DYC Professors with certification include (from top left, clockwise): Denise Dunford, Emily Jerge, Mary Catherine Kennedy, Dianna Rioli and Sherry L. Pomeroy (Connie Jozwiak-Shields is not pictured).
Six Nursing Professors Certified as Advanced Care Planning Facilitators
Advanced Care Planning empowers patients to clarify their wishes regarding future health care decisions.
Buffalo, New York – April 21, 2015 – Advanced Care Planning empowers patients to clarify their wishes regarding future health care decisions. The School of Nursing now has six full-time faculty who are prepared to offer Advanced Care Planning to patients and their families and infuse this model into the nursing curriculum.
Last year, three faculty members from the D'Youville College School of Nursing (SON) completed a 2-day training session to become Respecting Choices First Step instructors. The Respecting Choices program is a nationally-recognized model addressing end-of-life decision-making that was developed by Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in Racine, Wisconsin.
Denise Dunford, DNS, FNP-BC, APRN applied for and received grant funding from the Health Foundation of Western and Central New York to support this training at DYC.
The first faculty to be certified as instructors were Dr. Dunford, Mary Catherine Kennedy, RN, MS, CNS, ACNP and Sherry L. Pomeroy, PhD, RN. Two additional faculty members, Emily Jerge, RN, MS and Dianna Rioli, RN, MSN, CNS received their certification in September of 2014. A nursing professor who was previously certified, Connie Jozwiak-Shields, PhD, ANP-BC, RN, joined the faculty in fall of 2014.
To date, the School of Nursing has certified five doctoral nursing students and 46 master's students as Respecting Choices First Steps Advanced Care Planning Facilitators.
In 2014, Denise Dunford, Mary Catherine Kennedy and Sherry Pomeroy extended their reach by taking their specialized training into the community. During Lenten reflections, the faculty members led discussions on Advanced Care Planning at three area churches (Catholic, Anglican and Presbyterian). Professor Kennedy and Dr. Dunford also shared their work on End-of-Life Decisions with nurses at the Western New York Professional Nurses Association meeting in March of this year.
Interest in adequately preparing health care providers for end-of-life discussions has spread beyond the students enrolled at DYC. In November of 2014, the SON partnered with the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) to offer this training to 20 staff members including doctors, nurses and members of their social work and ministerial group.
According to Dr. Dunford, “having the conversation and encouraging everyone to complete a health care proxy” extends beyond the hospital walls and needs to become part of each health care encounter.
To learn how the School of Nursing can partner with your organization to increase awareness of advanced health care planning, contact Dr. Dunford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Denise Dunford