March 2018
Open Letter: A Commitment to Listen and Impact Change

I wrote this letter in response to the courageous survivor impact statements, the tragic events that occurred and this pivotal time of change at Michigan State. As a College of Nursing, we have a responsibility to every individual in our College, the community, and those we come in contact with during our work. The survivor’s stories change us, and we continue to draw strength from their courage. They are inspiring us to do better, to look inward and influence cultural and organizational change while advocating for the best health outcomes.

We are listening, we are sorry, and we are committed to championing change.

As Spartan Nurses, we are trusted professionals dedicated to promoting excellence in the care we provide and using the best evidence for practice to improve health outcomes. We will work tirelessly to reinforce these core values and be a resource for those affected by sexual assault.

MSU President Engler Targets Safety, Quality and Transparency

In keeping with his promise to make healthcare at MSU a national model for quality and safety, Interim President John Engler announced a new health structure for clinical practice and student wellness programs, including two leadership appointments.

“This is an opportunity for MSU, perhaps the only university with these three types of colleges, to demonstrate what can be done when we work on a variety of health care practice issues, research and evidence-based practice to improve the health outcomes of the public,” added College of Nursing Dean Randolph F.R. Rasch.

Online Graduate Nursing Program Jumps 15 Spots Nationally

MSU College of Nursing’s online graduate nursing program, Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, or CNS, continues to climb in the national rankings, jumping 15 spots from 2017. U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Programs for 2018 ranked the online program No. 11 this year. The program has climbed steadily since 2013, when it ranked No. 43.

Dark of Night
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Susan Wiers, DNP, FNP-BC, is health programs faculty with a practice at Cornerstone Medical Group in Clinton Township, MI. She is a nationally certified FNP with over 15 years of practice experience. She will be teaching in our graduate nursing program. Susan is a Spartan alumna and earned her BSN, MSN, and DNP degrees from the MSU College of Nursing.

Chastity Warren, DNP, RN, is a nationally certified critical care nurse. She has been an adjunct faculty for the College of Nursing since July 2016. She will primarily be teaching in our baccalaureate nursing program.

Ruth Chaplen, DNP, ACNS-BC, RN received her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Master of Science in Nursing both at Wayne State University. Ruth is nationally certified in Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing and will be teaching in our undergraduate program.

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Attack of the Thyroid: What You Need to Know about Thyroid Disease

What you need to know about Thyroid Disease: An estimated 20 million Americans suffer from some form of thyroid disease. Despite the high number of cases, many people often are unaware that a problem with their thyroid exists. Thyroid disease encompasses a number of disorders that can affect the thyroid, a hormone gland located in the neck that is responsible for regulating the body’s metabolism. Problems arise when the thyroid becomes overactive (hyper) or underactive (hypo).

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Are you Attending MNRS?

You are invited to join the College of Nursing for an evening of desserts and networking. This reception will highlight the works of faculty and students, entitled, “The Future is Bright at MSU.”

When: Friday, April 13 from 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Where: Huntington Convention Center, Cleveland, Ohio

RSVP online by Monday, April 2.

Oral Oncolytic Agents: New Caregiver Challenges

The use of oral oncolytic agents is on the rise, and these medications now account for a large percentage of all prescribed cancer treatments. Although oral agents offer a convenient alternative to traditional intravenous (IV) chemotherapy, they present new and unique challenges to caregivers. Family caregivers perceive oral agents differently from how they view IV chemotherapy. They appreciate the convenience oral agents offer, such as cutting back on travel to oncology clinics for treatment and enabling patients to administer the drugs themselves. However, caregivers face a significant and greater responsibility to make sure that patients are self-administering oral agents as prescribed.

Victoria K. Marshall, BSN, RN is a PhD nursing student and graduate research assistant at the Michigan State University College of Nursing. She is also an American Nurses Foundation Scholar.

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Patient’s Stories Matter: Q&A with Tracy Hosford

Spartan Nurse Tracy Hosford, CON MSN ‘16, is a Clinical Nurse Specialist for Burn and Trauma at Spectrum Health Medical Center. Because Burn trauma is the worst time of her patients’ lives, Hosford ensures they receive excellent and compassionate care. Much of her career focuses on what is best for the patient and their family. “I believe that we can change the future of healthcare by ensuring our patient's truly are at the center of the care we provide,” states Hosford.

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Tanya Brooks

RN to BSN Student


Fall 2017 Outstanding Student Award

Jean Machulis

RN to BSN Student


Fall 2017 Spirit Award

Makayla Robinson

Traditional BSN Student


Accepted into the REPID Program

Kendra Kamp

PhD Nursing Candidate


Manuscript published in Gastroenterology

Victoria Marshall

PhD Nursing Candidate


Abstract accepted for presentation at the Oncology Nursing Society Annual Conference

Stephanie Mullennix

MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist Student


Abstract accepted for student poster presentation at the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Annual Conference

Rachel Justice

MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist Student


Abstract accepted for student poster presentation at the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Annual Conference

Caroline Maass

MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist Student


Abstract accepted for student poster presentation at the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Annual Conference

Sally Witt

MSN Clinical Nurse Specialist Student


Abstract accepted for student poster presentation at the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Annual Conference

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Denise Ferrell



Serving as Vice President of the Haiti Nursing Foundation in 2018

Seung Hee Choi



Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco New Investigator Award

Kathy Dontje



Elected to the American Nurses Association, Michigan Board of Directors

Roxane Chan



Elected to the American Holistic Nurses Association Board of Directors

Rhonda Conner-Warren



Invited to the 2018 Ecology Center Health Leaders Fellowship Program

Amy Hoffman



Elected secretary of the Midwest Nursing Research Society

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Susan Dunn



Manuscript published in the Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing


Jiying Ling



Abstract accepted for presentation at the MNRS Annual Research Conference

Catherine Clarey-Sanford



Abstract accepted for presentation at the 50th Annual Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Conference

Kelly Brittain



Manuscript published in Gastroenterology

Jiying Ling



Manuscripts accepted for publication in the Western Journal of Nursing Research


College of Nursing Scholarship Application Deadline
March 1

High School Information Days
Prospective MSU students currently in high school are invited to meet with the program advisor to learn more about the program, admission prerequisites, application, and admissions processes.
March 16
April 20

Dessert Reception at MNRS
April 13


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