New York University College of Nursing’s (NYUCN) faculty members Fidelindo A. Lim, DNP, CCRN, and James C. Pace, PhD, MDiv, ANP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, have developed a compendium teaching guide to accompany the 2014 Carolyn Jones-directed feature documentary, “The American Nurse: Healing America.”


Drs. Lim and Pace developed The American Nurse: Healing America –A Film Companion Guide for Academic and Clinical Nursing, to provide specific suggestions for interactive discussions, writing assignments, and other strategies and activities to guide both discussion facilitators and learners after viewing “The American Nurse.”

The Guide was commissioned by the American Nurses Foundation (the Foundation), the philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association, to supplement the film which explores critical issues, including aging, war, poverty and incarceration through the eyes of nurses.  Nurses and other health care stakeholders who screen the film and use the companion guide are encouraged to first identify specific learning objectives to enhance the experience.  Drs. Lim and Pace will also be using the guide in their NYUCN introductory Professional Nursing course.

“This film should be seen by every student and practitioner in health care," said Foundation Chair Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN. “It captures how patients want to be treated and why patients say – year after year – that nurses are the most trusted professionals.  The new guide makes it easy to incorporate the film into academic and professional education.”

“We believe that the companion guide to the film is a rich resource for nurse educators and professional colleagues alike; it offers numerous activities, exercises and resources that can be used to meet a variety of learning outcomes,” said Drs. Lim and Pace.

“The American Nurse” documentary, which premiered during Nurses Week 2014 and continues to play in select theaters, focuses on the work and lives of five nurses and explores how society views nurses and the challenges of “healing America.”  The film is part of the American Nurse Project and made possible with the support of Fresenius Kabi, a global health care company specializing in medicines and technologies used to treat chronically and critically ill patients.

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The American Nurses Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of the American Nurses Association (ANA), dedicated to transforming the health of the nation through the power of nursing.  The Foundation supports programs which promote the health of the public through nurse leadership, research and education.

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