Agenda Item No. ________

Washburn University Board of Regents





SUBJECT: POPULATION-FOCUSED CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING





Description:

This innovative program will provide the opportunity for currently employed public health registered nurses of Kansas to gain further understanding and knowledge about public health science. The goal is to better prepare nurses to function as skilled practitioners in public health and community settings. As the trend in health care services today is shifting from the hospital acute care setting to the community, there is an emphasis on preventive services and need for a well informed and educated public. A specific body of knowledge about public health and the community is required for nurses to provide community-based public health services in addition to the knowledge and skills needed to provide illness care.



The certificate program is proposed at a time in Kansas when there is heightened interest in public health. For several years various public health groups have identified the need for public health personnel and the services they perform to be strengthened in Kansas as well as in all areas of the country. A number of research study findings confirm an increased awareness and interest in strengthening public health in Kansas.



The University Council approved the proposal April 20, 2000.



The General Faculty approved the proposal May 4, 2000.













FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS:

Minimal additional costs will be absorbed in School of Nursing Budget. External funding opportunities will be pursued.







RECOMMENDATION:

President Farley recommends Board of Regents approval of the Population-Focused Certificate Program in Public Health Nursing.





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(date) Jerry B. Farley, President


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