October 2017
Depression: How to Fight Your Way out of the Shadows

Depression has no bounds – it can occur in all ages, races, and sexes and arises for a variety of reasons. Many things can cause depression. It can relate to environmental factors: such as having an experience with violence or abuse, having low self-esteem, experiencing a lot of stress in your life, or losing a loved one. Having family members with a history of depression may increase your risk, but ultimately depression is not “just in your head” -- it is a real condition and causes chemical changes in the brain.

October is Depression Awareness Month and one of the most important actions one can take in their battle against depression is to educate themselves on the illness and treatment options.

Who will be a Force for Mental Health Learning? Spartans Will.

As we mark the one-year anniversary of McLaren Greater Lansing creating the Endowed Chair for Behavioral Mental Health Nursing Education (the College of Nursing’s first endowed chair), here’s a story partly inspired by that gift. Sharon King (CON BSN ‘63) established the Amy L. King Memorial Endowment for Mental Health Education in Nursing in memory of her youngest daughter. Amy died in 2016, and Sharon hoped to make something very positive happen out of a negative, while helping nurses feel more confident they can identify patient problems. “I think we can do better, and that’s what this endowment is all about.”

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Studies Find Reflexology Helps Breast Cancer Patients

Three studies funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) have established the validity and credibility of reflexology as a therapy able to reduce symptoms and enhance physical functioning for cancer patients. Gwen Wyatt, PhD, RN, FAAN, has spent her career looking at ways to improve the overall physical and emotional well-being of cancer patients. In partnership with Alla Sikorskii, PhD, MSN, they have received more than $8 million dollars in NCI funding to find new ways to improve the quality of life of cancer patients.

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Pink Impact: Breast Care at MSU Provides Life-Saving Breast Care Services to Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties

A $57,000 grant from the Susan G. Komen Michigan Affiliate will help provide life-saving screening and diagnostic breast care services through Pink Impact: Breast Care at MSU to men and women who cannot afford these services due to high deductibles and copays.

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Doing for Others:
Q&A with Julie Allen

“I want to do something for others: as much as I can for as many as I can, to the best of my ability, for as long as I can. I want to be of service to, not only my community, but potentially the country,” said Julie Allen, RN to BSN student.

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Erin Buitendorp



Accepted into MSU’s Graduate Certification program in Community Engagement


Kelly Brittain



Presenter at the International Conference on Family Nursing & Healthcare

Denise Soltow Hershey



Re-elected as the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners Treasurer

Kendra Kamp

PhD Candidate


Passed her Comprehensive examinations and is now a candidate for a PhD

Eric Vachon

PhD Candidate


Passed his Comprehensive examinations and is now a candidate for a PhD


Who will help recruit the next generation of Spartan Nurses?
Michigan State is one of the world's leading research universities. With highly ranked programs and exceptional professors, we educate students who advance the common good with uncommon will.

Fall Information Days: Doctoral Programs
November 9
NEW Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) curriculum for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses offers seamless pathways to the DNP: BSN to DNP, MSN to DNP, and Post-graduate DNP

PhD in Nursing curriculum prepares scholars who are ready to assume leadership roles in academia and research. Students with a BSN degree or higher are eligible to apply.

Accelerated Second Degree BSN Information Session
November 1

Traditional BSN Application Information Seminar
November 7, 14, and 16

Applications are due December 1, 2017 for students applying for a spring 2018 start date.

High School Information Days
Many dates to choose from through May, 2018


At Michigan State University, we are always looking for talented individuals to become a part of the Spartan community.

Discover MSU Nursing and our Community
Being a Spartan Nurse isn’t just a label, but a way of thinking and serving others. At MSU we have been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. Learn about our vibrant community, partnerships, and the splendor of living in Michigan.

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  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program Director
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