programs on topics that community members have identified as most important to them. For more details, see http://www.son.wisc.edu.

  • The University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing was recently awarded two new HRSA training grants that expand educational capacity. The first is for an Executive Nurse Leadership program (LEAD). This program adds a MSN pathway in executive nurse leadership and is especially designed for rural regions where staff nurses with leadership potential often face numerous barriers to obtaining the nursing leadership/management education they desire. The LEAD program includes an RN to MSN option, thus accelerating career advancement for associate degree nurses. The second award is for a BSN-focused program called Innovations in Clinical Education: The Dedicated Education Unit. This program joins other DEU programs in the country in closing the academic-practice gap in nursing education. The program expands faculty capacity by utilizing qualified staff nurses in Nebraska hospitals to engage students in the clinical arena. These two HRSA awards bring to six the number of externally funded training grants underway at the college. See http:///www.unmc.edu/nursing.

  • Lienhard School of Nursing at Pace University has received a major HRSA award of $1,425,600 to provide 60 scholarships - 12 scholarships per year of $22,000 each, over the next five years - to Family Nurse Practitioner students who are in their final clinical courses. The grant addresses HRSA’s Advanced Nursing Education Expansion initiative goal of accelerating the graduation of part-time students by encouraging full-time enrollment. According to Dr. Joanne Singleton, Chair of the school’s Department of Graduate Studies, the new grant will enable awardees to “accelerate from part time to full time, to expedite program completion and entry into primary health care practice.” See http://www.pace.edu/pace/lienhard.

  • On October 20, 2010, Texas Tech University System Chancellor Kent Hance announced that a generous $10 million gift from the Hunt Family Foundation will be used to develop an autonomous nursing school at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center campus in El Paso. The school will be named the Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing in honor of the wife of Woody L. Hunt, chairman of the Hunt Family Foundation and CEO of the Hunt Companies. “On behalf of the Foundation, the Hunt family is proud to lend support to the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center by establishing this nursing school,” said Mr. Hunt. “We believe this type of initiative promotes strategic economic development that is in line with El Paso’s vision for broader educational attainment as well as meeting our border health challenges.” See http://www.ttuhsc.edu/newsevents/search/Default.aspx.

  • As part of an ongoing effort to grow the state’s nursing industry and provide the next generation of healthcare workers, Michigan State University has been awarded $600,000 to provide financial aid to students in the College of Nursing’s accelerated second-degree bachelor’s program. The grant, from the Helene Fuld Health Trust, will provide $300,000 directly to students in the next three years, while the remaining portion will set up a permanent endowment fund for students in the program. “We are honored to be recognized by the Helene Fuld Health Trust,” said Dean Mary Mundt. “Not only is this award a sign of the excellent nursing program at MSU, it is a way for the college to respond to the needs of the nursing workforce and prepare the next generation of nursing leaders.” See http://nursing.msu.edu/News.aspx?ID=136.

October 2010

  • Duke University School of Nursing has received a $1,276,000 grant through HRSA's Advanced Nursing Education Expansion program to fund a five-year project called "Advancing the Number of Primary Care Clinicians through Nurse Practitioner Education." Dr. Queen Utley-Smith, associate professor and chair of Duke’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program, is the project director. Project objectives are to increase the number of Adult Nurse Practitioner-Primary Care (ANP) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) students who enroll full time and graduate from the MSN program within two years and to accelerate the graduation rate of part-time MSN students in the ANP and FNP tracks. See http://nursing.duke.edu/modules/son_about/index.php?id=128.

  • The nurse-managed health clinic developed after Hurricane Ike to provide needed care for the indigent and underserved will expand services with a $1.5 million federal grant awarded to the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB). The HRSA grant will provide $500,000 a year for the next three years to the clinic at St. Vincent’s House in Galveston. The UTMB nurse-managed health clinic will expand its comprehensive primary care services to children and the elderly and begin accepting insured patients. These funds will allow UTMB Health to provide additional services to the community, according to Dr. Pamela Watson, dean of the School of Nursing. “As the nation grapples with expanded health care delivery, nurse-managed clinics will play a vital role,” she said. See http://www.son.utmb.edu/practice.

  • The George Mason University School of Nursing in Virginia has partnered with the Jeanie Schmidt Free Clinic (JSFC) to establish the Mason Partners for Access to Health Care (PATH) program. Mason PATH will help improve access to primary and behavioral health care for low-income and minority patients in Fairfax County who lack health insurance and suffer from diabetes and hypertension. Clinical services will be provided by faculty who are trained family nurse practitioners and psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioners. The clinic also will serve as an applied lab for Mason nursing students who will work directly with faculty members to gain clinical experience. See http://eagle.gmu.edu/newsroom/839.

  • The presidents of Linfield College and Chemeketa Community College in Oregon have signed a formal articulation agreement to ease the transition of graduates of the associate degree program in nursing at Chemeketa to the baccalaureate program at Linfield. This partnership will reduce barriers, promote seamless transition, and enhance graduation rates. Students will be able to access support services, libraries, and multicultural outreach programs at both colleges, and will benefit from better tracking. “We are pleased about the opportunities for collaboration between faculty and students from both schools,” said Dr. Bonnie Saucier, dean of nursing at Linfield College. See http://www.linfield.edu/portland/nursing.php.

  • The School of Nursing at Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey has launched a free database of minority nurse educators who have been certified in online teaching. This resource is available to nursing schools across the country interested in increasing diversity at their institutions and hiring adjunct faculty. The online database includes dozens of nurse educators who have completed the school’s online Minority Nurse Educator certificate program, which includes a 20-week Certificate in Distance Education Program and a 12-week mentored online nursing experience. To access this database, see http://www.tesc.edu/minorityeducator/index.php/main/introduction.

  • University of Virginia nursing professor Emily Hauenstein, director of the school’s Southeastern Rural Mental Health Research Center, has received a $693,000 National Institute of Mental Health grant to evaluate whether digital storytelling can ease depressive symptoms. Under the grant, 25 women in rural Virginia will tell their stories, identifying significant life events. They then will consider those events as they create a different, more optimistic narrative moving forward that will result in a short, personal story in movie form. "What we're really looking at is how women's narrative changes over the course of their work with us, and in what ways," said Dr. Hauenstein. "We think if we can change their narrative, we'll have fewer depressive symptoms, and that's the major hypothesis." See http://www.virginia.edu/uvatoday/newsRelease.php?id=13045.

  • Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing recently received a three-year, $891,212 Advanced Education Nursing grant from HRSA to develop a new track within the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. This track, Health-care Quality Using Education in Safety and Technology (H-QUEST), allows students to select a focus in outcomes management, quality, safety, or healthcare informatics. The program is designed to prepare leaders who will impact the healthcare systems of the future. For more details, see http://www.luc.edu/nursing.

  • Dr. Anne Wojner Alexandrov, professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing received an $862,045 federal grant for a project titled “Nurse Education and Training in Stroke Management and Acute Reperfusion Therapies (NET SMART) Junior." This project will provide an entirely online neurovascular education program for clinical nursing staff, which aims to improve the early recognition and diagnosis of acute stroke patients resulting in an increased number of patients treated with tissue plasminogen activator. NET SMART-Junior will elevate the overall institutional “nursing consciousness” of the need for immediate acute stroke treatment, resulting in improved early identification, treatment rates, and/or prompt transfer of patients to comprehensive stroke centers. See http://www.uab.edu/son.

  • Faculty at the East Tennessee State University College of Nursing (ETSU) recently received three federal grants to expand the school’s graduate programs and community outreach efforts. Dr. Kathleen Rayman, director of graduate programs, received $1,425,600 through HRSA’s Advanced Nursing Education Expansion program to assist graduate students in primary care areas to attend school full-time. Dr. Patricia Vanhook, associate dean for practice and community partnerships, received a $1,400,998 HRSA grant to expand services at three nurse-managed health centers. The college also received $6,894,303 from HRSA to build a new Johnson City Downtown Clinic, which will not only house the nurse-managed clinic, but also provide nutrition, audiology, speech therapy, dental hygiene, and physical therapy services in partnership with other ETSU programs. See http://www.etsu.edu/nursing.

September 2010

  • The University at Buffalo School of Nursing will expand higher-education opportunities for nurses with a new $1.47 million HRSA grant. Funding will be used to support a three-year program to maximize the opportunity to educate future PhD-level nurse faculty. Dr. Suzanne Dickerson, associate professor of nursing and author of the grant, said the goal is to increase availability and diversity of future nurse faculty, especially in New York, which includes 170 health provider shortage areas in need of nurses. See http://nursing.buffalo.edu/tabid/401/vw/1/ItemID/47/Default.aspx.

  • University of Massachusetts Lowell has received a $734,149 grant through HRSA's Advanced Education Nursing program to fund a three-year project called "DNPs Caring for the Underserved after Massachusetts Health Care Reform." Dr. Susan Crocker Houde is Principal Investigator (PI), Dr. Angela Nannini is Co-PI, and Dr. Karen Devereaux Melillo is Co-Investigator. Program objectives are to recruit and retain culturally diverse DNP students; to prepare a DNP workforce to provide culturally-competent, evidenced-based care; and to enhance skills of DNPs to assume leadership, advocacy, and nurse educator roles. The school’s APRN program was also awarded an ARRA Advanced Education in Nursing grant to purchase simulation equipment to complement teaching of advanced health assessment skills and enhance the quality of primary care delivered to diverse populations in Lowell, Lawrence, and other underserved areas. See http://www.uml.edu/college/she/Nursing.

August 2010

  • Three Arizona colleges are creating a new interprofessional educational model that will develop the critically needed next generation of primary care providers. The Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation of New York is funding the two-year planning initiative to develop an integrated core curriculum to prepare primary care nurse practitioners, physicians, and pharmacists. The College of Nursing & Health Innovation at Arizona State University and the University of Arizona Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy have formed the Arizona Consortium for Innovative Health Professional Education as the working project group for the initiative, with the Institute for Advanced Telemedicine and Telehealth providing state-of-the-art distance learning technology to support the educational curriculum. "Our project team is committed to developing a new model of interprofessional health professions education to prepare the primary care providers of the future and equip them with the necessary skills to deliver the highest quality of care to high risk populations in rural and underserved AZ and America," said ASU nursing dean Bernadette Melnyk. See http://asunews.asu.edu/20100727_macy-foundation.
  • Dr. Joyce P. Griffin-Sobel, assistant dean for curriculum and technology and director of undergraduate programs at the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, has been awarded a five-year Faculty Development: Integrated Technology into Nursing Education and Practice grant from HRSA. One of two awards given nationally, the purpose of the New York City Nursing Education Consortium in Technology (NYCNECT) is to increase the use of simulation, informatics, telehealth, and other technologies as teaching and learning tools to prepare nursing students for 21st century healthcare practice. NYCNECT is a consortium of 12 nursing schools in community and senior colleges within the City University of New York system. With Hunter College as the lead and using an innovative faculty development model, over 350 nurse educators will be prepared to use a broad range of educational technology with instruction given at state-of-the-art training sites. See http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/nursing.
  • The Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing received a HRSA grant for more than $1 million to implement the school’s online Doctor of Nursing Practice program through 2013. Funding will be used to support core programmatic needs, including the partial funding of 10 faculty and staff positions, and expanded access to marketing, technology, and library resources. The grant also will be used to foster the development of the Jesuit NET’S Competency Assessment for Distributed Education model, which provides a proven, cost-effective process to develop competency-based curricula for online course delivery. See http://www.loyno.edu/news/story/2010/7/26/2178.
  • Dr. Teri A. Murray, dean of the Saint Louis University (SLU) School of Nursing, received a three-year Nursing Workforce Diversity Award from HRSA totaling $897,427 to increase the number of students from underrepresented minority and/or disadvantaged backgrounds (economically or educationally) in the St. Louis area that enter and graduate from SLU with a baccalaureate degree in nursing. This collaborative initiative with regional Area Health Education Centers features expansion of health career orientation programs, targeted student recruitment efforts, experiential learning opportunities, and mentoring/shadowing opportunities with nursing professionals in the community. Program administrators will also focus on developing new retention services that complement and fill gaps in current services available to nursing students. See http://www.slu.edu/nursing.xml.
  • HRSA has awarded a $744,422 grant to Texas Woman’s University (TWU) College of Nursing to fund the school’s "Expansion of Nursing Workforce Through Implementation of a Weekend/Online Baccalaureate Nursing Program." Funding will be used to support 80 students over a three-year period. "This program will increase the College of Nursing enrollment by creating an innovative model through distance education and weekend scheduling. Emphasis will be on recruitment of racial and ethnic minority students whose clinical experiences will occur within underserved populations," said Dr. Susan Chaney, TWU professor and program director/principal investigator. See http://www.twu.edu/nursing.
  • The Center for Spirituality & Healing at the University of Minnesota has been awarded $556,000 from the George Family Foundation to develop a fellowship and co-curricular program designed to educate nurse leaders about integrative health and healing. Over the next six years, the new fellowship program will provide clinical and professional development opportunities to more than 40 nurse fellows both nationally and abroad, while the accompanying co-curricular program will bring pioneering thought leaders to the Minnesota campus to educate nursing leaders in the values of integrative health. These activities will impact hundreds more nurses who will be invited to participate. “This program will allow our students to expand their horizons well beyond the University of Minnesota. It is consistent with our belief that learning is significantly enhanced when students attain national and international experience, complementing their academic coursework,” said School of Nursing dean Connie Delaney. See http://www.csh.umn.edu.
  • As South Africa suffers from limited access to healthcare and a high rate of nurse migration, there are few nurses and even fewer nursing PhDs. Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON) professor Dr. Phyllis Sharps, is now spearheading a program designed to address those issues and build nursing capacity in the African nation. Sharps’ approach is to provide JHUSON faculty mentorship to South Africa’s nursing PhD candidates with their research techniques, doctoral coursework, and dissertations, so they can have the knowledge to instruct new nurses. This strategy will bolster the nursing capacity in South Africa from top to the bottom. “We [the JHUSON faculty mentors] are preparing doctoral nurses who will teach in universities, nurses who will establish graduate and doctoral nursing education programs, nurses who will conduct research to inform health policy, and nurses who will be leaders in the health care system,” Sharps says about the mentorship with South African doctoral students. See http://www.son.jhmi.edu.

July 2010

  • The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) will coordinate a $4.7 million stimulus grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to fund a new program to address the nursing shortage. The Nursing Education and Placement Program will pay for tuition, books, and fees for various nursing programs and provide help with job placement after graduation with participating employers. The program is targeted to the unemployed and underemployed, those displaced by Hurricane Ike, and veterans and their spouses. The program is a partnership among UTMB, the Gulf Coast Workforce Board, community colleges, universities, and healthcare providers. The central goals of the program are to reduce nurse shortages in high demand areas, increase the income of those currently unemployed or underemployed, and expand access to nursing career ladders. Qualified applicants can work towards becoming certified nurse assistants, licensed vocational nurses, registered nurses, and advance from registered nurse to a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. The program anticipates 300 participants over three years. See http://son.utmb.edu.

  • The Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing (FSMFN) has received a federal Advanced Education Nursing program grant of just over $1 million to expand the school’s ADN-MSN Bridge entry option. Funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, this three-year grant will allow the FSMFN to expand resources for its ADN-MSN Bridge program, including increasing faculty and enhancing recruitment and retention with a special focus on attracting rural and minority students to the program. The school seeks to increase the total number of students admitted to the Bridge option from 80 students a year to 150 a year by 2013, with the goal of enrolling 75 percent of Bridge students from rural areas to contribute to health-care accessibility in medically underserved regions. See http://www.midwives.org/home.html.

June 2010

  • Drs. Bernadette Melnyk and Gerri Lamb from the Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation, along with the deans from the University of Arizona College of Medicine and Pharmacy, have received a two-year planning grant in the amount of $300,000 from the Josiah Macy Foundation to design a new innovative interprofessional curriculum to educate DNPs, MDs and PharmDs together, with an emphasis on preparing them for primary care practice in underserved rural and urban areas. See http://nursingandhealth.asu.edu.

  • The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing is partnering with Good Shepherd Health System in East Texas and Arlington-based Texas Health Resources on two grants designed to increase the number of RNs in Texas and faculty who teach them. Texas Health Resources received $550,753 to expand the college’s existing hospital-based program from 20 to 80 students per year through UT Arlington’s online, accelerated BSN program. The Good Shepherd Health System received $771,035 to deliver UTA’s 15-month, BSN program in East Texas. The project aims to enroll 80 students from among the hospital’s clinical and non-clinical employees. See http://www.uta.edu/nursing/news.

  • HRSA awarded an $88,124 grant to the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Nursing to help address the healthcare needs of West Texans by providing traineeships to MSN and DNP students. Dr. Chandice Covington, interim dean of the School of Nursing, said nurses with advanced preparation as nurse practitioners, nurse educators, nurse administrators, and nurses with doctoral education are essential to decreasing healthcare disparities. “Many of our MSN and DNP students serve in rural and other underserved areas,” Dr. Covington said. “Stipends provided through this grant will increase the number of students who can enroll as full-time students, as well as assist part-time students nearing completion of their program, thus producing more nurses with advanced degrees into the workforce in a shorter time period.” See http://www.ttuhsc.edu/son.

May 2010

  • The University of Maryland School of Nursing joined nine other Maryland academic health institutions and historically black colleges on May 5, 2010 in signing a memorandum of understanding officially launching the Maryland Alliance to Transform the Health Professions. The Maryland Alliance, a spin-off of the Sullivan Alliance to Transform America’s Health Professions, aims to address the state’s growing need for a larger and more ethnically representative health care workforce and to provide a working model for other states also committed to expansion and diversification. The other Maryland schools in the Alliance are Bowie State University; Coppin State University; Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; Morgan State University; University of Maryland, College Park School of Public Health; University of Maryland Eastern Shore; University of Maryland School of Medicine; University of Maryland School of Pharmacy; and University of Maryland Dental School. See http://nursing.umaryland.edu/news/2851.

  • The New York University College of Nursing has a received a generous $300,000 grant from the Brookdale Foundation to support scholarships for geriatric nurse practitioners enrolling in the college’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program. By helping to grow the ranks of geriatric nursing specialits with DNP degrees, the Brookdale grant will support improved clinical outcomes for older adults and increase the supply of faculty who will teach the next generation of nurses to care for a rapidly aging U.S. population. “The need to prepare tomorrow’s geriatric nurse leaders is at a critical point,” says Dr. Terry Fulmer, dean of NYU College of Nursing. “We are enormously grateful to the Brookdale Foundation for recognizing that our aging population—faced with a graying health care workforce—needs a substantial influx of expert nurse clinicians and clinical faculty who are highly competent to meet and teach about their complex needs.” Under the leadership of President Stephen L. Schwartz, the Brookdale Foundation works to advance the fields of geriatrics and gerontology and to improve the lives of senior citizens in New York City and beyond. See http://www.nyu.edu/nursing.

  • The University of Minnesota School of Nursing Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence received a three-year federal grant from U.S. Health Resources and Service Administration to work with schools of nursing and their nursing home clinical partners to develop exemplary clinical experiences for students in nursing homes. To increase the clinical teaching capacity of faculty in nursing home settings, the project will provide regional workshops for faculty in associate and baccalaureate nursing degree programs in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and tribal colleges. An innovative component of the faculty development program is that it will be conducted in partnership with nursing staff from the nursing homes where students will learn. An online version of the faculty development program will be targeted to nursing programs throughout the U.S. See http://www.nursing.umn.edu/Hartford/ClinicalTeachinginNursingHomes.

April 2010

  • Dr. Bernadette Melnyk, dean of Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation, has established a new partnership with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to implement a new transdisciplinary Master of Science in Regulatory Science and Health Safety program. This is the first partnership of its kind between the FDA and a college of nursing. For more details on this program launching this fall, see http://nursingandhealth.asu.edu/regulatory.

  • Students at the University of Houston-Victoria (UHV) School of Nursing soon will have access to a cutting-edge lab with human simulators thanks to a $218,000 grant from the M.G. and Lillie A. Johnson Foundation of Victoria. “This generous grant will help us to greatly advance the role of area nurses so they can improve the quality of healthcare available to everyone in this region and beyond,” said Dr. Kathryn Tart, founding dean of the UHV School of Nursing. The Patient Care Simulation Center will contain sophisticated human simulators and other equipment in a four-bed, two-exam-table area that will mimic many functioning healthcare facilities. See http://www.uhv.edu/car/newswire/release.asp?id=822.

March 2010

  • Administered by HRSA, the Faculty Loan Repayment Program is open to faculty members who are health professionals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Individuals selected to participate in the program agree to serve on the faculty of an accredited health professions institution (college or university) for a minimum of two years. In exchange for that service, the government pays up to $40,000 of the faculty’s student loans. Please note that this program, while open to individual nurse faculty, is not the Nurse Faculty Loan Program to which schools apply. For more information about the program see http://www.hrsa.gov/loanscholarships/repayment/faculty. Applications for the current cycle of awards is due April 22, 2010.

February 2010

  • The U.S. Department of Labor awarded Maryville University a three-year, $4.7 million grant to expand its nursing education program, beginning with the fall 2010 semester. While helping the nursing industry recover from critical shortages in both service and teaching staff, the funding will also provide targeted employment relief in the greater St. Louis area. The multi-faceted program, designed as a Weekend and Evening College initiative, will provide job opportunities and new career options for displaced and unemployed people, as well as education and certification for current healthcare workers who seek greater job mobility. See http://www.maryville.edu/news6841.htm.

  • The University of Hawai'i's (UH) Mânoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene has received $1,050,000 in initial gifts to support the development of the Hawai‘i Nursing Simulation Center. The generous funding was received from four practice partners, including the Hawai‘i Medical Service Association Foundation, Hawai‘i Pacific Health, Kaiser Permanente Hawai‘i, and the Queen’s Medical Center. These gifts will support designing and planning the transformation of the existing training spaces into a 7,000 sq. ft. facility equipped to serve as a statewide resource and address the ongoing need for nursing clinical and workforce education. Using state-of-the-art technology, the Center will increase the professional nurse’s ability to ensure patient safety; build advanced technical skills; and develop decision-making abilities of nurses and healthcare providers. The Center will serve all islands and link the existing simulation labs of the UH Statewide Nursing Consortium and hospitals throughout the state. See http://www.nursing.hawaii.edu.

  • The University of New Mexico (UNM) College of Nursing has received a $150,000 grant from the Hearst Foundation to create a scholars program for Native American and Hispanic students entering graduate programs. UNM will provide financial support to BSN program graduates while enrolled in an MSN degree. As part of the scholars program, UNM plans to develop a pipeline for these students so once they complete their MSN, they can seamlessly enter the PhD in Nursing program with a Health Policy concentration. This program will help the college increase the overall number of nursing students knowledgeable in health policy, and the number of Native American and Hispanic students in graduate programs. See http://hsc.unm.edu/consg/nn.

  • On January 28, 2010, University of Virginia School of Nursing guest lecturer Tom Johnson awarded each student in the Acute and Specialty Care graduate program a $1,000 scholarship. A graduate nursing scholarship funded by the Roy R. Charles Charitable Trust made this endowment possible. The scholarship is named in honor of Professor of Nursing, Suzanne Burns, who noted that the, “gift is a testament to the fact that Tom is confident that these individuals will continue to do their very best to provide superior evidence-based care to our critical care and acute care patients and families. I am very humbled and appreciative of Tom’s generosity and support of the School of Nursing and me personally.” See http://www.nursing.virginia.edu.

January 2010

  • A $100,000 grant from the M.G. & Lillie A. Johnson Foundation to the University of Houston-Victoria (UHV) School of Nursing will mean more nurse leaders for the community. “This money will be used for scholarships to recruit the best and brightest RN to BSN and MSN students to become nurse leaders in this community and the surrounding area,” Founding Dean Kathryn Tart said. UHV offers Johnson Scholarships and the Johnson Scholars program. Both exist to remove financial barriers for people who would make extraordinary nurse leaders if they were to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree, she said. See http://www.uhv.edu/car/newswire/release.asp?id=732.