Harrison named director of McAuley Nurse Managed Center
McAuley Nurse Managed Center Director Barbara Harrison (third from left) with the Centerís staff.
The University of Detroit Mercy College of Health Professions has named Barbara Harrison program director of the McAuley Nurse Managed Center. Harrison succeeds professor Joan Urbancic who is retiring.
The Center provides primary health care services to underserved patients in an eastside Detroit neighborhood. Care is provided by UDM nurse practitioner faculty members. Students are assigned rotations through the facility.
Harrison joined UDM as an assistant professor in the College’s nursing program in 2004. She previously served as an adjunct faculty member and clinical preceptor in her role as a gerontologic nurse practitioner in private practice. She has extensive experience as a nurse practitioner specializing in geriatrics.
“Geriatrics is an area where nursing makes such a big difference, because the focus is not ‘curing’ as much as it is providing good care,” she says.
A native of Philadelphia, Harrison earned an RN diploma at the University of Pennsylvania; a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Stockton State College in New Jersey; and a Master of Science in Nursing and a family nurse practitioner certificate at the University of Texas. She received her Ph.D. in neurobehavior nursing from the University of Michigan.
Harrison expects to continue putting her geriatric experience to good use, now that the Center has inked an agreement with Medicare to provide services to the elderly.
“The Center is a great opportunity to integrate nurse practitioner skills and teaching,” she says. “I frequently discuss examples from the clinic in the classroom.”
She expects her work as the Center’s project director to be challenging.
“We’re a small facility with over 200 patient visits a month. All the care is provided by part-time nurse practitioners who also teach,” she notes. “The previous director, Nursing Professor Joan Urbancic, really did a wonderful job here. I’ll be working hard to fill her shoes.”