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Nursing: It's Not Just for Girls

It is no longer a secret that male nurses are infiltrating the medical field at a rather rapid rate. At SIUE, males account for over 16 percent of the nursing student body.

Meet Grant Adams, Tyler Madonia and Lorato Adkins, three male, junior nursing students with the desire to better people's lives.

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SIUE School of Nursing Develops Historic Partnership with SSM Health Care

SSM Health Care nurses will soon be able to advance their education in the comfort of their own homes, thanks to a new partnership with SIUE.

The SIUE School of Nursing will offer an online, accelerated RN to BS in nursing degree to all SSM Health Care nurses beginning January 2015.

The online program—comprised entirely of SSM nurses from Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin and Oklahoma—is the first of its kind for the health system. SSM Health Care chief nurse executives selected the SIUE School of Nursing over 38 other higher education institutions in the U.S.

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Nursing Alumna Inducted into Alumni Hall of Fame

Barbara Wagner '66 was a member of the SIUE School of Nursing’s first graduating class. She devoted her career to providing outstanding health care to the residents of the Red Bud area.

“I was one of a very small class - the first class of nurses to graduate from SIUE,” Wagner said. “Our group of students had no clue what the nursing profession would lead us to and the opportunities we would enjoy."

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SIUE Nursing's New Anesthesia Specialization Draws Nationwide Interest

As the application deadline came to a close on June 30, the SIUE School of Nursing received a total of 102 applications for only 24 open positions in its first doctor of nursing practice (DNP) nurse anesthesia specialization cohort.

“It will be difficult to narrow the applicant pool down to 50 for interviews as the student candidates are strong,” said Dr. Andrew Griffin. “They have solid academic backgrounds and significant work experiences.”

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Nursing Alumna Making Strides in Research

"As a nurse practitioner in a teaching hospital, I am afforded so many incredible opportunities to assist with research projects," said Cynthia Bednarchik, '12. "My colleagues provide incredible support and allow me to participate in any ongoing research project, in addition to creating my own."

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SIUE Nursing Hosted U.S. Army DRASH Simulation

The SIUE School of Nursing hosted the United States Army for a scaled-down version of the Deployable Rapid Assembly Shelter (DRASH). The event took place Sept. 22-23 in the School of Nursing atrium.  

“The DRASH simulation is one way to allow students, who are considering medicine in any capacity, to come and view what we do.” said Army Captain Derrin Jones. “Our team travels across the U.S. for students to experience firsthand some of the military’s finest assets used in the field for saving lives.”

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SIUE Nursing Hosts STTI Regional Consortium, Dr. Marilyn Oermann Presents Keynote

SIUE's Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) honor society of nursing hosted more than 135 STTI members at the St. Louis Regional Consortium on Thursday, Oct. 9 in the Morris University Center.

Dr. Marilyn Oermann, director of evaluation and educational research at Duke University, made her keynote presentation on "Clinical Teaching in Nursing: Need for New Approaches."

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Bernaix named SIUE School of Nursing Interim Dean

The SIU Board of Trustees has named Dr. Laura Bernaix as the new interim dean of the SIUE School of Nursing. Bernaix, a professor and associate dean of academic programs in the School of Nursing, replaces Dr. Anne G. Perry who retired at the end of June after 10 years at SIUE.

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From the Classroom to the Front Lines: CRNA in Action

Major Amory Balucating ‘12 is a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) using his SIUE School of Nursing degree to help the men and woman fighting for our country in Afghanistan.

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SIUE Nursing’s Griffin named AANA’s Federal Political Director of the Year

SIUE School of Nursing’s Dr. Andrew Griffin was honored with the 2014 Daniel D. Vigness Federal Political Director Award by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA). “I accept this award on behalf of all nurse anesthetists who promote our profession at the state and national level,” said Griffin. “Many achievements of the nurse anesthesia profession are the direct results of CRNAs across the country informing and building relationships with their local legislators. I am truly proud to be a CRNA and equally honored to receive this award.”

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Nursing's Rowbotham Demonstrates Faculty Development Gets Results

Dr. Melodie Rowbotham presented her research “The Impact of Faculty Development on Teaching Self-Efficacy, Teaching Skills and Retention” during The Teaching Professor Conference in May. Her research looked at how faculty development programs influence teacher self-efficacy and self-evaluation of teaching skills.

“We learned that faculty development does positively impact our teaching,” Rowbotham said. “Although we are busy with all of our responsibilities, taking time for faculty development is important.”

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Students Learn about Careers in Nursing at SIUE’s 2014 Healthcare Diversity Summer Camp

Sixteen highly-qualified high school students from the metropolitan area were chosen to participate in SIUE's 2014 Healthcare Diversity Summer Camp. The purpose of the camp is to expose minority students to careers in health care. 

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Nursing was the Obvious Choice for Peter Gillen

For nursing alumnus, Peter Gillen, SIUE had everything he was looking for in a university. He was drawn to SIUE for the gorgeous campus, modern buildings and location in relation to his hometown of Lincoln, Ill. Peter knew what he was looking for in a university, and SIUE offered the structure and academic programs that interested him.

Peter knew that his ambitions would lead him down a health sciences career path. Once at SIUE, he said that nursing became an obvious choice for him. “It sounds cliché, but I went into nursing because I wanted to help people,” Peter said. “I also knew that I wanted to be in a hands-on working environment.”

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SIUE School of Nursing Students Offer Triage Services to Needy

Seven SIUE School of Nursing students offered triage services to those in need during a Remote Area Medical (RAM) community health clinic in East St. Louis during the beginning of May. “It is important that we prepare our nursing students to care for patients from underserved populations as more and more American citizens are gaining access to health care under the Affordable Care Act,” said Caitlin Phelan, instructor of nursing. “This RAM event is an annual opportunity for SIUE students and faculty to serve their neighboring community.”

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SIUE Interprofessional Education Seminar Shapes Health Care Professionals

The SIUE School of Pharmacy, School of Nursing, and Department of Speech Communication hosted the second annual "Culturally Competent Communication Seminar." This seminar was designed for nursing and pharmacy students to collaboratively learn about culture in health care settings.

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A Shared Passion for Nursing Between Mother and Daughter

Donna McClusky-Bryant and her daughter, Heather Bryant-Clark, share a passion for nursing and lifelong learning. 

After completing her bachelor’s degree, Heather knew she wanted to continue her education, but was nervous to begin. When Donna encouraged her, Heather had an idea. “I suggested she earn her master’s with me,” said Heather. “She agreed to apply if I applied, and we made each other follow through.”

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Kelly Werthwein: Making Strides

SIUE School of Nursing alumna Kelly Werthwein '12 has been making great strides with her current nursing career.

Kelly attributes much of her professional success to the School of Nursing. "SIUE provided me with such a diverse education," said Kelly. "The incredible nursing faculty challenged me to learn and expand my ability to provide excellent patient care to many different demographics."

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SIUE School of Nursing to Offer Doctorate for Nurse Anesthetists

The Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) program at SIUE is poised to make a significant change when it transitions from a master's degree to a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program in May 2015. Read more > >

Nursing Pass Rates Exceed State and National Averages

SIUE School of Nursing graduates first time pass rate average on the annual National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) exceeded state and national averages. SIUE’s 2013 posted pass rate was 89 percent, compared to the national pass rate of 83 percent and the Illinois pass rate of 85 percent. Read more > >

School of Nursing Announces Accelerated Online RN to BS Program

The SIUE School of Nursing began offering an accelerated registered nursing (RN) to bachelor of science (BS) program in January 2014. This 100 percent online program will replace the previous hybrid RN to BS program. Students will be able to complete this accelerated program in as short as one year (three semesters) or at a slower progression over two years. Read more > >

School of Nursing Receives IBHE 2014 Nursing School Expansion Grant

The Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) announced in early February that the SIUE School of Nursing received a 2014 Nursing School Expansion Grant. With a value of $255,848, the Expansion Grant will provide financial support to help fund the School of Nursing’s Accelerated Online RN to BS program. Read more > >

U.S. News & World Report Ranks SIUE School of Nursing Among Nation's Best

U.S. News & World Report highly ranked Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s School of Nursing in their Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs list released on Jan. 8. The School was ranked 65th among the top 95 schools nationally. Read more > >

Nursing Faculty Members Awarded Teaching Fellowships

Michele Beatty and Stacy Skelton, both School of Nursing instructors, received Nurse Educator Fellowship Program Awards from the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE). Read more > >

SIUE Community Nursing Services in East St. Louis Responds to the Changing Health Care Landscape

The SIUE School of Nursing Community Nursing Services Clinic is responding to the changes in the national health care system. Its East St. Louis clinic’s business and care model is evolving to meet the needs of its patients and adopting a name change. Effective immediately, the nurse-managed, primary care clinic in East St. Louis will be the “SIUE WE CARE Clinic.” Read more > >

SIUE School of Nursing’s DNP Program Receives CCNE Accreditation

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has accredited Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s School of Nursing for its Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program through December 2018.
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SIUE Nursing Opens New Simulation Lab on Carbondale Campus

[IMAGE: sim lab]Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Nursing program in Carbondale moved into a new simulation laboratory (Sim Lab) in January 2013. The lab is located in Lindegren Hall on the SIU Carbondale campus, which is shared with the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine program. Read More >>

Faculty Participates in World Pediatric Project

Ozzie Hunter, SIUE School of Nursing instructor, travelled to the Dominican Republic to take part in an inspirational experience. During July 2012, Ozzie partnered with the World Pediatric Project (WPP) and 24 other nurses to enhance nursing education in Latin America with the ultimate goal to provide better care to kids being served in children's hospitals. Read More >>

Tracey Smith: Embracing Change and Community

[IMAGE: Tracey Smith]With technological advances, economic fluctuation and increasing political involvement, nursing is a field that is regularly transforming. Tracey Smith, a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) candidate, is not only acclimating to these changes but striving to promote positive changes. Read More >>

Student Takes Independent Trip to India

[IMAGE: Ashley Taylor]"Nursing is using your capabilities to help others as much as you can," said Ashley Taylor. The senior nursing major from Swansea, Ill. has made this her mission and plans to act on it in outstanding ways. In the summer of 2012, Ashley took a trip to Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), India to work at the Mother Theresa Missionaries of Charity. She stayed for a month in the third most populated city of India with over 14 million inhabitants. Immediately after arrival she worked daily in the health clinic Shishu Bhavan. Read More >>

Alumnus Involved in Entrepreneurial Work

[IMAGE: Ron Harvey]Ron Harvey, '81, School of Nursing alumnus, has chosen an unconventional way to utilize his training and education as a nurse. Ron is currently the national clinical director for Avadim, LLC, an Asheville, N.C.-based company responsible for creating a natural skin cleansing product called Theraworx. Read More >>

Accomplished Alumna Returns to SIUE

[IMAGE: ]For the first time in 38 years, alumna Sophia Kioleidou-Stonkidou returned to the SIUE campus. As a student from 1972 to 1974 in the School of Nursing's baccalaureate program, Sophia excelled, completing the program in just two years. Satisfied with her accomplishments, Sophia is very proud to be an alumna of SIUE and the School of Nursing. Read More >>

Faculty becomes Culturally Involved on Campus

[IMAGE: Amelia Perez]Dr. Amelia Perez, assistant professor in the SIUE School of Nursing, has spent much of her education and career researching cultural health in Hispanic populations. She was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to Decatur, Ill. with her family as a child. Amelia earned her BS and MSN from SIUE, and began teaching at the university in 2003. She later earned her Ph.D. in nursing at St. Louis University. Read More >>

Participating in Inter-Professional Education Retreat

In November 2012, the SIUE School of Nursing and the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine held a retreat to discuss Inter-Professional Education (IPE) collaborations to develop activities that will benefit both medical and nursing students. Read More >>

Transcultural Nursing

[IMAGE: ]Through the study abroad program at SIUE, senior nursing student Septembré Williams became immersed in Spanish culture and the health care system in South America. Her six-week journey was an unforgettable experience. Read More >>

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