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Grant Supports IDD Education for Acute Care Nurses

Wed, Sep 2

The Golisano Institute has been awarded a $225,000 grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation to create and pilot a new educational program for acute care nurses in Western New York.

Developed in collaboration with Rochester Regional Health, Catholic Health System, and Erie County Medical Center, this first-of-its-kind continuing education program will focus on enhancing the knowledge, skills, and competencies of acute care nurses working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).


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Faculty Present at Regional Autism Conference

Wed, Jan 5

Faculty from the Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability Nursing at St. John Fisher College recently shared their expertise at a regional conference for parents, teachers, therapists, and other professionals who work with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). The conference, sponsored by the Summit Center and the Western New York Regional Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, was held on Friday, March 18. Nearly 650 participants attended the virtual conference which focused on the Intersection of Autism Spectrum Disorders & Anxiety. Dr. Holly Brown and Dr. Debbi Napilitano presented “Strategies for managing anxiety disorders in youth with ASD: It’s all about interprofessional collaboration.” Their presentation emphasized the need for interprofessional communication and decision-making among health care teams, which is essential in the context of understanding the complex interactions between medications and behaviors when working with individuals with ASD and anxiety disorders.


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New Curriculum for IDD Nursing Launches Pilot

Thu, Nov 18

A new and first of its kind curriculum designed for integration into existing primary care nurse practitioner residency programs to improve the health care experience for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) has been developed by nursing faculty at the Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability Nursing at St. John Fisher College’s Wegmans School of Nursing.

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