Nursing Newsletter: Winter 2016 issue

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Nursing Newsletter: winter issue

Induction Ceremony Welcomes New Students
The Passan School of Nursing hosted a Professional Induction Ceremony to recognize incoming students who have demonstrated competency in safety, communication and basic skills in the nursing simulation center. During the ceremony on Oct. 23, 2016, students received their Passan School of Nursing white lab coat for clinical training and signed the Nursing Code of Ethics...more

Pictured above, left photo: accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing, class of 2017; right photo: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, class of 2019.

Open Positions in the Passan School of Nursing
The Passan School of Nursing has multiple open positions, including a tenure track assistant professor in the undergraduate program and part-time clinical adjunct positions in both undergraduate and graduate programs. For details, contact the Passan School of Nursing at 570-408-4071.

Ruth's Place House of Hope ninth Annual Walk-A-Thon was held on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. Maria Grandinetti MS ’08 led 97 participants and raised more than $600. Zeta Psi, Wilkes Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International and the National Honor Society for Nursing contributed $200. In total, $800 was donated to Ruth's Place House of Hope.

Pictured above are nursing walk-a-thon participants in Ruth's Place House of Hope ninth Annual Walk-A-Thon.

Shana Noon, a senior undergraduate nursing student, spent a portion of her summer in Tanzania working to save the lives of babies at Nyakahanga Designated District Hospital. Shana went to Tanzania as part of a Wilkes study abroad program. She worked on a research project and completed an internship in the post-maternity ward with newborns and premature babies.

Shana trained mothers on Kangaroo Mother Care practices and did newborn assessments. This rural hospital has 4 to 20 percent low-birth-weight babies among its approximate 300 births each month and has high infant death rates.

The Tanzanian government is trying to implement KMC to address these issues. Shana assisted nurses in KMC education and assessment outcomes (as measured by infant weight, temperature, breast milk production) for three mother-infant pairs. This included introducing manual breast pumps, their use and subsequent neonatal feeding to mothers as part of this project. This is part of an ongoing project on maternal and neonatal mortality at this hospital, headed by
Dr. Linda Winkler, professor of anthropology. The introduction of new feeding standards and breast pumps to KMC implementation led to increases in breast milk production, exclusive breast feeding, and positive weight gain in the three infants followed in 2016.

Shana has also made trips to Costa Rica and Kentucky for Alternative Spring Break. She is a nursing major and international studies minor and heavily involved in several leadership positions on campus including being a resident assistant, resident staff advisor, peer tutor, and bystander intervention peer trainer. She has also held positions at Camp Setebaid, a camp for children with type 1 diabetes, as a program director and senior camp counselor. She wishes to become an advanced practice nurse.

Graduate Nursing Blog & Facebook Page
Graduate nursing has a blog, which features industry news, upcoming events and alumni profiles. Also, graduate nursing has a Facebook page for updates on the program. Click here

Joyce Victor ’87, MHA ’81, MA ’07, MS ’10, PhD, RN-BC, CHSE-A
Joyce Victor, assistant professor, submitted a portfolio-based application for advanced certification in simulation. She became a certified healthcare simulation educator in January 2014. The Society for Simulation in Healthcare grants advanced certification to educators whose work advances the science of simulation in healthcare. There are less than 50 CHSE-A professionals in the world.
Joyce partnered with Ed Foote, pharmacy professor, to conduct interprofessional education activities for pharmacy and nursing students. Their IPE on child abuse reporting was presented as a poster at the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare in San Diego in January 2016 and was published in Clinical Simulation in Nursing, Vol. 12.

Patricia Sweeney ’80, PhD, CRNP, FNP-BC

Patricia Sweeney, assistant professor, presented at the National Organization for Nurse Practitioner Faculties Annual Conference in Seattle, Wash., with Mary Jane Miskovsky, DNP, CRNP, NP-C. They presented on evaluating the use of standardized patients in an advanced physical assessment distance education course during a nurse practitioner residency. Patricia also presented at the Nurse Practitioners Annual Conference on Nov. 5, 2016, in Pocono Manor, Pa., about making sense of clinical guidelines. Patricia published an article titled, “State Measure Overdue on Health Care Reform” in The Sunday Times.

Maria Grandinetti MS ’08, PhD, RN, BSBA

Maria Grandinetti, assistant professor, published a “Back to School Survival Guide” in Nursing2016. She also submitted a pending manuscript to the Journal of Interprofessional Care. Maria is completing a manuscript about her research with ABD students.
Maria plans to study ways nurse educators can early identify and help nursing students with learning challenges. She plans to submit it for IRB approval at several schools of nursing.

Eugene Lucas ’89, DNP ’13, CRNP, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC
Eugene Lucas, assistant professor of the DNP program and coordinator of the psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner program, received the 2017 AANP NP State Award for Excellence representing Pennsylvania this past month. Eugene is nationally board-certified as a family nurse practitioner and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. He is a direct care provider of behavioral health services in various clinical settings. Highlights of Eugene’s achievements include:
• volunteering at Volunteers in Medicine, Luzerne County, Pa., a free medical and dental clinical for the working uninsured.
• advocating to the Care for PA campaign for nurse practitioner full-practice authority.
• mentoring PMHNP students to clinical excellence as coordinator of the PMHNP program at Wilkes.

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Happy New Year to you and your family from the Passan School of Nursing! As we reflect on the past year, the PSON is pleased to announce our State Board NCLEX pass rate of 90.41 percent. In addition, our national certification pass rates for our MS nurse practitioner graduates are at 100 percent.

These successful undergraduate and graduate program outcomes validate the excellent education provided by the Passan School of Nursing. Enrollment is strong, faculty commitment is steadfast, and our overwhelming sense of pride is palpable.

This year also brought two new programs. First, adding to the existing nurse practitioner concentrations, the Graduate Nursing program will offer the family nurse practitioner concentration beginning in fall 2017. Like the adult-gerontology primary care and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner concentrations, the FNP will be offered online with low residency. Our master’s concentrations are designed to meet the needs of nurses across the country as they continue their journey of lifelong learning.

That understanding led to our second program. Given the national shortage of academic nursing professors, we have expanded our program portfolio by offering the Ph.D. in nursing with a focus on nursing education. This will be the first research doctorate for nursing in northeast Pennsylvania. The PSON plans to accept its first doctoral class in fall 2017.

We have a truly comprehensive school of nursing that encompasses undergraduate, master’s and doctoral education. Our successful outcomes reflect quality programming, aimed at producing competent practitioners at all levels of nursing. We are honored to serve our students and our community.

My very best to all of you,
Deborah Zbegner, PhD, CRNP, WHNP-BC, RNC-REIN

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The first-year class is very involved in extracurricular activities:

Linsey Klinges

Erika Gerace
Celine Podlesney
Kaliyah Moore

Field Hockey
Sarah Smith
Cheyenne Mazzocca

Angus Fortune
Cecelia Fiorentino
Jessica Egan
Emily Egan
Kyle Flemming
Abigail Fanelli

Michael Bergamo
Andrew Freedenberg

Austin Krauss

Sarah Metric
Erin Green

Dance Team

Julie Garrett

Katelynn McDowell

Jared Rasmussen (plays 4 instruments)

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