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Cathleen A. Evans
School of Nursing

Nursing Professor Awarded Service Medal for COVID-19 Response

Cathleen Evans, associate professor of nursing, has been awarded the COVID-19 Pandemic Civilian Service Medal for exemplary service to the nation as part of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) during the federal medical response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Evans, an expert in emergency and disaster care and education, serves as a member of an NDMS Disaster Medical Assistance Team which deploys emergency medical, logistical, and command and control personnel in response to public health emergencies, such as COVID-19, and natural disasters, such as a hurricanes, tornados, or wildfires. Evans and her NDMS colleagues served as a lifeline to hospitals and long-term care facilities across the country by providing temporary relief to staff, adding bed capacity, and improving outcomes for COVID-19 patients.
 
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Christine A. Pariseault
School of Nursing

Nursing Professor Reports Findings on Nurses' Experiences during COVID

Christine Pariseault, assistant professor of nursing, co-authored a study that explored the perceptions and experiences of nurses in clinical practice engaged in caring for patients diagnosed with COVID‐19 during the early months of the pandemic. The qualitative descriptive study published in Research in Nursing & Research addressed clinical nurses' daily struggles at the bedside while caring for patients diagnosed with COVID‐19. Analyzed findings showed five themes: navigating uncertainty, managing death and loss, acknowledging emotional responses, learning opportunities, and facing community undercurrents. The report concluded on the important of collecting and analyzing data and disseminate findings to inform the nursing profession, healthcare industry, and the public. 

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Stacey Robertson poses with Ellen Boyda.
School of Nursing

Widener Community Nursing Clinic Celebrates 10 Years

The Widener Community Nursing Clinic recently held an event to celebrate 10 years of service to greater Chester community. Clinic leaders and patients gathered with representatives from Widener and Chester to recognize the clinic's proven history of delivering the highest level of care and support.

For more than a decade, the clinic has stood as a steadfast community resource offering pro bono medical care to uninsured and underinsured residents. The clinic, led by Ellen Boyda, clinic director, is staffed by nurse practitioners and registered nurses from the School of Nursing faculty, students, alumni, and community volunteers. In addition to critical health care services, the clinic also provides Widener nursing students with valuable experience in non-hospital settings. 

In 2021, the clinic expanded from its flagship location at Chester CityTeam to open a new location at the Chester Senior Center. The growth enabled clinic staff to broaden its ability to offer affordable and accessible care to individuals and families throughout the community.

Photo: President Stacey Robertson with Ellen Boyda, clinic director.

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 A portrait of Carly Kearney
School of Nursing

Nursing PhD Student Named a Jonas Scholar by National League for Nursing

Carly Kearney, a PhD candidate in the School of Nursing, was named a 2022-23 Jonas Scholar by National League for Nursing (NLN). The highly competitive scholarship provides direct funding for Kearney in her final year of doctoral study, leading to completion of her dissertation projects, as well as support for travel expenses to attend conference. Launched in 2010, the Jonas Scholars Program has been generously funded by Jonas Philanthropies, a New York-based foundation that promotes excellence in nursing, to advance the science of nursing education. 

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School of Nursing's Founders Hall
School of Nursing

Nursing Study Examines Faculty Administrators’ Experiences Amid COVID Disruptions

A research team consisting of faculty, students, and an alumni in the School of Nursing published a study examining nurse faculty administrators’ experiences of rapid transition and disruption in nursing education during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published in the journal Nursing Education Perspectives, co-authors Anne Krouse, dean of nursing, Kristen McLaughlin, nursing graduate, Rose Rossi, associate dean of undergraduate nursing, Wendy Black-Dorn, nursing PhD candidate, Bette Mariani, nursing graduate, and Barbara Patterson, director of the nursing science doctoral program, implemented a descriptive survey methodology to understand the experiences of academic nurse administrators during the pandemic. The survey utilized the Four Cs of Disaster Partnering conceptual framework which encompasses communication, cooperation, coordination, and collaboration and the interrelatedness of those activities in partnering relationships. The authors' findings showed that key elements of the Four Cs framework played a role in the successful adaptation to new learning environment realities.

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School of Nursing's Founders Hall
School of Nursing

Nursing Program Chosen to Join National Program to Build Inclusive Learning Culture

The School of Nursing has been chosen to participate in a national initiative led by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) designed to foster inclusive learning environments and build a more diverse nursing workforce. Widener's nursing program is one of 50 schools of nursing selected nationwide to participate in AACN's pilot project titled "Building a Culture of Belonging in Academic Nursing."

With funding from Johnson & Johnson, the program aims to help schools of nursing create environments where students, faculty, and staff possess a strong sense of belonging and are encouraged to thrive. Specifically, the program will utilize a survey instrument developed by AACN to collect data and provide institution-level assessments and action reports to participating schools related to developing inclusive academic environments.

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A gold seal reads "NAFC 2022 Standards Gold"
School of Nursing

Widener Community Nursing Clinic Earns Gold Rating for Quality Care

The Widener Community Nursing Clinic earned a Gold Rating from the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) Quality Standards Program. This is the third consecutive year that the clinic has received this national recognition for its continued delivery of high-quality and reliable pro bono health care. 

Congratulations to Ellen Boyda, clinic director, and the nursing student and alumni volunteers whose commitment to providing essential services help to maintain both individual and community health.  

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Brenda G. Kucirka
School of Nursing

Nursing Professor Receives Excellence in Nursing Award from Main Line Today

Brenda Kucirka, associate professor of nursing, was named a top nurse in the region by Main Line Today. Kucirka was named in the publication's 2022 Excellence in Nursing Awards, an annual recognition that asks nurses in the main line and western suburbs to cast votes for their peers in a variety of specialties. A 2013 graduate of Widener's doctoral nursing science program, Kucirka was honored for her excellence in nursing education. 

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Christine A. Pariseault
School of Nursing

Nursing Professor Publishes Findings on Nurses' Experiences Caring for Patients during COVID

Christine Pariseault, assistant professor of nursing, is first author on this article entitled, “Original Research: Nurses' Experiences of Caring for Patients and Families During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Communication Challenges” which published in the American Journal of Nursing. This article explains the experiences of nurses caring for patients and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Policies in many hospitals have changed to fit the social requirements of social distancing and social isolation. This article further investigates the perspectives of nurses actively working with the new challenges they face.

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Shirlee M. Drayton-Brooks
School of Nursing

Nursing Faculty Member Named Distinguished University Professor

Professor Shirlee M. Drayton-Brooks has been named a Distinguished University Professor. The honor recognizes faculty of distinction and demonstrates to the broader community that Widener is committed to recognizing excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service throughout a faculty member’s career. Distinguished professors serve for three years.

Drayton-Brooks is a nationally recognized leader in nursing education, especially in the preparation of Doctor of Nursing (DNP) Practice students. She initiated this program at Widener and continues to lead it. Drayton-Brooks is a role model for undergraduate and graduate nursing students and has facilitated the scholarly development of multiple students, advising translational research projects and chairing dissertations. Her national reputation is signified by her position as a Past President of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties. She is also a Fellow of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners. She has made tremendous contributions to nursing education through her role on the National Advisory Council on Nursing Education and Practice and as director of both the DNP and Family Nurse Practitioner programs at Widener. Drayton-Brooks demonstrates a record of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service. 

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Nursing students pose at the SNAP convention holding the Chapter Excellence Award.
School of Nursing

Nursing Students Earn State-Wide Recognition

The Widener University Student Nurses' Association (WUSNA) was awarded the Chapter Excellence Award from the Student Nurses' Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP) during the organization's annual convention. The Chapter Excellence Award is SNAP's most prestigious award that recognizes a nursing program for its achievements and contributions to the field. Led by undergraduate nursing students, WUSNA provides opportunities for students to become intellectually engaged in events with their local school chapter, their community, and at the state level.

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School of Nursing

Nursing PhD Student Brings National Firearms Debate to the Forefront in Publication

Politics and COVID-19 have shaken the United States to its core and have sparked national debates over race relations, police brutality, as well as the right to bear arms in any situation. Wayne Riddle, a nursing science doctoral student and adjunct professor, published an article calling for action and advocacy from nurses and other medical professionals to end the gun violence epidemic. In his article published in the May issue of Nursing Forum, Wayne describes how those who work within the healthcare field  and care for patients suffering from either COVID-19 or gun violence must raise awareness and advocate for legislation to increase the public’s safety and well-being.

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School of Nursing

Nursing PhD Student Receives Special Grant from Foundation of the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing

Kristin Davies, a nursing science doctoral student, was selected for a special grant funding from the Foundation of the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing. The $1,000 grant will fund her research proposal on Incorporation of Social Determinants of Health in Associate Degree Nursing Programs. Davies is expected to receive the award at the OADN 2021 Town Hall and Awards in November.

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Nursing faculty and aluma research team present meaningful research on returning service members
School of Nursing

Nursing Professor and Alumni Earn International Nursing Book Award

Nursing Professor Barbara Patterson, director of the nursing science PhD program, and Alumna Brenda Elliott (center and right) were among the recipients of the 2021 International Awards for Nursing Excellence from the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma). Patterson and Elliott, along with Katie Chargualaf, received the Capstone International Nursing Book Award for their co-authored book Veteran-centered Care in Education and Practice: An Essential Guide for Nursing Faculty. The award recognizes Patterson and Elliott's collaborative research to provide nurse educators with the resources to understand the veteran experience and their  transferable skills that can contribute to the classroom, the clinical setting and within higher education. Sigma’s International Awards for Nursing Excellence are based on the society’s dedication to fostering high professional nursing standards, recognizing superior achievement, developing leadership, and encouraging creative work.

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School of Nursing

Nursing Doctoral Student Wins National Nursing Education Research Grant

Sagine Bien-Aime, a nursing doctoral student, is a recipient of the National League for Nursing (NLN) Nursing Education Research Grants program. Bien-Aime received $5,000 as part of the NLN/Sigma Foundation for Nursing Diane Billings Research Award to support her research titled "The Effect of Same Gender and Same Race Coaching Intervention of the Resilience of Black Baccalaureate Nursing Students."

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School of Nursing's Founders Hall
School of Nursing

Nursing Awarded $180,000 for Nurse Faculty Loan Program

The School of Nursing was awarded approximately $180,000 by the Health Resources and Services Administration to participate in the Nurse Faculty Loan Program for the third consecutive year. The federally funded program contributes to increasing the number of qualified nurse educators in higher education by offering loan assistance for students who enroll in Widener’s graduate nursing education degree programs for the purposes of starting careers as nurse faculty. This initiative was developed as a response to provide financial incentives for nursing students to continue on to an advanced nursing degree program and graduate into the role of a nurse faculty.

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Professor Ellen Boyda with a stethoscope examining a female patient
School of Nursing

Community Nursing Clinic Gets Gold Rating

The Widener Community Nursing Clinic earned a Gold Rating from the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics Quality Standards Program for its delivery of high-quality care to underinsured and uninsured members of the community. 
 
This is the second year that the clinic has received this national recognition for its continued delivery of reliable, pro bono health care to maintain both individual and community health.
 
Widener congratulates Ellen Boyda, clinic director, and the nursing student and alumni volunteers who contributed to this well-deserved achievement. 

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Founders Hall
School of Nursing

Nursing PhD Student Honored with Scholarship from Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania

Sagine Bien-Aime, a student in the doctor of nursing science program, was named the recipient of the PhD Scholarship by the Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania (NAP). Since 1991, the NAP, a statewide, non-profit organization, focused on recognizing exemplary nursing practice, and granting scholarships to students pursuing degrees in nursing at all levels, has been awarded scholarships to nurses across the state to recruit and retain nursing professionals. Bien-Aime will be honored with the award at the 32nd annual Awards Gala in October 2021. 

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Stephanie Jeffers
School of Nursing

Nursing Professor Named Top Nurse by Main Line Today

Stephanie Jeffers, associate professor of nursing, was recognized in the 2021 Region’s Talented Top Nurses list by Main Line Today in the category of education. Jeffers, who serves as director the pre-licensure undergraduate programs, was nominated by her peers through an online ballot ahead of a thorough editorial vetting and confirmation process. 

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Widener University

Widener Announces Recipients of 2021-2022 Faculty Scholarship

The Widener University Faculty Scholarship, an endowment funded primarily by faculty donations, recognizes the outstanding academic achievements of undergraduate students in and outside the classroom. Nominees are selected from each school and college in their junior year and are awarded funds to assist with their tuition in their senior year. 

The 2021-2022 awardees are:

Hannah Berard, Alana Fitchett (College of Health and Human Services)

Erin Coffey, Madeline Dutterer, Samantha Mendelson (College of Arts and Sciences)

Angelina Franceschini, Camryn Samuel, Kathleen Sorah (School of Nursing)
 
Nicholas Lubeck, Michael Oravic (School of Engineering)
 
Sarah McFarland, Danielle Mininno (School of Business Administration)

Those who are interested in supporting the Faculty Scholarship, can go to https://give.widener.edu/give/make-gift and indicate 'Faculty Scholarship' for gift designation. 

 

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