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2013

December 2013

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.

November 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.

October 2013

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.

September 2013

Susan Beaty ’13,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.

August 2013

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.

July 2013

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.

June 2013

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.

May 2013

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.

April 2013

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 ’09Master 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.

March 2013

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.

February 2013

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.

2012

December 2012

Diane Bradley ’07, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, was named a 2012–13 Virginia Lee Franklin Fellow in October in honor of her long-term goal of becoming a faculty member in a university setting. Currently a full-time doctoral student, Bradley plans to research depression screening for low-income older adults using computer technology.

November 2012

Jenny Hepper ’08, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, joined Sanford Aberdeen Clinic in Aberdeen, S.D., in September as its director of nursing/clinical supervisor. She previously served as the clinic nurse manager for Avera St. Luke's Hospital. Hepper is also actively involved in community service. She volunteers for the Salvation Army, the Boys and Girls Club, and at a local elementary school.

September 2012

Carol Brown ’07, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, joined Shorter University’s School of Nursing in Rome, Ga., as a full-time faculty member. Brown has 25 years of clinical nursing experience in pediatrics, obstetrics, lactation, home health, and infusion therapy and has served as a staff nurse and worked in various management roles. She also is a certified lactation consultant with a private practice.

July 2012

Kristie Seagraves ’09, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, won the 2011–2012 Ernie Wyant Award for Outstanding Teaching in May from the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College in Ohio. Seagraves is an assistant professor of nursing in Rio Grande’s Holzer School of Nursing.

June 2012

Lori Horton-Brock ’11, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, was hired as a faculty member in the Breckinridge School of Nursing at ITT Technical Institute in Tampa, Fla., this spring. She is also a member of its curriculum committee.

Deborah L. Zeller ’10, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, received the Outstanding Private/Parochial School Nurse (PPSN) Award from the National Association of School Nurses in recognition of her significant contributions to school nursing. Zeller was also recently named president of the Virginia Association of School Nurses in Richmond, Va.

Cynthia Hickman ’09, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate and a Ph.D. in Health Services student, was featured in the May issue of Nurse.com in the article “Paying It Forward: Houston Nurse Keeps the Effort Alive Through Mentorship” as part of a Nurse’s Week celebration.

May 2012

Christine A. Joseph ’11, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, was named Adjunct of the Year in 2011 by Rhodes State College in Lima, Ohio, where she serves as an adjunct nursing faculty member. She is also an administrator at Lima Memorial Health System.

Cynthia Hickman ’09, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate and a Ph.D. in Health Services student, was featured in the article “Pursuing Higher Nursing Degrees Online” in Advance for Nurses (March 2012).

March 2012

Rebecca Barton ’09, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, co-authored a study she co-presented at the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing conference in Chicago in November. The presentation—titled “Human Patient Simulation vs. Case Study: Which Teaching Strategy is More Effective in Teaching Nursing Care for the Hypoglycemic Patient?”—won second place at the conference. Barton is an assistant professor of nursing at University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College.

February 2012

Maureen Kroning ’07, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, published A Patient’s Guide to Understanding Advanced Health Care Directives (CreateSpace, 2011). The book aims to increase readers’ understanding of end-of-life treatment decisions.

December 2011

Dr. Deborah A. Raines ’11, an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Technology graduate, was named a regional winner of Nurse.com’s 2011 Nursing Excellence Awards in October.

Robin Hertel ’08, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) student, was recently elected national secretary of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses (AMSN) for 2011–2014. She has been an active member of AMSN since 2004.

November 2011

Melinda Kelly ’11, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, was hired as a faculty member at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, N.M.

Pamela Wick ’11, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, designed a three-week summer class to improve nursing students’ skill retention between the first and second years. Wick is monitoring students to measure the impact of the class and will publish the results as part of her practicum project.

Persephone Munnings ’10, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, was cited on TheBahamasWeekly.com for leading the Nurses Association of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas in a community health screening as part of Walden’s Global Day of Service on Oct. 1.

September 2011

Robbin Odom ’11, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, is the new chief clinical and chief nursing officer for CMH Regional Health System/Clinton Memorial Hospital in Wilmington, Ohio. Previously, Odom was the chief operating officer for Ottumwa Regional Health Center in Ottumwa, Iowa, and chief nursing officer at Navarro Regional Hospital, Corsicana, Texas.

Elizabeth Carvelli ’10, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, was awarded a nursing scholarship from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston. Carvelli is a unit-based educator and has been part of the BIDMC community for 19 years. Her goal is to become a nurse manager.

Cynthia J. Hickman ’09, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate and a Ph.D. in Health Services student, received the Ruby Award from the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) in July 2011 at its 39th annual Institute and Conference in Indianapolis, Ind. The award is given to NBNA members who support nursing students financially through the Cynthia J. Hickman Pay It Forward Nursing Scholarship.

Donna Wright ’09, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, wrote the article “The Documentation and Coding Adjustment (DCA): A CDI Specialist’s View” for AdvanceWeb.com (August 2011). Wright is currently a medical coding data analyst and has worked in critical care, clinical research, and supervisory/management in long-term care during her 28-year nursing career.

July 2011

Michael Lang ’10, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, provided insights into his career as a registered nurse in oncology for the “Ear on Careers” podcast on www.toptiertutoringmedia.com.

June 2011

Cynthia J. Hickman ’09, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate and a Ph.D. in Health Services student, was awarded “Nurse of the Decade” from the Fort Bend County Black Nurses Association in Houston, Texas. The award is given to nurses who demonstrate a passion for promoting social change in their area of interest.

Renee F. Rogers-Frank ’08, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate and a Ph.D. in Education student, authored “Relaxation Tips for Nurses” in MedCity News on April 22, 2011.

May 2011

Julie Mullikin Beard ’09, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, accepted a position as a faculty member and full-time instructor in the Practical Nursing program at Tri-County Technical College in Pendleton, S.C.

April 2011

Margaret M. Travis-Dinkins ’07, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, co-authored the book Schaum’s Outline of Psychiatric Nursing (McGraw-Hill, 2010).

March 2011

Cyndi Stroburg ’10, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, was named chief nursing officer at StoneCrest Medical Center in Smyrna, Tenn.

February 2011

Mary Ervi ’08, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, was certified as a nurse educator by the National League for Nursing. Ervi also accepted a position as an associate professor at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor in Belton, Texas.

December 2010

Michelle “Micky” Hess ’09, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, oversaw the creation of Adventist GlenOaks Hospital’s Heart and Vascular Institute in Glendale Heights, Ill.

October 2010

Teresa Santilli ’10, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, joined the faculty at Kent State University, Salem, Ohio.

Tia Campbell ’08, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, was named vice president of the National Association of School Nurses, a nearly 15,000-member association.

September 2010

Cynthia J. Hickman ’09, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, presented her practicum project, “Didactic and Simulation Education a Partnership: Together They Stand for Success,” at the National Black Nurses Association Conference held August 3–8, 2010, in San Diego, Calif.

Elizabeth Pratt ’07, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, was selected by the Arkansas Board of Nursing and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) to participate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) item development panel of subject matter experts held in Chicago July 13–16, 2010.

May 2010

Khristi McKelvy ’09, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, was accepted into the 2010 Health Information Technology Scholars (HITS) program—an initiative working to expand the capacity of collegiate nursing schools.

March 2010

Sharon Druce ’07, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, wrote two chapters on organizational preparation and leadership in Disaster Nursing: A Handbook for Practice. The book was named the 2009 Book of the Year by the American Journal of Nursing.

November 2009

Derek Kouwenhoven ’08, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, was appointed director of critical care services at Central Vermont Medical Center.

September 2009

Susan Sonnier ’07, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate with a specialization in Education, was recently awarded the Nurse of the Year award in her hospital, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center in Webster, Texas. She serves as the patient education coordinator in her facility.

July 2009

Robynn F. Anwar ’07, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, received a 2009 Camden Hero Award from the Greater Camden Partnership for her contributions to workforce training for the local healthcare industry.