Pace university, USA
Andrea Sonenberg, PhD, WHNP, CNM-BC completed her BS from Cornell University, BSN from Syracuse University, MS in Midwifery for Georgetown University, and Ph.D from Columbia University. She practiced as a Certified Nurse-Midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner for over 20 years. Currently, Dr. Sonenberg is Associate Professor of Nursing in the Department of Graduate Studies at Pace University, College of Health Professions. Her area of research is regulatory policy of advanced practice registered nurses and its association with access to care and population health outcomes. Dr. Sonenberg has published book chapters, as well as papers in peer-reviewed journals and international electronic annals. She has presented her research in nursing and policy venues both domestically and internationally.
Stakeholders globally and nationally, from the World health Organization to the Institute of Medicine and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, have recently stressed the importance of population-based care and public health as drivers for health system reform. It is essential for providers to look beyond their silos, and to practice in an integrated, comprehensive way. Heeding these recommendations nurse educators recognize the need to revise curricula to present the essential elements of primary health care, under which primary care and public health providers can collectively work. Framing practice through the lens of primary health care is one way to achieve the goal of a more collaborative approach to improving population health. The purpose of this paper is to share the journey of a school of nursing as it re-committed itself to the vision of primary health care and revised curriculum to strengthen content to ensure integration of public health and population-based care throughout the courses. This manuscript presents the result of this work, the development of one of the XXX graduate core courses entitled Advanced Nursing in Primary Health Care.
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