The Rutgers School of NursingCamden (N.J.) is offering two new programs. The Rutgers University Board of Governors has approved a DNP program and a graduate certificate program in wound, ostomy and continence nursing. The DNP program also was approved by the New Jersey Presidents Council.
These critical programs will prepare nurses to fill the growing need for expert clinicians who can provide comprehensive primary care for diverse populations with a wide range of healthcare needs, Joanne Robinson, RN, PhD, GCNS-BC, FAAN, dean of the Rutgers School of NursingCamden, said in a news release. They will enhance healthcare throughout our region and allow RutgersCamden to continue to grow as a center for health sciences in New Jersey.
The DNP program is designed to educate clinicians for advanced practice leadership roles with an emphasis on primary care of adult and gerontological patients. Students will have the opportunity to choose a clinical nursing practice specialty such as chronic illness, end-of-life care, mental health, oncology, palliative care, womens health or wound care.
We want our students to demonstrate advanced levels of clinical judgment, systems thinking, and accountability in designing, delivering, and evaluating evidence-based care to improve patient outcomes, Patricia Suplee, RNC, PHD, CS, an assistant professor of nursing at RutgersCamden, said in the release. Our graduates will be leaders in their communities and will be prepared to address major community health challenges such as improving access to care and evaluating health promotion and disease prevention programs for adult and gerontological populations.
RutgersCamden plans to begin recruitment for its first class in spring 2014, according to the release.
The new wound, ostomy and continence graduate certificate program, a 14-credit program, is open to RNs with a bachelors degree and a minimum of one year of clinical nursing experience after licensure.
There is an enormous need right now for wound, ostomy and continence nursing due to the aging population and chronic illness, Janice Beitz, RN, PhD, CS, CNOR, CWOCN, CRNP, APN-C, MAPWCA, a professor of nursing at RutgersCamden, said in the release. This is a leap forward in nursing education here, and the hospitals in the region will really benefit from having an advanced certificate program in South Jersey. At the same time, it will bring quality students from all over the nation to RutgersCamden.