| Marilyn Housel Poysky
ALREADY A SUCCESSFUL nurse, Marilyn Housel
Poysky joined the Seattle Pacific faculty
because her friend Joan Cassell, an SPC nursing
faculty member between 1966 and 1971,
told her the school needed a clinical teacher for
Spring Quarter 1967. Poysky agreed to fill in
— and began nearly three decades of training future nurses. Even while working
with junior and senior nursing students at Seattle Pacific, she maintained an
active clinical practice at the University of Washington Medical Center, earning
national certification as a clinical specialist in medical-surgical nursing.
In 27 years at Seattle Pacific — with a six-year
break after her son’s birth — Poysky has guided hundreds of future nurses through
the clinical component of their senior leadership course, taking them into a
hospital’s acute-care setting. She has also taught medical-surgical nursing,
and has been active on the committee that screens, admits and tracks students
throughout the nursing program. And when the Seattle Pacific School of Health
Sciences needed help preparing documentation for a national accrediting body,
Poysky answered the call.
Taking her nursing skills on the road, Poysky served
on short-term medical missions to Guinea, West Africa. She has also written chapters
for a nursing textbook with Delmar Publishers due out in 2004 and is writing
monographs for another Delmar publication
aimed at nursing students.
All this comes from a woman who first
majored in Spanish as an undergraduate student,
with plans to be a translator. Then a
friend described her student-nursing courses.
“In nursing, you have real-life experiences
while studying,” says Poysky. “I wanted more action and to do something more
Unexpectedly, her own health put an earlier end to her career than
she planned. The first order in retirement, she says, is to finish and recover
from chemotherapy treatment for cancer. After that, she and husband Frank plan
to visit their 1-year-old grandson in
Texas. “And,” she adds, “I hope to
volunteer at the SPU School of
Q: Over the years, what was the
most unexpected insight you gained into your field?
Poysky: When I had back
years ago, I suddenly recognized
there is such a thing as “pain.” I said
to myself, “Now I can understand
the patient!” You have to listen to
patients. They know.
Q: What’s one of your favorite things a student ever said to you?
Poysky: A colleague
once spoke to a former student of mine who told her that she has always remembered
something I said to her. I told the student she had great potential, and she
never forgot that.
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engaging the culture. [Campaign]
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his bachelor’s degree from Seattle Pacific. His grandson,
Jeremiah Johnson, earned his SPU bachelor’s degree the
same day. [Campus]
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Missionary Aviation and Repair Center (MARC) — becoming an
explorer just like the famous Norwegian for whom he was named. [Alumni]
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times. As a 45-year-old senior, she was on the SPU cross country
team that ranked 14th in the nation. [Athletics]
After 25 years, Joyce Quiring Erickson, retiring professor of English and
dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, reflects on glossy brown
chestnuts, home and the Promised Land.