The University of San Francisco: School of Nursing

The Bridge - USF School of Nursing Newsletter

The Bridge - USF School of Nursing Newsletter 

Spring 2010 - Vol V Issue 1


Beginning in January 2011, the School of Nursing will offer an Executive Leadership Doctor of Nursing Practice (ELDNP) program, specifically designed for high-level leaders who want to strengthen their expertise without pausing their careers.

The ELDNP will provide nursing executives with the knowledge, relationships, and tools necessary to advance to the highest levels of management within their organizations. The curriculum is role-specific, aimed at developing a select range of management skills.

The program is on-line, with three weekend intensives per semester augmented by a week-long summer intensive. The application deadline is October 15, 2010.

School of Nursing faculty members Susan Pauly-O’Neill and Elizabeth Cooper were chosen in January for tenure-track positions and accepted these appointments. Both recently graduated from the DNP program at USF and have worked diligently to address the future of health care through innovative research and projects.

The School of Nursing will host the Crawford Lecture on March 29, 2010 focusing on strategies for reducing health disparities in research and practice among vulnerable populations. The keynote presenter is Loretta Sweet Jemmott of the University of Pennsylvania.

Jemmott has been involved in a number of research projects focused on designing and testing culturally sensitive, developmentally appropriate, and theory-based strategies to reduce HIV risk-associated sexual behaviors among African American, South African, and Latino youth and adults. She has one of the most consistent track records of evidence-based HIV risk-reduction interventions across various populations.

USF will host the 3rd annual Clinical Nurse Leader conference on June 18, titled “Magnetism in Action.” The conference will showcase the Clinical Nurse Leader role by highlighting the impact of CNL practice on initiatives as diverse as quality improvement, patient outcome management, cost reduction, and journeys to magnet status.

A combination of keynote speakers, staff and student poster presentations, panel discussions, and a catered lunch and reception will be included in this event. For registration and abstract submission instructions, visit:

USF’s School of Nursing will participate in a pilot program designed to help new nurse graduates transition to the workforce by providing them with additional experience.

Funded by the California Institute for Nursing & Healthcare, the program will include five collaborative groups. In the case of USF, the School of Nursing is partnering with Community Health Partnership and California School Nurse Organization to place graduates in primary care settings at community health centers and alongside nurses in school settings. The graduates will complete a 12- to 16-week session that will offer them 20 hours per week of hands-on clinical experience, as well as classroom discussion and training.

Recruitment of the first cohort begins in April, with the first session launching May 10, 2010.

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