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Friday, October 2, 2015

Nursing Alumni Association Holds Alumni Banquet

The Dwight Schar College of Nursing Alumni Association held their banquet on September 25, 2015, at the Ontario Event Center in Ontario, OH. There were approximately 65 people in attendance. There were graduates of Mansfield General Hospital School of Nursing, MedCentral College of Nursing, Ashland University Dwight Schar College of Nursing & Health Sciences, scholars and their guests.

Helen Gilmore Wappner, who is 100 years old, was in attendance. She graduated from Mansfield General Hospital School of Nursing in 1936. Also present was Jane Fransens Beeching, 90 years of age, who graduated with the MGH Class of 1946.

The main function of the Nursing Alumni Association is to raise money to give student scholarships and to support other student activities. For the traditional scholarships, the students are asked to complete an essay based on a question given to them. This year the question was, "What are the qualities of a good nurse and how do you fit those qualities?" The recipients are Sheila Owens-Bauer (senior, RN to BSN), Suzanne Evans (junior, Rn to BSN) and Kacey Kovac (junior, prelicensure).

The Alumni Association established a $50,000 Endowed Scholarship; this was the first year it yeilded funds. There were four prelicensure students who received endowed scholarships: Shelbi Brokaw (junior), Jasmine Pelfrey (junior), Dayna Nelson (senior) and Tricia Thomas (senior).

Left to Right: Suzanne Evans, Jackie Owens (AU faculty & alum), Sheila Owens-Bauer

Left to Right: Kacey Kovac, Tricia Thomas, Shelbi Brokaw

Agnes Branham (left) graduated from Mansfield General Hospital School of Nursing in 1990.
Bev Nelson (right) graduated in 1990 from Ashland University.

The 50 year class is the Class of 1965. They graduated from Mansfield General Hospital School of Nursing.
Front row: Naomi Soliday Stahl, Mary Aichholz Tackett, Gertrude "Trudi" Hassman Ward,
Sharon Frye Smith, Carol Snyder Thompson
Back row: Judy Greer Davis, Mary Cover Bishop, Susan Ehret Baker, Joann Hout Plaster, Tom Blaney

Friday, September 18, 2015

Kehres Recognized for Continued Contributions

Last week, OhioHealth MedCentral received The American Cancer Society's Corporate Award.

Deanie Kehres, MSN, APRN, CNS, AOCNS, Clinical Assistant Professor and Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist, was recognized for her contributions to the American Cancer Society through the years, and her support of the programs she organized while at OhioHealth. These programs continue to directly impact the “patient experience” when diagnosed with cancer.

Deanie continues in her Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist role as the Oncology Nurse Educator within the OhioHealth System, along with her faculty role here at Ashland University.

Patti Kastelic, MS, RN, Director of Oncology Services, thanked her for her continued contributions. She is pictured here with the ACS award given to the hospital.

Deanie Kehres, MSN, APRN, CNS, AOCNS

Friday, September 11, 2015

August 2015 Nursing Recognition Ceremony

On August 7, 2015, graduating nursing students gathered to receive their nursing pins. Congratulations graduates!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

In Her Own Words

Mr. & Mrs. Schroeder
"After graduating in August, I was able to take the NCLEX in September and pass on the first try with only 75 questions. I know it was from all the preparation of this faculty and the encouragement and dedication to making us stronger nurses. I also finally see now how important the ATI program turned out to be. 
I received a job offer at Grant Medical Center in downtown Columbus. I had worked there over the last 3 years and was able to keep a contingent position while in school at Ashland. After graduation, I picked up more shifts before the NCLEX and was offered a job without even applying. I started at the end of October, one week after my honeymoon, on a trauma intermediate unit. I started out on nights and after three months they gave me the opportunity to move to days. Some days I have to pinch myself knowing that I am a real nurse and am doing what I have worked so hard to do. Every day I go into work excited because I know I am going to learn something new and will have the ability to help my patients. This is an amazing honor and privilege. 
In March, I went to the Statehouse to advocate for suicide prevention with members of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). I remember in school a few teachers going over the legislative process and the power nurses can have in government. I never believed I would be one of those nurses. After that day, I was blown away by the ability to be able to speak on the behalf of patients. I was shocked by the instant respect I received from our state's lawmakers when I said I was a nurse. 
In April, I started volunteering for a not-for-profit health clinic in a low socioeconomic area of Columbus. This afforded me the opportunity to give back to the community and be able to use the knowledge that I have gained over the last two years of my nursing training.
Maybe one day I will move up to an ICU position or maybe even go back to school for my NP, but for now I am happy and could not be more thankful for the role all of you played in this. Ashland will always have a warm spot in my heart. I made great friends in our class and still keep in touch with several of my classmates. Maybe it was the small class size of the accelerated program, but I will always cherish that group of people. 

Thank you again for everything you have done. I truly appreciate it."
- Katilin (McCleary) Schroeder ('14)

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Nurses Christian Fellowship Gathers September 8th

On September 8th, the members of the Nurses Christian Fellowship gathered.

"God is so good! Such a wonderful Nurses Christian Fellowship get together tonight! It was awesome sharing our hearts and learning more about being called to nursing. Next gathering is September 22nd 7pm in 1081 apartments! Hope to see you there!"
-Brook Agnes, Senior Nursing Student

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

AU CONHS to Host STTI Fall Breakfast & Scholarly Meeting

On Saturday, October 10, 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Sigma Theta Tau International will host a Fall Breakfast and Scholary Meeting at the Dwight Schar College of Nursing & Health Sciences located on S. Trimble in Mansfield.

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.: Breakfast, Networking & Scholarly Poster Presentation
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: Featured CEU Event with Amy Baden & Tim Cooper with Lifeline of Ohio
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.: Annual Business Meeting, Awards & Raffles

Featured Program:"Explore Personal Feelings and Legislation Pertaining to Organ and Tissue Donation"
NLN Approval #OLN-S-1716-15
1 CEU Offering

Cost: $10 for members, $15 for non-members, $5 for students/retired members
*A portion of every payment goes to support the Rho Nu Graduate Scholarship Fund

Please RSVP by October 5, 2015, to Christy Heid at cheid@ashland.edu or 419.575.0339.

**Bring a winter clothing item for children (mittens, coats, hats, socks) and receive a ticket towards the raffle drawing. Donations will go to children in the Richland & Knox County areas.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Sigma Theta Tau International Rho Nu-at-Large Chapter #419 Volunteers

July 27, 2015 -- STTI Rho Nu-at-Large Chapter #419 volunteered at the Knox County Fair in the Comfort Care Station. They were supported by the local Red Cross chapter.

Monday, July 20, 2015

In Remembrance: Penny S. Snyder

Penny S. Snyder
Penny was a joy to have as a Nursing faculty member. She will be greatly missed in the AU CON family. Prayers and condolences go to her family and friends.
Penny S. Snyder, 51, of New Washington passed away on Friday, July 17, 2015, at home, her death was unexpected.  Penny was born May 4, 1964, in Bucyrus to Delbert and Marilyn (McCracken) Koons who survive in Brokensword.  She is also survived by daughter Meghan Snyder of Mansfield; brothers Chuck (Betty) Koons Jr. of Bucyrus and Douglas Koons of Sycamore; sister Nancy (Sidney) Maples of Sycamore; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

The family will be receiving friends from 4 until 8 pm Wednesday, July 22, at Munz-Pirnstill Funeral Home. There will be a service provided by the Ladies of the Moose at 7:45 pm Wednesday evening. Funeral services will be Thursday at 11 am in the funeral home with Rev. Glory Geib officiating, burial will follow at Brokensword Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Scioto United Methodist Church, American Diabetes Association, or American Heart Association. Visit munzpirnstill.com to leave condolences.