College of Nursing & Health News
On November 12, 2013, in the Student Union Atrium at Wright State University, an event took place to honor our Veterans. The staff of the newly created Veteran and Military Center, together with the Office of Human Services and Education, the Office of Disability Services, and the Students Veterans Lounge honored our country’s veterans and showcased the outstanding support services that Wright State has to offer.
Wright State graduates will celebrate their accomplishments, and those of a university that prides itself on extending the ladder of educational opportunity, during the 2013 Fall Commencement on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Nutter Center.
Dan Kirkpatrick, a clinical instructor at the Wright State–Miami Valley College of Nursing and Health, was recently elected president of the Ohio Nurses Association.
The Ohio State University, Wright State University and nine other Ohio colleges and universities will share a $3.5 million National Science Foundation grant over the next five years...
Social and political activist Paul Loeb will give a talk on “Community Service and Change” in the Wright State Student Union on Wednesday, Sept. 25.
People interested in working as nurse aides can now receive training in a new program offered by The Nursing Institute at Wright State University.
The Nursing Institute at Wright State University offered some fun [and educational] experiments and presentations to 34 of the 1800 students who came to Wright State University for the tournament, plus some accompanying parents.
Harriet Knowles, RN, MSN, Director of the Nursing Institute, came in wearing her original white uniform and cap.
Wright State University honored more than 2,000 graduates during its spring 2013 commencement ceremony April 27 in the Wright State Nutter Center.
Wright State University held its 77th commencement ceremony on Saturday, April 27, in the Wright State Nutter Center.
U.S. News & World Report has ranked Wright State University’s online Master of Nursing degree as among the best online graduate education programs in the nation.
Former Wright State social work student Rebecca Holtkamp and nursing student Karen Herzing were part of the program.
Alan Dine’s research career began with an internal medicine physician studying cardiac function measurement using echo, Doppler, and EKG.
At all levels of their education, Wright State nursing students use high-tech simulators to practice caring for patients.
As new dean Rosalie O’Dell Mainous steers the College of Nursing and Health, she has one simple goal in mind.
Forty-seven senior students and faculty from the College of Nursing and Health a health fair at Sinclair Community College.
Wright State blood pressure study improves treatment for elderly residents in rural Ohio.
Several hundred high school and college students interested in pursuing careers as doctors, nurses, veterinarians or other health professions converged...
Rosalie O’Dell Mainous, Ph.D., APRN, NNP-BC, associate dean for graduate programs and research at the University of Louisville, has been named dean of Wright State University-Miami Valley College of Nursing and Health, effective August 15.
Campus Life News
The Nurse Advocate Magazine
June 15, 2015
I want to start the week sharing some great news from the College of Nursing and Health. I’m happy to announce after considerable consideration the College of Nursing and Health has been granted additional space in the basement of University Hall. We have been fortunate to have been given classrooms 056 and 060 and we are in the process of creating plans to utilize this space as additional lab/simulation space. These rooms will become officially ours August 1st and I’m anxious to build a great space for our students. This space has been given to the college in addition to the 3rd floor space we have already gained. The third floor is in the process of being painted and having carpets cleaned for a June 23rd move. Summer might be a slower time on campus for some, but not this summer for the College of Nursing and Health!
I want to congratulate Deb Ulrich for her selection by the National League of Nursing in the 2015 Class of Fellows. Twenty two distinguished nurse educators have been selected for the ninth class of fellows for induction this coming October. This is a very competitive application process that takes into consideration several contributions including innovative teaching and learning strategies; nursing education research; faculty development; academic leadership and community partnerships. Congratulations Dr. Ulrich, we are very proud of your accomplishments and grateful you are a part of Wright State University’s College of Nursing and Health.
The Director of the BSN program, Lake Campus position has been posted. We hope to have someone in that position before the start of school in the fall.
I also received some good news this week regarding the IDEU. I made contact with the Department of Social Work, and they have agreed to participate in the interprofessional training model at Kettering Medical Center. This project continues to grow and is developing a campus wide reputation.
To close, I want to share again the great news that the CCNE Board of Commissioners has granted full accreditation status to our baccalaureate and master degree programs. This accreditation was granted for 10 years and is the maximum accreditation period given. Our current accreditation is now from November 17, 2014 to June30, 2025.
Upon reflection, the students, faculty and staff give me opportunities everyday to be proud of our accomplishments at the College of Nursing and Health. I believe that we are a great place to study and work and I know we will continue to do great things together in the future.
The summer semester is in full swing and students, faculty and staff are back to work. We had a great spring graduation ceremony with 2 DNP graduates, 76 graduate degrees awarded, 19 RN to BSN completions and 94 undergraduates finishing this spring. Congratulations again to all, we are very proud of our Wright State University nursing graduates!
I want to take the time to announce our newest partnership with Premier Health. On May 7th, 2015 an agreement was signed between Premier Health and Wright State University for the purpose of furthering the education of their nursing staff in our new online RN to BSN program. The enhanced Premier Health tuition assistance program means that a full-time employee may be eligible for an enhanced tuition assistance from Premier and then a matching Wright State University scholarship. Part-time employees are also eligible for enhanced tuition assistance but at a reduced rate of half of what full-time employees receive. We are very excited about this new partnership and look forward to helping Premier nurses reach their educational goals.
The College of Nursing and Health is in the process of hiring graduate research assistants for summer and fall semesters. We are very interested in hiring at least three research assistants to assist the faculty in their research--no experience necessary-- we will train you! Some things you might do in this role include data entry, literature searches, helping prepare poster presentations, and other research related activities. The projects involve simulation, psychiatric mental health issues, and interprofessional education to name a few. You earn a stipend and help with tuition. If you are interested in becoming a graduate assistant please contact Michelle Nkadi at the College of Nursing for more details. I also want to welcome our newest graduate assistant Melissa Meija who has started this semester and is working in the skills lab. Melissa is a 2011 BSN Wright State graduate and she is beginning work on her graduate degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner.
Next, I want to mention we have now had three classes go through the National Disaster Health Consortium’s program out at the National Disaster Medical Readiness facility, formerly called Calamityville. I’ve included a picture here so you can see the immersion experience in action! I’m happy to announce that on May 18th we had our third and largest class of 37 participants. I want to thank Dan Kirkpatrick, Sherry Farra and Harriet Knowles for all of their hard work and dedication to this exciting program and look forward to continued success. We will be conducting and an additional fall course October 12th through the 16th. If interested in attending please contact Harriet Knowles for additional information. You must be a licensed professional to attend.
I’m also excited to announce the College of Nursing and Health has been granted significant additional space in University Hall on the 3rd floor. This new space will include faculty offices, a conference room and a central location to support the research enterprise. Walls need to be painted, carpets cleaned and furniture ordered before we can move in but we have a tentative date of the week of June 15th for a move in. One of the best benefits of this additional space will be as faculty and staff move into the new space on the 3rd floor it will open up space on the faculty side of the first floor and no member of the faculty will have to share an office as we rearrange office assignments. Once everyone has moved to the 3rd floor, we will work on reassigning offices on the first floor. The goal will be to have everyone moved into their new spaces before fall semester.
Change is a constant part of our lives and the biggest change in terms of faculty recently is the retirement of Dr. Donna Miles Curry and Dan Kirkpatrick. I want to thank Donna and Dan for their service to the College of Nursing and Health and the lasting impression that they have left on the students, faculty and staff. It is going to be hard to imagine the College of Nursing and Health without them and they will be missed. Both have plans to return after their mandatory retirement period to contribute to the mission and vision of the college using their special skill sets. Another change in the College of Nursing and Health is that our Business Manager Steve Johnson has taken an opportunity at the University of South Florida and will be leaving us On June 19th. We will begin our search for a suitable replacement and we wish the best to Steve and his family on their new adventure.
As always I want to that the faculty, staff and students for making the College of Nursing and Health a great place to work and learn.
Best wishes for a great summer!
1 May 2015
The culmination of the semester is here, finals week! All of the hard work of students, faculty and staff for the entire semester comes down to this week. I couldn’t be happier watching our students move through the program, each one approaching graduation and beginning or advancing their careers. I congratulate all of our graduates as they move from students to graduates. I know your family, friends, and the faculty and staff are proud of your achievements here at Wright State University’s College of Nursing and Health.
Convocation ceremony will be this Friday, May 1st at 3:00pm at the Nutter Center. After the ceremony we will have a reception for graduates and family so please plan to attend and wish your classmates good luck and farewell to the faculty. We look forward to a great afternoon and I’m anxious to see each on you as you finish this part of the journey and begin the next.
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend a conference in Las Vegas on the latest thinking and strategies for promoting civility in the academic and practice environments. In all, a group of eight from the College of Nursing attended the conference. In attendance was myself, Associate Provost Steve Berberich, Rosemary Eustace, Cindra Holland, Beverly Bias, Maura Boesch, Nicole Loy, and student Anthony Schwaiger. We came home with great strategies on promoting civility and we will continue to work on creating a positive environment in the College of Nursing and Health.
I would like to take the time to congratulate our faculty and students who presented their research at the Midwest Nursing Research Society conference that was held April 16th through the 19th. Representing Wright State University were faculty members Sherry Farra PhD, Sherrill Smith PhD, Deb Ulrich PhD, Tara Konicki PhD, and Yi-Hui Lee PhD. Additionally the following five students presented their work representing the College of Nursing and Health: Lisa Jasin DNP, Camilla Brewer, Charlene Dusing, Eva Fried and Jennifer Wiedel. Additionally, Charlene Dusing who is in the AC-PNP program she was awarded honorable mention in the Master's student competition. Thank you all for representing the college so well at this event.
Lastly, I want to mention we have now had our second class go through the National Disaster Health Consortium’s program out at the National Disaster Medical Readiness facility, formerly called Calamityville. The National Disaster Health Consortium is an interprofessional disaster training program developed and offered by the College of Nursing and Health with support from the National Center for Medical Readiness (NCMR). The innovative program provides critical training to a broad range of health care professionals and first responders to facilitate teamwork. We were fortunate to have the nursing leadership team of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital come and visit the class while in session on Friday to see the training exercises. We were encouraged by their positive comments and hope to work with more institutions to offer this valuable training. The last training session this spring is scheduled for May 18th through the 22nd and an additional fall course October 12th through the 16th.
Finally, I need to report I have cancelled my trip to Nepal which was scheduled to occur the last two weeks of May. There is such sadness and suffering now in Kathmandu; I can’t even imagine the devastation and heartache. Please keep the Nepalese people in your thoughts and prayers. I still hope to develop an international service-learning course in Nepal for our nursing students that want to focus on the reduction of infant mortality and have an interest in global health.
Best wishes for a peaceful, relaxing summer!