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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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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_nursing_-20.jpgWaynesburg University will host Nursing Awareness Day for high school students interested in the nursing field Thursday, Oct. 9. 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 Awareness 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 Awareness 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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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor
724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Mosser.jpgDr. Nancy Mosser, chair and director of the Waynesburg University Department of Nursing and professor of nursing, was recently notified that her entry, “Progression Testing,” was accepted for publication in the Encyclopedia of Nursing Education.

More than 170 entries from across the nation will be included, with an even greater number of contributors. The book will be published early in 2015.

 “I was very pleased to have my entry accepted for submission in the Encyclopedia of Nursing Education,” Mosser said. “It provided me with the opportunity to contribute to the discourse on scholarship in nursing education and to describe a practice that has been well developed in the Department of Nursing at Waynesburg University.”

Mosser is published in many areas, including leadership, an area she became familiar with while earning her doctor of education degree in educational leadership studies with a minor in nursing (West Virginia University). She also received a master of science in nursing in primary health care with a focus in maternal-child and family (West Virginia University), as well as her bachelor of science in nursing degree (University of Pittsburgh).

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Ashley Wise, Senior Writer/Editor

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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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Students in Waynesburg University’s Master of Arts in Counseling Program achieved a milestone during the most recent National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE), collectively scoring above the national average for accredited counseling programs. One Waynesburg University student obtained the top national score, an honor shared with the top 5 percent of examinees nationwide. More than 4,000 graduate counselors sat for the exam. 

Dr. Darryl Husenits, CONSOL Energy’s vice president for material and supply chain management and a facilitator within Waynesburg University’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program, was awarded the Pittsburgh Business Times’ Educator Energy Leadership Award. The Energy Leadership Awards recognize “the influencers who have helped shape the [energy] industry.”

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Waynesburg University Master of Business Administration (MBA) students traveled to Ireland from Friday, Oct. 4, through Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, as part of an international business class. Fourteen students and four guests attended the trip with trip leaders Domenic Marian, lecturer in the MBA program, and Janice Crile, director of graduate programs in business administration.

In August of 2013, Dr. Mary Dee Fisher was named Assistant Professor of Nursing and Director of the MSN program at Waynesburg University. She received her B.S.N. degree from LaRoche College, the M.S.N. from the University of Pittsburgh and the D.N.P. from Carlow University; Dr. Deborah Lewis was named Assistant Professor of Nursing and Director of the RN-BSN Program at Waynesburg University’s Monroeville campus. She received her BSN from Carlow University and her MSN and DNP from Waynesburg University; Teresa Robinetti was named Coordinator of the RN-BSN Program at Waynesburg University’s Monroeville campus. She received her BSN from Waynesburg University; Teddi Thorpe was named Coordinator of the MSN Program at Waynesburg University.  She received her M.S.N. from Waynesburg University and her B.S.N from Duquesne University; and Sherri Stonecipher was named Director of Enrollment and Professional Development for Graduate and Professional Studies Nursing Programs.  She received her M.S.N and her B.S.N. from Waynesburg University and has worked with the program since January of 2013.  

Waynesburg University Master of Business Administration students enrolled in the energy management concentration partnered with regional companies such as Fairmont Supply, Fenner Dunlop, Jennmar Corporation, Pipeco Services and Trumbull Corporation for their project management course. Dr. Darryl Husenits, Dr. George Smith and Dr. Jeanna Cooper, all part-time graduate faculty and experts in the energy field, taught the 27 students enrolled in the course.

The Waynesburg University counseling program partnered with the American Red Cross Thursday, April 25, 2013, to host a disaster mental health training session at the Waynesburg University Southpointe Center. Specialists from the American Red Cross trained 65 first and second year counseling students in Psychological First Aid (PFA) techniques as part of the University’s Counseling Trauma Survivors course.   

 

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