Free Program at Pace to Encourage Middle School Students to Consider Healthcare Careers

The 2006 Summer Scholars Program for Nursing and Health Careers is a new initiative designed to encourage middle school students (in 6th, 7th and 8th grades) in Westchester County to explore nursing and health care as career choices as well as to increase awareness of personal health and to promote wellness in these students. This program originated as a long term solution to the regional and national nursing shortage crisis.

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Contact:
Cara Halstead, Office of Public Information,
Pace University, 914-773-3312, Cell: 914-906-9680, chalstead@pace.edu

WESTCHESTER MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS OFFERED CHANCE TO PARTICIPATE IN NURSING AND HEALTH CAREERS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM FREE OF CHARGE

Information session Wed., Feb. 1: Program designed to entice middle school students into careers in healthcare; could serve as model for other schools to replicate nationwide

PLEASANTVILLE, NY, January 24, 2006 – The 2006 Summer Scholars Program for Nursing and Health Careers is a new initiative designed to encourage middle school students (in 6th, 7th and 8th grades) in Westchester County to explore nursing and health care as career choices as well as to increase awareness of personal health and to promote wellness in these students. This program originated as a long term solution to the regional and national nursing shortage crisis.

Because the program is made possible through a grant awarded to Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing (LSN), there is no charge for any component of it. The grant is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Health Resources and Services Administration through the efforts of Congresswoman Nita M. Lowey (NY-18).

“We see this program as just one step toward alleviating the national nursing and nursing faculty shortage,” said Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean of LSN. “We’d like to inspire and encourage students early on, so that health care is a top of mind career choice as they enter their decision-making years.”

There are three components of the program to take place this year. The first are information sessions – in the winter and spring, a spring break trip to Washington, DC and a summer camp.

Information sessions on nursing and healthcare careers
Middle school students who are interested in health careers are invited to attend the first information session on Wednesday, February 1st, from 5pm – 7pm on the Pleasantville campus of Pace University, 861 Bedford Rd., entrance 3, Kessel Campus Center, Butcher Suite. On Wednesday, May 3rd, the second information session will be held from 5pm – 7pm, in the same location.

WHO: For Westchester middle school students
WHAT: First information session of 2006 Summer Scholars Program for Nursing and Health Careers
WHEN: Wednesday, February 1st from 5pm – 7pm
WHERE: Pleasantville campus of Pace University, 861 Bedford Rd., entrance 3, Kessel Campus Center, Butcher Suite

The first session will feature a local Physical Therapist, a Pace Athletic Trainer and an Orthopedic Nurse from Phelps Memorial Hospital. Each session will also be attended by members of Student Nurses at Pace, so attendees will have the opportunity to talk about nursing school with students currently enrolled.

Space is limited, so students and their parents who would like to attend the February 1st Information Session should RSVP by calling Cira Raciti at 914-773-3322 or via e-mail at nursing @pace.edu by 1/27/06. Those who would like to attend the May 3rd information session should RSVP on or before 4/26/06.

Spring break trip to Washington, DC
A six day course will be offered during spring break, leaving Friday, April 7 and returning Wednesday, April 12. During their stay, the students will visit the Department of Health and Human Services to learn about federally funded scholarships for careers in nursing and health care, tour a military hospital and base where they will hear about scholarship opportunities in the armed services and visit Congresswoman Nita Lowey’s office. Throughout the trip, students will maintain a digital journal using personal digital assistants (PDA’s).

Summer camp
This week long summer day camp for middle school students, called Summer Scholars Program for Nursing and Health Care Careers, will take place on Pace’s Pleasantville campus. Each camper will participate in one five day camp session either Week 1 or Week 2. It will focus on careers in nursing and health care as well as personal health and wellness.

Career options will be explored throughout the week through sessions with health care providers, on-line research, and field trips to health care facilities, helping students envision healthcare careers that they might be interested in pursuing as they prepare for high school and college.

The program will encompass all six dimensions of health: physical, social, emotional, spiritual, occupational, and intellectual. Physical fitness activities, meditation, and healthy eating will be on the daily program, along with a special appearance by an organization such as Mad Science® (www.madscience.org) to stimulate critical thinking. Throughout the week, campers will have time in the computer classroom to participate in electronic activities using distance learning technology.

Each camper will be given a PDA with digital camera/video camera. They will be required to maintain a digital journal of their experiences and to monitor their personal goals for wellness.
Students will be asked to create web pages related to “Healthy Workforce 2015,” the theme of the program. The campers will share their web pages on the final day and discuss what career choices they might now be considering. Graduates of the program will be given their PDA’s to keep.

How are the students for the spring break trip and summer camp selected?
All middle school students in Westchester County are eligible. Acceptance into the programs is competitive, and preference will be given to those applications that are complete and submitted by Feb. 28 for the spring break trip and May 31 for the summer camp. Up to 20 students will be selected for both the spring break trip and the summer camp. Selection criteria include interest in: nursing and healthcare careers and personal health and wellness; proficiency in science and math, computer skills.
Set within culturally diverse urban and suburban settings, Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing (LSN) is committed to innovation and excellence in education, research, and practice in primary health care. With more than 600 students enrolled in baccalaureate and master’s degree programs, all approved by the New York State Education Department and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, LSN partners with communities to foster human growth and dignity and provide primary care. The School of Nursing is devoted to preparing individuals, families, and communities at local, national, and international levels, to meet health care demands now and in the future. For inquiries about the nursing programs at Pace, please email nursing@pace.edu, or call (914) 773-3552. www.pace.edu

Founded in 1906, Pace University educates achievers who are engaged with critical issues both locally and globally. Known for its outcome-oriented environment that prepares students to succeed in a wide-range of professions, Pace has three campuses, including New York City (downtown and lower Manhattan), Westchester (Pleasantville, Briarcliff, and the White Plains Graduate Center), and the Pace School of Law in White Plains. The Pace Hudson Valley Center is located in Orange County New York. A private metropolitan university, Pace enrolls more than 14,000 students in undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Ivan G. Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Law, Lienhard School of Nursing, Lubin School of Business, and School of Education. Visit Pace University at www.pace.edu.

Pace Nursing Dean Proposes Solutions for the Nursing Shortage

By 2010, less than seven years from now, 1,000,000 new and replacement nurses will be needed in the U.S. health care system. While the health care community readily acknowledges the problem, most current approaches only scratch the surface of this mounting national crisis.

Contact: Jamie Holloway M Booth & Associates 212.481.7000

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SOLVING THE NURSING SHORTAGE IN AMERICA

New Book Offers Pioneering Solutions for Escalating Crisis

Pleasantville, NY, August 26, 2003 – By 2010, less than seven years from now, 1,000,000 new and replacement nurses will be needed in the U.S. health care system. While the health care community readily acknowledges the problem, most current approaches only scratch the surface of this mounting national crisis.

A strong commitment to applying resourceful solutions is needed and can help avert the crisis, according to “The Nursing Shortage: Strategies for Recruitment and Retention in Clinical Practice and Education” (Springer Publishing Company), the latest book from Harriet R. Feldman, PhD, RN, FAAN and Dean of Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing.

Although the rising pay brought about by the shortage is beginning to draw more people to the field, Feldman and her co-authors offer strategies and solutions that move beyond the domain of “supply and demand.” The collection of case studies and cutting-edge research becomes a true “call to action” based on proven best practices from leading health care and teaching facilities.

Feldman’s cases offer policy, education and retention perspectives from diverse settings across the health care system – from a 60-bed acute-care facility in rural Missouri or the Denver Children’s Hospital to a hectic level-1 rural trauma center. From them, the book argues, decision-makers and health care leaders elsewhere can draw relevant solutions.

A common thread running through “The Nursing Shortage” is the belief that solving the shortage isn’t as simple as filling vacancies. Nurses with the right educational background and skill set are needed to handle the complex and technologically advanced demands of today’s health care system. “The challenges for today’s nurses are endless,” explains Feldman. “To meet the demands of a population that is aging, with increasingly complex health problems, today’s nurse must be educated in both the care of patients and the management of sophisticated equipment and technology.”

Specifically, Feldman recommends tested recruitment and retention techniques, preceptor and mentoring arrangements that help nurses to excel as experts, private and public funding initiatives that support the education of future nurses, and strategic partnerships between the nursing industry and educational institutions.

In an era of expanding – and competing – career opportunities for women and men, these proven tactics will encourage nurses to enter and stay in the profession to teach the next generation of nurses as enrollments expand. The scarcity of faculty is yet another bottleneck to addressing the nursing shortage.

Feldman is a national authority on nursing and has authored more than 90 articles, book chapters, and editorials. She recently co-authored “Nurses in the Political Arena: The Public Face of Nursing.”

The Lienhard School of Nursing at Pace University offers degree programs to approximately 550 students, including a 4-year BS program; a baccalaureate completion program for RNs; an accelerated RN/BS/MS for RN’s; combined degree BSN/MS program for non-nursing college graduates; master’s programs in family nurse practitioner, women’s health care nurse practitioner, and nursing informatics; and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study option in selected master’s specialties. The LSN also has three centers of excellence that enrich the educational experience and support student learning: the Center for Nursing Research, Clinical Practice and International Affairs; the Center for Continuing Education in Nursing and Health Care; and the Learning Resource Center.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent university committed to opportunity, teaching and learning, civic involvement and measurable outcomes. It has campuses in New York City and Pleasantville and White Plains, N.Y., and a Hudson Valley Center at Stewart International Airport in New Windsor, N.Y. More than 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, Lienhard School of Nursing and Pace Law School. www.pace.edu