PNW's College of Nursing earns national recognition

WESTVILLE — For the second consecutive time, Purdue University Northwest’s (PNW) College of Nursing was named one of 16 “Centers of Excellence” by the National League for Nursing (NLN).

The recognition is given to nursing programs that demonstrate sustained excellence in faculty development, nursing education research, and in student learning and professional development. A four-year designation, PNW was previously named a center of excellence in 2014. 

“Our faculty, staff and students earned this recognition together,” said PNW’s College of Nursing Dean Lisa Hopp. “Our excellence is present in our everyday teaching, practice, scholarship and service to our communities.”

Hopp said PNW garnered its second NLN recognition because of initiatives like Sojourner Truth House, in which family nurse practitioner faculty bring primary care to the Northwest Indiana region’s most vulnerable citizens. She also cited students’ capstone projects and the faculty’s ability to make a difference in students’ lives.

“Centers of Excellence help raise the bar for all nursing programs by role modeling visionary leadership and environments of inclusive excellence that nurture the next generation of a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the health of the nation and global community,” said NLN COE Beverly Malone, Ph.D. in a release announcing the honorees. 

Throughout the four-year designation period, PNW’s nursing faculty and administrators will serve as advisors and role models to other institutions. Their expertise will raise the levels of achievement for various nursing communities.

PNW will be formally recognized at the 2018 NLN Education Summit on Sept. 14 in Chicago.

Dedicated to excellence in nursing, the National League for Nursing (NLN) 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.

 

Area blood drives announced

MICHIGAN CITY — Thousands of people have responded to the emergency call for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July. Still, there continues to be an emergency need for donors of all blood types, especially type O, to give now to address a severe blood shortage.

Red Cross blood donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in, and right now there is less than a five-day blood supply on hand. The Red Cross strives to keep a five-day supply of blood to meet the needs of patients and to be prepared for emergencies that require significant volumes of donated blood products.

“Patients don’t get a summer break from the need for lifesaving treatments, so it is critical that hospitals have access to blood products each and every day,” said Rodney Wilson, communications mananger of the Red Cross Indiana Ohio Blood Services Region. “We sincerely appreciate those who have responded to the call to help save lives, but the emergency need remains. Those who haven’t rolled up a sleeve to give are urged to do so today.”

There is a particular need for type O blood, which plays an important role in ongoing patient care and emergencies. Type O positive is the most transfused blood type and can be given to patients with any Rh-positive blood type. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be given to any patient. It’s what emergency room personnel reach for when there is no time to determine the blood type of patients in the most serious situations.

In thanks, all those who come to donate blood or platelets now through Aug. 30 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. (Restrictions apply; see amazon.com/gc-legal. More information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.)

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

La Porte

Aug. 1 from 1 to 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1225 Michigan Ave.

Aug. 13 from noon to 6 p.m., First Church of God, 2020 E. Lincoln Way

Michigan City

Aug. 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Palko Services, 4991 W. U.S. 20

Aug. 7 from noon to 6 p.m., St. John's United Church of Christ, 101 St. John Road

How to donate blood:

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call (800) 733-2767 to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App.

 

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