New Affiliation to Support Nursing Leadership, Quality of Care

OCTOBER 25, 2012 - The School of Nursing & Health Studies and Catholic Health Initiatives – the nation’s second largest Catholic health care system – have formed an affiliation to support nursing leadership development and quality of care.

Through the arrangement, nurse employees of Colorado-based CHI who are accepted to and enrolled in Nursing@Georgetown, the online master of science (MS) degree in nursing program from NHS, will receive a 12 percent scholarship. Students will complete the clinical portion of their program in or close to their own communities.

Alignment of Missions

“This is a great match and alignment of missions,” said Martin Y. Iguchi, Ph.D., dean of the School of Nursing & Health Studies. “Our master’s program in nursing – offered both on campus and online – is guided by a strong values-based model that is grounded in the university’s Catholic, Jesuit identity. Our goal is to educate advanced nurse leaders and impact the health of communities around the nation with an eye toward underserved areas. With its large network of hospitals and faith-oriented approach, Catholic Health Initiatives will be a great collaborator in this effort.”

CHI currently operates in 19 states and includes 76 hospitals; 40 long-term care, assisted-and residential-living facilities; two community health-services organizations; two accredited nursing colleges; and home health agencies. In fiscal year 2011, CHI provided more than $612 million in charity care and community benefit, including services for the poor, free clinics, education, and research.

Advancing Nursing Leadership

“We are focused on implementing evidence-based care, advancing nursing leadership, and promoting quality and safety – all within our organization’s faith-based mission,” said Kathleen D. Sanford, DBA, RN, CENP, FACHE, senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Catholic Health Initiatives. “Providing our nurses the opportunity to pursue an advanced nursing degree from the nation’s oldest Catholic, Jesuit university will benefit them as individuals, as well as the patients we serve across our diverse network of clinical sites.”New Affiliation to Support Nursing Leadership, Quality of Care

Nurses – who are BSN or CNL prepared – are able to apply for one of four specialties offered through Georgetown’s online program: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner/Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, and Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner.

By Bill Cessato