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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Hahnemann Hosptal Provides Grant for New BC-Dana-Farber Partnership

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Boston College William F. Connell School of Nursing recently established a new partnership with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, one of the world’s most preeminent centers for the study and care of cancer patients. Through generous support from Hahnemann Hospital, Boston College will now be able to offer a unique and invaluable educational opportunity to train with the the #1 cancer hospital in New England as well as to allow advanced practice nurse (APN) experts in the Pain and Palliative Care program to become part-time faculty at Boston College.

The planned partnership will provide students in the Connell School of Nursing Palliative Care Specialty with the opportunity to spend a certain number of their required hours of clinical experiences with the Pain & Palliative Care team at Dana-Farber/Brigham & Women’s Cancer Center. Hahnemann Hospital’s support of the pioneering partnership ensures the exchange of high-level experiences with individual students through precepted practicum time. APNs will also bring their experience to BC, providing broader student impact activities such as lectures and providing assistance with curriculum development. “This type of participation,” comments Patricia Tabloski, Associate Dean of Connell School of Nursing Gradaute Programs, “has the potential to impact the entire palliative care nursing field.”

Being committed to excellence and to compassionate patient- and family-centered care, this multidisciplinary partnership assures that patients and their families are surrounded by highly skilled professionals who work together to craft individualized care for each patient and to facilitate access to clinical research that is on the cutting edge. As Rebecca Gavin, Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations at Dana-Farber, explains, the grant from Hahnemann Hospital will “provide the transformative support to launch the nursing effort in a meaningful and sustainable way.” By joining forces, APNs will be able to raise the standard of nursing care at Dana-Farber/Brigham & Women’s Cancer Center while educating the next generation of nurses at BC.