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The Waynesburg University Baccalaureate Nursing Program was recently notified of its 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The University's program was one of three baccalaureate programs out of 37 in the state of Pennsylvania to achieve the 100 percent pass rate this year. This year’s feat marks the program’s sixth year of achieving the 100 percent pass rate.

This year, 155,585 candidates tested in the United States and achieved an average national pass rate of 81.74 percent. Pennsylvania had the sixth largest number of candidates, with 7,164 testing from 84 programs with an average pass rate of 82.82 percent. Forty-three Waynesburg University students collectively achieved the 100 percent pass rate on the first attempt.  

The exam pass rate takes into account graduates who tested Oct. 1, 2013, through Sept. 30, 2014. Students take the NCLEX subsequent to graduation from a baccalaureate, diploma or associate degree program. A student must pass the exam in order to become licensed to practice as a registered nurse.

“The 100 percent pass rate is an indicator of program quality and the cutting edge curriculum,” said Dr. Nancy Mosser, professor of nursing and chair and director of the Department of Nursing at Waynesburg University. “The faculty works to offer a consistently rigorous, standard-driven program. Students understand that professional values provide the foundation for quality nursing care.”

Mosser said that the program plans to maintain the high pass rates by continuing to offer a rigorous curriculum that challenges students to use evidence-based knowledge as the basis for practice.

“The dedication of our students is reflected in the pass rate and their success in being hired following graduation,” she said. “The students work hard over the course of the four years they are enrolled in the program, and we are very proud of them.”

The program offers clinical experiences starting the first semester of the sophomore year, a state-of-the-art simulation lab and experienced faculty members. The baccalaureate program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791). The department offers accredited MSN and DNP degree programs as well.

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor
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Waynesburg University’s nursing programs were recently reaccredited for the next ten years by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The University was notified by the CCNE Board of Commissioners this week that its baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN), master's degree in nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs met all four CCNE accreditation standards with no compliance concerns related to the key elements of any of the standards.

“Accreditation is indicative of program quality,” said Dr. Nancy Mosser, chair of the University’s Department of Nursing. “Current and prospective students can be assured that a rigorous review process of the programs occurred and program outcomes were met.”

The CCNE accreditation standards were amended in 2013, and the University’s Department of Nursing was held to the new standards. The programs were evaluated in regard to mission and governance, institutional commitment and resources, curriculum and teaching-learning practices, and assessment and achievement of program outcomes.

Over the course of a year, a self-study document was written and an evidence room was created to provide documentation of ongoing committee, faculty and student work.

A team of five evaluators visited the campus from April 7 through 9 to verify and amplify information provided in the self-study document. The evaluators met with senior staff, students, alumni, chief nursing officers in area hospitals and community advisory boards for the Department of Nursing. The evaluators visited both main campus and the Monroeville Center, where Graduate and Professional Studies Nursing Programs are located.

CCNE accreditation is a nongovernmental peer review process that operates in accordance with nationally recognized standards established for the practice of accreditation in the United States.

The Commission ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate and residency programs in nursing. The Commission serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs.

For more information on the BSN program at Waynesburg University, contact the Office of Admissions at 1-800-225-7393. For information on the MSN or DNP programs, contact Sherri Stonecipher at 724-743-7617. 

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Waynesburg University will send 45 undergraduate nursing and pre-med students to the Women’s Health Conversations Conference Thursday, Nov. 6, at the Westin Convention Center Ballroom in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Almost 1,000 women and 50 speakers from across the country will attend the annual conference, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The conference includes sessions and classes including book signings; breast cancer awareness; concussion discussions; a diabetes panel; diet and exercise expertise; the art of medicine; the healthcare system; stress, risk and sleep issues and more. 

Students will also have the opportunity to attend a networking event to connect with healthcare leaders from around the region. 

Waynesburg students will volunteer at the conference in various coordination roles such as scribes, greeters and VIP handlers. In appreciation of their service, the conference waived the admission fee for all Waynesburg students. 

“This is a great opportunity for our students to participate in service while also being exposed to leaders in their field and hear the latest information on topics related to their studies,” said Mary Cummings, vice president for Student Services at Waynesburg University.   

Women's Health Conversations (WHC), founded by nationally recognized orthopedic surgeon Dr. Vonda Wright, will encourage women to fortify their bodies, build better brains and create bliss to live vital, active and joyful lives. 

WHC was established in September 2013 with the belief that today's generation of women can transform our nation's health for the betterment of all women and the world. 

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Michael Campbell, 2014 Nursing 

Registered Nurse, St. Clair Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa. – Intermediate Care Unit

Michael Campbell spends his 12-hour work shifts constantly moving and staying active. Working in the intermediate care unit at St. Clair Hospital in Pittsburgh Pa., Campbell is very busy dealing with multiple patients with varying degrees of illnesses. 

As a registered nurse, he records patient medical histories and symptoms, provides patient care and interprets cardiac rhythms. 

Securing a job just one month after graduation, Campbell earned his bachelor of science in nursing at Waynesburg University in May at 31 years old. 

Although wearing the many hats of student, husband and father seemed challending at times, Campbell said Waynesburg’s Nursing Program prepared him to enter the workforce with confidence. He adds that the Program provided him with the foundation he needed to become a nurse. 

“Waynesburg gave me the challenge I was looking for while providing me the skills and knowledge I needed to start a career as a nurse,” said Campbell. “I was able to have clinical at multiple hospitals, which allowed me to decide what hospital was the right fit for me once I graduated.”

 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_SRMC.jpgA Waynesburg University Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)  student and three faculty members recently joined forces with a representative from Southwest Regional Medical Center (SRMC) in an effort to decrease readmission rates at the hospital through the implementation of the Re-Engineered Discharge (RED) Toolkit.

Through the quality-improvement project, the team was able to reduce readmissions at SRMC to 8 percent, which is significantly less than the national rate of 19 percent. Readmission, as defined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, is a return hospitalization to an acute care hospital following a prior acute care admission within 30 days of discharge.

Dr. Carol J. Adams, now a graduate of the University’s DNP Program, led the team. The project was her DNP Program capstone project. Dr. Kimberly Stephens and Dr. Kimberly Whiteman, co-directors of the DNP Program and assistant professors of nursing at the University, and Hal Kersteen, a part-time faculty member, along with Jeanne Katruska, director of case management at Southwest Regional Medical Center, collaborated on the project.

An article detailing the project was recently published in the July 2014 edition of “Quality Management in Health Care.” The article, “Implementation of the Re-Engineered Discharge (RED) Toolkit to Decrease All-Cause Readmission Rates at a Rural Community Hospital,” states that the project aimed to:

  • Use the methodology outlined by Joint Commission Resources-Hospital Engagement Network and Project Re-Engineered Discharge (Project RED) to redesign the discharge process,
  • Reduce hospital 30-day all-cause readmission rates, and
  • Improve patient/family involvement in the discharge process.

“The partnership with Waynesburg University provided valuable insight to the discharge process, which has the potential to benefit many other hospitals,” explained Katruska.  “We are proud of the progress we made and continue to see readmission rates, which are significantly less than national averages. The process aligns perfectly with our commitment to continually improve the quality of care we provide to patients in our community.”

As part of Waynesburg’s DNP Program, students are required to lead an evidence-based practice change throughout a healthcare system that affects patient outcomes.

“Carol worked with the University, the hospital and the Joint Commission to implement a program that improved the discharge process and decreased hospital readmission rates,” said Dr. Whiteman. “I am very proud of Carol’s work and the outcomes achieved for patients and Southwest Regional Medical Center as a result of her work.”

Waynesburg University established its fully accredited DNP Program in 2007 as one of the first 25 DNP programs in the United States.

The University’s DNP Program differs from Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs because the focus is on evidence-based practice and systems leadership that has an immediate impact on the quality of health care delivery; graduates from traditional Ph.D. programs develop programs of original research.

According to Dr. Nancy Mosser, professor of nursing and chair of the Department of Nursing at Waynesburg University, Waynesburg’s DNP Program serves as a natural extension to the University’s Master of Science in Nursing degree program with a concentration in administration, but also is appropriate for those with education, informatics and advanced practice backgrounds. 

“In this program, students enhance their understanding of principles of leadership and are ready to assume an active role in promoting the highest quality health care delivery from a values-based perspective,” Mosser said.

Among the students in the University’s DNP Program are administrators, educators, executive leaders, certified registered nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and certified registered nurse anesthetists from all over the country.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three adult centers located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 23 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

Southwest Regional Medical Center is Greene County’s only acute care hospital.  The facility has 49-beds and offers 24-hour emergency services, a full range of diagnostic imaging specialties, a fully accredited laboratory, cardiology services, hyperbaric wound care and home health services.  Southwest Regional Medical Center is also accredited by The Joint Commission. 

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