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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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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

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Waynesburg University will host Nursing as a Career Day for high school students interested in the nursing field Thursday, Oct. 8. Events will begin at 9:15 a.m. in room 104 of the Center for Research and Economic Development on the campus of Waynesburg University. 

The event is designed for prospective students and their families to inquire about nursing as a career path and the Nursing Program at Waynesburg University. 

Spend the day exploring the University’s sophisticated simulation lab with Waynesburg University nursing faculty and nursing students. Learn how Waynesburg University nursing students experience complex patient care in simulated situations. Discover how the simulation lab provides an effective environment for students to learn and apply cognitive, psychomotor and decision-making skills for clinical practice. Prospective students will also be given the opportunity to have a discussion with student representatives of Waynesburg University’s Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania. 

“Nursing as a Career Day is held as a recruitment event that specifically highlights the Nursing Program, allowing prospective students to observe faculty in the lab and ask current students general questions about the program,” said Dr. Nancy Mosser, chair and director of the Waynesburg University Department of Nursing and professor of nursing. 

In addition to its Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, Waynesburg University also offers a Master of Science degree in nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. The Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, which will be highlighted during Nursing as a Career Day, provides a rigorous curriculum that prepares students to work in a challenging health care environment. The day will include tours, meetings with faculty, financial aid information and lunch. 

For more information or to register, call 1-800-225-7393. For complete information about Waynesburg University’s Department of Nursing, visit www.waynesburg.edu. 

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Sara Clutter, associate professor of nursing, was recognized as a reviewer in two new publications: the Grove, S.K., Gray, J.R., & Burns, N. (2015) for her research titled “Understanding nursing research: Building an evidence-based practice” (6th ed.). St. Louis: Elsevier and Melnyk, B.M. & Fineout-Overholt, E. (2015) for research titled “Evidence-based practice in nursing & healthcare: A guide to best practice” (3rd ed.). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer. She also spoke at WVU’s Ph.D. residency event in October 2014.``

Erin Martin received the 2015 Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award for a non-full-time faculty member. Martin is a lecturer in nursing.

Laurel Miner joined the University as instructor of nursing in the fall of 2014. She received her B.S.N. from Duquesne University and M.S.N. degree from Walden University.

“Progression Testing,” the work of Dr. Nancy Mosser, chair and director of the Waynesburg University Department of Nursing and professor of nursing, was accepted to be published in the Encyclopedia of Nursing Education in August of 2014.

Kimberly Stephens, co-director of DNP program and assistant professor of nursing, presented two poster presentations at the 2014 Southwestern Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders (SWPONL) Nursing Leadership Conference in October 2014.

Kimberly Whiteman, co-director of the DNP Program and assistant professor of nursing, presented three poster presentations at the 2014 Southwestern Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders (SWPONL) Nursing Leadership Conference in October 2014.

Nursing students enrolled in Clinical Prevention and Population Health provided health education counseling and blood pressure screening at the Washington County Senior Expo on Sept. 18, 2014, and provided health education on oral health through the Smiles for Life Program for Greene County children aged K- 6th grade Sept. 26 and 29, 2014.

Waynesburg University sent 45 undergraduate nursing and pre-med students to the Women’s Health Conversations Conference Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014, at the Westin Convention Center Ballroom in Pittsburgh, Pa. Almost 1,000 women and 50 speakers from across the country attended the annual conference, which 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. 

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) reaccredited Waynesburg University’s nursing programs for the next ten years. The University was notified by the CCNE Board of Commissioners in November of 2014 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.

The Waynesburg University Baccalaureate Nursing Program was notified of its 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) in November of 2014. The University’s program was one of only 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.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_sim-man.JPGThe Greene County Memorial Hospital Foundation recently presented a gift to Waynesburg University to help fund a simulation manikin, SimMan 3G, which will be used to simulate patient care experiences in the University’s Nursing Simulation Lab.

An advanced patient simulator that can display multiple physiological symptoms, SimMan 3G will provide the most up-to-date simulation education for the sophomore, junior and senior level nursing students in Waynesburg’s Department of Nursing.

Dr. Nancy Mosser, professor of nursing and chair and director of the University’s Department of Nursing, said that SimMan 3G will enhance the education of the nursing students.

“A viable nursing program must have simulation experiences for students,” said Mosser. “In today’s highly technical health care environment, providing nursing care for patients with complex, multi-system health care disorders can be an overwhelming experience for student nurses. SimMan 3G will allow them to experience realistic learning situations in the simulation lab with an advanced high-fidelity simulator, before caring for patients.”

With more than 65 separate features, SimMan 3G can simulate spontaneous breathing, seizure activity, bleeding at multiple sites, patient voices, secretion and intubation capabilities and laryngospasm. These features enable students to gain experience in the areas of airway skills and complication management, cardiac assessment and interventions, respiratory and cardiac monitoring, circulatory assessment and pharmacological drug recognition, among others.

Built in 2008, the University’s Nursing Simulation Lab includes eight rooms with audio-video digital recording, remote-viewing capabilities and high-fidelity simulators. The lab provides a safe and effective environment for students to learn and to apply cognitive, psychomotor and decision-making skills.

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor
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Waynesburg University’s fifth annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Work Symposium will be held Saturday, April 18, at 1 p.m. in Alumni Hall (Miller Hall, third floor). The event is open to the public and will showcase 23 student presenters, including two oral presentations and 14 poster presentations. 

The oral presentation session will begin at 1 p.m., and the poster session will run from 1:45 to 3 p.m. Refreshments will be available throughout both presentations.

“The purpose of this symposium is to provide a forum for academic scholars across disciplines to showcase their studies, to collaborate to identify novel ways ofb2ap3_thumbnail_Learn-More-CTA.png identifying problems or questions and to generate data that contributes to insightful solutions,” said Dr. Chad Sethman, associate professor of biology.

Topics will cover a variety of research and scholarly work from students of many majors and class years. A sample of the presentations include research about anthropogenic pollution, DNA samples, ergonomics in nursing, nutrition and supplements and the West Nile virus.

“The ultimate goal of the symposium is for the students to be able to make the transition from knowledge gained in the classroom to putting that knowledge to use to investigate questions and generate new information,” said Sethman. “Gaining proficiency at communicating their findings is also an important part of career development for our students.”

For more information, contact Sethman at 724-852-3265 or csethman@waynesburg.edu.

Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

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