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Background & Goals

Estimates show the number of people living with Parkinson's disease (PD) doubling by 2030. Research suggests that prepared nurses can lead to significant improvement in the well-being of people with PD. That’s the aim of the Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program at the Parkinson’s Foundation.

Established in 2009, the program offers faculty members from undergraduate nursing programs a 40-hour curriculum that includes academic instruction, hands-on experience with Parkinson’s patients, independent study and mentorship from nurse specialists at nationally recognized movement disorder centers. The Parkinson's Foundation has hosted the program since 2014 as part of its commitment to training health care professionals.

The goals of The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program are to:

  • Enhance the knowledge and confidence of nursing faculty in developing course content, delivering lectures and providing clinical mentorship on Parkinson’s in undergraduate schools of nursing.
  • Develop a long-term relationship between participating guest nursing faculty scholars and Parkinson’s experts at nationally recognized movement disorder centers.
  • Prepare baccalaureate nursing graduates to care for people living with Parkinson’s, caregivers and families.
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