Elsie Hepburn ’13, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, presented her capstone project, “Integrating Diabetes Education in the Classroom Environment,” at a conference held in Freeport, Bahamas, in collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic in November. A member of the World Diabetes Awareness Committee in Freeport, Hepburn is committed to improving health outcomes for diabetic patients in the Bahamas.
Michael Jongsma ’11, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) student, was appointed chief nursing officer at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance, Calif., in October. He first joined its staff in 1999 as an emergency medical technician. He became director of nursing for cardiovascular services in 2007 and was named interim chief nursing officer early in 2013.
Hope Taylor ’12, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, recently became a full-time faculty member in the nursing department at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo. She previously served as an adjunct faculty member at Missouri Valley College and a nurse at Fitzgibbon Hospital, both in Marshall, Mo.
Amanda Machesky ’10, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, joined Waynesburg University in Pennsylvania as an instructor of nursing.
Sharon Cochran ’12, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, was named administrative director of cardiovascular services for Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Fla., in August. Cochran will provide leadership to nursing units and cardiology and respiratory services. She previously served as corporate director of invasive cardiac services and chest pain centers at Mountain States Health Alliance in Johnson City, Tenn.
James T. McDaniel ’11, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) student, was named the first inpatient facility director at Hospice of the Panhandle in Martinsburg, W.Va., in August. He joined the hospice’s nursing team in 2009 and is also currently a faculty member at Shepherd University.
Susan Beaty ’13, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, will begin work as the administrator for the Hoke Campus of FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Raeford, N.C., in September. Beaty previously served as the administrative director for FirstHealth Oncology Services.
Tracy Temple ’10, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, was named the chief nursing officer of Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford, N.C., this summer. She most recently served as director of nursing operations and support services at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, S.C.
Dr. Maureen Kroning ’13, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) graduate, wrote about her experiences with suicide in an essay titled “The Guilt Suicide Leaves Behind” in American Nurse Today (Vol. 8, Issue 6). She also published “Do Nurses Really Understand Advanced Health Care Directives?” in RN Journal in March 2013. Dr. Kroning is an associate professor of nursing at Nyack College in New York.
Vicki Baker ’12, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, was named the director of emergency services at West Florida Healthcare in June. She is responsible for planning and directing the daily operations for the 41-bed emergency department. She has more than 20 years of nursing and clinical management experience in the emergency and pre/post-operative surgery settings.
Laura Hoffman ’12, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, accepted the position of nurse manager for the critical-care unit at Sanford Worthington Medical Center in Minnesota, where she will also continue to manage a medical-surgical unit. Before joining the medical center in 2007, she worked in bilingual sales and customer service.
Preeti Singh ’12, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, was named Authentic Leader of the Year by the Northwest Organization of Nurse Executives in June. The organization represents nurse leaders throughout Washington and Oregon and is affiliated with the American Organization of Nurse Executives. Singh is a registered nurse at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham, Wash.
Persephone Munnings ’10, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, was a guest speaker at a conference held by the Nurses Association of Belize in May, where she presented on the topic of development goals. Munnings is a past president of the Nurses Association of The Commonwealth of the Bahamas and was recently elected regional director for Region 1 of the Caribbean Nurses Organization. She is based in Nassau, Bahamas.
Margo Nixon ’11, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, was named 2013 nursing alumna of the year by the Morningside College Department of Nursing and the Morningside Student Nurses’ Association during an award ceremony on April 17 in recognition of her outstanding professionalism. Nixon is a certified hospice and palliative nurse and serves as patient care manager for Iowa Hospice in Sioux City. Nixon is also an End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium trainer, an approved educator for the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, and an adjunct nursing instructor for Briar Cliff University in Sioux City and Excelsior College in Albany, N.Y.
Deborah Garrison ’09, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, published “Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, and Exercise” in Workplace Health & Safety (Vol. 60, Issue 9). The article discusses the benefits of exercise for patients with osteoarthritis or osteoporosis.
Dyan Troxel ’09, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, published “Staging a Mock Trial: Educating Nurses on the Importance of Documenting Critical Values” in Nursing for Women’s Health (Vol. 16, Issue 3) about how a mock trial can emphasize learner participation in a safe, simulated environment. She is a quality management coordinator at Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center in Mechanicsville, Va.
Cynthia Batcher ’12, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, co-authored “From Model to Action: Using a System Dynamics Model of Chronic Disease Risks to Align Community Action” in Health Promotion Practice (Vol. 14, No. 1). The article addresses how health planners in Austin, Texas, are using a system dynamics model of cardiovascular disease risks to align prevention efforts and maximize the effects of their resources.
Steve Colvin ’12, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, was recently promoted to clinical team leader of the inpatient rehabilitation unit at Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital in Roanoke, Va.
Beverly A. Kantz ’10 and Karen L. Parker ’09, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduates, co-published “The Road Less Traveled” in Nursing Management (Vol. 44, Issue 2), an article about a rural hospital’s experiences obtaining accreditation.
Kenneth E. Hubbard ’12, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, co-authored “Telenursing in the Intensive Care Unit: Transforming Nursing Practice” in Critical Care Nurse (Vol. 32, Issue 6).
Rebecca Short ’09 (formerly Rebecca Barton), a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, was recently elected to the Ohio League for Nursing’s board of directors. She is an assistant professor of nursing at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio.
Robyn Woidtke ’12, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, recently accepted a position as a faculty member at the Florida International Sleep School in Altamonte Springs. She will assist in the development and instruction of a new series of clinical education courses aimed at addressing healthcare providers’ offerings to sleep apnea patients.
Tina Eldridge ’07, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, was promoted to director of continuing education and staff development at MedCentral in Mansfield, Ohio, in December 2012. She previously worked as the clinical nurse/information services liaison and assistant nurse manager at the pain center. In her new role, she supervises staff and patient educators, works closely with community nursing programs to facilitate clinical studies conducted by student nurses, and oversees distribution of nursing scholarships to employees trying to improve their nursing education.
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