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Loyola hosts national nursing planning retreat

July 29, 2011

Ann Cary, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N., director of Loyola's School of Nursing

The Loyola University New Orleans School of Nursing will host a strategic planning retreat with the deans of the Jesuit Conference of Nursing Programs August 8 and 9. The JCNP comprises the deans and directors from each of the 20 schools of nursing within the 28 Jesuit institutions that are part of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.

Ann Cary, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N., director of Loyola’s School of Nursing, is the chair of the JCNP and is hosting next month’s strategic planning session, which is conducted every three years to create the future strategic goals and initiatives for JCNP within AJCU. Christine Pacini, Ph.D., dean of the College of Health Sciences from University of Detroit Mercy, is the JCNP secretary and Nancy DeBasio, Ph.D., dean of the Research College School of Nursing at Rockhurst University, is the JCNP treasurer. The leaders of these Jesuit schools of nursing will meet with a strategy facilitator from TSI Consulting Partners to create the JCNP strategic plan for 2012-15.

The vision of JCNP is to provide global leadership in promoting access to quality nursing education and health care. Their mission is based on the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence and “cura personalis,” or care for the other person. JCNP exists to serve its members and constituencies in promoting a national Catholic, Jesuit identity. JCNP influences the nursing and health care agenda and uses benchmarks to advance nursing education within a collaborative and supportive consortium.

These leaders will review the state of higher education in nursing as well as recommendations from the Institute of Medicine’s book, “Future of Nursing,” to determine how Jesuit schools of nursing will create the nursing education models for the preparation of baccalaureate, master and doctoral students in nursing focused around Jesuit, Catholic values.

The institute has recommended that 80 percent of the nursing workforce should be prepared at the baccalaureate level and that schools of nursing double the number of doctorate prepared nurses by 2020.

For more information, contact Cary at 504-865-2579.

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