Shannon Whittington ’17 , a Master of Science in Nursing graduate, was the recipient of the Home Care Association of New York State’s award for quality and innovation in 2018. She was invited to speak at WPATH Mount Sinai’s surgical conference as the only nurse on the panel. She is the gender affirmation program director for VNSNY.
Dr. James LaFeir ’14 , a Doctor of Nursing Practice graduate, was recently included in “Profiles in Cardiology” by South Florida Hospital News. He was the only nurse included in the article. Dr. LaFeir is a clinical specialist at Broward Health Imperial Point in Florida.
Dr. Janeane Walker ’18, a PhD in Nursing graduate, was recently promoted to director of educational outcomes in the graduate medical education department at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.
Dr. Jonanna Bryant ’16 ’11, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, received the Mary McLeod Bethune Award and the Black Nurses Rock Outstanding Service Award in 2018.
Dr. Cynthia J. Hickman ’16 ’09, a PhD in Health Services and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, presented the keynote address at the reception honoring 2018 patient care assistant summer externship graduates at CHI St. Luke’s Health, St. Luke’s Foundation, Texas Medical Center in Houston.
Joshua Reed ’14, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, has recently opened his business, Advanced Practice Professionals LLC, which provides nurse practitioner emergency department coverage for small hospitals. He has also created the nonprofit Nurses Global Outreach, which focuses on care for the homeless and marginalized in the U.S. and abroad.
Dr. Analena Lunde ’18 ’13, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, was recently named the 2018 Nurse Educator of the Year for Dickinson State University’s nursing program. She also received the 2018 TRIO Student Support Services Outstanding Faculty Award. Dr. Lunde is a forensic nurse and an assistant professor of nursing at Dickinson State University.
Dr. Cynthia J. Hickman ’16, ’09, a PhD in Health Services and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, presented “Obesity, Nutrition, and Nursing Practitioners” at the American Red Cross in Houston for a women’s health symposium sponsored by the Fort Bend County Black Nurses Association. Her abstract, “Influences of Nutritional Food Label Understanding in African American Women with Obesity,” was recently accepted by the Healthy Aging Summit sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Women’s Health, and American College of Preventive Medicine.
Dr. LaurieLynn Squillaci ’15, ’11, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and MSN graduate, recently published “Mindfulness as a Tool for Student Achievement in Higher Education: Insights, Benefits, and Exercises” in Journal of Online Higher Education.
Armiel Suriaga ’14, an MSN graduate and DNP student, received the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award for Nursing Excellence from West Visayas State University. Suriaga is a full-time faculty member at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.
Thomas Flynn ’13, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, has been named vice president of account and clinical services by PeraHealth, a provider of predictive, real-time clinical surveillance solutions.
Dr. M. Michele Williams ’16, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) graduate, has created and implemented a new lung cancer screening program at the Cancer Center at University of Maryland Shore Regional. She worked 9 months on the program, which launched in July and has seen more than 75 patients to date. Dr. Williams has received awards from the Nursing Research Council and the Maryland Department of Health for her program. She is the lung cancer-screening coordinator and an oncology nurse practitioner at the Cancer Center, as well as an associate medical director for Talbot Hospice. She is currently working on a palliative care program for oncology patients.
Dr. Nanah Sheriff Fofanah-Sesay ’15, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) graduate, recently published “Effecting Positive Social Change in Koya Chiefdom” in Sierra Leone’s The Patriotic Vanguard.
Dr. Cynthia J. Hickman ’16, ’09, a PhD in Health Services and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, presented “Social Influence on Nutritional Health With Daycare Advocates” at the Gingerbread House Learning Center in Rosenberg, Texas.
Dr. Tawa Ibikunle-Salami ’15, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) graduate, has been named clinical assistant professor, coordinator of the new master of science in nursing family nurse practitioner program, and director of the campus health and wellness center at the Indiana University Northwest School of Nursing.
Naomi Jones ’14, an MSN graduate, was one of four nurses in the nation among 800 applicants to receive ATI Nursing Education’s Nurse’s Touch Award. Jones is the department chair for the practical nursing program at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana. The Nurse’s Touch Award is intended to improve interpersonal communication between nurses and their patients.
Donnamarie Lovestrand ’14, an MSN graduate, recently published “Management of Emergence Delirium in Adult PTSD Patients: Recommendations for Practice” in the Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing. Lovestrand is a faculty member at the Pennsylvania College of Technology.
Dr. Diane Whitehead ’14, a DNP graduate and faculty member in the College of Nursing, recently co-published Leadership and the Advanced Practice Nurse: The Future of a Changing Healthcare Environment and “Development and Testing of an Instrument to Measure Informatics, Skills, and Attitudes Among Undergraduate Nursing Students” in the Online Journal of Nursing Informatics.
Jennie De Gagne ’07, an MSN graduate, has been selected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and also received the 2017 Alumni of the Year Award from Northcentral University, where she earned her PhD in Education. De Gagne is an associate professor at Duke University School of Nursing.
Melissa Reynolds ’15, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, has joined Hannibal Regional Medical Group in Hannibal, Missouri, where she will be providing care for patients in local nursing homes.
Shannon Shaw ’15, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, has joined the Sanford Bemidji (Minnesota) Senior Behavioral Health Unit, where she will work with a specialized medical team providing short-stay inpatient psychiatric care for seniors.
Margaret (Peggy) Lennon ’14, an MSN graduate, has been appointed program director for surgical services at Greenwich (Connecticut) Hospital, where she has been working since 2011.
Katheryn M. Csonka ’13, an MSN graduate, has been selected to join the Nursing Board at the American Health Council. She is an assistant professor of nursing at Daytona State College, an adjunct professor in the School of Nursing at Kaplan University, and a visiting professor in the School of Nursing at Chamberlain College of Nursing.
Dr. Karin Ciance ’14 , a Doctor of Nursing Practice graduate, was recently selected by Women of Distinction magazine as a distinguished professional in her field. She was also named a professional of the year by Strathmore’s Who’s Who for her contributions to and achievements in the field of community health nursing. Dr. Ciance is an assistant professor of nursing at Anna Maria College in Massachusetts.
Dr. Debra Rose Wilson ’06, a PhD in Psychology graduate, was recently awarded the 2016 American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) Service Award at the AHNA annual conference. Dr. Wilson has been a member of the AHNA Education Approval Committee since 2000 and the Program Recognition Committee since 2007.
Stacie Jenkins ’13, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, has been named senior director of quality and patient safety at the Louisiana Hospital Association (LHA) Trust Funds. She has been with the LHA Trust Funds’ team since 2010 and most recently served as its director of clinical risk management.
Louise Thornell ’07, an MSN graduate and PhD in Nursing student, has been named vice president and chief nurse executive for Christus® St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas. She has served as interim chief nurse executive since October 2015.
Dr. Rosa M. Cooper ’15 ’09, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, recently received the Wong Moss Outstanding Alumni Award from Delaware County Community College. Cooper is a nursing supervisor at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit.
Alvin Mena Cantero ’15, an MSN graduate, has become a member of the American Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Association.
Liza Tapia ’15, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, has joined the Mayo Clinic Health System in Owatonna, Minnesota, as a family medicine nurse practitioner.
Jo Andrea Watson ’14 ’08, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, is now director of organizational development and learning at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Virginia.
Melissa A. Harvey ’12, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, has been elected as a board member for the Lima Convalescent Home Foundation’s board of trustees. Harvey is a registered nurse and full-time teacher and practical nursing coordinator at Rhodes State College in Ohio.
Aaron Hisel ’15, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, has joined Bronson Internal Medicine Hospital Specialists in Michigan. He will be working as a hospitalist at Bronson Methodist Hospital and Bronson Battle Creek Hospital.
Susan Moore ’15, an MSN graduate, has joined Jenkins Memorial Health Clinic in Wellston, Ohio, as a family nurse practitioner.
Kathleen Norkol ’15, an MSN graduate, has joined Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic in Minnesota as a nurse practitioner. She has worked there as a registered nurse for the past 15 years.
Shannon Shaw ’15, an MSN graduate, has joined the urgent care department at the Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Clinic and Convenient Care in Baxter, Minnesota.
Melissa Kline ’07, an MSN graduate, has been promoted to vice president of nursing and chief nursing officer at MetroHealth in Cleveland, Ohio. She has been with MetroHealth since 1998.
Cindy Clos ’14, an MSN graduate, was promoted to associate director of clinical services for Arbor Hospice and Palliative Care in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is a member of the nonprofit’s operations team.
Mallory Brown ’15, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, recently joined the Family Medicine Department at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center on San Juan Island, Washington. She was previously a clinical instructor for first-year nursing students at Western New Mexico University.
Jamie Young ’15, an MSN graduate, has recently joined Southeastern Health’s orthopedics medical staff as a nurse practitioner. She lives in Lumberton, North Carolina.
Darrell New ’15, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, has accepted a position at Lourdes and Mercy Medical Associates in Paducah, Kentucky, as a nurse practitioner. He has been with Lourdes for 19 years in the position of director of clinical services.
Emily Sielski ’15, an MSN graduate, has joined Bronson Internal Medicine Oshtemo in Michigan. Sielski is a certified family nurse practitioner with 5 years of nursing experience.
Tabitha Aldridge ’13, an MSN graduate, has joined the Mary Black Health System in Spartanburg, South Carolina, as its chief quality officer. She previously worked at the William Jennings Bryan Dorn Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Columbia, South Carolina.
Neva-Jean Bullett ’13, an MSN graduate, is now the social worker for long-term care patients at the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation in Vermont, which offers sub-acute care for patients recovering from a surgery or a stroke, and long-term care for people who can no longer live alone.
Jennifer Haas ’13, an MSN graduate, has joined SalusCare in Florida as an advanced registered nurse practitioner treating adults and children with mental health and substance abuse issues.
Dusti Sluder ’10, an MSN graduate, has been named dean of Pensacola State College’s Warrington campus. Sluder was previously director of nursing at the college.
Dr. Bethany Mello ’06, an MSN graduate, is now an associate professor and director of the family nurse practitioner program at Northwest Nazarene University in Idaho.
Timothy Huff ’15, ’11, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, has joined King’s Daughters Medical Center’s family care center as a family nurse practitioner in Olive Hill, Kentucky. Huff began his career at King’s Daughters 16 years ago as an emergency medical technician.
Dr. Jacqueline Herd ’14, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) graduate, has joined Columbus Regional Health in Georgia as vice president and chief nursing officer for Midtown Medical Center.
Dr. Pamela Paparone ’14, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) graduate, published “Supporting Influenza Vaccination Intent Among Nurses: Effects of Leadership and Attitudes Toward Adoption of Evidence-Based Practice” in the Journal of Nursing Administration.
Kathy Kelly ’12, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, was named to Becker’s ASC Review’s Rising Stars: 49 ASC Leaders Under 40. Kelly is the administrator of Viewmont Surgery Center in Hickory, North Carolina.
Devon Nicely ’14, a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) graduate, has joined Dabney S. Lancaster Community College in Virginia as an adjunct instructor in the practical nursing program. She will be teaching dosage calculations in the summer session and mental health and skills lectures and labs in the fall.
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