A group of Keuka College nursing students attended the New York State Fair but not to play games, ride the Ferris wheel, or take in the Grace Potter or Luke Bryan concerts.
The students—all registered nurses (RNs) pursuing bachelor’s degrees at Keuka’s Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP) sites at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Onondaga Community College (OCC)—were there to encourage fellow nurses to follow in their footsteps.
According to Associate Professor of Nursing Carolyn Christie-McAuliffe, the students completed their Field Period, an annual 140-hour required internship, by securing a booth at the fair promoting the Future of Nursing organization.
“The main goal of the Future of Nursing booth was to show the public what the nursing future looks like, and encourage nurses with their RN to go back to school and earn their bachelor’s degrees,” said Christie-McAuliffe, who serves as co-regional leader of the Central New York chapter of the Future of Nursing.
“I am in my 33rd year of nursing and until now, I have hesitated to be involved with any nursing group,” said Christie-McAuliffe. “But the Future of Nursing is different. I think it represents all nurses equally, no matter what their level of education. The Future of Nursing organization provides opportunity for leadership and direction for nursing within the health care system.”
And the Fair was a perfect vehicle to deliver the message.
According to Christie-McAuliffe, the students developed and provided information on specific schools for the various regions of the state; tips for adult students such as time management tricks; and information on how to obtain scholarships and loans to fund their continued education.
“The majority of RN visitors to the booth were clearly interested in pursuing their education, which we want to continue to encourage and support,” said Christie-McAuliffe.
In 2008, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation approached the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to propose a partnership between the two organizations. The resulting collaboration became the two-year Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing at the IOM. Its goal was to look at the possiblitiy of transforming the nursing profession to meet the challenges of a changing health care landscape. The report produced by the committee, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, makes specific and directed recommendations in the area of nurse training, education, professional leadership, and work force policy.
Through the initiative, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation supports the research agenda set forth by the report and implements the recommendations in the areas of nurse training, education, professional leadership, and work force policy. New York state was designated one of five initial pilot regional action coalitions to advance the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action.
“One those recommendations—that RNs seek to further their education—was featured at our booth,” said Christie-McAuliffe. “In fact, the Future of Nursing has a goal that by 2020, 80 percent of all nurses will have their bachelor’s degrees. St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse has begun requiring all RNs to sign a pledge to complete their bachelor’s degree in a certain number of years.
“In addition to this requirement, the hospital also financially supports their nurses to pursue their continued education,” added Christie-McAuliffe. “Decisions by health care institutions such as this encourages nurses to obtain their bachelor’s degrees. In part, because hospitals like St. Joseph’s are making these investments, it is evidence that patient outcomes are improved when higher percentages of RNs in the institution have bachelor’s degrees.”
The students “were charged with everything pertaining to the booth, from initiating the contract with the state fair, soliciting volunteers from across the state, soliciting funds, and developing and distributing literature,” said Christie-McAuliffe. “They also openly shared their experiences as a nurse and as a student with visitors to the booth. From this experience, the students will take what they have learned to their classes and places of employment. They will also analyze the results of the event for future recommendations and create a manual for next year.”
Life can be particularly challenging for adult students.
Successfully juggling college studies with family and job responsibilities is a remarkable accomplishment.
Maintaining a lofty grade point average and serving your community while doing so is worthy of special recognition, which three students who earned, or are earning degrees through the College’s Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP), received last night (April 24).
Randy Kuhn Jr., Edith (Edie) Smith, and Kellie Gatson were among some 30 adults who received the Rochester Area Colleges Continuing Education’s (RACCE) Outstanding Adult Student Award at the organization’s 30th Annual Awards Ceremony and Banquet at the Woodcliff Hotel and Spa in Victor. (more…)
The Division of Nursing will co-sponsor the Finger Lakes Region Future of Nursing Conference, scheduled May 4 from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Smith Opera House in Geneva.
The conference is designed for nurses, nursing students, consumers, and health care decision-makers interested in the nurse’s role in “transforming the health care system of the future” in the areas of training and education, professional development and leadership, and policy making.
Presentations will provide attendees with a status report on Future of Nursing activities, as well as state and regional updates and contacts. Participants will leave the conference with a toolkit and strategies to promote the recommendations of the Future of Nursing to consumers, health care educators, and nurses in their institution/county/area. Participants can earn six contact hours.
Presenters include Cathryne Welch, co-chair of the New York State Future of Nursing Committee; Dr. Deb Stamps, vice president and Chief Nursing Officer of Newark-Wayne Hospital and a member of the State Future of Nursing Steering Committee; Mel Callan, legislative strategist; and the Hon. Richard Dollinger, Monroe County Supreme Court judge.
Dr. Debra Gates, associate professor and chair of the Division of Nursing at Keuka, will co-facilitate a breakout session. Gates, along with Dr. Heather Cook-Smith of Unity Health in Rochester, is one of the co-leaders of the Finger Lakes Region Future of Nursing’s Remove Barriers to Practice initiative.
To register online, go to http://www.npagr.org/FONConference.shtml. The cost is $75 for nurses, $30 for nursing students, and $65 per person for groups of three from the same institution/area. Those paying at the door should make checks payable to NPAGR Future of Nursing Conference.
For more information regarding key messages and recommendations put forth by the Institute of Medicine Report October 2010—“The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health”— go to http://futureofnursing-nys.org/recommendations/priorityRecs.htm and/or http://thefutureofnursing.org/.
Nina Mottern, a 2008 Keuka College graduate and caregiver support coordinator at the Canandaigua Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center, is the primary author of an award-winning program that meets the needs of veterans and their families who reside in rural areas.
The Canandaigua VA’s “Mobile Adult Day Health Care Outreach Program: Taking Patient Driven Care to Rural Veterans and their Caregivers” recently received a Nursing Innovation Award from the Veterans Health Administration’s Office of Nursing Services.
Contributing authors were Recreation Therapist Robert Heiler and Nursing Assistant Amy Modaffari.
It was one of 10 hospital programs and/or initiatives to receive the award. There were more than 60 submissions utilizing this year’s theme: “Achieving Patient Driven Care through Highly Functioning Teams.”
According to a press release, here is a description of the Mobile Adult Day Health Care Outreach Program: “Through a traveling team of VA care providers, rural veterans and their caregivers remain living in their homes and communities thus forestalling institutionalization, experience coordinated and enhanced Veteran-centric services, and caregivers report less strain. The program is based at American Legion posts located within a veteran’s community increasing the camaraderie and spirit of VA care. This veteran-centered program is based on the tenets of ‘providing care that is respectful of and responsive to individual patient preference, needs, and values and ensuring that patient values guide all clinical decisions.’”
Induction into Alpha Sigma Lambda (ASL), the national honor society for adult students, is a high honor.
Alpha Sigma Lambda recognizes the special achievements of adults who accomplish academic excellence while facing competing interests of home and work. It is dedicated to the advancement of scholarship and recognizes high scholastic achievement in an adult student’s career.
Igor Gorbaletov, who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing through the Keuka College Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP) , has earned a place in Chi Alpha Lambda, the Keuka College chapter of ASL.
But Aug. 11, when the induction was under way, Gorbaletov, a new honoree, wasn’t there. That’s because he was busy taping a segment for Friends and Neighbors, a Twin Tiers community talk show on local leadership, hosted by Henry Dormann, editor-in-chief of LEADERS magazine, which has featured regional, national and world leaders. Dormann’s show airs Saturdays at 9 a.m. on WETM-TV (Channel 18), the NBC affiliate in Elmira.
Three 2011 graduates and nine students from Keuka College’s Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP) were inducted into Chi Alpha Lambda, the College’s chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda (ASL), the national honor society for adult students, Aug. 11.
The inductees included:
Inducted as honorary ASL members were:
Also during the ceremony, Timothy Gilbert, adjunct instructor of statistics, received a certificate of excellence in teaching.
The nursing program at Keuka College has earned a five-year accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
The CCNE is an autonomous arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and is the nation’s leading accrediting agency for baccalaureate and master’s level nursing programs.
“We are delighted that our programs have met the highest national standards of nursing education quality,” said Dr. Sparki Mangels, chair of the Division of Nursing. (more…)
The New York State Senate and Assembly have both adopted their respective budget plans and in the Assembly’s budget proposal, the High Needs Nursing Program is partially restored with funding at $675,000.
Created in 2007, the High Needs Nursing program provides up to $250 for each full-time student enrolled at an eligible two-year program and up to $500 for each full-time student enrolled in a four-year program. In the Commission on Independent College and Universities’ (cIcu) 2011-12 Legislative Priorities brochure, Gov. Cuomo and state legislators were asked to restore $941,000 for independent colleges and universities.
In order to advocate that this funding be included in the final SFY 2011-12 budget, I ask you to send e-mails to your state representatives and Conference Committee members with a personal message about the funding. To assist you in this e-advocacy effort, cIcu has created the following action alert Web site where you can send a message to your state representatives and members of the higher education committee:
By day, Kurt Koczent oversees numerous business aspects of a medical practice affiliated with Finger Lakes Health system. By night, he teaches leadership and business planning classes to adult students in the bachelor’s and master’s degree nursing programs at Keuka.
The day job would seem to keep him busy enough. Koczent, 37, is chief administrative officer at FLH Medical P.C., a private, multi-specialty physician practice that provides several medical and surgical health services for patients of Finger Lakes Health at offices in three counties and a Geneva urgent care center. He joined FLH Medical in 2009 after previously overseeing five physician practices and seven medical service units with the F.F. Thompson Health system. And at night, with a family active in sports and the community, it would seem a wonder Koczent also teaches four health care business leadership classes in Keuka’s Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP).
The Yale School of Nursing (YSN) recently recognized Janet Mance, nursing program administrator at Keuka College, for her “lifelong commitment and outstanding work in nursing legislation and education.”
Mance received a special recognition award at YSN’s annual Alumnae/i Banquet Oct. 2 in New Haven, Conn.
According to Bethany Golden, president of the YSN Alumnae/i Association, Mance “has demonstrated outstanding leadership and, through [her] commitment to nursing and health care, has made important contributions in fulfilling YSN’s mission of “better health care for all people.”
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