MSU College of Nursing eNews

May 2014

Nursing News


Commemorating Collective Success and Individual Achievement

The spring 2014 graduating class of nursing students consisted of nearly 150 degree candidates. Our aim to deliver results to the IOM Future of Nursing Report and help increase the proportion of nurses with a BSN degree to 80 percent by 2020 is realized three times per year. This spring, the College sent forth 77 new Spartans with baccalaureate degrees, 69 new Spartans with master's degrees, and one graduate was awarded the PhD in Nursing.

View photos from the event on Facebook in the "Spring Graduation 2014" photo album.

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Nurse Scholars Earn Seat in Traditional BSN Program

Five high-achieving students from the Nurse Scholar program are officially admitted into the BSN curriculum and the College of Nursing. Congratulations to: Sara Macdonald (Army ROTC), Natalie Morello, Jessica Mutrynowski, Joshua Wissner, and Michelle Wormser. In addition to this academic achievement, Wormser won first place at the University Undergrad Research Forum for her poster presentation.

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Celebrating Honorary Degree Recipient: Shirley A. Weis

Shirley A. Weis (CON BSN '75) is a distinguished alumna of the College of Nursing, a healthcare innovator and business leader who has significantly impacted healthcare throughout her career. Weis secured the high profile rank of Vice President and first female Chief Administrative Officer for Mayo Clinic. During her forty year career Weis has focused on making a difference in providing healthcare and working to influence and improve health systems. Michigan State University presented her with an Honorary Degree at the spring 2014 Undergraduate Convocation for her innovative leadership.

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2014 Salute to Nurses

On May 6, 2014 three of the Colleges own were recognized for positively impacting healthcare by McLaren Greater Lansing’s Salute to Nurses.

  • Mary Blackmer (CON MSN '95), awarded with the Extraordinary Community Service Award. Mary's volunteerism includes working with victims after Hurricane Katrina, volunteering monthly at the Stehouwer Health Clinic, and teaching swimming lessons at the YMCA. She also donates 100 percent of her salary to the YMCA for youth programs and memberships for families.
  • Matt Faust (CON BSN '06), earned the Inspirational Teaching or Mentoring Award. Faust is an exemplary professional and teaches students about the real-life application of what they are taught in their nursing education.
  • Gayle Lourens, Assistant Director of Nurse Anesthesia, awarded with the Outstanding Advanced Practice Professional Nurse of the Year Award. Lourens has a 30 year career dedicated to high standards of excellence and the application of scientific research.

Sparrow News: Nurses of the Year Honored during Nurses Week

More than a dozen Sparrow Nurses were given special recognition for extraordinary care and service as part of activities celebrating national Nurses Week. Spartan honorees include:

  • Susan Wisser (CON BSN '70), received Sparrow's highest Nursing honor, the Jean Granger Award, which recognizes excellence in nursing at Sparrow and contributions to the community.
  • Fiona Bates (CON BSN '06), awarded Sparrow Health System Nurse of the Year for her specialty area of Critical Care/Step-down Services.

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Keynote Speaker Provides Inspiration at Nursing Commencement and Pinning Ceremony
"As nurses, you will have moments that will stand out for you. And there are times in which you may find yourself standing alone: the only person present when someone breathes a last breath; the only person present who disagrees with a policy or treatment; the only person brave enough to stand up for being a baccalaureate or advanced practice nurse. Hold fast to your beliefs and avoid being socialized into a different way of thinking. Research has shown that there is a difference in the outcomes of care when nurse clinicians are prepared at the baccalaureate level or higher, so all of you will make a positive difference to those in your care."

- Linda Scott (CON BSN '79)



June 9
Alumni Gathering in Chicago


June 26
Classes end for First Summer Session


June 30
Classes begin for Second Summer Session 2014





Kelly Adams, PhD student, successfully defended her proposal, "Emotion regulation in African American women with heart failure."

Spring 2013 Graduation Award Recipients:
Brooke Siepierski, Traditional BSN student, received the Spirit Award.

Aubrey Dwyer, Traditional BSN student; and Matthew Abrahamson, BSN for Registered Nurses, received the Undergraduate program Outstanding Student Award.

Alan Meinke, MSN in Nurse Anesthesia; Jane DeLancey, MSN in Clinical Nurse Specialist - Education; Nicole Ehinger, MSN in Nurse Practitioner, received the Graduate program Outstanding Student Award.





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



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