Educating Tomorrow’s Healers

Educating Tomorrow’s Healers

ISU’s New Programs Aim to Augment Indiana’s Future Medical Experts

In an effort to continually improve Indiana’s position as a national academic leader in health care, Indiana State University (ISU) has made some interesting changes to its life science departments. Earlier this year, the university announced several new initiatives taking place within its recently renamed College of Health and Human Services, with the primary goal of expanding its programs to prepare future health care providers.

“Indiana State is making a concerted effort to strategically address Indiana’s workforce shortages in the health care industry,” said ISU President Dan Bradley. “It is great to see such significant progress in a relatively short amount of time.”

Jack Maynard, ISU’s Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, said “These changes align Indiana State with other peer institutions that house a school of nursing within a college structure.”

“In recent years, the college has launched several new programs in nursing, physician assistant studies, occupational therapy, social work and other allied health fields, all with the goal of addressing the needs of medically underserved communities. Inter-professional education is at the heart of these programs and faculty and staff throughout the college will continue that commitment,” Maynard said.

ISU has conducted more than 50 years of nursing education throughout its history, and with the implementation of a newly established School of Nursing within the College of Health and Human Services, that tradition will continue for well into the future.

“This is very exciting news for the future of nursing education at Indiana State as we continue to build on our more than half-century of excellence,” said Lea Hall, Executive Director of the new School of Nursing. “Our continuing goals are to enhance advanced practice nursing programs that address chronic health conditions, expand continuing education to meet the needs of professional colleagues and engage students in innovative learning opportunities to empower them to be the nurse leaders of tomorrow.”

Jack Turman Jr., Dean of the College of Nursing, Health, and Human Services, said, “Nursing programs are more important than ever, given the increased need for primary health care practitioners that are both expert clinicians and patient advocates.”

“This is vital to the growth and development of these important education and outreach programs,”

Turman said. “It is important for faculty development, student recruitment, and external relations. This is an important step in the transformation of our college into a regional and national leader in health and social services education, research and outreach.”

With changing patient demands, and emerging trends in Hoosier Healthcare (Editor’s note: See our cover story for further details on these trends), ISU has certainly taken steps to address modern medicine’s current needs. As the university develops new programs and graduate pathways for tomorrow’s healers, the entire state’s health care industry will be receiving a skilled boost to its workforce for generations to come.