Welcome back for spring semester, 2016. Our first week saw snow and single digit temperatures to remind us that winter is still in full force and how lucky we are to have the tunnel system to get around campus.
There have been a few changes at the CoNH to start the new semester and new year. We wish Michelle Eismann the best of luck in her new endeavors as she leaves Wright State and want to welcome Jennifer Barbee-Crim our new clinical faculty member for pediatrics. We continue to improve our student success program led by Suzanne Homer and will be utilizing office space on the third floor for a student success center which will be furnished with tables and chairs, computers, white boards and other resources for the students. On the third floor we’ll also be reconfiguring a room across from Dr. Farra’s office for GRAs and student workers. And, we continue to work on the plans for our new lab in the basement.
While on the subject of GRA’s I would like to welcome two new GRA’s for the spring semester to the CoNH. Please welcome Katie Adkins who is in the Nursing Education track and Kelly Hanlon from the School Of Professional Psychology. Katie will be working under the direction of Julie Greenup and supporting all of the faculty as they prepare grants and manuscripts, and Kelly will be supporting Dr. Sherrill Smith this semester. Please stop and introduce yourself to Katie and Kelly when you have the opportunity.
On Wednesday, the 13th we held our induction ceremony for our newest nursing students in the Berry room at the Nutter Center. We inducted 80 new nursing students this semester and it is always exciting seeing students start their journeys. I always enjoying speaking with our new students and meeting their families during this event.
I want to also congratulate Dr. Tracy Brewer, DNP, RNC-OB, CLC, for being selected by the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrical, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) to serve on their National Research Advisory Board for 2016. Congratulations to Dr. Leatha Ross, Ph.D., FNP-BC, on her election as President of the Ohio College Health Association (OCHA) for 2016. I am so proud of the outstanding faculty and staff we have in the CONH.
Lastly, I am attending the AACN Doctoral conference from January 21th through the 23rd. Dr. Brewer and I are here to gain the latest information on doctoral education, and will bring back much to share with the faculty. We are in the process of developing our own DNP program, independent of the consortium with the University of Toledo and will continue to do an excellent job educating future DNPs.
Good luck in the new year!