As this academic year began, we saw two significant firsts for the College of Nursing. We welcomed new students, faculty and staff from the Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Ultrasound program and the first cohorts of post-baccalaureate students entering directly into the DNP program, bringing total enrollment in the DNP up from 28 to 112 students.
Leading our graduate programs is Michael L. Huggins, EdD, PhDc, ARNP, GNP-BC; FNP-BC, FAANP, who was recently appointed to the position of Associate Dean for Graduate Education in the College of Nursing. Michael joined the college in 2013 and has served as lead faculty for the Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner program of study. His background as a dually certified advanced practice nurse and his experience in launching DNP programs makes him a most suitable leader and administrator for our college. I’m very pleased to have him in this new role.
Jennifer Konecny, MBA, BS, RVT-VT joined Seattle U College of Nursing this year as Program Director for the Bachelor of Science in Diagnostic Ultrasound (DIUS) program.
Konecny, an alumna of the DIUS program, said that during her career in vascular sonography, she was “especially focused in areas of accreditation, quality process improvement and ensuring consistently excellent patient care experiences.” She went on to say that “the experience of caring for patients in my clinical work ignited my passion and commitment to the values of my Jesuit education and led me return to Seattle U.”
Seattle U alum, Lieutenant Commander Joshua Wymer, Nurse Corps, United States Navy, was selected by the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) to their inaugural Top 40 under Forty for 2017. Honorees are selected for their leadership and contributions in the field of perioperative nursing and are a reflection of their status as role models for perioperative nurses across the country.
Kathleen Shannon Dorcy, Seattle University alumna, and Deborah Anne Burton, College of Nursing Advisory Board Member, were inducted as a Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing during its annual policy conference October 7 in Washington, D.C.