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Integrative Health

We promote a healing-oriented, whole-person approach to health care. Conditions are clinically treated through a variety of methods, including wellness, lifestyle enhancement, nutrition, and appropriate biomedical therapies.

Our 12-month fellowship helps prepare students for the future of health care by learning the science, theory, and practice of integrative health and create integrative Curriculum.

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The College’s integrative health experts have teamed up with The Hacienda at the River, a senior residential community with a focus on independent living, assisted living and memory care, environment, to provide nurse faculty and students a place to learn relationship-centered, whole-person care that inspires optimal health and wellbeing.

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Community Connections

We believe that health care solutions are rooted in the community. Whether it is engaging students from diverse backgrounds to ensure academic success, building community programs that give students real world training, or establishing new partnerships with community organizations, we are focused on utilizing health care education to improve the world around us.

We champion diversity as a core value central to our college mission. The purpose of the Arizona Nursing Inclusive Excellence (ANIE) program is to support students’ academic success during their program to ensure a more diversified nursing workforce.

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Each year, Dr. Christy Pacheco prepares nurse practitioners to provide primary-care services in rural, medically-underserved areas, and to serve as leaders in improving quality and access to care for these patients.

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Through this project we have created a community partnership of providers and survivors in southern Arizona and a website that provides resources and services focused on improving long-term health and wellbeing of cancer survivors and their families.

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Led by Dr. Sheila Gephart, NEC-Zero is an intervention that is delivered in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to prevent and improve early recognition of necrotizing enterocolitis, known as NEC. The intervention “NEC-Zero” is being tested and reflects a common goal to reduce NEC “to zero” incidence.

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The number of Americans ages 65 and older is projected to more than double from 46 million today to more than 98 million by 2060. With a majority of its 150 faculty members focused on building healthier futures for older adults, the University of Arizona College Of Nursing proudly joined the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE). The NHCGNE is a collaboration of national and international schools and institutions committed to a mission of enhancing the capacity and competency of nurses to provide quality care for older adults. The mission is accomplished through advancing gerontological nursing science, providing faculty development, facilitating adoption of best practices, fostering leadership and designing and shaping policy.

Dr. Leslie Ritter founded the Stroke Resource Center of Southern Arizona, a non-profit organization that provides information on the community resources available for stroke survivors and their caregivers.

Informatics, Systems & Technology

We are creating and harnessing new technologies to improve health care outcomes. Rooted in our College’s tradition of research, theory and intellectual rigor, we focus on preparing students to be future innovators in today’s rapidly changing and information-intensive health care environment.

Thanks to a partnership with the University of Arizona Health Plans (UAHP), the College of Nursing performs comprehensive health risk assessments in the community using a home health care delivery model.

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Dr. Laura McRee has developed the Bed-Sled, an innovative resistance training device that promotes movement for people confined to bed rest using a spring-loaded footpad to create resistance, thereby preventing muscle de-conditioning and the formation of blood clots.

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Dr. Jane Carrington, one of the College’s foremost nursing informatics experts, participated in the 2017 Coulter College Commercializing Innovation (C3i) program to develop CECAMS (Clinical Event Communication Management System). Designed as an early detection tool for change in status of the six events Dr. Carrington explores – fever, pain, bleeding, changes in output, changes in the respiratory status and changes in level of consciousness – CECAMS helps shield patients from a failure to rescue or unexpected death.

Drs. Rene Love and Jane Carrington’s project, “Using 21st Century Technology for NP Student-Patient Interview and Interprofessional Care Coordination,” is a telehealth learning program designed to be embedded in the college’s curriculum and to evaluate the telehealth education experience for students.

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