Midwestern University Nurse Practitioner Students Participate in First On-Campus Intensive

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June 15, 2022 | Glendale, AZ

Optometrist examining patient's eye Students pictured: Adam Zamora and Mami Kinoshita

Graduate nursing students in the Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN)/Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program participated in a 3-day intensive from May 20 – May 22, that reviewed different aspects of primary care, as well as successful completion of a comprehensive head-to-toe physical examination. 

“It is hard to believe that over two years ago, our programs were a vision. I am honored to have been given the opportunity to write our programs into existence. However, it is because of our faculty that this vision has far exceeded all expectations. I know that our students are receiving a quality and unique interprofessional academic experience thanks to our AMAZING fulltime faculty, adjunct faculty, and clinical faculty,” – Dr. Misty L. Pagán, Program Director, Graduate Nursing Programs 

Dr. Stephanie Herrick-Kays, Assistant Professor for the Graduate Nursing Programs planned and led the students’ first training event on campus as part of the inaugural class. 

Students arrived on the Glendale campus on Friday, May 20. Upon arrival, students completed proctored examinations on advanced pathophysiology, pharmacology, and physical health assessment. Their first on-campus lab experience included an optometry assessment and review which was taught by an optometrist. Since these students are completing their degree online, Friday’s events also included a tour of the Glendale campus. 

On Saturday, May 21, the students continued to prepare for the comprehensive head-to-toe assessment by reviewing adolescent sports physicals, adult middle-aged physicals, older adult (geriatrics) physicals, and special considerations/populations such as pregnancy and special needs. Lastly, students had an opportunity to conduct male and female health exams on standardized patients at the Simulation Center as their last opportunity to prepare for the final examination. 

The intensive concluded on Sunday, May 22, with the one-hour comprehensive head-to-toe assessment examination which included a thorough history and physical documentation component. Students had to achieve an 80% or higher to pass their Health Assessment I course. The students wrapped up the intensive by participating in informational sessions on podiatry, dermatology, HEENOT assessments and special considerations in primary care settings. These sessions were taught by subject matter experts within their respective areas of practice. 

“As our nurse practitioner students were learning new skills, you could see the passion in their eyes. During the intensives, several of our seasoned adjunct clinical faculty commented about the level and rigor of the educational experience that our students were receiving. Many also thanked Midwestern University for creating a program of this caliber. It was an honor to lead this intensive experience, and I cannot wait for November when our students are back to campus for their second intensive experience.” – Dr. Stephanie Herrick Kays, Assistant Professor, Graduate Nursing Programs.