Praxis Summer 2016

A Word From Dean Lorie Wild

Lorie WildThe 2016 BSN and MSN graduates have set out to engage the culture and change the world! In this issue of Nursing Praxis, you will see many stories of the way these graduates, along with many of our excellent alumni, are making a difference in our world — both near and far.

One of the central themes both in our pinning (BSN) and hooding (MSN) ceremonies was courage. Courage has been defined as “the ability to do something that you know is difficult or dangerous.” Our graduates (and practicing nurses, too!) demonstrate courage in so many ways. Making the decision to pursue nursing or to return to school to pursue an advanced degree demands courage. Also, consider for a moment the courage it took the first time you:

  • Entered a patient’s room as a care provider
  • Witnessed a newborn taking her or his first breath
  • Sat with someone taking her or his last breath
  • Started an IV
  • Were responsible to make the diagnosis and prescribe the treatment plan

Each of these “routine” nursing practices required and continues to require courage. In I Corinthians 16:13, Paul admonishes us to “keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Do everything in love.” Our mission in the School of Health Sciences is to ensure robust academics and relationship-centered learning that is grounded in Christian faith and values. Without doubt, our graduates are taking these distinguishing characteristics into the world of practice, doing everything in love, and making a difference in our world locally and globally.

I know you’ll enjoy learning about the amazing things that SPU nurses are doing. Thank you for your prayers and generous support of our students, our faculty, and our community.

Give to SHS

63 Graduates Pinned

Paying homage to the highly respected field of nursing and the special kind of graduate it takes to fill the shoes of a nurse, the School of Health Sciences welcomed 63 pre-licensure graduates to the nursing profession at the 2016 pinning ceremony on June 10. This rite is often remembered as one of the most meaningful moments of a nurse’s career. The SPU pinning ceremony provided an intimate assembly where students and their families gathered to celebrate the perseverance required to complete the rigorous nursing curriculum.

BSN Pinning

Graduate Maddie Ackerman is pinned by her grandmothers, Valerie Ackerman, RN, and Rose Hoffman, RN.

This year’s ceremony featured Scripture readings by students Marienel Arcangel and Madeya Talmadge; a rousing faculty address from Carol McFarland; and a class address by student speaker Kerryn Reding. The ceremony also included the much-anticipated senior class video; special music; award presentations (see separate story); a candle-lighting ceremony honoring Florence Nightingale with the passing of the flame to junior class co-presidents Joy Irvin and Caleb Gustin; and of course, the presentation of the pins.

Every nursing program pin is unique. The SPU pin logo unites the academic identity of SPU with its mission as a Christian institution. Elements of the pin include the torch as a symbol of learning; the flame represented as a descending dove; and the cross, symbolizing Christ’s ultimate sacrifice to redeem a lost world.

In her remarks, SHS Dean Lorie Wild reminded the graduates that they were entering the SPU alumni family and will always remain a part of SPU. The Lydia Green Nursing Program faculty proudly welcome their newest colleagues into the nursing profession.

2016 Graduate Hooding Achievement Celebration

On June 10, School of Health Sciences’ graduates and faculty gathered with families and friends to celebrate the 2016 master’s of science in nursing class with a reception and hooding celebration held prior to Graduate Commencement.

Following the reception, the students donned their academic regalia and proceeded to the SHS hooding ceremony. The hooding and achievement ceremony recognizes students graduating with a master’s degree with the placing of the hood that signifies the passage from student to "master."

The occasion provided an intimate setting for recognizing the students’ accomplishments and drew attention to the scholarly and personal achievements of the candidates for graduation. Ceremony highlights included an address to students by Sarah Wickenhagen, CEO of Northwest Organization of Nurse Executives, and a blessing of hands by H. Mark Abbott, pastor emeritus of First Free Methodist Church.

The newly hooded students proceeded together to Tiffany Loop for the Graduate Commencement ceremony. Speaker Larry Nyland, superintendent of Seattle Public Schools, delivered an address encouraging students to “go with God.” Each MSN graduate was recognized during the ceremony and their degrees were conferred by SPU President Daniel J. Martin.

MSN Class

Congratulations to the MSN class of 2016!

  • Keven B. Babbitt, Family Nurse Practitioner MSN
  • Yanqun Bu, Family Nurse Practitioner MSN
  • Christine Marie Couch, Nurse Education MSN
  • Yashica J. Crumpton, Clinical Leadership in Practice MSN
  • John-Paul Denham, Family Nurse Practitioner MSN
  • Amandeep Gill, Family Nurse Practitioner MSN
  • Vladimir V. Grib, Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner MSN
  • Kelsey Elizabeth Hanson, Clinical Nurse Specialist MSN
  • Brianna Lenelle Harvey, Family Nurse Practitioner MSN
  • Julie Editha Jacobs, Family Nurse Practitioner MSN
  • Ji-Young “Teresa” Kim, Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Certificate
  • Bo Kyoung Kim, Clinical Leadership in Practice MSN
  • Mary Ellen King, Clinical Nurse Specialist MSN
  • Marcia Rene Kucera, Family Nurse Practitioner MSN
  • Eric C. Lauer, Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner MSN
  • Janelle Marie Martinez, Clinical Leadership in Practice MSN
  • Tatyana Ilinichna Melnik, Family Nurse Practitioner MSN
  • Ashley Claire Miraldi, Family Nurse Practitioner MSN
  • Melissa Ann Mujumdar, Clinical Nurse Specialist MSN
  • Kristie Nolta, Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate
  • Courtney Elizabeth Pullen, Family Nurse Practitioner MSN
  • Catherine Elizabeth Rehberger, Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner MSN
  • Corinne Lindsey Jimenez Spero, Family Nurse Practitioner MSN
  • Johanna Morison Taniguchi, Family Nurse Practitioner MSN
  • Patrizia Vacca, Clinical Leadership in Practice MSN
  • Lorraine Lin Walters, Clinical Nurse Specialist MSN
  • Linda A. Whittlesey, Family Nurse Practitioner MSN
  • Meghan Suzanne Young, Family Nurse Practitioner MSN
  • Jessie June Zimmerman, Clinical Nurse Specialist MSN

SHS Honors Stellar Students

Every year, we celebrate the accomplishments of our students at the program completion ceremonies. A select few are recognized for their outstanding achievements through special awards.

Special recognition at the pre-licensure pinning:

  • The Award for Competence and Character was presented to Giselle Tayal. This honor, voted by peers, is for the student who values service others and has demonstrated excellence in scholarship while exhibiting honesty and integrity.
  • Hannah Miller earned the Outstanding Academic Scholar Award with the highest grade-point average. She achieved a 3.98 GPA in the nursing major.
  • The Outstanding Clinical Practitioner Award is chosen by the SHS faculty for the student demonstrating the highest level of performance in the clinical setting. With so many outstanding students, the selection process is difficult. After much deliberation, Jordan Wagner was selected for this honor.

Lillian Wald Award

Faculty are annually invited to nominate community health groups for the Lillian Wald Collaboration and Partnership with the Community Award. This award honors Lillian Wald (1867–1940), the founder of public health nursing. She was committed to provide nursing services to persons in need in her community.

The award is given to student groups that demonstrate a collaborative spirit, a willingness to engage in dialogue that promotes inclusivity of diverse perspectives, and a desire to understand and serve community needs. The projects were outstanding, meriting an unprecedented eight nominations. Two groups’ projects were so evenly matched, both were chosen for the award: Emergency Preparedness Plan and Health-related Resources for New Horizons Ministries Youth and Staff (in collaboration with New Horizons Ministries) and the Talk About It Tuesday media campaign (in collaboration with the WAVE Foundation).

New Horizons

New Horizons Ministries offers shelter and services to homeless youth with the mission, “Inspired by the love of Jesus, we partner with Seattle’s street youth on their journey toward a sustainable future.”

New Horizons Ministries opened a transitional housing center and an overnight shelter during the past year and identified the need for an emergency preparedness plan.

The student team took on the task to clarify and complete the New Horizons Ministries' emergency preparedness plan. Because the plan was a compilation of several other plans, the students started from scratch and created a comprehensive plan specific to the agency. After noticing other needs, they created a PowerPoint emergency preparedness training module for staff, volunteers, and youth; laminated quick reference guides for fire, earthquake, armed intruder, and medical emergencies; conducted an emergency training drill for the staff; and collected over 390 age-appropriate clothing items for the youth through a campus clothing drive at SPU.

Additionally, with the help of a grant from King County Nurses Association, they provided emergency and first aid supplies for the shelter's two first aid/medication carts and created spreadsheets to help the New Horizons’ staff track expired and low stock of cart supplies.

The group demonstrated exceptional teamwork, organization, and collaboration on the project. They also spent time developing relationships with the youth at evening drop-ins, revealing their passion for this population. Each student expressed this was the most meaningful part of their work.

Agency representative David Jaeger and SHS faculty member Sandy Mortinson mentored the group: Rachel Allen, Anna Alsin, Evan Engelmann, Ryan Hallett, Michaela Hope, and Jordan Wagner. Executive Director Mary Steele accepted the award on behalf of New Horizons Ministries.

Wave Foundation

The WAVE (Women Against Violence Everywhere) Foundation has a mission to educate, empower, and end domestic violence. The SPU student team worked to learn about the non-physical forms of intimate partner violence among high school and college students. Together with their agency partners at the foundation, the students developed a package of five social media-ready posts. These posts featured photographs and messaging depicting visible effects of physical abuse in intimate partner relationships and contrasting those with invisible effects of sexual, financial, emotional, and psychological abuse. Information was also included with links to assistance, further information, and descriptions of healthy relationships.

One of the most powerful initial steps taken by the team was to find someone who had lived through such an experience and was willing to share her perspective. The tagline, “Not All Bruises Are Physical,” was developed and a series of media posts with powerful photographic images was designed.

The students demonstrated excellent collaboration with each other, the agency, and all those with whom they networked. This enthusiasm, creativity, and shared leadership resulted in an excellent product, with the first photo post in the series launched on social media on June 7.

Agency representative Elizabeth Salvo and SHS faculty member Heidi Monroe mentored the group: Mandie Allen, Katie Mack, Paige Shepperd, Sterling Tanner, Aaron Wolfe, and Kiley Zeitler. WAVE founder and board president Sharon Anderson accepted the award.

Congratulations to all of the award recipients in the School of Health Sciences!

Alumni Connections

SHS welcomed nursing alumni to campus during the 2016 Homecoming Weekend in January at the Nursing Alumni Coffee hosted by Dean Lorie Wild. The event provided time for alumni and current and former faculty to reminisce and tour the Nursing Skills Lab.

Dean Wild gave her “state of the school” update. In short, SHS remains strong and is growing with the planned 2017 (pending approvals) implementation of a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program.


Additionally she shared that to ensure SHS is cultivating the best and brightest nurses, the pre-licensure program is reviewing the current curriculum. The goal is always to help students learn critical concepts and skills, the core of this is curriculum. Alumni in attendance helped identify qualities and characteristics of the quintessential SPU nurse, including compassion, care, dedication, and excellence.

Bryan Jones, director for Alumni and Parent Relations, stopped by to welcome nursing alumni and share the exciting news of the Grand Reunion in celebration of SPU’s 125th anniversary. Events include class reunions, academic reunions, group reunions, a Crowder concert, and many more events. Save the date for the weekend of October 7–8, which will include a grand nursing alumni reunion.

Visit the Grand Reunion website for up-to-date information.

From This Place: Notable Notes

Marilyn Thorsen Glinskas ’76 BSN received the excellence in school nursing award for the state of California from the California School Nurses Organization. She will represent California at the National Association of School Nurses meeting this month in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Brian Hinnenkamp, ’15 received the DAISY award for patient satisfaction for the care he gave to an elderly patient at Valley Medical Center. The DAISY award is an international program rewarding and celebrating the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses every day.

Charissa Chi, a student in the nursing graduate program, will serve as a liaison for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Graduate Nursing Student Academy for 2016–17.

Adrian De Jesus, a student in the pre-licensure program, received a $3,000 scholarship from the King County Nurses Association. Adrian is entering his second year in the nursing program and is currently working as a nurse tech at UW Medical Center.

Adrian De Jesus

Adrian De Jesus with Dean Lorie Wild

Anna Stewart, a pre-licensure student, received a $3,000 scholarship from the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. The Future of Oncology Nursing scholarship is intended to inspire students to pursue a career in oncology nursing. In her application essay, Anna shared that she was inspired to become an oncology nurse because of her grandfather’s cancer diagnosis.

Anna Stewart

Left to right: Kathleen Shannon Dorcy, RN, PhD (SCCA), Anna Stewart (SPU), Alisa Pham (SU), Patricia Smith (UW), Angelique Richard, RN, PhD (SCCA)

Linda Filippi, a nursing graduate student in the nurse educator pathway, was awarded a Washington State Nurses Foundation scholarship.

Robert Smithing, a longtime supporter, seminar lecturer, and preceptor for the SHS graduate nursing program, received the AANP Nurse Practitioner of the Year award. Robert is the owner and clinical director of FamilyCare of Kent, a preceptor to ARNP students from several graduate programs, and an advocate for fair pay and recognition for nurse practitioners.

Ruby Englund, SPU emeriti professor of nursing, is known as the “SHS historian” for her vast institutional knowledge and nursing memorabilia collection. She donated a first American edition of Florence Nightingale’s Notes on Nursing to the SPU library. It is housed in the Emmanuel Room’s special collections if you would like to arrange to see it when you visit campus.

Vicki AabergAssistant Professor Vicki Aaberg has been granted tenure status. Vicki has been teaching in the School of Health Sciences since receiving her master’s in nursing from SPU in 2005. She benefited from the Dean’s Giving Circle’s Grow Our Own program from which she received financial support for her doctoral education. Vicki’s clinical expertise in obstetrical nursing, demonstrated attributes of excellent teaching, and leadership made her a strong candidate for tenure status. We congratulate her on this monumental achievement.

April MorgenrothTwo more doctors in the house: Assistant Professor April Morgenroth earned her doctorate in nursing from Washington State University.

Sarah BearAssistant Professor Sarah Bear earned her doctorate of education from University of Washington Tacoma.

The School of Health Sciences has a new look: Visit us online to see our updated website. We have added more information on faculty, students, and updated key information. Check the website to learn about upcoming events.

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