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Dr. Michele Lozito, a 2017 Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) graduate from Waynesburg University, had her capstone project published in the June 2018 issue of the AORN (Association of periOperative Registered Nurses) Journal.

Dr. Lozito’s article, titled “Good Catch Campaign: Improving the Perioperative Culture of Safety,” focused on improving patient safety through the implementation of a Good Catch Campaign that consisted of formal education, standardized event reporting and debriefing sessions.

“We designed this project to increase the reporting of good catches and to improve the culture of safety in our facility with the assumption that changing these factors could ultimately prevent WSPEs (wrong-site, wrong-procedure and wrong-patient errors),” stated Dr. Lozito in the article.

Throughout the six-month post-implementation period, staff members reported 391 good catches and completed relevant survey tools that showed improvement in the areas of communication openness, feedback and communication about error, frequency of event reporting, non-punitive response to error and organizational learning and continuous improvement.

Dr. Kimberly Whiteman, co-director of the DNP Program and associate professor of nursing at Waynesburg, saw first-hand Dr. Lozito’s passion for improving patient safety and quality of care.

“She worked tirelessly to help the operating room staff create a culture of safety, which research demonstrates, ultimately prevents errors,” shared Dr. Whiteman. “It was my privilege to work with her during the program and to be part of her meaningful capstone work.”

Having research such as Dr. Lozito’s Good Catch Campaign published in a national journal can be a helpful and educational reference for professionals.

“When students improve patient safety or solve a clinical problem in the workplace, patients and their families benefit,” added Dr. Whiteman. “When we take the time and effort to disseminate the projects, nurses at other institutions can transfer the knowledge gained to their workplace and strive to obtain similar improvements.”

The DNP Program at Waynesburg University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791).

Waynesburg’s Department of Nursing has recently been recognized as a top nursing school by Nursing Schools Almanac and ranked in the top 5 percent for value nationwide by College Factual, published in USA Today.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Waynesburg University has been named a national College of Distinction for the third consecutive year. The award recognizes American higher education institutions for their commitment to the implementation of High-Impact Educational Practices.

The University was also named a Christian College of Distinction, a Pennsylvania College of Distinction and, for the first time, a College of Distinction in Business, Education and Nursing.

“We are absolutely thrilled to recognize Waynesburg University as a College of Distinction for its effective dedication to student success,” said Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer for Colleges of Distinction. “Colleges of Distinction is so impressed with Waynesburg’s curriculum, which is enriched with the kind of High-Impact Educational Practices that are most crucial for student development. Such innovative engagement is preparing the next generation of young adults to thrive after college.”

According to Colleges of Distinction, the selection process includes a review of each institution’s freshman experience and retention rates, alumni success, strategic plan and student satisfaction, among other factors. Schools are also accepted on the basis of meeting requirements in four categories, including student engagement, teaching, community and outcomes.

“Colleges of Distinction is far more than a ranking list of colleges and universities,” said Schritter. “We seek out the schools that are wholly focused on the student experience, constantly working to produce graduates who are prepared for a rapidly changing global society. Now recognized as a College of Distinction, Waynesburg University stands out in the way it strives to help its students to learn, grow and succeed.”

For more information, or to view Waynesburg’s profile, visit CollegesofDistinction.com.

About Colleges of Distinction

Since 2000, the Colleges of Distinction website and guidebook have honored schools throughout the U.S. for their excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. The cohort of schools in the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on the undergraduate experience. The website and annual guidebooks provide dynamic college profiles, customized tools, and resources for students, parents, and high school counselors. For more information, and to learn how to become a College of Distinction, visit CollegesofDistinction.com.

About Waynesburg University

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_6-18-Most-Beautiful-Campus.jpgWaynesburg University was recently named one of “The 50 Most Beautiful Christian College and University Campuses in the World” by Christian Universities Online. Ranked at No. 22, the University was one of three Pennsylvania institutions recognized.

The schools recognized not only provide a high-quality education and thorough devotion to Christian principles, but are also aesthetically pleasing, “boasting some of the loveliest looking campuses anywhere on Earth,” according to the Christian Universities Online website.

“Whether because of their lush green spaces, breathtaking surroundings or inspired architecture, these places of learning can offer locations in which to study, rest and play,” the article stated.

Waynesburg’s historic campus was recognized for its proximity to borough parks, its classic American architecture as captured by Hanna and Miller Halls, both of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the balance of exemplary historical edifices with modern facilities.

The Waynesburg University main campus spans 70 acres and is located in the foothills of southwestern Pennsylvania. To view an aerial video of campus, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=32GPgbhmthg.

For more information, visit www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/most-beautiful-christian-universities-in-the-world.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_6-18-Christmas-Belles.jpgThe Theatre Program at Waynesburg University will present “Christmas Belles,” Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Goodwin Performing Arts Center on the University’s main campus.

“Christmas Belles” tells the story of a church Christmas program that spins hilariously out of control and includes squabbling sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep and a reluctant Elvis impersonator.

The play is the sequel to “Dearly Beloved,” which was presented last summer by Waynesburg’s Theatre Program, and includes the return of the main characters, the three Futrelle sisters.

“These characters were so much fun last summer that I thought it might be fun to revisit them,” said Edward L. Powers, professor of theatre and director of the Theatre Program. “And seeing a little bit of Christmas in the summer might also be cute and clever.”

Returning in their roles from “Dearly Beloved” are Sable Griedel as Honey Raye, Laura Gonella as Frankie, Tome Custer as Twink, Jordan Thompson as Dub, Dan Wozniak as John Curtis, Emily Haywood as Gina Jo and Ben Zyra as Justin. Michelle Scheponik will appear as Miss Geneva with Claire Kreider as Patsy. Ellen Weekly will join the cast as Rhonda Lynn, as well as Christian Wilson as Raynerd Chisum.

“Join us for more Texas hilarity with a heavy dose of the holidays,” said Powers.

Tickets cost $5 and can be purchased in advance at waynesburg.ticketleap.com/belles.

For more information, call 724-852-3226.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_5-30-YJ-ASPA-awards.jpgThe student-run newspaper at Waynesburg University, The Yellow Jacket, was recently notified of two awards from the American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA). They include First Place with Special Merit and Most Outstanding Cover or Front Page.

“This award showcases the caliber of student work at The Yellow Jacket,” said Sarah Bell, academic communications coordinator and one of the advisors to The Yellow Jacket. “These awards, as well as the other awards The Yellow Jacket has received this year, are a reflection of hardworking students and an outstanding Department of Communication that fosters student growth through hands-on experience.”

Waynesburg was one of fifteen schools nationwide to be recognized for the first place with special merit distinction and the only small school category newspaper on the list. The other fourteen schools come from Alabama, Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Texas.

The ASPA scores school publications on a point system and awards first, second and third place recognition. Publications with special and outstanding design and content may receive first place with special merit.

The special category award for Most Outstanding Cover or Front Page was awarded to the newspaper for its Dec. 7, 2017, issue, designed by Mattie Winowitch, executive editor. It marks the first time that the paper has won this special category.

The ASPA annual contest recognizes excellent school yearbooks, magazines and newspapers. According to ASPA, the contest also provides applicants with advice on advertising placement, cover design, graphics, headlining, photography, page design and story layout, among other items.

Earlier this year, The Yellow Jacket won nine Mark of Excellence Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Region 4 and eight awards from the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA).

Two students, Winowitch, and Luke Goodling, sports editor, will represent SPJ Region 4 in the National Mark of Excellence Award competition for receiving first-place awards at the regional level.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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