A Word From Dean Lorie Wild
Welcome to the Summer issue of SPU Nursing Praxis. As we head into summer, it’s a good time to share what’s happening in SPU Nursing. From graduation celebrations, planning the move to our new SHS Nursing facility at 6 Nickerson, and deepening partnerships in our community, we are working toward our mission to prepare exceptional practitioners poised to provide compassionate, evidence-based clinical care, and to be leaders in our community.
In this issue, you will get a look at our newest BSN and MSN graduates. Our community gains 60 graduates from the pre-licensure BSN program and one from the RN-BSN program. Another 25 students completed their MSN with specialties as Nurse Educator (2), Adult-Gero Clinical Nurse Specialist (3), Adult-Gero Nurse Practitioner (2), and Family Nurse Practitioner (18). One more student completed a post-master’s certificate for FNP. Each of these graduates will be making a difference in the health of our community, and we congratulate them!
Building at 6 Nickerson
We are excited to share that construction is moving forward on our future home at 6 Nickerson. Located on the east end of campus, this redesigned space creates a facility that supports program growth and enhances teaching and learning for nursing students at all levels.
One of the highlights of the new facility is an expanded Clinical Learning Lab that includes a large skills training area, another flex classroom that will allow students to move seamlessly between didactic and hands-on learning, and a simulation suite that includes two patient rooms, a clinic exam room, a central control room, and, as the heart of the suite, a dedicated area for debriefing.
The new facility also features four 40-person classrooms and two seminar rooms where we can support our nursing theory courses as well. Small meeting rooms and co-curricular spaces will provide students spaces to work together, study, and relax.
We are planning a dedication ceremony for the building in October, so look for more information to come on that. In the meantime, take a look at the background and floorplans for the building.
Building Community Partnerships
While the 6 Nickerson building supports our educational mission and growth, we also rely on our valued clinical partners to provide experiences in direct care. This year we advanced and strengthened those relationships. We were excited to expand the Dedicated Education Unit (DEU) clinical teaching model with our Evergreen Health clinical partners. In the DEU, selected Evergreen Health staff nurses serve as affiliate clinical instructors (ACI) for students and work closely with SPU faculty member Dianne Discolo (SPU MSN, 2013), who oversees students and serves as teaching mentor and coach to the ACIs. The DEU is proving valuable for both students and the ACIs. Students learn from expert clinicians with support from faculty, and the ACI gains expertise in teaching, clinical knowledge, and professional development.
We also are partnering with Public Health Seattle & King County (PHSKC) on a four-year grant to create a center of excellence for the education and training of BSN students and new graduates who have an interest in providing primary care to medically underserved populations. Two key parts of this project are to extend the DEU model into primary care along with enhanced nursing and pre-nursing curricula in the areas of the social determinants of health, population health concepts, and nursing practice in primary care. We are excited to be collaborating with PHSKC on this project, which is one of only 42 projects nationwide funded by the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention (NEPQR) Program.
As excited as we are to move ahead, we also are grateful for the rich history of our school and the visionary leaders who have brought us to this point. We are here today because of their efforts as well as the enduring support of our alumni and community. Because of you, we can achieve our mission of graduating professional nurses of competence and character, becoming a people of wisdom, and modeling grace-filled community.
Sixty Graduates Pinned
With their family and friends proudly looking on, Seattle Pacific University’s most recent BSN nursing graduates came together to celebrate their achievements at the Nursing Pinning Ceremony. Honoring 60 students, the June 8 gathering was a meaningful celebration of student success and transition to the nursing profession, as well as a time-honored tradition for the School of Health Sciences.
Associate Professor of Nursing Bomin Shim led the celebration in prayer. Program and University welcomes followed from School of Health Sciences Dean Lorie Wild and University President Daniel Martin. The student-planned program included a message from faculty speaker Vicki Aaberg, who used her expertise in maternal-newborn nursing to parallel the students’ two-year nursing school journey to that of a laboring mother, “pushing” them into practice. Also included was an encouraging address by student speaker Tara Yanez, Scripture readings from Audrey Hazel and Kristina Heiss, and a Maya Angelou quote read by Rachel Andrews. Eliot Dancy, accompanied by Carly Andrews, performed a special musical selection.
Special recognition at the Pre-Licensure Pinning included the Award for Competence and Character presented to Anne Miller. This peer-awarded honor is for the student who values serving others and has demonstrated excellence in scholarship while exhibiting honesty and integrity. Anne Miller was also announced as the Outstanding Academic Scholar, earning the award with the highest GPA in the nursing major. Finally, the Outstanding Clinical Practitioner was awarded to Jameel Bhojani and Jessica Dimof, chosen by the SHS faculty as the students demonstrating the highest level of performance in the clinical setting.
The highlight of the program was the presentation of nursing pins to students by their loved ones. The pinning ceremony embraces the newest graduates into the profession of nursing while taking part in a nursing tradition established by Florence Nightingale in the 1860s. Every nursing program pin is unique. The SPU pin logo unites the academic identity of SPU with its mission as a Christian institution.
The culmination of the program was a candlelighting ceremony led by Associate Dean of Undergraduate Nursing Antwinett O. Lee. Honoring the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale, who is often known as “The Lady with the Lamp” for her long nights spent working by candlelight, students lit candles and recited the Nightingale pledge. Senior class co-presidents Jameel Bhojani and Timothy McSpadden then passed the flame to junior class co-president Colin Blyther. The Lydia Green Nursing Program faculty proudly welcome their newest colleagues into the nursing profession.
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2018 Graduate Hooding and Achievement Celebration
On the morning of June 8, 2018, the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Class of 2018 gathered with faculty, family, and friends to celebrate graduates with a reception and hooding ceremony.
Following a reception in the Fine Center at First Free Methodist Church (FFMC), the graduating students and their faculty donned their academic regalia and processed to the FFMC sanctuary for the School of Health Sciences hooding ceremony. This annual event provides an intimate setting to recognize master’s graduates and draws attention to the scholarly and the personal achievements of the candidates for graduation. During the ceremony graduates were presented with a hood that signifies their passage from student to “master.”
Hooding ceremony highlights included an address to students by Kathleen Shannon Dorcy, PhD, RN, FAAN, director of clinical/nursing research education and practice at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and staff scientist at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and a blessing of hands by Rev. Kelsey Rorem, associate director of University Ministries. Graduating students also added to the celebration with Rozlyn Hines (SPU RN-BSN, 2012) and Amanda Matthews giving an invocation to begin the ceremony and, to close, Seethu Abraham and Christina Theis giving a benediction.
Despite being relocated to Royal Brougham Pavilion due to rain, the newly hooded students were in high spirits as they made their way to the SPU Graduate Commencement ceremony. Tim Burgess, former mayor of Seattle, delivered the address. Each MSN graduate was recognized during the commencement ceremony and their degree conferred by SPU President Dan Martin.
Congratulations to the Graduate Nursing Class of 2018:
- Seethu Thomas Abraham, MSN Family Nurse Practitioner
- Edith Anyieni, MSN Family Nurse Practitioner
- Daniel Thomas Borkert Jr., MSN Family Nurse Practitioner
- Colby Lee Christopherson, MSN Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
- Arabelle S. Estrada, MSN Family Nurse Practitioner
- Tori Frank, MSN Family Nurse Practitioner
- Heather Renee Grods, MSN Family Nurse Practitioner
- Rhys Triston Haydon, MSN Family Nurse Practitioner
- Michelle Ongoco Heinrich, MSN Family Nurse Practitioner
- Rozlyn Latricia Hines, MSN Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
- Kristine Maxum Kratochvil, MSN Family Nurse Practitioner
- Elizabeth Jane Loach, MSN Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
- Alixandra Akimi Lobaugh, MSN Nurse Educator
- Amber Madani, MSN Family Nurse Practitioner
- Janelle Marie Martinez, Post-masters’ Certificate Family Nurse Practitioner
- Amanda J. Matthews, MSN Family Nurse Practitioner
- Gurpreet Kaur Minhas, MSN Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner
- Manh Duc Pham, MSN Family Nurse Practitioner
- Aljade Ruiz Rosario, MSN Family Nurse Practitioner
- Cynthia Deann Secrest, MSN Family Nurse Practitioner
- Jessica Gabrelle Shdo Jackson, MSN Family Nurse Practitioner
- Kathryn Lea Spencer, MSN Family Nurse Practitioner
- Corinna Nancy Stout, MSN Family Nurse Practitioner
- Christina Sujin Theis, MSN Family Nurse Practitioner
- Emily Ann Vinson, MSN Adult/Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist
- Karen Elizabeth Welch, MSN Nurse Educator
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SHS Servant Hearts in Action at TC3
“I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet. So you also should wash one another’s feet.” John 13:14
Tent City 3 is a self-managed nomadic community of men, women, and children experiencing homelessness, and they called Seattle Pacific University home during the past winter months. The community is co-sponsored by Seattle Housing and Resource Effort along with Women’s Housing, Equality and Enhancement League. Hosting TC3 is a tangible way for SPU to connect with the homeless community and work to find solutions to end homelessness in King County and beyond.
Among health care issues negatively affecting the homeless population, matters related to their feet are ever present and are often left untreated. School of Health Sciences nursing students enthusiastically responded to the call for volunteers, offering four planned foot-care clinics to residents of TC3 in partnership with First Free Methodist Church. SHS student volunteers provided full foot care to eight or nine residents each night of the clinic.
Assistant Professor of Nursing Julie Pusztai noted, “It was beautiful to see the deeply appreciative responses of each of the recipients and the extended attentive and capable care our nursing students provided. Our students also received excellent guidance, working alongside the First Free Methodist foot clinic volunteers, who were inspiring models of service.” Community nurse and physician volunteers supported the students and demonstrated skills and grace involved in foot care.
Offering foot care clinics is a practical and biblically based service to the homeless population. Proper foot care is often neglected due to a lack of resources and access to health care. During the foot-health checkup, thorough washing, and care, students also provided an open ear to hear stories from TC3 residents. Said second-year student Timothy McSpadden, “I would say that the clinics were successful in accomplishing their goal of providing care to the residents in TC3 and assisting their empowerment to take control of one aspect of their health.”
Cathy Doyle and Heidi Monroe at Graduation
Catherine (Cathy) Doyle ’18 completed general education requirements to earn her BSN and participated in the SPU graduation high event ceremonies. Cathy began BSN studies as a member of the final Group Health (Kaiser Permanente) RN to BSN cohort in 2014. While she completed her nursing curriculum with her cohort, she still had some outstanding general education requirements to complete in order to get her BSN. Cathy admitted she felt like giving up at times, but the voice of her father exhorting her to finish her studies kept pushing her through until she accomplished what she had begun, earning her BSN with the 2018 graduating class at SPU.
Erin-Joy Bjorge, BSN ’87, MSN ’91, has accepted the position of associate dean at Northwest University’s Buntain School of Nursing and will transition to the role of dean in January 2019 upon completion of her DNP with a specialization in educational leadership. Erin completed her BSN in 1987 from SPU and returned to SPU, joining the first MSN program cohort in 1989. Erin-Joy, a certified nurse educator, has focused most of her career in higher education, first as an adjunct and then as a full-time faculty member at Northwest University. Congratulations to Erin-Joy!
Shirley Harlow (left) and Ruby Englund
Shirley Harlow, emerita faculty, celebrated her 93rd birthday in March with fellow emerita faculty Ruby Englund. During the celebration, Shirley shared funny stories from student days, as well as her lovely knitting projects.
Zerai Asgedom, BSN ’07, MPH, RN, was recognized with the Shining Star Award by the King County Nurses Association at the May 10 annual meeting and banquet. The KCNA Shining Star Award recognizes nurses who demonstrate excellence in their areas of practice or contribute significantly to the nursing profession or within the community.
Zerai is originally from Ethiopia and earned his BSN at Seattle Pacific University in 2007. Upon graduation, he established his career working on the neurology floor at Swedish Medical Center and per diem at the King County Jail. Returning to school, Zerai earned his master’s in public health with an emphasis on global health at the University of Washington. As a part of his graduate study, Zerai was named a SCOPE Fellow, where he helped develop an HIV education program in Ethiopia. SCOPE is an organization that unites medical and faith communities to improve health for the most vulnerable through innovative partnerships, leadership development, and measured impact.
Several years ago, Zerai became a nursing supervisor at the King County Jail. According to colleagues, Zerai “is an incredibly intelligent, hard-working yet humble shining light in nursing.”
Sydney (Gates) Parker, BSN ’13, MSN, recently earned her master of science in Nursing in Leadership and Education from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, ID, with honors in Academic Achievement and Excellence in Evidence Based Practice. Sydney is an assistant professor of nursing at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, ID. In addition, she recently assumed the role of editor for the ANA Idaho publication RN Idaho, and recently had an evidence-based article published. Sydney is thankful to SHS faculty for modeling the best of the profession, preparing her to step into these roles and instilling the importance of professional development and advocacy.
Seethu Abraham, MSN ’18, was awarded the MSN-FNP Roberta Smith Nursing Scholarship by the Washington State Council of Epsilon Sigma Alpha International Sorority based on goals, achievements, and needs.
Marit Knutson, MSN Class of 2019, was awarded a Washington State Nurses Foundation scholarship for exemplary academic standing and nursing leadership. Marit also received the Valerie Weiss Award from the King County Nurses Association and the Nurses Educational Funds, Inc. Scholar award.
Maria Salguero, BSN Class of 2019, was awarded a King County Nurses Association scholarship. Maria plans to work in public health and assist other first-generation health care students to succeed.
From left, Kathleen Shannon Dorcy, Alexandra Beliveau, Antwinett O. Lee
Alexandra (Ali) Beliveau, BSN Class of 2019, was selected as SPU’s recipient of the $3,000 Rosemary Ford Future of Oncology Nursing scholarship. The scholarship, established in 2015 at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), honors Rosemary Ford, BSN, RN, and her 40-year legacy of leadership in oncology clinical nursing. The scholarship is intended to inspire students to pursue a career in oncology nursing. SCCA staff led by Kathleen Shannon Dorcy, director of clinical/nursing research, education and practice, completed an arduous review process to select only one recipient representing SPU. A committee of six SCCA nurses reviewed all the applications and selected Ali as best meeting all the selection criteria.
Pamela Davies, MS, ARNP, adjunct faculty, was selected as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP). This is a true honor and one for which Pam is most qualified. She has made a significant impact in the world of advanced practice nursing, and this appointment recognizes her numerous contributions.
Antwinett O. Lee, EdD, MSN-CNS, RN, assistant professor of nursing and associate dean for Undergraduate Nursing, podium presentation, “Best Practices for On-boarding New Nursing Faculty: The Role of the Nurse Administrator” at the Council on Nursing Education in Washington State (CNEWS), April 2018, in Spokane, Washington.
April Morgenroth, PhD, RN, CCRN, assistant professor of nursing, poster presentation: “Experiences of Presenteeism Among Working Nurses With Chronic Conditions: A Heideggerian Hermeneutic Study” at the Seattle Nursing Research Consortium, January 2018. She also presented her research with a podium presentation at the Western Institute of Nursing, Communicating Nursing Research Conference in April 2018 in Spokane, Washington.
Gloria Nam, PhD, ARNP, FNP, assistant professor of nursing, poster presentation: “Korean American Adolescents’ Perception of Parental Acceptance/Rejection Behaviors” at the Western Institute of Nursing, Communicating Nursing Research Conference in April 2018 in Spokane, Washington.
Carol Redfield, DNP, RN, assistant professor of nursing, podium presentation: “Advanced Care Planning Education Can Deepen Understanding and Broaden Intent to Practice,” at the annual conference of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) held March 1–4 in Atlanta, Georgia. The presentation is part of her DNP scholarly project, a mixed-method pilot study, in collaboration with Dr. Linda Edelman and Larry Garrett.
Student Research and Clinical Inquiry
Claire Moore, Nursing, Class of 2018, poster presentation, “Implementing Music Therapy at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System” at the Seattle Nursing Research Consortium. Claire was one of four students from around the Puget Sound area accepted to the VA Learning Opportunities Residency (VALOR) Program, a highly competitive, year-long clinical residency for BSN Nursing students. Her co-investigators from other area nursing programs are Ashley Reynolds, Amina Osman, and Steven Pasek.
50 years later
Nursing alumni gathered for a special reunion of friends during the SPU 50-year class reunion on June 8, 2018. The group of Seattle Pacific College (SPC) 1968 grads included Peggy (Gray) Burnett, Joyce Spencer, Donna (Harke) Snider, and Diana (Waggoner) Vermillion. Also attending was Joyce (Lager) Anderson from the class of 1970. Diana was one of the last who graduated with dual degrees from both SPC and the University of Washington. Professor Emerita Ruby Englund joined the festivities as well.
From left, Peggy Burnett, Joyce Spencer, Donna Harke, Joyce Lager, Ruby Englund, Diane Waggoner
Until Next Time …
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