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A co-director of Waynesburg University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program, along with a recent graduate of the program, recently had research accepted to be published.b2ap3_thumbnail_5-3-Whiteman-headshot.jpg

Dr. Kimberly Whiteman, co-director of the DNP Program at Waynesburg University, had two chapters published in the second edition of Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy, a handbook for critically ill dialysis patients, which was released earlier this year.

Whiteman’s chapters, “Educational Resources” and “Patient Care Quality and Teamwork,” share information about educating nurses and achieving quality results in a continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) program.

The publication is based upon clinical work Whiteman completed while coordinating UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside’s CRRT Program.

Whiteman co-authored the “Educational Resources” chapter with Dr. Ian Baldwin, program coordinator and clinical educator for post registration intensive care nursing at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. Baldwin also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University.

Whiteman co-authored the “Patient Care Quality and Teamwork” chapter with Fred Tasota, former pulmonary and critical care clinical nurse specialist at UPMC Presbyterian.

Additionally, a research paper written by Dr. Claire Wilson, a recent graduate of the DNP Program, will be published in an upcoming edition of the Journal of Nursing Care Quality (JNCQ).

Wilson’s paper, “Improving the Patient’s Experience with a Multi-Modal Quiet at Night Initiative,” addresses the concern for a patient’s rest and sleep during their hospitalization. According to Wilson, this is an area that is often overlooked in today’s fast paced hospital atmosphere.

Wilson is the director of nursing and patient services at Akron General Medical Center in Akron, Ohio. She was recently accepted to serve as an adjunct faculty member at Malone University in Canton, Ohio.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_5-3-Wilson-headshot.jpgFounded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Connie Henry, a doctor of nursing practice student at Waynesburg University, presented at the 2016 UPMC Nurses Week Conference this past spring.

Henry presented a poster, “Measuring Empowerment using the RN-focused Index of Professional Nursing Governance.”

“For this particular project, I was able to survey a sample of nurses involved in shared governance to measure their engagement,” said Henry. “The results allowed us to make enhancements to an already empowered group of nurses.”

The UPMC Nurses Week Conference is an event used to showcase and celebrate the extraordinary work being done by nurses employed at UPMC. The event also includes presentations by speakers who are experts in the field, presenting current topics in the healthcare profession.

“My graduate studies at Waynesburg have prepared and positioned me well to take on the challenges within the nursing world,” said Henry.

Henry is currently the unit director for the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at UPMC Mercy.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

 

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Four professors from Waynesburg University’s Department of Nursing recently presented poster sessions at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) 2015 Baccalaureate Education Conference in Orlando, Florida.b2ap3_thumbnail_1-21-AACN-Conference.JPG

Dr. Deborah Lewis, assistant professor of nursing and director of the RN/MSN Program, and Coleen Cardamone, instructor of nursing, presented an electronic poster entitled “Evaluation of Practice Experience in an RN to BSN Program.” The presentation focused on the assessment and evaluation of practice experience in the Waynesburg RN to BSN program.

“We received positive feedback from many participants who were interested in our practice experience process and evaluation,” said Lewis. “Additionally, Coleen and I attended sessions about teaching and learning directly related to RN to BSN students.”

Dr. Sara Clutter, associate professor of nursing, and Dr. Teresa Small, professor of nursing, presented “Four Generations in the Classroom” during the opening session. Their objectives were to identify two challenges for professors when teaching four generations in one classroom, identify two challenges for students from different generations and plan two teaching strategies of interventions to facilitate learning by students in at least two different generations.

In addition to approximately 48 poster presentations, the conference featured four keynote speakers, eight concurrent sessions and a total of nine abstract sessions from which participants could choose to attend.

“Overall, we all found the conference to be very beneficial,” said Small. “We look forward to sharing the information gained with our peers in the Department of Nursing.”

Waynesburg’s nursing program has established itself as a premier nursing program throughout the region, and with the recent addition of the modern, state-of-the art simulation lab, students in the program receive unmatched learning opportunities.

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Waynesburg University will host Nursing as a Career Day for high school students interested in the nursing field Thursday, Oct. 8. 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 as a Career 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 as a Career 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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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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