According to Leach College of Nursing Dean Carol Wilson, representatives from the Japanese Nursing Association’s Institute for Graduate Nurses contacted USF because they noticed USF’s “strong and comprehensive Nurse Practitioner program.” The goal of the visit was to learn more about developing, managing and running an online nurse practitioner program effectively. Wilson said the Japanese government is currently piloting a new Nurse Practitioner-like role so the association is developing appropriate educational programs.
Three USF graduate nursing faculty members met with the nursing association’s executive officer, Dr. Aiko Ko, and other guests to answer questions about how to design online courses that meet the needs of graduate nursing students in nurse practitioner programs.
Catherine Ferrario, Leach College of Nursing associate dean of graduate programs, focused on designing curriculum that prepares students to meet examination, certification and regulation requirements. Lola Prince, USF’s clinical experiences coordinator for the Family Nurse Practitioner program, answered questions about the legal, technical, instructional and documentation issues involved in offering an advanced practice nursing e-learning program. And, Deena Nardi, director of USF’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program, served as moderator and presented the benefits, issues and challenges inherent in graduate nursing e-learning programs
“I believe we all came away with a renewed appreciation of the global nature of nursing practice and education, and the goals and values we share as health care professionals,” said Nardi.
Wilson said it was an honor to be contacted by the Japanese Nursing Association.
“It is nice to be recognized for our hard work,” she said. “The group was interested in having our graduate online nursing program serve as a well-designed, systematized model for them when they convert their traditional style classroom training and certification courses into an online format. They are especially interested in how to deliver the clinical practicum component to include coordination, close and frequent interaction with students, feedback, and effective evaluation methods over an extended period of time. These are all things at which we excel and we are happy to help them raise the level of education of their nurses.”
USF’s online nursing graduate programs were recently ranked No. 1 among programs in Illinois by U.S. News and World Report.
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