Letter from the President

Letter from the President

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.

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The Jesuit Conference of Nursing Programs

The Jesuit Conference of Nursing Programs

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).

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Values at work: Jesuit and Mercy Traditions Inspire Dean’s Lifelong Work

Values at work: Jesuit and Mercy Traditions Inspire Dean’s Lifelong Work

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.

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Gonzaga Strengthens Medical & Nursing Education Programs

Gonzaga Strengthens Medical & Nursing Education Programs

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.

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Education for Academic Success and Compassionate Care Delivery: Pre-Health Education at John Carroll University

Education for Academic Success and Compassionate Care Delivery: Pre-Health Education at John Carroll University

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.

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Upward Mobility at Marquette University

Upward Mobility at Marquette University

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.

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Regis Partnership with Local Community College Brings Nurses to the Under-Served of Colorado

Regis Partnership with Local Community College Brings Nurses to the Under-Served of Colorado

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.

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