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Texas A&M dean takes part in White House Forum


Mary Jane Hamilton, RN, PhD, the dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, participated in the White House Forum on Military Credentialing and Licensing April 29 in Washington, D.C. Hamilton served on the Advanced Medical Operations Industry Roundtable, which focused on developing strategies to transfer military training and experience into credit toward nursing and physician assistant certifications and licensure.

Hamilton was chosen because of her success with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s “eLine Military Program,” which was spotlighted by the White House in its February report on military credentialing and licensing, according to a news release. ELM is a distance learning program designed to help participants earn a BSN, prepare to take the NCLEX-RN exam and enter the RN workforce. The ELM program includes applicants from across the U.S., along with England, Afghanistan, Iraq and Germany.       

“We’re the only bachelor’s of science in nursing program in the nation giving credit for this military service,” Hamilton said in the release. “We’re pleased that the White House chose our program as an example for other institutions and look forward to continuing to provide this important program to those who have served.”  

Since its inception in 2011, 427 military service members have been enrolled in ELM.

In other news, a literature review by researchers at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Nursing suggests implementing a collaborative learning environment among health disciplines in the baccalaureate curriculum. Implementing the material early on in the curriculum is aimed to combat lack of communication among health professionals, a cause of medical errors, according to a news release. “Interprofessional Education and Prelicensure Baccalaureate Nursing Students: An Integrative Review” was published in the March/April edition of Nurse Educator.

“Although health profession students may take the preprofessional course together, the primary focus is discipline specific,” study lead author Cindy Hudson, RN, DNSc, PHSCNS-BC, CNE, associate professor and director of nursing education at the TAMHSC-College of Nursing Round Rock Campus said in a news release. “Each profession has unique educational objectives, outcome measures, clinical schedules, and cultures, values and beliefs.”

The findings suggest that nursing students’ professional development may be enriched through interprofessional education, and students in other health professions may develop an appreciation of the unique contributions of nursing.

“Interprofessional education is a promising education strategy to promote nursing’s role and presence in quality patient care and positive patient outcomes,” Kathryn Sanders, RN, MSN, assistant professor at the TAMHSC-College of Nursing and study co-author said in the release. “By collaborating early on, students from different disciplines — medicine, pharmacy and nursing — are afforded the opportunity to practice working together to develop appropriate role expectations, respect and teamwork.”


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