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Grant Status: Completed

Grant Title: Center for Adolescent Nursing

Web Site: University of Minnesota Project Exit Disclaimer

Project Director(s):

Linda Bearinger, Ph.D.
University of Minnesota
School of Nursing
308 Harvard Street S.E. STE 5-160
Minneapolis, MN  55455-0342
Phone: (612) 624-5157
FAX: (612) 626-3467
Email: beari001@umn.edu


Nursing education has not kept pace with nurses' diverse roles, the changing nature of youth problems, and service delivery issues. We seek to improve the health of adolescents by enhancing nurses' capacity for AH leadership in academic and public health.

Goals and Objectives:

Goal 1: Prepare nurses who can provide individual/population adolescent health services; train other MCH health providers; conduct research for practice & policies; advocate for vulnerable teens Objective 1: In each of 5 Years, enroll = 2 PhD, = 3 MS/DNP students with a focus on adolescent health with = 40% of students from minority groups. Rural areas, and/or underserved urban settings Objective 2: Graduate all CAN Ph.D students within 5 years and MS/DNP students within 3 years of matriculation. Objective 3: Within 3 years, 90% of CAN graduates will have a faculty appointment in MCH/Adolescent Health-related area, a lead role in the public health sector and/or employed in a rural or under-served area. Goal 2: Improve skills for nurses and other health professionals and educators working with adolescents through CE that gives emphasis to 2010 Objectives and new/emerging health problems. Objective 1: At least 2 CE programs will be sponsored by CAN annually with = 30% of all participants I from MCH-supported agencies, regionally/nationally and available to trainees enrolled in the 5 UMN MCH training programs Objective 2: At least 20% of CE participants will be from culturally, racially, and ethnically underrepresented groups. Objective 3: To be responsive to the MCH training needs and priorities, families, community members, and state department offices will be involved in planning, implementing and/or evaluating at least one annual CE offering. Goal 3: Enhance capacity in Title V MCH entities and related programs focused on adolescent health through collaboration, consultation, and TA offered by CAN faculty with involvement of trainees Objective 1: In each of Years 1-5, provide technical assistance/consultation to at least 5 county or state health departments, some within our region and respond to national MCHB requests, e.g. grant review panels, agenda-setting meetings Objective 2: During the 5-Year award period, Center faculty will provide at least 8 consultations to academic institutions and/or organizations on adolescent nursing education. Objective 3: In each of Years 1-5, all CAN faculty will actively hold at least one leadership position in a nursing, public health or adolescent health related professional organization. Goal 4: Disseminate new knowledge and education resources to promote evidence-based practice in training, clinical/public health practice at university, community, state, national, international levels. Objective 1: In each of Years 1-5, each faculty will publish at a minimum two articles in peer-reviewed journals and each doctoral graduate, and 1 in 5 master's graduates will publish their graduate research within 2 years of graduation. Objective 2: For each of Years 1-5, the five faculty will have taught at least 30 classes in undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate courses within the UMN and in other universities. Objective 3: For each of Years 1-5, the Center's faculty will provide at least 3 consultations or visiting professorships to educational settings across the U.S. and internationally.


DNP curricula integrates courses in adolescent and public health (PH) nursing taught in Schools of Nursing and PH and the MCHB Leadership Education in Adolescent Health program (Pediatrics, Medical School). We offer research options with diverse adolescent populations using theoretical, substantive, and methodological expertise of our faculty. All DNP trainees are BSN or MN nurses admitted to our graduate nursing programs with priority recruitment directed minority applicants. Practicum sites are MCH agencies/partners and/or community-based youth serving organizations, particularly Title V. The Adolescent Actors Teaching Program, 8-10 teens serving as simulated patients, supports training of nursing and medical students plus residents and LEAH fellows. We offer an annual 4-day Adolescent Health Summer Institute for CE or 2 grad crs to 50+ university, community, school and PH agency health and social service providers; its goal is enhanced knowledge and skills for lead roles with adolescent populations, particularly vulnerable groups and issues. Content focuses on development, social, racial/ethnic, and cultural issues affecting youth populations. Teens and community-based partners serve as teachers during the institute. TA spans community to international venues, reaching multidisciplinary audiences. Peer-reviewed publications, competitive presentations at national meetings and our newsletter, Adolescent Health, sent to 1,200 subscribers support our dissemination goal.


Two CAN faculty are in LEAH (Medicine). Collaborations with MCH-funded Center for Children with Special Care Needs (Nursing), the MCH Program (Public Health), LEAH (Medicine), and the National Center for State Adolescent Health Coordinators (Medicine). Practicum sites receive Title V and/or X funds. CAN's annual Summer Institute is co-sponsored with the MN Depts of Education and Health, and UMN MCH-funded programs in three schools. The MN State Adol Coordinator was on the planning committee


CAN faculty, our Dean, trainees, practicum preceptors, and Adolescent Trainers participate in evaluation, including 1) process evaluation for systematic monitoring of program implementation; 2) outcome evaluation for goal and objectives achievement; 3) trainee tracking post-graduation to assess the long-term impact of the CAN program. Evaluation results are reported in annual progress reports submitted to MCHB and reviewed annually by the School's academic leadership.

Experience to Date:

In the past year, the MCH nursing training grants support 5 DNP and 2 PhD students with stipend/tuition support; another 3 DNP, 2 PhD and one postdoctoral trainee were supported by a T-mechanism grant (CDC; Bearinger PI) or other mechanism. Of the 12 enrolled, 1 was AI; 2 were Asian. Several students =/faculty were honored with national regional or university teaching/research awards and honors, including an F32 NRSA, induction into the UMN's Academy of Distinguished Teachers of Graduate Education and Academic Health Centers Academy of Excellence (Bearinger), Fellowship in the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (Bearinger/Seiving). Together CAN faculty taught over two dozen courses, classes and seminars, including our 4-days Summer Institute in Adolescent Health (N=45 with from racial/ethnic under-represented groups). CAN faculty and trainees published 37 articles with an equal number of competitive presentations/posters at professional meetings. TA was provided to global/national/regional/state groups including MCB and partners, NINR_NIH, CDC, Society for Adolescent Medicine and the Institute of Medicine. In 2010-2011 we submitted one federal training proposal and 4 NIH R01s with additional applications to foundations. Bearinger is serving a 4-year term as President of the International Association for Adolescent Health, a 20-year global, interdisciplinary organization supporting the training of professionals, research and program development serving youth.

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