A Nursing Doctoral Community of Scholars Train to Be Leaders in Health Care Policy

By Anthony Vela

Doctoral Nursing Washington, D.C. Immersion: June 4 - 9, 2017

Nursing 603, a course in the Nursing doctoral programs at Molloy, focuses on the scholarship of health care organization and policy. Our doctoral students complete the course with a

Francine Bono-Neri, Ph.D student Dr. Joan Ginty, Ass Dean & Director, DNP Program Dr. Denise Walsh, Ass Dean & Director, Graduate Programs - Course Instructor Lila Shams, DNP student Dr. Ethel Ulrich, DNP faculty Maureen Lowers-Roach, Ph.D student Janice Baglietto, and Ph.D student Elizabeth Infante.
Francine Bono-Neri, Ph.D student Dr. Joan Ginty, Ass Dean & Director, DNP Program Dr. Denise Walsh, Ass Dean & Director, Graduate Programs - Course Instructor Lila Shams, DNP student Dr. Ethel Ulrich, DNP faculty Maureen Lowers-Roach, Ph.D student Janice Baglietto, and Ph.D student Elizabeth Infante.

one-week intensive in Washington, D.C. Students and faculty explore the United States health care system , including the organizations and public and corporate policies that shape and influence it, as background for nursing leadership.

Each student selects a topic to research and then petitions his/her senator to effect change on the healthcare policy at the federal level. This year, topics included the opioid crisis, over-prescription of drugs, breast cancer, and end-of-life care.

In addition, the year's students sat in on a Senate committee hearing on veterans with PTSD; met nursing researchers at NIH; collaborated with Army, Navy and Marine Corps nurses at Walter Reed Hospital; and participated in the American Nurses' Association "Hill Day."

"The experience of lobbying with legislators, collaborating with nursing researchers and scientists, and attending congressional hearings on health issues facing our communities broadens the expertise of our future nursing leaders," says Dr. Walsh, Associate Dean and Director of the Graduate Nursing Program at Molloy.

Students' Reactions

"I had a wonderful time with the most inspirational women." Lila Shams, DNP.  

"ANA Hill Day was so exciting and I was thrilled to be given the chance to be a part of it. It was thrilling to be there and to see how the process works first-hand. Walter Reed was incredible. I loved hearing from nurses from each branch of service about their experiences. Dr. Walsh had everything planned perfectly and it was truly an amazing trip. It reinforced what we learned in class and gave us the opportunity to apply what we learned in an amazing setting." Liz Infante, Ph.D.

Francine Bono-Neri, Ph.D student, Janice Baglietto, Ph.D student Elizabeth Infante, Ph.D student Maureen Lowers-Roach, and Ph.D student Lila Shams, DNP student. Lila Shams, DNP student Dr. Denise Walsh, Ass Dean & Director, Graduate Programs - Course instructor Maureen Lowers-Roach, Ph.D student Elizabeth Infante, Ph.D student, and Janice Baglietto, Ph.D student.
Francine Bono-Neri, Ph.D student, Janice Baglietto, Ph.D student, Elizabeth Infante, Ph.D student, Maureen Lowers-Roach, Ph.D student, and
Lila Shams, DNP student
Lila Shams, DNP student Dr. Denise Walsh, Ass Dean & Director, Graduate Programs - Course instructor Maureen Lowers-Roach, Ph.D student Elizabeth Infante, Ph.D student, and Janice Baglietto, Ph.D student.

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