Nursing Highlights

The new Health Science Scholars program teams an interdisciplinary group of undergraduate students with an interdisciplinary faculty team for a two-year research project focused on a healthrelated problem. Drs. Alison Kris (SON) and Linda Henkel (CAS) were awarded this grant and are working with two students on a research project exploring cognition in the elderly.

The SON faculty put the finishing touches on two new graduate programs, both launched in fall 2013. The Executive Doctorate of Nursing Practice is a threeyear, part-time program that provides practicing nurse leaders with the skills and tools to be change agents and highly successful executives in the healthcare system. The program is a hybrid model with most of the coursework delivered online. The Masters of Science in Nursing Leadership is an advanced education, nurse generalist degree created in response to an urgent call for better patient outcomes and improved coordination in the delivery of healthcare services. There are two courses of study: Clinical Systems Leadership and Integrated Healthcare Leadership.

The School of Nursing and the VA Connecticut Healthcare System (VACHS) signed a memorandum of agreement committing to an ongoing partnership. The VACHS will provide faculty support for the second-degree nursing program, and the School of Nursing will provide consultation on research and educational projects at the VA.