August 2015
Trailblazer Randolph Rasch Appointed as 9th Dean

Dean Rasch, PhD, RN, FAANP, has more than twenty-five years of experience teaching in higher education. At the heart of his drive is the knowledge that nursing is the profession positioned to have the most significant impact on the future of healthcare delivery. "It is my philosophy that nursing is a practice discipline, not an academic enterprise. As Dean, I plan to build synergy for further achievement in scholarly activity and research with a focus on evidence based practice," said Rasch.

Text Messages Improve Adherence

Tracy DeKoekkoek, PhD student, and colleagues have been published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing. The team conducted a review of text message services that remind patients to take their medications. The researchers found that in nine studies, medication adherence rates improved between 15.3 and 17.8 percent with use of text messages.

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Families Provide Unpaid Care To Loved Ones

Family caregiving will affect most people at some point in their lives. Barbara Given, PhD, RN, FAAN, spoke about how to scale back the hours of unpaid work an estimated 40 million family caregivers spend helping loved ones. "As people are aging or have chronic disease, families should have discussions about the plans they will have for care and discuss some of their preferences," Given said.

Chemotherapy-Induced Cardiomyopathy

Chemotherapy and radiation treatment for many cancers do not come without risk and can result in treatment-related toxicities that produce serious side effects. PhD student Deborah Lee, MSN, RN, FNP, ACNP-BC, is researching chemotherapy-induced cardiotoxicity (CIC) and its effect on cancer survivors.

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Nicole McGuire

AO BSN Student

Undergraduate Outstanding Student Award

Patrick Hawkins


Caregiver of the Year from the American Kidney Fund

Dana Hensley

AO BSN Student

Undergraduate Spirit Award

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Helping Students Lead Healthier Lives

As many Spartans return to school, it is important for students to track their health. Rhonda Conner-Warren, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC, spoke to MSU Today about smartphone applications that may help people manage their health today to avoid chronic diseases. "We want to build a better tomorrow and that starts with being your best today."

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STARR Student: Q & A with Jessica Harris

Jessica Harris, an Honors College senior in the Traditional BSN program, traveled from Wyoming to MSU to make a positive impact. "At MSU, I am free to pursue those things that I am passionate about and interested in, in addition to obtaining an amazing education as a future Spartan Nurse." Harris is the recipient of a STARR scholarship and chose MSU to pursue her nursing career because of its reputation for innovation, inclusion, and research. She helped start a non-profit branch of the HOPE Project on campus, which raises awareness about global health issues.



October 2


Scholarships & Awards Ceremony 2015

October 3


Homecoming 2015




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