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b2ap3_thumbnail_whiteman.jpgDr. 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, recently 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. 

The article was a result of the work of the Evidence-Based Practice Resource Work Group for the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). As a member of that group, Whiteman shares authorship.

“The group was charged with revising the organization’s level of evidence hierarchy in 2011,” Whiteman said. “During the revisions, the group also decided to include a visual pyramid with the levels. Most of the research was around other organizations and their levels compared to AACN’s and on the current trends in evidence-based practice.”  

The level of evidences and evidence-based care pyramid will be introduced at the organizations National Teaching Institute in Denver, Colo., May 18 through 22.  

AACN is the world’s largest nursing specialty organization with more than 100,000 members. Most of the members are directly related to patient care, either as bedside nurses or supporting bedside nurses. 

“The organization strives to give the membership the tools that are needed to provide care for patients that is based on current evidence,” Whiteman said. “Projects such as this one permit nurses to use a common language to critique and apply evidence.” 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_waynesburg-2-0054.jpgWaynesburg University’s fourth annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Work Symposium will be held Saturday, April 26, 2014, at 1 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The event is open to the public and will showcase 54 student presenters.  The Symposium will feature two oral presentations and 24 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.

Dr. Chad Sethman, assistant professor of biology at Waynesburg University, organized the event. Each year, he sees an increase in participation as students continue to recognize the valuable experience to share their research with the Waynesburg University science community. 

“This symposium gives students the opportunity to present the results of their independent research and scholarly work outside of the classroom in a more multi-disciplinary professional setting,” Sethman said.

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 Alzheimer’s, artificial sweeteners, Christian community development, effects of fatigue, food chain length and nutrition awareness. 

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

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Deborah-Lewis-resized.jpgDr. 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. 

Her abstract, “You want me to do what?  Practice Experience in an RN to BSN program,” outlines the ways in which Waynesburg University’s RN to BSN Program provides practice experience and “allows theory to inform students’ practice and their practice to inform theory with the use of adult learning principles in the classroom.”  

Lewis submitted her abstract to share with other local educators and nurses the process of practice experience in Waynesburg's RN to BSN Program. 

“The students have a required one credit of service learning,” she said. “I think this, along with their other experiences such as the Intro to the New Testament course, gives students the background for looking at their professional and personal life in a different way.”

Sponsored by the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, UPMC St. Margaret School of Nursing, UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing and Pennsylvania League for Nursing Area VI, the conference aims to bring together nursing educators from across the region to discuss best practices.

Lewis’s presentation will include the learning objectives, method of instruction and content covered in her poster.

Waynesburg University's RN to BSN Program is designed specifically to meet the needs of working RNs who are motivated to meet personal educational goals and want to enhance their career options. The Program is structured in a user-friendly format that allows adult students to balance work and family responsibilities with school-related efforts.

 

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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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