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MSU College of Nursing eNews

April 2015

Nursing News


A Leader in Nursing Education & Community Health

Mary Mundt, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been Dean and Professor at Michigan State University College of Nursing since 2006. She has conducted studies and published papers related to the design and evaluation of public health nursing systems, cancer prevention, educational issues and leadership in academic administration. She has served on a variety of healthcare and hospital boards and led community partnerships and health policy initiatives.

Dean Mundt's last day before starting her retirement is May 15, 2015. To share your congratulations, post a message for Dean Mundt on the College's Facebook page.

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Countdown to Nurses Week

Show your Spartan Pride and help celebrate Nurses Week May 6-12. Participate by:

• Sharing you story
• Recognizing a nurse
• Posting a photo
• Making a gift
• Wearing your Spartan Nurses Week sticker

Look for a Nurses Week mailer to arrive at the end of April or pick one up from the Development and Alumni Relations office Bott Building for Nursing Education and Research, 1355 Bogue St., Room #C144.  #SpartanNursesWill

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MSU Makes Top 10 List of Colleges to Study Health Professions

Michigan State University has been ranked one of the top 10 best colleges in the nation to study health professions, according to College Factual, an online ranking source for students looking for the “right fit” when it comes to selecting a school. The online resource compiled the list based on several factors such as graduate earnings, the percentage of students at the college studying a particular major, accreditation and overall school quality.

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Cancer Conversation Engages Mid-Michigan

Cancer is one disease that will affect us all – directly or indirectly – sometime in our lives.  WKAR hosted a preview of the new series from Ken Burns “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies” on March 26. Over 140 guests turned out for the preview followed by conversation with local professionals who deal with cancer on a daily basis. Barbara Given was one of the experts on the panel.

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Treating Cancer Patients

"There is so much less time in the hospital, family members as well as the patient are really the ones who are coordinating the care and managing it...There are so many new treatments and they have the targeted agents, well those have side effects. And those side effects then have to be managed by the patients,” said Barbara Given.

  Listen to the full clip on WKAR.

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MSU Leads $4.7 Million Project to Tackle Childhood Obesity

$4.7 million study will look at healthy family mealtimes among low-income families. "Our intent is to provide a model for translational research with community participation concerning a highly significant problem and to empower parents to implement healthy family mealtimes," stated Millie Horodynski, Co-PI of the project.

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MSU College of Nursing sponsored two students to attend the AACN Student Policy Summit. Students in attendance included Amanda Brinker, Traditional BSN, and Jessica Martin, MSN Nurse Practitioner.



April 25
Reunion Day Celebration
Welcoming back the classes of: 1965, 1975, 1985, 1995, 2005 & all graduates prior to 1965.





Mary Smania has been selected to attend the National Institute of Nursing Research Summer Genetics Institute at the National Institutes of Health, June 1-26, 2015.

#SpartanNurses perform well above the national average for Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist and the Family Nurse Practitioner examinations. 100% pass rate achieved for the 2014 ANCC Certification exams.

Sandra Spoelstra will be recognized for her contributions as a new investigator. MNRS will honor her with the Harriet Werley New Investigator Award.

Spring 2014 Graduation Award Recipients:
Chelsea Hinsberg, Traditional BSN student, is the recipient of the spring Class of 2015 Spirit Award.

Emily Rathburn, Traditional BSN student, is the recipient of the spring Class of 2015 Undergraduate Outstanding Student Award.

Lisa Howell, MSN Nursing Anesthesia student, Melissa Mueller, MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist student, Pamela Becker, MSN Nurse Practitioner student, are the recipients of the spring Class of 2015 Graduate Outstanding Student Awards.



PhD students Kelly Adams and Ana Kelly attend the Midwest Nursing Research Society Annual Conference April 16-19, 2015. View the MNRS 2015 photo album on Facebook to see more.





For a full list of open positions visit our Employment page.

Assistant Professor for Health Programs

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Director of PhD Program

Family Nurse Practitioner


Nurse Practitioner Assistant Professor Health Programs

Nurse Practitioner Instructor/ Assistant/ Associate/ Full Professor

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