Faculty Accomplishments Current Faculty Achievements Click to expand - Faculty Achievements Laura Coles completes Masters of Science degree and becomes certified Laura Coles, one of our newest faculty members, recently completed a Master of Science in Nursing Education from University of Phoenix. Additionally, Laura became certified in Emergency Nursing. Cheryl Crotser co-authors manuscript on women's health Congratulations to Cheryl Crotser as the co-author of the manuscript on Decision Support Needs of Women with Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome. This manuscript will be published in the Journal of Genetic Counseling and is currently available electronically ahead of print. Dr. Cheryl Crotser & Dr. Susanne Mohnkern present at the Sigma Theta Tau International and NLN Educational Research Conference Dr. Cheryl Crotser recently presented results of a qualitative study conducted with Dr. Susanne Mohnkern of recent graduates of the traditional undergraduate program on their experiences learning and providing spiritual support and care at the Sigma Theta Tau International and NLN Education Research Conference. She also presented this study at the Innovations in Faith Based Nursing Conference at Indiana Wesleyan University in June of 2014. Dr. Cheryl Crotser Dr. Susanne Mohnkern Sharon Davis and Sandra “Sam” Brzoza present a Interim Leadership Plan at two nursing education conferences Sharon Davis and Sandra “Sam” Brzoza participated in a poster presentation at two nursing education conferences in June of 2014 on their experience with developing a Interim Leadership Plan for the RN to BS program. This presentation summarizes current literature and outlines the plan and evaluation used to provide leadership during Professor Brzoza’s sabbatical leave. Sharon Davis Sandra “Sam” Brzoza Carol Griswold presents the Prenatal Care at School Program in England Carol Griswold presented at the National Association of School Nurses 46th Annual Conference in Texas in June 2014 on the Prenatal Care at School Program. She also presented the Prenatal Care at School Program, a new model of care for pregnant teens at 18th Brennal School Nurses International Conference at Greenwich University in England in July of 2015. This program combines the service of local midwives in a group approach to prenatal care compliance, school attendance and knowledge regarding labor and delivery for this vulnerable population. Georgia Lowmaster publishes in JOGNN Congratulations to Georgia Lowmaster, Adjunct Professor in the RN to BS program on the completion of her DNP at the University of Rochester. The results of Dr. Lowmaster’s project were recently published in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing in January of 2014. The article is titled, An Evidence-Based Approach to Breastfeeding Neonates at Risk for Hypoglycemia Sam Brzoza and Mary Stevens co-author poster presentation on measuring critical thinking in RN to BS programs Professors Brzoza and Stevens attended the 23rd Annual Conference for Nurse Educators sponsored by St. Anselm College in MAy of 2016 and presented their work on measurement of critical thinking in RN to BS students. Historically standardized tools have been used to assess critical thinking, however, the faculty recognized that reflective journaling, personal insight, value activities, along with class presentation and group assignments could prove to be a successful measure of critical thinking. They were invited to present again at next years conference. Dr. Santhiny Rajamohan Completes Dissertation Research Project on Leadership and Person Centered Care (PCC) in Long Term Care Dr. Rajamohan completed a study examining associations between the implementation of PCC, leadership styles in licensed nursing home administrators (LNHAs), and nursing home (NH) facility characteristics. This study was the first to attempt to identify the associations between licensed nursing home administrators’ (LNHA) leadership styles and the degree of PCC implementation, as well as the predictability of person-centered care (PCC) implementation specific to other associating factors. LNHAs are the change agents who are ultimately responsible for implementing and embracing the PCC culture change, but this is the first time they have been asked about PCC implementation specific to their facilities. This research provides new insight into LNHA leadership styles and factors significantly associated with PCC implementation. The transformational leadership style was most closely related to implementing PCC in long term care. Leading and motivating the long term care workforce are invaluable aspects of the nursing home administrator role in initiating and sustaining a PCC culture that is so vital to improved PCC delivery. Findings are timely and provide new information regarding how LNHAs’ leadership styles might impact the PCC implementation in LTC. Findings also suggest that incorporating transformational leadership training in NHAs’ curriculum and offering continuing staff education/ training opportunities for developing such leadership skills in LNHAs may help promote PCC implementation. Pat Myers and Cheryl Crotser co-author study on Cultural Sensitivity in Baccalaureate Nursing Education Patricia Myers presented a poster with the results of a qualitative study on Cultural Sensitivity at the 23rd Annual Conference for Nurse Educators sponsored by St. Anselm College in May of 2016. Seven recent graduates were interviewed. The analysis of the narratives revealed that development of cultural sensitivity is a process that unfolds over time and is facilitated by experiential learning, classroom discussions, and opportunities to interact with students of varying cultures through randomly assigned group work. Students also need faculty to create a safe learning environment in which personal and interpersonal insight into identification and management of a mutual understanding of cultural sensitivity and humility can develop. This research was supported through the Charles S. Gallaher endowment. Dr. Susanne Mohnkern Receives Grant to Conduct Study on B.T. Roberts' Ideas on Education and Today's Christian Nursing Curricula Dr. Susanne Mohnkern is completing a qualitative study on the ways in which the founder of Roberts Wesleyan College, B.T. Roberts' ideas piety, virtue, industry and economy resonate with the inform Christian nursing education today. The purpose of this paper is an exploration of these four "habits" and an analysis of their impact on Christian nursing curricula. Dr. Mohnkern's work will be included in the Earnest Project being published as part of the 150th celebration of Roberts Wesleyan College in 2016. Christine Lupiani, M.S., R.N., and Sarah Culhane Become Certified as Nurse Educators The School of Nursing is pleased to announce that Christine Lupiani and Sarah Culhane earned the designation Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) after meeting strict eligibility criteria and successfully completing a certification examination developed and administered by the National League for Nursing. Certification demonstrates their commitment to excellence in teaching, and recognizes their specialized knowledge, skills and abilities as nurse educators. Christine Lupiani (2012) and Sarah Culhane (2010) earned a Master of Science in Nursing Education from Roberts Wesleyan College and currently teach in the undergraduate nursing program. Missions and Service Work Click to expand - Missions and Service Work Patricia Myers leads 11 high school students on mission trip Professor PAtricia Myers led a group of 11 high school students on a home repair mission trip to Ohio this summer through the organization Group Mission Trips. This is a life changing experience for the teens as they continue to grow in their faith. Carol Griswold leads mission trip to Guatemala with alumni Each year, Dr. Carol Griswold and alumni of Roberts Wesleyan College partner with Bethel Christian Ministries to plan and lead a mission trip to Guatemala. The mission trip includes a wheelchair distribution and repair ministry and building housing for those in need. To watch the video of this trip, click here. Pictured above, the mission team of Dr. Carol Griswold and alumni Sarah Culhane Sarah Culhane served as spiritual director (along with her husband) for a week at Camp Koinonia, a spiritual retreat for families and ten teens, this past July. Laura Coles leads 10 students on trans-cultural nursing trip to Costa Rica Laura Coles, Assistant Professor of Nursing and 10 students went to Costa Rica for a 10 day trans-cultural nursing trip and served over 600 people in rural clinics and slum areas of Costa Rica. See this video clip to learn how the trip impacts our students and the people of Costa Rica: Video “We are blessed to see God’s provision and faithfulness – what a testimony to myself, the students, and the people we serve.” - Laura Coles Awards and Recognition Click to expand -Awards and Recognition Carol Griswold DNP, M.S., R.N. Carol Griswold DNP, M.S., R.N. received the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award in the Women’s health Category in 2013. Her work with the Prenatal Care and School Program was highlighted. Congratulations Dr. Griswold!