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College of Nursing Re-Entry Plan, Information, & Resources for COVID-19
For Marjorie Pazzi, assuming the role of president of the UArizona Nursing Alumni Council was a natural fit. "The College of Nursing prepared me for success,” she says. “I want to give back to the college and my fellow alumni and future wildcat nurses, through connecting, mentoring, career development."
Last month, third-year UArizona Nursing PhD and Robert Wood Johnson Future of Nursing Scholar student Jamie Besel was accepted into the Arizona Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) COVID Scholar 2020-2021 cohort.
UArizona Nursing has one of only five dual doctoral degree programs in Nursing offered by major universities within the United States. While dual degree programs for physicians have existed for decades, nursing programs only adopted the model beginning in 2010.
According to UArizona Nursing Professor Dr. Jessica Rainbow and Nursing PhD candidate Chloe Littzen, the COVID-19 pandemic has intensified a problem that many people outside the healthcare industry aren’t even aware of: nurse burnout.
When Valerie Kading, DNP, MBA, MSN, PMHNP-BC, earned her Bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Arizona, she had no idea that her academic and career trajectory was about to shift to an entirely different direction.
"As a practicing holistic nurse, I was seeking a rigorous program with faculty who would emphasize the concept of self-care of nursing students. The University of Arizona has excellent integrative programs in nursing and medicine, which were an attraction."
In July, MEPN students comprised of the Tucson and Phoenix cohorts sent an open letter to UArizona Nursing administration and faculty calling for action to ensure the College’s commitment to combating systemic racism.
The gift will fund educational support, including enhanced simulation facilities at the Tucson and Gilbert campuses, for University of Arizona nursing students.
"My passion has always been working with children and their families to provide holistic and patient-centered care. I've worked as a nurse in the pediatric intensive care unit since I graduated with my BSN in 2016, so specializing in pediatrics was a natural choice."
UArizona Nursing's Dr. Judith Gordon and her co-principal investigator will receive $20,360 to pursue their project, “See Me Serene: A Guided Imagery MHealth App for decreasing Anxiety Related to Social Isolation.”