April 21, 2008

Welcome to NHCSA Weblog

I have added a number of new members, new students in both the Master's program and the DNP program. We use this weblog to communicate informally about things we are interested in and to share information from time to time about the NHCSA program and things of interest to nurse leaders. If you no longer wish to receive notices about this blog please let me know. Anyone may post, notify others of postings, or upload files.

Helen E. Hansen, PhD, RN

Recent Information on the Nursing Shortage

There is new information about both the nursing staff and faculty shortages.


January 28, 2008

NHCSA Practicum Considerations for Fall 2008

Important to think about in terms of preceptors and sites.
1. A nurse with a Master’s degree. Does not have to be a Master’s in Nursing. Could be an MPH, Master’s in Health Services Administration, an MBA. I.e., prepared at the graduate level in leadership, administration, business, human resources, etc.
2. A leader in the organization. Someone who holds a position to which you might aspire. Someone who has had strong experience in his or her area of leadership/management. Does not have to be a traditional manager/administrator. Could be someone who directs a service or program in the organization like Safety, Quality, Utilization, Organizational Development, Staff Development, Advanced Practice, Research.
3. The preceptor should be someone who can grant access to other resources, teams, and personnel in the organization. E.g., Can he or she get you to an executive staff or board meeting?
4. An organization that is not your own and that has programs and services that are of interest to you in your development as a leader.
5. A good fit with you personally and professionally.
6. Someone who will have the ability to spend 30 minutes to and hour with you about once a week.

Please contact me in the next month or so to discuss your plans for fall. Thanks, Helen

November 30, 2007

CNO Position

Click the following to view a CNO position opportunity. Helen

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Plan B Opportunity with Dr. Lindquist

Open the following link to view a Plan B oppotunity. Helen

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Park Nicollet - Methodist

Click on the following for a position opening:

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November 7, 2007

Post Master's DNP

Many of you have asked about how you can make the transition to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. We are pleased to announce an opportunity for you to begin taking post-master’s DNP courses now. In the near future we will also announce a way in which you can make a formal application for admission to the program.

The post-master’s DNP program requires that you complete 36 credits of course work as portrayed on the attached sample program plan. All courses are offered using an “executive? model. That means that all courses are web-based with 2-3 intensive on-campus sessions per semester offered on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Attendance at the on-campus sessions is mandatory.

The following courses are available for you now before making a formal application.

· Nurse 5115: Informatics

· Nurs 6100: Evidence-Based Practice

· Nurs 7200: Economics of Health Care

· Nurs 7400: Health Policy Leadership

· Nurs 7900: Scholarship of Teaching & Learning in Nursing

· Nurs 8241: Health Care Leadership for a Changing World

· PH 6320 Epidemiology (offered every term)

Beginning in 2009, the DNP will be the only pathway to advanced practice specialization at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. We hope you will take advantage of this special opportunity to achieve the highest degree for the practice of our discipline.

Please feel free to contact me or your advisor if you have questions about making the transition.

Best wishes,

Sandra R. Edwardson, PhD, RN
Professor and Interim Director of DNP Program
School of Nursing
University of Minnesota
5-160 Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard St. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612-624-1947; Fax 612-626-2359

DNP Post-Master's Sample Plan

Download a sample plan for the Post-Master's DNP here.

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October 17, 2007

From Liz Fine re: Library Services for Graduate Students

Health Sciences Libraries: School of Nursing Update: Extending Graduate Student Access to Online Library Resources
2007.10.15 11:59:32

Library resources are available to be used remotely only for currently-registered students, faculty, and staff. Occasionally, students may be finishing a master's project but not be enrolled in a
credit-bearing course. Or, they may be taking a "break" from school
for a personal reason. When this happens, the student will be unable
to remotely access library resources. This frequently happens and can be a frustrating experience for the student who is legitimately working towards finishing their project/thesis/dissertation.

There is a work-around for this problem. Graduate students who register through the Graduate School (this includes the SoN) and who are working on a thesis or dissertation but are not currently enrolled in courses, may still be eligible to receive full library privileges.

The student may obtain borrowing privileges by registering for the zero-credit, zero-fee, non-graded registration option (GRAD 999) offered through the Graduate School:
Once registered, a graduate student’s University accounts will be reactivated.

Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks!

October 4, 2007

Naming Contest

As the NHCSA track converts to a DNP program from an MS program, I would like to take the opportunity to create a new name that would better reflect the nature of the program. I would really welcome any suggestions you might have. Different schools have used different titles, such as: Nursing and Healthcare Leadership; Nursing and Healthcare Management;Healthcare Systems Leadership; Health Care Systems; Organizational Leadership; Nursing Business Executive; Leadership in Health Care Systems. Give me some out of the box ideas. Thanks, Helen

Deadly Consequences

From time to time I will post articles that I think are of relevance to Nursing and Healthcare Systems Administration. Take a look at this latest research about the nursing shortage. Helen


Careeer Opportunity

I am writing to request your assistance on a senior level opportunity that I am currently recruiting for at Vanderbilt in Nashville.

We have been retained to recruit an Associate Hospital Director for Nursing. This is a newly created role and is essentially the senior nursing position for Vanderbilt University Hospital (500+ beds), which is the flagship of the VUMC System. This position reports directly to the CEO of the hospital, with a dotted line relationship to the system CNO.

Do you know of anyone that would be interested and/or appropriate for us to contact about this opportunity? Also, I am happy to forward a copy of the job specification if that would be beneficial.

Any referrals/suggestions are greatly appreciated and please know that all referrals will be kept confidential.

Thank you for your time.


Zack Reynolds
Quick Leonard Kieffer
555 W. Jackson Boulevard
2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60661

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October 2, 2007

Purpose of the Blog

I have created this blog for Nursing and Healthcare Administration students at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. You are welcome to post questions about your programs, share information relevant to your learning experiences, discuss issues that are relevant to your areas of study. Please feel free to use this blog to interact with colleagues in the NHCSA track. Helen