MSU College of Nursing eNews

October 2014

Nursing News


Spartan Sagas

Katherine Moran, Nursing student, is proud to become a Spartan Nurse in December. From holding a patient's hand during a procedure to comforting a family member, she is making a difference.

Alexandra Caramagno, Nursing student, learns how to be strong, compassionate, and hardworking through her clinical experiences that are helping to shape her nursing career.

Annette Wahl (CON BSN '85) believes her education at MSU provided her with a solid foundation to build her nursing career over the past 29 years. And to think, she did not consider nursing as a career choice until her academic advisor suggested it.

Jamie Simmons, Nursing Student, Granddaughter of the first African-American in Michigan to receive a heart transplant is inspired to become a Spartan Nurse and looks forward to interacting with patients and making them feel better.

Katherine Natoli, (CON BSN '85) has worked for the United States Navy, Marine Corps, and other government agencies throughout her career. This Spartan Nurse has helped people across the globe. After 27 years of service and field work, her Spartan pride is stronger than ever.

MSU RN to BSN Ranks in Top 10 of Most Affordable Programs

The College placed ninth in the most affordable RN to BSN Programs in the nation. The data was collected on each of these schools in seven categories: graduation rate, freshmen retention rate, student-to-faculty ratio, percentage of classes taught by graduate assistants, minimum undergraduate GPA required for admission, type of classes available and 3-year average NCLEX pass rate.

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Student Profile: Joseph Karanja, MSN-NP Student

My journey from Kenya, to the U.S. and eventually to Michigan State University has been one of many challenges and successes. I am from a small village in the country of Kenya where we lack appropriate medical care. Where medical care is available, most people (including myself) do not have access to the necessary funds to receive care. This experience is why I continue to pursue a career in the nursing field.

It is only with the help of scholarships that I am able to pursue higher education to reach my goals. Without the gift of financial assistance, my dreams would not be realized. Much has been given to me to help me succeed along this 7,815 mile journey of becoming a Spartan Nurse. I plan to pay my gift of scholarship forward by improving healthcare in local communities.

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Living History Project Debuts at ArtPrize

Linda Keilman, assistant professor is one of the Trifecta members working on the, "Living History Project: Stories Told by Michigan's Oldest of Old" that was featured at ArtPrize 2014. Residents over the age of 85 were interviewed about their experience in Michigan's cultural history. The information collected aided in understanding their thoughts on longevity. The story featuring 94 year old Zumba enthusiast, Ronnie Fagin, was voted in the top 25 in the time-based category at ArtPrize.

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App Helps Manage Cancer Symptoms

Self-Care During Cancer Treatment is a free mobile app that helps people facing cancer to better manage the disease by learning how self-manage symptoms of cancer. The app's content is derived from Barbara and Bill Given's Symptom Management Toolkit and Automated Telephone Symptom Management intervention tool. The app is provided by Empowerment and Action for Cancer Care, an alliance between WellPoint and Genentech.

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Showing Student Appreciation Through Giving

The MSU College of Nursing's commitment to the success of our nursing students and faculty is demonstrated through financial support totaling more than $140,000 through the distribution of 79 awards.

The Scholarships and Awards Ceremony, hosted on Friday, September 27, 2013, celebrates nursing excellence by honoring 72 notable students, faculty, and alumni.

View photos of award recipients in the "2014 Scholarships and Awards Ceremony" photo album.

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October 28
Case Management Conference: Riding the Waves of Change


November 5
Accelerated BSN Information Session


November 12
Conference on Pain: Beyond Boundaries


November 19
Accelerated BSN Information Session




Millie Horodynski's abstract, "Healthy Babies through Infant Centered Feeding: Impact of a Community-Based Home Visitation Intervention to Reduce the Risk of Infant Obesity in Low Income Populations" was selected by The Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science 2014 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research as a Presentation of Distinction.


Lorraine Robbins and Address Malata are two of the newest members inducted as Fellows by the American Academy of Nursing. They were recognized among 168 nurse leaders during the Academy's 41st annual meeting on October 18, 2014, in Washington, DC.




Director of PhD Program
Nurse Practitioner Assistant Professor Health Programs
Tenure System Faculty Position
Assistant Professor for Health Programs
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Temporary Staffing Employment Opportunities
Nurse Practitioner Instructor/ Assistant/ Associate/Full Professor





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