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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


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From Sunday, January 6 to Friday, January 11, ten students and trip leader Dr. Terri Small, professor of nursing at Waynesburg University, will hold a health clinic at Victory Chapel Church of the Nazarene in Nassau, Bahamas. This will be the University's sixth medical mission trip and its third to the Bahamas.

Joining the team as additional trip leaders will be Small's husband, Steve, a registered pharmacist, and Drew Cubic, a practicing registered nurse and 2011 Waynesburg University graduate. This year's service mission team will follow similar procedures from past years by providing health screenings and medications to Haitian refugees living in Nassau.

“I anticipate that the trip will be very rewarding, as in the past, and I expect all to be blessed by the people we serve,” Small said.

Most Haitian refugees have little or no access to health care in Nassau. By partnering with Mission Academy, a student ministries short-term mission trip organization, Waynesburg University nursing students will have the opportunity to serve this population. The students will apply their nursing skills accumulated through their semesters at Waynesburg.

“Pastor Antoine St. Louis, the senior pastor and teacher at the church we serve, is quite inspiring,” said Small. “Students previously described him as having ‘dancing eyes and a spirit we'd like to bottle and bring home with us.'”

Students participating in the mission service trip include:

  • Mary Chory, junior nursing major from Bobtown, Pa. (Mapletown High School)
  • Myriah Cox, junior nursing major from Mt. Morris, Pa. (Waynesburg Central High School)
  • Rachel Handley, junior nursing major from Dillsburg, Pa. (Christian Liberty Academy)
  • Julie James, junior nursing major from Conneaut Lake, Pa. (Conneaut Area High School)
  • Bekah Jardine, junior nursing major from Kittery, Maine (Seacoast Christian School)
  • Kiersha Keller, junior nursing major from Palmyra, Pa. (North Lebanon High School)
  • Olivia Knowlson, junior nursing major from Washington, Pa. (Trinity High School)
  • Samantha Maize, junior nursing major from Finleyville, Pa. (Bentworth High School)
  • Shayla Mitrik, junior nursing major from Pittsburgh, Pa. (North Catholic High School)
  • Carri Sneller, junior nursing major from Waynesburg, Pa. (Trinity High School)


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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). Waynesburg University was the only baccalaureate program in the state of Pennsylvania to achieve the 100 percent pass rate this year. This year's feat marks the program's fifth consecutive year achieving the 100 percent pass rate.

“The 100 percent pass rate is an indicator of the quality of the students and the program's 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 well together to offer a consistently rigorous, standard-driven program.”

This year, 149,700 candidates tested in the United States and achieved an average national pass rate of 90.23 percent. Pennsylvania had the sixth largest number of candidates, with 7,619 testing from 84 programs with an average pass rate of 90.79 percent. Thirty-eight Waynesburg University students collectively achieved the 100 percent pass rate.

The exam pass rate takes into account graduates who tested Oct. 1, 2011, through Sept. 30, 2012. 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.

Tina Antil Keener, assistant professor of nursing at Waynesburg University, attributes the program's success to excellent leadership, dedicated faculty and diligent students.

“We are proud to say we have educated a large number of professional nurses who are providing safe, high-quality patient care,” Keener said. “We expect our students to think and behave as professional nurses. Students understand that professional values are the foundation to 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, experienced faculty members and standardized testing. The baccalaureate program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The department offers accredited MSN and DNP degree programs as well.

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In the midst of this political season, Waynesburg University welcomed Congressman Tim Murphy to lecture last month, but not about government policies and plans. The University's NUR 419 Clinical Prevention and Population Health senior students invited Murphy to speak about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) issues relevant to U.S. veterans Friday, Oct. 26 in Stewart Hall.

Melany Chrash, assistant professor of nursing at Waynesburg University and instructor of NUR 419, recently spoke with Murphy at the Greene County Senior Expo about his work as a psychologist and mentioned that she wanted her students to learn about Veterans Affairs.

“The students were very excited about this opportunity,” Chrash said. “As part of our Joining Forces program with the White House, we are attempting to draw attention and awareness to veterans' issues and to educate our nursing students regarding their very specific health concerns.”

The Joining Forces Program is a government program intended to bring together resources to support U.S. military and their families. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the American Nurses Association and the White House have partnered to promote development of nursing curriculum that specifically addresses the needs of the military as part of this Joining Forces Program.

As a part of the Joined Forces Program, Waynesburg University nursing faculty have added content to the curriculum that will educate student nurses about the importance of referring veterans to community resources. This is because some veterans may not have access to the VA system.

“The Waynesburg University nursing department has ‘joined forces' to demonstrate leadership and provide educational resources that will improve the quality of care that veterans receive whether they seek care in the Veterans Assistance system, a community hospital or a clinic,” Chrash said. “The men and women of the military have risked their lives to protect our way of life; as nurses we make a commitment to care for them and their families with the highest quality of care possible.”

Chrash feels that Murphy's talk was an excellent opportunity for her students who have little experience dealing with PTSD and TBI. She also encouraged those well versed in these issues to attend to receive clarification and interact with someone who is educated and seasoned.

“Not only was the lecture itself a unique learning opportunity, but so was organizing the program,” said Kendra Stewart, a nursing student from Canonsburg, Pa. "I was honored to be a part of it."

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