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Chamberlain College of Nursing and Muscular Dystrophy Association Establish National Clinical Partnership
National partnership increases resources for children and teenagers with neuromuscular diseases who attend MDA-sponsored summer camps
DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. and TUCSON, Ariz. — Nov. 29, 2011 — Chamberlain College of Nursing and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) announced a national clinical partnership that will support children and teenagers with neuromuscular diseases who attend the MDA’s annual weeklong, overnight summer camps located throughout the country. The partnership offers campers enhanced resources while providing Chamberlain’s pre-licensure nursing students with expanded clinical opportunities to learn more about neuromuscular diseases.
"Children with muscular dystrophy look forward to summer camp all year long,” said Dr. Valerie Cwik, executive vice president – research and medical director for the MDA. “MDA summer camp is a place where children with neuromuscular disease who require daily medical and physical care can just be a kid among friends. Our partnership with Chamberlain College of Nursing will enable us to provide additional comprehensive health services to help MDA campers meet the challenges imposed by chronic, progressive diseases so they can fully enjoy their week at summer camp.”
Chamberlain students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program can receive comprehensive clinical education toward their graduation requirements by participating in the MDA summer camps. Under faculty supervision, Chamberlain students will provide support for camp daily activities, such as arts and crafts and adaptive sports, as well as be a part of the camp medical team to assist with common interventions and disease management needed by MDA campers.
"Pediatric clinical education is a challenging experience for student nurses to obtain, particularly with patients with neuromuscular diseases in non-traditional settings," said Dr. Richard Cowling, vice president of academic affairs for Chamberlain College of Nursing. "Through our partnership with the MDA, pre-licensure nursing students can apply their education in immersive environments and receive highly-specialized hands-on experience in pediatrics while also contributing to an unforgettable opportunity for campers.”
Pre-licensure nursing students from Chamberlain, who meet MDA volunteer requirements, may apply to receive clinical education through the MDA partnership. The partnership with the MDA exemplifies Chamberlain’s commitment to providing the educational foundation and extensive, diversified clinical opportunities that graduates need to become compassionate and clinically-proficient nursing professionals.
For more information about Chamberlain College of Nursing, visit chamberlain.edu. MDA currently is in need of additional medical professionals to volunteer a week of their time caring for MDA campers, including: registered nurses, physicians, physician assistants, respiratory therapists and physical therapists. For more information about the Muscular Dystrophy Association and volunteering for MDA summer camp, visit mdausa.org.
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About Chamberlain College of Nursing
Chamberlain College of Nursing offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in nursing. Chamberlain is currently located in Phoenix, Arizona; Jacksonville and Miramar, Florida; Addison and Chicago, Illinois; St. Louis, Missouri; Columbus, Ohio; Houston, Texas; and Arlington, Virginia.
Chamberlain College of Nursing is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, ncahlc.org. HLC is one of the six regional agencies that accredit U.S. colleges and universities at the institutional level. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program at the Addison, Arlington, Chicago, Columbus, Houston, Jacksonville, Phoenix and St. Louis locations and the Master of Science in Nursing degree program are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202.887.6791). The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program at the St. Louis and Columbus locations and the Associate Degree in Nursing program are accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree programs at the Phoenix and the Addison locations are candidates for accreditation by NLNAC. Candidacy is the first step toward NLNAC accreditation (NLNAC, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404.975.5000). Accreditation provides assurance to the public and to prospective students that standards of quality have been met.
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About Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)
MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.
In addition to funding more than 300 research projects worldwide, MDA maintains a national network of some 200 hospital-affiliated clinics; facilitates hundreds of support groups for families affected by neuromuscular diseases; and provides extraordinary local summer camp opportunities for thousands of youngsters fighting progressive muscle diseases. MDA is the first nonprofit to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Medical Association "for significant and lasting contributions to the health and welfare of humanity."
For more information about the Association, visit mda.org. See MDA's award-winning "Make a Muscle, Make a Difference"® PSA.