Lola Prince, of Naperville, has assumed the position, announced Carol Wilson, dean of the Leach College of Nursing.
Prince, who has worked as a nursing professor at USF since 2011, holds a Ph.D. in nursing from Loyola University; a master’s degree in Family Nurse Practitioner from DePaul University; and a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Arizona State University.
Prince holds many qualifications. She is a Professional Registered Nurse, State of Illinois; a Licensed Advanced Practice Nurse, Certified Nurse Practitioner, State of Illinois; Licensed Advanced Practice Nurse, Mid-Level Practitioner; Illinois Controlled Substances License; and a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Prince will oversee USF’s master’s degrees for Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP), Nurse Administrators, Nurse Educators and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners (PMHNP) to prepare students to function at higher levels as Advanced Practice Nurses (APN), nursing leaders and nurse educators.
With healthcare reform, these are the nurses who will be the face of primary care within the community, according to Wilson. “The Institute of Medicine recommends doubling the numbers of doctorally prepared nurses by 2015, and we are ready to help accomplish this,” she added.
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