Thanks for your interest in The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program at the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.

Do you have questions about how the program works? Please consult our frequently asked questions below. If you have questions that are not answered here, please contact us at nursing@pdf.org.

[+] Applying to the Program

Q. Who is eligible to apply?

A. We welcome applications from nursing faculty members in schools of nursing in the US and internationally who have the ability to share their new knowledge on Parkinson's disease with nursing students. Additionally, if space allows, the program is open to other nurse educators such as hospital and LTC in-service instructors and adult/geriatric nurse practitioners. These participants are called “auditors.”

Q. Should applicants apply to the closest training?

A. Applicants can apply to any training date/location that works best for them. However, it is important to note that while the program covers the cost of the training (coursework, materials), participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging costs.

Q. Do you accept international applicants?

A. Yes, we accept international participants. However, the program does not cover travel/lodging costs.

Q. How many spots are offered at each training?

A. Each training is limited to five to six participants.

Q. What is the application deadline for each training?

A. Applications are rolling. Because classes are small in size, we recommend applying as soon as possible to ensure the best chance of acceptance at the training date/location of your choice.

Q. How do I apply?

A. You can apply online here. Please indicate whether you are applying as a nurse faculty or as an auditor. Our application asks for a CV, a statement of purpose (why you want to attend the program), the names of two professional references and two reference letters. These items must be uploaded at the time you apply, in order for your application to be submitted. 

Q. How long will it take to hear back on my applications?

A. You can expect to hear back within four to six weeks of applying. Applications are rolling until site reaches capacity.

[+] Attending the Program

Q. How often is the program offered?

A. We host up to eight trainings at year. Browse our latest locations and dates here.

Q. What are the goals for nurses completing the program?

A. Participants can expect to gain new knowledge, clarification of information and a new sense of confidence in their understanding of Parkinson’s disease symptomatology, clinical issues, pharmacological, non-pharmacological and surgical treatments, current research and most importantly, the role of the nurse in caring for the person with Parkinson’s disease and his or her family.

Participants are prepared and expected to become the local expert and leader on Parkinson’s disease in their institution and community. Many nurse faculty find they can enhance their scholarship by way of new research ideas and collaboration on projects. Participants will develop a long lasting relationship with the local Parkinson’s experts at the movement disorder center where they study.

Q. What is included in the curriculum of the program?

A. The program model is “train the trainer.” The program includes didactic, clinical and community hours as well as independent study/project time. Participants fulfill the didactic component by attending the two consecutive days of training at a local academic affiliated Movement Disorder Center (MDC); and the clinical component by participating in clinical hours under supervision at the Movement Disorder Center; and the community component by attending a Parkinson’s disease support group. The independent project is of each participant’s choosing and will be mentored as needed by the local sites and national directors of The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program at PDF.

Q. How many credits will I earn by completing the program?

A. In summary, the participants complete 40 hours of CEU approved time* in the following manner:

  • Didactic hours – 10-12 hours (spread over two consecutive days at a local movement disorder center, scheduled for the entire group)
  • Clinical hours under supervision – 16 hours (scheduled individually)
  • Support group participation – 3 hours (scheduled individually at convenience of PD support group and participant)
  • Independent project – 9.5 hours (done with mentorship as needed)

Please note: once participants begin the program, they are required to fully complete the program within six months to obtain the stipend and CEUs. Please note that CEUs differ for auditors (see below).

Q. Who leads the didactic component of program?

A. Each training is led by host site faculty members, all of whom are experts in Parkinson’s disease. They represent multi-disciplinary teams and are affiliated with large, academic Parkinson’s disease and Movement Disorder Centers. Each site has a host nurse who will work closely with participants. The host nurses have multiple decades of experience working in Parkinson’s disease and in providing educational experiences for other nurses.

Q. What are expectations of auditors?

A. As space allows in local host sites, auditors may be admitted into the program with pre-approval from the course director. Auditors are defined as non-faculty nurses who have a role in teaching other nurses. These nurses come from roles such as in-service nurses, adult/geriatric nurse practitioners who have a teaching role, staff nurses interested in learning more who can share with their colleagues, and nurse researchers who have a teaching role.​

Auditors attend the two consecutive days of didactic course work at a host movement disorder center. It is recommended, but not required that auditors attend a support group. Clinical hours and an independent project are not required of an auditor. Auditors are required to pay a $150 fee for program registration and materials and receive CEUs for those hours completed​. Auditors do not receive a stipend. If an applicant is interested in auditing, contact nursing@pdf.org for further information.

Q. Are participants responsible for expenses of the program?

A. For all those selected to attend, training expenses (materials, etc.) will be covered. However, applicants are required to provide either a $200 deposit (for nurse faculty) and or a $150 fee (for auditors). For nurse faculty, the deposit will hold a space for you in the program but is refundable upon completion of the didactic portion of the program. No refunds will be given if a cancellation is made less than 45 days of program. For auditors, the fee is non-refundable. All participants are responsible for any travel or lodgings costs incurred to attend.

Q. What is the independent project?

A. The independent project is a study of the nurse faculty scholar's choosing. The work is the opportunity to engage in self-directed learning and add depth to one's understanding of PD. Examples of independent projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Course content development
  • Lecture development
  • Initiating a patient-centered group (exercise or support group)
  • Research project
  • Care plan development
  • Patient advocacy
  • Review articles in peer-reviewed journals
  • Curriculum review

Nursing faculty scholars are encouraged to engage in a project that interests them and contributes to their professional development. See our Alumni News for additional ideas on independent projects.

[+] Opportunities for Alumni

Q. How are annual awardees chosen?

A. Consideration is based on the independent project and continued involvement in Parkinson’s disease in the community or within the alumni’s affiliated nursing school. The awardee receives an award and monetary stipend. See our Alumni News here to learn about past awardees.