Nursing Praxis Winter 2019

A word from Dean Lorie Wild

Lorie Wild
Lorie Wild

Happy New Year to all of you! We are off to a good start for Winter Quarter, following a very busy time in SHS Nursing in Autumn. In October, we moved into our wonderful new SHS building and just two weeks later we hosted an accreditation site visit by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). We were excited to share our new teaching-learning space with the evaluation team and demonstrate how this wonderful space supports our students, faculty, and staff as we prepare nurses for the future.

I am pleased to share with you that by the evaluation team’s assessment, we have met all CCNE Standards in each of our four programs — BSN, MSN, DNP, and Post-graduate APRN Certificate. This is good news, especially for our new DNP program!

The evaluators complimented our students at all levels. They called out how well students engaged with them and the many ways they saw students speak into our programs to continue to make them better. They heard from students who shared how faculty work closely with them and were committed to ensuring their success.

The two comments from the evaluation team that resonated most for me were about our mission. They noted that our “faith-based focus is a consistent theme throughout all of your programs” and that through their interactions with our students, alumni, and partners in the community that we demonstrate our values and that character is demonstrated strongly. An observation such as this is a testimony to who we are as Seattle Pacific University and the difference our graduates make in our community.

All of this was a powerful reminder that through our commitment to robust academics and relationship-centered learning that is grounded in Christian values we can achieve our mission to:

  • Serve all people with the highest level of professional care
  • Demonstrate competence in a diverse and changing environment
  • Act with wisdom, character, and caring
  • Demonstrate leadership in all aspects of their careers
  • Promote optimum health of body, mind, and spirit

We are grateful to all those who have gone before us to build our nursing programs. The legacy of our founders such as Lydia Green, the countless faculty who share a commitment to Christian higher education, and a call to serve the Kingdom through nursing converge to make an “SPU nurse.” We are grateful for your ongoing support and encouragement.

Lorie Wild's signature

The Philippine nursing experience

Lorie Wild

In mid-December, nursing students, along with two health and human performance students, traveled to the Philippines for a two-week study abroad community health course experience. Students worked directly with local ministry leaders and citizens to determine community needs to develop and implement health promotion projects.

The group hit the ground running upon arrival with a full day of activities, which was spent doing a walking tour of the neighborhood, working on a windshield survey, meeting with ministry site leaders, and assisting/participating in the ministry staff Christmas party. It was humbling for the group to join in the feast at the Christmas party, which was a traditional Filipino meal served on banana leaves. It was a community feast that is only done on special occasions. One of the students recounted a conversation with a gentleman who remarked, “sharing this meal is sharing a piece of our heart — this makes you part of the family.” Not only was the food delicious; it was an incredible cultural experience to share with the ministry staff.

An SPU nursing student holds a baby

The students assessed the needs of the community by talking to the leaders in the community. Based on input from the community leaders, a student group was able to develop a health promotion presentation focused on women’s health. Students shared with more than 50 local women about ministration, options for family planning (birth control), what to do before and after they are in labor, and general pregnancy tips. Three posters with women’s health information in Tagalog were developed by the group and left as a resource for the clinic.

SPU students teach basic first aid to a classroom in the Philippines

Another group taught a basic first aid course for a group of at least 20 teachers at the local elementary school. The two-hour presentation covered infection control, hand hygiene, head/neck/back injuries, basic wound care, splinting bone and joint injuries, and burns. There were participatory activities built into the presentation for the audience, which were met with excitement and gratitude. Activities included practicing how to wash hands properly, splint fingers, splint legs, and administer basic wound care.The teachers were hungry for knowledge and asked great questions. After the presentation the group received positive feedback and the staff stated that they felt more confident as a result of the teaching. Overall, the student group enjoyed the opportunity to have a positive impact on the community by better equipping the teachers to care for their students.

Bethany Rolfe Witham, DNP, FNP, accompanied the students as the class instructor along with Emily Kelly, MSN, RN. Bethany and Emily are “super alums” of the SHS nursing program, earning their BSN and MSN degrees at SPU.

Welcome to our new building!

The School of Health Sciences Nursing Program has moved to the 6 Nickerson Building on the east end of campus. The redesigned building provides flexible learning spaces for our nursing students with four 40-person classrooms, two seminar rooms, an advance practice learning classroom, faculty offices, and a Clinical Learning Lab.

The School of Health Sciences has taken a giant leap forward to prepare nursing students for the real world with the new Clinical Learning Lab. The entire third floor of the new SHS building is dedicated to clinical learning. It is a place for students to practice procedures allowing them the opportunity to practice skills to really build the muscle memory that goes along with doing the skills and preparing them for patient care in the clinical setting. Gaining these skills prior to being with the patient in a clinical setting allows them to gain proficiency with the procedure, better preparing them to focus on the needs of the patient, including engaging in relationship with the patient.

Seattle Pacific is known for developing students of competence and character, as well as delivering robust academics and relationship-centered learning grounded in Christian faith and values. Those three things work together to develop a competent nurse of strong character who can provide expert care in the clinical setting. The new Clinical Learning Lab provides a realistic space, allowing the nursing student to comfortably practice in simulated hospital setting with much of the same equipment they will see in the clinical setting.

We could not be here today without the support of our community and our generous donors. The equipment and facility are dependent upon that support. The investment of our donors ensures that the next generation of nurses, nurse-leaders, scholars, and practitioners is fully prepared for the future challenges in healthcare. The provision of the new learning spaces, upgraded simulation equipment, and expanded Clinical Learning Lab will help us maintain our status as one of the top nursing programs in the region. We could not be more grateful for the opportunities it will provide our students and the patients that they will be caring for in the future.

If you are interested in partnering with us in our efforts, please contact the University Advancement office at

From this place: Connect to mission

Level 1 (junior) nursing students recently helped staff a flu vaccination clinic at Group Health in Bellevue. Students rotated into the clinic as part of their scheduled clinical rotation for their basic nursing practicum course. The rotation is an exciting one, because for most students it is the first time administering shots — a milestone among nursing student firsts. Nursing students were guided by the experienced hand of SPU Nursing alumnae volunteers: Brianna Leenders BSN ’15, Olga (Udovikin) MacCulloch BSN ’16, Bekah Williams BSN ’15, Kaila Ceballos BSN ’17, and Kelly Marley MSN ’10, and former faculty.

Professor Carol McFarland with alums Brianna Leenders and Olga MacCulloch

Professor Carol McFarland (center) with alums Brianna Leenders and Olga MacCulloch

Luda (Bekchiu) Willis BSN ’12 (husband Nicholas Willis BSN ’12) visited with Carol McFarland, instructor of nursing; assistant dean, strategic and community partnerships. Luda and Nick have two little girls who came along for the visit, and baby number 3 was due in December 2018.

Olga MacCulloch

Olga MacCulloch

Olga (Udovikin) MacCulloch BSN ’16 works at Swedish Hospital and received a nurse award in her unit.

Kelsey Wolfe, Lindsey Ono, Shayla Page

Kelsey Wolfe, Lindsey Ono, Shayla Page

Kelsey (Craig) Wolfe BSN ’16, Lindsey Ono BSN ’15, and Shayla Page BSN ’18 are proud SPU grads working in the Emergency Department at Seattle Children’s.

Eman Othman MSN ’12 is a nursing school lecturer and the CEO and founder of Captain Mama, a Jeddah, Saudi Arabia-based training agency specializing in health and safety education. Her workshops include first-aid training for mothers and children, pediatric diabetes, newborn care, childbirth education, and breastfeeding.

Julie A. Cook ’92 accepted an AGPCNP ARNP position in the Tri-Cities, where she is happy to move back to sunny weather from the East Coast, where she worked more than 18 years in the Washington D.C., Baltimore, and Arlington, VA, region. She completed a MSN/MPH in 2007 and a post-master’s Adult/Gero Primary Care Nurse Practitioner in 2017.

Savannah Chatriand, Joy Irvin, and Maddi Hommes

Joy Irvin, Savannah Chatriand, and Maddi Hommes

Savannah (Ojendyk-Banks) Chatriand BSN ’17 received the March of Dimes, Washington State “Rising Star” Nurse of the Year Award, recognized among some of the best nurses in Washington. Savannah works at Seattle Children’s along with fellow nominees and SPU alums Joy Irvin BSN ’17 and Maddi Hommes BSN ’17.

Brian Hinnenkamp BSN ’14 was recently promoted to serve as the nurse manager of the Emergency Department at Valley Medical Center in Renton, WA. Brian began his practice at Valley Medical Center as a new graduate nurse. He is enjoying the challenges of leadership in a very busy ED.

Consecration: A continuing tradition

Consecration October 2018

Beginning this past Autumn Quarter, the Undergrad Nursing program began a rolling admission process, admitting smaller cohorts each quarter that will eventually result in overall increased total enrollment. Admitting a new cohort each quarter means more Consecration ceremonies!

Consecration, a time-honored tradition, continues to be a signature event for the School of Health Sciences. The event is a celebration of vocation and commitment, setting our students apart and readying them to serve as they enter the nursing major. We hosted family and friends on campus for the Autumn cohort on October 19, 2018, and the Winter cohort on January 11, 2019.

The celebration continues to be a time to hear from Dean Lorie Wild as she welcomes family and friends, and gives a word of encouragement to the incoming cohorts. Students participate heavily in the program, quoting Scripture, sharing nursing quotes, and performing musical selections.

The culmination of the program comes as the students receive a “Blessing of the Hands” by a member of University Ministries, which signifies preparation for each student into service. In addition, a Gideon’s Auxiliary representative presents each student with a copy of the New Testament.

Consecration January 2019

Until next time...

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