May 2019 Newsletter

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A Note From Dean Swanson

Dr. Kristen M. Swanson, Dean of the College of Nursing

Spring quarter strikes a balance between ensuring our students’ final quarter readies them for the career that awaits and stepping back for a moment to celebrate their achievements with them. This time of year, I hear regular news of our students receiving awards recognizing them for their hard work and determination. In this newsletter, you’ll read about two of our students, Meg McKay and Zheryl Baldonado, and their achievements. I’m very proud of all of our students’ accomplishments and look forward to receiving news of their future achievements as alumni of the Seattle U.

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Margaret McKay, BSN ‘20, Receives Rosemary Ford Future of Nursing Scholarship

Margaret (Meg) McKay was among the 2019 awardees of the Rosemary Ford Future of Oncology Nursing Scholarship awarded by the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) in March. Meg, a lifelong Seattleite, is pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Seattle University.

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Zheryl Baldonado, DNP ’21, Awarded 2019 Academy for Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety Scholarship

Please join us in congratulating Zheryl Baldonado, RN, BSN, CCRN, who received a scholarship from the Academy of Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety. The scholarship provides program costs, travel, and boarding to attend the Telluride Conference on Patient Safety in Napa, CA this summer.

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New Acute Care Program Video

Watch a new video that features students and faculty in the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program. 

College of Nursing Appreciation Week Event Calendar

Happy National Nurses Week!

All events sponsored by the College of Nursing Student Affairs Committee and SU Student Nurses Association (SUSNA), or Camp Kesem at Seattle U.

These events would not have been possible without the help of the following individuals. Students: Delia Finney, Fadumo Abdi, Peter Hoang, Johanna Rapport, Lisbet Contreras Solano, Kristine Dao, Faiza Abaroone, Faculty/Staff: Dr. Mo-Kyung Sin, Sabrina Diffendaffer, Kaitlin Pitchford, Laurie Ramacci Noegel. Thank you for your hard work and commitment.

Saturday, May 4

March of Dimes Walk for Babies - Seattle Center, Fisher Pavilion 305 Harrison Street.

Kick off Nurses Week with the "Seattle University College of Nursing Team" on Sat, May 4 at the March for Babies sponsored by March of Dimes - Washington State. All Seattle University alums, friends, students, faculty and staff are welcome! Contact Team Captain Kristine Dao with questions at 

Start time: 9:00 AM
Registration time: 8:00AM
Walk distance: 3.1 miles

Make the Magic Camp Kesem Benefit Dinner

Come support Seattle University nursing students fundraising for Camp Kesem, a student-run organization dedicated to supporting children impacted by a parent or guardians’ cancer. Tickets include dinner, dessert, and programming in the Renton Community Center at 6pm on Saturday, May 4. Buy your tickets at: 

Monday, May 6

Faculty Appreciation Day

GARR 200 (right outside the conference room). Coffee, pastries and thank you cards will be available for pick up from 7:30 am-1 pm in honor of our fabulous faculty! Thank you cards will be passed out to students prior to Nurses Week and then collected in time. Hosted by the officers of SUSNA.

Nursing Student Appreciation

PIGT 1st floor 9:30-10:30am. Nursing Students Come and pick up FREE SMOOTHIES & KIND BAR as SUSNA and the College of Nursing show our appreciation for YOU and your hard work! Hosted by SUSNA.

Monday, May 6th - Wednesday, May 8th: Spread Appreciation

Show your appreciation for our hard working nurses and nursing students by writing affirmations on band-aids and joining the bone marrow registry. Materials provided! Hosted by Camp Kesem

Locations are as follows:
5/6: Student Center 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
5/7: Pigott Atrium 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5/8: Student Center OR Pigott 10:00am -3:00 pm

Tuesday, May 7

Movie Night

5-8pm in Wyckoff Auditorium 

Wednesday, May 8

Floral Appreciation

PIGT first floor from 10am-2pm. We invite the rest of SU's community to buy a flower for your Nursing Student friend. With a purchase of $2 and the option to write a small note, you can give this thank you to your Nursing Friend! Tabling on the first floor of Pigott for the Student Appreciation flower sale event. Hosted by SCAC and SUSNA.

Thursday, May 9

Something Sweet: Krispy-Kreme Donuts!

Camp kesem invites you to stop by the Pigott Atrium and treat yourself to donuts from Krispy-Kreme from 2:00-5:00pm! Nurses and nursing students will get a discount!

De-Escalation Lab conducted by our very own Sabrina Diffendaffer!

10am-12pm in Redhawk classroom of the CPL. Celebrate Nurses Week by expanding your practice. This lab will be an extension of the De-Escalation Lab that the Junior Cohorts received during their Mental Health rotation. Sabrina has generously donated her time to enhance our knowledge in this vital area of nursing practice. Hosted by SUSNA and SCAC. 

Friday, May 10

Aloha Cup Bap

Support the nursing students of Camp Kesem by dining at Aloha Cup Bap, on 722 12th Ave from 3-7pm. CKSU will receive 15% of the proceeds, which will go towards funding for our summer camp!

Nurses Week Social Celebration!

SUSNA and SCAC invite you to have fun from with your Nursing friends in the evening from 5pm-8pm, McGoldrick Collegia. EJOY FREE PIZZA, ICE CREAM, GAMES AND FUN!

Saturday, May 11

Relay for Life!

Union Green, Seattle U, 10am-10pm. Sign up to join the College of Nursing Team as we all walk to support the fundraising efforts of the cancer fighting organization Relay for Life. Contact Team Captain Kristine Dao for questions at 


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