It is estimated that the number of people with Parkinson's disease may double by 2030. The disease is chronic and progressive, and varies greatly from person to person. Research suggests that the increased preparation of nurses can lead to significant improvement in the well-being of people with Parkinson’s disease. Despite these findings, in a Safra Foundation-funded investigation, nursing faculty reported the need for better training in Parkinson’s disease.
The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program at PDF, established in 2009, offers faculty members from undergraduate nursing programs a 40-hour curriculum that includes academic instruction, hands-on experience with people with Parkinson’s, independent study and mentorship from nurse specialists at nationally recognized movement disorder centers. Since 2014, the program has been housed at the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 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 disease in undergraduate schools of nursing.
- Develop a long term relationship between participating guest nursing faculty scholars and Parkinson’s disease experts at nationally recognized movement disorder centers.
- Prepare baccalaureate nursing graduates to care for people living with Parkinson’s disease, their care partners and families.