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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Navajo Immersion in Arizona

The College of Nursing is traveling to the Navajo this week to study Native American culture. Students will have the opportunity to interact with Navajo people during observations at the Tsehootsooi Medical Center and in the local community.

 Rez Refuge-Youth Center with AU student Ellie Scott

Hogan after the Blessing Ceremony

The top of Window Rock

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Nurses Day at the Statehouse

Post licensure students and faculty from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences joined over 400 Registered Nurses at Nurses Day at the Statehouse (NDASH) in Columbus Ohio on February 18, 2015. NDASH is organized by the Ohio Nurses Association and sponsored by many professional nursing organizations and educational programs. On this day, nurses have the opportunity to learn about current health related legislative initiatives and information; listen to the stories of nurse advocates who have successfully implemented change; attend legislative committees and hearings or two or the Ohio Statehouse; learn about effective communication with elected officials; and discuss healthcare issues with legislators in attendance.
Nine students in the RN to BSN Program and one student in the DNP Program attended, along with two faculty members.

Front: (L-R) Christa Harris, Jeanne Barker, Casey Simon, Megan Middleton, and Megan Barker. Back (L-R) Faculty Jackie Owens, Shawnda Geisel, Katy Corrigan, Denise Berger, Paula Carter, Faculty Karen Estridge, and Lori Sneeringer

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Nursing Professor Receives Mentor Award

Each year Ashland University Board of Trustees recognizes 8 mentors based on nominations by students. These letters are reviewed by the Academic Affairs Committee and the Board of Trustees and the top 8 are selected. Brenda DeHaan was awarded this honor this year and was nominated by senior nursing student Victoria Gill. Victoria's letter is a touching and wonderful reflection of Professor DeHann's committment to students.

Victoria's letter:

"Professor Brenda DeHaan is deeply committed to being an excellent teacher and truly forms a relationship with each and every one of her students. She has proven to be the greatest mentor I have had at this university. Upon my arrival to the hospital, I received my patient assignment and I almost fell over. My patient had numerous problems with a lot that I had never dealt with before. Professor DeHaan simply replied, "You'll be fine, I'm right here, I know you can do this!" When I have a bad day or feel like I cannot make it through nursing school, Professor DeHaan is he first person I would want to talk to. She has such a compelling, caring, nurturing personality. She helps students learn skills, but at the same time is always there for them when they have any problems, whether it is school, home, emotional, whatever it is she is always willing to help."

Congratulations Brenda!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Alumni Association Wrapping for Nursing Scholarships

During the Christmas holiday, the Ashland University Nursing Alumni Association wrapped gifts at UPS and the Richland Mall for busy shoppers. Customers gave donations which will be used for student nurse scholarships.
Rowean Santolucito, Shirley Tipper, Beth Griebling and Judy Davis

Monday, December 15, 2014

Recognition Ceremony December 2014

The Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences held a Recognition Ceremony on Friday, December 12th honoring 12 pre-licensure, 4 RN to BSN, and 17 School Nurse Licensure students. Congratulations to all!

Tradtional students: Catherine Collins, Lisa Deschner, Ashley Law, Lisa Linscott, Jenipher Mathys, Morgan Mayer, Molly Miller, Samantha Mowry, Macy Robertson, Tyler Sayre-Lafave, Brittany Schalk, Lana Surgener.

RN to BSN students: Deborah Baldridge, Nicole Crunkilton, Stephanie Gossman, Kim Stipek.

School Nurse Licensure students: Sarah Adkins, Tara Boone, Amanda Day, Shelby Gaul, Cynthia Hall, Monica Howell, Elisabeth Kaiser, Kelly Koehler, Molly Markley, Marybeth McCormick, Ali Natoli, Alicia Plymale, Wendy Ray, Megan Steiner, Megan Truax, Jill Wiles, Rachel Willis.

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.