2014 Nursing Alumni Gala

Published on Mar 27, 2015.
The evening of November 6, 2014 was a time of celebrating nursing at Northwest Nazarene University at the first annual Nursing Alumni Gala. The theme for the evening was Honoring the Past…Treasuring the Present…Shaping the Future. The Gala was attended by 108 alumni, students, faculty and other supporters of nursing.

Following the dinner catered by Sodexo, Dr. David Alexander, NNU President spoke about Honoring the Past, outlining NNU’s nursing’s roots in the Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing. Several Samaritan Hospital nursing graduates were present and were recognized.
Dr. Barbara Lester shared Treasuring the Present, outlining the current nursing programs and accomplishments. She went on to talk about Shaping the Future of nursing, sharing plans, dreams and direction for nursing at NNU.

Major David Sever RN, MSN, NNU Class of 2002 received the Distinguished Achievement in Professional Nursing Award for his many accomplishments as a nurse and for his outstanding service to our country as a nurse in the United States Air force Reserve. David has been deployed to Kuwait and Afghanistan as a military nurse and currently serves as the Assistant Chief Nurse for the 911th Aeromedical Staging Squadron. He is employed at Shadyside Hospital at the University of Pittsburg Medical Center as a clinician on the Pulmonary Unit and recently earned CNS Certification.

Bethany Mello RN, FNP, DNP, NNU Class of 2003 received the Distinguished Alumni Award. Bethany is the first graduate of the NNU nursing program to earn a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. She earned her DNP degree in North Dakota State University in December 2011, graduating at the top of her class and earning Phi Kappa Phi honors as well. Bethany currently teaches Child and Adult Health as well as Health Assessment at the University of Jamestown in North Dakota. She is also employed as a Family Planning Nurse Practitioner at Central Valley Public Health.

Sophie Ness RN, MSN, NNU Class of 2004 and 2014 received the Esther Herzog Humanitarian Award for making a difference in the world through the work she does with pregnant women in Soddo, Ethopia. Sophie runs a prenatal clinic that provides care, monitoring and education for women in this rural area. Sophie says of her journey and work, “I am an American nurse living in Africa. My goal is to keep moms alive by providing care in rural areas. Mostly, though, I am learning about how big God is and how small I am.”

The Nagel Foundation was recognized as the 2014 Patron of Nursing at the Gala. Over the past 14 years the Nagel Foundation has provided $ 2.3 million dollars in scholarships to nursing students. Their generosity has made it possible for many nursing students to continue their education and realize their dream of becoming a nurse. Kurt Goldgrabe accepted the award for the Nagel Foundation. Several of the current nursing students who are Nagel Scholarship recipients were able to be in attendance at the Nursing Gala.

Mark your calendars now for Thursday, November 12 and plan to attend the 2015 Nursing Alumni Gala. Take the opportunity to nominate another NNU nursing alumnus for recognition at this event (See information elsewhere in this newsletter) and reserve the evening to celebrate nursing at NNU!

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.