CGN Awarded Accreditation for Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program
The College of Graduate Nursing is pleased to announce the official notification from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) awarding the WesternU CGN Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program accreditation effective September 11, 2011.
CGN Awarded National Faculty Loan Repayment Program Grant
In June 2012, The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded WesternU's College of Graduate Nursing $370,139 to help prepare nurse faculty. According to Dean Karen Hanford, EdD, MSN, FNP, "these funds will help ensure that the nation has an adequate supply of qualified educators to train future nursing students. WesternU is helping to meet the expectations of the Institute of Medicine's Report The Future of Nursing by educating more than 20 future educators." For more information about this grant, please contact The College of Graduate Nursing.
CGN Awarded Advanced Nursing Education Expansion Grant
The College of Graduate Nursing is proud to announce that we are recipients of $1,056,000 through the Advanced Nursing Education Expansion Program from the Affordable Care Act's Prevention and Public Health Fund. The grant will increase the likelihood of students maintaining full-time status, thus accelerating their graduation. This grant will increase the number of Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP) in the workforce who focus on the needs of vulnerable populations in California and beyond. For more information about this grant, please visit the About the Family NP Program web page.
Haiti Family Initiative's Summer Camp
Ivy Tuason, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of the MSN-E program, recently traveled to Jacmel, Haiti to join Haiti Family Initiative's summer camp. The focus of the organization is a holistic approach to health, education, and the welfare of the families in Jacmel. The aim is to help those most vulnerable to overcome the trauma they have endured and to promote the psychosocial well-being of families in this earthquake-shattered nation. The organization provides wellness programs in social, educational, mental, and physical health care sectors for women, children and families. Professor Tuason assisted in running the medical clinic both in the town of Jacmel as well as assisted in setting up a mobile clinic in a remote mountain community. Along with three other health care practitioners, they saw over 300 patients, many of whom have never seen a health care provider before, in a period of five days. This is Professor Tuason's second year with the organization and she intends to return annually. Professor Tuason is actively partnered with her nursing students and the National Student Nurses' Association (NSNA) to help collect books and additional resources with the hope to build a library for the community.
Enhancing Healing Through Music Therapy
Patricia Shakhshir, PhD, RN, CNS, participated in the Oncology Nursing Conference "Oncology Nursing: Helping Patient and Caregivers Heal" in Moscow, Russia this month by contributing her module titled "Enhancing Healing Through Music Therapy". This important conference focused on the non-pharmacologic interventions for cancer pain and reached nurses in the major cities of Moscow. A generous grant from Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation enabled nurses from far reaching providences of Ufa in remote Russia to attend the conference as well. The impact of pain management education can now get carred back into the remote provinces of Russia helping cancer patients in pain in the rural areas of the country.
Local American Assembly of Men in Nursing (AAMN) Chapter Approved
The American Assembly of Men (AAMN) is a national organization that provides structure for nurses to meet and discuss factors that influence men in nursing. The primary objectives for AAMN are to encourage men to become nurses and join together with all nurses in strengthening and humanizing health care, to support male nurses and student nurses to grow professionaly and increase their contributions in nursing, and to advocate mens' health issues at the local and national level.
Kyle Martin and Anthony Ngo, first year Master of Science in Nursing (MSN-E) students, have engaged in strategic planning for requesting a local chapter of the AAMN for the College of Graduate Nursing (CGN) here at WesternU with Rod Hicks, PhD, APRN, FAANP, FAAN, Professor and Assistant Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program, serving as faculty advisor. Recently, the AAMN Board of Directors met and approved the chapter request and the Chapter was formally recognized at the October national meeting. The local AAMN chapter will welcome any CGN student at WesternU, as well as other individuals with interests in increasing the number of men who seek nursing as a profession or wish to imporve men's health.
CGN graduates are invited to stay in touch and get involved with their alma mater by visiting the Alumni area on our Web site.
Alumni seeking nursing positions are encouraged to visit the Alumni Career Resources Center. Additional job postings may be found on the Nursing Employment Opportunities page powered by www.AfterCollege.com.