Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Nursing Alumni Association Hold Banquet

The Dwight Schar College of Nursing Alumni Association held their annual banquet at the Ontario Event Center on October 1, 2016. There were approximately 50 people in attendance. The graduating classes of 1966 and 1991 of Mansfield General Hospital School of Nursing and Ashland College were honored. The only members present from those classes were two members of the MGH Class of 1966. They were Mary Morrow Appellof and Esther Tallentire Evans.  Also attending was Jane Fransens Beeching, a member of the MGH Class of 1946, celebrating 70 years since graduation.

The Alumni Association awarded three $1000 scholarships to students who wrote essays answering the question: "What are the qualities of a good nurse and how do you fit those qualities?" The essays were evaluated by the alumni board. The students selected this year are: Emily Donahue, Samantha Birchall and Katie Lemmeir. We also had two students who received scholarships from our Endowed Scholarship Fund. They are Kate Hogsette and Katrina McEuen. In total, the Nursing Alumni provided approximately $4500 in scholarship funds to students this year.

Mansfield General Hospital School of Nursing Class of 1966:
Mary Morrow Appellof & Esther Tallentire Evans
Nursing Alumni Scholarship Recipients:
Katrina McEuen, Emily Donahue & Samantha Birchall
Emily Donahue (middle), an AU nursing student, was awarded a scholarship
from the Nursing Alumni Association. Her proud grandmother,
Linda Lombard Konves, is on the left. Linda graduated from Mansfield
General Hospital School of Nursing in 1962. Emily's mom, Karen Donahue,
is on the right

On September 22, 1924, seven women graduated from Mansfield General School of Nursing. The following day they were all sitting around the fire place on their time off discussing their future. They realized  their class would be the beginning of an Alumni Association and in order to have an organization they must appoint officers. So after some discussion they came up with the following officers, President Miss Gayle C. Rife, Secretary Miss Laura Ricker, Treasurer Miss Ruby Maurer, Miss Kathryn Van Tilburg was named Trustee.

Activities of the association are many and varied. Scholarships are granted to worthy student nurses on the basis of merit or need and continued throughout the three years upon satisfactory academic standing. Trends in medical research, community projects, and other interesting and informative programs highlight their monthly meetings.

Graduate nurses are urged to actively participate in the association to future the closeness of the profession.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Faculty & Students Volunteer at Amish Health Fair

On Tuesday, August 23, 7 students along with Sharon See, Clinical Assistant Professor, and Marje Silcox, Adjunct Instructor, volunteered at the annual Amish Health Fair. The event was held at Windy Knolls in Sullivan, OH. Students checked blood pressure and blood sugar readings and assisted with other participants as needed. Approximately 300 Amish attended the event to learn about fire safety, basic CPR and buggy safety on the highway.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Winners of the CONHS Knowledge Integration Research Day

In order left to right from first to fifth place:  Marjie Smallman, Erin Burke,
Maria Neville, Taylor Mellick, and Alvine Kombem

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences held the summer Knowledge Integration Research Day on July 25, 2016. Each student presented an interesting research poster, that represented several journal articles of current research from which they integrated the knowledge for use in nursing practice. The seniors did an excellent job disseminating new information on their chosen topics.

The poster session is a required assignment in the "Nursing Leadership and Management of Healthcare Organizations" course, taught by Dr. Karen Estridge.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Two AU Nursing Grads Nominated for OhioHealth Prism Award

The Compassionate Care Team at OhioHealth Mansfield has been nominated for an OhioHealth Prism Award. On that team is Brittany Trease, a 2010 graduate of MedCentral College of Nursing, and Kentee Fitch, a May 2016 graduate of Ashland University Dwight Schar College of Nursing & Health Sciences. Brittany precepted Kentee during her senior year at AU this past Spring. The team was nominated by Aimee Fahey, Director of Nursing on the Critical Care, Step-Down and Trauma units at OhioHealth Mansfield.

Aimee describes Brittany and Kentee’s compassionate care below:
“Brittany and Kentee had taken care of [the patient] several times and had formed a bond with the family. The family made a special request that Brittany and Kentee have him that evening. Several hours later, after he passed away, they presented his wife with what’s called a ‘heartbeat in a bottle.’ The bond with these two nurses was so great that the family requested they attend the patient’s funeral, which they graciously did. They continued to support this family through this difficult time even after the patient and family were no longer under their care.”
The OhioHealth Prism Awards is OhioHealth’s “most prestigious event. They recognize the many extraordinary and inspirational ways [they] model the behaviors connected to OhioHealth’s core values of compassion, excellence, integrity and stewardship.”

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Ashland University’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Program Receives National Accreditation

6/9/16 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University’s Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences has received the initial national accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (  for its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs.

Ashland University's Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Both the Master of Science to DNP Program and the Bachelor of Science to DNP Program received a five-year initial accreditation, the maximal length awarded to new programs.

“We are thrilled because the board determined that the programs met all accreditation standards with no compliance concerns,” said Dr. Faye Grund, dean of the Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

“This accreditation speaks to our exemplary programs and the commitment we have from the University’s administration and the community. I am extremely proud of our faculty, staff and our students,” Grund said. “We are dedicated to ensuring high quality advanced practice nursing education, and the accreditation demonstrates that our DNP programs are meeting national standards and preparing our graduates to become competent primary care providers in today’s complex healthcare environment.”

In the letter to University officials stating the accreditation, Dr. Susan Ruppert, chair of the Board of Commissioners, noted that “the commissioners join me in expressing our very best wishes as you continue to promote excellence in nursing education.”

Dr. Latina Brooks, director of AU’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, noted that the accreditation is a non-governmental peer-review process that operates in agreement with nationally recognized standards established for the accreditation of nursing practice throughout the country.

“The commission’s standards for accreditation include reviews of the program’s mission and governance, institutional commitment and resources, curriculum and teaching-learning practices, and assessment and achievement of program outcomes,” Brooks said.

Each institution is required to submit a report to the commission, which addresses each standard. The process includes an on-site visit over multiple days that involves meetings with students and institutional and external constituents. The commission visitors observe classroom, laboratory and clinical experiences of students and review documents supporting the overall quality of the programs, including student evaluations of courses, clinicals and faculty, as well as student graduation, licensure and certification pass rates.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2016, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.                                                                                ###


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The BAYADA Awards: Supporting Advances in Education & Practice

Since they were established in 2004, the BAYADA Awards have recognized nurses for their ideas enhancing technological innovation in nursing education and practice. Proposals from professionals in health care from various backgrounds were considered, and on May 5, 2016, for the second year, awards were presented for Technological Innovation in Health Care Education and Practice.

The 2016 BAYADA Award recipients are Joshua D. Lenchus, DO, associate professor of Clinical Medicine and Anesthesiology at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, for leading the way to the next generation of invasive bedside procedural instruction; and the team of Yvonne Weideman, DNP, assistant professor and coordinator of Second Degree Programs at Duquesne University School of Nursing, Joan Such Lockhart, PhD, clinical professor and MSN Nursing Education Program coordinator at Duquesne University School of Nursing, Marie Panas, MSN, Instructor at Duquesne University School of Nursing; Lisa M. Young, DNP, assistant professor and Director of the Simulation Center at the Ashland University Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Faye Grund, PhD, Dean of the Ashland University Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and Mark Fridline, PhD, instructor and BS/MD enrollment coordinator at the University of Akron, for establishing a virtual clinical experience to build cultural competence.

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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