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Earn an Executive Leader Doctor of Nursing Degree

This spring the School of Nursing and Health Professions launched the first Executive Leader Doctor of Nursing (ELDNP) program in the nation, opening the door for practicing nurses to acquire extensive expertise in evidence-based practices, information technology, financial management, innovation and entrepreneurship, and other arenas.
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The move couldn’t be better timed as the health care industry strives to refashion itself to deliver better care for a more affordable price. The ELDNP, with its specialty in executive management, joins USF’s other pioneering doctoral-level nursing degree programs, the DNP for family nurse practitioners and the DNP for health care systems leaders.

“The more doctoral educated nurses there are the more possibility we can fundamentally change healthcare outcomes based on research supported evidence rather than traditional practices,” said Susan Prion, associate professor of nursing and chair of USF’s DNP program.

The DNP isn’t a research PhD, rather it’s a practice doctorate designed to prepare experts in specialized nursing, including the care of individual patients, the management of care for particular patient populations, the administration of nursing and healthcare organizations, and the development and implementation of health policy.

Included in the program’s curriculum are courses on risk management, labor relations, ethics, information technology, advanced financial management, and innovation and entrepreneurship.

“The program includes integrative practice experiences and an intense practice immersion experience,” Prion said. “And it culminates with a practice application of a DNP project based in evidence rather than a knowledge-generating research effort.”

One of the most valuable lessons Lisa Gifford, DNP ’09, took away from her DNP experience was how to integrate complex adaptive systems into health care – an approach that aims to break down the hierarchical walls that are common in some facilities between physicians and nurses or between surgical and emergency care units, among others. By using adaptive systems, health care providers work as a team to provide the best care with a more holistic approach, including reducing medication errors, falls, and infections, said Gifford, who has worked as an administrator of hospice care centers in the Bay Area for two decades.

“For me, the DNP just made sense,” Gifford said. “It’s one of the most intelligent things that American nursing has done in the past 50 years, because it bridges the gap between PhD research and clinical practice.”

For more information on the program itself and on the graduate admission application process, please contact Susana Torres, Graduate Recruiter, (415) 422-2806, storres2@usfca.edu

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Nursing and Health Professions Faculty Recognized for Excellence

Two University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions faculty have been recognized for their outstanding teaching by the National League for Nursing (NLN).

Additional coverage is in the USFNews article: read the story »

School of Nursing and Health Professions Granted $750,000 for Scholarships

The University of San Francisco’s School of Nursing and Health Professions has received one of the largest funding grants in its history, a $750,000 gift from the Helene Fund Health Trust.

Additional coverage is in the USFNews article: read the story »

USF Nurses Expand Global Reach

Moves by the School of Nursing and Health Professions to set up exchange and immersion programs abroad could bring desperately needed nursing skills to developing countries, while opening a window onto the lives of the world's poor for University of San Francisco nursing students.

Additional coverage is in the USFNews article: read the story »  

USF Nursing and Health Professions Students Attend to Underserved Schools

This spring 2008, licensed resident nurses working toward a master's degree in nursing at USF became part-time school nurses and health educators in San Francisco Catholic schools that are part of the Alliance of Mission District Catholic Schools.

Additional coverage is in the USFNews article: read the story »

The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review recently ranked the University of San Francisco as One of the Nation's Most Ethnically Diverse (Ranked 15th in the nation for Diverse Student Population) and for its prime location (Ranked 11th in the nation for Best College Towns).

U.S. News and World Report Ranks the University of San Francisco as One of the Nation's Most Ethnically Diverse. Additionally the Graduate School of Nursing and Health Professions was also recognized on their list for Best Nursing Programs.

(San Francisco) - U. S. News and World Report today ranked the University of San Francisco as one of the 20 most ethnically diverse universities in the country in the category "National Universities-Doctoral." The Graduate School of Nursing and Health Professions was also ranked within the best 50 nursing programs across the nation.

"This is a University community where students, faculty, and staff learn from each other," said Fr. Stephen Privett, S.J., University of San Francisco President. "Diversity here is not a political agenda, but the necessary ingredient of a quality education in the 21st century. We learn from hearing each other's stories. The more diverse our stories, the richer the learning experience."

USF Virtual Campus Tour

Prospective students can now tour the University of San Francisco right from your computer desktop.

Welcome to the USF Campus Virtual Tour. The tour takes visitors from one university location to the next with panoramic views. Visitors also get a chance to "meet" actual USF undergraduate students by clicking on their pictures and reading about their interests and opinions on university life. Come take the tour at USF Virtual Campus Tour.

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