Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty

Are you a nurse educator? Apply to The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program at the Parkinson’s Foundation to help us prepare the next generation of nurses to care for the growing population of people with Parkinson’s disease (PD).

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The 50-hour accredited train the trainer Nurse Faculty Program improves PD nursing care by training faculty leaders across the U.S. to educate nursing students. To date the program has trained more than 300 nurses who in turn educate an estimated 24,000 nursing students each year to meet this need.

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Background and Goals

Nurses are critical to Parkinson's care. As the global population ages, and with the current shortage of neurologists specializing in the disease, it is pressing to prepare nurses how to treat Parkinson's. Estimates show the number of people living with Parkinson's in the U.S. is expected to rise to 1.2 million by 2030.

Established in 2009, the program offers faculty members from undergraduate nursing programs a 50 continuing education unit (CEU) approved time, that includes academic instruction, hands-on experience with Parkinson’s patients, independent study and mentorship from nurse specialists at nationally recognized movement disorder centers. The Parkinson's Foundation has hosted the program since 2014 as part of its commitment to training health care professionals.

Program Goals

  • Enhance the knowledge and confidence of nursing faculty in developing course content, delivering lectures and providing clinical mentorship on Parkinson’s in undergraduate schools of nursing.
  • Develop a long-term relationship between participating guest nursing faculty scholars and Parkinson’s experts at nationally recognized movement disorder centers.
  • Prepare baccalaureate nursing graduates to care for people living with Parkinson’s, caregivers and families.

Leadership

Parkinson's nurse specialists, along with The Edmond J. Safra Foundation, launched this program to improve the education of future nurses in order to meet the needs of the growing PD population.

Affiliated with academic Parkinson's disease and movement disorders centers throughout the U.S., faculty members are Parkinson’s experts who represent multi-disciplinary teams.

Training Dates & Locations

The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty program hosts several trainings each year at university-based movement disorder centers. Nurse faculty are selected through a competitive application process.

Our program model changed due to COVID-19. Every scholar now participates in nine hours of self-paced virtual educational modules. Afterwards, scholars will choose to complete:

OPTION 1: Go to a Parkinson’s disease clinic for three days of in-person learning of advanced content, followed by two clinical days;
OPTION 2: Participate in two four-hour live zoom sessions for advanced content after which clinicals are scheduled separately and individually at a Parkinson’s disease clinic.

CEUs & Stipend

Scholars who complete all program requirements of the Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program at the Parkinson’s Foundation, including an independent project within six months’ time, will be eligible for 50 nursing contact hours and a $2,000 stipend.

Sample Curriculum

The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program at the Parkinson’s Foundation offers interactive trainings where nursing educators learn from the best in the PD field.

Attendance at a Parkinson’s support group, the development of an independent scholar project to benefit nursing education and/or patient care and 16 clinical hours supplement our curriculum.

Testimonials

Alumni scholars, who have all gone through the 50-hour accredited train the trainer course, share why nursing school faculty should apply to The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program at the Parkinson’s Foundation:

FAQs

Below we answer the most common questions about The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program at the Parkinson’s Foundation. If you have additional questions, please contact us at Nursing@Parkinson.org.

Nurse Webinars

Are you a nurse who works with people with Parkinson's? Our Nurse Webinar Library is designed for and by the Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program scholars at the Parkinson's Foundation exploring the latest PD care innovations.

Nurse scholars represent an innovative nurse educator network working with the Foundation to advance research, care and nursing education. The on-demand webinars below support their ongoing instruction and collaboration. Other professionals who share these goals are invited to view the series.

 

This series supports the Parkinson's Foundation's mission to make life better for people with Parkinson's disease by improving care and advancing research towards a cure. Support from the Edmond J. Safra Foundation and Lundbeck LLC makes it possible.

Alumni News

Find out how alumni of The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program at the Parkinson’s Foundation are making an impact on Parkinson's research and care around the country.

Meet Our Annual Awardees
Each year, the program selects a graduate to receive an outstanding achievement award for improving the lives of people with Parkinson’s or for leadership and innovation in nursing education leading to improved care for those with Parkinson’s and their caregiver.

Password Protected Scholar Page

This repository is for Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program at the Parkinson’s Foundation alumni and includes a link to the alumni book and independent projects.

To access this page, you must be a scholar of the program. If you are a scholar and you have not received the password for page access, please contact Gina Dyer at GDyer@Parkinson.org.

Grant Opportunity

Applications Closed

Grant Recipients

With the number of people living with Parkinson's increasing and the shortage of neurologists specializing in the disease, the Parkinson’s Foundation supports the training of more nurses through professional education and now supports their research through the Nurse Faculty Award.

The following Edmond J. Safra Nurse Faculty Scholars received nearly $10,000 in grant funding from the Parkinson’s Foundation to launch individual projects to help make life better for people with Parkinson’s.

Scholar and Host Nurse Publications

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