Adelphi University students working in the Clinical Education and Simulation Lab (CESiL) with a simulator manikin.

Adelphi University's College of Nursing and Public Health has been selected by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to participate in a national initiative designed to prepare nursing students to become strong, resilient leaders. The pilot program will kick off in the Spring 2023 semester.

After receiving an overwhelming number of responses to the call for pilot schools, Adelphi was chosen as one of only 10 national, prestigious schools of nursing selected for this opportunity. Adelphi is the only institution in New York state selected for this program.

“This opportunity from AACN comes at a critical moment, as we are experiencing a significant shortage in nursing staff and educators, all of whom need to be prepared for a changing world,” said Deborah Hunt, PhD ’12, dean of the College of Nursing and Public Health. “Being selected as one of the pilot schools is truly an honor and will provide us with the ability to network with our esteemed colleagues and access the resources required to prepare our next generation of nurses with skills and competencies in the areas of leadership, resilience, self-care and well-being. We are grateful for the support of the AACN and the generous funding of Johnson & Johnson for this pilot and are excited to be at the forefront of this initiative.”

The AACN launched this initiative to infuse new content into baccalaureate nursing programs. The College of Nursing and Public Health was chosen to participate in a funded study to prepare nursing students and new nurses to deal with stress. The program will be led by Adelphi nursing faculty members Professor Marilyn Klainberg ’63, MS ’77, EdD, and Clinical Associate Professor Deborah Ambrosio-Mawhirter ’81, MS ’95, EdD, who nominated the University for this opportunity.

“Even before the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it had been documented that nurses experience high rates of stress, which can lead to depression, anxiety and burnout,” said Dr. Klainberg. “Due to these factors, many experience unhealthy behaviors and these may impact one’s resilience, sleep and diet. Most important is that these factors may have an impact on patient care.”

Schools selected to participate in this groundbreaking effort include:

  • Adelphi University
  • California State University, Chico
  • Fayetteville State University (North Carolina)
  • Georgia State University
  • Mount Carmel College of Nursing (Ohio)
  • Nevada State College
  • Rutgers University-Camden (New Jersey)
  • Samuel Merritt University (California)
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

“As nurse leaders, we must be stewards of our profession and are responsible for developing future nurses’ professional identities,” said Dr. Ambrosio-Mawhirter. “This prestigious grant from AACN provides us with the support we need to heavily infuse skills like self-care, leadership and resilience into our nursing curriculum.”

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