Interprofessional education

Combining skills and knowledge from different disciplines enhances patient care.

By Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN


In 2003, the Committee on Health Professions Education of the Institute of Medicine released a report recommending that “All health professionals should be educated to deliver patient-centered care as members of an interdisciplinary team, emphasizing evidence-based practice, quality improvement approaches, and informatics.” Thus, a common recommendation was directed to all health professions’ schools to ensure their graduates are competent in these five areas. Through its work in the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) initiative, the nursing community divided quality improvement into two competencies, resulting in a sixth area—safety. Continue reading »

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Can nursing meet the 80/2020 goal?

Progress is slow but steady as RNs head back to school to get their BSN.

By Janet Boivin, BSN, RN

Will 80% of RNs hold a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree by the year 2020? Not likely, say nursing experts. But not to worry, they add. For the first time in the decades-old debate over whether a BSN should be required for practice, RNs are heading back to school in record numbers.   Continue reading »

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Your doctorate and the path to persistence

Completing your doctorate requires support and more.

By Nancy Bellucci, PhD, RN, CNOR

High attrition rates for doctoral nursing students (reported to be as much as 50%) in the face of an increasing demand for PhD-prepared nursing faculty is a growing concern. So, what’s at the crux of this problem and how do we solve it? When I was a doctoral student, I researched how other doctoral students balanced work, family, and school. The goal was to learn more about the strategies used by these students. (See More about the research.) Continue reading »

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Lifelong learning: Is a post-master’s certificate the right option for you?

It may be the key to opening the door to new opportunities.  

By Meigan Robb, PhD, RN, and Teresa Shellenbarger, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF

As a professional nurse, you know the importance of embracing lifelong learning and the value of furthering education to enhance your career opportunities. The Institute of Medicine’s 2010 report The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health suggests that to promote change and enhance population health, nurses must commit to advancing their knowledge and skills. One way to do this is to continue your education and seek a post-master’s certificate—an educational option for both clinically focused advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) and nonclinically focused master’s–prepared nurses. Continue reading »

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Returning to nursing school? Keys to success

Preparation will help ease the transition.

By Teresa Shellenbarger, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, and Meigan Robb, PhD, RN


Congratulations! You have decided to pursue additional nursing education and been accepted at the program of your choice. You’re happy—right? But you also may be feeling a bit anxious, especially if you haven’t been in school for a while. Continue reading »

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Is an accelerated nursing program right for you?

This challenging approach to nursing education offers plenty of rewards.

By Janet Boivin, BSN, RN

Even with a 3.8 GPA from the University of Florida, Katrina Sherman, a junior majoring in English, harbored doubts that she could find a well-paying job when she graduated. So she began considering nursing as an option.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English in 2010, Sherman searched for accelerated nursing programs across the country. She created a spreadsheet and systematically recorded program names, the types of credits each required for admission, and the deadlines for applying.

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Moving ahead with your nursing education

Take advantage of the resources available to you.

By Deborah E. Trautman, PhD, RN, FAAN

Whether you’re a newly licensed nurse or a seasoned professional, the time is always right to take the next step in your education. Returning to school opens new doors of opportunity for your career, as higher levels of education allow you to work in the settings of your choice and assume more responsibility for shaping care delivery. Continue reading »

Detecting long-term concussion in athletes

Detecting long-term concussion in athletes

Researchers develop method that could one day be used in brain trauma lawsuits

Lawyers representing both sides in concussion lawsuits against sports leagues may eventually have a new tool at their disposal: a diagnostic signature that uses artificial intelligence to detect brain trauma years after it has occurred.

While the short-term effects of head trauma can be devastating, the long-term effects can be equally hard for patients. The symptoms may linger years after the concussion happened. The problem is it is often hard to say whether their symptoms are being caused by a concussion or other factors like another neurological condition or the normal aging process. Continue reading »

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National Council Issues Report on Psychiatric Shortage

Medical Directors’ Report Recommends Training More Psychiatrists and Expanding Tele-psychiatry.

The New National Council Medical Director Institute Makes Sweeping Recommendations to Combat a Shortage of Psychiatrists as Patient Loads Increase.

Washington, DC, March 28, 2017 – Today, the National Council for Behavioral Health’s Medical Director Institute released recommendations to ensure there are enough psychiatrists to treat the people who need help.

The need for an adequate psychiatric workforce has never been greater than it is now. In addition to expanded insurance coverage driving demand, our nation faces public health crises in its opioid epidemic and rising suicide rates. Yet, 55 percent of U.S. counties have no psychiatrists at all. If nothing is done, the demand for psychiatry will outstrip supply by 25 percent in 2025. Continue reading »

Nursing careers and education

Education Listings: American Nurse Today Education Guide for 2017

Antioch University Graduate School of Leadership and Change (GSLC)
Dayton, OH Our program focuses on understanding, re- searching and leading change in organiza- tions, workplaces, and the professions in- volved in the healthcare field. Students in the healthcare concentration of the PhD in Leadership and Change program bring the lens of leadership and change to such top- ics as relationship-centered care, communi- ty access, education and advocacy, socially responsible and ethical decision making, and values-based change strategies in en- vironments of high complexity.
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