James Madison University

Nursing Newsletter for Alumni and Friends

May/June 2015

Hello Alumni and Friends of JMU Nursing,

With the completion of the 2014/2015 school year in May we recognized the success stories of our students at Spring Convocation. The graduating class consisted of 87 BSN, 10 RN-BSN (15 more in August), and 14 MSN students, all very prepared to either begin their nursing journey or continue to grow in their current nursing career. I would like to share with you those awards and accomplishments.

We begin by recognizing our ROTC graduates Catherine Amrosich and Erin Brymer.  We applaud their commitment to the armed forces and to serve our country. The additional rigors of the ROTC experience prepare these nurses for leadership roles in the future.

Students who participated in the JMU Honors Program: Jennifer Corser, Kelsey Cunningham, Julie Glauber, Caroline Johnson, Mollie Moran and Taylor Schuler. This program engages highly motivated and intellectually gifted students in exceptional experiences that develop excellence in leadership, scholarship and service.

The Merck Scholar Award, given to the student with the highest GPA went to Gabrielle Armentrout.
The Marcia Dake Rockingham Memorial Hospital Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice is determined by the faculty and was given to Matthew Donovan.

Rachel Napoli, nominated by her senior class was awarded the Outstanding Undergraduate Senior Peer Award.

The Victoria Alcantara Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award is the highest undergraduate student honor. 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. The very deserving recipient of this award was Hollie Sandone.

Our RN-BSN Scholar Award, given for the highest GPA and outstanding academic performance was given to Sarah Hartmen.

Stephanie Findley was chosen by her class to receive the Outstanding RN-BSN Peer Award.

The Outstanding Graduate Leadership Award went to DNP student Joyce Vivian. This award is presented to a student who excels in academic and clinical performance, service, leadership and innovation.

Julie Taylor received the Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice. Faculty present this award to a graduate who demonstrates clinical excellence and is compassionate, caring and respects human dignity.

We celebrate our entire graduating class along with the many other awards and success stories from this past year that have been shared in previous newsletters. At the same time we reflect back we also look to the future for opportunities of growth and development, in both  faculty and programs,  that allow JMU Nursing to accomplish their mission of engaging students, faculty and communities through dynamic and innovative nursing education, practice and scholarship to influence health in our world.

Best Wishes for a joyful and healthy Summer!

Julie Sanford, DNS, RN
Professor and Head of Nursing
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA 22840

VNSA Conference Awards JMU Nursing

JMU was recognized for multiple achievements at the 2015 Virginia Nursing Student Association (VNSA) State Convention. See more

Words of gratitude from 2015 BSN grad, Kendall Barger

Hi Dr. Eaton and Dr.Sanford!

My name is Kendall Barger; I am a two day alumna from the JMU Nursing program! Currently I'm still trying to catch up on sleep and wrap my brain around the fact that I don't have to spend all summer mentally preparing myself for the rigors of an impending new Clin Apps class!

This email has two purposes. I first wanted to say thank you so much for the tireless work you put into JMU Nursing. This program, the professors, and the content have been exceptional. I did an internship at Carillon Roanoke Memorial and took a job at the UVA MICU. In both places they were thrilled I went to JMU Nursing and impressed by what I know and have done in the program.

I am beyond honored to have graduated from such an incredible program and to have learned from such great examples of professional nursing. The accessibility of the faculty in terms of their time and their wisdom has been such a blessing to me. They cared about me, not only as a developing student nurse, but as a person. I know I went to Dr. Argenbright's office hours multiple times, and every time I left feeling like I could be successful. It was her encouragement that gave me the boldness to apply for ICU jobs and seek further education, leading me to UVA. Professor Fasching has been so welcoming and helpful to both myself and my classmates many times, in issues beyond Psychiatric Nursing. I could go on naming names, but the point is that I have been blessed and challenged by the incredible faculty of JMU Nursing and am forever grateful for their daily examples.

Secondly, I sent and email to Professor Floyd about the Kenya Study Abroad trip. It was the pinnacle of my JMU experience, and wanted to share with you its impact on my future practice. I also wanted to say thank you for supporting the trip. It made the world of difference in my final year of nursing school.

Thank you again! I hope you both have wonderful summers! I look forward to representing JMU Nursing for life, whether in Charlottesville or Kenya!

 All the best,

 Kendall Barger

Student, Faculty and Alumni Updates

Hulton Award

Nursing Outside the Hospital

Dr. Linda Hulton, a Professor of Nursing and the Coordinator of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program, recently earned the Alger Family Faculty Endowment  Award. Hulton's achievement serves as a capstone to a storied career that continues to develop.  More on Linda

Erica Lewis

Ethics in Motion

Dr. Erica Lewis, a professor in the Department of Nursing, has spent much of her professional career studying the nature of ethics and how to best teach it to others. She first developed a strong interest in the field while working to attain her PhD at the University of Virginia. More on Erica    

Alyssa Woodling

Alyssa Woodling, 2012 BSN Grad, receives Employee of the Quarter Award at Vanderbilt Behavioral Health

After graduation Alyssa started in the Vanderbilt Behavioral Nurse Residency Program for new grads in the Psychiatric  Tract. She works in the Mood Disorder and Geriatric Unit, with populations struggling with major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, dual-diagnosis and mental health and dementia in geriatrics. She says; "All those detailed care plans and critical thinking exercises I did in Adult Health paid off in helping me evaluate the needs of my patients, as well as the needs of my staff to perform the most effective and safe patient care."

Within under two years at Vanderbilt she serves as a unit board co-chair for Nursing Staff Council, has been a keynote speaker for educational events, and is currently awaiting approval to present at the ANA Conference in Orlando next March. Alyssa states; "The JMU Nursing Program really emphasized that you can do anything in nursing and empowered me to take on leadership positions early on."

Eve Rodrigues

2013 grad Eve Rodrigues receives the 2015 Rising Star Nurse Excellence Award at Saint Clare's Hospital in Denville, NJ

This award is given to an individual who has been a nurse less than two years and has shown excellence in their work as a nurse. Eve writes, "The rigorous JMU Nursing Program prepared me to enter the nursing field with its many clinical rotations that gave me the experience and confidence I needed." Eve is a charge nurse on a medical/surgical floor and is currently a part-time student at Seton Hall working on her Nurse Practitioner degree in Adult/Gerontological Primary Care. 

Lisa and her dad

A Heart for Dad and Nursing, JMU graduate student, Lisa Carnago, shares her inspiration for choosing a career in nursing

For a young engineering student used to problem solving, her father’s sudden illness was as mysterious for its unknown origin as it was in the sense of frustration it revealed in Lisa Carnago. More on Lisa

Hackfest Multidisciplinar Team

Students Design Caregiver Tech at Hackfest

Nursing students Talia Startsman and Allison Bailey participate in a multidisciplinary team workshop, along with students from engineering and social work, to develop technologies to help caregivers better mange the demands of their roles. More

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