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Hadassah's Nursing Master’s Degree Program Celebrates 10th Anniversary and Honors Supporters

Representatives of the first class of master's degree students

Muriel and Philip Berman

The Henrietta Szold Hadassah-Hebrew University School of Nursing celebrated the 10th anniversary of its clinical master's program in advanced nursing practice in December and honored major supporters, the late Muriel and Philip Berman of Pennsylvania.

Mrs. Berman was Past President of the Eastern Pennsylvania Region of Hadassah. Their daughter, Nancy Berman Bloch, her husband, Alan Bloch, and granddaughter, Jo were on hand for the tribute.

Alan Bloch and Nancy Berman Bloch with Dr. Miri Rom, Director of the Henrietta Szold Hadassah-Hebrew, University School of Nursing and Associate Dean, Hadassah-Hebrew University Faculty of Medicine.

Dr. Miri Rom (left) with the Berman family and Judith Steiner-Freud, Dean Emeritus of the Nursing School. Behind them is a photo of the 1943 nursing graduates.

The Clinical Master's Program—in Historical Perspective: Just about 100 years ago, Henrietta Szold, the founder of Hadassah, embarked on a mission to improve the health and welfare of the residents of Palestine. Szold's vision was rededicated when, a decade ago, the Henrietta Szold School of Nursing opened its master's program in advanced nursing practice--the first in Israel. This milestone is a celebration of academic and clinical development that has put advanced practice nursing on the map in Israel, says Dr. Miri Rom, Director of the School of Nursing and Associate Dean, Hadassah-Hebrew University Faculty of Medicine.

To this day, Hadassah's clinical master's program is the only generic advanced clinical practice master's program in Israel. Its mission is to train nursing leaders to produce and apply the latest scientific evidence while also providing evidence-based, state-of-the-art nursing care. The program's three clinical specializations--the oncology patient and his family, the geriatric/gerontology patient and his family, and the complex patient and his family--were selected after a rigorous survey determined that these were the most needed within the Israeli health care system.

As part of the commemoration, a large number of the 90 graduates gathered for a roundtable discussion to share their insights about the program and plans and visions for their careers. "Our graduates spoke passionately about how the program changed their professional lives," said Dr. Rom, with great pride. "They attested to the fact that the program empowered them and gave them the strength, knowledge, and skills to become movers and leaders."

The Bermans celebrate at the reception with some of the PhD scholars they supported. Left to right: Dr. Miri Rom; Alan Bloch; Prof. Eran Leitersdorf. Dean of the Faculty of Medicine; Freda DeKeyser Ganz, head of the Master's program; Dr. Efrat Adler, most recent PhD Berman Scholar; Dr. Judith Steiner-Freud; Nancy Berman Bloch; Dr. Patricia Schowerz, program graduate, now at Tel Aviv University; Dr. Anna Woloski Wruble, Berman Scholar, head of the Bachelor's Nursing Curriculum Committee, and Faculty of Medicine Senior Lecturer; and Jo Berman.

All of the graduates have completed a clinical program that included a mandatory, clinically relevant thesis. This research activity, explains Dr. Rom, has produced a body of nursing scholarship that is unique to the State of Israel and reflects its particular health care delivery system, its culture, as well as the current state of the art in nursing science. Many of the nurses have publicized and presented their findings, both nationally and internationally.

The December celebratory program highlighted the graduates' faculty-guided research initiatives, which included:

  • Perceptions and knowledge parents have about their children's pain and the use of pain medication
  • Factors affecting nurses' participation in decision making about resuscitation
  • Prevalence of disease-causing bacteria on uniforms and clothing of nurses and doctors working in surgical wards
  • Life and sexual satisfaction in postmenopausal women
  • Preferences for life-saving treatment among different populations, such as the healthy elderly and chronically ill patients hospitalized for acute illness
  • Influence of an advanced practice nursing intervention regarding a healthy lifestyle on type 2 diabetics

The success of this vital program, notes Dr. Rom, "is shared by Hebrew University, the Hadassah Medical Organization, and Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, as well as our professional partners and colleagues, here and abroad." The HWZOA Nurses' Council, founded by Past National President Nancy Falchuk, and its Nurses' Advisory Board, Dr. Rom adds, shared this unique vision from its inception and have loyally supported the program throughout its development and implementation.

Most recently, a non-thesis track has been added, and a PhD program is already in the works, as per the Dean of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Faculty of Medicine, Prof. Eran Leitersdorf.

Date: 2/15/2012

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