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Four professors from Waynesburg University’s Department of Nursing recently presented poster sessions at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) 2015 Baccalaureate Education Conference in Orlando, Florida.b2ap3_thumbnail_1-21-AACN-Conference.JPG

Dr. Deborah Lewis, assistant professor of nursing and director of the RN/MSN Program, and Coleen Cardamone, instructor of nursing, presented an electronic poster entitled “Evaluation of Practice Experience in an RN to BSN Program.” The presentation focused on the assessment and evaluation of practice experience in the Waynesburg RN to BSN program.

“We received positive feedback from many participants who were interested in our practice experience process and evaluation,” said Lewis. “Additionally, Coleen and I attended sessions about teaching and learning directly related to RN to BSN students.”

Dr. Sara Clutter, associate professor of nursing, and Dr. Teresa Small, professor of nursing, presented “Four Generations in the Classroom” during the opening session. Their objectives were to identify two challenges for professors when teaching four generations in one classroom, identify two challenges for students from different generations and plan two teaching strategies of interventions to facilitate learning by students in at least two different generations.

In addition to approximately 48 poster presentations, the conference featured four keynote speakers, eight concurrent sessions and a total of nine abstract sessions from which participants could choose to attend.

“Overall, we all found the conference to be very beneficial,” said Small. “We look forward to sharing the information gained with our peers in the Department of Nursing.”

Waynesburg’s nursing program has established itself as a premier nursing program throughout the region, and with the recent addition of the modern, state-of-the art simulation lab, students in the program receive unmatched learning opportunities.

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 a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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The research of Dr. Kimberly Stephens, assistant professor of nursing at Waynesburg and co-director of the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program, and Dr. Nancy Mosser, chair and director of the Waynesburg University Department of Nursing, was recently published in Clinical Simulation in Nursing, a prestigious peer-reviewed journal. Stephens served as the primary writer and presenter of their manuscript titled, “Simulation to Improve Pediatric Patient Outcomes: University and Hospital Collaborative,” which served as part of her capstone project and one of the criteria to graduate from Waynesburg University’s DNP Program.

Amanda Machesky and Danielle McGinnis, both instructors of nursing at Waynesburg University, attended a Robert Wood Johnson conference and won first place for their poster presentation. They presented their poster, “Integrating the Movie ‘Wit’ to Depict Therapeutic and Non-Therapeutic Communication into a First Semester Nursing Course for Second Degree Nursing Students,” at the New Careers in Nursing Sixth Annual Summit in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Kathy Stolfer, associate professor of nursing at Waynesburg University, recently presented at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Baccalaureate Nursing Education Conference in New Orleans, La. Her presentation, “RN-BSN Courses: The Clinical Piece,” focused on the creation of required clinical components for RN-BSN courses according to what AACN mandates.

Dr. Deborah Lewis, director of the RN to BSN Program at Waynesburg University, was selected to present at the 6th Annual Best Practice in Nursing Education Conference March 21, 2014, at UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Waynesburg University’s Department of Nursing, the Waynesburg chapter of the Student Nursing Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP) and the Joining Forces Initiative hosted a discussion on the importance of routine patient screening for military service. Gigi McNaught, MSN, RN, served as the key speaker.

 

Dr. Kimberly Whiteman, assistant professor and co-director of the Graduate and Professional Studies (GAPS) Nursing Program and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program at Waynesburg University, was published an article in Critical Care Nurse, a peer reviewed journal. The article, “Choosing the best evidence to guide clinical practice: Application of AACN levels of evidence,” was published in the April 2014 edition.

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Waynesburg University hosted Nursing Awareness Day for high school students interested in the nursing field Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 on the campus of Waynesburg University. High school students spent the day exploring the University’s sophisticated simulation lab and learning how Waynesburg University nursing students experience complex patient care in simulated situations.

In August of 2013, Waynesburg University, Amanda Machesky was named Instructor of Nursing at Waynesburg University. She received her B.S. degree from Waynesburg University and her M.S.N. degree from Walden University; Danielle McGinnis was named Instructor of Nursing at Waynesburg University. She received her B.S.N. from Waynesburg University and her M.S.N. from West Virginia University; Christina Miser was named Instructor of Nursing at Waynesburg University. She received her BSN and MSN from West Virginia Wesleyan College; and Melanie Rush was named Instructor of Nursing at Waynesburg University. She received her BSN from Duquesne University and her MSN from Waynesburg University. 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Deborah-Lewis-resized.jpgDr. Deborah Lewis, director of the RN to BSN Program at Waynesburg University, was selected to present at the 6th Annual Best Practice in Nursing Education Conference March 21, 2014 at UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa. 

Her abstract, “You want me to do what?  Practice Experience in an RN to BSN program,” outlines the ways in which Waynesburg University’s RN to BSN Program provides practice experience and “allows theory to inform students’ practice and their practice to inform theory with the use of adult learning principles in the classroom.”  

Lewis submitted her abstract to share with other local educators and nurses the process of practice experience in Waynesburg's RN to BSN Program. 

“The students have a required one credit of service learning,” she said. “I think this, along with their other experiences such as the Intro to the New Testament course, gives students the background for looking at their professional and personal life in a different way.”

Sponsored by the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, UPMC St. Margaret School of Nursing, UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing and Pennsylvania League for Nursing Area VI, the conference aims to bring together nursing educators from across the region to discuss best practices.

Lewis’s presentation will include the learning objectives, method of instruction and content covered in her poster.

Waynesburg University's RN to BSN Program is designed specifically to meet the needs of working RNs who are motivated to meet personal educational goals and want to enhance their career options. The Program is structured in a user-friendly format that allows adult students to balance work and family responsibilities with school-related efforts.

 

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