The College of New
Rochelle to Offer New Nurse Educator
with Strong Holistic Underpinning
Designed to Help Address Critical Shortage of Nurse Educators,
Courses to Start in 2005 Fall Semester
New Rochelle, NY (June 15, 2005) – The College of New Rochelle (CNR)
School of Nursing announced that its new Nurse Educator Master’s Degree
Program — designed to address the shortage of nurse educators — has
approved by the New York State Department of Education. The new
program, with a strong holistic underpinning, will begin as early as
the 2005 fall semester.
Planning for the new in-depth course of study began two years ago,
according to Dr. Donna Demarest, Dean of CNR’s School of Nursing. “This
program is the result of our response to two alarming trends: the
critical shortage of nurse educators and the aging of the nursing
school faculty throughout the U.S.,” she noted. “We believe that more
baccalaureate prepared nurses will find this educational track very
attractive because of its unique and flexible features.”
Composed of 34 credits and 150 hours of practical work that can be
tailored for student interests, the Nurse Educator Program will
concentrate on continuing education and staff development, community
and patient education, and nursing education. Like all master’s degree
programs at CNR, it will have a strong holistic component, emphasizing
caring and healing rather than the illness delivery model that typifies
today’s healthcare system, Dr. Demarest explained. CNR was the
first college in the nation to offer a master’s program in holistic
nursing in 1993.
benefit is the small size of the classes. “Typically, there are about
10 students per class, allowing for quality instruction and interaction
with our excellent faculty,” Dr. Demarest stated.
encourage enrollment in the new program, the College will assist
students to apply for the New York State/Federal Loan Forgiveness
Program designed to waive a percentage of or all of an education loan
(depending on years of employment and other criteria) to individuals
who are studying to become Registered Nurses or Nurse Educators.
A primary focus of the Nurse Educator Program will be community and
patient education, an area that CNR’s School of Nursing has pioneered
over the past three decades by reaching out -- through Healthy Campus
2010 -- to the student populations at CNR’s New Rochelle Campus and its
city campuses in Brooklyn, Bronx’s Co-Op City, downtown Manhattan
(DC-37), Harlem, and the South Bronx. Healthy Campus 2010 is
modeled after the national initiative of Healthy People 2010. It has
evolved over the years to incorporate health promotion/disease
prevention on-site classes and seminars for students and community
members about risk factors such as obesity and high blood pressure and
the need for a healthful diet at every age.
Going forward, students in CNR’s Master Programs in Nursing as well as
campus communities will benefit from another valuable education
resource--the $25 million holistic Wellness Center that the College
will start building this summer. When plans for the new 60,000 square
foot health and wellness facility were announced in May, Dr. Stephen J.
Sweeny, President of the College, observed that the Center—a critical
academic facility—will bring together and integrate a variety of
health-related educational programs on campus including nursing,
physical education, and health education. “It will advance the
College’s longtime commitment to education of the whole person,” Dr.
Sweeny stated. “Ours is an innovative model for understanding
educational principles of wellness and a new approach to bringing that
knowledge to students and into the community.”
In addition to addressing the nursing shortage, CNR’s School of Nursing
has been ahead of the national average in preparing minorities for the
nursing profession. Last year, an important study issued by the
Sullivan Commission on Diversity in the Healthcare Workforce noted that
the severe shortage of minorities in the health professions contributed
to African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans
receiving less and lower quality health care than the general
population. Because many members of the student body in the School of
Nursing are African American and Hispanic—with many of them living in
the communities where CNR’s city campuses are located—the CNR School of
Nursing has been helping to educate nurses to meet the healthcare needs
of some of the most underserved segments of the population.
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The first Catholic
college for women in New York State,
College of New Rochelle was founded in 1904 by the Ursuline Order.
it comprises the all-women School of Arts & Sciences, and three
which admit women and men: the School of New Resources (for adult
the School of Nursing and the Graduate School. The main campus of
the College is located in lower Westchester County, 16 miles north of
New York City. The College maintains six other campus locations
in New York
City. Visit the College’s website at www.cnr.edu