Launched in the spring 2012 semester, the program blends academic courses with observation experiences at various health care sites in Ireland. This approach makes it possible for nursing students to study abroad without falling behind in Marquette’s rigorous nursing curriculum.
Marquette Neighborhood Health Center now offers midwifery services
The Marquette Neighborhood Health Center (MNHC), a nurse-managed clinic run by the Marquette University College of Nursing, began accepting pregnant patients into its practice for midwifery services June 1, 2012. In April 2012, the City of Milwaukee Health Department released new infant mortality data that showed the rate at which black babies die during their first year of life is nearly three times the rate of white babies. The MNHC’s new certified nurse-midwife practice is the result of a five-year, $1,477,828 grant it received last fall from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration to address such disparities.
“Seventy-nine percent of MNHC’s current patients live in one of the nine Milwaukee zip codes with the highest levels of poverty,” said College of Nursing Dean Dr. Margaret Faut Callahan, C.R.N.A., F.N.A.P., F.A.A.N. “Providing midwifery services will help the MNHC further its mission of reducing health disparities in Milwaukee by delivering quality health care to underserved populations in neighborhoods near Marquette’s campus.”
MNHC is currently staffed with three certified nurse-midwives, Kathlyn Albert, LuVerda Martin and Nichole Virgo, who practice a holistic approach to care that includes all aspects of a pregnant woman’s life. Their goal is to improve maternal and infant outcomes in the underserved areas surrounding Marquette University’s campus by focusing on care known to have a positive impact on the health of women and their infants – midwifery services through the CenteringPregnancy® model, breastfeeding peer support and prenatal care coordination delivered by a registered nurse.
College of Nursing receives New Careers in Nursing Scholarships
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) awarded the College of Nursing five $10,000 scholarships through the RWJF New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN). The scholarships will provide financial assistance for students in the pre-MSN phase of the Direct Entry Program who are members of underrepresented populations in nursing -- males, African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans. The project will also assist the selected students in their transition to the nursing profession and will provide them with leadership skills and mentoring during the pre-MSN phase.
Nursing and blogging in Peru
Twenty-five nursing students spent four weeks in Piura, Peru, this summer, participating in a community clinical experience at a health clinic run by the Catholic parish, Sacramento Santisimo. The trip was led by Dr. Darlene Weis, associate professor emerita of nursing. In addition to learning about the Peruvian health care system, students were introduced to an alcohol and drug abuse clinic and a women's domestic violence group.
Follow the adventures and learning experiences of the nursing students studying in Peru through their blogs:
College of Nursing graduate program ranks in top 10 percent in U.S. News & World Report
The latest graduate school rankings from U.S. News and World Report show Marquette programs ranking among the best in the country. The midwifery program in the College of Nursing is 19th nationally, and the graduate program itself is listed in the top 10% of graduate nursing programs, ranking 44th out of 442 schools.