Author: ROBERT S./Monday, January 26, 2015
by Angela Trower
GSON | For more than 50 years, nurse practitioners have provided high quality, cost efficient patient care, establishing themselves as an integral component of the health care team. Their roles continue to evolve in response to societal influences — in particular, expanded access to health care, provider shortages, the aging population and the trend of cost containment.
To address this evolution in health care, Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College offers the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) concentration, a master’s degree program for nurses with a minimum of two years of recent critical care experience.
“Acute care nurse practitioners draw from their valuable experiences as bedside nurses and integrate the knowledge and skills acquired in their advanced nursing education into patient care,” says Beth Beyatte, director of the AGACNP program. “This is the next logical step for nurses interested in expanding their practice and maintaining close relationships with their patients by participating in the overall management of their illnesses.”
AGACNPs provide advanced nursing care in a variety of practice settings to adult and geriatric patients experiencing acute, critical, complex, chronic health conditions. While many AGACNPs practice in hospitals in areas that include emergency departments, intensive care units and general patient care areas, they also work in specialty care, long-term acute care and ambulatory care settings. They are involved in all aspects of patient management, working collaboratively with physicians and other members of the health care team to stabilize patients, minimize complications, and promote physical and psychological well-being.
Students in the Goldfarb AGACNP program gain hands-on clinical experience at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Unlike most schools, Goldfarb pre-arranges relationships with clinical sites and preceptors so students don’t have to do that work on their own. “Preceptors and clinical sites can be a hot commodity for advanced practice nursing students. Securing them removes the responsibility from the students and allows them to concentrate on other aspects of their education,” Beyatte says. “Our students learn from top-notch advanced practice nursing providers, physicians and other members of the health care team. I feel confident they are receiving the best nursing that medicine has to offer.”
The 27-month sequential program includes small, face-to-face classes. Students establish a strong connection with faculty, who actively practice in the clinical setting. Specialty courses provide an in-depth review of system-specific health problems commonly seen in the acute care setting. The courses also offer students the opportunity to hone their skills in ECG and radiology interpretation and perform invasive procedures in Goldfarb’s technologically advanced simulation center.
Graduates of the program are prepared to assume the many responsibilities associated with the role of the AGACNP nurse and the demands of the patient population. “There are always opportunities for growth and leadership as an AGACNP,” Beyatte adds. “The possibilities are endless.”
If you’re ready to advance your learning and develop as a leader in your field, apply for the summer 2015 cohort of Goldfarb’s AGACNP program. Apply online at www.BarnesJewishCollege.edu/ApplyNow or contact the admissions office, 314-454-7057 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Angela Trower, email@example.com
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1/30/2015 5:40 PM
Great article! Being a clinical preceptor for these students, I can say that they are well prepared to intigrate into the clinical setting post graduation.