SCHOOL OF NURSING
N E W S L E T T E R
GREETINGS Oakland University’s School of Nursing
from the celebrates 30 years
DEAN In 1975, Oakland University’s School of
Nursing (SON) held its first class with its first
responsive academic programs, create part-
nerships and develop a community that is
This fall we’re students of this brand new program. Those inclusive, respectful and diverse.
gearing up for
students put their faith in a new school that
the 2005-2006 As a result, Oakland’s SON has experienced
was still waiting accreditation. Their faith was
academic year in many changes. In 1990, SON, in a partner-
the School of rewarded as they are now alumni of one of
ship with Beaumont Hospitals, began offering
Nursing and are the top nursing schools in the area.
a Nurse Anesthesia program, which was
seeing a lot of Linda Thompson Adams
The first dean, Geraldene Felton, was a ranked sixth in the nation by U.S. News &
visionary who guided the school toward a World Report in its 2004 Best Graduate
Most notably, the Crittenton Hospital
curriculum of knowledge, experience and Schools edition. Programs also were created
Medical Center Multimedia Lab, which
has undergone construction for a empowerment. She believed nurses should to include accelerated second degrees,
second expansion and you can read have time to plan a patient’s care, observe it graduate-level degrees and a variety of online
about it in this newsletter. and participate in the decisions about it. She programs. Today the school is working on
also believed patients have rights and nurses doctorate programs.
This year marks the 30th anniversary should be advocates of those rights.
of the School of Nursing. We’re very “We’re very proud of how far we’ve come
proud of what we’ve accomplished Fast forward to 2005 where Dean Linda and appreciate the support and loyalty of our
during the last 30 years and look Thompson Adams is carrying the torch, students, faculty and alumni. It is our hope
forward to continuing to provide the emphasizing empowering nurses in every that we can continue to provide our alumni
best experience and education for aspect — from day-to-day patient care and with the support needed to impact lives and
future nurses. With our consistently
advocacy to taking part in politics and policy make a difference in the world,” said
growing enrollment, we’ve begun pre-
change. Thompson Adams continues SON’s Thompson Adams.
liminary planning for a new School of
Nursing and Health Sciences Building mission to attract high-quality students, build
that we could begin construction on in
a few years! It’s exciting for us to begin
planning and exploring opportunities
for the future of SON.
Getting ready for the glitz and
The new building will house smart glamour of the 2006 Nightingale
classrooms and research labs,
dedicated space for the school’s
Awards for Nursing®
community programs, and a welcome The Nightingale Awards for Nursing® has been Thanks to
center for students to grab a cup of referred to as the Academy Awards of nursing support from
coffee and study in a friendly, clean by winners and attendees of the event. This the community,
environment. It will also feature a crit- prestigious awards dinner is the only one of its sponsors,
ical care lab and a clinical simulated kind in Michigan and honors eight of the state’s donors and the
learning center so students will have
top nurses. Kimberly Kennedy, 2005 winner of School of Nursing Board of Visitors, the 2005
the most realistic education experience
the Oakland University Distinguished Alumni Nightingale Awards raised more than $96,000,
possible as we embrace the health
care changes of the 21st century. Award, thought it was an honor just to be which will be used to provide nursing scholar-
nominated. ships and purchase high-tech equipment and
Sessions have already begun for the computers used to keep nursing students
accelerated second degree, graduate “To be nominated for a Nightingale Award was
up-to-date in today’s health care arena.
and online programs. To accommodate one of the highlights of my career. The award is
all the new students and programs, so special to me, because the nomination was The red carpet for the 18th Annual Nightingale
we’ve hired more than two dozen new prepared by my peers and mentors,” said Awards for Nursing® will be rolled out on
part- and full-time faculty members Kennedy. “I am truly humbled and honored that Wednesday, May 10, 2006, at the San Marino
who come from a variety of areas and they considered me for such an esteemed Club in Troy and is presented by William
are experts in their fields. award.” Beaumont Hospitals.
Enjoy this issue and, as always, if you continued on back page
have any comments or suggestions,
I’d love to hear from you.
Crittenton Hospital Medical Center
Please join us in welcoming the nearly
30 new full- and part-time faculty to the
Oakland University School of Nursing
Multimedia Lab expands again
family. As the school continues to grow Career Corner: Occupational Health Gwendolyn Franklin ‘79 BSN has
with the admission of new students and By incorporating the most advanced been accepted to the Robert Wood
the addition of new programs, we’ve technology and replicating more accurate After getting her nursing DaimlerChrysler is the only automotive Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow
scoured the country looking for the best diploma in 1975 from Mercy manufacturer to ever receive the award in Program (see story previous page).
hospital settings, it will enable students to
and brightest in their fields. The new Central School of Nursing in its 10-year history.
gain necessary skills, encourage them to
faculty will be quite a complement to Grand Rapids, Shelley Fenton
our existing accomplished faculty. become active learners, make discoveries Occupational health nursing is a great Melissa Little ’01 BSN graduated with
on their own and become creative problem spent the next 15 years raising an MSN - Adult Primary Care Nurse
profession according to Fenton, where
F U L L-T I M E FA C U LT Y solvers as well as create safe practitioners Shelley Fenton with children, caring for elderly
basic skills and experience from fields Practitioner from Madonna University
Wanda Gibson-Scipio, PhDc, prior to their work on patients.
grandparents, and developing
Achievement Award such as outpatient/urgent care nursing are in May 2005. She has also taken and
APRN, BC and operating several hospital-
Specialization: Adult primary care and Four new bed units were included in Nursing Lab Manager Patricia Ketcham transferable. The field has seen tremendous passed board certification as an
the expansion based clinics. But there was
research focused on social contextual said, “It’s a challenge to keep up with the growth as the practice expands into adult primary care nurse practitioner.
still something missing. A 1990 BSN from
influences of self-regulation and disease ever-changing technology, but it’s crucial to epidemiology, provider networks, case She is getting married June 9, 2006.
For the second time this year, the Crittenton Oakland University and MSN, she finally
self-management in urban adolescents the betterment of future nurses. We want management, environmental health,
Hospital Medical Center Multimedia Lab found where she was meant to be:
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with asthma. our students to experience everything they preventative services, early detection,
underwent a little surgery. With another occupational health services. Deanee (Brummitt) Mauser ’94
can in the classroom to ensure they make health education, research and ergonomics. BSN, ’98 MSN and her husband,
Barbara Harrison, PhD, generous donation from Crittenton, the
the best nurses in the hospital setting. For Fenton, there’s nothing better. She is Jerry, welcomed a baby girl – Lauren
Nurse Practitioner School of Nursing increased the lab’s As an occupational health nurse, one
Specialization: Research focused on able to combine her desire to help people Grace Mauser — in 2002. She
square footage by 750 feet for a total of must be knowledgeable in business and
dementia behaviors in older patients; “The updates in the new lab will enable us with her business sense in the rapidly
2,250 square feet. management principles as well as regulatory became admissions team manager
the study results were recently published to do that.” growing field where she is the Medical
requirements. To care for patients, a nurse at Beaumont Hospital in April 2005.
in the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Part of the overhaul included a new floor, Operations and Compliance Executive in
With the rapid pace of technological must also have a firm grasp on community
Disease and presented at an international high-tech lighting, computers and new occupational health and safety services for
advances, the lab will always have a need resources, family life and embrace cultural Theresa (Kroll) McCarthy ’81 BSN
nursing conference. classroom tables as well as the addition of DaimlerChrysler Corporation.
to stay current and will continually update diversity. works for the Chair of High Risk
four bed units that contain a bed, night
Morris Magnan, PhD, MSN and change to stay on the cutting edge. If As an occupational health professional, it’s Fetal Medicine at St. John Hospital
Specialization: He has served as a stand, overbed table and foam chair. Each For those interested in finding out more
you have items you’d like to donate, please her job to help develop and implement and Medical Center, where she is
consultant and scientific writer for the unit is also complete with wall-mounted about nursing in the field of cccupational
contact Ketcham at (248) 370-4066 or comprehensive health programs to promote responsible for patient education
Agency for Health Care Policy and blood pressure monitors, scopes and other health, visit the American Association of
email@example.com. better employee health and safety, regarding diabetes, thrombophylia
Research to develop national guidelines assessment equipment commonly used in Occupational Health Nurses Web site at
decrease health-related costs, improve conditions and more.
related to pressure ulcer prevention and acute care settings. www.aaohn.org.
employee morale, increase productivity,
The latest resources are available in the decrease absenteeism, facilitate continuity
FULL-TIME VISITING INSTRUCTORS new lab and the environment is an updated of care and maintain OSHA standards for
Todd Ambrosia,PhD, MSN, CRNP and comfortable one. The lab is moving DaimlerChrysler plants in eight states and
Specialization: Muscuskeletal and neu-
rological injuries and family primary care.
toward the use of hi-fidelity technology,
electronic simulators, virtual programs and
three countries. Fenton says she enjoys
making a difference for employees and their
PEOPLE IN PRINT
Claudia Grobbel, MSN, RN cat-simulators, which replace the hard, families. OU School of Nursing graduates Barb Kacel works in a house-call practice
(re-employed as a visitor) non-interactive mannequins. Kacel ’04 MSN-FNP and Mary Miller doing primary care and wound care.
An exciting aspect includes developing a
Margaret (Meghan) Harris, PhD, RN best practices clinical model with a team of ’04 MSN-FNP, along with Associate Miller works at Beaumont Hospital,
(formerly part time) physicians, nurses and administrative staff. Dean Diane Norris published a Royal Oak, Cardiology Department.
Specialization: Acute care; pediatric OU alumni accepted into prestigious program The model encompasses a standardized research article in The Journal of
Have you written a book? Published
focus staffing model, policies/procedures, equip- American Academy of Nurse
Congratulations to Gwendolyn Franklin ’79 BSN on her acceptance into the Robert ment, supplies, evaluation and monitoring Practitioners in January 2005. an article? Current students and
Laura Pittiglio, MSN, RN Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program. alumni want to know! Whether it was a
(formerly part time) program, and clinical practice guidelines.
As a result of their efforts, along with the The research article, “Measurement of small research piece or an entire book,
Specialization: Working with mothers This three-year program is a national advanced leadership program for nurses who desire to
coping with HIV/AIDS; critical care focus rest of the occupational health and safety Nurse Practitioner (NP) Job send the article or title(s) to Amy
lead and shape the future of health care. To be eligible, nurses must be in senior executive
staff, on-the-job injuries have decreased Satisfaction in a Midwestern State,” Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
roles in health services, public health or nursing education. Franklin is director of the Detroit
Susan Saltzman, ND, RN
from 25 out of 1,000 workers eight years examined factors that lead to NP job
Specialization: Working with St. John’s Department of Health and Wellness Promotion.
ago to only four out of 1,000 last year. satisfaction and dissatisfaction.
Healthcare and Detroit Area Agency for Major components of this in-depth comprehensive leadership development program
the Aging to develop the Northeast The team was selected nationally to receive The sample consisted of 147 random-
include the completion of a core leadership curriculum, seminar and workshop sessions,
Detroit Geriatric Clinic. the prestigious Corporate Health ly selected NPs who had completed a
pursuit of an individual learning plan, completion of an individual project, and significant
Ann Whall, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA experience with a senior executive mentor. The program focuses on five core leadership Achievement Award from the American demographic questionnaire and a job
Specialization: Gero-psychiatry competencies: self knowledge, strategic vision, risk taking and creativity, interpersonal and College of Occupational & Environmental satisfaction instrument that was
communication effectiveness, and inspiring and leading change. Medicine in Washington, D.C., in May 2005. specifically designed for NPs. The
W E L C O M E PA R T T I M E
overall job satisfaction of NPs was
Evelyn Burns, Regina Butler, Franklin is thrilled to have been one of only 20 highly qualified nurses selected from around minimally satisfied to satisfied. NPs
Tracey Chan, Megan Clippard, the country for this prestigious program. She said she is up to the challenge and added
Deborrah Cook, Jason Cooper, were most satisfied with the sense of
that her experience at Oakland University has given her “the foundation for excellence in accomplishment, challenge in work,
Deeva Darby, Sheila Douglas-Collins,
Mary Ann Fehir, Margaret Jackson, nursing practice throughout my career.” Coupled with her experience in the field, she has level of autonomy and ability to deliver
Lynne McEnroe, Lisa McGrath, the skills and tools necessary to succeed. quality care. NPs were least satisfied
Donald Morris, Dorothy Mullins, For more information on this program, request a program brochure by calling the national with compensation and benefits.
Andrea Smedo, Kathleen Stornant,
program office at (415) 502-6451 or e-mailing email@example.com.
John Stys, Lynda Sutton, Irene Truitt,
Mary Williams, Darlene Wilkins
School of Nursing Rochester, MI
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Award categories include Administration, Advanced Nurse
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