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CHC/Center Care Health Benefit Programs Visiting Professorship


• Title of Endowment – The CHC/Center Care Health Benefit Programs Visiting Professorship

• Date Established – January 7, 2000

• Purpose of Endowment – Provide a visiting scholar and support the Nursing Program with assistance in the areas of faculty development, enhanced equipment, scholarships and graduate assistantships.

• College/Department where housed – Department of Nursing within the College of Health and Human Services

• Status – Filled

• Date Occupied – Conferences held Spring 2005

• Speakers Included:

  • This endowment was used to support the 2005 Kentucky Board of Nursing Conference held in Bowling Green in February. This conference provided valuable information for nurses in the region as it relates to the regulations and responsibilities of the KBN. Funds were also used to support professional development activities/participation in various state, national and international conferences including: Sigma Theta Tau International Conference where the Department Head presented a paper, American Association of Colleges of Nursing Fall Meeting, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty Conference, Southwest Educational Research Association, The Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives Conference and a School Nurse Conference.

• The Departmental Continuing Education Committee is responsible for the selection of speakers and planning of all visiting professors supported by this endowment.

Funds were also used to support professional development activities and faculty participation in such conferences as the Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse midwives, SNRS, and the Agriculture Health & Safety conference at Colorado State University.


Program Information

• Workshop Information – The workshops were open to anyone but geared toward health care professionals, emergency management personnel and government leaders.

The focus was on the importance of cooperation, communication and coordination in the community's response to various issues.

• Entrepreneurial Partnerships - Partnerships with this fund have been maintained with CHC/Center Care. In December, 2001, an additional $50,000 gift from Center Care was allocated to this endowment.

• Collaborative Efforts - Anticipated collaborative efforts with the South Central Kentucky Area Health Education Center (AHEC) are in progress in preparation for the next Visiting Professorship/Workshop. Students, faculty and nurses in the community attended a critical thinking workshop.

• Measurable Student Outcomes - include a significant improvement in scores on a critical thinking test, a graduation rate of 72.5% for our BSN program (this rate surpasses the University rate), and employment rate of 100%. One graduate was accepted for advanced study (MSN program).

• Benefit to Kentucky - The most significant benefit to Kentucky is the graduation and employment of competent RNs for the health care workforce. In view of the current nursing shortage, students as well as graduates have a direct positive impact on the health and well being of the citizens of Kentucky.

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