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March 2014

Nursing News


More People Needing Care

The College is committed to graduate education in Nursing and the preparation of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) to improve care for individuals, families, and populations. With implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the number of individuals with health insurance and access to healthcare has increased, and APRNs will be an essential part of providing quality care.

In this edition of the magazine you will read about our rich history in creating graduate level education that prepares nurses for advanced practice, our array of educational programs to prepare nurse leaders, our outstanding faculty members whose passion for practice enriches the classroom and the community, our portfolio of community-based clinical research in the areas of cancer and physical activity, and more.

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Passionately Guiding Dreams to Life

I chose to become a Registered Nurse because I enjoy helping people be the healthiest they can be and have a compassion for those who are in need. Since working with the Nursing Workforce Diversity Program, I have acquired an even greater desire to support students to pursue their dream of becoming a nurse. As a student from a disadvantaged background, I understand first-hand the many ways students need support to achieve a BSN degree and successfully complete the NCLEX examination.

Learn more about the Nursing Workforce Diversity Program on pages 6-11 of the spring, 2013 magazine.

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Call for Preceptors: Contribute to the Legacy of Nursing Excellence at MSU

The College of Nursing is looking for Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists who want to give back to Michigan State University with their time and talent. We are in the process of growing our pool of nurse practitioner (NP) and clinical nurse specialist (CNS) volunteers. If you are an actively practicing NP or CNS and this opportunity appeals to you, please complete the online Clinical Preceptor Profile. For more Information, contact Patty West, MS, RN at 517-355-8327 or patricia.west@hc.msu.edu.

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Alumni Reunion Days: Class of 1964 and 1989
April 24-26, 2014

Each year Michigan State University plans Reunion Days for all graduates celebrating their 50th anniversary. This year, MSU is celebrating graduates of the class of 1964, as well as the 25th anniversary for the class of 1989. This three day event includes:

• College of Nursing breakfast and re-pinning ceremony
• Activities across campus ranging from tours to lectures
• University wide receptions
• Green & White spring football game
• Special dinner hosted by the Senior Class Council

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Alumna Named Michigan Area Health Education Center Co-Director

Wanda Gibson-Scipio (CON PhD '06) named to serve as co-program director of the Michigan Area Health Education Center. Gibson-Scipio is an educator, family nurse practitioner, and a researcher working to address health disparities among African-American youth with asthma. She is an assistant professor in the Wayne State University College of Nursing and a family nurse practitioner at Advantage Family Health Care, a Federally Qualified Health Center.

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Making a Difference

Interested in helping to ease the financial burden of students as they pursue their dream of becoming a Nurse? Consider giving to one of these student funds today:

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


First Publication for Scholarly Work of Two Doctoral Students

The Journal of Nursing Care Quality published the article titled, "The Relationship of Bedside Nurses' Emotional Intelligence With Quality of Care." The study examined if emotional intelligence of units' bedside nurses is related to the quality of care delivered to the patients. Pictured from left to right: Jackeline Iseler, DNP student, and Kelly Adams, PhD student.



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




April 9


Consider Enrolling in One of our Unique Doctoral Programs
Our Doctoral Programs offer a personal approach where students are supported by faculty who are experts in practice and research.

The PhD prepares nurse scholars who are ready to assume leadership in clinical research and contribute to nursing knowledge needed for practice.

The DNP prepares Advanced Practice Registered Nurses to provide clinical, organizational and systems leadership at the highest level.

At MSU, PhD and DNP curricula are interconnected through shared experiences including courses, events, and week-long intensives at the start of each semester.

Meet with graduate nursing education advisors, faculty, and current students to learn more. Register online to attend the Prospective Student Reception.





May 2
University Undergraduate Convocation and Advanced Degree Commencement Ceremony


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





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