National League for Nursing to Expand Advancing Care Excellence (ACE) Program to Pediatrics

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Teaching nursing care of vulnerable children is the focus of the NLN’s latest Advancing Care Excellence (ACE) program, now in development. ACE.P (pediatrics) is being created with the support of the Hearst Foundations. This initiative of the NLN Center for Excellence in the Care of Vulnerable Populations, will address the growing demand for quality care of children at greatest risk, living in circumstances beset by poverty, neglect, and abuse.

Advancing Care Excellence for Vulnerable Populations

“ACE.P will enable nurse faculty to incorporate new and relevant pediatrics education into nursing curricula and produce graduates with vitally needed skills.” Dr. Anne Bavier, NLN President

Teaching nursing care of vulnerable children is the focus of the NLN’s latest Advancing Care Excellence (ACE) program, now in development. ACE.P (pediatrics) is being created with the support of the Hearst Foundations. An initiative of the NLN Center for Excellence in the Care of Vulnerable Populations, ACE.P will address what has been identified as a critical gap in preparing the next generation of nurses – meeting the growing demand for quality care of children at greatest risk, living in circumstances beset by poverty, neglect, and abuse.

Through ACE.P, the NLN will focus on community-based approaches to meet the special needs of children for good nutrition; obesity prevention and control; oral health, in partnership with the New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing; immunizations; screenings; emotional wellbeing; and treatments for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder; autism spectrum disorders; and abuse.

“Today’s textbooks do not thoroughly, if at all, cover the increasing impact of environment, housing, and access to care in a format that leads to new perspectives by pre-licensure students on the special needs of children in vulnerable populations. ACE.P will enable nurse faculty to incorporate new and relevant pediatrics education into nursing curricula and produce graduates with vitally needed skills,” noted NLN president Anne Bavier, PhD, RN, FAAN.

NLN CEO Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, observed: “With a strong track record of national grant-funded initiatives, the NLN is eager to lead this project in collaboration with the Hearst Foundations, our partners at New York University, and the national faculty who will contribute their expertise and leadership in teaching pediatric nursing education for a new age.”

Developed and distributed over the next two years, ACE.P will adapt the successful NLN ACE formula. This provides free evidence-based, classroom-ready resources to nurse educators through technology and web-based content that include simulated unfolding cases and teaching strategies. NLN professional development webinars and workshops across the country will introduce ACE.P resources and encourage their integration into traditional pediatric nursing curricula.

Highlighting one important area of ACE.P’s focus, Erin A. Hartnett, DNP, APRN, CPNP, NYU’s program director and a specialist in oral health nursing education and practice, noted: “Nurses, as front line providers, are in an optimal position to improve children’s oral health outcomes and their overall health.”

“Hearst Foundations is delighted to again partner with the NLN to enhance nursing education for tens of thousands of nursing students across the country. The Advancing Care Excellence (ACE) program offers seamless adoption for nursing professors. The introduction of pediatrics will be a welcome addition to the existing models for veterans, Alzheimer’s patients, and senior adults,” remarked Sarah T. Mishurov, program officer at Hearst Foundations.

Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the National League for Nursing is the premier organization for nurse faculty and leaders in nursing education. The NLN offers faculty development, networking opportunities, testing services, nursing research grants, and public policy initiatives to its more than 40,000 individual and more than 1,200 institutional members, comprising nursing education programs across the spectrum of higher education and health care organizations.

The Hearst Foundations support nonprofit organizations working in culture, education, health, and social service in the United States. The charitable goals of the foundations reflect the philanthropic interests of William Randolph Hearst, with a focus on ensuring that people of all backgrounds have the opportunity to build healthy, productive, and inspiring lives.

The NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice (OHNEP) and Teaching Oral Systemic Health (TOSH) initiatives are committed to developing a nurse workforce with the competencies to prioritize oral disease prevention and health promotion; provide evidence-based oral health care in a variety of settings; and collaborate in interprofessional teams across the health care system by becoming key stakeholders in national efforts to reduce oral health disparities across the lifespan.

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