March 2016
Working with Heart, Hands, and Knowledge: Q & A with Lindsey Averill

Lindsey Averill, Traditional BSN student, has learned that nursing is not just another job. She wants to be an advocate for patients, realizing they are holistic beings that need compassionate care. "I am looking forward to the small yet important moments when I realize how much of an impact I made on a patient and their family," Averill said.

Coffee with Dean Randolph F. R. Rasch: Changes in Healthcare

Dean Randolph F. R. Rasch looked at healthcare volatility and its impact on patient care while sharing personal stories about nursing practice in a Coffee with the Profs segment. One of the MSU Alumni Association’s long-standing featured offerings, the Coffee with the Profs series highlights research done by some of the university’s finest faculty and staff.

Volunteer for the MSU Global Day of Service

The MSU Global Day of Service makes an impact all over the world. Spartan alumni, businesses, and student organizations come together in their communities to serve others. The fourth annual SPARTANS WILL. Power. Global Day of Service is being held on Saturday, April 16, 2016. Join your fellow Spartan Nurses in volunteering for an existing project in your local community or starting one of your own.



In September, Google came to MSU with its Street View Trekker, a wearable backpack with a camera system on top. Check out the 360-degree panoramas showing the W.J. Beal Botanical Garden, Spartan Stadium, and more.


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Vicki Voskuil

PhD Student


Awarded an
American Nurses Foundation Grant

Kathy Dontje



Selected as a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Jill Vondrasek

Marketing and Communications Director


2016 Jack Breslin Distinguished
Staff Award

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Spartan Nurse Monthly: Are You Deficient in Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is an important nutrient for healthy bones, but the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in the U.S. has been reported at 41 to 57 percent. You can get vitamin D from sunlight, oral supplements, fatty fish like salmon and tuna, and fortified foods like milk and cereal. Gretchen Schumacher explains how to check your vitamin D levels and who is at risk for deficiency.

Mind, Meditation, and Compassion Classes

Roxane Chan and Rebecca Lehto are hosting classes about mind/body practices on the third Friday of every month. Everyone is welcome to join from 11:30am to 12pm in the Bott Building, room C125. "We will focus on a different skill each month such as self-compassion, mantra meditation, insight meditation, QiGong, and other practices," Chan said. The classes will introduce a variety of skills that attendees can incorporate into their lives.

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Nursing Student Selected for Clinton Global Initiative University Meeting

Roberta Dankyi, Traditional BSN student, is one of ten MSU students attending the Clinton Global Initiative University meeting in California next month. Former President Bill Clinton launched the CGI U to engage young leaders who are developing solutions to world challenges. Dankyi's commitment to train healthcare professionals will help close the gap between healthcare information and the average uneducated woman in Africa. With only 27 percent of the population in upper east and west Ghana able to read and write, it is vital to have health professionals going into the homes of women to educate them.

Registering a New Role: Q & A with Michael Tonelli

Michael Tonelli, MSN student, fell in love with nurse anesthesia because it’s a combination of his interests and provides opportunities for advancement. Tonelli chose MSU to pursue his degree because the anesthesia program stressed autonomy, precision, and quality. "Nurse anesthesia seemed to be the dream job that I had never heard of. It is a perfect combination of pharmacology and physiology," Tonelli said.



April 12

Doctoral Programs Reception


April 21

Clinical Nurse Specialist Scholarly Project Presentations


April 22

Nurse Practitioner Poster Presentations


April 23

2016 Reunion Day Celebration





Apply online at, posting #1002. This position’s primary responsibility is teaching in classroom, clinical and/or distance education. Teaching assignments may include BSN, MSN, and DNP programs, depending on individual qualifications.


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 of university committees.


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