Winter 2021 Newsletter

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A Note From Dean Swanson

At the start of 2021, after nearly a year waiting for COVID vaccines to become available, Seattle University was presented a unique opportunity to collaborate with Swedish and to be part of the global effort to vaccinate every person, one-arm-at-a-time. Between January 12 and February 26, a volunteer workforce consisting of 1,238 of volunteers from across the university joined in the effort to make this clinic a success.

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Dr. Gayle Robinson Receives Community Health Excellence Award from NW Asian Weekly Foundation

Headshot of nursing faculty member Gayle Robinson

Gayle Robinson, PhD, RN, was among 22 individuals and several organizations recently honored by the NW Asian Weekly Foundation for their contributions to the health of the community. Dr. Robinson is an assistant professor who joined the Seattle U College of Nursing faculty in 2015. She took some time out to share with us about her beginnings, how she came to become a nurse educator, and a glimpse at her lifetime of service to the community.

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Ellen French, DNP '21, Natalie Van Houten, DNP '21, 2021 Ridgway Scholars

Headshots of Ellen French and Natalie Van Houten, nursing students in the DNP program

Congratulations to Ellen French and Natalie Van Houten on receiving Dr. Eileen Ridgway Endowed Nursing Scholarships. This endowed scholarship aims to kindle and fuel leadership development by encouraging student development in community outreach, service, and civic efforts. Both of this year’s recipients are doctoral students in the certified nurse midwifery track.

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Dr. Diane Switzer, Recipient of 2021 NP State Award for Excellence, will be inducted as Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Headshot of nursing faculty member Diane Switzer

Diane K. Switzer, DNP, ARNP, FAEN, is an assistant clinical professor, who joined SU’s faculty in 2014. She teaches graduate nursing students in the Family Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP) tracks. When inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP), Switzer will join a group of leaders whose scholarly and forward-thinking contributions have led to meaningful improvements to health care and the nurse practitioner role. The association has also awarded her the NP State Award for Excellence, which is given to one individual NP in each state who has demonstrated excellence in clinical practice.

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Clinical Performance Lab Marked 15th Anniversary with Quick Pivot to Virtual Simulation

Nursing students in scrubs wearing masks at CPL learning how to use PPE

Since the onset of COVID-19, Seattle University’s Clinical Performance Lab (CPL) has gradually reopened. Over 3,000 students and faculty have now come through the lab without any evidence of COVID-19 spreading onsite. It is very important to once again acknowledge the generosity of donors who made it possible for students to continue to safely learn and progress toward graduation despite the pandemic.

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In the News

James Austin, SU DNP-CNM student, part of all female team delivering COVID-19 vaccines in rural Alaska - All-female team delivers COVID-19 vaccines in harshest of conditions in rural AlaksaGood Morning America

Swedish COVID-19 Clinic at Seattle U - Hundreds make midnight run for COVID-19 vaccine in Seattle after freezer failure – KING 5

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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