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Nursing Faculty Member Awarded Parkinson’s Foundation 2020 Nurse Faculty Grant

June 23, 2020

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The Parkinson’s Foundation has awarded the third Parkinson’s Foundation Nurse Faculty Award to three nurses, including Mo-Kyung Sin, PhD, RN, an associate professor of nursing at Seattle University.

The Parkinson’s Foundation has awarded the third Parkinson’s Foundation Nurse Faculty Award to three nurses, including Mo-Kyung Sin, PhD, RN, an associate professor of nursing at Seattle University.

Each will receive nearly $10,000 in grant funding from the foundation to launch individual projects to help make life better for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) in their local community.

Sin will evaluate the effectiveness of a PD nursing student ambassador program on students’ knowledge of and competence with PD care. The program includes education on such care and case studies for junior students, a one-day intensive education program on PD and a group project for six selected senior students who intend to pursue careers in neurology.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Settle University students to experience an immersion learning experience with a faculty member who has a growing body of scholarship in care of persons experiencing neurological challenges,” says Professor Kristen Swanson, RN, PhD, FAAN, Dean of the College of Nursing.

 The Parkinson’s Foundation supports learning opportunities in PD through its professional education programs, including the Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program and online nurse course. The nurses are all graduates of the Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program, a 50-hour accredited program that teaches faculty leaders how to educate nursing students with ways to improve PD nursing care.

“Nurses are vital in caring for people with Parkinson’s in all settings, from a clinic to an emergency room,” said Elizabeth Pollard, Parkinson’s Foundation vice president, chief education and training officer. “The Parkinson's Foundation recognizes how essential nurses are in the care for people with PD, from medication management to supporting care transitions, and is excited to continue providing our Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Scholars with this grant opportunity to develop their independent projects and provide unique tools to further educate nurses to improve PD care.”

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