Friday, May 20, 2016

New Accelerated & Advanced Entry Students

The new Accelerated and Advanced Entry students started their journey with the CONHS starting May 12th with their orientation.



Thursday, May 19, 2016

Update: Navajo Immersion

Erin Seifert, Kaley Harrison, Emily Wood & Hannah Wetzel
at the Tsehootooi Medical Center
Monday through Wednesday students enjoyed observational experiences at the Tsehootsooi Medical Center and traveling around the reservation with the Home Based Care nurses.  The hospital experiences correlated well and validated the cultural assessment information learned during the HS 380 Navajo Reservation Cultural Immersion course.

The bilingual Home Based Care nurses were very open and accepting of each student. Sharing an insider’s perspective during the visits to patient homes made the experiences more meaningful. We appreciate their giving nature and kindness which is characteristic of the Navajo culture.

Kristy Getz had a great day in Labor and Delivery and had the privilege to be present for a birth! A moment she will treasure and never forget! This was
absolutely one of our hospital highlights.

Allison Lester & Alyssa Beto on a drive from a Home Care visit
Some students spent time with Wes Kyser and John
Wes Kyser & John Horst in the ICU
Horst on the ICU unit. Both Wes and John graduated from the AU nursing program in 2014 and are alumni of the Navajo course as well. Wes and John shared with student their experiences coming to the Rez, and transitioning to Reservation life. Nursing administrators had great things to say about John and Wes. It was a great for current students to see firsthand one of the opportunities available to professional nurses.

Emily Donahue and faculty leaders Nancy Thorne and Sharon See attended an Navajo Human Research Review Board meeting to learn more about the procedures required to conduct research on the Reservation.

Tonight we are headed to Rio Puerco youth center… be on the lookout from some pictures from there and our hike at the Window Rock!
Wes Kyser, a staff RN, and John Horst

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Nursing Students Visit Arizona for Navajo Immersion

Students from the Navajo Cultural Immersion course landed safely in Albuquerque, NM over the weekend. Each Spring, the course sends nursing students to study Native American culture in Window Rock, Arizona. They also are placed with nurses at the Tsehootsooi Medical Center in Fort Defiance (AZ). Below are a few pictures of their experience so far. Watch for more updates as they send more pictures from the Navajo Reservation!
The students with Sharon See MSN, RNC-OB and Nancy Thorne MSN, RN
at the airport as they land in Albuquerque, NM.
Students outside the Tsehootsooi Medical Center in Fort Defiance, AZ.
The students outside the Chuch Street Cafe in Albuquerque.
Students at the Navajo Nation Window Rock.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

AU to Graduate its First Doctor of Nursing Practice Student

Ashland University’s Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences will graduate its first student from the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at AU’s Spring Commencement on May 14. Teresa Schneider of Wooster, Ohio, will be the first student to receive the DNP degree through AU’s program.

“The first cohort of the DNP program was admitted and began coursework in June 2014. Individuals who have a master’s degree as an advanced practice nurse enter the program to complete doctoral studies,” said Dr. Faye Grund, dean of the Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences. “Those who are graduates of a bachelor’s degree in nursing program enter after one year of clinical experience and complete the BS to DNP program. These students are then eligible to test for certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner.”

Grund said a vision for graduate education of advanced practice nurses was initiated by the Schar College to assist surrounding communities with the current and projected shortage of primary care providers.

“The American Association of Colleges of Nursing initiated the directive to educate advanced practice nurses including nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, clinical nurse specialists and nurse anesthetists at the doctoral level, similar to physicians, pharmacists and physical therapists,” said Dr. Latina Brooks, director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. “This level of education for these providers is essential to advance health outcomes for communities and to promote health and wellness for populations.”

Grund said the program received approval from the Ohio Board of Regents in June 2013, approval from the North Central Association of the Higher Learning Commission in February 2014, entered the first cohort of students in June 2014, and had an accreditation site visit from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) in September 2015.

Schneider, whose background is in critical care, emergency nursing and flight nursing, is certified as a Family and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner as well as critical care nursing.

She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Ohio State University in 1983 and her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Wright State University in 1996. Her master’s thesis was titled “Incidence of Airway Management prior to arrival of a rotary airway service with the Glasgow Coma Scale Score as an Indicator.”

“I am proud of being able to attend Ashland University and be a part of this history and continue to work for advancements for our patients and profession,” Schneider said.

Schneider currently works as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in the emergency room at University Hospital’s Samaritan Medical Center in Ashland and Knox Community Hospital in Mount Vernon.

She believes that nursing is the most trusted profession, and notes that one of the highlights of her career was her work in flight nursing.

“My three children, ages 32, 26 and 19, are my biggest accomplishment and I am very proud of them, including my daughter in law,” she said. “They are all kind and intelligent.”

Now that her doctoral education is nearly complete, Schneider said she plans to spend more time working on some of her hobbies.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center hosts CONHS Nursing Students through Nurses Christian Fellowship

Student nurses from Nurses Christian Fellowship served the Raemelton Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Mansfield, OH. This center is dedicated to providing therapeutic riding for the handicapped. The center is located on the grounds of a former polo horse farm and includes an outdoor riding arena, an indoor riding arena with a heated viewing room, two barns and ample pasture space.







Thursday, April 21, 2016

AU Nursing Faculty Attend ATI National Nurse Educator Summit

Dr. Karen Estridge, Laura Gilmore and Dr. Lisa Young, all Ashland University Dwight Schar College of Nursing & Health Sciences faculty, attended the ATI National Nurse Educator Summit in Nashville from April 17-20, 2016. It featured nursing professionals from across the country who share the same passion for education, collaboration, and lifelong learning. They were able to join discussions on the critical issues facing nursing and healthcare today, as well as share knowledge, celebrate achievement and build relationships that promote a stronger nursing industry.



Estridge, Gilmore and Young were enlightened by the myriad of educational
seminars and professional networking with peers across the nation.
Dr. Estridge presented her preliminary research results
on Interteaching during Tuesday's poster sessions.


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Alumni Association Visits During Senior Week

The Dwight Schar College of Nursing Alumni Association was invited to join the events held at the College for senior students this week. They were able to meet many of the seniors and extend an invitation to join the Alumni Association after they graduate. The students were given magnets, and there were four raffle items available.  The winners were: Brooke Baker, Lauren Brumbaugh, Hannah Llewellyn and Abby Zacharias. Pictured below manning the table are Mansfield General Hospital School of Nursing graduates Rowean Santolucito, Shirley Tipper and Judy Davis.

Mansfield General Hospital School of Nursing Graduates:
Rowean Santolucito, Shirley Tiper and Judy Davis.