Thursday, November 11, 2010

A new educational partnership

The VNA of Boston is partnering with Simmons College with the “Partnership for Advancing Home Care Education and Practice.” The two organizations hope to both educate and train home health professionals for the future and advance home health care practice and education – all ultimately intended to improve care for patients.

“Through this partnership we can access resources and experts at Simmons who can help us translate research into clinical practice to improve outcomes,” said Adele Pike, Director of Education at the VNA of Boston. “Our staff may also have the opportunity to collaborate in research and quality improvement projects with the school.”

Currently, staff from the VNA of Boston is working on a web-based home health care library for Simmons’ faculty and students. Simmons students can participate in the VNA of Boston’s CareLinks programs, which provide clinical placements for the students and enhances the agency’s presence in assisted living facilities and elderly housing programs throughout Boston. Pike concluded, “It’s a win for us, for Simmons, and ultimately our patients and our community.”

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