April 2017
Celebrate National Nurses Week 2017

No matter where you are we want to celebrate Nurses Week with Spartan Nurses. We are giving the gift of a “Spartan Nurse” button to wear during Nurses Week.

  • Alumni will receive one in the mail
  • Students can pick one up in front of the Office of Student Affairs in the Bott Building Atrium
Then, join us on social by taking a selfie wearing your “Spartan Nurse” button. Post it to our Facebook page or Tweet us @MSUCONadvisors using the hashtag #SpartanNurse.

7 Ways to Reduce Your Breast Cancer Risk

Lifestyle changes have been shown in studies to decrease breast cancer risk even in high-risk women. The following are steps you can take to lower your risk:

  1. Limit your alcohol intake
  2. Don't smoke
  3. Control your weight
  4. Eat a healthy diet
  5. Be physically active
  6. Breast-feed
  7. Limit dose and duration of hormone therapy

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Sparrow/MSU Research Project Examines Obesity in Head Start Children

Jiying Ling’s PhD, RN, new research project, FirstStep2Health, is funded by the Sparrow/MSU Center for Innovation and Research. The innovative program seeks to help stem obesity in Head Start children by helping them to establish healthy lifestyles while they are still in preschool. The program involves an “Eat & Walk My ABC’s” curriculum that features nutritional education, food-tasting activities and games.

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Putting the Patient First:
Q&A with Paul Bush

Through an expansive journey as a bedside nurse, NA student Paul Bush has learned the importance of always putting the patient first.

A Smile for Every Patient:
Q&A with Ross Teeple

The physical and mental challenges nursing presents was what drew RN to BSN student Ross Teeple to the profession. This love for challenge transcends to his end goal of eventually becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner, and earning his doctorate. Teeple reveals his core philosophy to patient care: to get every one of his patients to smile.

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Circle of Education: Q&A with Beth Ammerman

Equipped with three degrees from MSU, alumna Beth Ammerman, CON BSN '90, MSN '96 and DNP '16, has set out to enlighten nursing students of the importance of quality healthcare. Ammerman now works as a faculty member for the University of Michigan Ann Arbor.

The Social Justice in Nursing: Q&A with Kimberly Lohr

Now an assistant professor at Grand Valley State University, Kimberly Lohr, CON DNP ’16, is committed to addressing contemporary social justice issues through the nursing profession. Lohr is also teaching a new generation of nurses how to implement healthcare into school settings.

Help Shape an Extraordinary Future
As Spartan Nurses we value the success of one another and understand that there is more to be done to improve healthcare. MSU is rich with programs that support student success, and together we can have a significant impact on shaping the future. Now’s the time to close the gap. Help reduce the financial burden for graduate students by giving to the Conlon Wehrwein Endowed Scholarship. Your support will propel our college forward and impact future generations. Make a gift online.

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Abstract accepted for the Annual Midwest Conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Linda Keilman



To be inducted as a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Linda Hansen



Appointed as Secretary for the Michigan Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists

Jiying Ling



Invited to speak at the Qilu Nursing Symposium, in Jinan, China

Jackeline Iseler



Abstract accepted for presentation at the Sparrow Nursing Research Symposium

Dana Carthron



Accepted into the Research in Implementation Science for Equity (RISE) Program

Jennifer Watkins

MSN Student


Certified Nurse Specialist Outstanding Student Award Recipient

Kathleen Tippen Kerr

MSN Student


Nurse Practitioner Outstanding Student Award Recipient

Gheroghe Alion

MSN Student


Nurse Anesthesia Outstanding Student Award Recipient



BSN Senior Scholarly
Project Presentations

April 28

Graduation Brunch
May 5
10:00 am to 11:30 am
Bott Building for Nursing Education and Research

Spring Convocation and Pinning Ceremony

May 6 9:30 am
Wharton Center, Great Hall


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