Universities & Academic Health Centers

Universities & Academic Health Centers

Universities & Academic Health Centers

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Cesarina Thompson, PhD, RN, ANEF

Promoting Interprofessional Health Sciences Education

Cesarina Thompson, PhD, RN, ANEF
Dean & Professor
School of Health Sciences, American International College, Springfield, MA, since July 2012

About the AIC School of Health Sciences: We prepare future professionals in nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and public health. We have a longstanding tradition of preparing competent health care professionals within a highly personal and diverse academic environment. Graduates are ready to meet the needs of a highly complex, evolving, and diverse health care environment. Learn more at www.aic.edu/academics/hs.

Role & Results: My key responsibilities are to provide leadership to advance the School by creating new community partnerships, facilitating new program development, and promoting interprofessional collaborations. I also manage the School’s fiscal and personnel resources, and participate in setting and monitoring enrollment goals. I’m proud to report that since becoming Dean I have facilitated the development of three new programs in public health, RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), and the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) concentration. In addition enrollment has increased by 9 percent, and I’ve facilitated re-accreditation efforts for the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs and the Doctorate in Physical Therapy program.

My Search & Working with Tuft: I was attracted to the position at AIC because of the opportunity to provide leadership to an interdisciplinary health professions school with, at that time, three key practice disciplines that included nursing. (We’ve added public health since my arrival). Given the call to enhance the quality of patient care, it is essential that we prepare future health professionals within an interprofessional education environment. There are not many institutions that house nursing and other health professions programs in one School.

Through Tuft & Associates I learned more about AIC and the opportunities within the School of Health Sciences. I found the staff, and primarily Tuft Associate Pat Estok, with whom I worked most closely, to be very knowledgeable about the institution and its opportunities. Pat kept me well informed of the process and the status of the search. As a former nurse educator, Pat was very knowledgeable and offered thoughtful advice in guiding me as I prepared for my interviews.

Based on my experience, the benefits of working with Tuft & Associates is the opportunity to speak with professionals knowledgeable about higher education and the position to determine if it is the right fit. For an organization, the Tuft team is helpful in the initial screening of candidates based on their knowledge and experience conducting searches for similar positions at other institutions.

What’s Next: We’ll continue to expand interprofessional education initiatives across the School of Health Sciences and establish it as a leader in this arena. And we’ll launch a master’s level Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program within the next year.