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b2ap3_thumbnail_Kathy-Stolfer-Resized.jpgDr. 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.

“I was very honored to be accepted, based on the fact that 339 abstract submissions were received and only 35 percent were accepted, which included podium and poster presentations,” Stolfer said. “My podium presentation was well-received, and I had a packed room!”

The annual conference presented issues of vital importance to baccalaureate and pre-licensure nursing education. AACN works to establish quality standards for nursing education; assist deans and directors to implement those standards; influence the nursing profession to improve health care; and promote public support for professional nursing education, research and practice.

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Sixteen Waynesburg University Nursing students will travel to Nassau, Bahamas, to assist with operations of a health clinic for Haitian refugees during the University’s Christmas break. The students will spend Sunday, Jan. 5, through Friday, Jan.10, at the Victory Chapel Church of the Nazarene in Nassau, where they will work with Mission Academy Ministries, an organization dedicated to serving Bahamian and Haitian communities. 

Dr. Terri Small, professor of nursing at the University, will lead the trip, along with her husband, Steve, a pharmacist, and Wendy Edgar, a nurse practitioner and lecturer  in the University’s nursing department. The team will work with Dr. Antoine St. Louis, pastor of Victory Chapel Church of the Nazarene, and Mike Shinn, director of Mission Academy Ministries. 

“We look forward to assisting Mission Academy Ministries as they provide much needed services to communities who would otherwise have no access to health care,” Small said. 

This will be the University’s fourth partnership with Mission Academy Ministries and seventh nursing mission trip. On average, University students and faculty care for 100 patients per day during the three-day clinic. Patients are provided medications and education for chronic health conditions such as hypertension and diabetes, as well as receive treatment and care for immediate health issues such as bronchitis, colds and coughs, ear infections and pneumonia. 

Students attending the trip include:

  • Taylor Basinger, a junior nursing major from Confluence, Pa. (Turkeyfoot Valley Area High School)
  • Katelyn Blaich, a senior nursing major from Pittsburgh, Pa. (Bishop Canevin High School)
  • Melissa Brown, a junior nursing major from Perryopolis, Pa. (Frazier High School)
  • Myriah Cox, a senior nursing major from Mount Morris, Pa. (Waynesburg Central High School)
  • Maggie Getaz, a senior nursing major from Winchester, Va. (John Handley High School)
  • Rachel Handley, a senior nursing major from Dillsburg, Pa. (Christian Liberty Academy)
  • Kiersha Keller, a senior nursing major from Palmyra, Pa. (Northern Lebanon High School)
  • Kathryn Kish, a junior nursing major from Liberty Boro, Pa. (South Allegheny High School)
  • Katy Jo Kramer, a senior nursing major from North Versailles, Pa. (East Allegheny High School)
  • Alexis Lapinsky, a nursing major from Windber, Pa. (Windber Area High School)
  • Jessica Loftus, a senior nursing major from Charleroi, Pa. (Wilson Christian Academy)
  • Shayla Mitrik, a senior nursing major from Pittsburgh, Pa. (North Catholic High School)
  • Melissa Paul, a senior nursing major from Garrett, Pa. (Berlin Brothers Valley High School)
  • Lily Smith, a second degree nursing major from Lake View, N.Y. (Frontier Senior High School)
  • Maria Wisniewski, a junior nursing major from Irwin, Pa. (Penn-Trafford High School)
  • Danielle Zeiler, a junior nursing major from Pittsburgh, Pa. (Brashear High School)

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Machesky-Resized.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_Danielle-McGinnis-Resized.pngAmanda Machesky and Danielle McGinnis, both instructors of nursing at Waynesburg University, recently 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. 

McGinnis, who serves as the co-faculty adviser for the Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania Waynesburg University chapter alongside Machesky, said that the pair won the Innovative Program Design for Accelerated Students Award because their poster “truly depicted what it means to be innovative.” 

For the conference, which took place in Washington, D.C., the pair created an abstract, submitted work online and developed a poster, which they also submitted online. 

“We worked on the abstract for several months and once this opportunity presented itself, we tied up loose ends and tailored the abstract to conference requirements,” McGinnis said.

In addition to presenting their poster at the conference, Machesky and McGinnis attended breakout sessions, networking events, panels, the keynote address and workshops.

“There are many different roles you take on and responsibilities that many are not aware that are required of you as a nurse educator; this award has helped to validate what I do,” Machesky said.  “It gives merit to my teaching strategies and methods. Having earned this award as a peer-voted award helps me to recognize that things I am doing are highly valued and respected by notable nurse educators from across the country.”

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) program is a national program of RWJF and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The program is designed to help alleviate the national nursing shortage, increase the diversity of nursing professionals, expand capacity in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs and enhance the pipeline of potential nurse faculty.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Kimberly-Stephens-Resized.jpgThe 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. 

She and Mosser presented the research at multiple national and regional conferences and earned an Emerging Learning & Integrated Technologies Education (ELITE) National Dissemination Symposium Poster Presentation Quality Award for using simulation as a teaching strategy. 

The manuscript detailed Stephens’ instruction and implementation of best practices for intravenous ( IV) insertion, particularly in pediatric health. The DNP capstone project requires students to identify an issue in the healthcare field and develop the research and educational techniques to help solve the issue. 

“This study resulted in an improvement in practice at the institutional level and provides an example of how collaboration between academic and practice institutions can result in successful outcomes for patients,” Mosser said.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Nancy-Mosser-Resized.jpgAccording to the paper’s abstract, “Through the use of simulation technology and debriefing techniques at the pediatric PIV insertion program, pediatric PIV insertion skills improved.” 

As a graduate of Waynesburg University’s DNP Program, an assistant professor and co-director of Graduate and Professional Studies Nursing Programs at the University and a practicing nursing professional, Stephens said that continued professional development, such as submitting her paper to the journal, is important.

“You have to be constantly involved,” Stephens said. “We want to bring the best practices, guidelines and technology to our classrooms and patients.”

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Waynesburg University will host Nursing Awareness Day for high school students interested in the nursing field Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. Events will begin at 9:15 in room 104 of the Center for Research and Economic Development on the campus of Waynesburg University.

Spend the day exploring the University's sophisticated simulation lab with Waynesburg University nursing faculty and 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.

“From the first year students are admitted to the program, our nursing students experience clinical practice and learn in well-equipped simulation facilities,” said Nancy Mosser, professor of nursing and chair and director of the University's Department of Nursing. “Our program quality is indicated by routinely high NCLEX pass rates and high employment rates.”

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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