MSU College of Nursing eNews

April 2014

Nursing News


PhD Student Profile: Always a Teacher at Heart

Ana Kelly, Fast Track PhD student and Graduate Assistant Mentor for the Nursing Workforce Diversity program.
After completing an accelerated nursing degree, I worked as a nurse in urban settings in the Midwest, but knew that my interest was to return to sub-Saharan Africa to work on the HIV/AIDS and TB epidemics. I began the Fast Track PhD program in 2009. When I graduate with my PhD, I will have the skills necessary to become a tenure-track professor at a college of nursing. By combining my love of teaching with nursing, I am poised to make a difference with global health issues.

Learn more about the Nursing Workforce Diversity program.
Learn more about the PhD program.

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Kate Lein to Retire

After nearly thirty inspiring years of service, Catherine (Kate) Lein is retiring. Lein has been an asset to the Faculty Practice team, focusing on family dynamics and other systems that affect patient outcomes. She spent five years delivering comprehensive care to uninsured, under-insured, and primarily low-income patients of all ages at the Care Free Medical and Dental Clinic. She believes that nurses diagnose and treat the human response to illness, and that they reach out to all patients wherever they are in their healthcare journey.

Learn more about Kate Lein's impact on page 22 of the spring, 2014 magazine.

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Honor Society of Nursing Inducts 37 from MSU

The MSU Alpha Psi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International recognizes success of nursing students from baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs. Congratulations new members!

View photos from the event on Facebook in the "2014 Induction Ceremony" photo album.

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In Memory of Billie Gamble

The College of Nursing pays tribute to Billie Diane Gamble who transitioned from this life on Saturday, April 5, 2014. During her forty year tenure at MSU, she shared her expertise developing and guiding the careers of undergraduate nursing students. Her contributions to the careers and lives of thousands of students will be long remembered. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Billie Diane Gamble Undergraduate Faculty Teaching Excellence/Enrichment Award that was established in 2001 by her friends, colleagues, and former students. The award is presented to faculty that demonstrates sustained excellence in undergraduate teaching.

To make a gift through the mail, send to: Michigan State University, College of Nursing, Office of Development and Alumni Relations, 1355 Bogue St., Room #C144, East Lansing, Michigan, 48824

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Unraveling the 'Black Ribbon' Around Lung Cancer

It's not uncommon these days to find a colored ribbon representing a disease. A pink ribbon is well known to represent breast cancer. But what color ribbon does one think of with lung cancer? Although white has been identified as the "designated" color, for many suffering from the disease, black may be the only one they think fits. An MSU study, led by Rebecca Lehto, is shedding more light on the stigma often felt by these patients, the emotional toll it can have and how health providers can help.

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Representing MSU at the 38th Annual MNRS Research Conference

Numerous faculty researchers and students presented their programs of research on various nursing and health related topics. Read the full list of presentations and awards.

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Leaders and Lifesavers

Christine Zambricki (CON BSN '76), senior director of Federal Affairs Strategy for the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists has been named CEO of America’s Blood Centers. In her new leadership role she will focus on the advocacy efforts of America's Blood Centers on behalf of its member blood centers that collectively are responsible for 50 percent of the U.S. and 25 percent of the Canadian blood supplies.

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Making a Difference

Help support the next generation of nurses. Considering giving to one of these three funds today:

• College of Nursing Workforce Diversity Program
• Nursing General Scholarship Fund
• College of Nursing Research Fund


The Mothers In Motion research intervention focuses on promoting healthy eating, physical activity, and stress management to help low-income mothers reduce their risk of postpartum weight retention. Mei-Wei Chang and recruiter Sara Butler greet participants of the study at the Kent County Health Department where several Moms graduated from the program. Pictured from left to right: a recent graduate and her son, Sara Butler, and Mei-Wei Chang.

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April 24-26
2014 Alumni Reunion Days


May 3
Brunch Celebration for Honorary Degree Recipient, Shirley Weis (CON BSN ’75)





May 2
University Undergraduate Convocation and Advanced Degree Commencement Ceremony


May 2
College of Nursing Graduation Brunch
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Bott Building for Nursing Education and Research


May 3
College of Nursing Commencement & Pinning Ceremony
9:30 a.m., Wharton Center, Great Hall





Martha Engelke, College of Nursing Alumni Board Member, (CON BSN '71), receives East Carolina University's 2014 Scholarship of Engagement Award.

Jennifer Evans, MSN Nurse Anesthesia student, class of 2015, receives Second Place for her Poster Presentation entitled, "Identifying opportunities to improve perioperative handoff communication" at the Graduate Academic Conference hosted by Michigan State University and the Council of Graduate Students.

Suzanne Lee, MSN Nurse Practitioner student class of 2015, receives the 2013-2014 Member Scholarship from the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners.

Rebecca Lehto, wins Midwest Nursing Research Society Seed Grant for, "Telehealth Mindfulness Therapy: A Lung Cancer Pilot Study."

MSU College of Nursing, wins trophy for the "Most Funds Raised By One School" in the form of donations for grant programs to the Midwest Nursing Research Society.

MSU College of Nursing sponsored four students to attend the AACN Student Policy Summit in Washington, DC held March 23-25. Students in attendance included Chelsea Hughes, BSN; Hannah Blondke, MSN Nurse Practitioner; Lindsay Demmon, MSN Nurse Anesthesia; and Jackie Iseler, DNP.

Michelle Wormser, Nurse Scholar student, wins a first place award at the Michigan State University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum for her work entitled, "Symptoms Experienced by Cancer Patients Treated with Oral Agents: A Qualitative Analysis."





Director of PhD Program
Director of Undergraduate Programs
Adult CNS Faculty Position
Champion of Clinical Practice Development
Tenure System Faculty Position
Assistant Professor for Health Programs
Assistant / Associate Professor
GNP/ANP Faculty Position