Contact: Mary E. Horgan
Pleasantville, N. Y. – Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing (LSN) will be helping Brazilian nurses develop their home health care expertise through distance education. The Lienhard Center for Continuing Education recently teamed up with a Brazilian home health care provider, SAVE Enterprises, to deliver the online continuing education courses.
“New health care regulations in Brazil are driving sicker and sicker patients from the hospital to the home,” said Judy Vallarelli, director of the Lienhard Center for Continuing Education.
SAVE Enterprises, a Sao Paulo, Brazil-based forerunner in home health care, will offer the online courses that will be translated and delivered in Portuguese to their employees and market the courses to hospitals and other providers within the Sao Paulo Nursing Council. SAVE and Lienhard joined forces through Pace’s Center for International Business Development housed in the Lubin School of Business.
“From the start our intention was only to improve our professional team, but in view of the demand for qualified nursing professionals for the Brazilian market, we resolved to enter into an agreement with Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing to bring these relevant courses to Brazil,” said Dr. Helen Vervloet, president of SAVE.
The courses will be offered in three modules, Basic Home Health Care, Advanced Home Health Care and Pediatric Home Health Care. Nurses can register and attend classes online.
“In Brazil, nurses don’t have too much free time to go back to school, but they can turn to the Internet and get up to date in nursing issues. Long-distance courses are very important now, and I think here in Brazil it will be a way to reach professionals who want to keep learning,” said Maria Antonia de Andrade Dias, RN, vice president of the Brazilian Nursing Management Society and secretary of the Sao Paulo Nursing Council.
The Lienhard School of Nursing at Pace University offers a number of degree programs including the 4-year BS program; the 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 case management, family nurse practitioner, psychiatric nurse practitioner, and nursing informatics; and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study option in each specialty. The LSN also has three centers: 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, that enrich the educational experience and support student learning.