TrailBlazer Winter 2012
UAB School of Nursing
the TRAIL BLAZER NEWS FOR AND ABOUT THE UAB SCHOOL OF NURSING Winter 2012 KEYS to the future A landmark study by the Institute of Medicine calls for nurses to play a leadership role in transforming American healthcare. The UAB School of Nursing is already preparing students to meet that challenge. In 2010, the Institute of Medicine (IOM), partnering with The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, released a seminal two-year study titled The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health. The study focused on effectively delivering comprehensive healthcare to a population that is growing older and more diverse--ethnically, culturally, and socioeconomically. These demographic shifts, coupled with the effects of higher rates of obesity and other chronic diseases, have dramatically altered the healthcare landscape. The IOM advocates a new model for delivering high-quality, patient-centered care, a model that brings together physicians, nurses, therapists, pharmacists--skilled practitioners from every corner of the healthcare community. These teams should focus, the study says, not on the acute illnesses and injuries predominant in the 20th century, but on prevention and management of chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, cancer, hypertension, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and mental health conditions. As the largest component of the healthcare workforce, nurses are vital partners in leading this transformation through education and interprofessional collaboration. Nurses are the linchpin, the hub of any care team. That's why three out of four key messages within the IOM report are focused on preparing nurses for leadership. UAB already has its sights set on those goals. 1 PRACTICE TO ADVANCE HEALTH Nurses should practice to the full extent of their education and training. The South has many inner-city and rural communities with diverse, underserved populations where Advanced Practice Nurses (APN's) could fill critical gaps in healthcare delivery. UAB's Adult Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (NP) track is one of the top ten in the country, and its Family Nurse Practitioner track is in the top 12. Yet, these nurses often experience unanticipated barriers to practice because regulations and policies vary from state to state. These regulations can prevent APN's from practicing to the full extent of their education and training, and in the process, limit access for families. "Accredited nurse practitioner programs in Alabama graduate more than 600 NP's annually, 70 percent of whom are trained in primary care specialties," explains UAB School of Nursing Dean Doreen Harper, PhD, RN, FAAN. "And yet, the number of certified registered NP's actually working in Alabama has not risen appreciably. Instead, talented, experienced, and specialized nurses are being lost to surrounding states with fewer practice restrictions, thereby reducing access--especially in medically underserved areas." 2 RN Career Mobility STRENGTHEN NURSING EDUCATION Nurses should achieve higher levels of education and training through an improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression. A passionate advocate for lifelong learning, Dr. Harper wasn't surprised to see education front-and-center in the IOM report, which asserts that nurses should be educated with physicians and other health professionals as students and throughout their careers. "I can't overstate the importance of those words--`throughout their careers,'" Dr. Harper explains. "The complexity of modern healthcare means that a nurse's education should be both continuous and interprofessional. Technology is constantly changing and evolving, as is the care team for any given patient. Nurses must master an everbroadening body of research and evidence about practice. They must be able to assimilate, analyze, and communicate a tremendous amount of information, and that requires proficiency with advanced technology, as well as clinical skill." Dr. Harper's team has put together a creative menu of academic programs designed to attract the best talent and efficiently deliver outstanding and compassionate nurses--to clinics and hospitals, to university classrooms and research labs, to corner offices and executive board rooms. slower pace if they're juggling other responsibilities. Either way, the end results are better opportunities for nurses, a more educated workforce, and enhanced patient care. "Once RN's enter our Mobility program, they almost always continue on to the graduate level, expanding their knowledge, enhancing their clinical competencies, and broadening their perspective, which can have an incredible impact on patients and their families," says Assistant Dean for Undergraduate and Pre-licensure Programs Rhonda McLain, DSN, RN. Alternative Pathways to Nursing Job one? Reach out to Registered Nurses (RN's) who might not have considered completing an undergraduate or graduate degree in nursing. Because hospitals are focused on achieving the best outcomes and the highest levels of patient safety and care, they're emphasizing the need for a baccalaureate education for their nurses. UAB's RN Mobility Program was designed to help associate degree RN's quickly make the educational leap to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), with a distance-accessible curriculum offered online, periodic intensive sessions on the UAB campus, and clinical preceptorships. These students can also receive training and instruction from expert nurses, physicians, and other healthcare professionals, and they have networking opportunities with fellow students. RN's who enter the program with all prerequisites complete can earn a bachelor's degree in two semesters, or they can opt for a UAB's alternative educational pathways have led strong candidates from other fields to consider a career in nursing. The Accelerated Master's Entry to Nursing Pathway (AMNP) is a two-phase program for those who already have a bachelor's degree in another discipline. Phase one is intense--12 months of full-time, on-campus study during which a student 1) completes courses and clinical experience equivalent to a BSN; 2) applies for licensure as an RN; and 3) lands that first nursing job or residency. During the second phase, the student chooses an area of specialty, which he or she will pursue through clinical work as an RN, in tandem with distance-accessible graduate courses. This unique approach brings a talented pool of new nurses to the workforce. high-quality, distance-accessible education." The entire Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, for example, is distance-accessible. MSN students can choose from almost 15 specialty tracks, including 10 different nurse practitioner tracks, a clinical nurse specialist track, and advanced roles in education, informatics, nursing and health system administration, clinical nurse leader, and clinical research management. "In recent years, nursing schools have been so focused on meeting the huge need for nurse practitioners that we now have a shortage of nurse administrators who can take on the business and organizational challenges of complex health systems," says Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Linda Moneyham, PhD, RN, FAAN. "Our MSN track in nursing and health system administration is ranked among the top ten in the country." This program was recently redesigned to enhance the leadership, financial, and human resources skills students need. For nurses aspiring to be the next chief executive, this program offers a cutting-edge curriculum, taught by nurse executives and healthcare leaders. "We're all about options," Dr. Moneyham explains. "We understand that most students have a limited amount of time and money to devote to their education. We also believe that every nursing student has a unique contribution to make. Our programs are aimed at giving students the most efficient path to whatever nursing career they choose--and making sure they're well-prepared when they get there." Distance-Accessible Academics The internet now plays a critical role in many academic programs at UAB. Besides a traditional BSN program, the School of Nursing offers approximately 450 distance-accessible courses per year, delivering instruction in multiple formats, from podcasts to live chats and more. Online learning is supplemented by on-campus, intensive sessions. Students also have access to faculty via telephone, email, virtual offices, and Wimba chats. "Our faculty leads innovation for online education, and their expertise is phenomenal," Dr. Harper says. "For over a decade, we have been creating models for 3 By UAB Magazine PARTNERS IN THE HEALTHCARE TEAM Nurses should be full partners, with physicians and other health professionals, in redesigning healthcare in the United States. Nurses have enormous potential for leadership as they are called on to coordinate care and collaborate with physicians, dentists, social workers, physical and occupational therapists, and other healthcare professionals. But that level of leadership requires an advanced education, not just in medicine but in management, business, communication, behavioral science, and more. Consequently, the IOM study recommends doubling the number of doctorally trained nurses over the next decade. UAB offers both a research-based PhD program and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. To date, 36 students have received their PhD, while 122 have completed their DNP. Larry Slater, PhD, RN, is one of those graduates. Now a postdoctoral fellow, he said the challenge for new PhD's is carving out the time to write grant proposals and get the necessary funding to establish a program of research. "Most people get their PhD's and start teaching right away because there's such a shortage of nursing faculty," Dr. Slater says. "The postdoctoral fellowship allows time for proposal development, writing, and research. UAB is creating these fellowships to help develop research careers for its PhD graduates." As PhD's build the body of research, the DNP program trains nurses to translate that research into best practices for quality patient care. "Our goal is to have our DNP's so highly educated that they can provide and design care for very complex patients and populations," says DNP Program Coordinator Anne Alexandrov, PhD, RN, CCRN, FAAN. "Advanced practice nurses should be expert, solid clinicians--and not just in nursing care but across the spectrum from primary to tertiary to long-term care." Dr. Alexandrov heads NET SMART--Nursing Education and Training in Stroke Management and Acute Reperfusion Therapies--funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Through a federally funded fellowship, NET SMART placed 17 APN's and one physician's assistant--all first-year graduates from 12 different states--in stroke centers in a variety of settings, from community hospitals to university-affiliated primary stroke centers. The goal is to significantly increase rates of tPA treatment, shown to be very effective in acute stroke care. Across the board, NET SMART nurses became experts at diagnosing stroke, delivering tPA treatment, and significantly improving patient outcomes. The only intervention ever shown to significantly increase tPA treatment of stroke at such a high rate, NET SMART speaks to the impact of APN's in clinical practice, Dr. Alexandrov said. Three new HRSA grants awarded to the School of Nursing will offer nurses the intensive education and training they need to meet other critical healthcare needs across the Deep South. UAB will use HRSA funding to develop distance-accessible curricula for APN specialty tracks in 1) advanced management of diabetes; 2) acute and primary care in pediatrics; and 3) adult/gerontological care. "Everything in nursing comes back to education, to a lifetime of learning," Dean Harper says. "As a leading academic health science center, UAB gives students keys for the future through world-renowned faculty, cutting-edge research projects, and over 100 interdisciplinary research centers. Our nursing students train in two magnet-status hospitals--UAB and Children's Hospital of Alabama--as well as the Birmingham VA Medical Center. I'm proud to say that UAB has produced over 12,000 nurses whose leadership has made a lasting impact on healthcare in Alabama and around the world." Photographs by Steve Wood Innovative Model for Patient-Centered Care A unique partnership between primary-care physicians at UAB's Kirklin Clinic and the UAB School of Nursing aims to develop an innovative care-delivery model. This model focuses on a more comprehensive, proactive, team-based approach that engages patients as partners in their own healthcare via a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). Such models are a key component of the 2010 healthcare reform. They coordinate all patient care, including referrals to subspecialties such as cardiology, orthopedics, and rheumatology; follow-ups with patients who have been hospitalized; and education on managing chronic diseases. The Kirklin Clinic's medical home staff includes six physicians, a full-time nurse practitioner and two part-time nurse practitioners, Amy Brooks, MSN, ANP-BC, CRNP, RN and Laura Steadman, EdD, MSN, CRNP, RN, who are members of the School of Nursing faculty. "Nurse practitioners are a wonderful resource and partner. They can educate patients and families on the nuances of self-management, focus on the importance of diet and exercise, and address some behavioral aspects of chronic disease," says Cynthia Selleck, DSN, ARNP, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Partnerships at the School of Nursing, who helped forge the PCMH alliance. It's no longer practical for physicians to make house calls, but if there were ever a time when patients could benefit from a home visit, it would be after discharge from the hospital. That's another area where the partnership with the School of Nursing may provide added value, Dr. Selleck says. "We already have nursing students who do communityhealth rotations and who could visit PCMH patients at home. Incorporating students in the care of patients in a team-based PCMH model is a win-win for everyone--patients, students, providers, and payers." Cindy Selleck, DSN, ARNP Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Partnerships new funding Federal Research Grants 2010-20 1 1 Foundation Grants Sylvia Britt, DSN, RN-- The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, UAB School of Nursing New Careers in Nursing Program 4 Doreen Harper, PhD, RN, FAAN-- Gertrude Skelly Foundation, The Gertrude Skelly Student Nurse Emergency Loan and Grant Fund Karen Meneses, PhD, RN, FAAN-- Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Reach Out to Breast Cancer Survivors in Rural North Central Alabama Patricia Patrician, PhD, RN, FAAN, COL (R)-- The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN): Embedding New Competencies Education and Training Grants Anne Alexandrov, PhD, RN, CCRN, FAAN-- Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Nurse Education and Training in Stroke Management and Acute Reperfusion Therapies (NET SMART) Junior m. gail hill, PhD, RN -- HRSA, A Distance Learning Culturally Competent ANP/GNP Program for the Rural and Underserved Populations Jean Ivey, DSN, CRNP, PNP-BC-- HRSA, Dual Option PNP/Doctor of Nursing Practice Project Linda Moneyham, PhD, RN, FAAN-- HRSA, Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship Program Linda Moneyham, PhD, RN, FAAN-- HRSA, Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students Annette Wright, PhD, CRNP, CNS-- HRSA, Culturally Competent, Distance Accessible Doctorate of Nursing Practice Nurse Practitioner with Advanced Management of Diabetes (CCDNP-AMD) Program Gwen Childs, PhD, RN-- NIH/National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), Development of an HIV Reduction Intervention Protocol for Adolescent African American Girls (K01NR011277) June Cho, PhD, RN-- NIH/NINR, Perinatal Testosterone in Infant Health, Mother-Infant Interaction and Development (R21HD066186) Karen Heaton, PhD, CEN, FNP-BC-- NIH/National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Effects and Feasibility of a Computer-Based Intervention on Truck Drivers' Sleep (R21OH009965) Patricia Patrician, PhD, RN, FAAN, COL (R)-- TriService Nursing Research Program, Department of Defense, Workload Intensity, The Nursing Practice Environment, and Adverse Events (HU0001-10-1-TS14) Scholarly Productivity The mission of the UAB School of Nursing's Center for Nursing Research is to extend the visibility of the School as a recognized leader in healthcare research and scholarship. Among the Center's goals is to support faculty as they publish one or more peer-reviewed publications per year. The number of peer-reviewed publications has doubled over the past two years, affirming the School's commitment to nursing research and scholarship. Peer-Reviewed Publications 113 84 58 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 Selected Publications: Azuero, A., Pisu, M., McNees, P., Burkhardt, J., Benz, R., & Meneses, K. (2010). An application of longitudinal analysis with skewed outcomes. Nursing Research, 59(4), 301-307. Cho, J., Holditch-Davis, D., & Miles, M. (2010). Effects of gender on the health and development of medically at-risk infants. Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing, 39(1), 536-549. Enah, C., Sommers, M., Moneyham, L., Long, C.A., & Childs, G. (2010). Piloting an HIV prevention intervention for Cameroonian girls. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 21(6), 512-521. Hodges, A.L., & Wilson, L.L. (2010). Effects of music therapy on preterm infants in the NICU. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, 16(5), 82-83. Jukkala, A., Patrician, P.A., Northen, A., & Block, V. (2011). Readability and usefulness of the clinical microsystem assessment tool. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 26(2), 186-191. Extramural Grant Funding $6,023,777 $3,547,492 $3,054,802 $1,777,642 2007-2008 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 BRAVO DEVELOPMENT AND ALUMNI relations to our alumni and boards October brought an exciting new event to the UAB campus, as the School of Nursing and the Nursing Chapter of the UAB National Alumni Society hosted an inaugural Alumni Weekend. Designed to honor distinguished alumni and help graduates reconnect with classmates, colleagues, and faculty, our 2011 Alumni Weekend combined social gatherings with professional awards and presentations. It was a huge success and will become an annual event. We opened the weekend by presenting our 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award to Sandra B. Dunbar, DSN ('82), RN, FAAN, FAHA who gave a presentation on the family's role in improving outcomes for complex cardiovascular patients. Dr. Dunbar is the Associate Dean of Academic Advancement and the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Cardiovascular Nursing at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University. She is a cardiovascular nurse researcher whose research focuses on self-management and psychosocial responses to serious cardiac illness. At Alumni Night, held at UAB's new National Alumni Society House, guests enjoyed a reception followed by an official program and awards ceremony honoring alumni for their contributions to the School of Nursing and to the profession. Mildred L. Hamner, EdD, MSN ('65), BSN ('60), RN received the first-ever UAB School of Nursing Lifetime Service Award. As a member of our faculty and Alumni Chapter, Dr. Hamner has made invaluable contributions to the School over the past 50 years. The 2011 Jo Ann Barnett Awards for Compassionate Nursing Care were presented to alumnae Ellen Carmichael, MSN ('96), CRNP for Administration; Carol Linn, BSN ('86), RN for Acute/Chronic Care; and Debra Stewart, MSN ('95), BSN ('78), RN for Education. These awards honor the memory of alumna Jo Ann Barnett, who lost her battle with cancer in 2002. Her legacy lives on through the lives she touched and through these awards recognizing exemplary nursing care. Also during Alumni Night, the Nursing Alumni Chapter presented BSN Awards for Student Excellence to Simone Durand, Krista Hebert, and Alexis Mitchell, and the Doctoral Awards for Student Excellence to Vicky Stone-Gale and Natalie Wilson. Alumni Weekend concluded with a luncheon for the School's diploma graduates and an opportunity to cheer on the UAB Blazers as they battled Mississippi State on the gridiron. All year, the School's Board of Visitors and Junior Board of Visitors were busy raising awareness and funds. In May, the Board of Visitors entertained donors with Applause for the Cause: Educate a Nurse at the Virginia Samford Theatre. The inaugural event raised more than $100,000 to support nursing scholarships and the Emergency Fund for Student Success, which aids students with unforeseen financial emergencies. And in November, the Junior Board hosted its 4th Annual No-Show Ball, supporting the Junior Board of Visitors Endowed Scholarship in Pediatric Nursing. Instead of suiting up in cocktail attire, the 250 donors who contributed received baskets of gourmet food, delivered to their doorsteps on No-Show night. The School of Nursing is extremely grateful to all those who continue to support our development efforts. 1 2 3 4 5 1. Alumni award winners: Dr. Mildred Hamner, Carol Linn, Ellen Carmichael, Dr. Sandra Dunbar, Dr. Natalie Wilson 2. BSN Class Reunion: Harriet Mink, Shirley Odom, Pat Brown, and Mary Jane Pettus 3. Distinguished Alumni: Dean Doreen C. Harper with award recipient Dr. Sandra Dunbar and UAB President Carol Z. Garrison 4. No-Show Ball: Junior Board of Visitors Chair, Ginny DeBardeleben and Co-Chair, Ashelynn Falkenburg 5. Appplause for the Cause: Educate a Nurse Performers 6. Appplause for the Cause: Educate a Nurse BOV members, Kim Benos and former UAB President Charles A. McCallum, Jr. 6 FOLLOWING NATIONAL SEARCHES, WE PROUDLY ANNOUNCE ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP APPOINTMENTS faculty ACHIEVEMENTS Pictured from left to right in alphabetical order Natalie Baker, DNP, CRNP received her From left: Pete Tofani, Rhonda McLain, Linda Moneyham, Lygia Holcomb, and Jackie Moss Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) from UAB. Summer Langston, DNP, CRNP, ACNP-BC received the 2011 Excellence in Nursing Award from B-Metro magazine. Programs, will provide leadership to plan, implement, and evaluate curriculum, teaching strategies, and program integrity to ensure the achievement of expected educational program outcomes. Dr. Holcomb joined the School in 2006 as an Associate Professor and has served in multiple leadership roles including Coordinator of the Master's Family Nurse Practitioner track, study away coordinator, and Scholar in the School's PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center for International Nursing. Lygia Holcomb, DSN, CRNP, FNP-BC, as Assistant Dean for Graduate Clinical Rhonda McLain, DSN, RN, as Assistant Dean for Undergraduate and Pre-licensure Programs, will provide leadership to plan, implement, and evaluate curriculum, teaching strategies, and program integrity to ensure the achievement of expected educational program outcomes. Dr. McLain joined the School in 2005 as an Assistant Professor and has held many leadership roles including Coordinator of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program and RN Mobility Program. VelindA Block, DNP, RN, NEA-BC received Linda Moneyham, PhD, RN, FAAN received her DNP from UAB. the 2011 Graduate Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentorship from UAB. Becky Christian, PhD, RN received Cancer Nursing's 2011 Annual Research Doug Oliver, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, NE-BC Award for an article she co-authored with received his DNP from UAB. Lauri Linder, PhD, APRN, CPON. Marti Rice, PhD, RN, FAAN received the Martha Dawson, DNP, RN, FACHE 2011 President's Excellence in Teaching received the 2011 Ruby Award for Outstand- Award from UAB and was inducted as a ing Leadership and Support from the National fellow in the American Academy of Nursing Black Nurses' Association and received her in November. She also served as President DNP from Case Western Reserve University. of the Southern Nursing Research Society. JoY Deupree, PhD, MSN, APRN-BC Linda Moneyham, PhD, RN, FAAN, as Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, will serve as the Chief Academic Officer with primary responsibility for leading and oversight of the academic mission and student affairs. The Senior Associate Dean also serves in an executive dean role. Prior to joining the UAB School of Nursing as the first Rachel Z. Booth Endowed Chair in Nursing in 2007, she served as a researcher and nursing professor for more than 30 years. and Foundations Department, will be responsible for faculty recruitment, development and success across the School's tripartite mission of teaching, research, and service. Since joining the faculty in 2002, she has held such leadership roles as Coordinator of the Master's specialty in Nursing Informatics and Assistant Dean for Clinical Simulation and Technology. received her PhD in Health Behavior/Health Promotion through a joint UAB and UA program. She received the 2011 Founder Award from the Nurse Practitioner Alliance of Alabama and the 2010 Distinguished Partner Award for Health Literacy from the Central Alabama Literacy Council. Jennifer Riggs, PhD, RN was recently named a Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Centers (GRECC) Fellow by the Department of Veterans Affairs. DNP from UAB. D'Ann Somerall, DNP, CRNP received her Joan Grant, DSN, RN received Clinical Jackie Moss, PhD, RN, FAAN, as Chair of the Adult/Acute Health Chronic Care Simulation in Nursing's 2011 Research Article of the Year for an article she co-authored with faculty members Jackie David Vance, PhD, MGS received tenure, Moss, PhD, RN, FAAN; Chad Epps, MD; and was appointed editor-in-chief of the new Penni Watts, MSN, RN. Nursing Research and Reviews by Dove Medical Press, and was invited to attend a Yolanda Harris, MSN, RN received the White House Forum on HIV and Aging. 2011 Clair Chee Award for Excellence in Child Neurology Nursing from the Association of Child Neurology Nurses. Theresa Wadas, MSN, RN received the Beth Stullenbarger, DSN, RN was appointed Distinguished Service Professor Emerita at UAB by the UA Board of Trustees. Doreen Harper, PhD, RN, FAAN was leadership related to student admissions, recruitment, retention, and graduation. Mr. Tofani joined the School in 2007 as Director of Student Affairs. Prior to joining the School, he served as a Professor of Military Science at UAB and worked with the University's Army Reserve Officer Training (ROTC). He proudly served in the U.S. Army for over 20 years where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Pete Tofani, MS, LTC (R), as Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, will provide named the inaugural Fay B. Ireland Endowed Chair in Nursing. 2010 Sigma Theta Tau International/Council for Advancement of Nursing Science Dissertation Award. Brenda Iddins, DNP, FNP-BC received her DNP from UAB. Misty Johnson, DNP, CRNP received her Lynda Wilson, PhD, RN, FAAN served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Zambia. Newly Appointed Visiting Professors BarbarA Dossey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN Carolyn Murdaugh, RN, PhD, FAAN Joanne Pohl, PhD, ANP-BC, FAAN, FAANP DNP from UAB. Tampa Alumni Gathering January 24 January 25 1530 3rd Avenue South NB 204 Birmingham, AL 35294-1210 ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED Naples Alumni Gathering 2012 Lamp of Learning Ceremony February 20 February 24 the date SNRS Conference Alumni Reception (New Orleans) Donna Brown Banton Endowed Chair Lecture: Patricia Patrician, PhD, RN, FAAN, COL (R) March 7 save Applause for the Cause April 26 May 12 Commencement UAB Nursing BLAZING THE TRAIL ... Ranked 21st--and among the top 5%--of nursing schools in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, with three nationally ranked graduate programs: #10 Adult Nurse Practitioner Program #10 Nursing Service Administration Program #12 Family Nurse Practitioner Program Home to the state's only PhD program and nursing-specific research center One of only 10 PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centers for International Nursing in the U.S.; one of only 42 in the world One of only three nursing-specific Paul D. Coverdall Peace Corps Fellow Programs in the U.S.