Family Health Care Nursing
Our mission is to optimize the health and well-being of children, women, and families in a changing multicultural society through our nursing programs of teaching, research, and practice, as well as through community service.
We prepare graduates to be expert clinicians, conduct quality research, and demonstrate effective leadership that emanates from a spirit of inquiry and a commitment to life-long learning.
The ACPNP program trains students to work in hospital-based pediatric acute care areas, PICU, Pediatric Cardiac ICU, Pediatric Emergency Department, and program-based specialties that manage acutely ill patients from the outpatient setting through inpatient, to discharge. Clinical Experience is required for admission, not open to MEPN applicants.
The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) meets the health care needs of the family by providing health assessments, direct care, and guidance, teaching, or counseling as appropriate, particularly around family self-care. The FNP typically works collaboratively with family primary care physicians and other professionals within the health care system. (Post-MS option available.)
Nurse-midwives provide primary care to childbearing women in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings including hospitals, homes, and birth centers. They provide care from a core belief that birth is not a medical event, but a very normal physiologic process. (MEPN applicants, see Specialty Area description page.)
The Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) program prepares students to become clinical experts and leaders in the care of children and adolescents in ambulatory settings, focusing on underserved populations. Our students work with children across the health continuum, from essentially healthy children to those with chronic and life limiting conditions. Our graduates work as PNPs in primary care and school-based health centers, with a majority working in specialty practice.
Department of Family Health Care Nursing
Faculty research focuses on health and optimal development of children, women and families across the lifespan; and developing and testing interventions to optimize health and quality of life. Basic clinical and translational studies are conducted to develop knowledge about reciprocal relationships between family processes and health in acute and chronic illness. We have an emphasis on partnership with communities and research participants from diverse backgrounds where health disparities exist.
Research programs focus on:
- Children with complex chronic conditions as they age and transition through the healthcare system
- Environmental effects on infant health and development
- Psychobiological responses to childhood adversity
- Symptom experience across the lifespan (pain, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, etc.) and self-management interventions enhanced by technology
- Culturally-adapted family interventions for obesity and diabetes
- System-level interventions to improve quality of care, patient safety, and patient and family engagement in care across a variety of health care environments.
We promote clinical excellence, innovation, and scholarship in support of the education of students, with a particular emphasis on learning to provide care to diverse and underserved populations.
OUR FACULTY PRACTICES:
Elev8 Healthy Students and Families Project
Nursing Leadership in Adolescent and Young Adult Health
8 am - 5 pm, Monday - Friday