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Monday, November 24, 2014

The Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences hosted a "Let's Get Ugly" Christmas party last week. The Student Nurses Association, SCRUBS Society, Living Learning Community, and Peer Mentoring groups planned the event. Students from the Nursing, Dietetics, Exercise Science, and Athletic Training were all represented at the party. Students wore their ugliest Christmas gear and mixed and mingled with their peers and instructors while eating some homemade goodies. Faculty planned Stress Reducing activities to help students prepare for finals and at the end of the evening prizes were given out to students. A good time was had by all!






Thursday, November 6, 2014

Dwight Schar College of Nursing has Surprise Visitor

The Dwight Schar College of Nursing had a wonderful surprise visitor this afternoon. Helen Wappner,  a 1936 graduate from the Mansfield General School of Nursing, dropped by to tour the new facility and visit with fellow nursing alum, students and staff. Helen mentioned that much has changed from when she was a nursing student but stopped by the familiar mirror noting that "you always looked at yourself before leaving to be sure you are appropriately dressed". Helen turned 99 this year and was very happy to stop by to visit.

Helen Wappner with daughter Diane Krocker
Helen poses in front of the class mirror.


Friday, October 24, 2014

Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program at CONHS proves to be a success!

Patti Clayburn and Billie Maglott, Clinical Assistant Professors at the college of nursing, traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico, from 10/20-10/25 to the University of New Mexico Mentoring Conference to present research from our College of Nursing's Peer-to-Peer Mentoring program.
 
The research shows the college of nursing increasing retention of nursing students at a percentage of 86%, a number even larger than the University retention level as a whole. Qualitative results from the research show how important the mentoring program is to freshmen nursing students who receive support from sophomore, junior, and/or senior nursing students. Upper classmen receive benefits as well when providing support and friendship to freshmen students.
 
The Peer-to-Peer Mentoring program kicks off this year Wednesday, Oct. 29th, on the Ashland campus with a mixer and scavenger hunt.



Thursday, October 23, 2014

AU Students Attend Research Day at Walsh University & meet Award-Winning Nursing Theorist



Ashland University College of Nursing students had the opportunity to attend Research Day at Walsh University on October 17, 2014. Students were able to learn from the many poster presentations as well as meet a distinguished nursing theorist, Dr. Betty Neuman. Dr. Neuman created the Neuman Systems Theory that is studied in NUR 460 course at the College of Nursing.


Left to Right: Dr. Jacqueline Fawcett, Dr. Karen Estridge, Lorie Levy, Lisa Deschner and Dr. Betty Neuman
Lisa Deschner, Linda Griggs, and Lorie Levy view a poster about "Assessment, Knowledge, Attitudes and Perceptions of Nurses Caring for Older Adults"
Dr. Betty Neuman receives the first Neuman Research award









Friday, October 10, 2014

SCRUBS Society 2nd Pod Party of the semester

The SCRUBS Society 2nd Pod Party of the Semester. This was perfect timing for our students to meet our faculty and hang out at the "island" during their midterms/finals.












Thanks to Sharon See, Melessa Starnes Damoff, Patti Clayburn, Wanda Franklin, Cheri Sudar, Jodie Flynn, Ashley Christman, for iviting everyone to the "islands"

The SCRUBS Society Collect for Harmony House

The SCRUBS Society held a collection drive in support of Harmony House of Mansfield. Harmony House provides emergency housing, food and supportive services to individuals and families, who are homeless, while they work to rebuild their independence.




Alumni Banquet 2014

The Dwight Schar College of Nursing Alumni Association held their annual banquet on September 26, 2014, at the Brown Derby Roadhouse in Ontario.  There were approximately 60 alumni in attendance from Mansfield General Hospital School of 
 Nursing, MedCentral College of Nursing and AU Dwight Schar College of Nursing. 

The primary function of the nursing alumni association is to raise money for student scholarships and to support other activities of the nursing students.  This year the alumni were able to give three $1000 scholarships.  Winners were chosen by the alumni executive board based on an essay each applicant wrote answering the question "What are the qualities of a good nurse and how do you meet that criteria".  The students receiving the scholarships were Robyn Siburt, Justin McMahon and Charles Murray. 
 
Justin McMahon and Robyn Siburt
 
Tammy Patterson Young, Dianne Mandeville Gibbs and Vi Leggett
Also honored during the evening were the 25 and 50 year graduates.  There were 14 graduates from the 1964 Class of Mansfield General Hospital School of Nursing.  There was one graduate from the 1989B Class of Mansfield General and for the first time, we had two graduates of the RN to BSN 1989 Class of Ashland University.  
 
Back row: Marjean Miller Bender Kohler, Marilyn Huffman Thompson, Joan Bunsey, Gwen Eller Bohland, Brenda Bedell Benson, Barbara Hedges Bates, Judith Durkin Custer and Carolyn Robinson Adams Front Row: Karen Zaebst Feichtner, Julie Kozma Kissel, Sandra Christman Harriger, Elaine Haring Pavkov, Cora Jean Tillman Brodnax and Anita Green Acherman                                                                

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The SCRUBS Society finished up a two-day volunteer project with the New Store in Mansfield last week.
Brennae Porter, Elizabeth Barker, Emily Plues, Molly Brys, Jennifer Cipra, Katherine Palmer, Brooke Agnes, Allison Johnson, Paige Carper

The New Store was formed in 1996 under the name The Richland County Children Services Auxiliary. It began when community minded individuals desired to help the children, associated with Richland County Children Services, receive Christmas gifts. This organization has since grown and provides multiple services to better the lives of children in Richland County.

The New Store provides clothing at no cost to local qualifying school children. The SCRUBS Society helped with Dressing Days which is the highlight of their program. They helped the children pick out clothes and encouraged them as they go throughout the store. SCRUBS Society president Brooke Agnes, shares "The New Store was such an amazing experience. It was truly an incredible time and the kiddos are fantastic!"
 

Justin McMahon, Steven Chittenden, Kaitlyn Runser, Robyn Siburt, Samantha Kissel, Jaclyn Runser, Katie Leffler, Paige Carper, Chanse Walker
Elizabeth Barker, Molly Brys, Emily Plues, Allison Johnson
Paige Carper, sophomore SCRUBS member organized the volunteer project with the group. She stated, "Everyone did absolutely amazing and the women working there said they truly appreciate us volunteering and would love to have us back".