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Alumni Spotlight: Barbara Blue, RN to BS '11

Barbara Blue, a May 2011 Roberts RN to BS graduate recently received the 2017 Health Care Achievement Award presented by The Rochester Business Journal, celebrating the region’s medical community.

The award’s aim is to recognize excellence, promote innovation, and honor individuals and organizations in the area who have contributed to the health care field. Ms. Blue has worked as a clinical registered nurse for 43 years at Highland Hospital. She was nominated for the award by the president and CEO of Highland Hospital as well as the vice president and chief operating officer. They say, “She embodies what nursing is all about…quality, compassion and commitment.”

See the full list of award recipients at rbj.com.

Alumni Spotlight: Tina Turner, MSNE '09

Tina Turner, MSNE 2 a December 2009 Master of Science in Nursing Education graduate, was recently highlighted in the Trends section of the Democrat and Chronicle. The article, Teaching Nursing, Recognizing Commitment, speaks about how teaching students to become nurses involves much more than lecturing and overseeing clinical simulations.

Alumni Spotlight: Amy Murphy, MSNLA '16

Amy Murphy, MSNLA 16 December 2015 graduate, recently co- authored the publication: Development of a Global Respiratory Severity Score (GRSS) for Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection in Infants, Mary T. Caserta, MD, Xing Qiu, PhD, Brenda Tesini, MD, Lu Wang, MS, Amy Murphy, MSN, Anthony Corbett, MS, Ann R. Falsey, MD, Jeanne Holden-Wiltse, MPH, Edward E. Walsh, MD.

Amy is a research nurse at URMC Golisano Children’s Hospital in the Pediatric Infectious Disease unit.

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Alumni Spotlight: Joshua R. Smith, MS '16, RN, CCRN

Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, part of Rochester Regional Health, appointed Joshua Smith, MS '16, RN, to the nursing leadership team as the nurse manager for Telemetry and ICU. Josh earned a bachelor’s degree in Nursing (2008) and master’s degree in Nursing Leadership and Administration (2016) from Robert’s Wesleyan College.

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Alumni Spotlight: Christina Ostwald, MSNE '15

Christina Ostwald, MSNE '15 has been appointed as a full time instructor at Niagara County Community College. She is teaching in the nursing lab and is a clinical instructor.

“The nursing education philosophy that I wrote while a student at Roberts has truly been a guide in all my endeavors. I have been given the opportunity to work on the team to transform the current traditional curriculum to a concept based program of study which we hope to implement in the fall of 2018!"

Christina Ostwald

Alumni Spotlight: Jennifer Gales, RN, MSN '12

Jennifer Gales, RN, MSN '12, has recently been named Chief Nursing Officer at Unity Hospital, and will serve on Rochester Regional’s CNO Council. In this role, she will report to Doug Stewart, president of Unity Hospital, and she will assume responsibility for nursing and patient care services.

Jen began her career at Rochester Regional more than 26 years ago. She has acted as interim chief nursing officer since January of this year. Previously, she served as Associate Chief Nursing Officer at Unity.

Jen earned a Master of Science in Nursing Leadership and Administration from Roberts Wesleyan College, where she had previously completed the RNBS program in 2005. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, and of the New York Organization of Nurse Executives and Leaders (NYONEL).

School of Nursing Graduate Online Programs Ranked by U.S. News

Roberts Wesleyan College ranked 76th in Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs. This was the first year that the College’s nursing program was published in the U.S. News & World Reports’ annual Best Online Programs.

Roberts Wesleyan and RIT were the only colleges in the Rochester area to be included in the U.S. News published rankings. Read the full story from the Democrat & Chronicle.

STTI Honor Societ Induction Ceremony

(November 5, 2016) 
The Tau Xi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International annual induction ceremony welcomed 21 new baccalaureate nursing students and 6 graduate nursing students. This year we celebrated 10 years of the Tau Xi Chapter. Dr. Dorette “Dee” Welk, the Region 11 Coordinator presented a charge to the new Inductees and Dr. Santhiny Rajamohan, our chapter President, presented a summary of her dissertation work “Person Centered Care Implementation and Leadership Styles in the Long Term Care Setting.”

More information on Tau Xi

More information about STTI

Smith Hall Renovations

(Fall 2016) 
The Smith Science Center underwent more than a name update.  Merlin G. Smith Hall renovations were completed in time for Fall classes to begin.  The renovations include a hallway from Crothers Science and Nursing Center, updated student gathering areas, updated technology and computer labs, more classrooms, updated auditorium and office space for faculty. Smith Hall houses the School of Nursing offices and classroom space on the ground floor, Math, Physics, and Computer Science offices and classroom/labs on the 2nd floor and Criminal Justice offices, classrooms and the NEW Crime Lab on the third floor.  You are welcome to come and visit anytime.

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Nurses Week Event

(May 12, 2016) 
Last year we thanked our nursing alumni with a dinner at the Rochester Museum and Science Center.  It was enjoyed by all and we look forward to another opportunity to recognize the service of our nursing alumni in our community and to our current students as mentors and preceptors. The 2017 event will be held at the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery May 11, 2017.  Watch for more details coming soon.

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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.

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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."