SON Program Fast-Tracks Acute Care Nurse
By Ming Tai
School of Nursing
A new accelerated master's program now offered by the
Johns Hopkins School of
Nursing allows nurse practitioners with previous acute
care experience to acquire the advanced knowledge and
skills necessary for practice as certified acute care nurse
practitioners in two semesters.
The new fast-track post-master's certificate program
for acute care nurse practitioners, the first of its kind
in the country, prepares adult, family or geriatric nurse
practitioners to serve in specialized acute care settings
where patients are acutely ill, including intensive and
critical care units and emergency rooms.
Martha N. Hill, dean of the
School of Nursing, the innovative program comes at a time
when the need for well-trained and highly skilled
practitioners in these areas has intensified. "As our
nation's population ages and hospitals admit more patients
and care for more critically ill patients, there is a
particularly strong need for nurse practitioners in the
acute care setting," she said. "We have created this
program at the school to meet that demand and to quickly
prepare--according to the Hopkins standard of
excellence--outstanding nurse practitioners who can provide
the more complex care these patients require."
The school is now accepting applications for the first
cohort beginning in the fall 2004 semester.
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