December 2015

Once again we’re at the end of another successful semester with graduation upon us and everyone beginning to prepare for the holidays.  The College of Nursing and Health has been busy and we’re looking forward to seeing another cohort of nursing students walk across the stage at graduation to wrap up the fall semester.  Congratulations to all! 

On Friday, December 18th at 3:00pm the CoNH convocation ceremony will take place at the Erwin J. Nutter Center.  Immediately following we will have a reception in the McClin gym for students, families, faculty and staff.  I always look forward to interacting with our graduates, meeting their families and seeing our graduates begin their careers.  I hope everyone can attend and I look forward to seeing you there.  Wright State’s commencement ceremony will take place on Saturday December 19th at 10:00am.  The CoNH always has a tremendous turn out for convocation and commencement, let’s keep the tradition going.

These past several weeks we have seen some changes to staff at the CoNH.  Mike Morton our RN to BSN academic advisor has taken another position at Purdue University.  Carita Bass another RN to BSN advisor has taken a position at Sinclair Community College here in Dayton.  We wish Mike and Carita the best and I’m sure they will do well at their new positions.  The RN to BSN advising will be handled by our existing advising staff so please feel free to call the CoNH number at 937-775-3131 to schedule any advising appointments you may need.  Our new addition to the CoNH staff is Craig Farmer.  Craig has been hired to be an academic advisor for the new Veteran’s Bachelor of Science Nursing Program.  We look forward to Craig’s help in this new program and glad he’s a part of our team.

Many of you may have received your copy of the fall’s CoNH magazine, The Nurse Advocate.  If you haven’t received a copy please stop by the CoNH offices to pick one up.  The magazine is also available online and can be found on the CoNH website.  For those of you that are alumni and to ensure you’re receiving the magazine and other timely information sent from the CoNH please go to the WSU alumni page and fill out the “update my information” section.  There is no cost to join the alumni association and you will stay well informed.

In October we led another successful National Disaster Health Consortium (NDHC) class.  This iteration had 21 students participate in the four day on site portion from our local health partners including a large group from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.  I’m also excited that we continue to offer this class this spring semester in a 3 credit hour graduate and undergraduate version as well.  This is located in the class catalog under NUR Disaster Preparedness/Response.  This is web based with an onsite training component at the National Center for Medical Readiness from April 12 through the 15.  Individuals who do not want to take the class for credit can still take the class for a certificate of completion and have the ability to sit for the Advanced Disaster Life Support (ADLS) after successful completion of the online and onsite portion.  More information can be found on the CoNH website under the Nursing Institute tab.

This November, the CoNH helped support the Terrific Women In Giving (TWIG’s) and Dayton Children’s Hospital annual Sugarplum Festival of Trees.  This fantastic volunteer organization raises money in excess of $200,000 each year for Dayton Children’s Hospital.  This year’s event was held at the Presidential Banquet Center in Kettering and started with their Festival of Trees event, where decorated trees of all sizes are offered up to the highest bidder.  I encourage you to look at some of the pictures on the CoNH Facebook page to see this fantastic event.  The CoNH was well represented at our table with Jeanie Bochenek, Director for School Nursing program; Kim Joo, Associate Director Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care program; Lisa Jasin, Director of Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program; and Chris Brookshire, Director of Innovation and Community Partnerships and their spouses.  I’m happy the CoNH was able to provide to them a professional photographer, marketing help and members of our faculty and staff to show their support.  Also in November was the Cincinnati Rise and Shine, The Campaign for Wright State event.  Dr. Cheryl Hoying, PhD.  CoNH alumni ‘78, and ’84, was the Shine Speaker for this event.  Dr. Hoying is the Senior Vice President for Patient Services for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. 

November allowed us to have our first annual Donors and Community Partners annual appreciation party.  This year we invited several long time donors and community partners to Carillon Park for the evening.  It was a great evening with great food and an opportunity for our donors and partners to mingle with a few of our students so they can see the impact firsthand of their support.  We appreciate our supporters and we’re pleased to be able to show gratitude for those who have given generously to the CoNH.

On Wednesday December 2nd, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to moderate the very first alumni panel discussion on professional nursing pathways sponsored by the CoNH Alumni Association.  We were fortunate to have panel members Jayne Gmeiner, the Vice President of Patient Care and Chief Nursing officer for Dayton Children’s Hospital; Dr. Melody Campbell, the Trauma Program Manager for Kettering Medical Center; Rebecca Collins, Director at Hospice of Dayton; Michael Gilles, Clinical Nurse Specialist at Premier Health; and Cassandra Marino, RN from Dayton Children’s Hospital.  The panel took questions from our students pertaining to their practice, preparing for their careers and transitioning from student to RN.  It was a great panel discussion and we are looking forward to having more of these panels in the future for our students.  I want to thank our alumni association for being so active with the CoNH with this event and the upcoming events they plan to support our students.  I encourage our students, alumni, faculty and staff to get involved with this great group.

I want to congratulate Dr. Cindra Holland and Dr. Bobbe Gray for being honored by the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses for their article “Implications of Psychoactive Bath Salts Use During Pregnancy”.  Dr. Holland and Dr. Gray received the 2015 Excellence in Writing award from the association.  Congratulations Dr. Holland and Dr. Gray on this outstanding award and the work you do every day at the CoNH!

Last bit of news I wanted to share was the passing of one of Wright State’s CoNH most influential alumni, Betty Schmoll.  Betty was instrumental in the creation of Hospice of Dayton in 1978.  Through Betty’s hard work and personal dedication to Hospice care, her impact in palliative care can be seen around the country.  Betty’s dedication helped make the largest Hospice care site in the country for many years in Dayton.  We are appreciative for all that Betty did for the Dayton community and the positive impact she made on so many families during their loved ones last days.  We are proud to say that Betty was one our alumni.

I want to thank faculty and staff for all of their hard work in 2015.  This hard works shows in our outstanding students and incredible accomplishments that continues to be produced at the CoNH. Happy Holidays!