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

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

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