On Tuesday, October 23, 2012 nearly 200 people attended the day-long conference on Preparing a Patient-centered Medical Homes Workforce in Connecticut. Among them was MSN alumna, Bozena Padykula, who is currently an assistant professor of nursing at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU). The conference was co-sponsored by ENHP's Center for Public Health and Education Policy.
Padykula (back row, third from right) did not come alone. She brought her senior class of registered nurses with her. After the conference she said, This is my third year teaching nursing in the community to RN-BS students (classroom and clinical) at WCSU. The goal is to expose RN-BS students to broad aspects of community health. When RN-BS students build partnership with community members they identify community needs and develop solutions which ultimately improve the community’s health.
One of the requirements of this class is participation at a conference that introduces nurses to the challenges of community/public health. This conference [Developing a Patient-centered Medical Home Workforce in Connecticut] offered a deeper understanding of challenges the State of Connecticut experiences with transforming health care during formation of patient center medical homes. Through attending this conference RN-BS students gained an understanding of what other states (MA, NY, RI,) are doing in this field and recognized the value of collaborative efforts in building a healthier future for Connecticut residents.
Visiit the nursing faculty page on the Western Connecticut Statue University website to read a brief professional bio for Bozena Pdykula PMHNP-BC, APRN, MSN, RN, AHN-BC and two other University of Hartford alumni: Assistant Professor Dr. Joan Palladino, Ed.D, RN, CCRN and Assistant Professor Linda Warren, RN, MSN, CCRN.