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Alana Cueto at AACN Policy Summit

Alana Cueto, a second year student in the College of Nursing's Master's Entry program, along with Dean Phyllis Shanley Hansell, EdD, RN, FAAN, visited Congress in March to advocate on behalf of nursing education, research, and practice for fiscal years 2013 and 2014. The American Association of College of Nursing (AACN) developed this annual summit to allow student nurses to learn how to advocate and to have a voice in shaping policy for the nursing profession. Cueto was the only nursing student from the state of New Jersey who attended. Dean Hansell and Cueto joined forces with nurses and future nurses from all across the United States to meet with their state's elected officials.

Cueto, who will graduate Seton Hall University with her Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree in August, was hooked by the discourse at the Policy Summit. "The level of passion and knowledge among all the student attendees was energizing. I am so grateful the College of Nursing sponsored my attendance; this just reaffirmed my decision to focus on policy and advocacy as part of my nursing profession."

The issues of concern for 2013 and 2014 were the Nursing Workforce Development programs and the possible effects of the recent budget cuts. These grants are vital to ensuring there are nurses in rural and health underserved areas. Hansell and Cueto also encouraged NJ’s senators and congresspeople to continue to support training funds for nurse researchers through the National Institute of Nursing Research. These researchers focus on chronic illnesses such as diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease, plus, many will likely become nurse faculty, a profession that is undergoing a huge shortage. Finally, they asked congress to support the Health Resource and Services Administration (HRSA) Nurse-Managed Health Clinics. Frequently, these clinics serve as the primary care providers in medically underserved areas and help save millions of dollars per year, through the reduction of emergency department visits.

Seton Hall University's Clinical Nurse Leader program, an entry-level master's program, is designed exclusively for those with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree who wish to fast-track into the nursing profession. Seton Hall’s Clinical Nurse Leader program is an ideal way to begin a new nursing career. In just about two years, students will graduate with an MSN, be eligible for RN-licensure and have the additional Clinical Nurse Leader certification. For more information, visit our website »

For more information please contact:
Kristyn Kent
(973) 761-9291


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