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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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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.

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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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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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