October 2012

Welcome to this issue of Villanova Nursing e-news.  We are planning our 60th Anniversary conference “Partners in advancing global health: educating the next generation” to be held April 6, 2013 with our Annual Mass and Alumni Awards Ceremony to be held later that day. Save the date!

34th Annual Distinguished Lecture in Nursing
Join the College of Nursing on November 13th for “Framing the Future of Nursing in Higher Education: Urgency for Action” at 7:30 p.m. in the Villanova Room of Connelly Center. We are delighted to welcome to campus Distinguished Lecturer Michael R. Bleich, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Maxine Clark and Bob Fox Dean and Professor, Goldfarb School of Nursing, Barnes Jewish College; Vice President, BJC Healthcare, St. Louis. Dr. Bleich was on the committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) that produced the groundbreaking report "The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health" (2010). The report calls upon nurses to take a greater leadership role in our increasingly complex health care system. More...

Volunteering? Tell us about it!
We'd love to hear what you're doing in terms of volunteer work. Many alumni are looking for ideas to serve the community in their free time outside of work and family as well as in their retirement. Inspire them! Email your name, degree(s)/year(s) and what you're doing to Ann Barrow McKenzie and watch for the compilation in a future issue. As always, we hope you will share your professional news with us at any time. We are just a few clicks away.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Information Session
If you are a nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist, clinical nurse specialist or nurse midwife, our November 14th DNP Information Session is an opportunity to learn more about this program created exclusively for you. More...
Dr. Elizabeth Dowdell inducted into Academy
The most outstanding contribution to nursing of Dr. Elizabeth Dowdell, recently named a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, is quantifying the health risks facing vulnerable children and providing leadership to vital, compelling issues in child health. Her sustained program of research has resulted in contributions to nursing, healthcare, law enforcement and policy, nationally and internationally. More...
In Jeff's words
A case study came to life on September 20 when former patient Jeff Leighton shared his story of the long road to gain independence after a severe head trauma. Second degree students were moved by his unforgettable talk. More...
Learning the rewards of research
Honors student Aurora Vandewark has nurtured her interest in maternal-child health for more than two years. This junior's latest scholarly endeavor involved researching lactation knowledge among nursing students. She looks forward to becoming a midwife and earning her PhD. More...

Saving teen lives
Originally planning to attend medical school, Joseph Dovidio had an "ah-ha" moment and turned to nursing. He has focused research activity on preventing accidental deaths among texting teen drivers, no surprise from a student who aspires to work in critical care/trauma one day.     More...

Faculty searches
The College of Nursing invites nominations and applications for three tenure track faculty positions in the areas of Nursing Research and Research Methodology; Age-related Non-communicable Diseases, Chronicity; and Health Policy, Healthcare Systems, Public Health.

Critical care air transport
As part of its Joining Forces initiative, the College of Nursing recently welcomed speaker Air Force Capt. Elizabeth Hoettels MSN, CCRN from Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany. She shared the inspiring story of her career and work caring for critically injured military in the air between Afghanistan and Germany. Watch the video...
More College news...

November 11- Alpha Nu Induction ceremony, 1:00pm, Villanova Room, Connelly

November 13 - 34th Annual Distinguished Lecture In Nursing  Framing the future of nursing in higher education: urgency for action

November 14 - Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Information Session

December 12 - Winter Convocation, 5:00pm Driscoll Hall


March 12 -  Graduate and Adult Learner Open House

March 15 - COPE Preconference Workshop - Sharpen Your Social Media Skills for Health Professionals

March 16 - 2nd Annual COPE Conference - Weight Management: Tools to Engage and Sustain Behavior Changes

April 6 - 60th Anniversary Conference; Annual Mass and Alumni Awards Ceremony

April 14 - Open House for High School Students

June 6-9 - Reunion Weekend

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