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Nursing Research and Practice
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 567058, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/567058
Research Article

Nurse Faculty Enrichment and Competency Development in Oral-Systemic Health

New York University College of Nursing, 726 Broadway, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10003, USA

Received 13 January 2012; Accepted 9 February 2012

Academic Editor: Mary George

Copyright © 2012 Maria C. Dolce. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Nurses are positioned to play a significant role in oral health promotion and disease prevention across the life cycle. Oral health has not been a high priority in nursing practice, and educating nurses about oral health has been inadequate particularly regarding the interrelationship between oral health and overall health. The first step for developing a nursing workforce with core competencies in oral health promotion and disease prevention is to prepare nurse faculty with the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes, and best practices in oral-systemic health. The purpose of this paper is to present Smiles for Life: A National Oral Health Curriculum as a knowledge framework that nurse faculty can use for faculty enrichment and competency development in oral health across the life cycle. A variety of teaching-learning strategies and resources are provided to assist nurse faculty with integrating oral-systemic health into existing nursing curricula.