Dean at the Rutgers School of Nursing, William Holzemer, is also a champion for nursing school availability in nature-ravaged Haiti, where the number of nursing professionals falls far below the needs of the region.
The nursing school dean was in the news earlier this year for his influence on a problem regarding nursing schools in Haiti. According to reports, Haitian citizens travel to the United States to attend schools, but few return to Haiti to practice there. In the United States, the number of nurses per 100,000 people is about 940. In Haiti there are only an estimated 10 nurses for every 100,000 people.
The critical situation in Haiti is one that the nursing school wanted to investigate and address, but funding problems came up before they could research into the viability of potentially setting up schools in the area. With the help of the nursing school dean and two other representatives of the school (Lev and Teri Lindgren), the program was finally able to get off of the ground.
They were able to eventually get assistance from the Haiti nursing foundation to help establish the program, which is in its first year. Now the nursing school partners with educational facilities in Haiti to bring a blended nursing school program to students in Haiti. Lev Lindgren created a program that includes a mixture of voice over presentations for students to utilize when she is not there to teach the lessons.
Holzemer was recently appointed to the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and honored as a member of the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame by the International Honor Society of Nursing.