IWU Nursing, Fall 2014: Volume 7 Issue 2

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A biannual magazine of the Indiana Wesleyan University School of Nursing


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    Introducing Ott Hall of Sciences and Nursing

    IWU SON Signs MOUs with Indiana National Guard, Shenyang Medical College

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    NewsNew Title, Award, Responsibilities for Ihrkewritten by Kelsey mitchener

    IWU School of Nursing Partners with Indiana National Guardwritten by susan draine

    IWU Signs MOU with Shenyang Medical Collegewritten by shelli rowley

    School of Nursing Conferenceswritten by susan draine, Bev schaefer, + ruth eby

    Non-Residential Campuses Benefit Students written by carson castleman




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    13 5FeaturesService Members in the School of Nursing | the sOn celebrates its active and inactive military service members. written by sarah Greentree

    SON Around the World | sOn travelers share their recent trips to Jamaica, india, haiti, and the appalachians, as well as this falls trip to Zambia. written by deb parker, dustin diller, renee lehrian, rhonda Oldham, + marcie Baird

    Profile: Dr. Stephen Julian | team-building consultant stephen Julian helped facilitate the recent transition to Ott hall. written by sarah Greentree

    Introducing Ott Hall of Sciences and Nursing | the state-of-the-art facility on the marion campus is named for iwu friends Gary and connie Ott.written by rebecca whitesel

    All Things Are Possible | tyanne Brewer shares her journey as a nursing student. written by tyanne Brewer







    In EveryIssueFrom the vps desk | pg. 3Overheard on Facebook school of nursing news | pg. 14upcoming events | pg. 14

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    Overheard on FacebookJoin the conversation at facebook.com/IWUSofN.

    in Overheard on Facebook, we share what youve been saying on the school of nursings social media page. Follow the conversation in real time on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/iwusofn. +

    New Title, Award, Responsibilities for Ihrke

    dr. Barbara ihrke, phd, rn was recently named the vice president of academic affairs for the school of nursing. she was formerly dean of the sOn. the new position places her more in line with the global focus of the school of nursing, including the number of programs offered and students enrolled within the sOn. the vpaa is responsible for planning, institutional effectiveness, academ-ic assessments, and direction and super-vision of all school of nursing academic areas, programs, and personnel.

    dr. ihrkes leadership is a blessing to the sOn, a point which was underscored in august, when she was named a recipient of the prestigious presidents award for Outstanding leadership at indiana wesleyan.

    recipients lead by example in their own teach-ing, research, and collegial activities but have also been a major catalyst in improving aspects of academic life at iwu. the sOn has seen signif-icant growth under dr. ihrkes leadership, with enrollment growth of 34% and the development and implementation of multiple new programs.

    with her leadership, sOn continues to grow and thrive, president dr. david wright noted at the annual all-employee convocation. Barbara has a tremendous passion for the lord, for iwu, for healthcare education here at home and for the world. dr. ihrke was presented with a desk set and a $2,000 stipend in appreciation for her good work. +

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    Jennifer Hirschy Gentry After my time at IWU (Marion College), I completed my degree, earned a masters, became an NP, and went on to be the president of a national nursing organization. Thanks, IWU.

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    We have new faculty (see page 15), a new building (see page 9), and new incoming students, and global trips are in the making (see pages 6-8 for this past years trav-els). All of our divisions are working side-by-side and a new community is being built. We have these reasons and more to be joyful and blessed by our established relationships and educational programs, such as our re-lationship with the National Guard (see page 4). SON is excited to grow deeper, grow wider, and grow together with our students, staff, and faculty this academic year. As we continue to grow, we look to the Lord. Together, with the Lords guidance, we seek His will as we work to provide the best educational experience possible. +

    With a new academic year approaching, Indiana Wesleyan School of Nursing (SON) has many reasons to be joyful.

    Dr. Barbara Ihrke, PhD, RNVPAA, IWU School of Nursing

    P.S. How have you been? Let me know at nursing.info@indwes.edu or barbara.ihrke@indwes.edu!

    VPS DESKFrom the vps desk | pg. 3Overheard on Facebook school of nursing news | pg. 14upcoming events | pg. 14

  • 4As the demand for nurse practitioners increases within the health care system under the Affordable Care Act, so does the demand for nurse practitioner education. However, finding preceptors and clinical sites can be challenging for students. That is why the Indiana Wesleyan University School of Nursing is so excited about its newest contracted clinical experience!

    Graduate nursing students enrolled in the Primary Care, Family Nurse Practitioner track of the MSN program have the oppor-tunity to sharpen their health assessment skills by working with military preceptors at the Johnson County Armory in Franklin, Indiana, conducting physicals during train-ing weekends.

    As registered nurses with active licenses, the MSN students are uniquely qualified to assist the Indiana National Guard providers to perform thorough health assessments of new recruits and guard members. From their preceptors, students will receive individualized coaching for refining their physical assess-ment skills.

    According to the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between IWU and the Indiana National Guard, stu-dents will complete a six-hour day with a physician or nurse practitioner and will encounter approximately 100 guardsmen and -women per day. Prior to beginning their day, students will receive HIPAA training and will be

    written by Susan Draine

    IWU School of NUrSINg partNerS WIth INdIaNa NatIoNal gUard

    dr. Barbara ihrke and pre-licensure student Karli harlan are shown with indiana army national Guard members maj. christopher williams, cpt todd hostetler, and cpt tracy Furnas.

    Overheard on FacebookJoin the conversation at facebook.com/IWUSofN.

    Dayle Lynne Walsh IWU nursing gave me the confidence to continue on and work on my masters and hopefully my doctorate. I would like to give back to my fellow veterans. I have my eye on the new VA in Baltimore that has a womens clinic that cares for veterans across all phases of life. Our female veterans are younger than ever and they deserve the finest healthcare anyone can offer.

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    oriented to the guards documentation requirements. The first weekend of each month is typically the drill weekend; however, it may shift to the second weekend of the month to accommodate for holidays or extremely harsh weath-er. Up to six students can be accommodated per month during the drill weekend.

    Students were notified of this new opportunity by email and have responded with enthusiasm. If you are interested in being a part of this endeavor or know of another option for students to engage in a precepted clinical experience, please contact Beverly Penrod by email at beverly.penrod@indwes.edu. +

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    ServIce MeMberS IN the School of NUrSINg written by Sarah Greentree

    Araceli Correa, alumna Araceli served on active duty in the Army from 2004-2007 and was stationed in

    Louisiana, Texas, and Afghanistan. Her official job title in the Army was Wheeled Vehicle Operator, but she was mainly responsible for the distribution, trans-

    portation, and accountability of ammunition. She graduated from the nursing program in August, and while she is no longer serving in the military, Araceli says

    she would love to go back in as a nurse at some point. +

    top to bottom: matt ramey and his wife, lindsay; araceli correa; su-san draine and her husband, chuck; dot clark-Ott. Photos provided by service members.

    Indiana Wesleyan Universitys School of Nursing is proud of the many military servicemen and -women, both active and inactive, who are a part of the SON. They include faculty, staff, students, and alumni, and they have served faith-fully in every branch of the armed forces. Featured are a few of these individuals and their stories. The School of Nurs-ing thanks all of its military service members for their service!

    susan draine, Associate Dean, Graduate NursingSusan is a Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserves Nurse Corp and has completed 30 years of service. She has served as a flight nurse (C-130), Aero-medical Staging Facility nurse, Critical Care Aeromedical Transport Team (CCATT) member, and Staff Assistant Visitor (SAV) for 22nd Air Force medical units. +

    Matt ramey, alumnusMatt has served in the Army Reserves for 11 years. He began as a medic; in Pan-ama he provided care to civilians and construction crews building schools. He then became IWUs first ROTC nursing degree graduate. Today he is a 1st Lieu-tenant in the Armys Nursing Corp and the Administrative Director of Medical/Surgical Unit and Telemetry Unit at Marion General Hospital. +

    dot Clark-ott, Assistant Professor, NursingDot served in the United States Air Force, retiring after

    20 years of active and reserve service. Her assign-ments included flight nursing and executive officer du-ties in an Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, operating

    room nursing in three stateside facilities, and military training and education responsibilities. +

  • Eleven students traveled to Chennai, India, in May for the students transcultural experience. They were led by Dustin Diller, Kendra Diller, Nirup Alphonse, and Hannah Alphonse. Their main objective was to experience medical care in the country of India and spend time with the girls who live at the Home of Love orphanage.

    The team had the opportunity to shadow world-renowned thoracic surgeon Dr. Rajan Santosham during their time at Santosham Chest Hospital (a hospital for the poor popu-lation in the inner-city of Chennai). They formed lasting relationships with local physicians and nurses, with amaz-ing opportunities for future trips. In addition to this, they spent time with 12 of the 98 girls who live at the orphanage, laughing with and loving them. These girls were left at the home over break, as their relatives were unable or unwilling to pick them up.

    The team was also able to visit the Chennai office of the Internation-al Justice Mission (IJM) and Christian Mission Charitable Trust (CMCT). +

    Indiawritten by Dustin Diller

    Jamaicawritten by Deb Parker

    Sixteen residential nursing students and two nursing facul-ty members, Joy Reed and Debra Parker, arrived in Jamaica in March. They traveled three hours inland into the moun-tains to reach their destination in High Gate, Port Maria, where they were guests at the Mission House for Christian Service International (CSI).

    While in Jamaica, the team provided education on proper hand hygiene, oral care, optimal nutrition and exercise, hypertention risk factors, and more. They also provided blood pressure and vision screenings, wound care, and other services in a variety of venues, including the Pringles Chil-drens Home, Port Maria Infirmary, St. Cyriprane Elementary School, and High Gate Gospel Chapel, where the team con-ducted a nine-station health screening clinic.

    The team shared devotionals and worship music with residents and made home visits to meet and assess chil-dren with disabilities. They completed their experience in Montego Bay, enjoying snorkeling, shopping, and the first hot shower in a week. Many students voiced their love for the community and the Jamaican people and shared that the highlight of the week was the three-hour church service they attended together. +



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    iwu sOn teams served on a variety of transcultural experiences this past year. clockwise, beginning top left: the Jamaica team by the caribbean sea; teresa Bell and pat nixon providing care in haiti; the india team with girls at the home of love orphanage; the Kentucky team touching a lucky brick from the home of Florence nightingale at Frontier nursing service; and students on a prior years trip to Zambia. Photos provided by team members.


    Find more online.

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    Kentucky, USA

    written by Rhonda Oldham

    written by Marcie Baird

    written by Renee Lehrian

    In May, seven School of Nursing faculty and students traveled to La Gonve, Haiti. Team leaders included Martha Hawkins, Rhonda Oldham, and Beth Bailey.

    The team spent time in the La Gonve Wesleyan Hospital assisting the nurses with physical assessments and proce-dures. The team provided education to the nursing staff and learned how care is provided in a hospital with little elec-tricity and no running water. One afternoon was spent in an orphanage assessing children and providing education on hand-washing and teeth-brushing. One day the team trav-eled to the mountains with members of the Decaid Project to provide health assessment and basic medical treatment to several Haitian families.

    The clinical opportunities were vast, but the cultural inter-changes were greater. The team worshipped with Haitians in a local church and praised God in English with the mission-aries. They comforted babies, held hands with the hurting, and exchanged hugs with many. The team was able to give in a small way to the people of La Gonve, but the blessings received were much greater! +

    The Zambia semester abroad is a highlight for IWU Pre-li-censure students. During fall 2014, the Zambia team will be led by Marcie Baird and Hannah Cromer. Sixteen nursing students will complete Leadership and Management in Nursing, Community Health Nursing, Transcultural Practi-cum, Professional Transitions, and Zambia History.

    Students will engage with Zambians in weekly worship and varied social settings. They will have clinical experiences in mission and government hospitals, schools, maternal child health centers, non-governmental health organizations, and other community settings. Students may participate in health fairs, health promotion activities, and health educa-tion projects such as Helping Babies Breathe.

    This experience offers great professional and personal learn-ing, and upon their return, students will be more engaged with local and global service and ministry. For many, the biggest outcome will be a spiritual one. God will be present in the journey. +

    Eight students, led by Renee Lehrian and Faith Labus, took a transcultural trip to Hazard, Kentucky, in the Appalachian Mountains.

    The students worked at Mary Breckinridge Hospital in Hyden, a 25-bed access hospital in the hills of Kentucky. There are no primary care physicians in the county and all people needing healthcare are seen at three clinics. At Mary Breckinridge the students went with nurses and nurse prac-titioners to provide healthcare in homes, at the public high school, and at the outside clinics. Students also made rounds with the clinic physician and participated in Senior Care, a program that helps the elderly population socialize after the loss of a spouse. It took two hours every morning to drop the students off at their clinical site for the day because of the winding roads and the great distance between towns.

    The students also went to Hazard Psychiatric Center in Haz-ard, Kentucky. This facility is a 100-bed inpatient psychiatric center. The students attended morning meetings with the physician and went to group therapy with the patients.

    The highlight of the trip was going on a tour of Mary Breck-inridges home and the grounds of Frontier Nursing Service. During the tour the team met a lady who had worked with Mary at the hospital. It was a great experience to hear per-sonal stories of Mary and the harsh conditions the nurses endured to treat the people of Appalachia. The students were excited for the lunch included in the tourhomemade fried chicken served on hundred-dollar china from England. +

    I wish you all had the opportunity to journey with us to Chennai, India. How can I describe the congestion of

    traffic? Or the unimaginable number of cows by the road? How do I do justice

    to Gayatris laugh or the beautiful hearts of all of the girls at Home of Love?

    How do I explain that in two and a half weeks, I gained twelve amazing sisters,

    and sometimes the best way to show my love for them was by swimming

    in a public Indian pool?

    Joanna Wierenga

    Already this calendar year, 26 IWU SON employees and 101 students have traveled for

    transcultural experiences.

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    IWU Signs MOU with Shenyang Medical College

    written by Shelli Rowley

    in the midst of the transition from four buildings to one building, team-building exercises were arranged by dr. stephen Julian.

    dr. Julian specializes in team health, effective communication, and leadership development. he met with iwu sOn faculty and staff over the past year and a half, leading the team in self-assessment and team-building exercis-es, guiding them through problem-solving processes, and emphasizing the need to address behavioral pat-terns and interprofessional relationships. dr. Julians goal is to free people to be themselves and to appre-ciate others so healthy teams emerge and develop. he believes in focusing on strengths, addressing weaknesses, and building a team with complementary strengths.

    moving three divisions and the school of nursing academic affairs into a new building has brought changes and challenges. however, with the skills learned from dr. Julians seminars, the sOn con-tinues to develop as a world-changing school of nursing. +

    written by Sarah GreentreeDr. Stephen Julian

    The School of Nursing signed an official memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Shen-yang Medical College on May 8, 2014. The MOU will allow for continued collaboration be-tween the two universities, including the exchange of faculty and students, as has been done the last three years with four teams and counting.

    The collaboration will also allow IWU undergraduate students to learn about transcultural nursing and traditional Chinese medicine, while IWU doctoral nursing students will work on community health projects. There are plans to expand faculty and student exchanges beyond nursing to other health professions as well.

    Though this was IWUs third trip to Shenyang, it was its first interprofessional visit, with dele-gates including nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and more. IWU delegates

    included Helen Wright; Dr. Barbara Ihrke, Dean of the School of Nursing; Dr. Scott McPhee, Dean of Health Sciences; Dr. Kar-en Hoffman, Associate Dean of the School of Nursing; Dr. Terry Neal, Director of the Doctorate of Nursing Program; Dr. Connie Crump, Clinical Coordinator for Physical Therapy; Dr. LeeAnn Hawkins, Professor of Nursing; and Shelli Rowley, Global Studies Coordinator. Key delegates from Shenyang included Dr. Wang Huiwen, Dean of the Department of International Exchange and Cooperation, and Dr. Guo Hong, Dean of the School of Nursing.

    The MOU ceremony included the introduc-tion of all in attendance, the reading of the

    memorandum, signing of the document by key leaders of each university, and a speech deliv-ered by each university president, President Dr. David Wright and President Xiao Chunling.

    It was so exciting to witness two worlds coming together for the purpose of educating nursing students, shared Dr. Neal. Dr. Peter Burgos, whose children attend IWU, was instru-mental in bringing these two universities together. Dr. Burgos serves as a doctor with Liaoning International General Health Trainers (LIGHT), a division of Global Partners. Dr. Burgoss group exists to bless the Chinese by providing excellent patient care, teaching Western family prac-tice medicine, and being examples of Christ. Dr. Burgos wanted IWU and Shenyang to work together to meet these outcomes.

    The trip included a campus tour, visit to Hospital #8, participation in an English class, orphan-age and nursing home visit, and tour and time spent with LIGHT. There was also a reception held for all the Shenyang students who had visited IWU and participated in the exchange program. The team experienced several formal dinners and interesting cuisine, as well as a boat ride through a cave at Benxi Shuidong National Park. The team also joined in an evening celebration of International Nurses Day with a program filled with rich cultural singing and dancing. They contributed through the singing of Lean on Me. We were treated with such gracious hospitality, and were blessed by the ceremonial efforts extended to mark the impor-tance of these events, said Dr. Crump.

    The School of Nursing is looking forward to the continued partnership with Shenyang Medical College. A second IWU team travels to Shenyang this October. +

    presidents david wright and Xiao chunling sign mays mOu. Photo by Shelli Rowley.


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    written by Rebecca Whitesel

    Introducing Ott Hall of Sciences and Nursing

    It took years of dreaming and planning to develop a home for the School of Nursing and School of Health Sciences. Thanks in large part to the generosity of Indiana Wesleyan University alumni Gary and Connie Ott, the vision is being realized.

    IWU administrators, faculty, trustees, and guests gathered in the gleaming glass atrium of the new, five-story building on the Marion, Indiana, campus for a naming event April 3. Following an in-vocation given by Dr. Larry Lindsay, they heard how the Otts placed money in a trust years ago, planning to give it to their alma mater upon their demise. Howev-er, the Otts were prompted by God to support the expansion of adult education now, through the health sciences and nursing initiatives. Why wait til we die? said Ott. In our old age we can sit back and see this little contribution and what God will do [with it]. Their multi-mil-lion dollar transformational gift, when fully received, represents the largest be-quest donation in IWUs 94-year history.

    President Dr. David Wright noted that the Otts have been part of the commu-nity and have contributed generously for many years. Gary is President and CEO of TLC Management, Inc., a leading provider of health and rehabilitation centers, assisted living and retirement

    centers, and hospice services. He is also a senior member of the IWU Board of Trust-ees. Connie assists with corporate and commu-nity support initiatives.

    Words of appreciation were offered from deans involved with the planning process. Dr. Dennis Brinkman, Associate Dean of the School of Physical and Applied Sciences, expressed thanks for a dedicated research space and noted that medical schools had already requested interviews with IWU Health Sciences grads, proving that education in health sciences is not a fad.

    Noting the growth of nursing and health sciences at IWU, an elated Dr. Barbara Ihrke, Vice President of Academic Affairs for the School of Nursing, said that when she came to the University in 1992, there was only one small simulation lab with four beds. Now there are 32 headwall systems, larger than some critical care access units, she remarked. But the commitment to spiritual care for each

    student, for each patient, has not changed. The integration of faith into the classroom, the clinical setting, and into life has been continuous since the beginning of nursing education at Marion College.

    Naming event held April 3

    A dedication ceremony for Ott Hall of Sciences and Nursing

    is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, October 2. Building tours

    will be available October 2-4 during Homecoming.

    Gary and Connie Ott, here pictured with President David Wright, are the primary donors and namesakes of the Ott Hall of Sciences and Nursing on IWUs Marion, Indiana, campus. IWU has taken a risk in naming it after somebody who is still alivewe might mess up the image, Gary Ott joked, adding more seriously, We really want to live up to the name that is on this building. Photos by Jer Nelson.

    Dr. Scott McPhee, Dean of the School of Health Sciences, thanked the Otts, board members, and public health authorities. Quoting Romans 12:2, McPhee spoke of renewing the minds of health sciences students who will serve their world.

    Our community thanks God for bring-ing Gary and Connie into the life of our institution and for their ongoing ministry to us, said Dr. Keith Newman, Residen-tial Campus CEO and Executive Vice President, during the benediction. They consistently demonstrate their gratitude to God by pouring into our students, our leadership, and, with this gift, our future. It is an honor for this institution to place their names on a building that will bless generations of students to come. +

  • written by Tyanne BrewerAll Things Are Possible

    My healthcare career started as a nursing assistant at the age of seventeen. I was scared where this journey might take me, but my mother assured me it would be okay and that I would have a great job in nurs-ing someday.

    I enrolled in a Health Careers class at Tucker Career and Technology Cen-ter, affiliated with Marion Community Schools in Marion, Indiana. The semester course met half a day and upon com-pletion I would be able to obtain my certified nursing assistant (CNA) license. During the year I also took Medical Ter-minology and Ethics, which were both college-accredited. Our instructor, who proved to be a great mentor to me, made sure that we were prepared for our writ-ten CNA boards. Learning all of this was very overwhelming at such a young age. Thankfully, I had a wonderful instructor whose passion and enthusiasm made me want to better myself and be the best that I could be. She once said something to me that I will carry with me the rest of my nursing career. She said, The patient in that bed is someones loved one. How would you want your loved one to be treated if they were in that bed? If it were not for her and my mother, I would not be where I am today. I wish I could talk to that instructor now and tell her what I have accomplished and how thankful I am to have had her in my life. After graduating from high school, I ob-tained a job in a nursing home with my CNA license. My first paycheck was the most money I had ever seen in my life, and I learned so much about healthcare that first year. I was attending Ivy Tech Community College hoping to get an associate degree in nursing because I thought an RN/ASN was all I could af-ford. However, a greater force was pulling me in a different direction.

    I fell in love with home healthcare, and one day, out of the blue, I decided I was going to transfer to Indiana Univer-sity Kokomo and work toward a bach-

    elors degree in nursing. However, that did not work out as I was not accepted into the nursing program due to a cap on their enrollment, even though I met all of the requirements. I was crushed and I did not know what my next step would be. Deciding to take a risk, I applied to IWUs nursing program and was accept-ed and somehow got enough student loans to be able to pay for it. I also was still working full-time with a home healthcare agency.

    Everything fell into place and it all seemed like it was out of my control. I did not have to travel far to go to work and school and I was able to live at home with my parents in Marion. I also started receiving grants and scholarships outside of financial aid and private student loans. I received the John M. Foster Nursing Scholarship, Fred and Leveda Scripture Scholarship, Ellis-Sheridan Scholarship Fund, and the Hewitt, Bish, and Hewitt Scholarship. WorkOne provided vouch-ers to pay for some tuition and books.

    Nursing school was not easy but I got through it. There were many nights of studying, many relationships put on hold, and long hours of work. As a junior in the nursing program I was diagnosed with ADD. IWUs Center for Student Success helped me through that hardship by getting me back on track and refo-cused. There were times I thought I was going to fail a course after giving it my all. Hours at work had to be cut at times as well as my social life. I hardly ever saw my family. My beloved grandfather passed away the beginning of my senior year. I did not get to go to chapel and church as much as I wanted to due to working weekends, clinical hours, class hours, and study and homework involve-ment. Times were hard at points, but I had to keep on truckin if I were to reach my goal.

    My professors and clinical instructors were amazing. My academic and finan-cial advisors were life-savers. There was so much new learning every single day, but I loved my clinicals at the hospitals

    and clinics, which were infused with such variety and diversity. Making friends came easy for me, and the friends I have made at IWU will be friends for the rest of my life. Without them, getting through the program would seem impos-sible. Living off campus I was still able to connect well with the student body and faculty. IWU gave me a hope for my future.

    Time flew by as I was beginning to feel more and more like a real nurse. My salary was increasing from my job and the nursing program was equipping me to feel competent and professional. But there was something else that happened to me while attending IWU. I formed a greater relationship with God. I went to chapel when myschedule permitted. Before class

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    we prayed, and I found myself doing dai-ly devotions, praying more, and praising more. My faith grew incredibly stronger. Reflecting on my past, even though it did not work out at the community colleges, they served a purpose in my life. God was pulling me toward something greater than myself. He wanted me to be the best I could be. He wanted me to overcomesomething I thought that I could never do or afford. He provided me with all of the right people to guide me through the program.

    After being given so many opportunities, I am finally able to give back and I know it was all a part of His plan from the very beginning. Now I am right back where I started at Tucker Career and Technology Center in the Health Careers class, mentoring high school students as part of GROW Nurses and my IWU senior leadership/manage-ment course. GROW Nurses (Growing and Raising Our Workforce) is part of a grant-funded initiative in the School of Nursing at IWU to empower high school juniors and seniors to consider nursing as a career.

    My goal for this semester at Tucker is to be a positive influence on these students

    who sit where I once sat. I want them to know that if they really want to be an RN, they can do it! If they have the desire to go to college, it is within reach. The resources are there, the support is there, and the money is there somewhere. If a country girl from Marion, Indiana, can

    get through a nursing bachelors degree at one of the best nursing schools in the country, so can they! If the health career students follow their hearts and put it in Gods hands, it can happen. I dont want them to be afraid like I was. I want them to seek out opportunities and follow their dreams.

    I am anticipating reaching my goal and graduating from the School of Nursing at Indiana Wesleyan University December 2014 as a first-generation college student. It will have taken me five-and-a-half

    years to obtain my BSN degree. Attend-ing college has been a financial struggle for me and my parents, but my family and friends have been a wonderful sup-port system emotionally. I have worked full-time during my entire college career in order to afford my education.

    With God all things are possible!

    After graduation, I plan to apply for a nursing position at the Marion VA or Marion General Hospital and hope to stay right here in Grant Coun-ty. I want to continue to work part-time as a nurse in my home healthcare agency. I am engaged and plan to be mar-ried and hope to start a family in the future. By the year 2020

    I hope to obtain a masters degree in nursing education as I have a desire to teach nursing someday. I have wanted to be a nurse since I was a child and giving up has never been an option for me since nursing is my calling. I am passionate about it and hope to make a difference in peoples lives. Being a healer, advocate, and caregiver is my dream job. If I can make a difference in just one patients life, all of these struggles, heartbreak, and student loans will be worth it. +


    I have wanted to be a nursesince I was a child and

    giving up has never been an option for me since nursing is my calling.

    Being a healer, advocate, and caregiver is my dream job.

    iwu nursing student tyanne Brewer teaches a group of high school students at tucker career and technology center in marion, indiana, where she herself first took nursing classes. tyanne is teaching as part of iwus GrOw nurses initiative. my goal [...] is to be a positive influence on these students who sit where i once sat, she says. i want them to know that if they really want to be an rn, they can do it! Photos by Carol Bence.

  • 12 School of Nursing FALL 2014

    School of Nursing Conferences

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    Innovations in Faith-Based Nursing Conference

    Nurse Practitioner Conference

    From June 16-19, 2014, Indiana Wesleyan University hosted nurses from around the world at the fourth biennial Innova-tions in Faith-Based Nursing Conference. Nurses came from as far away as Australia, Haiti, and Canada to gather together for a time of scholarship, reflection, worship, and spiritual renewal.

    Two internationally known plenary speakers presented twice on two different days of the conference. The plenary speakers were Dr. Elizabeth Johnston Taylor from Loma Linda Universi-ty, California, who is a widely known author and researcher on the topic of spiritual care, and Dr. Kamalini Kumar, Director of Clinical Development from Mercy Medical Center, Iowa, who is also a widely published author and internationally known nursing conference speaker.

    Guests selected presentations to attend from among four tracks, which included education, faith, culture, and practice. There were 48 different nurse presenters who spoke on a wide range of topics at both concurrent presentation sessions and poster presentations.

    The conference was cosponsored by Nurses Christian Fellow-ship (NCF), Nurses Christian Fellowship International (NCFI), Sigma Theta TauEta Chi Chapter, and the Canadian and North America Chapter (CANA) of NCFI. The next conference is scheduled for June 2016. Plan to attend! +

    Graduate Nursing held its second annual Nurse Practitioner Conference on May 17, 2014, at the Marion campus. The event was livestreamed to IWU Education Centers in Fort Wayne, Indianapolis North, Dayton, Florence, and Louisville. With 126 participants, the conference more than doubled its attendance as compared to last year. Credit goes to Barbara Wise, Assis-tant Professor of Nursing, who focused great attention toward growing the conference.

    Dr. Barbara Ihrke delivered a welcome to par-ticipants as well as an overview of achievements by the School of Nursing, including the completion of the new Ott Hall of Sciences and Nursing. The conference was blessed to have Chaplain Bob Burchell deliver a wonderful devo-tion to start the day. Conference speakers included Barbara Wise, Dr. Sheila Virgin, Dr. Kathy Condo, Jean Kolp, and Dr. Beth DeKoninck. The School of Nursing would

    like to thank the speakers for their wonderful presentations on relevant clinical topics. We would also like to say thank you, Professor Wise, for your leadership as chair of the conference planning committee as well as your diligence in exploring avenues to grow the event. Finally, thank you to all of those involved in the planning and implementation of the 2014 Nurse Practitioner Conference.

    The committee is planning for next year, so suggestions for top-ics or speakers are welcome. Email kristina.currier@indwes.edu or beth.dekoninck@indwes.edu. +

    Highlights from conferences hosted on the Marion, Indiana, campus this past spring and summer.

    This page, left: Students consult with patients at the Innovations in Faith-Based Nursing Conference. Above: A poster presentation at the Innovations Conference. Opposite, above: The John Wesley Honors College hosted more than 150 participants at Aprils Interprofessional Education Seminar.

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    Interprofessional education (IPE) is defined by the World Health Organization as students from two or more professions coming together to learn with, from, and about one another to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes.

    At the third annual Interprofessional Education Seminar, more than 150 students and faculty from a variety of health and ministry professions came together to learn about interprofes-sional core competencies. Planned by an interprofessional team of faculty and students, the seminar featured an entertaining skit composed and performed by students from IWUs health care programs. Demonstrating what care looks like when pro-fessions dont collaborate and how care changes when they do collaborate, this eye-opening skit set the tone for the day.

    Together participants learned from representatives of five differ-ent professions. Dr. Reg Finger, Assistant Professor of Public Health, and Dr. Kristina Currier, Assistant Professor of Nurs-ing, shared the importance of knowing the values, ethics, roles, and responsibilities of the professions students will soon work with to provide care. Dr. Nenetzin Reyes, Associate Professor of Counseling, and Dr. Connie Crump, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, emphasized interprofessional communication and teamwork skills. Participants also learned from and about one anothers professions during table discussions. Finally, the keynote speaker, Dr. Larry Lynn, Medical Director of the Butler University Physician Assistant Program, expanded on the need for providers to know the roles and responsibilities of team members.

    written by Ruth Eby

    Interprofessional Education Seminar

    written by Carson Castleman

    Non-Residential Campuses Benefit Students IWUs non-residential environment works to accommodate the busy lives of its non-traditional students by offering eve-ning classes held one night a week. These classes are taught by practitioner faculty who are leaders in their field. Students range from single parents trying to make a better living for their children to busi-ness executives well-accomplished in their fields. Ages range from students in their early twenties who want to work full-time while attending college to students in their sixties who are still striving for improve-ment while others their age are considering retirement. The students in IWUs non-res-idential environment are a perfect picture of diversity, all utilizing IWU in order that one day they may all be world-changers. +

    IWUs Columbus, Indiana, Education Center

    Why is IPE important? According to the Commonwealth Fund, as quoted by Dr. Lynn, Healthcare in the United States is too often compromised by fragmentation in its delivery, by patients limited access, and by spiraling costs. Dr. Lynn states the prescription for this ailment is developing a highly trained, collaborative, interprofessional healthcare team focused on patient-centered care that is efficient, safe, and of excellent quality. As an important part of efficient use of the health care workforce, role clarification leads to better utilization of indi-vidual providers expertise.

    The seminar was hosted on the Marion campus with funding by the Indiana Area Health Education Center and was available via streaming. Scan the QR code to view the recording and watch for more information on the fourth annual Interprofessional Edu-cation Seminar in March 2015. +





    + Angela Bailey, msn, rn is pursuing a phd from capella university. she plans to graduate in summer 2016.

    + Meg Barnes, msn, rn is part of the first cohort to attain a dnp at indiana wesleyan university. she plans to graduate in april 2015.

    + Debra Bohlender, phd(c), msn, med, rn-Bc is pursuing a phd from capella university. she plans to graduate in fall 2014.

    + Dot Clark-Ott, phd(c), rn, ncsn is pursuing her phd from indiana university.

    + Ruth Eby, msn, rnc is pursuing her dnp at purdue university. she plans to finish in spring 2015.

    + Shirlene Newbanks, msn, rn is pursuing her dnp at indiana wesleyan university. she plans to finish in september 2015.

    + Deb Parker, msn, rn is pursuing her dnp at indiana wesleyan university.

    + Barbara Wise, phd(c), msn, rn is pursuing her phd from Ohio state university and plans to graduate in 2015.

    School of Nursing FALL 2014

    Upcoming Events

    2014/2015 Graduation Datesaugust 9, 2014december 13, 2014april 25, 2015

    Zambia Study Abroadnursing students are in Zambia this fall. please keep them in your prayers.

    Homecoming Tours of Ott and Burns Hallsthursday, October 2 at 1:15 p.m.saturday, October 4 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. tours will last approximately one hour and will showcase the renovated simulation lab in Burns and porter auditorium.

    Joni & Friends Regional SummitOctober 16-17, 2015, in marion, indiana

    Preceptors + Site Visitors Needed

    are you a Family nurse practi-tioner? do you know a Family nurse practitioner? we are in need of preceptors and site visitors for our Family nurse practitioner students! if you are willing or you know of someone who is willing to serve as a pre-ceptor, please contact:darla.gowan@indwes.edu indianasheila.virgin@indwes.edu Kentuckybarbara.wise@indwes.edu Ohio

    if you are willing to serve as a site visitor, please follow the link below to apply to your state-spe-cific area! there are other open positions listed as well. For more information, scan the Qr code!


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    + Marcie Baird, dnp, rn presented a poster enti-tled implementing a protocol for improved hepa-titis c virus (hcv) screening and initial treatment for hcv-positive patients at a community clinic: using rosswurm and larrabees evidence-Based practice model at the coalition of advanced prac-tice nurses of indiana.

    + Dot Clark-Ott, phd(c), rn, ncsn presented Formulate plans to increase the number of men entering nursing at the american assembly for men in nursing.

    + Barbara Ihrke, phd, rn; Rob Dawson, dnp, rn; and Connie Crump presented designing interprofessional space: collaborative Between nursing, pt, and architects at the all together Better health conference in pittsburgh.

    + Scott Rhoades, ms, rn presented compas-sion Fatigue at a professional conference, premier health system.


    + Amy Anderson, dnp, rn, cne division of Graduate nursing

    + Shelly Curtis, madivision of pre-licensure nursing

    + Rosemary Fromer, phd, rn, cnedivision of post-licensure nursing

    + Wanda Lewis, msn, rn director of Fortune simulation lab(previously lab manager)

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    + Dustin Diller, msn, rn dustin was an assistant professor of nursing.

    + Pamela Giles, phd pam was an associate professor for the division of Graduate nursing.

    + Jennifer Vermilion, BsmJennifer was the program assistant for the division of Graduate nursing.


    + Marcie Baird received her dnp.

    + Heather Brady received her dnp.

    + Priscilla Coe received her masters.

    + Becky Hoffpauir received her phd.

    + Angela Mosier received her as.

    + Allison Sabin received her dnp.

    + Sheila Leis, ms, rn division of post-licensure nursing

    + Ryan Mallo, dnp, rn division of Graduate nursing

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