Spring 2020 Newsletter

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A Note From Dean Swanson

In this edition of the CON newsletter there are two notes from Dean Swanson. The first is written in response to the sadness and suffering of our community. The second addresses measures taken by the College of Nursing to assure continuity in academic excellence through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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College of Nursing Earns High Ranking Nationally in U.S. News ‘Best Graduate Schools 2021’ Rankings

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U.S. News & World Report ranked the College of Nursing #64 for its Doctor of Nursing Practice (tie)—up from #76 in 2019—and highest among Jesuit schools included in the DNP rankings. There are currently over 300 DNP programs in the United States, which puts Seattle University in the top 22% nationally.

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Nursing Students Build on Public Health Internship Experience, Improve Access to Wound Care Supplies for the Homeless

Sarah Dean, Jen Tate and Brad Fifield standing in front of GLA holding red wound care kits for the homeless

Sarah Dean, BSN ’20, and Brad Fifield, BSN ’20, received a grant from King County Nurses Associate (KCNA) to pursue their project “Navigating Wound Care for the Homeless”.

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Training Future Frontline Health Care Workers Remotely: College of Nursing Faculty Adapt Clinical Simulation to Remote Learning Environment 

Training Future Frontline Health Care Workers Remotely: College of Nursing Faculty Adapt Clinical Simulation to Remote Learning Environment

With online instruction the norm at Seattle University and other colleges and universities across the country, one may wonder how programs that typically require hands-on and tactile engagement for learning replicate such an environment virtually. Case in point—the College of Nursing, whose faculty and staff were tasked with transitioning a clinical setting, one that works largely with patient simulators and in-hospital training, into a virtual format. Clinical Assistant Professor Dan Cline, PhD, RN, ANP-BC discusses some of the challenges presented, requiring great flexibility and creativity on the part of faculty. READ MORE >>>

Nursing Faculty Participate in Virtual WIN Conference

As with many conferences this year, the 53rd Western Institute of Nursing (WIN) to be held in Portland, Oregon was canceled and shifted to a virtual only format. Several College of Nursing faculty, originally scheduled to present in-person, took advantage of the conference organizers' offer to submit static presentations for the WIN Conference Proceedings instead. Click through on the links below to view them.

Nursing Students-to-the-Frontlines: Support for the Clinical Performance Lab Fund

Donor support will help us continue to provide state-of-the-art, world-class nurse education at this unprecedented time.

Please consider making a gift to the Clinical Performance Lab Fund to help us move our compassionate nursing students into practice on the frontlines, where they are needed now more than ever.

For more information on this effort, and other opportunities to support the College of Nursing, please contact Peggy Fine at finep@seattleu.edu

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A Culture of Care in Mind, Body & Spirit

Headshot of Ben Durchin outdoors in a blue shirt

Ben Duchin, RN, ’22, was recently featured in an article highlighting Seattle U students and alums navigating the challenges brought on by COVID-19. He is a second-year Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) student specializing in psychiatric mental health.

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Alumni News

A Message of Hope During Difficult Times

Julia Besagno is standing on the summit of a mountain holding a banner that reads

Seattle U College of Nursing and Women's Soccer alumna Julia Besagno, ’14, works on the COVID-19 frontlines. In her reflection on the pandemic, she offers support to the community and senior student-athletes.

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Transporting Life: Being a Flight Nurse During COVID-19

Nicole Hardie and her Airflight Northwest team standing in front of a helicopter

Nicole Hardie, ‘98 is a pediatric flight nurse for Airlift Northwest with UW Medicine. Find out about how COVID-19 has impacted her daily routine as she transports critically ill patients from accidents and remote locations in Washington.

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