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Dr. Michele Lozito, a 2017 Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) graduate from Waynesburg University, had her capstone project published in the June 2018 issue of the AORN (Association of periOperative Registered Nurses) Journal.

Dr. Lozito’s article, titled “Good Catch Campaign: Improving the Perioperative Culture of Safety,” focused on improving patient safety through the implementation of a Good Catch Campaign that consisted of formal education, standardized event reporting and debriefing sessions.

“We designed this project to increase the reporting of good catches and to improve the culture of safety in our facility with the assumption that changing these factors could ultimately prevent WSPEs (wrong-site, wrong-procedure and wrong-patient errors),” stated Dr. Lozito in the article.

Throughout the six-month post-implementation period, staff members reported 391 good catches and completed relevant survey tools that showed improvement in the areas of communication openness, feedback and communication about error, frequency of event reporting, non-punitive response to error and organizational learning and continuous improvement.

Dr. Kimberly Whiteman, co-director of the DNP Program and associate professor of nursing at Waynesburg, saw first-hand Dr. Lozito’s passion for improving patient safety and quality of care.

“She worked tirelessly to help the operating room staff create a culture of safety, which research demonstrates, ultimately prevents errors,” shared Dr. Whiteman. “It was my privilege to work with her during the program and to be part of her meaningful capstone work.”

Having research such as Dr. Lozito’s Good Catch Campaign published in a national journal can be a helpful and educational reference for professionals.

“When students improve patient safety or solve a clinical problem in the workplace, patients and their families benefit,” added Dr. Whiteman. “When we take the time and effort to disseminate the projects, nurses at other institutions can transfer the knowledge gained to their workplace and strive to obtain similar improvements.”

The DNP Program at Waynesburg University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791).

Waynesburg’s Department of Nursing has recently been recognized as a top nursing school by Nursing Schools Almanac and ranked in the top 5 percent for value nationwide by College Factual, published in USA Today.

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 one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_RN.org-badge.pngRegisteredNursing.org ranked Waynesburg University’s baccalaureate Nursing Program No. 2 in the state of Pennsylvania for the second consecutive year.

Waynesburg received a score of 97.97 out of a possible 100. Programs were assessed on several factors which represent how well a program supports students towards licensure and beyond. Each school’s National Council Licensing Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) current and historical pass rates were weighted heavily in the scoring.

“It is once again a great honor to be recognized as the second best nursing program in Pennsylvania,” said Dr. Kathy Stolfer, associate professor of nursing and interim chair of the nursing program. “The ongoing dedication of the nursing faculty in maintaining program standards and being committed to student learning is congruent with the University’s mission.”

Seventy-six schools were analyzed in Pennsylvania and the top 30 were ranked. Programs reviewed include schools that offer a Diploma in Nursing, Associate Degree in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing or Direct-Entry Master of Science in Nursing Degree.

RegisteredNursing.org’s mission is to promote excellence in nursing through enabling future nurses with the tools they need to succeed.

Waynesburg’s Nursing 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 of Nursing also offers accredited Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree programs.

For more information on Waynesburg’s baccalaureate Nursing Program, visit www.waynesburg.edu/nursing.

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 one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_11-28-Top-50.jpgWaynesburg University’s Nursing Program was recently recognized online as a Top 50 RN to BSN Program by RNtoBSNOnlineProgram.com.

Waynesburg ranked No. 18 on the list, which measured schools according to tuition and graduation rate data from the CNN Money College Cost Calculator and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, as well as accreditation information provided by each school’s website.

“The continued national recognition of our program is a testament to our faculty and students,” said Nancy Mosser, professor of nursing and chair and director of the Nursing Department. “Everyone associated with our program should feel a sense of accomplishment for what we are achieving here at Waynesburg.”

RNtoBSNOnlineProgram.com is a site dedicated to connect nurses with a directory of schools and helpful information about pursuing a nursing career.

The Nursing Program at Waynesburg University has consistently been recognized for excellence and value. Within the past year, the school has been ranked nationally as a top nursing school by Nursing Schools Almanac, ranked in the top five percent for value nationwide by College Factual and ranked No. 2 in Pennsylvania by RegisteredNursing.org.

Additionally, the BSN program has achieved seven years of a 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) since 2008.

For more information regarding Waynesburg’s Nursing Program, visit www.waynesburg.edu/nursing.

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 one of only 22 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_11-8-nur-cj.jpgWaynesburg University nursing, criminal justice and communication students gained hands-on experience during a Mock Emergency Training Exercise Tuesday, Nov. 7.

While nursing students responded to a mock incident in the University’s state-of-the-art Simulation Lab, communication students were tasked with attending a mock press conference and covering the event. Criminal justice students served as actors during the incident. All students had the opportunity to learn alongside professionals who have chosen a life of service in public safety.

“This critical incident training for the nursing program also provided a multitude of other educational benefits to our criminal justice students and communication students, as well as collaborative first responder training opportunity for our local police department and the University's Public Safety Department,” said Jim Tanda, instructor of criminal justice and Waynesburg University’s director of security operations and emergency management.

Waynesburg University, in conjunction with local law enforcement and the University’s Department of Public Safety, conducted the multi-disciplinary training exercise in the Paul R. Stewart Science Hall. The simulation was designed for senior nursing students in the Clinical Prevention & Population Health course. 

Organized by Tanda, Dr. Kathy Stolfer, associate professor of nursing, and Eve Weaver, instructor of nursing, this academic training exercise was designed primarily to provide nursing students with a highly participative, experiential learning opportunity. 

“Health care providers need to be prepared and are often targets of various forms of violence,” said Stolfer. “The simulation event was designed to better prepare our nursing students for such an event through an inter-professional collaborative approach.”

Previously, the University held a similar learning drill in April 2015 in Buhl Hall, in coordination with local, state and federal law enforcement.

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Waynesburg University will host Nursing as a Career Day Thursday, Oct. 5, for high school students interested in pursuing nursing. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. in room 104 of the Center for Research and Economic Development on the campus of Waynesburg University. Sessions will begin promptly at 9:15 a.m.

“Nursing as a Career Day is an important recruitment event that not only highlights the Nursing Program but also allows prospective students to interact with faculty in the lab and ask questions to current students,” said Dr. Nancy Mosser, chair and director of the Department of Nursing and professor of nursing.

The day will highlight Waynesburg’s Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing; it will include tours, meetings with faculty, financial aid information and lunch. Additionally, prospective students will be given the opportunity to have a discussion with student representatives of Waynesburg University’s Student Nurses Association of Pennsylvania.

Students will also have the opportunity to explore the University’s sophisticated simulation lab with Waynesburg University nursing faculty and nursing students. Specifically, students will learn how Waynesburg’s nursing students experience complex patient care in simulated situations and discover how the simulation lab provides an effective environment for students to learn and apply cognitive, psychomotor and decision-making skills for clinical practice.

Waynesburg University’s Nursing Program has consistently been recognized for excellence both regionally and nationally. Earlier this year, RegisteredNursing.org ranked Waynesburg’s baccalaureate program No. 2 in the state of Pennsylvania.

Additionally, Nursing Schools Almanac has ranked Waynesburg No. 49 in the nation, earning a spot in the top 1.5 percent of the more than 3,200 schools considered.

To register, go to waynesburg.edu/visit and select Group Visit. For more information about the undergraduate Nursing Program, visit waynesburg.edu/nursing.

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 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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