A word from Dean Lorie Wild
The campus is quiet today as I write this in mid-December. Students, finished with final exams and papers, are enjoying a time of rest. It’s a good to time to share just a few of the things going on in SPU Nursing. Among the many exciting things happening in the School of Health Sciences, two items stand out, and each is the culmination of many years of planning.
We welcomed 19 students into our doctor of nursing practice program in September. These pioneering students bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the cohort (see next article). Our faculty have created an environment of collaborative and mutual learning that will not only benefit the DNP students but also their future patients and colleagues. With their first quarter of doctoral study under their belts, these students have already demonstrated the curiosity and fortitude that will take them through their course of study and advanced practice. We all know that one of the hardest parts of any new challenge is getting started, and they have done well!
We also are excited and grateful that the SPU Board of Trustees approved funding for a new learning space for the SHS Lydia Green Nursing Program at their November meeting. Plans for renovation of the 6 Nickerson building (located just east Wallace Field) are in the final stages of approval, with construction anticipated to begin in the spring. We are planning for a September move-in — just in time for the 2018–19 academic year! The new space offers four active-learning classrooms, three seminar and conference rooms, student co-curricular spaces and, of course, faculty offices. One of the greatest benefits to students will be a greatly enhanced clinical learning lab (CLL) on the entire third floor of the building. The CLL will have an eight-bed skills training area and another “flex” training room with six exam tables. Each of these areas is designed to allow students to move seamlessly between didactic learning and practice. In addition, a separate simulation suite that includes two patient rooms, a clinic exam room, and a debriefing space, will give students at all levels the opportunity to practice and learn in a safe environment. The enhanced simulation capacity is a valuable complement to in-hospital/clinic practicum experiences.
We are grateful for the support of the SPU community for the nursing programs and an enhanced learning space that will carry us into the future and accommodate program growth. Look for more information in the coming months as we move from planning, to construction, to teaching!
We recognize that the success of the programs and students here today is the result of faculty, staff, and students who have come before us. Alumni attending the recent reunion shared stories about how gifted nurse educators such as Lydia Green, Annalee Oakes, Mary Fry, and Ruby Englund helped shaped them as “SPU nurses.” I am reminded of being “surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses” as the author of Hebrews so aptly writes (Hebrews 12:1). The longstanding legacy of robust academics and relationship-centered learning that is grounded in Christian faith and values comes from, and is sustained by, all those called to serve here over the past 80 years. We are greatly blessed by each of you and the part you have played in making SPU Nursing what it is. We are grateful.
Inaugural cohort enters Doctor of Nursing Practice program
In September 2017, the first cohort of doctor of nursing practice students joined the School of Health Sciences. These seasoned registered nurses are taking the next step in their education and careers by building their knowledge of evidence-based practice, quality improvement, practice inquiry, and systems leadership.
National nursing organizations have endorsed the DNP as the academic qualification for entry into practice for APRNs, and here in the Pacific Northwest, there is a growing demand by regional employers for DNP-trained nurses.
To welcome the inaugural DNP cohort, the Graduate Nursing program held an orientation and welcome dinner on September 22, 2017, which provided an opportunity for students to get to know their faculty, the program, and one another. SPU President Dan Martin even stopped by to offer a warm welcome and shared his excitement for these students to be joining SPU after years of hard work by faculty to prepare for the launch of this program.
Throughout their program of study, DNP students who are already certified as nurse practitioners or clinical nurse specialists will focus on applying research to practice through didactic courses and their DNP scholarly project. Additionally, students who entered with a bachelor’s degree in nursing will be preparing for certification as clinical nurse specialists or nurse practitioners (family or adult/gerontology).
In their DNP scholarly projects, students will collaborate with community clinical organizations to address real-world issues and problems. If you know of an organization that would be interested in working with students in engaging in systems analysis/change to improve the health of groups and populations, the School of Health Sciences is now collecting project ideas. Potential projects can be submitted through the Potential DNP Projects form on the SHS website or contact Graduate Associate Dean Christine Hoyle for more information.
To learn more about the program and admission requirements, visit the SHS website or contact Julia Block, graduate enrollment counselor.
DNP program snapshot
More than 50 nursing alumni and friends returned to campus October 6–8 for SPU’s Grand Reunion. The School of Health Sciences hosted a tea on October 7 as part of the gathering. It was clear that graduates of the Lydia Green Nursing Program are a distinguished cadre of nurses who hold positions in hospitals, academia, professional organizations, and associations throughout the Northwest and beyond.
Attendees spanned the years from 1961 to our most recent 2017 graduates. There was plenty of time for our alumni to share fond memories and mutual experiences from their undergraduate and graduate programs. Guest listened to Dean Lorie Wild highlight the recent accomplishments of the School of Health Sciences, including welcoming the inaugural cohort to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program in Autumn Quarter. She also reported that the planning for a new School of Health Sciences building was progressing well. Plans of the new space were on display for guests to view.
As we look ahead, we encourage you to stay connected with other nursing alumni, current and former nursing faculty, and current students. Make plans to attend the 2018 Grand Reunion. In the meantime, please drop us a note to let us know about your jobs, life events, or share a significant memory about your time here at Seattle Pacific University.
Consecration into the vocation of nursing
The time-honored nursing consecration ceremony continues to be a signature event for the School of Health Sciences. The occasion is a celebration of vocation and commitment, setting our students apart and readying them to serve as they enter the nursing major. Family and friends gathered to see 69 pre-licensure nursing students participate in the 2017 consecration ceremony in October.
Dean Lorie Wild welcomed family, friends, and gave a word of encouragement to the incoming Class of 2019 cohort. Mike Welch opened the student-led program with prayer and fellow classmate Emilee Phounsavath followed with a class welcome. Megan Lieberman recited an excerpt from In His Image by Paul Brand and Phillip Yancey. Other highlights were Scripture reading by Shannon Bloom and faculty recognition by Cindy Ma.
Alumni speaker Lindsey Ono BSN ’15 talked to students about understanding their role as nursing students and embracing the challenge to think differently and more critically while learning to observe the details. “It is about assessment: mentally, physically, and spiritually,” she shared. Students were urged to invest in relationships with fellow students in the program and to utilize the expertise of the nursing faculty.
Rev. Kelsey Rorem, associate director of University Ministries, performed a special “Blessing of the Hands” of each student in preparation for service. In addition, a Gideon’s Auxiliary representative presented each student with a copy of the New Testament.
A reception was held immediately following the ceremony. Prior to the event, Dean Wild hosted an open house in the nursing skills lab. Family and friends toured the facility and learned more about nursing school expectations, and received tips on how to support their students.
From this place: Notable notes
Amy White ’17 MSN, ACCNS-AG, CCRN, CEN and commander in the Navy Nurse Corps recently escorted Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, on a tour of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Vice President Pence met with wounded soldiers, doctors, family members, and other caregivers during his early Thanksgiving visit.
Amy works as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS) over four joint-service ICUs (medical, surgical, cardiac, and pediatric) at Walter Reed Medical Center. Among her many duties, she works with the White House unit to escort VIPs.
Cheryl D. Parker ’93 MSN, PhD, RN-BC, who most recently served as the chief nursing informatics officer for PatientSafe Solutions (2014–17), has joined the full-time ranks of academia. After teaching for several years as an adjunct faculty member at Walden University, Rutgers University, and Texas Woman's, she knew she wanted to return to it full time. Last autumn, she joined the faculty at The University of Texas at Tyler as an assistant professor working on informatics courses at the graduate level.
Cheryl also serves on the National Board of Directors for the American Nursing Informatics Association and as president of the 2,000+ member Phi Nu Chapter of the Honor Society of Nursing Sigma Theta Tau International.
“Little did I know when I started my graduate education at SPU back in 1991 that my journey would take me to such interesting places and allow me to work with such phenomenal people,” Cheryl says.
Antwinett Lee, associate dean of undergraduate nursing, presented results from her doctoral research, “Best practices for on-boarding new nursing faculty: The role of the nurse administrator,” in a poster presentation at AACN's 2017 Baccalaureate Education Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, in November 2017.
Christine Hoyle, associate professor of nursing, presented “Promoting high practice standards for nurse practitioners through regulation: An international partnership” at the 28th Annual International Council of Nurses (ICN) Congress in Barcelona, Spain, in June 2017. This project was a collaboration with colleagues from the University of Washington and the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia.
Christine Hoyle and Candace Vance, assistant professor of theatre, received an SPU Innovation Seed grant for their project, “Theatre Department and School of Nursing Collaboration in Using Standardized Patients in Teaching Health Assessment Skills.” They tested a methodology for recording physical-assessment exams done by nursing graduate students working with theatre students who were acting as standardized patients. They will evaluate scripts/cases for standardized patients, and best options for recording and assessing performance of both nursing and theatre students.
Yolanda Grandjean, faculty scholar, was awarded an SPU Faculty Research and Scholarship grant in support of her work using the RE-AIM framework to evaluate a trauma-sensitive yoga program.
Bethany Rolfe Witham
Bethany Rolfe Witham, associate professor of nursing, and Christine Hoyle, associate professor of nursing, along with adjunct professor Robert Smithing, presented as a part of a collaborative team for the workshops “Uterine Blocks, Biopsies and IUDs: What's a Cervix to Do?” and “Cutting Up: Biopsy Techniques for Skin including Genital Lesions and Sebaceous Cysts” at the Advanced Practice in Primary and Acute Care: Pacific Northwest 40th Annual National Conference, held in Seattle in October 2017.
Until next time …
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