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Two SMU Students Receive Jonas Nurse Leader and Veterans Healthcare Scholarships

Samuel Merritt University has received two $20,000 scholarships for nursing doctoral students from the Jonas Scholars Program. SMU faculty received notification of the institutional award in January 2014 and selected the student scholars in March 2014...

SMU Nursing Student Recaps the AACN Student Policy Summit

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) / Doctor of Nurse  Practitioner (DNP) student Kathleen "Kat" Hilton recently attended the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Student Policy Summit...

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) Graduate from the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program 

The first three Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) graduates of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program have completed their degrees...

 2013 Samuel Merritt University Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Graduates 

SMU DNP students and faculty got together at the Oakland SMU campus on Wednesday, December 4th to Friday, December 6th for their yearly new student orientation and presentations for proposal stage and graduating student capstone projects...

Educating Others in Obstetrics: Raji Menon

Longtime SMU faculty member Raji Menon says most obstetric providers lack experience in appropriate resuscitative measures during maternal arrests since they happen so infrequently. That's why Menon has created an educational program to equip providers with knowledge, skills, and resources to deal with these emergencies...

SMU DNP Student Takes Nursing to New Levels

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) student Kathy Geier has spent much of her 38-year nursing career assisting orthopedic surgeons in conducting joint replacements.  Now she is using her training and experience to educate other nurses as well as to help uninsured patients to live free from pain...

SMUs Inaguaral Class of Doctor of Nursing Practice Graduates

"The SMU School of Nursing is very pleased to celebrate the accomplishments of our first DNP graduates," said Arlene Sargent, Associate Dean of Nursing.  "This achievement reflects the School of Nursing's response to numerous national organizations that have indicated new levels of nursing education are necessary to meet the increasing complexity of the health care system..." 

Nurses who are doctors - More are earning the doctor of nursing practice degree

The number of advanced practice nurses enrolling in Doctor of Nursing Practice programs is growing rapidly, from 70 in 2002 to more than 5,000 last year. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing estimates that about 72% of schools that train advanced practice nurses already offer DNPs or plan to do so.  The Philadelphia Inquirer

Doctor of nursing degree could help NPs promote the profession

Pursuing the doctor of nursing practice degree could allow nurse practitioners to promote the nursing profession and effectively manage the complex problems in today's health care system. The DNP degree also can help NPs learn and apply nursing and non-nursing theories to further evidence-based clinical research and practice. ADVANCE for Nurse Practitioners (5/19/2010)

AANA Announces Support of Doctorate for Entry into Nurse Anesthesia Practice by 2025

Two years after convening a high-level summit meeting and appointing a task force to thoroughly explore interests and concerns surrounding doctoral preparation of nurse anesthetists, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) has announced its support of doctoral education for entry into nurse anesthesia practice by 2025. AANA