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Pace attends announcement to create curriculum on caring for veterans

Monday June 4, 2012
Harriet Feldman, RN
Harriet Feldman, RN
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Pace University Lienhard School of Nursing was among 20 schools invited to the University of Pennsylvania to participate in the announcement of a national initiative spearheaded by First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, EdD, wife of U.S. vice president Joe Biden. Pace’s school of nursing, along with other schools across the country who have pledged support, will focus on educating nurses and nursing students on caring for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

Pace’s Harriet Feldman, RN, PhD, FAAN, former dean of the school and the university’s interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, attended the announcement of the commitment, part of the Joining Forces initiative, held April 11 at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. "It was quite an event," Feldman said. "Everything was kept secret and each invited person had to be reviewed for security purposes and approved before attending."

Feldman and deans of some of the other invited schools first learned about the First Lady’s announcement at an American Association of Colleges of Nursing meeting. During the meeting, Pace’s school of nursing and about 15 other schools were asked to attend, Feldman said. Since then more than 500 schools of nursing nationwide have committed to participate.

"These schools either were or had been involved in the Veterans Administration Nursing Academy Program, a three-year grant program designed to increase the nursing workforce and get more people interested in providing care for veterans," Feldman said. "We had a clinical affiliation with the Manhattan VA before the grant and through the VA Nursing Academy Initiative."

For information, visit www.WhiteHouse.gov/JoiningForces.

Tracey Boyd is a regional reporter. Send letters to editorNY@nurse.com or post a comment below.
Joining Forces nursing school partners

New York and New Jersey nursing schools are participating in the Joining Forces initiative. Schools can sign-up at www.AACN.nche.edu by searching “Joining Forces.”

New Jersey

• Brookdale Community College

• Caldwell College

• College of St. Elizabeth

• Felician College

• Georgian Court University

• Helene Fuld School of Nursing

• Hohokus Hackensack

• Mercer County Technical Schools

• Ocean County College

• Ramapo College of New Jersey

• Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

• Saint Peter’s College

• Seton Hall University

• St. Francis Medical Center

• The College of New Jersey

• The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

• Union County College

• University Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey

• William Patterson University of New Jersey

New York

• Bronx Community College

• Cayuga Community College

• Cheryl Phenicie School of Nursing

• Columbia University

• Concordia College New York

• Crouse Hospital

• Daemen College

• D’Youville College

• Excelsior College

• Farmingdale State College

• Hopfer School of Nursing

• Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing

• Keuka College

• Le Moyne College

• Lehman College-CUNY

• Memorial School of Nursing

• Molloy College

• Mount Saint Mary College

• Nazareth College

• New York Institute of Technology

• New York University

• Niagara County Community College

• Niagara University

• Nyack College

• Pace University Lienhard

• Roberts Wesleyan College

• Samaritan Hospital

• State University of New York
Institute of Technology

• SUNY, Plattsburgh

• St. John Fisher College

• SUNY Downstate Medical Center

• SUNY Upstate Medical University

• The Sage Colleges

• Touro College

• University at Buffalo

• University of Rochester

• Utica College

• York College

Source: www.AACN.nche.edu.
* List up-to-date at time of press