Mo-Kyung Sin, PhD, RN, Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University and Alise Owens, DNP, ARNP, FNP, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing have been accepted to the distinguished Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program at the Parkinson’s Foundation (PF).
The highly prestigious 40-hour accredited “train the trainer” Nurse Faculty Program improves Parkinson’s Disease (PD) nursing care by training faculty leaders across the U.S. to educate nursing students. The rigorous course includes didactics, clinical time with patients, participation in a PD support group and the opportunity to develop an independent project. It includes a $2,000 stipend offered for completing the program.
Dr. Sin joined Seattle U in 2004. Her current research includes the influence of cardiovascular disease on the development of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. She said, “When I found out about this program, I immediately thought this will be great content to include in my gerontology and health assessment teaching to educate future nurses about Parkinson’s disease.” She also plans to conduct interdisciplinary research to make changes in the health outcomes of people living with Parkinson’s disease and their families.
Dr. Owens has been at Seattle U since 2016. She said her 8 years of work experiences in the field of pediatric neurology caused her to develop a keen interest in all things related to the field of neurology. “This fellowship offers a unique opportunity to learn about both the physical and psychosocial impacts of Parkinson’s disease,” she said. “I plan to use this information to improve my educational techniques for advanced health assessment and the management of neurological conditions. I hope to bring a patient-centered approach to these topics.”
As two of just 24 accepted faculty in 2019, they will join the elite group of over 300 alumni, PF Nurse Scholars, who have completed the intensive training over the last ten years. PF Nurse Scholar alums educate more than 20,000 nursing students on PD annually. With the number of people living with Parkinson’s globally expected to double by 2040 to nearly 13 million, teaching nursing students in the classroom is one of the best ways to prepare them for treating people with Parkinson’s when they graduate.