SON Partners with Networking California for Sickle Cell Care
The School of Nursing (SON) partnered with Networking California for Sickle Cell Care to train nurse practitioners (NPs). Networking California for Sickle Cell Care, California’s first and only Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) consortium, was created in response to severe shortages of SCD expertise among health care providers.
SCD, an inherited blood disorder that affects the ability of red blood cells to carry oxygen, is a lifelong condition with no cure. According to the CDC, SCD occurs among about 1 out of every 365 Black or African-American births. In the adult population, there is often a great deal of scrutiny and stigma associated with SCD and pain management.
“We’re honored to be part of this inaugural program educating NPs on how to effectively treat and care for people living with Sickle Cell Disease,” said Dr. Juana Ferrerosa, Director, Doctor of Nursing Practice Program and Assistant Professor. “I can’t tell you how happy our nurses are to be working hand-in-hand with patients, listening to their needs, and ultimately saving more lives.”
Dr. Ferrerosa led the successful effort to obtain approval to offer a Specialty in Blood Disorders within SON.