Students Impacting the Community
Congratulations to the Class of 2014 Radiologic Technology Program
This cohort attended the Wisconsin Association of Educators in Radiologic Technology Spring Symposium at the WI Dells April 22 and 23, 2014. This is a statewide event which includes students and educators. The symposium provided 2 days of various educational courses that the students attend with a Mock Registry Exam in preparation for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists examination in June. Along with educational courses that the students attend, there are various competitions that the different schools participate in along with the judging of various exhibits, educational videos and technology based projects that are designed by the students. The students placed 1st in the Student Quiz Bowl competition. The 4 individuals that represented Marian in the Quiz Bowl were Rachael Pethke, Caitlyn Nehmer, Erika Heberer and Stephanie Hellmer. The following individuals were awarded 1st place for their creation of a video in the educational video competition: Rachael Pethke, Erika Heberer, Courtney Rausch and Elizabeth Zutz.
Marian University Student Nurses’ Association Receives State Award
Seventeen nursing students from Marian University represented the Marian University Student Nurses’ Association (MUSNA) at the 65th Annual Convention of the Wisconsin Student Nurses’ Association (WSNA), which was held February 7 – 9 in Wisconsin Dells, WI. The convention gave students an opportunity to network with other nursing students from around the state, to participate in the business of the organization, to speak with potential employers, and to attend educational focus sessions on a wide variety of nursing topics.
At the convention, MUSNA received the Most Community Projects award. “This award illustrates how active MUSNA is in comparison with the other nursing schools in the state,” says Nancy Noble, associate professor in the School of Nursing and MUSNA Co -advisor. “MUSNA participates in many University and community service projects throughout the year and this award demonstrates the involvement and commitment to service. Community service is a core value of Marian University and recognized by the nursing profession and MUSNA works hard to maintain its reputation for being an active and professional organization that strives to meet its goals and mission.”
In addition to receiving this award, Kate Kwiesielewicz from Marian University was elected to serve on the 2014 – 2015 WSNA Board of Directors.
Marian University Presents for Pediatrics collects over 500 gifts for hospitalized children
The eleventh annual Marian University School of Nursing Presents for Pediatrics campaign has collected more than 500 gifts for children in Wisconsin Hospitals.
Each holiday season, Marian University Student Nurses Association collect toys, DVD’s, books, games, activity sets and other gifts and deliver them to St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and Neenah. The gifts, either donated gifts or purchases through monetary donations, were donated to the hospitals’ pediatric units.
Presents for Pediatrics focuses on children who are suffering from an acute or chronic illness during the holidays. The children are separated from friends and family and are in a new and often frightening environment. The Presents for Pediatrics project seeks to be a positive distraction from hospital life for the patients and families. Even the littlest gift — a board game, an art kit, or a stuffed bunny — can bring smiles to faces that are often in the midst of major life challenges.
“This project is both an enjoyable and rewarding experience,” states Nancy Noble, Associate Professor and Co Advisor of MUSNA. “The nursing students are able to experience the positive impact this project has on children and their families. The donations from students, faculty and friends of Marian will help to make the holidays a little brighter for children who will be spending time in the hospital.”
(Image: left to right – Michelle Ries, Agnesian HealthCare Foundation events coordinator, from Rebecca Mueller; Abby Roskopf; Nancy Noble, Marian University associate professor of nursing; and Emily Ries.)
Marian University Nursing Student Attends National Student Conference
The AACN Student Policy Summit (SPS) held in Washington, DC is a three-day conference open to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students enrolled at AACN member institutions. Nursing students who attend SPS are immersed in didactic program sessions focusing on the federal policy process and nursing’s role in professional advocacy. The fourth annual Summit was held March 17-19, 2013.
I had the unique opportunity to travel to Washington, DC to attend the summit. Over the threedays, there were presentations from AACN leaders, informational sessions on policy and civics, and visits to Capitol Hill. The main messages taken to Capitol Hill addressed the important issues facing healthcare today such as: the need for funding for all levels of nursing education, more funding for nursing research, and increased support for Nurse-Managed Health Clinics in order to meet the increased demand for healthcare access, especially primary, preventative care.
There was much discussion regarding the changing healthcare system. The concerns addressed included how to meet the increasing demand for healthcare, how to meet the workforce demand needs, how to increase the number of nurse educators to address this shortage, and the need for more preventative care.
Overall, this was a wonderful opportunity that allowed me to see different nursing perspectives as well as the importance of advocacy, not just for our patients, but also for the nursing profession. Nurses play a very important role in policy. After hearing from many different nursing leaders and advocating on Capitol Hill, I was able to observe and understand the incredible impact that nurses have not only at the bedside, but also at the State and Federal level through nursing policy.
As a nurse or student nurse, it is important to be involved in nursing advocacy by voting, lobbying, writing letters or emails to our State Representatives, and joining professional nursing organizations. Every voice matters and it is important to be active and involved in this aspect of the nursing profession.
Karyn Kroschel, RN, BSN
Graduate of Marian University – Fond du Lac, WI
(Image: Dean Julie Luetschwager with Karyn Kroschel)
MUSNA Supports the Troops
In continuing Marian University’s School of Nursing and Health Professions commitment to Joining Forces with nurses and the White House to improve the care of our veterans, military service members, and their families, the Marian University Student Nurses Association and nursing faculty participated in the Salute the Troops run held on May, 25, 2013. Three Nursing faculty were available at various water stations for first aid and MUSNA members participated by running or assisting at a water station.
By participating in this event, nursing students and faculty were inspired to confirm their commitment to Joining Forces along with living the values of Marian of service, community and learning,” stated Nancy Noble, Associate Professor in Nursing. It is important to recognize those who have served our country and support their families who have sacrificed so much.”
(Image: MUSNA and Marian University Faculty Members)