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 The Spirit of Inquiry, Summer 2015 edition

The Spirit of Inquiry, Western Kentucky University's School of Nursing research newsletter, Summer 2015 edition highlights research achievements during the 2014-2015 academic year.  The publication includes faculty publications and presentations, as well as student presentations of their DNP or MSN capstone projects.  Awards received and the creation of a new journal, The International Journal of Faith Community Nurses, are also featured in this edition.  To access the newsletter, please click the image below or VIEW THE PDF.

WKU The Spirit of Inquiry Western Kentucky University School of Nursing Research Newsletter Summer 2015

The Vanderbilt Experience: Student Nurse Internship Program (VESNIP)

The Vanderbilt Experience: Student Nurse Internship Program was successfully completed by 12 of our WKU nursing students, three of which also completed their honors project during the internship. WKU is one of five schools invited to participate in the VESNIP opportunity. The students received invaluable experiences with clinical placements including; Women’s Health, Critical Care, Acute Care, Pediatrics, Psychiatric and Perioperative.

During the Internship the Vanderbilt nursing staff has the opportunity to nominate one student from each track to receive the Vanderbilt Credo award. “The student receiving the Credo award is a student that made our patients the highest priority by communicating effectively with patients and their families and was committed to being a team player.”

Although all twelve WKU nursing student participants represented WKU SON with pride and professionalism, we are also proud to say for the first time that WKU had two student VESNIP participants presented with the Vanderbilt Credo Award, Lexie Webb from Women’s Health and Crystal Walker from Pediatrics!

VSNIP Winners

Congratulations to Lexie and Crystal!

Group Vesnip_2015

VESNIP Faculty Audrey S. Cornell and Sarah Woodall


Congratulations to the December 2014 pre-licensure graduates who received 100% pass rate on NCLEX!

December 2014 Pre-licensure Grads

Summer 2014 Vanderbilt Experience (VESNIP) Group

WKU nursing students that participated have once again demonstrated the strength of the WKU nursing program. All 14 students represented WKU well with their knowledge and professional behavior. Working along side a Vanderbilt RN preceptor in various clinical settings for 3 twelve hour shifts each week gives the students the opportunity to increase their knowledge base, practice their clinical skills, and experience "real life" nursing. One of our students, Olivia Holloway, was presented with the Credo Award from the Acute Care Track. Congratulations Olivia!


Students attending Vesnip 2014


New Name for the Clinical Learning Center at WKU's Health Science Complex

Report by Amy Bingham.

The state of the art clinical nursing lab at WKU's Health Sciences Complex bears a new name and honors the memory of a beloved nurse.

Donald Dizney says he owes his success in the health care field to a nurse named Helen Turner. She passed away in 1995 but her legacy will live on in WKU's nursing program.

"It's a great day for me because I wouldn't be in the hospital business if it hadn't been for Mrs. Turner."
It was an emotional moment for Don Dizney when he first saw the likeness of his mentor, Helen Turner, on the wall outside the newly named Dizney Clinical Learning Center at WKU's Health Sciences Complex.
"I think I speak for the whole family when I say we are very proud of Aunt Helen and we are so appreciative to Don and Irene Dizney for honoring her in this way."
Dizney's relationship with Turner dates back to 1963 when she hired him as an orderly while he was at the Bowling Green Warren County hospital for the birth of his first child.
"I went down and applied for the job and she hired me the next day before my son left."
Dizney worked his way up to Founder and Chairman of the Board for United Medical Corporation which has a large network of hospitals.
"I've thought about Mrs. Turner a lot in those 51 years, tell stories when people asked where did you get your start and things like that."
The dedication marked the first time the Dizney and his wife Irene had a chance to meet any of Turner's relatives...nearly a dozen came from all over the country.
"It's exciting to see that large a group coming from as far away as some of them came. It shows what she meant to her own family."
She had no children of her own, but Turner thought of Dizney like a son and even said so in a 1986 video.
Dizney says this state of the art nursing lab would be right up Turner's ally and she would be so proud that it's called the Dizney Clinical Learning Center in memory of Helen Turner.
"I've realized from Mrs. Turner you can always probably do without an administrator or CEO but you can't do without a good director of nurses. She was the best of the best, for sure."

Helen Turner's career included 25 years as director of nursing at the Owensboro-Daviess County hospital and 20 years as director of nursing at the Bowling Green-Warren County hospital. She helped bring hospice services to Bowling Green.

 WKU and Medical Center open New Nursing Facility

Ribbon cutting

The WKU-Medical Center Health Science Complex officially opened Thursday August 22, 2013. The facility is located at 700 1st Avenue on the edge of the hospitals campus that borders 31W Bypass. This state of the art facility houses the BSN, RN-BSN, MSN and DNP programs within the School of Nursing. The Associate of Science Degree is located at South Campus and in Glasgow.

New Online LPN to ASN program accepts first group of students

WKU School of Nursing started the first group of online LPN to ASN students in 2013 to help LPN's who are place bound and unable to continue their education in their current locations.

ASN Program continues to accept students

WKU School of Nursing continues to provide an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing to help non traditional students gain entry to the nursing profession.

BSN Program has more openings than ever before

A maximum of 80 new students are now accepted to start each Fall and Spring semester. This means that more qualified students are able to reach their dreams of becoming an RN at WKU, without having to wait for an opening.

Online RN-BSN Program Continues to Grow

This online program helps registered nurses enhance their employment  opportunities by obtaining a BSN degree. The program is offered part-time and online, to help working nurses complete their college degrees. We will be expanding this program to people outside the state of Kentucky in the near future, to help meet the national need for more BSN prepared nurses.

Graduate Program Gains Grant Funding

Students in the WKU Nurse Practitioner program are now benefiting from the new HRSA grant obtained by WKU nursing faculty. Over $620,000 in funding will be available over the next two years for students in the nurse practitioner programs.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program

The post-masters DNP program admitted its first class Fall of 2011 and the BSN to DNP program admitted its first group of students Fall 2013. All students graduating from the BSN-DNP program will be qualified to take the family nurse practitioner certification exam and be licensed as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN).

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