Advance your learning and develop as a leader

ImageFor 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 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’ 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 wellbeing.

Students in the Goldfarb AGACNP program gain hands-on clinical experience at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, one of the nation’s best hospitals. Unlike most schools, Goldfarb pre-arranges relationships with clinical sites and preceptors so students do not have to do this 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. 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,” Beyatte says.

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. They 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 says. “The possibilities are endless.”

If you’re ready to advance your learning and develop as a leader in your field, apply for Goldfarb’s AGACNP program. Apply online at BarnesJewishCollege.edu/ApplyNow or contact the admissions office by phone at 314-454-7057 or by email at gson-admissions@bjc.org.

Goldfarb Alum Going Primetime

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Katie Duke, a 2004 graduate of Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, will make her primetime television debut on ABC’s News Medical Documentary “NY Med” on July 10th, 2012.

Duke is a nurse in the emergency department at New York Presbyterian Hospital, the busiest emergency room in New York City, and she has seen it all.  Now everyone can see the insane day-to-day life of an ER nurse through Duke’s eyes.

Living by the mottos “deal with it”, and “everything worthwhile takes sacrifice”, Duke does not see the chaos or challenges in her job as hindrances, but as opportunities.  The opportunities to change lives and to help fix people, or at least teach people how to fix themselves, are just a few reasons why Duke loves being a nurse.  Another reason is that she knows patients get to go home with their loved ones at the end of the day because she is an “awesome nurse”.

The confidence Duke has in her nursing abilities comes from her time spent at Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College.  She feels that Goldfarb gave her realistic clinic experience and taught her the fundamental skills that she uses every day.

“The instructors always expected the best,” says Duke. “The college has a big mission and the professors have big hearts. I learned a lot about nursing and about myself while in school.  I stopped underestimating what I could do in my life and started dreaming.”

Now Duke’s dreams are becoming reality.  Not only is she attending Columbia University for a Masters degree as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, but she is a part of a documentary that will show viewers the real side of nursing.  Duke is excited that viewers will get to see what it really takes to be a nurse.  The knowledge, bravery, grit and emotions are all there – the good and the bad – but it’s real and Duke can’t wait to share it all with America.