Integrating population health into nursing education: The process of gaining commitment from Washington's nursing deans and directors

Jacquelyn Hermer, Anne Hirsch, Betty Bekemeier, Christina Nyirati, Danuta Wojnar, Lorie Wild, Jo Ann Walsh Dotson, Sheila Smith, Joyce P. Griffin-Sobel, Gail Oneal

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Abstract

The achievement of health equity requires the expansion of nursing roles to include assessing burdens of disease, practicing cultural humility, implementing prevention strategies, and developing partnerships. In 2017, deans and directors of schools and programs of nursing in Washington State came together to commit to the integration of population health concepts and social determinants of health into all areas of nursing curricula. Through online communications and in-person meetings, facilitated in part by the authors of this paper, and with subcommittee representation from several baccalaureate nursing programs, Washington State academic nursing leaders identified new strategies to increase faculty awareness of population health and how to inspire related curricular changes to their programs. This Washington-wide initiative resulted in a white paper that was formally endorsed by 38 deans and directors representing all 14 baccalaureate and higher degree nursing programs in the state.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6-12
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Professional Nursing
Volume36
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2020
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors wish to thank the baccalaureate and higher degree members of CNEWS for their commitment and courage in publishing and disseminating the white paper. The authors also wish to acknowledge the statewide committee of schools and programs of nursing in Washington State and the practice partners who volunteered as major participants in the development of the white paper that this manuscript describes. These members include: Azita Emami, Kristen Swanson, Jamie Shirley, Sharon Fought, Dorene Hersh, Gerianne Babbo, Carla Prock, and Lin Murphy. Thank you to everyone who also encouraged and helped review the development of this publication.

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© 2019 Elsevier Inc.

Copyright:
Copyright 2020 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Education
  • Nursing
  • Nursing education
  • Population health
  • Social determinants of health
  • Social justice

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article

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