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College of Graduate Nursing receives HRSA funding

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Graduate Nursing $256,526 for the National Faculty Loan Program (NFLP). This is the fourth year that HRSA has provided support to the College of Graduate Nursing. Funds from this award will be used to prepare nurse educators enrolled in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.

Excellence in Nursing

The College of Graduate Nursing recently published their 2013 issue of Excellence in Nursing, which highlights student academic and donor awardees, Dean’s List and Who’s Who recipients, as well as other CGN highlights and accomplishments for the 2012/2013 academic year. Check it out!

Call for Preceptors

The College of Graduate Nursing is interested in connecting with alumni who would be willing and are able to precept Family Nurse Practitioner students in their clinical rotations. We are interested in rotations in: Peds, Adult, Geri, Gyn and Obstetrics. Students can come through for 6 weeks or longer in a rotation—depending upon the limitations of the site. (e.g. My primary care clinical site requires a 1 year commitment of weekly sessions so that they benefit from an experienced student after the initial impacted learning curve—but any length of time is fine.) Even urgent care or skilled nursing sites are good for shorter rotations to build student skills and management techniques. At the site, students have to be able to take a history, do an exam, come to a diagnosis and create the management plan (job shadowing is not acceptable—we learn by doing!).

We are a Distance Program college and while the majority of our students are in Southern California, we have many students all across the country. DOs, MDs, NPs and Nurse Midwives have all mentored our students in the past.

Please consider giving back to our health care profession by mentoring those who will follow in your footsteps in the future. Please contact Diana Lithgow at dlithgow@westernu.edu if you are able to take a student in your clinical setting for any length of time!

Alumni News

Podium at DNP conference, 2013 Scottsdale, AZ:

Congratulations to Shirley Bristol, DNP ’12, for her publication: Bristol, S. T., & Hicks, R. W. (2013). Protecting boundaries of consent in clinical research: Implications for improvement. Nursing Ethics, ePUB (ahead of print), 1-12. DOI: 10.1177/0969733013487190.

Minna Miller, FNP ’12, presented her abstract on Interprofessional Collaboration at the 2013 BCNPA Conference on May 10.

Sylvia Estrada, DNP ’13, accepted the position of Membership Chair for CANP.

Faculty News

Quannetta T. Edwards, FNP, WHNP, FAANP, presented two three-hour workshops at the American Association of Nurse Practitioner (AANP) conference, held in Las Vegas, Nevada,  June 19-23, 2013. Dr. Edwards presented on: “Breast Cancer Risk Assessment: Key to Optimizing Outcomes for Women,” a presentation that focused on hereditary breast cancer syndromes including an update on BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations. Her second presentation was “Risk Assessment: The Genomics of Lynch and other Hereditary Colorectal Cancer Syndromes for Application into Clinical NP Practice.”  In addition to the two workshops, she facilitated an oncology forum, an update on current issues facing NPs in oncology practice; she also assisted educators on a three-hour workshop on Genomics of the Family History in Primary Care Practice.

Dr. Donna M. Emanuele was inducted as a Fellow into the American Association of Nurse Practitioner organization (FAANP). The induction was conducted at the AANP conference held in Las Vegas, Nevada, in June 2013. The Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) impacts national and global health by engaging recognized nurse practitioner (NP) leaders who make outstanding contributions to clinical practice, research, education, or policy to enhance the AANP mission. Her outstanding work in policy and practice resulted in this distinguished award.

Student News

Podium at AANP – Las Vegas, June 2013: J. Ballard-Hernandez and M.F. White (2013). Nurse Practitioner Directed Heart Failure Care Across the Continuum: From Initial Diagnosis to End of Life Care. American Academy of Nurse Practitioners: 28th Annual National Conference. Las Vegas, NV. Accepted for presentation November 14, 2012.

Podium at DNP conference, 2013 Scottsdale, AZ: Tina Escobedo, DNP, RN, FNP-BC – The Clinical Education of the Family Nurse Practitioner Student: What We Know, What are the Gaps, and Where Do We Go From Here

Posters at DNP conference, 2013 Scottsdale, AZ:

Read the latest updates from the students themselves in the latest Student Government Association Newsletter.


August 28: Alumni Summer Mixer. Celebrate summer and reminisce with fellow WesternU Alumni. Join us for an evening of complimentary appetizers, drinks and lively conversation as you meet up with former classmates at Buster’s Lounge at Dave and Busters, Ontario Mills Mall, 6:30-8:30 p.m. To RSVP, contact Susan Terrazas at sterrazas@westernu.edu or 909.706.3476 or Austin Braunwalder at abraunwalder@westernu.edu or 909.469.8495 by August 26.

October 24: WesternU’s Pumerantz Lecture in the evening on campus. Details to follow.

November 9: WesternU’s A Tribute to Caring at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, CA. Save the date!

See a full list of upcoming events on the Online Alumni Events page.

For more information or to RSVP for these events, please contact the Alumni Office at (909) 469-ALUM or alumni@westernu.edu. 


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