News and Events
Graduating 140 Spartans into the Nursing Workforce
The spring 2013 graduating class of nursing students consisted of 140 degree candidates. On May 3-4 6,945 degree candidates from MSU participated in undergraduate convocation and advanced degree ceremonies - becoming Spartan Alumni.Our aim to deliver results to the IOM Future of Nursing Report and help increase the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree to 80 percent by 2020 is realized three times per year. This spring, the College sent forth more than 80 new Spartans with baccalaureate degrees. Another recommendation of the IOM report is to prepare and enable nurses to lead change to advance health. This spring, the College sent forth 50 new Spartans with a MSN advance practice specialty degree.
In addition, two graduates were awarded the PhD in Nursing. They will be translating research and science into practice and joining the workforce in leadership roles as new nursing faculty.
MSUFCU Supports Three Scholarly Project Awards
Students in each MSN concentration completed an evidence based scholarly project related to their advanced practice specialty area. The top three projects were awarded $800 and recognized at the graduation luncheon.
MSU Faculty Conversations Features Henry Talley
The MSU College of Nursing is celebrating the five-year milestone of the MSN Nurse Anesthesia program, and 126 years of anesthesia being delivered by nurses. Henry Talley has been involved in both anesthesia and the Michigan Association of Nurse Anesthetists for years, and says becoming the founding director of MSU’s program was one of the best moves he’s ever made.
“We had been, up until about six years ago, one of the best-kept secrets in health care,” said the associate professor in MSU’s College of Nursing. “And now, the secret’s out.”
MSU, Komen Team Up to Treat Area Women
Underserved and underinsured women will have access to critical services for preventing, diagnosing and treating breast cancer, thanks to a $45,000 grant to Michigan State University from the Mid-Michigan Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
The new grant marks four years of funding for the program, administered by the Department of Surgery in MSU’s College of Human Medicine. The effort focuses on women under 40 in Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, Shiawassee and Jackson counties.
NUR470: Community and Population Health
In a world of shrinking Public Health Nursing clinical placements, yet increasingly complex family and community health challenges, NUR470’s virtual reality simulation provides students an alternative to real life experiences. Students experience real life situations within the safety net of virtual reality and learn from their mistakes.
Students experience the virtual reality home visits as a clinical group of eight students. They make four virtual home visits as pairs to Spartan Health Island in Second Life using the Public Health Nurse avatars that they have created. They interact using the chat and voice tools with one or more of the family member’s avatars played by either a simulated patient or the clinical instructor.
Testing New Tools for Better Cancer Care
Researchers in Michigan State University’s College of Nursing will use two federal grants to explore tools for helping cancer patients navigate the often daunting instructions that come with new chemotherapy drugs. Cancer care has been transformed in recent years by chemotherapy in pill form that patients can take at home.
Given and her husband, Charles Given, MSU professor of family medicine, will lead a clinical trial to see if an automated phone call system can help patients take their pills properly. “Our hope is to come up with something that will make it easier for patients,” Given said.
Meanwhile, Sandra Spoelstra, assistant professor of nursing, will use a two-year, $350,000 grant – also from the NCI – to tackle the same problem with different technology. Her project will test the effectiveness of text messages reminding patients to take their chemo pills and requiring them to reply when they’ve done so.
Nursing Alumnae Among Top Women in Health Care
Two alumnae from MSU’s College of Nursing are among the top 25 women in the health care industry, according to a new ranking. Patricia Hemingway Hall and Shirley Weis – both of whom earned bachelor’s degrees from the college in 1975 – landed on the magazine Modern Healthcare’s list.
College of Nursing Spring Magazine, 2013
Continuous Growth in Academics, Diversity and Research
The increased complexity of healthcare, higher education, and the profession of nursing impacts our work as educators, researchers and practitioners; challenging us to think in innovative ways.
One of the major themes of our spring magazine is partnerships. Almost all of our initiatives have a component of partnering with the community, other institutions and other disciplines.
Read about our partnership with the Lansing Public Schools to promote workforce diversity, partnership with community colleges to promote seamless RN to BSN education, a partnership with Sparrow Hospital to establish a Dedicated Education Unit, partnership with our donors and friends who contributed to the completion of our new nursing building, a research partnership with the College of Communication Arts & Sciences and the College of Engineering called the “Trifecta.” In addition, almost all of our nurse researchers are conducting community based research in schools, homes, WIC clinics, and primary care clinics. Read More.
- A Whole New Game in Cancer Rehab
- Helping Patients Navigate New Cancer Drugs
- Reflexology Path to Benefit Health and Wellness
- Michigan Primary Care Consortium Elects Board Officers and Directors
- Reflexology Shows Promise for Treating Cancer Symptoms
- A Landmark for Nursing at MSU
- MSU Faculty Conversations Features Kelly Brittain
- Advancing Nursing Education with over $260,000 in Scholarships and Awards
- CANS 2012 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research
- Sparrow, MSU College of Nursing Team up for Student Nurse Mentoring Program
- MSU College of Nursing Welcomes New Associate Dean for Research
- Nursing Researcher Uses Wii-Fit to Address Cancer-Related Fatigue
- Komen Grant Helps MSU Treat Underserved Women
- President of MSU Nursing Alumni Documents Gift upon Retirement from Board
- Spartan Nurse Helps Open Nursing Training Center in Mongolia
- Homage to Nursing Director Gwendoline MacDonald
- Agreement Paves Way for Community College Nursing Students to Attain Bachelor’s Degree from MSU
- MSU, Sparrow Announce New Center for Innovation
- Spartan Nursing Grads Ready to Impact Healthcare Outcomes
- Nursing PhD Student Honored as MSU’s First Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar
- College of Nursing's BOTT Building Nearing Completion
- MNRS Conference Features Nearly 30 Spartan Presenters
- MSU Announces A New DNP Program
- Nurses Key in Helping New Cancer Patients Overcome Fears
- College of Nursing Researcher Featured in Oncology Nursing Society Podcast Series
- Coveted Scholarships and Awards Help Fund Nursing Education at MSU
- $3.6 Million Nursing Research Project Promotes Exercise for Girls
- Student Studies Effects of Anti-tuberculosis Drugs in South Africa
- THE BOTT BUILDING for Nursing Education and Research: A Symbol of Nursing Excellence
- Bringing Reflexology to Homes of Patients with Breast Cancer
- Many Patients Fail to Properly Take Oral Chemo, Leading to Complications
- Nursing Researcher Works to Prevent Falls in Elderly Cancer Survivors
- Nursing Students Are Making an Impact
- MSU Nursing Moves up in U.S. News & World Report Rankings