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									                               Graceland University Distance Learning Program

  Volume XVI Number 6
   Winter – 2003/2004                UPDATE
                     Karen Roberts to write for
                     American Journal of Nursing
                    Karen Roberts, RN, B.S.N., M.S.N., a graduate of Graceland School of Nursing Outreach Program has been
                    selected to write a monthly column for the American Journal of Nursing.
                    “I’ve always been interested in writing –and in creative writing,” Roberts says. “The longer I’m a nurse, the
                    more I think it’s important to exercise my creativity.”
                   Roberts’ work has been published by a variety of publications. Her poetry has appeared in the AJN as well as
                   in a book published by the nursing honorary society, Sigma Theta Tau. She has written several interviews
published in a Canadian healthcare magazine and one of her humorous essays was published in Skirt!, a regional women’s
magazine in South Carolina. She’s currently working on several long fiction pieces whose plots have nothing to do with healthcare
or nursing.
A 1999 master’s graduate of Graceland, Roberts earned her B.S.N. at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas. She completed her
master’s in the family nurse practitioner program at Graceland and currently works in an internal medicine practice.

 Barritt donates Nursing History items                     A collection of books, pamphlets, photographs and other items
                                                           pertaining to nursing history has been given to Graceland University
        to Graceland University                            and placed in the university’s library on the campus in Independence,
                                                           Mo. The items are among those collected over the past several years
by Graceland alumna, Evelyn B. Barritt, Ph.D. Among the collection are several items that pertain to , or were written by,
Florence Nightingale, a 19th century English gentlewoman recognized as the founder of modern nursing.
Barritt, who also is a graduate of the former Independence Sanitarium and Hospital School of Nursing, said she selected Graceland
for her gift, in part, because she believes the Midwest should have a historical nursing collection. “There are such collections in
London, in New York, and other places,” Barritt said, “But few in the Midwest.”
The collection will be important for postgraduate researchers, Barritt said, adding, “it will fit nicely with the (university’s) Center
for the Korean War archives on the same campus and the Truman Library.”
Barritt has made a lifelong study of Nightingale, selecting the early day nurse as the subject of her dissertation, later expanding
that document into a book. She also has lectured around the world about nursing and Nightingale. Although born into a wealthy
family and discouraged from seeking a career, Nightingale developed an interest in the social issues of her times and, subsequently,
in caring for the ill.
Barritt served as both a dean and professor of nursing at Capital University, Columbus, OH; The University of Iowa, Iowa City;
and the University of Miami, FL. She is a past president of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

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             JUNE 2003                       JULY 2003            AUGUST 2003            SEPTEMBER 2003
            GRADUATES                       GRADUATES              GRADUATES               GRADUATES

                 BSN                             BSN                    BSN                     BSN
         Carlyle Buelvas-Nowicki            Sharon Huffaker        Stacey Fort-Rueda       Glenn LeFevre
              Savannah, GA                    Whittier, CA           Alexandria, VA        Wilmington, DE

              Julie Buntjer                 Rebecca McCoy            Rochelle Orr           Sharon Green
              Willmar, MN                  Williamstown, WV       Litchfield Park, AZ      Broken Bow, OK

             Kathie Gracyk                   Sarah Moore           Mary Reidmiller           Lynn Turner
              Lompoc, CA                     El Dorado, AR         Marysville, OH           Harwinton, CT

            Judy Nakagawa                  Kimberly Schrader       Linda St. Pierre
            East Helena, MT                Machesney Park, IL      Southington, CT

                                                                   BA-LIBERAL              BA-LIBERAL
            BA-LIBERAL                      BA-LIBERAL
                                                                    STUDIES                 STUDIES
             STUDIES                         STUDIES                                        Elizabeth Foy
            Hyacinth Hansel                Floreene Inghram         Kathleen Jones
                                                                                           Bordentown, NJ
             Avon Park, FL                    Kirtland, OH           Roseville, CA
                                                                                          Denise Patskanick
            Deborah Harcup                   Maureen Lala           Mary Schuster
                                                                                             Yardley, PA
              Sarasota, FL                   Durham, NC              Atlanta, GA

             Sandra Sacry                     Joyce Starr
             Whitehall, MT                  Lyndonville, NY
                                                                                           Robert Deaton Jr.
                 MSN                             MSN                                        Carbondale, IL
             Melanie Hicklin                 Cydney Roller
              Urbandale, IA                   Roswell, NM                                   Dorthia Walters
                                                                                             Houston, MS
                                             Robin Brittain
                                            Summerville, SC                                 Susan Zwahlen
                                                                                           Williamsburg, VA

          OCTOBER 2003                   NOVEMBER 2003           DECEMBER 2003            JANUARY 2004
           GRADUATES                      GRADUATES                GRADUATES               GRADUATES

                  BSN                            BSN                    BSN                     BSN
              Cherie Koepke                  Kelly Sikkinik       Kimberley Coleman         Ronald Reeise
              West Bend, WI                Chippewa Falls, WI        Ft. Myers, FL          Anderson, SC
             Norine Parsons                  Connie Davis             Judy Hagen           Terri Burgelbaugh
            Newport News, VA                Homosassa, FL             Mound, MN              Kingsford, MI
              Barbara Petty                 Janalee, Gordon         Annette Johnson          Robin Keyser
              St. Louis, MO                American Fork, UT          Red Oak, IA            Portland, OR
               Brenda Loud                                           Terri Gumina           Tiffiny Strever
            East Sandwich, MA
                                                 MSN                 Rochester, NY           Swalede, IA
             Victoria Mancke               Allison Lowderman
                                                                    Karen Doerfler         Catherine Swinko
              Manhattan, IL                    Clinton, MO
                                                                      Ocala, FL             Litchfield, OH

             BA-LIBERAL                                             Judith Thommes          Sandra Walker
                                                                     Schaumburg, IL          Lebanon, OH
              Kimberly Chin
                Carlisle, IA
                                                                   BA-LIBERAL              BA-LIBERAL
                                                                    STUDIES                 STUDIES
                 MSN                                                 Sylvia Speller          Vickie Siverly
             Victoria Mancke                                        Moorestown, NJ           Gatesville, TX
                                                                        MSN                 BS– Major
                                                                     Jennifer Hill      ADDICTION STUDIES
                                                                    Des Moines, IA          Eddie Olivas III
                                                                                             La Verne, CA
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Graceland University has partnered with eCollege (a leading eLearning
technology and services provider) for its online course delivery. School of
Nursing students will benefit from this new online class platform beginning
in May 2004. Students pursuing their Master of Education degree online
have already started using the new platform (initiated in January 2004).

Our hope is to enhance your experience as a student with a simple and
effective online classroom platform. Instead of courses being delivered through webCT, courses will be
managed in eCollege —– a much more user-friendly platform. Using eCollege means having access to a
24 hour help desk with a great reputation for quick response and student satisfaction. It also means added
features in the grade book, an improved threaded discussion format, and more convenience in email and
discussion postings.

We are also pleased with how easy the new platform is to use. If you are currently using WebCT, you’ll
find it especially easy to use eCollege. To make the transition even easier, there is a free online tutorial to
help you learn all you will need to know.

Look for further information about this exciting new course delivery system in the coming months. Those
students who will be using the new platform in May will receive various types of communication walking
them through each step. Graceland looks forward to serving its online students through this tremendous
new partnership!

                                                                            PLEASE WELCOME
                                                                                OUR NEW
                                                                          ADMISSIONS COUNSELOR
                 All BA/HCA Students
               Are you interested in our MSN,
             Health Care Administration program?        Esteban Paredes:
              BA/HCA graduates from Graceland           Personal Info:          I am a recent graduate of Graceland
             University may enter this program if                               University with a Bachelor of Arts-
             you meet the following requirements:                               Liberal Studies: Biotechnology. I
                                                                                have a 7 year old son named
         •     Current RN Licensure in the US                                   Esteban Paredes Jr., and a beautiful
                                                                                Fiancé named Rumahere V.
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         •     Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale)
                                                                                with my family and working out.
               from your BA/HCA or accredited
               baccalaureate program.                   E-mail address:
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                                                        Vigen Receives
                                                 Distinguished Alumni Award

    Kathryn Voss Vigen (St. Olaf class of 1956) recently received a    A trip to the island of Malta in 1989 inspired Vigen to apply
    distinguished alumni award from St. Olaf College in Northfield,    for a Fulbright Scholarship with the intent of starting a
    MN, in recognition of her global contributions to the field of     nursing program in that country. In 1992, Vigen, the first
    nursing.                                                           Fulbright Scholar in nursing, returned to Malta. After six
    Currently the director of North Park University’s School of        months, Vigen realized she could do much more to raise the
    Nursing in Chicago, Vigen has worked in nursing administra-        standard of health care in Malta. She quickly raised enough
    tion and education for the last 47 years, with an emphasis on      funds to bring her class of 10 Maltese nursing students to the
    program start-ups in under-served rural areas.                     Mayo Clinic and Luther College in Decorah, IA, for a 14-
                                                                       week planned experience that began in the summer and fall
    “When I entered the nursing program,” says Vigen, “I thought       of 1993. These students have gone on to receive graduate
    of my vocation as a calling — an opportunity to fulfill God’s      degrees and are providing nursing leadership in Malta.
    commission to serve others.” She and her classmates were
    pioneering members of St. Olaf’s first baccalaureate nursing       Vigen also developed a study abroad course, “Health Care in
    program.                                                           the Mediterranean: From Antiquity to Contemporary Times.”
                                                                       She led the course four times while teaching at Graceland
    A single parent, Vigen expanded the nursing programs at South      University and Luther College, where for 10 years she was
    Dakota State University in Brookings, SD, and Graceland            head of nursing.
    University in Independence, MO. She also established nursing
    programs where none had existed — at Huron College (now
    Huron University) in Huron, SD, and at the University of Malta
    in Msida, Malta.

                     Kathryn Voss, associate librarian at the Graceland University School of Nursing library in Independ-
                     ence, Mo, has been awarded the Bernice M. Hetzner Award for Excellence in Academic Health Science
    K                The award was presented at the annual conference of the Mid-Continent Medical Library Association
                     (MCMLA) held in October, 2003, in Sioux Falls, SD. The award, which recognizes an academic health
    A                sciences librarian who has achieved a high level of professional accomplishment, was established in
    T       V        honor of Hetzner who died in 1998. In addition to serving as longtime director at the University of Ne-
                     braska Medical Center, Hetzner was responsible for organizing a regional medical library program for
    H       O        seven Midwest and Western states.
    R       S        Nominees are judged on their academic health science library leadership and innovation; on local group
                     participation/leadership and participation and leadership in the MCMLA organization.
    Y       S
                     A native of Lexington, MO., Voss holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Central
    N                Missouri State University, Warrensburg; and a master of library science from the University of Mis-
                     souri, Columbia. A former teacher, she was branch manager of the Lexington Branch of the Trails Re-
                     gional Library, Warrensburg, before she joined Graceland in 1985.

                                                                                                     Be sure to use your
•       One phone number for all your needs: 1-800-833-0524                                          six digit ID# on all
•       All course work needs to be to your instructor 10 days prior to the
        course end date to ensure time for processing your grade.
                        Summer 2004 Course Offerings
                              *Some courses have focus session requirements
                                   For all MSN, RN-MSN & BSN students
Summer semester MSN course offerings:
      1. NURS5100: Pharmacotherapeutics (online, 05/03/04, no pre-req)
      2. NURS5440: Advanced Pathophysiology (online, 06/28/04, no pre-req)
      3. NURS5200: Primary Care of Families: Pediatrics (online, 05/03/04, pre-req: NURS5100; NURS5440)
      4. NURS6920: Research Project Defense, 1 s.h. (06/13-15/04)
      5. NURS5120: Theory in Nursing (online, 06/28/04)
      6. NURS5240: Information Management, 2 s.h. (online, 06/28/04)
      7. NURS6920: Research Project, 2 s.h. (pre-req. NURS5180)
      8. NURS6300: Professional Development II, 3 s.h. (online, 05/03/04)
      9. NURS6301: Professional Development, 4 s.h. (online, 05/03/04)

Summer semester BSN & RN-MSN course offerings:
      1. BIOL2560: Nutrition (online, 07/05/04, no pre-req)
      2. CHEM1320: Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry (online, 05/03/04)
      3. NURS2520 & NURS3080: Pathophysiology & Related Pharmacotherapeutics I & II (online, 05/03/04)
      4. NURS4260: Care of the Critically Ill (online, 05/03/04, has pre-req)
      5. MATH1380: Intro to Statistics, 3 s.h. (online, 05/03/04)
      6. NURS2460: Health Assessment with Focus Session (online, has pre-req)
      7. NURS3460: Professional Seminar I with Focus Session (online)
      8. NURS4420: Professional Seminar II with Focus Session (online)

Course work starts online May 5, 2004 for NURS2460, Health Assessment; NURS3460, Professional Seminar I &
NURS4420, Professional Seminar II, start online June 14, 2004. Attendance on campus required for all 3 courses,
June 13-17, 2004 in Independence, Missouri.

Summer Semester for BSN-Directed Independent Study, Focus Session Courses: (start date of April 12, 2004 on all
courses, with attendance on the Independence campus June 13-17, 2004.
        1. NURS3160: Application of Nursing Research
        2. NURS2460: Health Assessment (has pre-req)
        3. NURS3460: Professional Seminar I

                     National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission

                  The School of Nursing and Allied Health at Graceland University is pleased
                  to announce that we will host an onsite accreditation visit by the National
                  League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) for our graduate
                  nursing program on March 15-17, 2004. Please direct written signed
                  comments to:

                          Ms. Carol Gilbert, PhD, RN, Associate Director
                          National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc.
                          61 Broadway– 33rd Floor
                          New York, NY 10006
  Distance Learning
   Testing Center
has a new E-Mail address:

                                             Alumni News
                                      Connie Teut, RN, B.S.N., 2002
                                      Graceland graduate, received the
                                      2003 Nurse of the Year award
                                      from the state of South Dakota.

                                      Teut is a nurse manager at
                                      McKennan Hospital in Sioux
                                      Falls, South Dakota.

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