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2015 Spring Newsletter Page 2

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DISASTER RELIEF

Your Support for Haiti — Five Years Later

Patient with nurses.

IT TAKES YEARS, even decades, for a community to recover from a disaster. In the wake of the earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, the support donors provide to the American Nurses Foundation continues to have significant and lasting impacts on the communities in Haiti today.

In 2014, the Foundation provided support to Partners In Health and its sister organization in Haiti, Zanmi Lasante, to help their ongoing nursing and health care responses to the earthquake that killed more than 100,000 people.

The work has helped provide access to high-quality health care for the poor and marginalized in Haiti — and lift up impoverished communities by developing innovative, scalable and sustainable solutions to some of Haiti’s most intractable health problems.

Nursing care is the backbone of high-quality health care in any health system and vital to the delivery of every level of care for patients — yet Haiti has only 32 nursing schools recognized by the Haitian Ministry of Health. Currently there is no standardized curriculum for nursing education, and there is a lack of integration of clinical practice into nursing education.

The Foundation has helped enable the completion of University Hospital in Mirebalais, which will provide an opportunity for Partners In Health and Zanmi Lasante to fully integrate primary and specialty nursing systems capable of providing high-quality nursing care throughout the community. In addition, in response to the absence of formalized nurse training in the public health sector, a Nursing Center of Excellence was created in May 2014. This center will improve nursing quality and training by educating and retaining a workforce of superbly trained nurses to provide high-quality, dignified and compassionate care, and improve health outcomes for Haiti’s most vulnerable populations.

Join the Foundation as it continues to support ongoing relief and education in Haiti. Visit givetonursing.org to support the relief efforts in Haiti and around the world.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tom C. Bush, scholarship recipient

 

Tom C. Bush, scholarship recipient

 

 

The 2014 American Nurse Project and Fresenius Kabi Scholarship Recipients

Karly M. Lotz 
Our Lady of Holy Cross College, 
New Orleans, LA 
Louisiana Nurses Foundation

Hannah Ngo 
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center 
School of Nursing, New Orleans, LA 
Louisiana Nurses Foundation

Tom C. Bush 
East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 
North Carolina Foundation for Nursing Inc.

Amanda Olin 
The Pennsylvania State University, 
University Park, PA 
Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania

Julia M. Conroe 
Robert Morris University, 
Moon Township, PA 
Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania

Lindsey Morris 
Robert Morris University, 
Moon Township, PA 
Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania

Holly Novacek 
University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, 
St. Margaret’s School of Nursing, 
Blawnox Campus, Pittsburgh, PA, 
Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania

Megan L. Haehnel 
Widener University, Chester, PA 
Nursing Foundation of Pennsylvania

Larlene Dunsmuir 
Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA 
Nurse Practitioners of Oregon/ Oregon Nurses Association

 

 

 

SCHOLARSHIP SPOTLIGHT

Educating the Future, Now!

“Education is the most powerful weapon that you can use to change the world,” Nelson Mandela said. Education plays a key role in nurses’ ability to transform the nation’s health care as well. Through the American Nurses Foundation’s new scholarships, created from proceeds from the book “The American Nurse: Photographs and Interviews” and the documentary “The American Nurse: Healing America,” both by Carolyn Jones, students who are committed to changing the world of health care are receiving financial aid.

In 2014, the Foundation, in conjunction with five state nursing associations, awarded nine scholarships. Tom C. Bush, a student in the doctorate of nursing program (DNP) at East Carolina University, was one of the first recipients.

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The Foundation’s scholarships are given through state nursing associations. A complete list of state nursing associations can be found at nursingworld.org. Contributions to the scholarship fund can be made at givetonursing.org.

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Tom’s road to nursing began with his strong interest in the biological and social sciences and how humans respond to illness. “No other discipline offers the rewards and challenges available in the nursing profession,” he says.

The scholarship Tom received from the North Carolina Nurses Association/North Carolina Foundation for Nursing Inc. and the American Nurses Foundation will help alleviate the financial burden of tuition and allow him to focus on making a difference in the field of nursing. “I have long been active in my state nurses association and am committed to unrestricted access to APRN [advanced practice registered nurse] practice through regulatory autonomy of state boards,” he states. “As a DNP graduate, I will apply additional expertise in analytical methodologies, population health, quality assurance and leadership to drive policy for the full deployment of APRNs to help meet our nation’s health care needs.”

Tom’s passion is orthopedic nursing. He wants to arm nurses with knowledge of associated conditions and treatments so they are equipped to deliver the best care as the population ages and the need for musculoskeletal care increases. “Nurses are experts in health care delivery. As our discipline matures and more nurses assume leadership positions, our emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention will be instilled in the care delivery system,” he says. “I believe leadership at the intersection of nursing and medicine will help diffuse nursing innovation into health service organizations.”

 

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