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Alumna Heads New BSN Program at Ave Maria University

Ave Maria University in Collier County will offer a bachelor's of science degree in nursing starting in the fall of 2015, university president Jim Towey announced Tuesday.

It is the first four-year nursing program in Collier County and was launched with the help of a $1 million gift from an anonymous donor. The Florida Board of Nursing has approved the program.

"We are thrilled that the state of Florida has approved our new program and excited about what this will mean for our students, the future of Ave Maria, and the fulfillment of founder Tom Monaghan's vision," Towey said in a news release announcing the program. "America needs more caring, ethical and competent nurses as the 'age wave' envelops our Nation, and Ave Maria University will now be providing them."

The program will operate under the direction of Denise McNulty, DNP, MSN, RN-BC, ARNP. Originally from Philadelphia, McNulty has resided in the Naples community for the past fourteen years. She is a graduate of Duquesne University's Doctor of Nursing Practice Program and obtained her master's of science in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. She has a bachelor's of science in nursing from Holy Family University, a post-master's in teaching from the University of Pennsylvania, a post-master's in Health Administration from St. Joseph's University, and a post-master's in psychiatric/mental health nursing from Duquesne University. McNulty is a Florida licensed Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner with more than twenty-five years of experience in various clinical, teaching, and administrative roles.

Michael Dauphinais, vice president for academic affairs, said that the Nursing program brings to 30 the number of majors offered at Ave Maria, up from 11 in 2011.

Alumna Named American Academy Fellow

Stephanie MarshallThe American Academy of Nursing has inducted Colonel (Ret.) Stephanie A. Marshall, RN, MSN, as a Fellow during the Academy's recent 41th annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Assistant Professor Marshall is the Director of Community Partnerships at the UH Mānoa School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene. Read more...

Alumni Win Awards

Congratulations to Bonnie Price, DNP who received the Virginia Lynch Pioneer in Forensic Nursing Award, at the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) conference. This award is the "lifetime achievement" award for this organization and recognizes those individuals who have contributed significantly to the advancement, growth, and success of forensic nursing.

Each year a select number of Duquesne alumni who exemplify the Mission of the University in their daily lives are recognized through the Mind, Heart and Spirit Awards. These achievements are not only accomplished through career successes but also through community service and service to others. Congratulations to Michelle J. Kane, BSN for being honored with this award. Michelle is a nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Recent Promotion

Dr. Myrna Doumit, PhD alumna, was recently promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure at the Lebanese American University (LAU) and is currently the Assistant Dean at LAU.

Member of First PhD Cohort Passes Away

It is with sadness that we report the sudden death of Susan M. O'Toole, a graduate of our first PhD cohort. Read more...

Recent Publications

Incivility Among Intensive Care Nurses: The Effects of an Educational Intervention
by Nikstaitis, Teresa DNP, RN, CCRN; Simko, Lynn Coletta PhD, RN, CCRN
in Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: September/October 2014 - Volume 33 - Issue 5 - p 293-301

McFarland, MR and Hiba B. Wehbe-Alamah (2015) Leininger's Culture Care Diversity and Universality (3rd. Ed). Jones and Bartlett.

Laurent, J., Zoucha, R., (2014) Parents Addressing Health for their Overweight or Obese Pre-Adolescent, Health Behavior and Policy Review. 1, 2, 131-142.

Poster Presentation

Congratulations to 2013 DNP graduate Dr. Angela Jones and Dr. Alicia Culleiton, whose poster has been accepted at the 2014 QSEN National Forum: Creating Safe Harbor for Patients and Families.

The title of the poster is: A Success Story: Integrating QSEN Safety Competencies in Fundamental AD Nursing Students

The conference will be held in Baltimore, MD on May 27-29, 2014.

DNP Alumna is Speaker at International Conference

Congratulations to Joanne Zanetos, DNP, MSN, RN, a 2013 DNP graduate, who was invited to speak at the upcoming International Conference on Geriatrics & Gerontology Society in Chicago!

Alumni Awarded AJN 2013 Book of the Year

Congratulations to the following alumni!

Health Informatics bookRamona Nelson, PhD, RN-BC, ANEF, FAAN
Health Informatics: An Interprofessional Approach

Middle Range Theory for Nursing bookPatricia R Liehr, PhD, RN 
Middle Range Theory for Nursing
Co-author is a former DU Nursing faculty
member, Mary Jane Smith, PhD, RN.

DNP Capstone Project Accepted for Publication

Congratulations to Kami Cooper, 2013 DNP graduate, whose manuscript from her capstone project, "Targeting Obesity through Church-Based Health Promotion in African-American Women: Transforming, Empowering, and Affecting Congregation Health (TEACH)" has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Christian Nursing.

Annual Distinguished Dissertation Award

Dr. Faye GrundThe Distinguished Dissertation Award was established in 2012 and recognizes original scholarly work that makes a significant contribution to nursing. Congratulations to the 2013 recipient, Dr. Faye Grund, for her dissertation "Predictors of Health Promoting Lifestyles in Baccalaureate Nursing Students."

DNP Project Accepted for Publication

Congratulations to 2013 DNP graduate Nancy Perry, whose project, "Impact of Faculty Development Sessions to Increase Faculty Competency with Supervision of Medication Administration in an Associate Degree Program" was accepted for publication in Teaching and Learning in Nursing.

PhD Graduate's Article Among Most Downloaded

Congratulations to recent PhD gradute, Dr. Debby Stayer, whose article is among the top 5 most downloaded articles in the. Journal of Pediatric Nursing! Read her artcile titled "Pediatric Palliative Care: A Conceptual Analysis for Pediatric Nursing Practice"

FNP Graduate Publishes Article

Congratulations to Valerie Machajewski on her recently published article "Childhood Grief Related to the Death of a Sibling" in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners!

DNP Capstone Projects Accepted for Publication

Recent graduates papers accepted for publication in Teaching and Learning in Nursing: Nancy Greenberg - "A Project to Increase Faculty's Cultural Competence in Mentoring English as a Second Language Nursing Students"
Angela D. Jones -  "The Impact of Integrating Quality and Safety Education for Nurses' (QSEN) Safety Competency in First Year Associate Degree Nursing Students"
Congratulations!

Alumna Working with Doctors without Borders (MSF)

Mary Beth Wargo (BSN 2010) is at Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan working with over 100,000 displaced Syrian people.They plan to provide 28 inpatient beds, 2 ICU beds and 3 ER beds for children under 10 years old. Her primary job is to lead and train the national nursing staff.