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February 2014

Nursing News


Scholarly Project Leads to National Collaboration and Large Scale Practice Change

Beverly Benmoussa (CON MSN '13) is using her Spartan Nursing degree to improve health outcomes for children by lowering their risk of complications after pediatric cardiac surgery. Her abstract, "Supporting Practice Change Using The Awareness To Adherence Model In A Pediatric ICU" has been accepted by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Abstract Review Panel. Benmoussa will present her work at the AANP 2014 National Conference being held June 17 - 22, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Benmoussa has worked on developing a national clinical practice guideline that would benefit patients, families, and practitioners as part of a national multi-center collaborative, under the auspice of the NIH/NHLBI. She was also charged with implementing this large-scale practice change in the pediatric cardiothoracic intensive care unit, part of the University of Michigan's congenital heart center. Currently, she works as a Nurse Practitioner at the University of Michigan Transplant Center with the renal transplant team.

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Making Higher Education a Possibility

"I have worked in higher education for more than five years and enjoy my work with college students as they learn to navigate the higher education process. I chose this path in advising because I come from a family of nurses," said Phillip Seaborn, Academic Advisor for Pre-Nursing, Traditional BSN, and ACCESS. "I have grown to develop a deep respect for nurses. In my role, I assist students with developing strategies to overcome obstacles that may be hindering their ability to succeed in higher education."

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Developing Behavioral Interventions

Hartford Geriatric Scholar, Sandra Spoelstra, is featured in the Summer Research Institute video. Offered by the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing Center for Innovative Care in Aging, the institute is designed to help participants develop testable interventions that have the potential for implementation in practice environments and advance appropriate trial designs.

Watch the video on YouTube.

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Alumni Relations Coordinator Joins Team

Pamela Werling joins the College of Nursing Development and Alumni Relations team as the Alumni Relations Coordinator. Werling is a communications and public relations specialist who has spent her career in the nonprofit sector. Before joining the College, Werling served as the Events and Communications manager for the Mid-Michigan Affiliate of Susan G. Komen. Her strengths are evident in her ability to effectively communicate, actively listen, and bring people together. Werling is an alumnus of the MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences with a bachelor's degree in communication and specialization in public relations. Passionate about service and community, Werling also serves on the Board of Directors for Downtown Lansing Inc., and volunteers with Susan G. Komen.

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Give to Nursing

Interested in helping to ease the financial burden of students as they pursue their dream of becoming a Nurse? Your philanthropic gift can make a difference. Considering giving to one of these funds:

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


"Moving Forward" Wins ADDY Merit Award

Nursing magazine wins first ADDY for the College. The 2014 Mid-Michigan American Advertising Awards recognize the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising and included more than 350 local entries. Pictured: Jill Vondrasek, MBA, Marketing and Communications Director.

"More People Needing Care," the 2014 magazine, will focus on MSU's commitment to graduate Nursing education and the preparation of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses to improve care for individuals, families, and populations. Look for it to come in your mailbox, online, and in the March eNews.



Research Committee sponsors a series of presentations showcasing work of College of Nursing faculty and visiting scholars.

March 21
Research Seminar: Adejoke Ayoola (CON PhD '07)




Upcoming Information Sessions and Open Houses:

Accelerated Second Degree BSN:
March 14

Senior Days for Prospective Traditional BSN Students Currently in High School:
March 7
March 14




May 2
University Undergraduate and Advanced Degree Commencement Ceremonies


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





Jill Vondrasek is elected to the Susan G. Komen Mid-Michigan Board of Directors for a two-year term. In this role her function will be to advise, assist, and aid in efforts to support breast cancer education and outreach programs.

Vicki Voskuil, PhD student, is awarded with a PhD Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar grant. Voskuil will be joining an elite group of nearly 600 scholars across the country.





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