Update from the Department Head--Barbara Lester RN, RM, PhD

Published on Sep 19, 2014.
Welcome to the first edition of the Nursing at NNU Newsletter!  We hope to make this a regular means of staying in touch with our alumni and friends to keep you up-to-date about nursing at NNU.

The school year is off to a great start.  We have 32 sophomore, 39 junior and 37 senior students in the traditional undergraduate program. Nursing remains the largest declared major on campus.  On-line students include the 11 students that are enrolled in the RN-BS Nursing program and 28 students enrolled in the Master of Science in nursing program.  How thankful we are for the blessing of growth in the program offerings. The MSN program actually has a waiting list and so we are planning on a spring start for an additional cohort this school year

In the fall of 2016 we are planning on adding a Family Nurse Practitioner Program (FNP).   This program was approved by the Board of Trustees in fall 2012 and then by the NCWU in spring 2013. The FNP Program is in the planning stages at this point.  We are looking forward to hiring a FNP program director in the next year.

In preparation for the FNP Program, our Advanced Nursing Practice Lab underwent a major redesign this summer.  The redesign will benefit our undergraduate students as well as the FNP students.  Walls were added to create two hospital rooms for simulation and an exam room.  A grant from Blue Cross made this possible and we are grateful for their generosity.(See article elsewhere in this newsletter about Nursing Lab Redesign.)

We are delighted to welcome a couple of new faculty this fall , Michelle Hunt RN, MSN and Leonie Sutherland RN, Ph.D. Michelle is an NNU graduate, BSN class of 2003, MSN class of 2013.  She comes to NNU from St. Luke’s Health System where she served as Clinical Supervisor of Home Care.  Michelle will be doing clinical teaching in Advanced Medical-Surgical and Transition to Professional Practice courses as well as teaching on-line in the RN-BS Nursing program.

Leonie Sutherland is joining the faculty as the Director of the Master of Science in Nursing program.  Dr. Sutherland has taught regularly as an adjunct in the MSN program since its inception.  . She will be teaching a variety of courses in the MSN program. We welcome them both to NNU and are thankful for the skills and talents they add to our faculty.

In fall 2015 we expect our American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) accreditation visit.  During this year the faculty will be working on writing the Self Study Report and preparing for the visit.

An exciting addition to the Homecoming weekend is the initiation of the Nursing Alumni Gala on Thursday, November 6th, 6:30 – 9:30 pm in the Brandt Lobby. This is a great opportunity to celebrate nursing and reconnect with classmates, faculty and friends! We hope to see you all there! 

About the Department

The Department of Nursing at Northwest Nazarene University provides undergraduate, degree completion and graduate programs related to the professional field of nursing. We are nationally accredited and offer programs that can meet the needs of students in a wide variety of settings.