Cumberland University


Rudy School of Nursing Awarded Grant for New Course


From left to right: Stephanie Ferrell, CU Senior Development Officer for Corporate and Foundation Relations; Dr. Carole Ann Bach, Dean of the Rudy School of Nursing; Cristy Glover, Assistant Professor; and Erie Chapman, President & CEO of The Baptist Healing Trust.

Cumberland University's Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing was recently awarded a $17,160 grant from Nashville-based Baptist Healing Trust to help fund a new course developed to help teach nursing students how to honor patients' vulnerability and treat them with compassion and dignity.

The course, Nursing: An Art of Caring, was first offered during the fall 2007 semester.

The course is being taught by Cristy Glover, assistant professor at the Rudy School of Nursing. Glover (RN, MSN) possesses a wealth of experience in nursing and notable experience in hospice care.

Noting the course is being offered in collaboration with Nashville's Alive Hospice, Glover said Nursing: An Art of Caring prepares students to enter the workforce with "a heart for healing" and a means of combating "burnout and compassion fatigue."

"The central element of this course is that it will teach our students how to take care of themselves so they can better take care of others," Glover remarked. "With the heavy workload nurses are under and the potential emotional rollercoaster they face every day, it is important that nurses learn compassion for those they serve. Compassion has long been a tenet of our program, a hallmark of 'Rudy Nurses,' and we appreciate the support of The Baptist Healing Trust in our efforts to confirm its place in our nursing program."

The mission of the Baptist Healing Trust, which awarded funds totaling more than $1.9 million recently to 43 charities for a variety of health-related projects, is to be a caring ministry devoted to healing with love in the Christian tradition. Recipients of the contributions include non-profit organizations from across Middle Tennessee working to help create access to quality, compassionate health services for the community's vulnerable. This year's grants bring the collective grant making of The Baptist Healing Trust to more than $36 million since 2002.

Glover noted the new nursing course will help future nurses incorporate the concept of Radical Loving Care, which was developed by Baptist Healing Trust President & CEO Erie Chapman, into their daily nursing practices.

"We want to teach them the human side of nursing," she said. "Teaching nurses about concepts like Radical Loving Care before they enter the workforce is a powerful step toward shaping hospitals into healing hospitals. Alive Hospice, the oldest and largest non-profit hospice in Middle Tennessee, exemplifies the Radical Loving Care model. Thanks to our partnership with them, Cumberland's nursing students will do clinical work with their hospice patients, offering an unparalleled learning experience."