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Creating FuturesUniversity of Colorado at Colorado SpringsBeth-El College of Nursingand Health SciencesMore Than 100 Years ofQuality Health Education


The Health of Beth-El College of Nursing andHealth Sciences is in Your HandsYou can help us:• Educate more nurses and health sciencepractitioners in specialties from forensic nursing tosports nutrition• Upgrade our technology and facilitiesto educate students on the latest techniques andinstruments• Fill regional hospitals and clinics withcompassionate, capable care providers• Care for the underserved including elderly andrural populations• Produce influential research that drives healthpolicy and practice on a national scale• Optimize the performance of athletes,Olympic, elite, and recreational• Promote wellness habits such as healthy diets,physical activity, and preventive screening• Help patients understand disease, and providepaths to well-beingYour donation will help us build upon Beth-El’s alreadystrongfoundation, and bring these possibilities to life atthe University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.“When we reach ourgoals, Beth-El will be acomprehensive nursing andhealth sciences educationalinstitution that seamlesslyintegrates practice andresearch, and is a hub forcommunity partnerships thatsolve health care problems.”Nancy SmithDean, Beth-El College ofNursing and Health Sciences2Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences


A Critical Time for Health CareFew subjects are so hotly debated as health care, yet nonehave greater import. Health care’s financial, structural,and care-delivery challenges have been subject to historicdebate. But amid talk over complex systemic changes, afew trends are clear:• Our population is aging. As lifespans increase,elderly populations demand more health resources andspecialized care. This pressure will increase as moreBaby Boomers retire.• We’re a nation of extremes. Obesity and cholesterolepidemics highlight the need for better nutrition,exercise and wellness education. Yet our athletes pushtheir bodies to the limit, heightening demand for athletictraining as well as sports nutrition and physiologyservices, especially in this active region.• Yesterday’s physician is often today’s nurse.Increasingly, advance practice nurses are primary careproviders. Able to typically handle 93 percent of primarycare needs served by physicians, advance practicenurses are often front-line care providers in rural areas.• Colorado’s practitioner shortage is acute.The state’s 12 percent nursing vacancy rate is twicethe national average, with higher rates in rural areas.Yet nursing and health science schools are at capacity,nationally and at Beth-El. More resources will help useducate more practitioners.Unless we increase nursing and health sciences resourcesto address these challenges, communities and underservedpopulations will be deprived of the health care they need.Fortunately, the Beth-El College of Nursing and HealthSciences—an integral catalyst for regional health care formore than 100 years—now can dramatically improve itsprograms and impact, and move into the next century ofhealth-practitioner education. Your support for Beth-Elwill benefit citizens throughout Southern Colorado andbeyond.The research of UCCS professorand clinical nurse specialist JenenneNelson, a retired brigadier general,has led to new findings related towomen in the military, tobacco useamong Army personnel, and thepsychosocial impact of breast cancersurvivorship.Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences 3


Supporting Beth-ElPeopleYou can help by contributing toward:FACULTY: We need to graduate more students to meetdemand for nurses, and to fill openings in fields rangingfrom health promotion to sports medicine to forensicscience. Since our current faculty is not equipped to fullyaccommodate demand, more funding to increase faculty isBeth-El’s top priority.Recruiting faculty to UCCS can be hard because thecompensation we offer has not kept pace with peer schoolsnationally or private industry. With fierce competition forhealth care educators and leaders, we risk losing talent toother institutions. Beth-El needs strong faculty members,who are magnets for additional capable students.Endowed faculty chairs help us recruit and retaintalented educators, support Beth-El in perpetuity,and honor the chairholder and donor. And support forresearch, professional development and travel willbring new insights to the field, new delivery modelsto the marketplace, and more grant funding into ourregion, and will enable our faculty to present insights atconferences and symposia.The U.S. nursingshortage is projectedto grow to 260,000registered nurses by2025: and projectedenrollment increaseswill not meetprojected demand fornurses. U.S. nursingschools turned away49,948 qualifiedapplicants in 2008due to insufficientpersonnel, space, andfinancial resources.STUDENTS: Beth-El students often overcome majorimpediments simply to apply and gain admission to theprogram. With 30 percent of UCCS students eligible forPell Grants and 42 percent self-supporting, our studentsunderstand the value of a dollar earned. Since many studentsjuggle coursework with full-time jobs or child care,they often need funding assistance to pursue and continuetheir education.Quality health care education is not inexpensive. WhileBeth-El’s tuition is less than that of most nationalpeers, it exceeds that of other UCCS programs. Yetbeyond the general UCCS scholarship pool (which itselfcannot fully serve campus need), Beth-El has minimaldesignated scholarship support, and none explicitly forhealth sciences students. Scholarships or graduateassistantships will allow Beth-El to educate studentsregardless of means or circumstances.OTHER NEEDS: Support Staff funding will help usaugment community connections and bolster all facetsof our operations. And funding for the Beth-El StudentNurses Association will help students better networkwith practitioners and one another, and hear insights fromspeakers on specialized health care subjects.Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences 5


Supporting Beth-ElOutreachBeth-El’s education and impact do not end at UCCS’s boundaries. Beth-El collaborations reduce recidivism and violenceagainst women, comfort the aging, and improve health in rural areas statewide. The partnerships on this page help usreach people from all walks of life.Serving Assisted-Living Seniors ConvenientlyA partnership betweenUCCS and the Palisades atBroadmoor Park senior-livingdevelopment, residents haveonsite access to wellnessresources rare for seniorlivingcenters, and supportedby Beth-El faculty andstudents. While residentsbenefit from a high caregiver/resident ratio, UCCS’sparticipation keeps costs down, and students gain handsonexperience.“The wellness program starts from the moment aperson signs the lease, and is integrated into Palisades’philosophy. We had one daughter say we changed hermother’s life for the better: she reengaged in life again.”Assistant Professor Amy Silva-Smith,Director of Clinical ServicesPalisades at Broadmoor ParkProviding Municipal SavingsHealth care costs are a major component of anymunicipal budget. By opening a clinic staffed byBeth-El faculty, the City of Colorado Springs maysave hundreds of thousandsof dollars annually. Benefitsfor city employees anddependents include:• Convenience and low costs• Longer office visits• Personalized attention• Increased focus onpreventive care“This is cutting-edge, topartner with a municipality asBeth-El has. But it’s part ofour role to be involved with a community.”Instructor Wendi GilchristClinic Services ManagerCity of Colorado Springs Employee Medical ClinicAiding a Rural Town’s Health Care WorkforceIt’s hard to recruit health care professionals to Lamar, 160 miles southeast ofColorado Springs. But since Lamar’s hospital is the only critical-care optionwithin a 60-mile radius, it must grow its own through Lamar CommunityCollege’s two-year associate RN track. The problem, says LCC Director ofNursing Sandy Summers, is “nurse educators must have a baccalaureate,master’s or doctorate of nursing practice degree. Without nurse educators, wecan’t provide a nursing program.”A collaboration funded by the Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundationhelps Beth-El use the latest technology to educate LCC students in theirhometowns: keeping them serving their own hospitals, clinics, andclassrooms. “We’re creating an environment that motivates a student tocontinue here,” Summers says. “There will be no reason to stop.”6Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences


Supporting Beth-ElPrograms and FacilitiesMedical practice changes rapidly. To prepare practitionersfor clinics, hospitals, and labs, we must invest in teaching,research, and program resources to help our proficiencymatch our potential.You can contribute toward:Expansion of Key Programs: We seek to expandresources to serve current student and industry demand.Nutrition Teaching Lab: New, state-of-the-art spacesfor nutrition will help improve student education, facultyresearch, and health outcomes for the community.Forensic Science Lab: Facilities for forensic nursing,in which Beth-El is the first U.S. college to offer agraduate degree, and forensic science will enable Beth-Elto better serve law enforcement, coroners, and correctionsand emergency personnel.High-Fidelity Human Simulation Mannequins:Virtual human simulator patients give students detailedfeedback on technique and procedure outside acute-caresettings, and can help students develop clinical competencies,onsite at UCCS.Online-Education Technology: Our graduate nursingprograms are online-only, as many working adults demandtimely, remote access to education. With few nursingschools serving southern Colorado, we need to reacheven more students using online technology to broadenour ability to educate health practitioners statewide.Beth-El provides standardized Sexual Assault NurseExaminer (SANE) education and training. The 64hours of comprehensive education address care of adults,adolescents, and children impacted by violence andabuse.“Violence is epidemic, and the health consequences ofviolence are significant,” says Beth-El graduate researchinstructor Valerie Sievers, forensic clinical nurse specialistand Colorado SANE coordinator. “Specialized forensiceducation promotes an expert response to themost vulnerable members of our communities.”Softening the Landing for Former InmatesWhile mental health disorders, infectious diseases, poor nutrition, and nicotine abuse are common inthe correctional system, former inmates often confront a world in which they lack health care, and needwellness intervention strategies. A partnership with ComCor, a local nonprofit community correctionfacility, helps reintegrate former inmates into the community. A collaborative health service programprovides screenings, physician-location assistance, smoking cessation, acute health interventions,and other services to ensure a healthier post-incarceration life. This partnership offers practiceopportunities for Beth-El health faculty and undergraduate nursing students.UCCS also is establishing a new certificate program in correctional nursing to better preparecorrectional workers for the health issues of modern inmates, jails, and prisons.Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences 7


Help Us Build a Stronger Beth-ElTo learn about the many ways youcan make a gift:ContactMegan FisherAssociate Director of DevelopmentUniversity of Colorado Foundation1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy.Colorado Springs, CO 80918719-255-5104megan.fisher@cufund.orgwww.cufund.orgOne current Beth-El student, a helicopter pilot who already has served a tourof duty in Iraq, expects to return to Iraq in 2010 for another deployment. Evenwhile simultaneously training out of Buckley Air Force Base in Denver, she ispursuing a degree at Beth-El. When she redeploys, she hopes to serve her countrynot only as a pilot, but also as a nurse.She’s just one of myriad Beth-El students with an above-and-beyond attitude,motivated to serve others. The escalating health needs of Southern Colorado andbeyond demand no less.By supporting Beth-El, not only will you help us improve nursing practice andscholarship, but also you will stake a claim for a healthier future. Please join uson this vital endeavor.All gifts should be payable to the University ofColorado Foundation, specifying the appropriatefund.Giving Midcareer Nurses a Route BackMany nursing graduates expect to consistently work in the field theirentire lives, but sometimes life intervenes. Parenthood, military service,and other events can take nurses out of the workforce. To later regainstate licensure, they must update their skills and become acquainted withnew practices and technology.Beth-El’s RN refresher program helps midcareer nurses regain theircomfort, recertify and/or relicense, and rejoin the health care workforcein just 16 weeks. Some Beth-El RN-refresher students come back after20-plus years away. Says clinical nursing instructor Linda Weaver, “Thesestudents want to come back, and they’re especially motivated to completethe class. They bring life experiences to the discussion.”January 20108Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences

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