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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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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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Nursing

RN (Charge Nurse) at Ruby Memorial Hospital and Clinical Instructor at Waynesburg University

Morgantown, W.Va. and Waynesburg, Pa.

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  • Waynesburg University Resident Assistant, Church Education Board
  • Bachelor of Science, Waynesburg University, 2012

“The quality education I received from Waynesburg University helped me to become informed leaders amongst my peers.”

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Hoping to maximize her internship experience, Kaitlin Oliver, a senior nursing major at Waynesburg University, thoughtfully considered where she might develop the most expertise during the summer of 2013. At her interview for a prestigious student nurse intern position at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Oliver was asked to choose two departments in which she wanted to work. 

“At the time, I had no idea which to select, so I asked the supervisor on which floors she thought I would learn the most,” Oliver said. “The majority of students select the intensive care units. However, I was skeptical because those patients are extremely ill; so I did not think I would get the opportunity to do much for the patients as a student.”

Impressed by Oliver’s commitment to absorbing the most out of the experience, the supervisor suggested that she work on the transplant or the neurosurgery, trauma and orthopedic unit, both of which are internationally recognized. Shortly after she jotted those down and left the interview, Oliver was offered the position. 

“The internship gave me the opportunity to work 12-hour shifts, which is what is expected in the real world,” Oliver said. “Working 12 hours allowed me to see everything that a nurse does in a typical day including receiving reports, making initial assessments, administering morning medications, acknowledging orders, providing patient education, providing discharge instructions, completing documentation and much more.”

At the internship, Oliver worked alongside a registered nurse to which she was assigned the first day of orientation. 

“I got the opportunity to do all of the tasks and skills that the registered nurse did, with a one-on-one relationship,” Oliver said. “I felt as though the nurse valued me and made me feel more like a nurse than I ever have before.”  

The nurse trusted Oliver to perform many tasks independently due to the student’s excellent preparation and advanced bedside manner. During the summer, Oliver cared diligently for a small boy who couldn’t breathe on his own. Given the tasks of suctioning, flushing his IV, providing his feedings through his gastrostomy tube, and much more for the child, Oliver said her heart ached for him. Her love for God’s children shone through her care, compassion and expertise.

“The Waynesburg University Nursing Department teaches the importance of providing holistic care, which sets it apart from other nursing schools,” Oliver said. “While caring for my patients, I realized that I wanted to care for my patients beyond their physiological needs; I wanted to care for them emotionally, spiritually and socially. My goal was to serve my patients as if it were one of my loved ones lying in that hospital bed.”

That experience, and many others throughout the summer, reminded her of why she wanted to be a nurse. Many people, including Christina Miser, an instructor of nursing at Waynesburg University and Oliver’s clinical adviser, believe that the profession fits her perfectly. 

“Kaitlin is always enthusiastic and is eager to learn, absorb new information and apply it to future experiences,” Miser said. “Her achievements thus far reflect her hard work; I believe she has placed herself in a position to be successful in whatever avenue of nursing she chooses.” 

Though that avenue is still undetermined, Oliver knows that she has both the skills and the confidence to excel in her chosen profession. 

 “At the internship, I was proud to be representing Waynesburg University. I had a lot of nurses ask me where I go to school because they were impressed with what I knew,” Oliver said. “Being a student nurse intern exposed me to situations that caused me to critically think and problem solve.  It reassured me that I chose the right career path, and I cannot wait to do something that I love for the rest of my days.” 

 

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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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