Course in Gerontology and Palliative Care Developed with $150,000 Grant
July 16, 2018
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — The Illinois Wesleyan University School of Nursing and the Department of Biology have earned a $150,000 grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations to develop a course in gerontology and end-of-life care, including a paid summer
internship in palliative care, for undergraduate students interested in health-science
The grant was awarded to Director and Professor of Nursing – and the Caroline F. Rupert
Endowed Chair of Nursing – Victoria Folse ’86, Assistant Professor of the School of
Nursing Amy Funk, Professor of Biology Will Jaeckle and Associate Professor and Chair
of Biology Loni Walker to promote interprofessional collaboration and communication
for pre-medicine, pre-healthcare and nursing students.
“This experiential approach to education addresses currently unmet needs of future
healthcare providers. We are excited to leverage the curricular strengths of Nursing
and Biology,” Folse said.
The course will be first offered in May of 2019 and will include simulations and hands-on
learning. Paid summer internships will allow students to serve as active members of
healthcare teams and develop the skills necessary to provide compassionate direct
patient care to older adults and their families.
Folse also sees this as an opportunity to provide meaningful experiences for students
interested in serving the community.
“The palliative care internship could serve as a signature experience for students
across all disciplines,” Folse said.
For over 60 years, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations has provided philanthropic
support to medical schools, hospitals, hospices and other initiatives that enhance
the quality of American healthcare. The goal of the palliative care program is to further research in this growing field and to make palliative care widely available
to patients with chronic illnesses.