American Sentinel Donates to Nurse-Family Partnership in Honor of National Nurses Week 2013

American Sentinel University’s President Mary Adams (center) presents Nurse-Family Partnership’s President and CEO Thomas R. Jenkins Jr. (right) and Director of Nursing Elly Yost, RN, MSN, PNP, MBA/MHA (left) with a donation check at the N-FP headquarters in Denver, Colo.

Each year for National Nurses Week (May 6-12), American Sentinel University likes to do something a little bit extra to recognize our dedicated students. This year, we made a much-needed donation to non-profit organization Nurse-Family Partnership (N-FP), a community health program that serves low-income, first-time moms and their babies.

Our President Mary Adams presented a $3,000 donation check to N-FP’s President and CEO Thomas R. Jenkins Jr. and Director of Nursing Director Elly Yost, RN, MSN, PNP, MBA/MHA in a ceremony at the organization’s Denver-based headquarters on National Nurses Day, May 6.

“We are delighted to present Nurse-Family Partnership with this donation in celebration of Nurses Week,” says Judy Burckhardt, Ph.D., MAEd, MSN, RN, dean nursing at American Sentinel. “There is exponential growth in the number of nurses who work directly with the public in their local communities and home settings and this donation is to recognize nurses and their commitment to leave a positive impact on future generations.”

Thanks to the dedication and hard-work of N-FP, first-time moms receive the care and support they need to have a healthy pregnancy, provide responsible and competent care for their children, and become more economically self-sufficient.

“We are grateful to American Sentinel University for its recognition of Nurse-Family Partnership and its generous donation,” says Yost. “It’s especially meaningful to us, as an organization whose home visiting program is delivered by nurses, to receive this support during National Nurses Week.”

Why did we choose N-FP?
Because we believe the wonderful services this organization provides to first-time moms and their children is more than deserving of our Nurses Week donation not only in honor of our amazing nursing students, but for our alumni and students yet to come.

N-FP does some incredible things. For the past 35 years, the charity has conducted research and controlled trials to prove the success and value of the program. They report that program participants have experienced a 48 percent reduction in child abuse and neglect, a 56 percent reduction in emergency room visits for accidents and poisonings, a 59 percent reduction in child arrests, and a 67 percent reduction in behavioral and intellectual problems for children under the age of 10.

“Like Nurse-Family Partnership, American Sentinel believes in evidenced-based practice and we educate our nurses to be adept at assessment, improve their critical thinking skills and focus on research and knowledge to integrate the best data available. We understand the hard work and dedication this successful program exemplifies in the community and honor and thank the nurses for their continued commitment to the organization and their patients,” adds Burckhardt.

As an educational institution, N-FP’s work further strengthens our mission: learning to succeed. Their succession instills community outreach, support and progression at combating some our nation’s most daunting tasks – and we appreciate all that they do.

This week may be a delegated calendar week of celebration for this exhibition of dedication, but our gratitude extends throughout the year.

We don’t say it enough – thank you to all the nurses out there! We appreciate and value you!