Monday, November 6, 2017

Nursing Alumni Association Annual Banquet

The Dwight Schar College of Nursing Alumni Association held their banquet on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at the Ontario Events Center. They honored the 1967 graduating class of Mansfield General Hospital School of Nursing. Those in attendance from the 50 year class were: Sharon McCafferty Doerner, Carol Grable Heter and Shirley Bowser Chambers. Also honored was the 1992 Class of MGH School of Nursing. Members present from the 25 year class were Alison Myers, Bonnie Lashley Kitzmiller, Carleen Brooks and Judith Blandi. Scholarship recipients were announced. The two recipients who were present, Angelina Hale and Alyssa Hanes, read the essays they wrote to apply for the scholarships. The alumni really enjoyed hearing from current students and it is apparent that we have very thoughtful capable young people entering the nursing profession. Winners of the raffle were: Fran Gengo, Cheryl Dunlap and Carolyn Bloodhart. Each received $100.

Sharon McCafferty Doerner, Carol Grable Heter & Shirley Bowser Chambers,
members of the MGH Class of 1967, celebrated their 50th Anniversary.
They each shared highlights of their careers and how things have changed over the years. 


The MGH Class of 1992 celebrated their 25th Anniversary at the Nursing alumni banquet.
They are Alison Myers, Bonnie Lashley Kitzmiller, Carleen Brooks & Judith Blandi.
Bonnie traveled from Florida to join the gathering.

Three $1000 scholarships were awarded by the Nursing Alumni Association.
Recipients were Angelina Hale & Alyssa Hanes. not pictured is Brooklyn Gottfried.
There were two scholarships awarded from the Endowed Fund. Each received $1014.
Those recipients are Mary Camm & Amanda Cole.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Clayburn Presents at Eagle Enrichment Series

On Tuesday, October 24, as part of the Eagle Enrichment series, Patti Clayburn, MS, RN, Clinical Assistant Professor at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, gave a presentation, 'Alcohol, Heroin and Fentanyl, Oh My!', on Ashland University's main campus about the current heroin epidemic in Ohio as well as college-aged drinking and its consequences. "Although the heroin epidemic sees far greater numbers of overdoses and deaths in our state, binge drinking on college campuses is more of an epidemic with college students aged 18-24," says Clayburn. "Six alcohol poisoning deaths occur every day in the United States. Binge drinking results in serious consequences such as the potential for death, as well as the potential to be sexually assaulted (97,000 sexual assaults were reported in the U.S. last year due to alcohol on college campuses). Making students aware of these and other serious consequences is so important!"






Thursday, October 12, 2017

Faculty Present at STTI Chapter Meeting

Faye Grund and Patti Clayburn from AU College of Nursing, Billie Maglott from Mount Nazarene College of Nursing and Mark Fridline from Akron University presented their original research on mentoring within an accelerated nursing program at the Sigma Theta Tau International Rho Nu chapter meeting on October 2, 2017. The poster, entitled Accelerated Second Degree Mentoring Program, explains how the research showed positive qualitative results in that students who had a mentor nursing student (a student ahead of them in the program) felt support and friendship during the time of mentorship.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Ashland University Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences Receives $199,325 from the Ohio Board of Nursing for Post Licensure Program

9/15/17 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University’s Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CONHS) was awarded $199,325 in renewal grant funding from the Ohio Board of Nursing’s Nurse Education Grant Program (NEGP). This two-year grant funding makes possible Ashland University’s Accent on the Individual: Increasing Student Enrollment and Faculty/Instruction Personnel through Academic/Health Care System Partnerships.
According to Dr. Faye Grund, dean of the Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences, this project expands on the previous NEGP grant project to increase baccalaureate professional nurses and promote graduate nursing education. NEGP 2015-17 grant program partnerships with Marion Technical College and Stark State College will continue through 2019, in addition to new grant partnerships with North Central State College and Avita Health System.
“Goal one of the project is to increase Ashland University’s RN to BSN program enrollment capacity by 50 students in 2019,” Grund said. “Associate degree students at partnering institutions will have the opportunity to dually enroll at their institution and Ashland’s CONHS to streamline their pathway from an associate’s degree to a bachelor’s degree.”
Dr. Jody Hostetler, RN to BSN faculty member and faculty lead on the grant, said the project is designed to provide a seamless progression for nurses seeking to complete a baccalaureate degree.
“This model promotes adult student success by offering courses in a more manageable and supportive 16-week hybrid delivery method on the grant partner campuses,” she added. “Avita Health System nurses will receive support for those new to online learning including a hybrid delivery of the seven-week courses in the 16-week semester, both face-to-face and online at the Avita Health System campuses.”
The second project goal increases graduate nursing programs enrollment capacity by 40 students in 2019. Grund said this increase of Ohio nursing students will be accomplished through the expansion of recruiting resources, student advising and education models for graduate candidates at partnering institutions.
Grund said AU is working to create multiple graduate pathways for nursing students. Through the project work of the 2015-17 NEGP grant project, the CONHS received approval to begin the DNP Health Systems Leadership track in the fall of 2017. The Nurse Educator Certificate program for the fall of 2017 will expand nurses’ content expertise regarding curriculum development and educational theory preparing them for roles in the classroom, laboratory, clinical and online learning environments.
Kathy Durflinger, vice president and chief nursing officer for Avita Health System, said Avita Health System is very excited to partner and participate in the RN to BSN Grant Program with Ashland University.
“As an organization, we are committed to staff development and ongoing professional education. In our efforts to meet the state and national goal that all registered nurses achieve their BSN by the year 2020, this grant opportunity is a practical way to offer the BSN courses onsite at the Avita Health System facilities,” Durflinger said. “Avita nurses will not have to travel to the college campus but instead can attend classes at the hospital campus, which is convenient and appealing to them. Registered nurses make up the largest percentage of employees at Avita and we are grateful to be able to provide this educational opportunity with Ashland University to our staff.”
Cindy Hartman, nursing director for Marion Technical College Nursing Program, also was excited about the project.
“The Marion Technical College Nursing Program provides quality education to prepare students for vital positions in the nursing profession. We support the continued professional growth of our Associate Degree students and graduates by forming a partnership with Ashland University,” Hartman said. “This partnership supports the growth of the nursing profession by creating a pathway to the baccalaureate degree. The ultimate goal of this partnership is to provide the highest quality nursing care to patients, families and communities.”
Dr. Lada Gibson-Shreve, provost and chief academic officer at Stark State, said that “Stark State’s mission is focused on affordable and transferable education as well as academic partnerships. The grant with Ashland University supports Stark State’s mission.” Dr. Kathy Sommers, dean of Health and Public Services at Stark, added that “the partnership with Ashland University provides students the opportunity to pursue baccalaureate professional nursing education, which is important to the students and our community. We both look forward to continuing the partnership, to advancing student success and to supporting health care in our communities.”
Dr. Kelly Gray, dean of Health Sciences for North Central State College, said she is pleased that graduates have another option for continuing to grow in the nursing profession. “While most NC State RN and LPN graduates enter the workforce, many pursue their bachelor’s degrees, and a few graduates pursue both. This partnership is another opportunity for practicing professionals to explore opportunities to move into nursing leadership and management. It helps NC State meet its mission and commitment to the region, and continue to provide a stream of qualified nurses to serve the growing needs of the health care industry here in north central Ohio,” Gray said.
AU plans to seek approval of a Master of Science in Nursing by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, the North Central Association of the Higher Learning Commission, and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The College anticipates that this degree program will be available in 2018.
Ashland University’s CONHS is guided by its values of Integrity, Caring, Accountability, Respect and Excellence (I CARE) to educate individuals to become health care professionals committed to health related practice, leadership, and service. The CONHS provides undergraduate and graduate education in Nursing, Athletic Training, Dietetics, and Exercise Science and its graduates are prepared both professionally and personally for the challenges of an exciting and rewarding career as healthcare professionals.
Avita Health System is dedicated to providing an extraordinary patient experience and is proud to have patient satisfaction scores ranking above most regional and national health systems, as measured by the independent patient satisfaction. The creation of Avita health system occurred when Bucyrus Community Hospital and Galion Community Hospital joined in 2011. The hard work and dedication given by the Board of Directors, Medical Staff and employees has led to Avita’s ability to enhance services to the communities they serve. Avita has grown from approximately 450 employees in 2009 to over 1,400 employees who provide patient care in Crawford, Richland and Marion counties. 
Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2017, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) deeply 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.                                                                                
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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Spotlighting the Career of Lt. Christopher Snyder: U.S. Public Health Service

As published in the U.S. Public Health Services' Nursing Spotlight: Highlighting Our Success, June 2017. Lt. Christopher Snyder is a 2010 graduate of the MedCentral College of Nursing prior to its merge with the present Ashland University Dwight Schar College of Nursing & Health Sciences. 

Spotlighting the Career of LT Christopher Snyder

Biography Contributed by: LCDR Allison Gallen
This Nursing Spotlight is brought to you by CDR Amy Valderrama, CDR Nichole Vetter, and LT Alyssa Givens

LT Christopher Snyder has been described as an officer “who goes above and beyond, each and every day.” His path towards the Public Health Service began at Med Central College of Nursing in Ohio (now known as Ashland University- Dwight Schar College of Nursing) where he obtained his nursing degree. After graduation, he discovered that the depressed economy in Ohio had resulted in a very limited job market. This led him to take a job with the Pediatric Unit at Fort Defiance Indian Hospital in Arizona and eventually with Sage Memorial Hospital, also in Arizona. It was here that he worked in the emergency department and fell in love with trauma nursing. In 2011, his trauma experience took him to Whiteriver Service Hospital where he was commissioned as an officer with the USPHS and went to work at the Cibecue Outpatient Clinic. This rural outpatient clinic is located over 50 miles from an emergency room and served the area as a stabilizing unit during emergency situations. While working at this small outpatient clinic, he had to fill many roles, including case management, immunizations, policy development and updates, direct patient care, and training with the Decontamination Team. This team was assembled to respond to any disaster situation in which decontamination was required and involved set-up and take down of the hospital’s decontamination unit.

His experience with infectious diseases, decontamination, and disaster management made him uniquely qualified to respond to the Ebola crisis in Africa. In October 2014, LT Snyder deployed with the Monrovian Medical Unit (MMU), Team 1 to Liberia. He states that this experience was one of the top highlights of his career so far. When he was not in the “hot zone” providing patient care, he worked on many other tasks such as constructing a patient memory wall, setting up the MMU supply inventory, or even mopping the floor. He states that all of the officers on MMU-1 did whatever was needed to be done so that the unit would be successful. The camaraderie with his team is what made this mission so memorable, “It’s like family.” While In Africa, LT Snyder also cross-trained with providers from Médecins Sans Frontières (also known as Doctors Without Borders), the World Health Organization, and International Medical Corps at the world’s largest Ebola Treatment Unit. Due to the tremendous contributions during the Ebola epidemic, MMU-1 was awarded the AMSUS Operations Medicine Award and the AMSUS Humanitarian Assistance Award.

Two other experiences that have shaped his career were working with the Black Commissioned Officers Advisory Group (BCOAG) and volunteering as the Aide de Camp for Surgeon General Vivek Murthy. With the BCOAG he volunteered to go into the inner city schools of Cleveland and discuss his career and profession. He found the opportunity to connect with troubled inner city youth to be extremely rewarding. His term working as the Surgeon General’s Aide de Camp during the “Turn the Tide” Campaign was another great experience and he encourages other officers to “look for opportunities to represent the USPHS. Try new experiences and get out of your box. Many times there are volunteer opportunities and no one signs up for them. Get out and get involved. Volunteer for deployment opportunities; look into the Junior Officers Advisory Group or COA events. Deploying is a great
way to meet other Officers.”

Presently, LT Snyder works for the FDA in Ohio as a Consumer Safety Officer. He first made this career change when he moved to Des Moines, Iowa in 2013. As a Consumer Safety Officer he investigates consumer complaints and inspects food and feed facilities to confirm that safe products are being manufactured. Working for the FDA gives him the opportunity to use his nursing background to identify pathogen routes, utilize aseptic sampling, and investigate bacterial transmission. It has also provided him with the ability to live near family and the opportunity to progress in his career. He is grateful for the many experiences that working for the PHS has provided him and his family.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Senior Week Hosted at the Mansfield Campus

The week of April 24th, graduating seniors were invited to celebrate their upcoming commencement at the Mansfield campus. The festivities featured sweet treats, raffle prizes, senior week t-shirts, bookstore specials, and opportunities to recognize meaningful faculty and staff members. Plus, members of the Nursing Alumni Association were present to welcome students into their organization and to give away additional prizes!







Thursday, April 27, 2017

AU Nursing Student Successfully Defends Honors Defense

 Emily Donahue, senior honors nursing student, successfully defended her honors capstone project Understanding Suicide in the Navajo Population on April 19. Emily’s project was the culmination of two site visits to the Navajo reservation as a student in the Navajo Reservation Cultural Immersion class. Her study of Navajo culture prior to this immersion experience, plus her first experience sparked her interest that led to her topic of inquiry.  Emily performed a qualitative research study gathering data by semi-structured interviews. The objective of her qualitative study was to glean insight about suicide in the Navajo and inform care of the Navajo population. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for American Indians/Alaskan Natives.

Emily presented her work as a poster presentation at 2 scholarly events. She presented at a regional meeting of Sigma Theta Tau International (the honor society of nursing). She also presented her work at the national level during the 42nd Annual Conference of the Transcultural Nursing Society.  Professor Sharon See served as faculty mentor and Dr. Jackie Owens contributed as a second reader.