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Cynthia Wilson Awarded Competitive Scholarship
Cynthia Wilson was awarded a scholarship to attend the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning in Grapevine, Texas. This competitive award was open to educations and learning resource specialists who are developing and advancing clinical simulation in Nursing.
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.
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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.
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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.