In 2010, the Institute of Medicine recommended 80 percent of the nursing workforce hold at least a bachelor's degree by 2020 to meet the demands of an ever-changing health care system. To help Pennsylvania nurses achieve this education goal, Penn State is offering an Accelerated RN to B.S. in Nursing program at four locations this fall: Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus; Penn State Greater Allegheny; Penn State DuBois; and Penn State Learning Center in Lewistown.
As hospitals and health organizations move from paper to electronic health records, a new profession is emerging. Nursing informatics combines nursing, computer and information sciences for managing and communicating information to benefit patients. Registered nurses (RNs) who want to prepare for this new health care role can earn a Nursing Informatics certificate online through Penn State's World Campus.
Less than 10 percent of people with heart failure receive supportive or palliative care beyond basic medical services, but a new research project, funded by a $1.7 million grant from the National Institute for Nursing Research to Penn State's School of Nursing, aims to change the situation.
Two Penn State undergraduate students in the School of Nursing are among the eight students nationwide to receive a 2011 Pauline Thompson Nursing Education Scholarship from the Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania (NFP).
People with obstructive sleep apnea are more likely to stick to prescribed treatment when a partner or parent is involved with their treatment, according to a team of sleep researchers. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the upper airway collapses during sleep. It is the most common type of sleep-disordered breathing, and chances of it occurring become more elevated in obese people. The first line of treatment for sleep apnea is a noninvasive, in-home treatment called CPAP, continuous positive airway pressure therapy. However, if patients do not use the equipment properly, or at all, it cannot help. Amy M. Sawyer, assistant professor of nursing, Penn State, and her team are looking for the best ways to encourage patients to adhere to the CPAP treatment.
Donna Fick, a professor of nursing and of psychiatry and the co-director of the Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence at Penn State, has been named the editor of the Journal of Gerontological Nursing.
When an elderly person is caught in the snares of financial abuse, a professional such as a nurse, physician, banker or attorney can only provide help if he or she knows what to look for and what to do when elder abuse is suspected. Professor Katherine Pearson will visit the Penn State School of Nursing to present "Beware of Befrienders: Analyzing Roles for Professionals in Helping Older Adults Avoid Financial Abuse" on Tuesday, Sept. 27.
People with dementia resist care when they feel threatened. In general, these patients cannot care for themselves and need help. Nurses who care for patients with dementia now have a tailored approach to dental hygiene for their charges, thanks to a pilot study by Rita A. Jablonski, Penn State assistant professor of nursing, and other nurses.
The Penn State School of Nursing has been selected as one of 52 schools to receive grant funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN). During the 2011-2012 academic year, the school will receive $100,000 to support students in the baccalaureate program who are traditionally underrepresented in the field of nursing.
Gwen McGhan, registered nurse and former project administrator for Penn State's Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence in the School of Nursing, has been selected to participate in the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program, starting in fall 2010. The program, co-created by the John A. Hartford Foundation and the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence, is designed to increase the number of well-qualified geriatric nursing faculty in the nation and to help ensure that all nurses are prepared to care for our rapidly aging population.
Area nurses will soon have access to a master's degree program that will prepare them to work as Nurse Practitioners (NPs). The Penn State School of Nursing is expanding its present NP program to two additional campuses, including Mont Alto and Worthington Scranton. This Master of Science (MS) degree program does not require General Record Exams (GREs) for admission but it does provide students two specialty options--the Family Nurse Practitioner or the Adult Nurse Practitioner. The NP program is currently offered at four other Penn State campuses.
In the future, nurses may more accurately detect and alleviate symptoms of delirium in persons with dementia, thanks to a five-year, $2.7-million grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research. The project, led by Donna Fick, professor of nursing, Penn State, seeks to improve nurses' assessment skills and reduce the use of drugs to treat delirium and dementia.