Wayne State University

Wayne State University

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Overview of the Curriculum Innovation

The advanced practice public health nursing curriculum innovation is part of a HRSA supported graduate nursing distance education program that is shared with students in advanced psychiatric mental health nursing. The program is located in medically underserved areas across the State of Michigan. The shared clinical courses provide 2 credit hours of didactic work and then 4 credits of clinical experiences in the nursing specialty of the individual student (Public Health Nursing or Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing). As part of the joint educational experience students collaborate on community-based intervention projects such as disaster management or emergency preparedness. The combination of public health nursing with psychiatric advanced practice nursing results in community interventions that provide a range of essential services. A recent class project on school violence was presented at a regional meeting of campus security services. The program has enrolled 30 advanced practice public health nurses and 70 psych NP nurses. There have also been 2 DNP graduates with a concentration in public health nursing. 

Contact

Feleta Wilson, PhD, RN
Wayne State University
Feleta.wilson@wayne.edu