December 2017: The Mission of Jesuit Medical & Nursing Programs
During the 20th century, as the practice of medicine and the role of the nurse became scientific, many American Jesuit colleges and universities found a special complementarity in training medical professionals, while helping these same students to understand that their presence to the sick could be an embodiment of Christ’s love. Over the years, Jesuit programs of nursing, physical and occupational therapy, and medicine have become commonplace.
The Jesuit Conference of Nursing Programs (JCNP) consists of 20 Jesuit colleges and universities with nursing programs, under the umbrella of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU). The mission of the JCNP is to be a "collaborative and supportive consortium that promotes a Catholic, Jesuit nursing identity to advance nursing education and improve health," while its vision is to "be a discerning voice for social justice and excellence in health care” (JCNP Strategic Plan, 2012-2014).
When Christine Pacini enrolled at the University of Detroit (now the University of Detroit Mercy) in Fall 1967, she had no idea what role the University would come to play in her life, or that she would spend roughly 25 years of her career there, eventually becoming dean of the College of Health Professions and McAuley School of Nursing. In fact, she didn’t know her career would involve nursing at all.
With a tradition of excellence in health care education dating back to 1892 – combined with a legacy of groundbreaking research and a history of providing cutting-edge, compassionate patient care – Creighton University is extending its reach as a health care leader in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition and pioneering a new model of collaborative care.
Gonzaga University is the first private university to join the University of Washington School of Medicine's (UWSOM) five-state medical education network. Spokane medical students spend the first 18 months of their training on GU’s campus before embarking on clinical training throughout Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho – the states served by UWSOM, known collectively as WWAMI.
John Carroll University’s (JCU) Pre-Health Professions Program is grounded in Cura Personalis, a Latin phrase that translates as "care for the entire person." This is one of the cornerstones of the Jesuit educational philosophy and is reflected in the work that is done in the Pre-Health Office with the expectation that students will carry those values forward into their healthcare careers.
Kelly Brush knows that some of the most important learning in her doctor of physical therapy program takes place far beyond the classroom or late-night study sessions in the library. Brush, now in her fifth year of the six-year program at Marquette University, is president of the Adaptive Abilities Club, which brings students together to help local residents with disabilities rock climb, water-ski, downhill ski, scuba dive, fish, cycle and play sports such as rugby, basketball and sled hockey.
According to a report from the Institute of Medicine, by 2020, 80 percent of nurses will need at least a Bachelor’s degree. In response to this need, as well as a call to serve under-served communities across Colorado, Regis University has partnered with Morgan Community College to establish a dual enrollment nursing program.
AJCU Connections Archive
November 2017: Breakthroughs in Faculty Research
October 2017 Connections: Jesuit Business Education
September 2017 Connections: How Jesuit Institutions Serve Under-Served Populations
May 2017: Marketing the Mission of Jesuit Education
April 2017 Connections: Celebrating Student Scholarship at Jesuit Institutions
March 2017: Honors Programs at Jesuit Institutions
February 2017: Fostering Mission & Identity on Jesuit Campuses
January 2017: Social Innovation on Jesuit Campuses
December 2016: Impact of GC36 on Jesuit Education
November 2016: Distinguished Faculty on Jesuit Campuses
October 2016: Election 2016 on Jesuit Campuses
September 2016: Town & Gown Partnerships for Jesuit Schools
May 2016: How Jesuit Institutions Help Alumni Live the Mission
April 2016: Eco-Jesuit: Campus Responses to Laudato Si'
March 2016: The Jesuit Mission of Athletic Programs
February 2016: Diversity on Jesuit Campuses
January 2016: The Impact of STEM Programs on Jesuit Institutions
December 2015: Celebrating the Arts on Jesuit Campuses
November 2015: The Jesuit Mission of Graduate & Professional Programs
October 2015: 100th Anniversary of Alpha Sigma Nu
September 2015: The Impact of HEA Reauthorization on AJCU Campuses
May 2015: Fostering Vocations on Jesuit Campuses
April 2015: New International Collaborations Among Jesuit Institutions
March 2015: How Women Are Shaping Jesuit Institutions