James Madison University

School of Nursing

Nursing Newsletter for Alumni and Friends

OCT/NOV 2016

Letter From The Director

Dr. Julie Sanford

Fall is such a beautiful time on our campus and it has been a true delight to experience the season in our new HBS building with its abundance of windows and fabulous views. Not only are we proud of our new space but we are equally proud of the tremendous accomplishments achieved by our students and faculty this season.  I have many awards and recognitions to share with you in this newsletter. JMU School of Nursing had a strong presence at both The Virginia Nursing Foundations Gala and at The Virginia Marchof Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards (we captured 7 out of 19 awards). We were also honored by the AACN, receiving the Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Award for a public school without an AHC. The award was givenfor developing an innovative interprofessional team-base heath policy initiative, The JMU Health Policy Collaborative: Advocacy in Action. These awards are a reflection of a School that continually strives for excellence and is often successful in achieving that goal.

For a tour of the new building contact Michele @ dombrome@jmu.edu and she will gladly set something up!

Best Wishes,

Julie Sanford, DNS, RN
Director and Professor of Nursing

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Virginia Nurses Foundation Awards

VNA Winners

Our nursing faculty and DNP students had a very successful event at the 2016 Virginia Nursing Association Gala held in Richmond, Virginia.  We congratulate both our finalists and award winners!

Linda Hulton, PhD ,RN - Award Winner, VNF Leadership Excellence Award for Nurse Researcher
Christina Lam, PhD, RN - Finalist, VNF Leadership Excellence Award for Nurse Educator
DNP Students:
Kevin Shimp- Award Winner, Magnet Award for Nursing Leadership
Debbie Kile- Recognized for VONEL DNP Scholarship Award
Michele Hughes- Recognized for VCNP DNP Scholarship Award
Jill DeLawder- Finalist, Magnet Award for Nurse Educator
Heather Galang-  Finalist, Leadership Excellence in Nursing Research 

March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards

MOD Nurse of the Year Winners

JMU School of Nursing was well represented at the 2016 MOD Gala, held at the Weston, in Richmond, Virginia this past October. We are proud of all our finalists and congratulate all our category winners- from left to right: Dr. Debbie Gleason, Pediatric Nurse of the Year, Phyllis Adams, DNP Student, JMU Student Health Center Employee, Women’s Health Nurse of the Year, Dr. Melody Eaton, Nurse Educator of the Year, Nicole Rossi, BSN Student, Student Nurse of the Year, Dr. Tammy Kiser, Public Health Nurse of the Year, Michele Hughes, DNP Student, employee of Bon Secours Hospital, Advanced Practice Nurse of the Year and  Emily Fritter, BSN Alum ’11, VCU Health employee, Charge Nurse of the Year.

 Innovations in Professional Nursing Education Award

Innovations Award Winners

The AACN awarded the School of Nursing at James Madison University with the Innovations in Professional Nursing Education award for a Public School without an Academic Health Center. For the past two years, the School of Nursing has developed an innovative interprofessional (IP) team-based health policy initiative, The JMU Health Policy Collaborative: Advocacy in Action. This originated from nursing faculty’s desire to teach the future health care workforce how to impact the health policy process and advocate for their patients, practice, and profession. After the Commonwealth of Virginia rejected a controversial Medicaid expansion, legislators approached JMU nursing faculty to formulate health policy alternatives to increase access to care for over 400,000 citizens stuck in the Medicaid expansion gap. In response, the HPC created an annual IP health policy summit entitled Mind the Gap to engage students, faculty, and communities in health policy advocacy while fostering partnerships with state legislators. Moreover, political astuteness was found to significantly increase following the summit.James Madison famously said, “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” The JMU Health Policy Collaborative: Advocacy in Actioninnovation project encourages students to explore the power of knowledge to be the leaders and advocates needed for our healthy future.

From left to right: AACN President and CEO, Dr. Deborah TrautmanAACN Chair, Dr. Juliann SebastianJMU Director of Nursing, Dr. Julie Sanford; and JMU Associate Director for Graduate Programs, Dr. Melody Eaton.

Student News

Nicole rossi

Student Nurse of the Year Award

Senior nursing student, Nicole Rossi has been a bright spot on campus since her arrival. Her ability to juggle a loaded schedule is quite impressive. Not only is Nicole in the Honors Program, she is a member of the D1 Track and Field team as a high jumper, has served as the fundraising chair for the SAC and is the student leader for Pi Mu. She recently raised over $500 for her Cancer Research Service Project by organizing a student/faculty volleyball tournament. Nicole even makes time for a job in the simulation lab as a Standardized Patient where she helps student nurses build confidence in their skills and patient care.

Pride is what she feels when talking about her senior nursing project; Examining the Implementation of the Patient-Centered Recovery Model in Psychiatric Nursing. “It was so rewarding interacting with psychiatric patients and nurses regarding their experiences with the Recovery Care Model. I presented my project at Pi Mu Professional Day, which was such a joy because I was able to educate and engage an audience of nursing students and faculty about this subject that I am passionate about and hope that they can take into their practice,” said Rossi. Nicole believes the faculty and staff in the School of Nursing have played an integral part in the reason she loves the program and has had great experiences. She has a special shout out for two in particular; “Professor Fasching Maphis has left a huge impact on me as a person, student, and nurse. Her experiences as a psych nurse and passion for this patient population actually helped convince me to switch my major to nursing and since then, she has been a role model and great support system as I have found myself in the field. Finally, Dr. Lam has been a solid rock for me throughout this program. When I battled my concussion, she was there to make sure I was doing okay academically and emotionally and was my advocate through it all. I cannot be more thankful for these women and for everyone I have met in the JMU School of Nursing.”

Nicole has accepted a position at Sentara Princess Anne Hospital in Virginia Beach, VA on the Labor and Delivery Unit. When asked about future nursing goals, Nicole says, “I will continue striving for excellence in nursing. I chose to pursue labor and delivery coming out of nursing school, but I want to also continue making an impact in mental health and hope to possibly do research in maternity mental health and to become involved in the community within the realm of psych in some way. One day I want to go to grad school and further immerse myself in bettering the field. Eventually, I see myself as a nursing professor.”

Nurses Without BordersNursing Students Without Borders

Students in Population-Centered Care in the Community and Nursing Students Without Borders actively participated in Point of Dispensing Flu Clinics in Bath and Rockbridge Counties on Oct. 11 and 15. The students volunteered in collaboration with the Central Shenandoah Health District and other community agencies to provide around 500 flu shots to the local population in those counties. 


Spain student groupThe Benefits of Being an Outsider

Students from the School of Nursing had the opportunity to explore different health care models on a study abroad trip to the Catalan city of Tarragona this past summer. Read more


DNP Student Implements Program to Reduce Antibiotic Overuse

Kristina Blyer

Kristina Blyer ('16), DNP student and Associate Director of Clinical Operations at Student Health Services, has implemented a new shared decision making guide at the University Heath Center. Read more


2016 Homecoming Alumni

1996 BSN GRADUATES Reconnect at Homecoming 2016

The alumni reunion tent on Godwin Field was the place to meet old friends and enjoy the pre-game festivities! Welcome back- JENNIFER (WOODS) JOINER, MEGAN (IBACH) SEIBEL, JULIE (REICHELT) WRIGHT and CHRISTINE (WALSH) QUINN. Thanks for sporting our School of Nursing purple shades!



Congratulations to Megan (Ibach) Seibel, ('96) for recently being named the Assistant Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry in Virginia



JMU Employment Opportunities

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