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Left to right: JAANP Editor-in-Chief Charon A. Pierson, Washburn University Director of Student Health and School of Nursing Professor and Director of Doctor of Nursing program Shirley Dinkel, and WesternU College of Graduate Nursing Professor Rod Hicks.

Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Graduate Nursing is prominently featured in the new issue of the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (JAANP), which focuses on how “Nurse Practitioners Contribute to the Health College Campus.”

College of Graduate Nursing (CGN) Professor Rod Hicks, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, served as guest editor for this special edition, along with Washburn University Director of Student Health and School of Nursing Professor and Director of Doctor of Nursing program Shirley Dinkel, PhD, APRN, FNP-C, ANP-C, CNS, FAANP. They wrote a guest editorial on “The hidden gems in student health centers.”

“It’s been an honor to serve as one of the guest editors for JAANP,” Hicks said. “It brought home the value of what nurse practitioners really do. With more than 950 million nurse practitioner visits in this country annually, NPs are an important part of the health of the nation.”

Of the eight peer-reviewed articles featured in the special edition, which published April 21, 2016, three were written by CGN Doctor of Nursing Practice graduates. Wendi Swanson, DNP ’15, wrote about staying active as a college freshman. Lisa Ponsford, DNP ’15, focused on risk assessment from a vulnerability model on university campuses. Deanna McFadden, DNP ’15, wrote about first-generation college students and health impact in the community college setting.

“Not a lot is written about the breadth of how nurse practitioners contribute to health in the college setting,” Hicks said. “Nurse practitioners care for more than just sick students. They actually are in a position to care for the health of the campus. We’ve been fortunate to have a number of students at WesternU focus on student health through DNP projects. This was a way to showcase those projects.”

Articles affiliated with WesternU:

Hicks RW, Dinkel S.  The hidden gems in student health centers. J Am Assoc Nurse Pract. 2016 Apr;28(4):178-80. doi: 10.1002/2327-6924.12364.  PMID: 27098401

McFadden DL.  Health and academic success:  A look at the challenges of first-generation community college students.  J Am Assoc Nurse Pract. 2016 Apr;28(4):227-32. doi: 10.1002/2327-6924.12345. PMID: 26960152

Ponsford LR.  Assessing mental health and violence on college campuses using the vulnerability model.  J Am Assoc Nurse Pract. 2016 Apr;28(4):212-7. doi: 10.1002/2327-6924.12351. PMID: 27098402

Swanson WM.  An opportunity to combat obesity lies in the at-risk college population.  J Am Assoc Nurse Pract. 2016 Apr;28(4):196-203. doi: 10.1002/2327-6924.12360.  PMID: 27007489