Nursing Notes: Archives



Winter 2011

The Alumni Networking Supper, “Building Bridges," was held at SPU .  The supper promoted alumni/current student conversation and networking. 

Contact Patti Aramburu at for information about upcoming almni meetings and events.


SHS Alumni Homecoming Coffee



A complimentary Homecoming Coffee was held on the SPU campus.  Approximately 25 Alums attended and participated in “Joyful Conversation” with former and current faculty and undergraduate student Ambassadors.  Alums engaged in “Speed Networking,” heard about the Institute of Medicine Report, and had an opportunity to hear about the work of Alums Jody Hoppis and Marcie Haigh Toe.  Attendees particularly liked the new location, seeing former instructors, program updates, current student Ambassador greetings at arrival time, and inspirational (alum) speakers. 


Study Abroad

Study Abroad in VietnamEach Winter Quarter, as part of the Study Abroad Vietnam program, 10 senior nursing students take five weeks of class on SPU’s campus and then, under the guidance of SPU professors, travel across the globe to spend five weeks in city hospitals and rural clinics in Vietnam. There the students provide health education and nursing care to children and families — and gain new perspective on Vietnam’s culture and people.

“Grow Our Own” Helps Faculty by Degrees

Vicki Aaberg and erla Champ Gibson One of the many factors contributing to the ever-increasing nursing shortage is the limited number of faculty members available to teach. To address this issue, SHS Dean Lucille Kelley created the “Grow Our Own” program. Find out more about the program, and how it’s preparing Professors Erla Champ-Gibson and Vicki Aaberg to teach the next generation of nurses.



Dean Lucille Kelley

Dean's Message: Making a Difference!

SHS Advisory Board Bridges the Gaps

How does the School of Health Sciences ensure that what it teaches students matches what employers will need when its students graduate? With an advisory board comprised of regional nurse executives. Learn more about the SHS Advisory Board and the difference it makes.

Ethics in Nursing Practice

Kobe Japan nursing students and SHS Butterfield Ethics Fellows met at Washington Academy of Languages on March 11, 2011 to exchange ideas about ethics in nursing practice.

Butterfield Fellows and Kobe Japan student ethics exchange

The School of Health Sciences mourns the death of former dean, Della Tiede. 

Announcement of Della's death appeared in the South Dakota Plainsman newspaper.

read more

Winter 2011

SPU Alum Receives "Nurse of the Year" award

Colette Dahl, SPU MSN alum from the Granite Falls School District received the Western Washington March of Dimes Nurse of the Year award for School Nursing, an award for school nurses who provide direct care to children in grades K-12 and have made a lasting contribution to the health of students.  Ms. Frankie Manning, SHS Advisory Board Member was recognized for her lifetime contributions.

Winter 2011

SPU MSN Alum Creates Program at Local College

Connie Rockstad, MSN graduate and former SHS Alum of the Year, was recognized recently as a leader in nursing education at Whatcom Community College.  Read the story as it appeared in the Bellingham Herald.

Undergraduate Student Scholarships

SHS Dean and students at Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Association.  April 2, 2011


School of Health Sciences students with Dean Kelley at Mary Mahoney Professional

Nurses Association Scholarship Dinner

Nursing Cadre:  Christian Identity as a Nurse

SPU Campus     Led by Chris Henshaw, SHS Associate Dean for   undergraduate nursing.


All interested students are invited to join us as we explore God's plan for our livesas nurses.  What does it mean to be a Christian nurse?  Is it OK to share our faith with patients?  How do Christian nurses work with non-Christian patients?  How can we be the hands and feet of Jesus as we care for others?



Nurse Recruiter Day

Please join us for our 10th Annual Nurse Recruiter Day.  Watch for an email invitation early February. . Register online


Nursing Career Fair

Looking for a job in healthcare?  Attend our Nursing Career Fair in Gwinn Commons (3rd floor).  Meet with recruiters from over 25 Puget Sound area healthcare organizations.  No registration is necessary, just drop in!  Although focused on nursing students and nurses, anyone interested in a health-related career (nutrition, business, respiratory therapy, physical therapy, etc.) is welcome to attend. 


Autumn 2009
Saving Lives in Vietnam
LaRelle Catherman, M.N. '96, uses her skills as a nurse to help at-risk children in Vietnam. And she uses water.

Winter 2009
“Grow Our Own” Helps Faculty by Degrees
Professors Erla Champ-Gibson and Vicki Aaberg teach the next generation of nurses.

Winter 2009
SHS Advisory Board Bridges the Gaps
Learn how does the School of Health Sciences ensure that graduating students have what employers need.

Winter 2009
Donna Hoffert: Ethiopian Encounter
Read about SHS professor Donna Hoffert’s adventure abroad — and the legacy she left.

Winter 2009


Nursing Camp


Nursing Camp

For high school students thinking about a career in nursing, SPU’s annual summer Nursing Camp is a unique opportunity to spend a week living at SPU, getting a taste of SPU’s academic program, and experiencing the nursing profession.

Nursing Camp participants spend time every day in hospital clinicals; hear firsthand from SPU faculty and alumni about the nursing profession; and enjoy visiting many popular Seattle tourist attractions. It’s a great way to explore the nursing profession — especially in an urban center.