Praxis Summer 2017

A Word From Dean Lorie Wild

Lorie Wild
Lorie Wild

For those of us who work in the realm of academics, our “year” tends to begin in September and end in June. With it comes an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates along with their families, friends, and other supporters. This year we celebrated with our new BSN, MSN, and post-master’s certificate graduates. We honored their perseverance and hard work in our traditional ceremonies — Ivy Cutting, Pinning, Hooding, and, of course Commencement ceremonies. In this issue, we share highlights of these celebrations which, hopefully, prompt memories of your own journey through nursing or other careers.

As we look ahead, I am excited to share that the Board of Trustees has approved funding to begin planning for a new building for the School of Health Sciences. We are working with our facilities group and architects to plan a renovation of an existing building, 6 Nickerson, adjacent to the main campus. The space will allow us to expand our Clinical Learning Lab, including a simulation suite, as well as five active learning training rooms. The enlarged training spaces will help support growth in both our undergraduate and graduate programs. We will provide more updates as planning progresses.

In the meantime, we are looking forward to welcoming our inaugural cohort to the doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program in Autumn Quarter. Our graduate faculty are putting the finishing touches on new courses and are eager to work with the talented group of students who will join us in September. The DNP curriculum has a focus on advanced practice with pathways for nurse practitioners (Adult/Gerontology and Family) and clinical nurse specialists (Adult/Gerontology).

Linda Pedersen
Linda Pedersen

I’d also like to take a moment to acknowledge the transition of Professor Linda Pedersen, MN, ARNP, FNP. Linda has been a part of SPU in one way or another for more than 20 years and has been an influential educator for hundreds of students in both the RN-BSN and nurse practitioner programs. Her influence and impact on the lives of students and the profession is profound. We wish her the best as she begins this new chapter of her practice and personal life.

Having spent much of my professional career on the “service” side of practice, people often ask me what I like best about my transition to academia. The answer comes easily: Without a doubt, my greatest satisfaction comes from working with our students as they learn and “commence” to practice, whether as a first-time new grad or into advanced practice, leadership, or nursing education. Seeing our graduates, I have great hope for the future of nursing and the many ways each will “engage the culture and change the world.”

62 Graduates Pinned

First Free Methodist Church was filled to capacity as family, friends, and faculty gathered to watch 62 students receive their Lydia Green Nursing Program pins at the June 10 ceremony. The student-planned program included a message from faculty speaker Vicki Aaberg who used her expertise in maternal-newborn nursing to parallel the students’ two-year nursing school journey to that of a laboring mother, “pushing” them into practice. Also included was an encouraging address by student speaker Emma Hancock, a scriptural reading from Rachael Collmer, a Maya Angelou quote read by Hannah Lemm, and special music led by Kaila Ceballos, Rebecca Elmer, Emma Hancock, Heather Hwee, Jacqueline Stabbert, and Anna Stewart.


Jenny Lee is pinned by her parents, Dan and Sandy Lee.

Special recognition at the Pre-Licensure Pinning included the Award for Competence and Character presented to Adrian De Jesus. This peer-awarded honor is for the student who values serving others and has demonstrated excellence in scholarship while exhibiting honesty and integrity. Jacy Jeffrey-Howe earned the Outstanding Academic Scholar Award with the highest GPA in the nursing major. The Outstanding Clinical Practitioner 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, but after much deliberation Caleb Gustin was selected for this honor.

The highlight of the program was the presentation of the nursing pins to students by their loved ones. The pinning program embraces the newest graduates into the profession of nursing while taking part in the time-honored tradition of nursing established by Florence Nightingale. Every nursing program pin is unique. The SPU pin logo unites the academic identity of SPU with its mission as a Christian institution.

The culmination of the program was a candle-lighting ceremony honoring Florence Nightingale with the passing of the flame to the junior class co-presidents Shayla Page and Jameel Bhojani. The Lydia Green Nursing Program faculty proudly welcome their newest colleagues into the nursing profession.

2017 Graduate Hooding Achievement Celebration

School of Health Sciences graduates and faculty gathered to celebrate the 2017 Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) class with a reception and hooding celebration held prior to the SPU Graduate Commencement. Family and friends joined their students in visiting with SHS faculty, family members, and fellow students.

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.” A certificate of achievement is awarded to students who already hold an MSN and completed the nurse practitioner curriculum.

The special ceremony provides a more intimate setting for recognizing the students’ accomplishments and draws attention to the scholarly and the personal achievements of the candidates for graduation. Ceremony highlights included an address to students by Gladys Campbell, MSN, RN, former chief executive officer for the Northwest Organization of Nurse Executives, a blessing of hands by Kelsey Rorem, associate director of University Ministries, and a benediction delivered by retiring graduate nursing faculty Linda Pedersen, MN, ARNP, FNP.

Despite the threatening rain, the newly hooded students processed together to Tiffany Loop for the Graduate Commencement ceremony. Sue Sherbrooke, former chief executive officer for YWCA Seattle/King/Snohomish, delivered the address. Each MSN graduate was recognized during the ceremony and their degrees conferred by SPU President Daniel J. Martin.

Graduate nursing class

Congratulations to the 2017 Master of Science in Nursing Graduates:

  • Felicia Nicole Ajeto, Clinical Leadership in Practice
  • Jane K. Allakhverdyan-Flutts, Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Vanessa Lynne Butler, Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Charissa Ellen Chi, Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Young-Sik Cho, Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Whitney Ann Eng, Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Linda Lorraine Filippi, Nurse Educator
  • Margaret Sue Fischer, Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Zainab A. Gaal-Weber, Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Karaline Marjorie Gormley, Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Kris Haldeman, Post-master’s Certificate-Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Kelsey Hanson, Post-master’s Certificate-Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Emily Mae Johnson, Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Kathleen Elizabeth Johnson, Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Emily Sally Jones, Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Katie Michelle Leahy, Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Christy Perez, Post-master’s Certificate-Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Ame Packy Phitwong, Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Chloe Teresa Rahmun, Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Rebecca Jane Sipe, Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Stefany Jane Spencer, Clinical Leadership in Practice
  • Marnie C. Thomas, Clinical Leadership in Practice
  • Jessica Ann Volkman, Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
  • Baijie Wang, Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Cecelia Marie Watson, Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Amy Catherine White, Clinical Nurse Specialist

Lillian Wald Award

Each year, faculty are invited to nominate community health groups for the Lillian Wald Collaboration and Partnership with the Community Award in honor of Lillian Wald (1867–1940), the founder of public health nursing. Wald was committed to providing nursing services to persons in need in her community.

The award honors 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, showcasing a thorough understanding of each population’s or organization’s needs and dedicated teamwork. This year’s award went to “Embracing Wellness” for Recovery Café.

Recovery Café offers a safe environment and community to support the mental health of individuals traumatized by homelessness, addiction, and other challenges.

Recovery Cafe

In partnership with Recovery Café, the students created a four-week health education presentation and group discussion. Topics for the group discussion were generated from the students’ time chatting, playing games, and surveying the Recovery Café members. Through these conversations, the students were able to identify core topics of high interest to the members: mental illness, diabetes, and smoking cessation. Presentations included “Mental Health I: Depression and Anxiety,” “Mental Health II: Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia,” “Diabetes Prevention and Nutrition,” and “Smoking Cessation.” The students and a guest speaker from King County’s Tobacco Prevention Program presented. To encourage participation, members who attended three of the four sessions were entered into a raffle. Overall, the presentations were well attended and truly impacted the lives of the Café members and staff.

Agency representative Carolyn Dougherty and SHS faculty member Julie Pusztai mentored the group: Katherine Brennan, Kelsey Niebergall, Amanda Ning, Haley Sheridan, Anna Stewart, and Kristen Strobel.

Congratulations to all of the award recipients!

Iona Parker

Iona Parker Retires After Nearly Five Decades

Iona Parker retires from her position as a nurse practitioner in SPU’s Health Center after a 49-year relationship with the University.

Iona first attended Seattle Pacific as an undergrad in the late 1960s and earned a bachelor of arts in psychology in 1973. She married her husband, Daniel ’70 (engineering/physics), who was in the military, which meant living the life of a traveling military family. This did not discourage Iona from her desire to further her education and when they ended up in the Seattle area again, Iona came back to SPU, working to get her bachelor of science in nursing in 1993. She went on to earn her master of science in nursing- family nurse practitioner from the University of Texas Health Science Center in 1999.

Being on the move meant varied nursing practice opportunities for Iona. She has worked in medical surgical units, post-op recovery, pediatrics, and infectious disease in public, private, and military hospitals around the U.S. Iona also taught nursing education at Lincoln University Michigan and taught at Seattle University and SPU as an adjunct.

Iona most recently practiced as a nurse practitioner in the SPU Health Center where she enjoyed the relationships formed with students. She loved being part of their journey to adulthood and helping them understand their independence and responsibility in self-care. She loves the campus beauty and community events including Convocation, Ivy Cutting, weekly chapel, concerts, and plays. While she will miss the community, she will not miss the 5 a.m. wake-up and commute from Steilacoom.

Retirement will be filled with travel, starting with a trip to Europe, including Italy, Germany, France, England, and Scotland. A work and witness ministry trip is planned to Kenya in the fall. In between travel excursions, she will continue volunteering at her church in children’s ministry, choir, and as church treasurer. Spending time with family and friends, along with the housework and gardening, await her spare moments. A life filled with engaging the culture and changing the world is celebrated as we say farewell to Iona.

From this Place: Notable Notes

Terra Mangum ’12 MSN is the first nurse practitioner-owner at Edmonds Family Medicine. Previously, only the practice’s physicians could be owners but after Terra requested consideration for a change to the organizational bylaws, her application was approved. Terra often lectures in the SPU MSN graduate program. She is superb role model and exemplifies how a nurse practitioner can be entrepreneurial while working within an organization.

Tammy Spohn ’12 BSN, chief nursing officer at Baylor Scott & White, oversees nursing within the College Station hospital and clinics, and at the Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Brenham, Texas. Tammy was recently appointed to the Blinn College Board of Trustees.

Elizabeth (Liz) Aagard ’16 BSN is the first new SPU graduate in eight years to be hired on one of two acute psychiatry units at Harborview Medical Center. Liz was recently voted to be the chair of the Unit Practice Council next year and will start training for charge soon. Liz praised the excellent education she received to prepare her for her position: “Praise the Lord for being a Falcon and all that came with that.”

Kerryn Reding,’16 BSN, Carol Redfield (former instructor of nursing), Assistant Professor Heidi Monroe, and Assistant Professor Sarah Bear presented posters at the Western Institute of Nursing’s 50th Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference in Denver.

Former Western Institute of Nursing Executive Director Jean Kearns, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, Kerryn Reding, and former SPU Instructor of Nursing Carol Redfield.

Former Western Institute of Nursing Executive Director Jean Kearns, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, Kerryn Reding, and former SPU Instructor of Nursing Carol Redfield.

Annie Miller, a pre-licensure student, was selected as SPU’s recipient of the $3,000 Rosemary Ford Future of Oncology Nursing scholarship. The scholarship is intended to inspire students to pursue a career in oncology nursing. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) staff noted a wonderful response to the scholarship opportunity. They completed an arduous review process to select only one recipient. A committee of six SCCA nurses reviewed all of the applications and selected Annie as best meeting all of the selection criteria.

Anna Stewart ’17 BSN, SCCA Director of Clinical/Nursing Research, Education & Practice Kathleen Shannon Dorcy, Annie Miller, and Dean Lorie Wild.

Left to right: Anna Stewart ’17 BSN, SCCA Director of Clinical/Nursing Research, Education & Practice Kathleen Shannon Dorcy, Annie Miller, and Dean Lorie Wild.

Jameel Bhojani, a pre-licensure student, was awarded a Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Association scholarship at the 68th annual nursing scholarship reception. Scholarships are awarded to students of African heritage who are presently enrolled in degree-granting programs that lead to licensing as registered nurses and other professional credentials. The criteria includes financial need, academic performance, and lived experiences. Scholarships are presented on an annual basis.

Heidi Monroe
Heidi Monroe

Assistant Professor Heidi Monroe ’89 BSN, ’07 MSN, ’17 PhD recently earned her doctorate of education from Seattle Pacific University.

Linda Pedersen
Linda Pedersen

Instructor of Nursing Linda Pedersen ’96 MSN retires after a 23-year association with SPU. Linda earned a post-master’s certificate in adult and geriatric advanced practice nursing and completed a post- master’s certificate as a family nurse practitioner in 1996, both at SPU. She has been part of the SHS faculty, teaching courses in the SPU RN-to-BSN and nurse practitioner programs. Linda and her husband, Ken (also a nurse practitioner), have maintained their practice with underserved areas of the Kitsap and Olympic peninsulas. Linda looks forward to spending time with Ken, who has also retired; taking jaunts in and outside Washington with her sister, Janet; spending time daughter Jill and family in Memphis (especially a dear 7-year-old grandson who regularly beats the adults at chess fair and square); and “getting her pudgy dogs and self” back into shape with much more exercise.

Mary Coucoules
Mary Coucoules

Assistant Professor Mary Coucoules earned her doctorate in nursing from Seattle University.

Former instructor of nursing and longtime nursing program supporter Carol Redfield earned her doctorate in nursing from the University of Utah.

Save the Date

Join us for another Grand Reunion on Saturday, October 7, 2017. The School of Health Sciences will host a tea for nursing alumni returning to campus. More information to come!

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