February 2016
Improving Infant Care Internationally

After watching a sibling suffer from childhood obesity, PhD student Salmah Alghamdi decided to become a nurse to provide care and promote healthy practices. As an international student from Saudi Arabia, Alghamdi is preparing to improve infant care around the world. “Healthy infant foundation and the achievement of optimal health benefits for both infants and mothers start with breastfeeding,” Alghamdi said.

Two PhD Students Named Jonas Scholars

Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare will fund the scholarship of two Michigan State University PhD nursing students in 2016: Deborah Lee and Kendra Kamp. The grants are part of a national effort to stem the faculty shortage and prepare the next generation of nurses — which is critical because a clinical nurse shortage is anticipated just as an aging population requires care.


Free online continuing education offering for registered nurses. This program complies with the RN licensure renewal requirement in the state of Michigan and provides 1.33 contact hours of CNE in pain and pain symptom management.

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At-Home Therapies Help Cancer Patients Cope

When it comes to cancer and its treatments, a person’s quality of life can be greatly affected. Professor Gwen Wyatt is comparing the benefits of reflexology and meditation when given by a friend or family member and determining which best suits the patient. She will be leading the study with Alla Sikorskii, an associate professor in MSU’s Department of Statistics and Probability and Rebecca Lehto, an associate professor also in the College of Nursing. “People are so unique in their symptom experience and often turn to complementary therapies such as these to help reduce the negative effects of their disease and maintain a functional daily life,” Wyatt said.

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Chasing a Passion for Practice

Mary Roberts, CON BSN '84, received one of four prestigious scholarships given by Texas Woman’s University at the 14th Annual Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award Luncheon on February 10. Roberts is currently a 4.0 GPA doctoral student planning to work independently as a clinician after graduation while translating research into practice to improve patient outcomes. “My advice to others is to never let your passion for what you do and your pursuit of excellence die,” Roberts said.

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Mary Smania

Mary Smania



Elected to the Sparrow Specialty Hospital Board of Directors

Michelle VanBuren

MSN-FNP Student


Awarded AANP Scholarship

Gwen Wyatt



MNRS Distinguished Researcher Award

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Spartan Nurse Monthly: Women and Heart Disease

Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women. However, the warning signs of heart disease for women are different. Rather than chest pain, women are more likely to experience shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting, and back or jaw pain. Mary Jane Cook explains the risk factors of heart disease and how to raise awareness.

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Prioritizing Patient Safety: Q & A with Dayna Hoopes

Dayna Hoopes, RN to BSN student, is learning about the diversity of her patients, their diseases, and their recovery. “As nurses, we are the last line of defense for the patient. We need to make sure that the care they are to receive is appropriate for their situation, and if it does not seem to make sense, it is ok to question it. Patient safety is our number one priority,” Hoopes said.



January 22 to April 15

College of Nursing High School Information Days


January 25 to March 3

Traditional BSN Application Sessions


March 7

Phoenix, Arizona Alumni Dinner


March 12

2016 MiCNP Reception


April 23

2016 Reunion Day Celebration


Welcoming back the classes of: 1966, 1976, 1986, 1996, 2006 and all graduates prior to 1966.

Reconnect with fellow classmates and celebrate all that has been accomplished by our Spartan Nurses.

We hope you will join us.




Assistant Professor, Health Programs
Apply online at, posting #1004. This position holds responsibilities for maintaining a clinical practice with participation in the MSU Faculty Group Practice. Undergraduate and graduate level instruction and clinical supervision at on-campus and off-campus sites is also involved.


Assistant/Associate Professor
Apply online at, posting #0973. The responsibilities of this position include maintaining an established program of funded research, teaching in areas of expertise, outreach and community service, and active involvement with college and university committees.


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