Partnership with US college will see WIT share expertise in intellectual disability nursing

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From left: Dr Sara Kennedy, Head of the Department of Nursing and Healthcare, WIT, Dr Richard Hayes, WIT; Dr Michael Harrison, , WIT; Prof John Nolan, WIT; Ann Costello, Golisano Foundation; Prof John Wells, WIT, Dr Dianne Cooney Miner, dean of the Wegmans School of Nursing. Seated: Jim Moore, Chairperson of the Governing Body, WIT; Gerard J. Rooney Ph.D, President of St John Fisher College.

From left: Dr Sara Kennedy, Head of the Department of Nursing and Healthcare, WIT, Dr Richard Hayes, WIT; Dr Michael Harrison, , WIT; Prof John Nolan, WIT; Ann Costello, Golisano Foundation; Prof John Wells, WIT, Dr Dianne Cooney Miner, dean of the Wegmans School of Nursing. Seated: Jim Moore, Chairperson of the Governing Body, WIT; Gerard J. Rooney Ph.D, President of St John Fisher College.

Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability Nursing in the US and Waterford Institute of Technology partner to advance health care needs of individuals with developmental disabilities

The Golisano Institute of Developmental Disability Nursing at St John Fisher College in the US and Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work together in the field of intellectual disability nursing. This is the second MoU between WIT and Fisher.

The signing took place on 20 February at a symposium on Intellectual Disability Nursing held at WIT.

This partnership will include an exchange with faculty members from WIT’s honour’s degree in intellectual disability nursing programme. Those faculty members will be embedded at Fisher’s Wegmans School of Nursing, home of the Golisano Institute, and WIT faculty advisors will also make short-term visits to New York to offer guidance in curriculum development and implementation, and share best practices in creating models of inclusive nursing care.

Advancing nursing education

“We are so proud and happy to continue our important relationship with Waterford Institute of Technology in the interest of advancing nursing education and practice in the field of intellectual and developmental disability nursing. We are very happy to be joined by Special Olympics International in this work made possible by the generosity of Mr Thomas Golisano and the Golisano Foundation,” said Dr Dianne Cooney Miner, dean of the Wegmans School of Nursing and executive director of the Golisano Institute of Developmental Disability Nursing.

Ann Costello, Executive Director of the Golisano Foundation, said, “Our global mission to advance inclusive health for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities can only happen when we forge partnerships such as the one being celebrated today with St. John Fisher College Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability Nursing and Waterford Institute of Technology. We have shown that there are no boundaries when it comes to sharing and leveraging expertise when you have the will to improve the health and access to care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”

Continue partnership

Dr Sara Kennedy, Head of the Department of Nursing and Healthcare at WIT, welcomed the continued partnership with St. John Fisher College and the opportunity to collaborate further with Special Olympics through the involvement of the Golisano Foundation.

“This MOU marks a hugely significant collaboration between WIT and St John Fisher College. Intellectual disability is a multi-pronged and complex issue and through collaboration between the three organizations, we hope to further the treatment and understand the unique needs of people with an intellectual disability. We are honoured to play a part in the transformation of the nursing domain of training, care and support for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities in the United States.”

Special Olympics support

Special Olympics CEO Mary Davis shared her support for this continued collaboration noting, “It’s fantastic to see this cooperative effort continue between WIT and St John Fisher College. This intellectual disability nursing programme will give nursing students the opportunity to better understand how to identify and treat all patients’ needs. We must all concentrate on the needs of people with intellectual disabilities and bring a message of inclusion to every community around the world. We can achieve so much more when we engage in partnerships such as these that truly change the way we approach inclusion.”

In October 2018, St. John Fisher College, Tom Golisano, and the Golisano Foundation announced the creation of the Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability Nursing thanks to a $5.8 million gift, $5 million from Tom Golisano and $800,000 from the Golisano Foundation. The Institute is designed to transform the health care and support of individuals with developmental disabilities.

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