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Nursing Program Receives National Award

November 8, 2018 Tags: Distinctions , Health Sciences and Education , University News

Left to Right: Dr. Ann Cary, Chair, Board of Directors, American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN); Dr. Rita Trofino, Associate Dean School of Health Sciences & Education, Nursing Department Chair; Dr. Deborah Trautman, President and CEO, AACN.Dr. Rita Trofino, Associate Dean, School of Health Sciences & Education, and Nursing Department Chair, received an award from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) at the business meeting, on Monday, October 30, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

The 2018 Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Award is, “In recognition of outstanding work re-envisioning traditional models for nursing education and programmatic change”.

Saint Francis University received this award, in the small liberal arts schools division, from over 800  member nursing programs across the United States. The award was for the, “Heath Care Team Challenge”.

Members of the IPE Committee Left to Right

Row 1:  Brenda Guzic, Dr. Rita Trofino, 
Row 2: Dr. John Karduck, Dr. Kara Kobal, Dr. Donald Walkovich, Regina Barr
Row 3: Dr. Lorie Rowles, Dr. Stephanie Ivory, Heather VitkoAbout the Health Care Team Challenge

Three years ago the School of Health Sciences and Education (SHS&E) established an Interprofessional Education (IPE) Committee, comprised of all health science disciplines: Exercise Physiology, Occupational Therapy, Nursing, Physician Assistant Science, Physical Therapy, and Public Health.

As the delivery of healthcare becomes more interrelated, coordinating care between and among all health care disciplines has become progressively more imperative and the Saint Francis University IPE Committee recognized the important role IPE plays in the development of future health care professionals. Following the guidelines for Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice, the committee sought to find ways to have an all-inclusive enduring educational initiative to meet the needs of interprofessional education within each of these disciplines.

The IPE Committee also acknowledged the impact that healthcare simulation combined with online IPE can have on the training and education of health care students in aiding to better address the needs of their patients. Therefore, the committee combined IPE and a case study in an online simulation venue to present and model best health care practices; increase competencies and coordinate care; and improve knowledge, skills, and attitudes.

Utilizing this method provided an opportunity for students in the School of Health Sciences and Education to learn about IPE, and the use of the online simulated case supported the goals of health care integration by reinforcing the importance of collaboration and cooperation among disciplines to improve patient care.

The “Saint Francis University School of Health Sciences and Education Health Care Team Challenge” initiated by the Interprofessional Education Committee  has broadened the competencies of nursing and other health science disciplines in improving individual and population health outcomes by improving safe patient care and enhancing team-based care. 

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Top Photo Left to Right: Dr. Ann Cary, Chair, Board of Directors, American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN); Dr. Rita Trofino, Associate Dean School of Health Sciences & Education, Nursing Department Chair; Dr. Deborah Trautman, President and CEO, AACN.

Bottom Photo: Members of the IPE Committee Left to Right

Row 1:  Brenda Guzic, Dr. Rita Trofino, 
Row 2: Dr. John Karduck, Dr. Kara Kobal, Dr. Donald Walkovich, Regina Barr
Row 3: Dr. Lorie Rowles, Dr. Stephanie Ivory, Heather Vitko

Committee members not present:  Dr. Stephen Baker,  Dr. Carrie Beebout,  Suzanne Black, Gale DeArmin, Dr. Kerri Golden, Dr. Michael Groman, Dr. Theresa Horner, Dr. Baruch Vainshelboim, Dr. Kristofer Wisniewski and Christine Binduga