Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Loyola Nursing Professor Receives Recognition for Innovative Teaching Model

Case study supports adding community outreach to undergraduate curriculum

MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Dr. Pamela Andresen, associate professor of Health Promotion Nursing at Loyola University Chicago Marcella School of Nursing (MNSON), has been recognized with a Certificate of Excellence from the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) for her efforts to advance the teaching of prevention, population health and public health.

The APTR singled out Andresen’s case study, which she developed through the Healthy People Curriculum Taskforce’s (HPCTF) Successful Practices Project. Andresen's case study examines the curriculum at the Niehoff School of Nursing in conjunction with undergraduate nursing students’ experiences at the school’s community-based, faculty-managed nursing center, Loyola University Nursing Center (LUNC).

Andresen reports that spending time at the LUNC allowed students enrolled in the baccalaureate nursing program’s senior level community health nursing course to serve their community as they received quality educational experiences.

“The LUNC is an innovative, cost-effective model for delivering health education to a large network of community organizations,” Andresen said. “In addition to health teaching at community sites, nursing students provide over 1,000 home visits annually to chronically ill adults living near Loyola's Lake Shore campus."

Andresen’s case study is available on the APTR Web site, aptrweb.org, so that others can read about the benefits of this teaching approach.

The APTR is a professional organization dedicated to improving prevention education and research. Members of the organization have the opportunity to collaborate with other individuals and institutions to seek new or improved ways of educating health-care professionals.


About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.