Monday, October 29, 2018

Nursing Faculty Present Research at Transcultural Nursing Society Conference

Department of Nursing Professors Sharon See and Patti Clayburn, both Clinical Assistant Professors; Dr. Jacqueline Owens, Associate Professor; and Brenda DeHaan, Adjunct Nursing Faculty; participated in a panel discussion to present their cultural researchThe Influence of Cultural Simulation on Perceptions and Intent to Act, at the 44th Annual Conference of the Transcultural Nursing Society. The conference was held October 17-20, 2018 in San Antonio, TX. The aims of this mixed methods study were to understand the impact of the BaFa BaFa cultural simulation game on senior nursing students’ perceptions about culture and intent to act in their future practice and to inform nurse educators regarding practices to incorporate cultural simulation games.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Nursing Alumni Hold Annual Banquet

The Dwight Schar College of Nursing Alumni held their annual banquet at the Ontario Event Center (Ontario, OH) on September 22, 2018. The Classes of 1968 and 1993 of Mansfield General Hospital School of Nursing were honored. Each member gave a brief description of their careers. All had remained in the nursing field.

Mansfield General Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1968
Front row:  Carolyn Chandler Carpenter, Beverly Young Cruikshank, Carlene McNown Umstead & Kathy Gabriel Spiecher
Back row: Susan Eckstein Rothhaar, Cynthia Kreim Sheehan, Dian Seeds Clare, Janice Weaver O'Neil & Carla Whipps Shadwick

Mansfield General Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1993
Kathryn Haire

All of the 2018 scholarship winners were present. They are Katelyn Miller, Monica Dannemiller, Melanie Hyder and Amanda Janecek. Katelyn, Monica, and Melanie were chosen to receive $1000.00 each by the alumni board based on essays they wrote, which were read at the banquet. Amanda received $3163.00 from the Nursing Alumni Endowed Fund. 

Left to Right: Katelyn Miller, Melanie Hyder, Monica Dannemiller & Amanda Janecek

OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital, formerly Mansfield General Hospital, is celebrating 100 years in 2018. Jeff Mandeville and Kathleen Addlesperger from the Richland County Museum put on a funny skit portraying a doctor and a nurse in 1918. 

Winners of the raffle sponsored by the alumni association were: Mary Fair (MGH 1978), Eleanor Regula (MGH 1952) and Mary Lou Davidson (AU 1998). 

It was announced at the banquet that unless interest increases there is the potential to discontinue the annual banquets and the association may be disbanded. There are only a few who attend the meetings and are willing to help with activities. If you are interested, call any of the board members listed on the update letter which was included with your banquet invitation. Invite your classmates as well.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Doctor of Nursing Program Offers the Health Resources Service Administration (HRSA) Faculty Loan Program

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Ashland University is pleased to announce the reception of the Health Resources Service Administration (HRSA) Nurse Faculty Loan Program.  The purpose of this program is to provide loans to students who are committed to becoming nursing faculty.  This grant will provide support for up to 15 students enrolled in the DNP program to help pay for tuition, books and fees.  You may receive an application by contacting Lisa M. Young, DNP, APRN, director of the DNP program at or the administrative assistant, Wendi Bigelow at 419-521-6869 or  Applications will be reviewed and awarded on a first come first serve basis for qualified applicants.

This ICARE Ashland University Nurse Faculty Loan Program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $310, 348.00 with .09 percentage financed with non-governmental sources.  The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U. S. Government.

Friday, May 4, 2018

CONHS Faculty Presentations at Cleveland Clinic Nursing Research Conference

Three CONHS faculty presented at the Cleveland Clinic 14th Annual Nursing Research Conference, held May 2-3, 201,8 at the Marriott Cleveland East in Warrensville Heights, Ohio. Dr. Jackie Owens presented an invited session, Writing for Publication: Helpful Faculty and Student Resources Identified by Editors. Jackie also served as a judge for the conference poster presentations. Dr. Robin Brian gave an oral presentation titled, The Experiences of Living with Excess Weight as an Adolescent: Everyday Life and Healthcare Encounters. Dr. Jeri Berryman gave a poster presentation titled, Improving Nurse-Physician Communication & Collaboration Through Simulation: A Bridge to Patient Satisfaction. Over 200 nurses attended the conference.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Nursing Senior Day

Senior Day was held at the college of nursing on April 30th.  The alumni were represented by Shirley Tipper and Judy Davis.  They greeted students and invited them to join the alumni.  The following students won raffle gifts: Tessa Baker, Madeline Bowen, Angelina Hale, Erica Lawhun, Bridget McEldowney, Sarah Miller, Ashtyn Murphy, Tiffany Smith and Jennifer McElwain.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Nursing Students Inducted into Sigma

On Sunday, April 15, there were 46 students inducted into Sigma (formerly Sigma Theta Tau International) nursing honor society. The induction ceremony was held at the Mount Vernon Nazarene University Chapel in Mount Vernon, OH. The speaker, Patti Kastelic, Director of Cancer Services and Imaging at OhioHealth Mansfield and Shelby, was the speaker. Faye Grund, PhD, APRN from Ashland University, Judy Gregg, DNP, RN from Mount Vernon Nazarene University, and James Middleton, MSN, MBA, RN from Knox Community Hospital, received leadership awards.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Dietetics and Exercise Science Students Participate in Health Fair

On Friday, February 23, Dietetics and Exercise Science students participated in a Health Fair at Mifflin Elementary School in Mansfield. Students created interactive stations on nutrition and physical activity. Mifflin students in grades kindergarten through 4th grade attended the health fair. This is the second year Health Sciences students have participated.

Melissa Grubich Hunter, physical education teacher at Mifflin Elementary School, is pictured with
Denise Reed and Beth Patton, both professors in the Health Sciences department. 

Friday, January 26, 2018

CONHS Faculty Members Honored with Annual Mentor Awards

Pictured above (L to R) are Mary Camm, Dr. Deana Kehres, Dr. David Vanata,
Grace Reichard, Dr. Dennis Gruber, Jessica Zeitz, Jill Solis and Dr. Jeri Berryman
Eight Ashland University faculty members were honored during the University’s 32nd annual Academic Mentor Awards recognition ceremony held Jan. 26. Of the eight, five are CONHS faculty members. The program recognizes faculty whose academic leadership with regard to students extends beyond the classroom. The mentors, each nominated by an Ashland student, were presented an engraved silver plate at the event held in John C. Myers Convocation Center. 

Recipients from the CONHS this year are Dr. Jeri Berryman, clinical assistant professor; Dr. Dennis Gruber, chair of Health Sciences Department and clinical assistant professor; Deana Kehres, clinical assistant professor; Jill Solis, adjunct clinical education instructor; and Dr. David Vanata, associate professor of Health Sciences.

Friends, colleagues and family members attended the luncheon, joined by members of Ashland’s administration and Board of Trustees. Provost Dr. Eun-Woo Chang welcomed the guests and presided over the event, while also commending the award recipients and the students who nominated them. The awards were presented by Dustin Ness, chairman of the academic affairs committee of the Board of Trustees; and President Dr. Carlos Campo provided remarks.

Students nominated faculty or staff members using the criteria of history of their relationship, how they benefited academically, how their personal development has been enhanced by their mentor and what impact the mentor has had on the student’s progress at the University. Selections were made by the Academic Affairs Committee of the Ashland University Board of Trustees from the information included in the nomination letters.

Students who submitted winning nominations included: Nicole Ziegler, a senior from Medina, Ohio, majoring in Nursing, nominating Berryman; Jessica Zeitz, a senior from Bellevue, Ohio, majoring in Athletic Training, nominating Gruber; Mary Camm, a senior from Findlay, Ohio, majoring in Nursing, nominating Kehres; Gabrielle Hetzel, a senior from Hilliard, Ohio, majoring in Nursing, nominating Solis; and Grace Reichard, a senior from Nevada, Mo., majoring in Dietetics, nominating Vanata.

Berryman, who joined Ashland University in 2013, serves as a clinical assistant professor in the Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She received a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Indiana Wesleyan University, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ohio State University, an Associate Degree in Nursing from Regents College and an LPN from North Central Technical College.

Gruber, chair for the health sciences department, clinical assistant professor and program director for athletic training, joined Ashland University in 2003. His areas of expertise include acute and chronic pain and qualitative research. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Youngstown State University, a Master of Science from Ohio University and an Ed.D. in Curriculum Studies from Georgia Southern University. He is a site visitor and review team member for CAATE and a certified athletic trainer. 

Kehres, who serves as clinical assistant professor of nursing in the Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences, joined Ashland University in 2014 and she holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ashland University and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Akron. 

Solis joined Ashland University in 2017 and currently teaches Advance Simulation and Complex Care Clinicals through the Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University and is working to complete her Master of Science in Nursing as a Nurse Practitioner.    

Vanata, who joined Ashland University in 2002, serves as director of the Dietetics program and as associate professor of health sciences in the Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Stockton College, a Master of Science in Human Nutrition from Florida State University and a Ph.D. Human Nutrition from the University North Carolina Chapel Hill.

In nominating the recipients of this year’s Mentor Awards, the students wrote one-page essays about their mentors. Passages from these essays were distributed at the luncheon.