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Emergency Care Program Comes to USD

Emergency Care Program Comes to USD

A mother brings her child in for a high fever. A wife looks on while her husband is treated for chest pain. They come to the emergency departments all over San Diego County and they need assistance by trained providers. At the University of San Diego's Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, there are new programs to prepare nurse practitioners to care for these patients.

The Family Nurse Practitioner in Emergency Care and the Post-Master’s Certificate in Emergency Care for Family Nurse Practitioners prepare graduates for successful practice in the rapidly evolving field of emergency care. The program provides didactic and clinical knowledge to care for patients across the life span in emergency care settings.

This fast-paced program provides nurses with the advanced knowledge and skills necessary to provide assessment and management of individuals across the lifespan in emergency care settings. Students are prepared to evaluate the evidence for screening, differential diagnosis, and management of primary, urgent, and emergent health problems, including pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment modalities in a culturally appropriate manner. Students gain skills in advanced health assessment, clinical decision-making, and case management necessary to practice in emergency departments (EDs), critical access hospitals, fast-track EDs, freestanding urgent care clinics, convenient care clinics, and correctional facilities.

In January 2017 the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners (AAENP) and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) developed the first board specialty certification examination for nurse practitioners who practice in emergency care for 14,000 ENPs nationwide. The first cohort of USD students who graduated from the new program this past May will sit for the Emergency Nurse Practitioner Certification (ENP-C) this summer.

Dr. K. Sue Hoyt, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, ENP-C, FAEN, FAANP, FAAN serves as a Professor and the Director of the NP/ENP programs and is responsible for direct leadership and coordination of those programs. All programs are accredited by the Board of Registered nursing (BRN).

For additional information about the program, visit the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science website.

Photo Identification: Front row, left to right: Kathryn Dickson, Marlisha Smith, Hsiu Jan Chen, Mayra Padilla Arechiga. Back Row: Sheila Sanning Shea (faculty), NP, K. Sue Hoyt (faculty/director), and Annie Gerhart (faculty).

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