Loyola School of Nursing Alumna Appointed to National Advisory Council for Nurse Education and Practice
Source Newsroom: Loyola University Health System
Newswise — Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing alumna Kathy Camacho Carr (BSN ’71), PhD, ARNP, CNM, FACNM, has been appointed to the National Advisory Council for Nurse Education and Practice (NACNEP) by Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. secretary of Health & Human Services. In this role, Dr. Camacho Carr will work with other council members to shape policies for improving nursing education and practice.
The advisory council comprises leading nurse educators and individuals from across the country. As part of this appointment, council members meet two to three times a year in Washington, D.C., to develop and submit proposals to the H.H.S. secretary and the U.S. Congress, recommendations to improve nursing education. Much of this work focuses on:
Advising the nation’s health leaders on methods to enhance the composition of the nursing workforce
Using nurses to better meet the health needs of the country
Expanding the knowledge, skills and capabilities of nurses
Financing and delivering nursing services
Promoting interdisciplinary approaches to the delivery of health services
“I was honored to be selected for the NACNEP. My first goal is to learn as much as I can about the council, its best practices for getting things accomplished and to acquaint myself with the most pressing issues of concern,” Dr. Camacho Carr said. “Ultimately, I hope to advise the secretary and congressional leaders about the importance of funding nursing education and facilitating interprofessional health education."
Dr. Camacho Carr is a professor and the Jean Bushman Endowed Chair at Seattle University College of Nursing. She also is coordinator of the nurse-midwifery program for the university. Her research and teaching interests are in women’s health, maternal-child health and education of advanced practice nurses and nurse-midwives. Much of Dr. Camacho Carr’s scholarly work focuses on instructional design, pedagogical strategies and the use of computer-distributed learning. She received her bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Chicago and a master’s of science degree in midwifery with a minor in curriculum and instruction from the University of Illinois. In 1989, she earned her doctorate in nursing science from the University of Washington.