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School of Nursing Adds New Major



Lee University’s School of Nursing (SON) announces plans to initiate a new degree, Disaster and Healthcare Mission Management (DHMM) beginning fall 2018, pending final review and approval by SACSCOC (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges). This addition, which is a non-nursing degree, is designed to prepare graduates to function in team management roles for healthcare disaster teams and healthcare mission teams.

According to Dr. Sara Campbell, dean of Lee’s SON, from a healthcare perspective, the growing demand for global healthcare combined with the high occurrence of domestic and international disasters creates an obvious need for this program.

“Healthcare response, distribution, and access is becoming increasingly fragmented and unavailable,” said Campbell. “Nurses and other licensed professionals can provide medical expertise, but the healthcare team needs additional members who bring different expertise to a situation and can manage logistics for the team. We need to be prepared from all angles to effectively and efficiently address what’s happening in our world.”

Some of the courses for the new major include Introduction to Humanitarian Healthcare Response, Basic Health Survival, Leadership Application in the Field, and Healthcare Disaster Response and Management Immersion Training. Various courses will be offered through other departments and schools on campus such as Crisis Response Finance and Funding and Social Dimensions and Impact of Disaster.

Students may choose to pursue a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in this degree. With either degree, graduates may be employed in a variety of roles in local, regional, and state communities, government agencies, such as Emergency Medical Services, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and domestic and global Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), such as churches, Samaritan’s Purse, and The Salvation Army.

“God has placed this major on our hearts and continues to lead the way, opening doors as we go,” said Campbell. “As Christians, we need to respond to the needs of others in crisis times. This major will now pair our nursing majors with the new DHMM majors to collaborate on healthcare teams that will reach across the United States and the world.”

Registration for the major will open during early class selection this month. Incoming freshmen will also be allowed to declare the new major.

For more information, visit the SON’s website. Students may also contact Jake Fast, the enrollment and advising specialist for the SON, at jfast@leeuniversity.edu.
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