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  • Top 2015 Academic Year Highlights2015 has been a very exciting academic year for the Seattle University College of Nursing. We would like to share our top highlights with you.

    Faculty and Staff Honored for Years of ServiceA message from Dean Kristen Swanson: "Many faculty and staff of the College of Nursing will be honored for their years of service at SU's Annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Event..."

    Congratulations to the 2015 Alpha Sigma Nu InducteesPlease join us in congratulating the 2015 Alpha Sigma Nu inductees from the College of Nursing. Each year Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society of Jesuit institutions of higher education, recognizes students who have distinguished themselves in scholarship, loyalty to Jesuit values, and service.

    New Doctor of Nursing Practice VideoThe rapid expansion of clinical evidence coupled with the growing need for interprofessional collaboration requires an expanding workforce of nurses ready to lead practice, shape policy, and advance the health of populations. Seattle University College of Nursing is enrolling masters prepared nurses into its Doctor of Nursing Practice program.

    Dr. Janiece DeSocio Promoted to Full ProfessorPlease join us in congratulating Dr. Janiece DeSocio on being promoted to the rank of full professor.

    Dean Kristen Swanson Elected to AACN BoardThe dean of the College of Nursing at Seattle University, Kristen Swanson, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been elected to the board of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the organization announced today.

    Dr. Margaret Heitkemper receives 2015 Alumni Award for Professional AchievementDr. Margaret Heitkemper is receiving this year's Alumni Award for Professional Achievement. She is a 1973 graduate of Seattle University?s College of Nursing who demonstrates exceptional leadership. An innovator integrating basic scientific research into the practice of nursing, she inspires colleagues with her cutting edge approach to health care.

    Public Comment Invited by Commission of Collegiate Nursing EducationThe Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) will conduct an on-site evaluation of the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and all Post-Graduate Certificate programs at the Seattle University College of Nursing on April 13-15, 2015. The College of Nursing fully endorses the CCNE policy requiring the institution undergoing accrediting to reach out to partners and colleagues and give them the opportunity to provide written feedback to the CCNE evaluation team. All feedback is confidential and only shared with CCNE. You are invited to submit written and signed third-party comments to CCNE until March 14, 2015. Click for mailing address.

    CON Annual Report of ScholarshipClick to read our 2013-2014 Annual Report of Scholarship. This report highlights the many scholarly activities that our faculty, staff, and students participated in during the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Bonnie Bowie Co-Authors New ArticleSU's Bonnie H. Bowie, PhD, MBA, RN, has co-authored the current ANS feature article titled "Perceived Discrimination and Children's Mental Health Symptoms." The authors present the results of their study on the association between perceived discrimination and children's symptoms of anxiety and depression.

    Steve Palazzo discusses the Teen Take Heart program in the RWJF Human Capitol BlogDr. Steven Palazzo was just published in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Human Capitol Blog. In his article, he discusses the Teen Take Heart program, which seeks to mitigate cardiovascular risk factors in at-risk high school students.

    Welcome to our new Dean, Kristen M. Swanson!The College of Nursing welcomes Dr. Kristen M. Swanson, RN, PhD, FAAN, as Dean and Professor. Dr. Swanson comes to Seattle University from the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill where she served as an alumni distinguished professor and dean of the School of Nursing. Dr. Swanson succeeds Dr. Janiece DeSocio who has served as interim dean for the College of Nursing since July 2013.

    SU nursing alum Travis Day elected as President of PSNPAPlease join us in congratulating SU nursing alum, Travis Day, on being elected as the new President of the Puget Sound Nurse Practitioner Association.?Travis received his MSN from SU in 2013. He is also the featured SU graduate in a newly released video. Click to view.

    Anne Hirsch Selected for Governor Inslee's 29 Member Statewide Health Performance Measures CommitteePlease join us in congratulating Dr. Anne Hirsch, PhD, ARNP, on her appointment by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to serve as one of 29 individuals (and the only nurse) on the new Performance Measures Coordinating Committee, a panel charged with recommending standard statewide measures of health performance by 2015.

    Congratulations NHSC Scholarship Recipients!In 2013, four students at the Seattle University School of Nursing were awarded the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Scholarship for their commitment to primary care. We congratulate Jacob Armstrong, Hannah HarperRenee Hokom and Lindsay Wilson and wish them all the best as they prepare to serve where they are needed most!

    Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) 2014 Faculty and Student Scholarship RecipientsThe Alpha Sigma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) would like to congratulate our 2014 faculty and student scholarship recipients. Our chapter is dedicated to supporting research and scholarship endeavors among the faculty and students in the College of Nursing that support the mission of STTI. Their work will be showcased during our 2015 induction ceremony.

    Kristen Swanson Named New Dean of Seattle University's College of NursingSeattle University announced today that Kristen M. Swanson, RN, PhD, FAAN, has been appointed the new dean for the College of Nursing.

    Dr. Anne Hirsch selected to become a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP)Congratulations to Dr. Anne Hirsch, PhD, ARNP, on being selected to become a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Dr. Hirsch will be inducted at a ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee on June 19, 2014.

    Dr. Susan B. Matt admitted to the U.S. Supreme CourtCongratulations to College of Nursing faculty member, Dr. Susan B. Matt, PhD, JD, MN, RN, who was admitted as an attorney to the U.S. Supreme Court on March 3, 2014. The Court was in session en banc, and she was sworn in along with five colleagues from The American Association of Nurse Attorneys.

    Yi Lian Klimecki (BSN '14) selected for Frontier Nursing University Courier ProgramCongratulations to undergraduate nursing student, Yi Lian Klimecki, on being selected for the FNU Courier Program for summer 2014. As part of the program, Yi Lian will have an internship at the Women's Wellness and Maternity Center in Madisonville, TN.

    Interim Dean DeSocio Awarded Susan McCabe LectureshipThe Susan McCabe lectureship honors the memory of Dr. Susan McCabe EdD, APRN, BC. A committee of the International Society of Psychiatric Nurses (ISPN) selects an individual to receive this award and deliver the Susan McCabe Lecture at the ISPN Psychopharma-cology Institute and Annual Conference each year.

    Looking for ways to stay active at work? Set up a treadmill desk.Nursing faculty member, Karen Cowgill, was recently interviewed by The SU Spectator for her idea to set up a treadmill at her desk.

    Scholarship Recipient to Establish Art Empowerment Program for Youth at Local Drug Treatment CenterThe College of Nursing would like to congratulate graduate nursing student, Meghan Rehder (APNI '15), for being selected as the 2014 recipient of the Dr. Eileen Ridgway Outreach Scholarship.

    Dr. Karen Cowgill serves on Independent Review Committee for the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations.College of Nursing's Assistant Professor,Karen Cowgill, PhD, MSc, has been selected to participate as an Independent Review Committee member for new proposals to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI). The committee reviews proposals submitted by governments of countries eligible for GAVI's assistance in obtaining and delivering new and underused vaccines.

    Katharine Eilers (MSN '13) named Assistant Nursing Director of Community HealthKatharine is a registered nurse who graduated from Seattle University this year with an MSN in Advanced Community and Public Health Nursing.

    Dr. Theresa Granger receives Community-Based Research Faculty Fellowship AwardPlease join us in congratulating Theresa Granger, PhD, MN, FNP, NP-C. The fellowship is supported by the Seattle University Youth Initiative, along with a grant from the Raikes Foundation. The purpose of this fellowship is to engage in a Community-Based Research project that improves the quality of life of youth or families residing in the Seattle University Youth Initiative target area.

    CON Annual Report of Scholarship 2012-2013Click to read our new Annual Report of Scholarship. This report highlights the many scholarly activities that our faculty, staff, and students participated in last year.

    SU Nursing Alumna named Director of Nursing at The Queen's Medical CenterWe would like congratulate our class of 1984 BSN graduate, Lydia Kumasaka, MS, RN, APRN, on her recent appointment.

    College of Nursing adds three new tenure track faculty members!Please help us welcome Michael Huggins, PhD(c), EdD, APRN, FAANP Gail Salvatierra, PhD, MSN, RN Benjamin Miller, PhD, FNP

    Seattle University Clinical Performance Lab Selects New DirectorJoin us in congratulating Carrie Miller, PhD(c), MSN, RN, CNE, IBCLC as the new director for our Clinical Performance Lab.

    Interim Dean, Janiece DeSocio and Dr. Danuta Wojnar have been selected to become Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN).As one of the most prestigious honors in nursing, Fellows of the Academy are nominated and selected based on their strong leadership skills and commitment to the profession.

    CONGRATULATIONS! SUCON Students Once Again Receive Naef ScholarshipCongratulations to the newest recipients of the 2012-2013 Naef Scholarship.

    Dr. Steven Palazzo Selected Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar Semi-Finalist. College of Nursing Assistant Professor, Steven Palazzo, PhD, NM, RN , has been chosen to advance to the next stage in the selection process for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Nurse Faculty Scholars (NFS) program. After rigorous review, the NFS National Advisory Committee and the National Program Of

    Dr. Susan Matt Appointed Chair of Adult Health DepartmentCONGRATULATIONS goes out to Dr. Susan Matt, who has been appointed to a three year term as Chair of the Adult Health Department.

    SUCON Graduate Students Selected to Present Abstracts at the 42nd Biennial Sigma Theta Tau International Convention.Congratulations goes out to five SU College of Nursing graduate students, whose abstracts have been accepted for presentation at this year's Sigma Theta Tau convention in Indianapolis, this coming November.

    Dr. Janiece DeSocio Appointed Interim DeanSeattle University President Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J., announced Wednesday, April 10, that Dr. Janiece DeSocio has been appointed as interim dean for the College of Nursing.

    Dr. Wojnar poses the question: ARNP Faculty - How Are We Meeting the Practice Challenge in Academia?Insightful article about the challenges of "remaining clinically active" while teaching.

    Dr. Kathy Camacho Carr Appointed to National Advisory Council by U.S. Secretary of Health & Human ServicesSeattle University College of Nursing recently announced that Professor and, Kathy Camacho Carr, PhD, ARNP, CNM, FACNM will serve on the National Advisory Council for Nurse Education and Practice (NACNEP). Appointed by United States Secretary of Health & Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, Dr. Camacho Carr will work with other council members to help shape policies for improving nursing education and practice.

    Students on the MoveMembers of SU College of Nursing 2011 & 2012 APNI Cohort receive national scholarships!

    It's Official. College of Nursing Receives Program Accreditation.I am very proud to announce today that we were notified that our nursing degree programs have been awarded CCNE accreditation. -Azita Emami, Dean and Professor

    Danuta Wojnar, PhD, RN, chosen for Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse FellowDanuta Wojnar, RN, PhD, MN, MED, IBCLC, associate professor and chair of the Department of Maternal/Child and Family Nursing, has been named one of only 20 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Executive Nurse Fellows from across the United States for 2012. Dr. Wojnar joins a select group of nurse leaders chosen to participate in this three-year, world-class leadership development program.

    We never skip a beat!Teaming-up with Hope Heart Institute, we recently held our first Teen Take Heart? Program workshop. Teachers from participating Washington state high schools, along with Seattle U CON grad students, attended the three day long interactive learning experience.

    PEOPLE . PASSION . PURPOSE (P3)The College of Nursing took part in a nine month experiment that asked the question, "What happens when people make the conscious effort to live a life that is aligned with and in pursuit of their individual passion?" Find out what we learned.

    United States Surgeon General Visits College of NursingThe College of Nursing was honored to be invited by our colleagues at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Public Health Seattle-King County to co-host a reception for U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin and some of our nation's top health directors.

    Global Engagement Keeps Reaching FartherCheck out this radio interview nursing instructor and Global Engagement Coordinator Jennifer Fricas, RN, MPH did with American Airlines.

    Patrick H. Brady Spirit of Service Award WinnerA Big Congratulations goes out to Associate Professor Anita Mikasa, who was awarded the Patrick H. Brady Spirit of Service Award, presented by Seattle University President, Fr. Sundborg.

    Reaching Out to Community NursesCollege of Nursing Patricia Buchsel, RN, MSN, OCN?, FAAN and colleague D. Kathryn Tierney, RN, PhD, oncology clinical nurse specialist in the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at Stanford University co-presented "The Art and Science of Caring for HCT Recipients and Families in the Community Setting" at the ONS 37th Annual Congress either this month.

    Congratulations KCNA Scholarship RecipientsCongratulations go out to three of our transfer students who are the proud recipients of the King County Nurses Association (KCNA) Scholarships. Please join us in congratulating 2013-BSN students: Eunjin "Jinny" Hong, Austin Richmond, and Lapio Choe.

    Global Grants AwardedIn continuation of our mission to become informed global citizens and care providers, the Global Engagement Nursing Committee is excited to announce that the College of Nursing has received two global grants.

    Brandon Ibarra Recieves Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholar AwardBrandon is one of 15 recipients, among 450 applicants, to receive the 2012 award. He will travel to Washington D.C. this May to participate in this scholars program

    Mauren Niland Inducted into WSNA Hall of FameJoin us in congratulating our own Maureen B. Niland, PhD, RN, who will be inducted into the Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA) Hall of Fame on March 27, 2012.

    Serving an Aging PopulationJean Tang is at the forefront of national effort to improve elder care. As our nation's healthcare system stretches to serve a growing population of older adults, the demand is rising for nurse educators specializing in geriatric care. Associate Professor of Nursing Jean Tang is helping to meet this need as one of just seven scholars who are serving as 2011-2013 Claire M. Fagin Fellows.

    Palazzo Awarded NFLA FellowshipSteven J. Palazzo, PhD, MN, RN, was awarded a Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy (NFLA) fellowship. The fellowship, developed by Sigma Theta Tau International in partnership with the Elsevier Foundation, provides an excellent leadership development program for nursing faculty.

    Katherine Camacho Carr installed as Bushman ChairKatherine Camacho Carr was installed this month as the N. Jean Bushman Chair in Nursing. Carr delivered a distinguished lecture titled "Caring for Women and Children: A Matter of Social Justice."

    Nursing Grads Celebrate PinningThe BSN spring cohort celebrated the completion of their studies at the College of Nursing's annual pinning ceremony. Many students and faculty were recognized for their accomplishments and contributions during the course of the evening.

    BSN Student Steven Shrives Chosen as Commencement SpeakerSteven Shrives (BSN Spring '11) was chosen out of a highly competitive group of candidates as one of two student speakers at this year's commencement ceremony.

    Nursing Students, Amanda Gilbert and Hannah Berns, HonoredThe College of Nursing is delighted to congratulate Amanda Gilbert and Hannah Berns on their recent honors at the 2011 Student Recognition Awards.

    Master Teacher to Be HonoredNursing's Toni Vezeau will receive Distinguished Teaching Award. As a nurse and nurse educator, Vezeau has earned the respect of countless colleagues, students and patients. And yet the path she took to her profession was anything but a straight line.

    Nursing's Lori Cray contributing to NIH-funded project on women's healthAssistant Professor of Nursing Lori Cray has received a subaward from the University of Washington to participate in research funded by the National Institutes of Health. Cray will apply her expertise in latent class analysis and causal modeling as she collaborates with UW researchers to improve women's health.

    SU College of Nursing Hosts International Scholar Afaf I. Meleis, PhDSeattle University's College of Nursing kicks off its inaugural Dean's Lecture in Nursing Leadership with internationally recognized scholar, Dr. Afaf I. Meleis. The presentation, "On Globalization and Urbanization and the Risks to Women and the Girl-child" will shed light on the risks to women and children in developing countries.

    SU Nursing Students Host Health Screenings at Yesler, Jefferson TerraceSU nursing students are offering free healthcare screenings and health classes to those in the Yesler Terrrace and Jefferson Terrace communities this fall. Nursing students regularly offer these services to the community as part of thier nursing coursework at SU. Erika Skovron (BSN '11) writes about the project, "as nursing students, our goal is to meet the members in the Seattle communities of Yesler and Jefferson Terrace. We are interested in examining and understanding the health issues affecting this particular population. Our goals in the community are to not only promote healthy living, but educate individuals about ways to prevent, detect, or treat existing health problems."

    Follow the Los Pipitos Adventure 2010 BlogDr. Susan Matt and SU nursing students, Lily Olivier and Christine Bosa, are on a 4 week journey to Granada, Nicaragua. They are blogging daily about their experiences at

    Local Playwright Sparks Discussion on Healthcare Inequalities"Plight" by local playwright Sharon Nyree Williams is presented in conjunction with National Nurse's Week and the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle University College of Nursing on Friday, May 7, 2010. The College of Nursing and Mary Mahoney Professional Nurses Organization will be co-sponsoring the production to be held at Swedish Hospital in the Glaser Auditorium. The performance begins at 6:30 pm and will be followed by a panel discussion titled "Healthcare for Vulnerable Populations."

    Professor Emerita becomes WSNA Hall of FamerFaculty emerita, Mary Bartholet, MS, RN, was inducted into the Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA) Hall of Fame along with five other outstanding nurses at a banquet March 18, 2010 at Salty's on Alki. During her thirty-four year teaching career at Seattle University, Mary played an integral role in the success of the college and its students.

    College of Nursing Receives Johnson & Johnson Promise of Nursing GrantThe College of Nursing, along with four other Washington nursing education programs, received an award from Johnson & Johnson to increase their capacity to educate and graduate more nurses. All of the recipient's proposals shared a focus on increasing the diversity of the nursing student population. The CON's project award, "Increasing Cultural Competency and Student Retention," will support a two-day workshop and expert consultation during the 2010-2011 academic year.

    Karen Feldt Appointed to Premera Endowed ProfessorshipThis professorship will allow Feldt to undertake research on the Washington State Death with Dignity Act and how the role of the nurse will be impacted by this legislation.

    Seattle University College of Nursing Marks Major Milestone at 75 YearsThe Seattle University College of Nursing has begun a year-long celebration of its 75th year of educating and training thousands of nurses to pursue healthcare careers locally and across the globe. There are more than 3,800 current alumni providing critical healthcare services in the United States and abroad.

    Nursing Faculty Initiatives Fund Promotes Student EngagementCollege of Nursing faculty members, Lauren Valk Lawson and Danuta Wojnar, received funding from the Nursing Faculty Initiatives Fund for projects promoting student engagement in scholarship and research. Graduate nursing student, Elena Busto, and undergraduate nursing students, Fadumo Aden and Janna Cuneo have been selected to take part.

    SU again ranked among the best U.S. colleges in the WestU.S. News recognizes SU as premier institution. For the eighth consecutive year, Seattle University has been recognized as one of the top higher education institutions in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

    Summer '09 BSN Grads CelebrateThe BSN Summer 2009 cohort celebrated the completion of their studies at SU with a Pinning Ceremony held last Saturday, July 15, in Campion Ballroom. This ceremony is a tradition in nursing and commemorates the passage into the nursing profession with a nursing pin.

    Congratulations to 2009 Scholarship and Award WinnersCongratulations to the numerous nursing students that received awards and scholarships in 2009. Your accomplishments are a testament to your dedication to both academic excellence and the profession of nursing. We applaud you.

    Katherine Camacho Carr receives Hattie Hemschemeyer AwardThe American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) awarded Dr. Katherine Camacho Carr the Hattie Hemschemeyer Award at their annual meeting in May. ACNM describes this award, named after its first President, as the most prestigious honor it bestows.

    College of Nursing Professor to Open Clinic in JuneAssistant Professor of Nursing, Deonne Brown-Benedict, DNP, ARNP, will launch her own nurse practitioner clinic during the 2009-2010 school year.

    Barbara Anderson becomes AAN FellowCongratulations to Barbara Anderson, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the College of Nursing, on her recent invitation to become a Fellow with the American Academy of Nursing. AAN Fellows are chosen from among the best nursing leaders in education, management, practice and research.

    IRB is looking out for the vulnerableThe following article recently appeared in the SU publication Broadway and Madison. Our Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Barbara Anderson, chairs the IRB committee and has played an integral role in its success.

    Celebrate National Nurses Week May 6-12Many events and activities are planned at the College of Nursing in honor of National Nurses Week. CON faculty & student scholarship, projects, and posters are on display May 6-12 in the Garrand building on the 2nd and 3rd floor landings. SU Student Nurses Association Raffle May 4-8.

    Rebecca Conte Named Outstanding Young AlumnaRebecca Conte (BSN '07) was named Outstanding Young Alumna for 2009 for her work in Ghana. Her accomplishments are featured in the current edition of Seattle University Magazine.

    BSN Alums Published in MarchThree BSN '08 graduates, Nikela Harris, Sandy Talioaga, and Linda Pisa, have been accepted for publication by the Journal of Holistic Nursing.

    Hope Heart Fellowship RecipientsThis spring, three college of nursing faculty will be working on the following projects as Hope Heart Fellows.

    Ping Fellowship AwardedCongratulations to our colleague, Jennifer Fricas, MPH, on being awarded the Ping Fellowship from the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE).

  • College of Nursing Calendar

    • DNP Orientation for Accepted Students 9/21/2015 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    • MSN Orientation for Accepted Students 9/22/2015 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Pinning and White Coat Ceremony 9/27/2015 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
    • Mass of the Holy Spirit 10/1/2015 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM
    • Seattle Idealist Graduate Fair 10/13/2015 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    • Doctorate and Master's in Nursing Information Session 10/20/2015 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM