Faculty from Eight Institutions Nationwide Represented in Second Cohort of UA College of Nursing Integrative Nursing Faculty Fellowship

Jul 10, 2017


When the second cohort of the world’s only Integrative Nursing Faculty Fellowship (INFF) kicked off its second year in mid-May, it was a bigger, bolder and more ambitious enterprise. It expanded from 11 participants in its inaugural year to 23 in 2017, with faculty represented from eight institutions nationwide. Considering the glowing reviews the first cohort gave their experience, it’s a sure thing that the diverse group of fellows who comprise the 2017-2018 University of Arizona College of Nursing fellowship will have an equally productive year.

“I am honored to be a part of bringing integrative nursing to our students and community,” said Clinical Associate Professor Megan Munson, MSN/Ed, RN, who was one of 11 first-year fellows to graduate from the program. “I have struggled to implement it in my own practice as a nurse due to lack of support or fear that others will be unfamiliar with it. The INFF has given me the language to share my understanding of integrative nursing and the confidence to be bold and share what I have learned with faculty, staff and students.”

Funded through the generous support of The David and Lura Lovell Foundation, the INFF program is a first-of-its-kind program for educating and preparing nursing faculty to transform nursing education using the fundamentals of integrative health. This year’s fellowship expands beyond the UA College of Nursing to include faculty from eight institutions from across the country.

“Integrative nursing is a whole-person, whole-system approach to health and wellbeing,” said Mary Koithan, PhD, CNS-BC, FAAN, the Anne Furrow Professor of Integrative Nursing at the UA College of Nursing and director of the INFF program. “Increasingly, patients and their families are demanding that health-care providers that be knowledgeable about the full spectrum of interventions and can make them healthier. This trailblazing fellowship prepares faculty to transition nursing education to meet these evolving demands and our emerging integrative health-care systems. Our program builds on the knowledge that faculty have and provides the opportunity to hone new patient care skills and symptom management strategies as well as innovative teaching and learning methods.”

“I am excited to learn more about integrative approaches as part of caring science and how to bring it into the curriculum,” said Marlene Call, PhD, MPH, BSN, RN, MSN, RN, an INFF fellow and instructor who teaches pre-RN licensure programs at Augusta University College of Nursing. “I believe bringing caring and compassion into a curriculum with a strong evidence-based foundation can produce strong, competent, compassionate nurses.”

The second cohort of INFF participants includes:

Faculty from Other Nursing Schools:

Marlene Call, PhD, MPH, BSN, RN, Augusta University, GA
Shena Gazaway, PhD, MSN, RN, Augusta University, GA
Judith Stanley, DHS-C, RN, CNE, Mercvhurst University, PA
Erica Timko-Olson, RN, University of Pennsylvania, PA
Rebecca Nagle, MS, PNP, IBCLC, University of Vermont, VT
Barbara Rouleau, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, University of Vermont, VT
Timothy Cunningham, DrPH, MSN, RN, University of Virginia, VA
Regina DeGennaro, DNP, CNS, RN, AOCN, CNL, University of Virginia, VA
Lisa Jaurigue, PhD, RN, CNE, Arizona State University, AZ
Laura Maurer, MSN-Ed, RNC-OB, FNP-C, University, AZ
Leigh Ann Tovar, MSN-Ed, MAOM, Grand Canyon University, AZ

UA College of Nursing Faculty:

• Theresa Allison, DNP, RN, FNP-C
• Beverly Bias, MS, RNC
• Angela Brown, DNP, FNP-BC, ANP-BC, CDE, RN
• Patricia Daly,
• S. Renee Gregg, DNP, FNP-C
• Sharon Hinkley, RN, MSN-Ed
• Darlene Lacroix, MS, BSN, RN, ACNP
• Kathryn McNeil, DNP, RN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, RN
• Angela Norton
• Linda Perez, M Admin, RNC
• Robyn Schlabach, DNP, MBA, RN, CNE

For more information about the Integrative Nursing Faculty Fellowship, please visit: nursing.arizona.edu/inff

About The David and Lura Lovell Foundation
Founders David and Lura Lovell established their family foundation 23 years ago to support causes they cared about deeply, including mental health, integrative health care, cultural/spiritual enrichment and philanthropic education. Over its existence, the foundation has given over 60 nonprofit organizations more than $14 million for projects that focus on mind, body and spirit, and promoting philanthropy.

Media contact: Jason Gelt, 520-626-2742