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Blessing of the Hands Ceremony
All nursing students entering or continuing practicum courses are invited to attend this ceremony in which we ask God to bless the work we do and the patients we interact with during this coming year.
Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 4:30pm in Graves Hall, Winants Auditorium
Our Adult Medical-Surgical practicum seniors who just completed their last session at Spectrum Health-Blodgett celebrate their achievements together.
Nursing professor and author Dr.Lois Roelofs' visited Hope College for a book signing and presentation "Telling Our Stories" Caring Lessons A Nursing Professors' Journey of Faith and Self.
Hope Nursing Pinning Ceremony
Summer Research Celebration 2013
Congratulations Nursing Students of 2013
Celebration for Undergaduate Research
Congratulations and a job well done to all Hope College Nursing Students who participated.
Presentations were enjoyed by the many who were in attendance including:
Kappa Epsilon Induction
(From Left to Right) Jessica Redding, Rachel Wayner, Amanda Russ, Sarah Vanlet, Lena Jaynes, Danielle Vroom, Sara Dewitt, Christine Springer, Nicole Rieth, Megan Johnson, Julia Fulton
Hope College Nursing Department Research Poster Symposium
Monday, December 10th from 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Please join us in celebrating the research accomplishments of 8 of our senior nursing students who are either graduating in December of completing their internship in Chicago next semester.
Refreshments will be served!
Nursing Student and Professor Honored
"Hope College and Michigan State University recently entered into a partnership that now sees nursing graduates going for their doctoral degrees, and they have both received the “Building Michigan’s Health Care Workforce Award” because of this new and exciting initiative."
Hope Nursing Graduates Achieve Perfect Pass Rate
For the second year, Hope College Nursing continues to be among the select group of programs nationwide whose graduates have achieved a 100-percent pass rate on the profession’s national licensing exam.
Every Hope nursing graduate who took the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) during 2011-12 (December and May) passed on the first attempt. It is the second year in a row that 100 percent of the program’s graduates have done so.
The state and national averages were 90 percent and 88 percent respectively. According to the National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s program report for 2011-12, only six percent of all nursing-education programs nationwide achieved a 100-percent pass rate.
As stated by this
article from the MLive Media Group, this places Hope College Nursing
in elite company.
Hope Nursing Major Recieves Scholarship
Congratulations! Senior nursing major Christina Bello in one of the only 15 undergraduate nursing students nationwide to recieve a 2012 American Psychiatric Nurses Association. (Read more)
Dance Marathon 2012
Nursing Alumni guest speaker Susan Kioko BSN, RN
Susan Kioko BSN, RN will be on campus as a guest speaker for the Women's Studies 20th Year Anniversary on Wednesday, March 7th from 3:00pm to 4:00pm in VanderWerf Hall room 102. The Hope College Nursing Department is co-sponsoring this event with the Women's Studies program. Susan Kioko, is a 2009 graduate of the nursing program who is currently working on her PhD at Columbia University/New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Hope Student Nurses Association sponsors the Gift of Life Michigan 2012 Campus Challenge
Help Hope College win the 2012 Gift of Life Michigan Campus Challenge! Now through the end of February, students, faculty, staff, and community members from all 50 states are invited to join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry by visiting Gift of Life Michigan
To register, use the drop down menu titled 'Where did you hear about organ donation?' to choose School/College, and then choose the 'Hope College' option in the second drop down menu to score us a point. Hope College came in second place last year, and we're looking for your help to make that a first place this year!
Organ donors can save the lives of up to eight people, and tissue donors can improve up to fifty lives. Be a hero and sign up today - it will only take about one minute of your time!
Nursing Alumni guest speaker Raymond A. Jones Jr. EMT-P, Rn, BSN, M.Div.
Raymond A. Jones Jr. EMT-P, Rn, BSN, M.Div. 2006 graduate is the Nursing Coordinator at St. Joseph Mercy Brighton Emergency Services. He will present "Special Considerations of the Geriatric Patient in the Emergency Department" on Thursday, February 23rd from 7:00pm to 8:00pm in the Schaap Science Center room 1000.
Thank You from Haiti
The students and faculty of the Faculty of Nursing Science of the Episcopal University of Haiti Nursing School in Haiti would like to thank the Hope Student Nurses Association for the gift of a volleyball net for their school grounds. It is currently the only outside recreation on their campus and so it is being widely used! Here is a photo of FSIL students and some U.S. visitors playing a game.
History Department Spring Colloquium Series: "Avoiding the Next Great Plague" with Nursing Professor Nancy Barnum and History Professor Jonathan Hagood
The History Department Spring Colloquium Series: "Avoiding the Next Great Plague: Hope College and the Norovirus Outbreak, November 2008," with Nursing Professor Nancy Barnum and History Professor Jonathan Hagood, will be presented on January 24th in the DeWitt Herrick Room, at 4 p.m.
Congratulations December 2011 Nursing Graduates
Congratulations to our December 2011 Nursing Graduates! Nursing faculty and staff are proud of you!
Maria Alvarado, Aura Ankli, Jill Boeve, Mallory Fox, Heidi Grooters, Jonathan Hagan, Peg Jipping, Michael Sit, Megan Spitler, Lindsay Zeller
Congratulations to Nursing Professor Barbara Vincensi and Nursing Student Abby Branderhorst for individual awards and Hope Nursing Students for induction into the Kappa Epsilon Chapter-at-Large of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
Hope College nursing professor, Dr. Barbara Vincensi, and nursing student, Abby Branderhorst, each received individual recognition for excellence during the recent induction and installation ceremony of the Kappa Epsilon Chapter-at-Large of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Also during the ceremony, students from the Hope nursing program were inducted into the society. Please click here to continue reading the article.
Fall 2011 Nursing Poster Symposium
NURS 418 Research Practicum students will be presenting posters about the research they have been conducting at the Nursing Department Research Symposium on Tuesday, December 13th, 1:00-2:00 p.m. in the Science Center Atrium. Light refreshments will be served.
Video from our Queretaro student visit in April 2011
Nayelli Paulino Trejo who visited the Hope College campus with Monserrat Escuder Acostawill this past April created this great video of their visit. Enjoy!
Programa de Intercambio Uniting Communities
Vistors to the Hope Nursing Program from the Episcopal University of Haiti Nursing
The Hope Nursing Department has a partnership with a four-year school of nursing in Haiti, the Faculty of Nursing Science of the Episcopal University of Haiti Nursing (FSIL). We have served as prayer partners for this school and provided them funds through the fund-raising efforts of HSNA.
We are happy to announce that we will be hosting Ms. Shirley Dieuveille (Assistant Dean of FSIL) and Mr. Marah Armand (faculty of FSIL) who will be visiting us and spending two weeks with our nursing program during the month of September. During their two-weeks in Holland, Ms. Dieuveille and Mr. Armand are meeting with Hope faculty, students and administrators, observing a variety of nursing classes and visiting health care agencies in the community.
They will give a presentation of a school of nursing in Haiti and the status of health care in Haiti since the January 2010 earthquake which will be the focus of a guest lecture at Hope College on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 4 p.m. in room 1000 of the A. Paul Schaap Science Center. Please click here for the full article.
Hope nursing graduates of December 2010 and May 2011 have passed the NCLEX-RN (National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses) license exam at a rate of 100% This means that 100% of our graduates passed the exam the first time that they took it. The national pass rate for 2010-2011 was 91% and so we have much to be proud of! We have exceptional nursing students, faculty, staff, facilities, and clinical sites. Please click here to continue reading about our perfect pass rate!
Congratulations to Nursing student, Lien Brusselmans, on receiving Dean's Science Division Research Award
Nursing student, Lien Brusselmans and seven other Hope students received Dean's Science Division Research Awards to conduct research at the college this summer.
Presented by the division of Natural and Applied Sciences, the awards provide stipends to conduct summer research at the college collaboratively with members of the faculty for 10 weeks. A recipient was named for each department within the division.
Considerations for the $3,900 awards include interest in science, promise of research and scientific accomplishment, academic standing and departmental endorsement. The recipients are also eligible for a subsidy for summer housing on campus. Please click here to continue reading the article.
Hope Nursing Professor and Graduates Run in Tulip Time Race
Hope Nursing Professor Vicki Voskuil with May 2011 Nursing Graduates Anna Heckenliable, Lauren Dice, Kristin Compagner, and Sara Dykstra after running the Tulip Time 5K
Hope Nursing Student Angelina Matthews wins Nursing Scholarship
Hope College junior Angelina Matthews of Amityville, N.Y., has won a
scholarship from the Kalamazoo-Muskegon chapter of the National Black
Nurses Association (NBNA). Applicants for the awards competed on the basis
of essays on why they chose to pursue a career in nursing. Matthews and
recipients from other colleges and universities were recognized during
the chapter's award banquet on Saturday, May 14, at the Amway Grand Plaza
in Grand Rapids. Please click here to continue reading at Hope
College Press Releases
Recent Visit by Queretaro Nursing Students Adds to Exchange Program
A recent visit to campus by two nursing students from the Autonomous University of Queretaro in Mexico represented the newest addition to an enriching exchange relationship that has run for 15 years.
Hope and the Autonomous University of Queretaro established a formal relationship in 1996 that has since included exchanges of students, faculty, and academic and cultural programs. The nursing exchange began last spring with a visit by seven Hope students and faculty to Mexico, and continued this year with a two-week stay in Holland in April by two students from the university. Continue reading about the Queretaro students visit to Hope.
Nursing Poster Symposium
NURS 418 Research Practicum students will be presenting posters about the research they have been conducting at the Nursing Department Research Symposium on Tuesday, May 3rd, 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the Science Center Atrium. Light refreshments will be served.
Congratulations Nursing Graduates!
The Nursing Department faculty and staff are very proud of the following nursing graduates! Congratulations to everyone and best wishes for your future success!
Jill Behm, Andrea Brower, Chelsea Brussee, Kristin Compagner, Kaitlin Cooper, Lauren Dice, Sara Dykstra, Heather Fuglseth, Amanda Goodyke, Audrey Griffith, Courtney Hacker, Anna Heckenliable, Brittany Lawson, Jeana Longoria, Angela Martinez, Joel McVeigh, Amanda Meekhof, Elizabeth Meyer, Jessica Morscheck, Sara Myler, Anna Niebor, Kori Nieuwsma, Laura Nyitray, Grace Olamijulo, Sarah Patton, Jennifer Rautiola, Allison Reynolds, Amanda Schab, Caitlin Sinkhorn, Nicole Spagnuolo, Andrea Springett, Kelle Tyitye, Bethany VanderLaan, Maria Vidoni, Laura Wollan, Janette Zandstra
On Thursday, April 28, 2011, several students who are part of the Department of Nursing program at Hope College received special recognition for their achievements. Those students are:
Hope College Nursing Department presents: "Writing a Nurse's Life - Why?" with guest speaker Dr. Lois Roelofs on Wednesday, April 13th 2011 in the A. Paul Schaap Science Center.
Hope College Nursing Department will present nursing professor and author, Dr. Lois Roelofs, on Wednesday April 13th. Dr. Lois Roelofs is Professor Emerita of Nursing at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, IL. In "Caring Lessons," Dr. Roelofs describes herself as a rebellious minister's daughter, reluctant nurse, restless mom, perpetual student, and eventually, fun-loving teacher of mental health nursing.
Please join us for this wonderful evening. Books will be available for purchase.
Refreshments and book signing with Dr. Roelofs is from 6:30pm to 7:00pm in the Science Center Atrium. Dr. Roelofs presentation will be from 7:00pm to 8:00pm in Science Center room 1000.
Child Development Services and Hope College Nursing Program Form Collaboration
In December of last year, Hope College's Nursing Program and Child Development Services decided to team up in an effort to reach out to the community.
This experience allows for Hope College nursing students to gain further skills and knowledge in their patient care and to apply concepts of evidence-based health care for families living in the community. Approximately 10 Early Head Start and Head Start families are being seen by Hope College's Nursing Program. Nursing faculty, Shari Bertolone, Barbara Vincensi, and Vicki Voskuil are all involved in the program.
Please see the Ready for School newsletter to learn more about this wonderful collaboration.
Hope Student Nurses Association sponsors the Gift of Life Michigan 2011 Campus Challenge
Help Hope College win the 2011 Gift of Life Michigan Campus Challenge! Now through February 24th, students, faculty, staff, and community members from all 50 states are invited to join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry by visiting Gift of Life Michigan or by calling 1-800-482-4881
To register use the drop down menus to choose School/College and then choose the Hope College option to score a point. Make sure to "like" it on Facebook too!
Organ donors can save the lives of up to eight people, and tissue donors can improve up to fifty lives. Be a hero and sign up today!
Upcoming Hope nursing student publication in the Journal of Christian Nursing 2011
Senior nursing student, Audrey Griffith, has had a paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Christian Nursing. This article will be published in late spring/early summer 2011.
Audrey's paper, focused on her personal experience with childhood cancer and her calling into nursing and missionary work. Congratulations Audrey!
Invitation to the Nursing Student Research Poster Symposium on Thursday, December 16th
The Nursing Department Research Poster Symposium is being held on Thursday, December 16th from 1:00pm - 2:30pm in the Science Center Atrium.
The following nursing students will be presenting their research projects; Lauren Dice, Sara Dykstra, Jeana Longoria, Joel McVeigh, Elizabeth Meyer, Anna Nieboer, Jennifer Rautiola, Caitlin Sinkhorn, Maria Vidoni.
All are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.
Nursing Department Open House for SimMan 3G
Congratulations Hope Sigma Theta Tau Outstanding Student Performance recipient and new member inductees!
Congratulations to Hope Nursing senior student Heather Fuglseth who was the recipient of the Sigma Theta Tau Outstanding Student Performance award.
Congratulations to the Hope Nursing seniors who were inducted to Sigma Theta Tau:
Kaitlin Cooper, Sara Dykstra, Heather Fuglseth, Amanda Goodyke, Brittany Lawson, Amanda Meekhof, Sara Myler, Anna Nieboer, Kori Nieuwsma, Laura Nyitray, Grace Olamijulo, Kristin Stefan, Kelle Tyitye, Laura Wollan, Janette Zandstra
Dr. Susan Dunn is featured in Michigan State University Calendar.
Dr. Susan Dunn of the nursing faculty is among the alumni of the nursing college at Michigan State University highlighted in a calendar produced to commemorate the program's 60th anniversary. Dunn, who is an associate professor of nursing and chairperson of the department at Hope, completed her doctorate at Michigan State University in 2005.
Nursing student Grace Olamijulo selected as an American Psychiatric Nurses Association Janssen Student Scholar for 2010.
Hope nursing student Grace Olamijulo has been selected as an APNA (American Psychiatric Nurses Association) Janssen Student Scholar for 2010. The APNA scholars program had the largest number of applicants this year since the history of the program. It is truly an honor that Grace has been selected, as she was competing with graduate and undergraduate students from across the nation. As an APNA Janssen Scholar, Grace has been awarded a one year membership to APNA in addition to attending the APNA 24th Annual Conference in Louisville, Kentucky in October. Scholars will also receive national recognition via the APNA website, in conference program materials, and through the Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. Please click here to read the article.
Nursing graduate Michelle Zeitter featured in "Eight Journeys through Hope."
2010 nursing graduate Michelle Zeitter talks about the opportunities and advantages of attending Hope College and her continuing education in the accelerated BSN -to- PhD program made available to Hope graduates through the department of nursing's new relationship with Michigan State University. Click here to read the entire article in the June issue Hope College Campus Profiles
Congratulations Nursing Graduates!
The Nursing Department faculty and staff are very proud of the following nursing graduates! Congratulations to everyone and best wishes for your future success!
Abby Andersen, Nicole Bennett, Akrisa Blackport, Brenna Boat, Marlee Bogema, Rachel Clark, Laura Clauser, Kimberly Cook, Stephanie Cotter, Rachel Doherty, Shannon Dudley, Andrea Firlit, Elizabeth Fox, Joanne Gabl, Keija Grebe, Jenna Grove, Claire Higginbotham, Kellye Jacobs, Jana Johnson, Meghan Katner, Lillie Lodge, Andrea Mathews, Alexandria May, Hailey Moeke, Deanna Moes, Laura Morningstar, Jessie Parsons, Kimberly Spargo, Angela Sweers, Ashley Thomas, Erin VanOordt, Tabitha VanWormer, Rachelle Victory, Leah Wyatt, Michelle Zeitter
On Thursday, April 29, 2010, several students who are part of the Department of Nursing program at Hope College received special recognition for their achievements. Those students are:
The Nursing Department students and staff volunteered to make sure that everyone was feeling well at Dance Marathon. Click here to see photos of the 2010 Dance Marathon.
Research Poster Symposium
The Nursing Department Research Poster Symposium is being held on Wednesday, December 16th from 3:00pm - 5:00pm in the Science Center Atrium. All are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.
The nursing research students who are presenting their abstracts are: Marlee Bogema, Rachel Doherty, Jenna Grove, Hailey Moeke, Laura Morningstar, Angela Sweers, Tabitha Van Wormer, Leah Wyatt, Michelle Zeitter.
Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing recognizes Hope nursing student Marlee Bogema and Dr. Susan Dunn, and Hope nursing students are inducted into the society.
A Hope College student and professor each received individual recognition for excellence during the recent induction and installation ceremony of the Kappa Epsilon Chapter-at-Large of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
The chapter presented senior Marlee Bogema of Grandville with its "Excellence in Student Performance Award" and Dr. Susan Dunn, associate professor of nursing and chairperson of the department, with its "Excellence in Nursing Education Award."
Also during the ceremony, students from each of the four schools were inducted into the society. The students from Hope, all seniors, were: Abby Andersen of St. Johns; Marlee Bogema of Grandville; Kim Cook of Clarkston; Stephanie Cotter of Zeeland; Joanne Gabl of Saline; Jana Johnson of Petoskey; Meghan Katner of Orion; Jeana Longoria of Howard City; Andrea Mathews of Grand Rapids; Jessica Morscheck of Lafayette, Ohio; Jessie Parsons of Anchorage, Alaska; Rachel Richter of Belleville; Erin VanOordt of Jenison; and Rachelle Victory of Hudsonville.
Seminar with Microbiologist Dr. Dennis Wegner
Clinically Relevant “Nuts and Bolts” Microbiology
This one-day, intermediate level program will focus on the challenges faced by the bench microbiologist in providing cost-effective clinically relevant microbiology. Dr. Dennis Wegner will show how applying the latest microbiology techniques and approaches in laboratories of all sizes will improve the hospital’s bottom line and will provide high quality patient care oriented microbiology at a minimum cost.
Dennis Wegner, PhD is a consulting clinical microbiologist at Collaborative Laboratory Services, LLC in Ottumwa, Iowa. Dr. Wegner has authored numerous articles and presented many programs and workshops worldwide that focus on the impact of microbiology practices on the cost of caring for patients with infectious diseases.
Saturday, November 21
Dr. Susan Dunn research work with Michigan State University.
Dr. Susan Dunn, chairperson of the Department of Nursing at Hope College and a member of the first class of doctoral graduates from MSU's College of Nursing recent research work with patient hopelessness link to poor cardiac rehabilitation was recently highlighted in MSU News. Click here to read more. MSU News
MSU College of Nursing Partners with Hope Nursing Department!
The Department of Nursing at Hope College and the College of Nursing
at Michigan State University have entered into a partnership to advance
the education of baccalaureate graduates who are interested in pursuing
a research career and entering doctoral study. Click here
to read the full article on this exciting collaboration!
Hope Nursing Program to Expand.
In response to strong national need and student interest, Hope is expanding its nursing program. The program, which leads to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), is growing to 45 students per class year, a 25 percent increase that will be phased in beginning during the 2009-10 school year with the incoming sophomore class. Follow the link to read the full story. Hope Nursing Program Expansion
Dr. Susan Dunn Appointed to Peer-Review Committee
Dr. Susan Dunn of the nursing faculty has been appointed to serve as a peer reviewer for the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Follow the link to read the full story. Dr. Susan Dunn Appointed to Peer-Review Committee
Nursing student Lillie Lodge travels to Cameroon for Engineers Without Borders
This past May, Hope College Nursing student Lillie Lodge had the opportunity to travel for the second time to the small village of Nkuv, Cameroon with the Hope College chapter of Engineer’s Without Borders (EWB). As part of the “Health Education Team,” Lillie spent her time in Nkuv teaching health and hygiene lessons to a group of women that gathered every night to learn about acute respiratory infections, dental care, diarrhea, clean water handling, and the spread of germs, among other things. Lillie taught with two other Hope students; another larger group of engineering students worked on the clean water project. Since EWB has been working in Nkuv (the project began in May 2006), there has been decreased morbidity and mortality in children under age five related to diarrhea. Click here to learn more about EWB-Hope interdisciplinary club at Hope College.
Congratulations to our 2009 Nursing Graduates!
National Black Nurses Association Scholarship awarded to Jeanna Longoria
Hope College Nursing student, Jeanna Longoria is the recipient of a scholarship award from the National Black Nurses Association. Congratulations Jeanna!
Click here to read the full article. NBNA Scholarship Award
On Thursday, April 23, 2009, several students who are part of the Department of Nursing program at Hope College received special recognition for their achievements. Those students are:
Hope College nursing alumni can now replace lost or broken pins!
Nursing alumni may now order directly from the Terryberry company if you need to replace a lost or broken nursing pin. Please visit the Alumni section of the nursing webpage for more information on how to order.
Hearty award - Research collaboration on coronary disease between Hope, Holland Hospital recognized
Dr. Susan Dunn, associate professor of nursing at Hope College, and chairperson of the nursing department, was recently honored by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) for a research project conducted at Holland Hospital. The project won the “2008 New Investigator Award” from a total of six projects selected for oral presentation at the annual meeting held in Indianapolis, Ind., in September. Selection for the award is based on the quality and significance of the research and the presentation. Click to read the article. 2008 New Investigator Award
Hope College Nursing Department joins the American Heart Association for Go Read for Women Campaign.
Circle February 6 in red on your calendars! That's the day the Hope College Nursing Department will join the American Heart Association (AHA)'s fight against heart disease in women by holding Wear Red Day. We encourage everyone to participate by wearing red to class or work.
For a $5.00 donation to the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women Campaign you will also receive a Red Dress Pin. Your donation will help the AHA raise women's awareness of cardiovascular disease and empower women to reduce their risk. Pins are available from Donna Garrett (office #1143) or Pam Dinucci (office #1112) in the Schaap Science Center.
We are proud to be joining the AHA and concerned companies and organizations across America in the fight against the #1 killer of women – as well as of men. Wear Red Day is a chance for us to arm ourselves with knowledge about this devastating disease and to raise funds that will help the AHA advance its research and education efforts. Learn more about the national cause to increase awareness and help women reduce their risk of heart disease at Go Red for Women.
Thank you in advance for supporting this lifesaving program!
Hope College Nursing Department Research Poster Symposium.
The Hope College nursing students will be presenting their research poster symposium in the A. Paul Schaap Science Center Atrium on Wednesday, December 10th from 9:00am to 10:30am. Please join us. Refreshments will be served.
Student presenters and topics are;
Kristi Dannenberg: Variables Related to Unplanned Extubation Rates in Children.
Erin Easter: Infection Control: Compliance with Isolation Practices.
Michelle Ellis: State & Trait Hopelessness & Physical Functioning Over Time in Patients Attending a Phase Two Cardiac Rehabilitation.
Stephanie Machiela: Comparative Evaluation of the Pediatric Prssure Ulcer Risk Assessment Tool (PURAT) to the Braden/Braden Q
Rachael Osborne: Health at Every Size: An Innovative Approach to Improving Overall Health and Well-Being.
Sarah Sosolik: Barriers Affecting Health Care Workers Uptake of the Influenza Vaccination.
Jennifer Westrate: Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.
Yvette Wissner: Use of Remote Telemonitoring Equipment in Coronary Artery Bypass (CABG) Patients to Provide Early Identification of the Dysrhythmias of Artial Fibrillation.
Hope nursing faculty and nursing student receive Sigma Theta Tau Excellence in Nursing Awards.
Congratulations to Professor Vicki Voskuil and senior student Kalin Terhaar,
who were both the recent recipients of Excellence in Nursing Awards by
the Kappa Epsilon Chapter-at-Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International
Honor Society of Nursing.
Hope nursing faculty receives Sigma Theta Tau International Research Grant.
Nursing faculty member Dr. Nancy Barnum PhD, RN, received a research award to support her work, "Why Do Nurses Need So Much Education? The Social, Political, Practice, Educational, and Gender Issues That Influenced Nursing Education's Move from the Hospital to Collegiate Setting"
Hope College nursing student new inductees for Sigma Theta Tau Kappa Epsilon-At-Large Chapter.
Nursing student new members that were inducted at the ceremony were; Kristi Dannenberg, Roxanne Fishnick, Eden Jager, Susan Kioko, Elise Regula, Jami Rubin, Shannon Schamback, Kara Tabor, Kalin Terhaar, Mallory VanderKooi, Sara Warner, Katie Wieringa, Dan Wood, and Michelle Zeitter
NAHN-MI awards Hope student with scholarship.
Nursing student Jeana Longoria has been named a recipient of a National Association of Hispanic Nursing Michigan Chapter (NAHN-MI) 2008 Scholarship. She is one of six in the state to receive this honor. She will receive the scholarship at a banquet in Detroit on November 7th. For more information about the NAHN-MI chapter see their website at National Association of Hispanic Nursing Michigan Chapter
Nursing Research Project Wins National Award
A nursing research project led by Dr. Susan Dunn of the Hope College
faculty and focused on the recovery of heart patients has won this year's
"New Investigator Award" presented by the American Association
of Cardiovascular and PulmonaryRehabilitation (AACVPR). Please click here
to continue the article.
Cameroon Project Named State Finalist
A Hope College service project focused on water quality and community health in the village of Nkuv in Cameroon was named one of four finalists for Michigan's 2008 Carter Partnership Award. Nursing Department faculty and students have been an integral part of this project. Click here to learn more.
2008 Annual West Michigan Nursing Gala
Hope nursing faculty celebrated the profession of nursing with their colleagues at the Annual West Michigan Nursing Gala. This event is held by the West Michigan Nursing Advisory Council.
Hope College nursing alumnus Renee Lick has been promoted to Student Ministries Director for Nurses Christian Fellowship (NCF). Renee worked with nursing students as a Campus Staff member with NCF for the past 5 years in the Great Lakes West region. She has a passion for challenging and encouraging students in their walk with God and for assisting them as they transition from being a student to working in the profession of nursing. The vision of InterVarsity/NCF is to develop students to become world changers and leaders within the profession of nursing. Renee's responsibilities will include recruiting and developing staff and faculty advisors to work with students.
Kylee Brouwer Named an Academic All-American
HOLLAND -- Hope College senior Kylee Brouwer of Hudsonville, Mich. (Hudsonville HS) excelled on the softball diamond and in the classroom.
Earlier this month she was named a first-team Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III All-American.
Now, she is being honored as a first team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Brouwer was able to balance her outstanding four-year softball career with the academic demands of being a nursing major. A 3.76 GPA student, she received the college kinesiology department's Vanderbush Student-Athlete Award and the nursing department's Senior Sigma Xi Research Award. She is now pursuing a professional career as an emergency room nurse in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Brouwer is a two-time NFCA All-American. In 2006 she was named to the
third team as a catcher. This year she was honored as the designated player,
In the conference tournament she batted 10-for-14 to key Hope's advance to the championship game.
Brouwer set Hope career records for batting average (.457), on-base percentage (.515), games played/started (162/159), most hits (228), most doubles (41), most triples (22), most total bases (331), runs scored (168), and stolen bases (70).
Brouwer is Hope's sixth CoSIDA Academic All-American joining Anne Hendrickson (1985), DeeAnn Knoll (19870-88), Johanna Pscodna (1992), Laurie Byington (1996), and Kim Grotenhuis (2000-01).
New Nursing student orientation March 2008
Newly accepted nursing students are welcomed by Dr. Susan Dunn, and after their orientation, had a chance to relax and get to know faculty and current nursing students.
Hope Flu Vaccination Clinic gives administration a shot in the arm! October 2007
Nursing students and faculty volunteered to assist with the Hope College employee flu vaccination clinic.
Nursing Lab Director Vickie Slot, helps to prepare President Bultman for his flu vaccine. Nursing students who volunteered were Shannon Dudley, Erin Van Oordt, and Lillie Lodge.
Hope Student Wins Nursing Scholarship with Essay
HOLLAND - Angela Sweers, a Hope College sophomore and nursing major from Williamston, has won one of only 10 scholarships nationwide in the 2008 "A Nurse I Am Scholarship Program" sponsored by Cherokee Uniforms.
Selection is based on an essay written in response to the inspirational nurses film "A Nurse I Am." Entrants are asked to explain how viewing the film changed or enhanced their perception of nursing as a career and to use one of the nurses in the film as a role model in explaining why someone should purse nursing as a career. Scholarship winners each receive $2,000.
"The winning essays were thoughtful, creative and represented students whose writing skills are exceptional," said Wendell Mobley, director of Cherokee's A Nurse I Am Film & Scholarship Program. "Cherokee Uniforms appreciates the hundreds of students who participated in this year's scholarship application process."
Sweers was chosen for her essay "Nursing: A Career of Compassionate Heroism." In advocating for the career, she wrote, "Pursuing a nursing career can be synonymous with pursuing a career of heroism if all aspects of compassionate, holistic nursing care are met. Therefore, an individual who actively displays compassion, and has the desire to help others while encouraging them through some of the hardest circumstances of their lives, should consider pursuing nursing as a career."
Her activities at Hope have included the Hope Student Nurses Association, the student-organized Dance Marathon fund-raiser for Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, the Special Events committee of the student Social Activities Committee and the College Chorus. She is the daughter of Michael and Janice Sweers of Williamston and a 2006 graduate of Dansville High School.
Cherokee Uniforms is the leader in the design of fashionable scrubs for nurses and other health-care professionals. The company provided a grant for the production of "A Nurse I Am" as a film for nurses and nursing students out of concern over the number of nurses leaving the profession within the first few years of practice.
In addition to Hope, the schools with winners in this year's scholarship program are Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, Calif.; the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA); the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia; Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Md.; Coppin State University in Baltimore, Md.; Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, Fla.; Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, W.Va.; and the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
To read Angela's essay, please follow the link to the Cherokee Uniform,
"A Nurse I Am" website.
Joint Biology/Nursing Department Seminar
Dr. Tim Geary
Chicago Semester internship nursing students
Dancing Past Dawn: Hope Student Nurses Association Does 24 Hours For the Kids
Members of the Hope Student Nurses Association danced, moralled, and
worked the Nurses Station all night long on March 7th-8th. An all time
record amount of money was raised! Thanks to everyone who participated
in this fun and worthwhile event.
Nursing program applicants await Feb. 1 deadline
As the month of January nears an end, a portion of Hope College students anxiously await Friday, Feb. 1 - some because it is one step closer to spring, and others because it is one step closer to their goal of eventually becoming registered nurses as Feb.1 is the deadline for applications into Hope's nursing program. However, for some, February may be a challenging month, since not all who apply to the program will be admitted.
With approximately 50 applications for the Feb. 1 deadline, and only 36 spots available per academic year, Hope's nursing program is arguably one of the most competitive degree fields at the college. Since becoming a full-fledged program at Hope in 2002 after previously being a joint program with Calvin College, the nursing department has graduated many students who have gone onto highly sought positions in leading hospitals and top graduate nursing programs in the U.S.
Dr. Susan Dunn, chair of the nursing department, believes that this, as well as the numerous applications, is a result of the quality of Hope's program.
"The Hope College nursing program is gaining recognition as one of the best nursing programs available," Dunn said. "[Hope's nursing program offers] a challenging curriculum, exceptional nursing faculty, excellent clinical experiences and a unique focus on undergraduate nursing research."
According to Dunn, for the past two years, there have been more applications than available spots to the Hope program, which follows a nationwide trend. Dunn attributes this to a shortage of Registered Nurses in the U.S., as well as the job prospects available to nurses.
"This shortage is expected to continue if not worsen in the future due in part to the aging of our population and the increased healthcare needs associated with aging, and the anticipated retirement of 1/3 of our existing nurses over the next 10-15 years," Dunn said. "This translates to a wide open job market for college graduates who have pursued a nursing degree.There is a position available for any college graduate who is licensed as a registered nurse."
Additionally, two other factors that have created an increase in interest in nursing are the flexibility and pay of nursing jobs. According to Dunn, there is often flexibility in hours, work settings and location, and the average salary for an RN is approximately $45,000. A nurse with a graduate-level education can expect to receive a higher salary.
With an abundance of applicants to the nursing program and the nursing job market showing great promise, Dunn notes that there are plans in place to grow the nursing department. A proposal for expansion will be given to Hope in 2009, and from there it will need to be approved by the Michigan State Board of Nursing and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
For those students who do not gain admittance to the nursing department in February, there is another chance for application in October. However, for those students who are fortunate enough to gain acceptance to Hope's competitive nursing program, the effort is worth it.
"Most practicing nurses will tell you that they are part of the best profession in the world," Dunn said. "I have loved every role I have had as a nurse, which have included jobs in critical care nursing, rehabilitation, research and teaching. In what other career are you assured that you will always have a job, and a job that you love?"
Student Receives Nursing Scholarship
A committee composed of faculty and students appointed by the Foundation of the National Student Nurses' Association selected Kevin O'Brien (Hope '09) to be a recipient of the Promise of Nursing Michigan Scholarship. Kevin is one of two students in the state of Michigan to receive this scholarship. Funding for the Promise of Nursing Regional Scholarship Program is contributed by several hospitals and health-care agencies, by Johnson & Johnson, and by national companies with an interest in supporting nursing education.
The Foundation of the NSNA is honoring the 2007 Promise of Nursing scholarship recipients during NSNA's 55th Annual Convention Award Ceremony on Thursday, April 12, 2007, at 7:30 p.m. in Anaheim, California.
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