Dr. Mary Jane Hanson elected to CCNE leadership position

Dr. Mary Jane Hanson, PhD, CRNP, CNS, ACNS-BC, FNP-BC has been elected as the Vice Chair of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The CCNE is an independent accrediting agency that reviews and assesses the quality of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education programs and entry-to-practice nurse residency programs. Congratulations Dr. Hanson!

Congratulations to the Department of Nursing’s first Doctorate of Nursing Practice graduates!

Three students in our DNP program have successfully completed and defended their projects and will be awarded their Doctorate of Nursing Practice during the University’s Graduate Commencement in May. Congratulations to Dr. Andrea Mantione, Dr. Marjorie Hottenstein, & Dr. Melissa Rickard! A copy of each of their projects are available for view in the Weinberg Library. Well Done!

Scranton’s FNP program receives funds to improve rural health

UofS graduate family nurse practitioner program awarded grant to improve rural health
Jan. 2017, NEPA Business Journal
The University of Scranton’s graduate nursing program was awarded a federal traineeship grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Health Professions, for $348,500 for the 2016-2017 academic year. The grant funds will be used to support the educational preparation of graduate students in the University’s Family Nurse Practitioner Program (FNP). Through this grant, the majority of the FNP students at Scranton will have approximately 90 percent of their tuition costs paid this academic year.
The grant is designed to help Scranton FNP graduates improve the quality of rural health care, particularly in Northeast Pennsylvania, which as a region was ranked last by the University of Wisconsin Population Heath Institute (2015) when compared with the rest of the state, with regard to heath indicators and behaviors.
According to Mary Jane Hanson, Ph.D., professor of nursing and director of the Department of Nursing’s Graduate Program at the University and author of the grant, “the objectives of the traineeship grant are: to increase the number of graduates from our FNP program with a focus on rural health; promote competence among the graduates in the use of telehealth modalities; and cultivate expertise in inter-professional collaboration and teamwork. Our overarching goal is to increase the supply and expertise of primary care FNP providers for residents of predominately rural areas of Northeast Pennsylvania.”
Hanson said this region of the state is in desperate need of family nurse practitioners. “We have graduated more than 120 FNPs since we created the program in 1995 and nearly nine out of 10 of our graduates continue to live and work in Northeast Pennsylvania.”
Hanson said FNPs at Scranton are committed to serving in this region in part due the University’s Jesuit commitment to serving others. “Most of our graduates end up in the region because they enter the program with that passion for service,” Dr. Hanson said.
It is also a wise career move. Nationally, nurse practitioner was listed first in a 2016 USA Today article identifying five fast-growing jobs worth a career change, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting a 35 percent increase in employment for nurse practitioners through 2024. The annual median income for the role was listed as $98,190 in 2015.
Hanson also noted that the primary care family nurse practitioner program at Scranton has had a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the family nurse practitioner national certification examination since the program began more than 20 years ago.
Since 2000, the University’s Department of Nursing has received more than 3.5 million dollars from competitive federal grant programs through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

University of Scranton Designated as a Center Of Excellence in Nursing Education

The University of Scranton’s Nursing Program has been named a Center of Excellence by the National League of Nursing, placing the program as one of America’s best at fostering learning and professional development.

The National League for Nursing designated the University as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education, one of just 15 school- or hospital-based programs to earn the distinction for 2016. It was among seven first-time recipients of the honor.

The University will be recognized formally at the Organization’s 2016 Education Summit in Orlando, Florida.

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Department of Nursing Awarded Federal Traineeship Grants

The Department of Nursing has been awarded 2 federal traineeship grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, for the 2016-2017 academic year.   An Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship grant for $348,500.00 will support graduate students in our family nurse practitioner program.  These grant funds are divided among eligible students and applied directly to their tuition, thereby significantly reducing the financial burden for the students.  In addition, a Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship grant for $17,827.00 will support students in our nurse anesthesia program. Since 2000, the Department of Nursing has received over 3.5 million dollars from competitive federal grant programs through the US DHHS.

Dr. Hanson elected to CCNE Board of Commissioners

Mary Jane S. Hanson, PhD, CRNP, CNS, FNP-BC, professor, family nurse practitioner, and director of the graduate nursing and DNP programs, has been elected to the Board of Commissioners for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).   CCNE is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public’s health, and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit nursing programs at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels, including programs offering distance education.  As a specialized/professional accrediting agency, CCNE evaluates and makes judgments about the quality of baccalaureate and graduate programs in nursing located in colleges and universities that are accredited by an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  The Board of Commissioners is the final authority on all policy and accreditation matters affecting CCNE.  The Board adopts standards and procedures for the CCNE accreditation process and has final authority over all accreditation actions.  The Board is comprised of 13 individuals who broadly represent CCNE’s community of interest and include nursing faculty, chief nurse administrators,  practicing nurses, and professional consumers.  CCNE currently accredits over 700 nursing programs across the country.