PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing in the College of Health Professions has been chosen as a recipient of funding from the Hugoton Foundation.
The school has been awarded a grant of $140,000 from the foundation to support interdisciplinary education, research and practice in palliative care at the College of Health Professions.
Pace’s grant from the foundation in 2012 allowed the purchase of several Sim (simulation) mannequins and the creation of a state of the art clinical education lab (CEL) at Pace’s lower Manhattan campus. The Sim mannequins and equipment are seeing extensive usage in Pace's new CEL in New York.
The purpose of this project is to develop increased competency in both palliative care and collaborative practice for all CHP students.
“Since caring for a seriously ill patient involves many different members of the care team, including palliative care doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains, massage therapists, pharmacists, nutritionists and others, it is imperative that the approach to education is interdisciplinary so students learn the dynamics of teamwork and collaboration,” said Harriet R. Feldman, dean and professor of the College of Health Professions and the Lienhard School of Nursing.
The project also aims to encourage students to pursue certification in palliative care as well as create lasting resources for palliative care education of students in the College of Health Professions.
The school plans to hire Hugoton Foundation Visiting Faculty/Scholars in Palliative Care to establish an online Palliative Care Resource Community; provide consultations to faculty and students; deliver classroom lectures and seminars; develop an asynchronous teaching module on palliative care that will be integrated throughout the graduate nursing curriculum (and available to the undergraduate nursing, Physician Assistant, Speech and Communication Disorders, and future CHP students, such as those in Nutrition and Occupational Therapy) and develop and offer inter-professional simulation modules for CHP students and social work and theology students from partner institutions.
Finally, the grant will provide funding for the development of a College of Health Professions Inter-Professional Palliative Care Fellowship Program.