PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. — In response to the rapidly changing United States
health care system, Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing has
fundamentally restructured its undergraduate and graduate curricula to
more fully integrate community-based health care.
The new undergraduate curriculum focuses on assessment, relationship-centered
communication, case management and critical thinking. The revised graduate
curriculum highlights primary health care, clinical decision-making and the
role of nursing in the health care policy arena. The graduate curriculum also
includes a new master’s degree program with a specialty in Case Management.
Both undergraduate and graduate curricula will begin in September 1998.
Community health focuses on illness prevention, health maintenance and
health promotion activities, and stresses emotional, social and spiritual
well-being. Community health care nursing is directed toward groups of
people rather than toward individual patients and addresses a multitude
of issues and populations.
The Lienhard School of Nursing also has re-designed its educational
programs to ensure greater flexibility for a diverse student body. The
admission and registration processes have been simplified. Innovative
learning techniques, including distance alternatives and varied clinical
placements for nursing students, are available. At the graduate level,
alternative scheduling such as executive model scheduling for case
management may be available. In addition, the continuing education
program includes many non-credit and certificate “work retraining”
programs. Dean Harriet R. Feldman states, “We are simply responding to
changing health care needs, and community-based care is more cost
effective for everyone.”
Approximately 800 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate
programs in the Lienhard School of Nursing. Undergraduate programs
consist of a 4-year baccalaureate program, a baccalaureate-completion
program for registered nurses (RN/BS), a combined degree program (CDP)
for non-nurse college graduates and an accelerated BS/MS program for
registered nurses. The Graduate offerings include MS/Family (FNP) or
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner programs, Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
MS programs in Adult and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing, and Case
Management. All master’s program specialties have the option of a
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS).
The Lienhard School of Nursing had the first nurse-managed health care
unit in a school of nursing, and began to prepare nurse practitioners as
early as 1972 — one of the first master’s programs to do so in New York
state and nationally. US News & World Report ranked Lienhard School of
Nursing’s FNP program nineteenth in the country. A Ph.D. in nursing
with a focus on primary health care research and education is
anticipated to begin in the year 2000.