Next up in the nursing news this week is a look at how one college is focusing on those nurses out there with a technology bent to their interests. Duquesne University in Pittsburgh has all sorts of nursing specialties already with programs for nurse anesthetists, nurse practitioners, and nurse managers. Now they are offering a specialized nursing dual major for nurse engineers.
Five Year BSN/Bio-Engineering Program
The five year program will combine the nursing BSN program with a biomedical engineering program there. The hope of the programs founders is to create biomedical engineers with the practical hands-on clinical background of nurses. The newly created nurse engineers will be what organizers call “force multipliers” for patient care technology since the practical clinical focus of nursing combined with the technical understanding of an engineer may well revolutionize how medical devices and products are designed.
Nurses have long been part of movements to streamline and improve the efficiency of healthcare. This goes all the way back to the work of Florence Nightingale and beyond. Now, as technology continues to become more and more prevalent in the healthcare arena, nurses can take their place in making this new wave of healthcare devices more efficient and focused on better patient care.
The program is fully accredited and has been blessed by both the Pennsylvania Board of Nursing and the Collegiate Commission on Nursing and the necessary accreditation from the Board of Engineering and Technology is expected soon. So, if you’re looking for something different in the realm of nursing education, you might want to consider a degree as a nurse engineer.
Make sure you follow-up on the links for this news item and all of the other news and additional resource links from this week’s episode – Nurses Lead The Way for Organ Donation, End Of Life Support and Episode 297.