James Madison University

School of Nursing

Nursing Newsletter for Alumni and Friends

Jan/Feb 2017

Letter From The Director


JMU’s iconic Wilson Hall served as the venue for our December 2016 Nursing Convocation. Beautifully decorated, it was filled with a total of 108 graduates along with many supportive families and friends. The event was especially memorable with the presence of our first cohort of Doctor of Nursing Practice students receiving their degrees. We are so proud of all our graduates and their accomplishments which I will share with you below. Our nursing students continue to be highly sought after and the majority of our BSN graduates are already committed to career opportunities.

Moving in to 2017 we continue to develop programs and experiences that will enhance our students’ educational knowledge and align with the goals in our School and of the University. We will soon be adding a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner tract, in collaboration with Shenandoah University, to our MSN programs to help address a growing need in our communities for this service. We are also working on a Global Health Concentration that will be available to our BSN students next year. Global health is an important component of our program. Our short term study abroad courses for students this spring include programs in Costa Rica, Malta and Tanzania. Our university is also a member of INU (International Network of Universities), a network for global engagement. JMU Nursing hosted a planning meeting on campus in January with members from six INU institutions to develop the curriculum for a Quality and Safety Education Workshop to be held in Hiroshima University in Japan in August 2017.

As always we would love to hear from you and share your stories with fellow alums. Our current students always enjoy seeing the diverse paths that a nursing career can lead to. Email Michele @ dombrome@jmu.edu with your updates!

Best Wishes,
Julie Sanford, DNS, RN
Director and Professor of Nursing

Convocation Awards and Recognitions Dec 2016

Paul DiBenedetto  Gabrielle-Elizabeth Williams 

BSN ROTC Graduates Paul DiBenedetto and Gabrielle-Elizabeth Williams have made a commitment to the armed forces and to serve our country. The additional rigors of the ROTC experience promote excellence in leadership for these graduates. Paul will be a nurse and 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force and Gabrielle will be commissioning into the United States Army as an Army Nurse.

Honors Program Graduates

Honors Program Graduates Dec 2016

The honors college at JMU is an academic community that engages highly motivated and intellectually gifted students in exceptional experiences that develop excellence in leadership, scholarship, and service. This year's graduates are; Nicole Rossi, who will be working at Sentara Princess Anne Hospital in Virginia Beach on the Labor and Delilvery Unit, Jordan Meeks, who is will be working at the UVA Medical Center in Charlottesville, Saida Byrami, and  Landynn Ouellette, who will be working on the Labor and Delivery Unit at St. Francis Medical Center in Midlothian, VA.


 The Merck Scholar Award

Nicole Rossi

This Award is given to the undergraduate nursing student who has achieved the highest cumulative GPA. This year's recipient is Nicole Rossi. Nicole was also presented with the Marcia Dake Rockingham Memorial Hospital Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice. This award is determined by faculty in recognition of the graduate who is the most outstanding in clinical practice.

Outstanding Undergraduate Senior Peer Award

Moriah BrillhartThis award is given to a student who is nominated by the senior class and then chosen by a vote of the class. This year's award went to Moriah Brillhart. Moriah will begin working on the Heme/Oncology and Stem Cell Transplant unit at UVA Medical Center in Charlottesville, VA.

Victoria Alcantara Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award

Amanda TraylorThis award is the highest undergraduate student honor. The faculty members select a student who demonstrates excellence in promoting the profession of nursing, actively pursues knowledge, is involved in the university and the community, and exemplifies caring in their nursing practice. This award went to Amanda Traylor. Amanda will be working at the Evans-Haynes burn Center at VCU Medical Center in Richmond, VA.

RN-BSN Awards

RN-BSN Scholar Award went to Susan Lawhorne. This award is given to the graduate with the highest GPA and outstanding academic performance.

Outstanding RN-BSN Peer Award which is nominated by the class and then chosen by a vote went to Alisha Sly.

Outstanding Graduate Student Leadership Award

Kira GriffenVoted on by faculty this award is presented to a student who excels in academic and clinical performance, service, leadership and innovation. This year's recipient was Kira Griffin. Kira is currently employed as the Quality Coordinator for stroke, sepsis, and emergency medicine at Augusta Health. Kira plans to continue her career there and advance in nursing leadership. 

Excellence in Nursing Practice

Stacy BaldwinThis award, voted on by faculty is presented to a graduate who demonstrates clinical excellence and is compassionate, caring, and respects human dignity. DNP gradaute Stacy Baldwin was the recipient of this award. Stacy will continue her role as a Nurse Practitioner in Chronic disease Management for large healthcare system in southern California. She also plans to pursue her lifelong goal of a career in academia. 

Meet our DNP Graduates 

DNP Graduates

Phyllis Adams plans to maintain her position as the Womens Health Care Nurse Practitiioner for the James Madison University Health Center and continue to work on her scholarly publications. Stacy Baldwin will continue in her role as a Nurse Practitioner in Chronic Disease Management for a large health system in southern California and plans to pursue her lifelong goal of a career in academia. Kristina Blyer is employed as the Associate Director of Clinical Operations for James Madison University Student Health Services. She will also begin a new role as adjunct professor in the JMU School of Nursing. Tiffany Kidd is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Lynchburg, VA. This past January Tiffany became faculty at Lilberty University in the DNP/FNP program, teaching a pediatric course. Jenifer Martin will be working for Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, VA. Patra Hull Reed is the Sentara Blue Ridge Regional Director of Integrated Case management and Director of Community Health Services At Sentara Rockingham Memorial Hospital.

INU Nursing Leadership Collaborative

JMU School of Nursing hosted a planning meeting for the INU (International Network of Universities) Nursing Leadership Collaborative in January. Members from six INU institutions developed a curriculum for the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses Workshop to be held at Hiroshima University in Japan, August 4-12, 2017. The meeting was facilitated by Dr. Gwen Sherwood, an international expert in quality and safety education for nurses.
INU members included:
• Christine Argenbright, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, JMU School of Nursing
• Yukihiro Shimozuru, Graduate Student, Hiroshima University
• Michiko Moriyama, RN, MSN, PhD, Professor, Division of Nursing Science, Hiroshima University, Kasumi, Hiroshima
• Anna Carlsson, PhD, MNSc, RSCN and RN, Senior Lecturer and International Coordinator, Department of Care Science, Faculty of Health and Society, Malmo University, Sweden
• Julie Sanford, DNS, RN, Director and Professor, JMU School of Nursing
• Gwen Sherwood, PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF, Professor and Associate Dean for Practice and Global Initiatives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Nursing
• Maria Jimenez Herrera, PhD, RN, MB, Directora Departament d'Infermeria, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain
• Portia Jordan, PhD, MBA, MCur, BCur, Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Nursing Science, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
• Lee Lui, Senior Lecturer, Kingston University/St George’s, University of London, London, UK
• Maria Del Roser Ricoma Muntane, Departament d'Infermeria, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain
• Yumi Iwamoto, Associate Professor, Hiroshima University

Dr. Sharon Strang Zook and Dr. Linda Hulton present at the AACN Doctoral Education Conference in Coronado, CA

Dr Zook and Hulton

Diane Babral Memorial Scholarship 5k

This scholarship was established in March 2015 by the JMU undergradaute nursing students in memory of Professor Diane Babral who passed unexpectedly after a short battle with ovarian cancer. Diane personified what it meant to be a caring, thoughtful, encouraging faculty member and was passionate about nursing, specifically psychiatric nursing. She was a strong advocate for the vulnerable mentally ill members of our society. The scholarship will be for an undergraduate junior or senior nursing student interested in pursuing a career in psychiatric nursing. REGISTER OR DONATE NOW

To update and share your information email Michele: dombrome@jmu.edu

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