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Spring Lecture Series: Crucial Conversations - Tools You Can Use

On March 4th, 2016, Dr. Stacy D. Nelson will be coming to Roberts Wesleyan College to speak on the topic of Crucial Conversation. A recipient of the Zapara award for excellence in teaching, Stacy consistently receives accolades for his charismatic presentation style and highly effective training design. Serving as a personal coach to many hospitals, educational institutions and corporate executives, Stacy is frequently invited to deliver keynote speeches at local and national conventions. Stacy has become a trusted leader in corporate training and organizational performance. He helps teams and companies increase organizational effectiveness, achieve bottom-line results, and become measurably more vital.

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Crothers Science and Nursing Center Dedication

The grand opening and ribbon cutting of the Crothers Science and Nursing Center was held on Friday, September 25th at 11:00 a.m. The ceremony drew 250 in attendance.

The special program included a welcome from President Porterfield, greetings from Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, expressions of appreciation from Terry Tabor, President of the Board of Trustees; Dr. Crotser and Dr. Taylor, Roberts faculty; Chloe Adrien, nursing student and Rich Greer from facilities. A highlight of the event was special recognition of Bill and Rilla Crothers, former college president and his wife, after whom the building is named after.

Crothers Science and Nursing Center Dedication

After the ribbon cutting there were tours of the new building led by faculty, staff and students, including the 12 bed skills lab and a demonstration in the Simulation Center.

School of Nursing Dedicates Dorothy Whittingham Simulation Center

Close to 200 people gathered on September 26 to dedicate the Dorothy Whittingham Simulation Center, named for a visionary nurse and educator who was Chair of the Division of Nursing from 1958 until 1985. A leader who recognized the important role that technology plays in education and patient care, Dorothy was instrumental in bringing the first computer lab to the Roberts campus in the 1970's. After a brief ceremony featuring remembrances and comments from President Porterfield, Dean Crotser, family members, former colleagues and students, guest were invited to view displays of memorabilia and tour the simulation center.

Features of the Dorothy Whittingham Simulation Center:

  • 4 simulated hospital rooms with high fidelity simulators (2 adult, 2 pediatric and 1 female birthing simulator)
  • 2 standardized-patient rooms
  • a community-health apartment
  • a central-control center --instructors use 1-way glass or live video feed to monitor scenarios

Dorothy Whittingham Simulation Center

Alumni Nursing Event on the Harbortowne Belle

The Nursing Alumni from the three programs at Roberts were invited to an evening boat cruise upon the Harbortowne Belle on the Genesee River to say thank you. Our Roberts Nursing Alumni contribute to the success of the Programs with their superior standing in the medical communities.

The two-hour cruise included a delicious Dinosaur BBQ dinner and beautiful sites along the River. The 108 in attendance, enjoyed catching up with classmates and past faculty while Dr. Crotser shared her appreciation to the alumni for their great reputation and proudly being a Roberts Nurse.

Harbortowne Belle

Recent Awards and Achievements

Cathy Wells (Class of 2012) was accepted into The Sage College Doctoral of Nursing Science Program. Cathy received the Patricia McGee Scholarship, a competitive scholarship, towards her doctoral program.

Sara Manning (Class of 2009) is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator. This certification provides formal recognition of her expertise and accomplishments in simulation education. Additionally, Sara is one of 20 applicants nationwide who has been accepted in the National League for Nursing Faculty Development Leadership Program for Simulation Educators. This program is led by Pamela Jeffries, DNS, RN, FAAN, ANEF of Johns Hopkins University and a national expert in simulation education. Participants in this year-long program examine issues in design, development, use and integration of simulation in nursing education. Sara will have access to the Simulation Innovation Resource Center, attend webinars, be provided with executive coaching and attend three national meetings in Nursing Simulation. Congratulation Sara on this great accomplishment!

Mission Updates

Bethany Morse (Class of 1999) works at Kamakwie Wesleyan Hospital in Sierre Leone, Africa. Here is a recent update from Bethany:

Ebola in Sierra Leone

"There are currently NO cases of Ebola in Kamakiwe. Very few cases are in Bombaili district where the hospital resides and the cases seen in the district are near and around Makeni, which is a bigger town about 55 miles away from Kamakwie.

According to the Health and Sanatation website in Sierra Leone as of February 10th, there have been  8,152 confirmed cases of Ebola Virus Disease in Sierra Leone, with 2,985 of those resulting in death  and 2,218 survivors. The confirmed cases have been in all districts and areas of Sierra Leone. The new confirmed cases have been decreasing. The numbers are as low as 3 confirmed cases in a day to as many as 12 confirmed cases in a day for the whole country for the last few weeks.

Thank you for praying for this outbreak of Ebola and we are thankful that the staff at the hospital have been and continue to be protected from this virus. Unfortunately, many of the early symptoms of this disease mimic malaria, which is very common in Sierra Leone. The disease is very contagious, especially most body fluids including sweat. Thank God that so far there has not been many cases in Kamakwie and that none of the staff at the hospital have been affected."