2016-2017 Academic Year

BSN Pinning ceremony - May 21, 2017

Facebook photo ablbumSixty-four students from Cal State Fullerton's nursing program took part in the Sunday, May 21, pinning ceremony on campus, to signify the completion of initial professional nursing education and marking the transition into professional practice as a registered nurse. The ritual dates back to the time of Florence Nightingale when the pin was awarded as a "badge of courage" to encourage students to faithfully serve the sick and dying in challenging situations. 

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Facebook photo album Opens in new window Cal State Fullerton, School of Nursing had the honor of presenting nursing degrees to 324 graduates on Saturday, May 20, 2017. The degrees presented include 17 Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), 70 Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), and 256 Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

Speaking to all the graduates during her commencement speech, Demetra Bastas-Brarkic, DNP Graduate, summed up the purpose and benefits of nursing higher education, “Nursing takes a unique wisdom to care for the ill, to share in the wonder of life’s transformations... Nursing’s complexities convince us over and over that we are glad we committed to a path of lifelong learning to better care for our patients, to further enhance our abilities to know, grow and care as a nurse—with our baccalaureates, our masters and with our doctorates. Each of us has uniquely contributed to our shared experience in this program and each of us leaves a little better for having been part of our cohorts. The experiences we have shared—from giving that first medication, developing a change project, advocating for important policy changes at our facilities and in our government, and providing increasingly complex care for our patients—have created a bond in our 2017 cohorts that leaves an indelible mark on our hearts and minds as we move forward."

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Nursing Students celebrated at Annual Event - May 16, 2017

Facebook Photo Albujm Opens in new window On Tuesday, May 16, 2017 the School of Nursing Faculty and Staff honored the 2016-2017 School of Nursing student awardees, scholarship recipients, DAISY Award winners, peer mentors and student leaders.

2016-2017 Stephanie Hernández Memorial Scholarship Recipient
2016-2017 María Dolores Hernández Scholarship Recipients
2016-2017 María Dolores Hernández Scholarship Awardees for the 2017-2018 Academic Year
2016-2017 Titan Shops Scholarship Recipient
2016-2017 California Community Foundation Scholarship Recipients
2016-2017 DAISY Faculty Award Recipient
2016-2017 DAISY In Training Award Recipient
2016-2017 SON Award Recipients

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Eight Nursing Faculty members Retire - May 6, 2017

Facebook photo albumThe School of Nursing hosted a luncheon in honor of eight dedicated faculty members for their years of service to students and community partners as they bid farewell to CSUF. President Mildred García recently honored retiring faculty and staff members by conferring emeritus status. Among those honored:

Jo-Anne Andre, lecturer emeritus of nursing, for 17 years of service on campus
Barbara Haddad, lecturer emeritus of nursing, for 30 years of service to the campus
Christine Latham, professor emeritus of nursing, in honor of her 19 years of service

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Facebook photo albumCSUF School of Nursing hosted an evening with nursing leader Sister Callista Roy Thursday, April 27, in the Ruby Gerontology Center's Mackey auditorium. Sister Callista Roy spoke on "The Roy Adaptation Model and Implementation into Practice". It was a delightful evening and a wonderful way to commemorate the School of Nursing's Year of the Nurse Leader speaker series.

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Titan Nurses Accross Generations Alumni Event - April 15, 2017

Facebook Photo album Opens in new window The CSUF Nursing Student AssociationOpens in new window (NSA) and Nursing Alumni ChapterOpens in new window hosted the first annual Titan Nurses Across Generations convention on Saturday, April 15th. The speakers presented on CA Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) updates, resume and career advice, and a historical perspective of our nursing program dating to 1976. A nurse leader panel and graduate program panel took place for questions. This was a time to network and connect current students with alumni, faculty, and various nursing professionals.

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Nursing Faculty Named Emeriti

Campus Employees Honored Opens in new window President Mildred García recently conferred emeriti status for Dr. Maryanne Garon and Dr. Rebecca Otten.

Maryanne Garon, professor emeritus of nursing, in honor of 17 years of University service
Rebecca Otten, associate professor emeritus of nursing, for 10 years of University service

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Facebook Photo album Opens in new window CSU Fullerton School of Nursing's Upsilon Beta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Nursing Honor Society celebrated the 2017 inductees at their Saturday, April 8, 2017 Annual Poster Presentation and Induction Ceremony at Knott's Berry Farm Hotel.

The honored inductees include: Stevan Abt, Elizabeth Bader, Yale Baluyot, Jacob Berumen, Lindsay Alice Brill, Genesis Buruel, Sandra Deguzman, Amy Du, Christopher Elorde, Andrea Esguerra, Cindy Espinoza, Valerie Fritton, Greg Gustafson, Deseray Gwadery, Lindsey Hanson, Joy Herman, Chelsea Hoy, Kimberly Humbert, Sanda Johnson, Teresa Kaihlanen, Haidee La,  Michael Lozada, Andrea Meacham, Armily Mosquito, Shawn Nichols, Alice Nilson, Susan Roberts, Amena Sadiq, Jenaye Sanchez, Simrit Sandhu, Stacey Santos, Ashley Sessom, Allison Short, Edith Sperling, Lauren Sullivan, Jutara Srivali Teal, Cynthia Turner, Rocio Galvan Valenzuela, Ayesha Walden, Mitzi Walling, Daniel Weiss, Tae Woo, Sarah Yoo

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BSN Student elected National Student Nurses Association Director West 

Facebook photo album 4/8/17 Opens in new window Pre-Licensure BSN student Paola Molina has been elected National Student Nurses AssociationOpens in new window (NSNA) Director West. NSNA is the parent non-profit organization of the CSUF Nursing Student AssociationOpens in new window . The NSNA Board of Directors is made up of nine nursing students. The organization has 60,000 membrs in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Nursing students advocate for broader access to menstrual products

OC Register Article 4/10/17 Opens in new window Called Lux on Her SideOpens in new window , the campaign aims to collect 6,300 products to donate to the Women’s Transitional Living Center in Fullerton — enough for about a three-month supply. Unopened boxes of tampons, pads and menstrual cups can be dropped off at bins around campus through April 24.

Nursing Student Association members are talking to classes, clubs and sororities, as well as connecting with health sciences professors, about the need to make such products available to women in need.

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Nursing Peer Mentors and Mentees Attend HHD Networking Event - March 14, 2017

Peer Mentor networkingThe College of Health and Human Development Peer Mentor ProgramOpens in new window promotes meaningful and successful college experiences by building partnerships between students.  Trained peer mentors collaborate with their mentees to access resources, build support in facing obstacles, and achieve mutually constructed academic goals. At a recent networking event, mentors and mentees discussing experiences and successes, connected with each other, faculty, staff, Assistant Dean Peggy Bockman and Dean Laurie Roades.

Nursing Faculty Research - Vitamin D and Cognition Study at the OLLI Robust Aging Program

Robust Aging Program Opens in new window Dr. Rose Sakamoto's Robust Aging Program located at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute has begun a study on Vitamin D supplementation and its effects on cognition for adults between 60 and 90 years of age.

With this study, the program will provide basic health assessment of older adults and opportunities for student education and service training related to health assessment and health promotion in older adults. Dr. Sakamoto also hopes to promote interprofessional research in the practice setting on age related predictors for health behavior change, and collaborate with community agencies in sharing resources and providing services to meet the health promotion needs of older adults.

Study participants are needed now through June 2018. Dr. Sakamoto can be reach at rsakamoto@fullerton.edu


White Coat Facebook albumThe CSUF School of Nursing Annual White Coat Ceremony celebrates new nursing students, and marks the transition into their first hands-on clinical course at a local partnering hospital.

During this year’s White Coat Ceremony, Dr. Deanna Jung explained that students are now leaving the starting “honeymoon phase” of nursing school and entering a phase where they will realize it is hard work, demanding, intimidating at times, and tough.

She reached out to students’ family and friends to honor them as cheerleaders: the support system, the ones who when they say “Why am I doing this?” will encourage them to take a deep breath and remember why they are doing this.

The event’s keynote speaker was 2011 BSN alumnus Ruben Macias, RN, MPH, BSN. On his current MSN student nurse anesthetist role at USC Keck School of Medicine, Ruben encouraged students at the start of their nursing education journeys that CSUF provides the best foundation to advance their nursing career goals.

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CSUF Training the Midwives of the future

CSUF Women's Healthcare Opens in new window The rise in demand for midwives does not surprise Ruth Mielke, associate professor of nursing and coordinator of the CSUF women’s healthcare concentration.

“I think a part of it is coming from consumers actively looking for midwives because they know that they want to avoid an unnecessary cesarean and want to have choices during labor and birth such as showering, changing positions and not having continuous electronic fetal monitoring,” Mielke said.

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A Model midwifery program

Womens Health Care students Opens in new window With a growing demand for midwifery services as well as initiatives to improve newborn outcomes and reduce the number of cesarean-section deliveries in the United States, Cal State Fullerton is one of three universities in the state — and one of approximately 40 nationally — leading the charge to prepare nurse-midwives for the workforce.

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Stephanie Vaughn Recognized Nationally

Stephanie Vaughn Opens in new window Stephanie Vaughn, professor of nursing and director of the School of Nursing, was elected the 2016-17 president of the Association of Rehabilitation NursesOpens in new window . The scholar researches stroke prevention behaviors and caregiver needs for the Latino population and has been a member of the association for more than 27 years.

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Recognizing Faculty Teaching Efforts

BodanJungHervey Opens in new window The University recognized 81 faculty members Wednesday, Oct. 26, for outstanding teaching, specifically exceptional teaching effectiveness, collaborative teaching and high-impact practices. In Nursing, Rebecca Bodán, Deanna Jung and Judith Hervey were recognized.

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Dialogue with the director - October 25, 2016

Dialogue with the Director Facebook Album Opens in new window Dr. Stephanie Vaughn, Director of the School of Nursing, was joined by nursing students, faculty and staff for lunch and conversation. The theme of this semester's luncheon was Alumni Engagement. This was an opportunity for students to share ideas and hear about opportunities to stay connected with the School of Nursing after graduation. Students were asked "What could alumni be doing for you now?" by the Nursing Alumni Association President and Nursing Faculty member, Dr. Austin Nation. A few students asked for an Alumni Mentor Program and more opportunities to network.    

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NEW Olli COLLaboration

OLLI Standardized Patient Volunteers Opens in new window In a brand new venture, the School of Nursing and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at California State University, Fullerton (OLLI-CSUF) are collaborating across generations to help nursing students hone their communication and physical assessment skills in the clinical setting. OLLI-CSUF is a chartered program whose purpose is to recognize lifelong learning and social interaction as important keys to successful retirement and offer courses to support the needs of their members. The practice of using standardized patients allows the primarily Generation Y and Generation Z (Millennial and Post-Millennial) students to interact in simulated situations with patients that closely reflect the vast majority of those hospitalized – Silent and Baby Boomers Generations. The School of Nursing is excited to share this unique experience with our students, helping to ease the transition into the clinical setting, and for the opportunity to work closely with OLLI community members for what will hopefully be many years to come.

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Nursing/Health Science programs ranked 8th for awarding bachelor's degree to hispanic students

CSUF Now Among Top 'National Universities' Opens in new window Several of Cal State Fullerton's academic programs are included on the list of top programs in the nation to award bachelor’s degrees to Hispanic students, according to Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education. The August 2016 issue, “Top 100 Colleges for Hispanics,” CSUF ranks in the top 10 for the bachelor's degree programs, and eighth in health science/nursing.

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Student and faculty awarded at STTI Nursing odyssey conference 2016

2016 STTI Odyssey Research ConferenceCongratulations to MSN WHC Student Nurse Midwife Ayesha Walden BSN, RN, PHN  on being awarded First Place for Innovative Poster at the 2016 Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Odyssey Conference. Her research poster was titled "Concept Analysis: Disenfranchised Grief".
Awarded Second Place for Innovative Poster was Assistant Professor Beverly Quaye EdD, RN, NEA-BC, CENP, FACHE.

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NURSing Simulation Center hosts health professions students & pact club

PACT Club in the Sim Lab Opens in new window The Nursing Simulation Center recently opened its doors to Health Professions students and members of the PACT (Physician Assistants Coming TogetherOpens in new window ) club. The club aims to provide an outlet and resources for students progressing towards the Physician Assistant profession while expanding member knowledge and providing opportunities related to the profession. During their visit to the Sim Center members of PACT were able to assess lung and heart sounds on medium fidelity simulators. In a step towards bringing the student body together, Nursing faculty and Skills Lab Coordinator, Barbara Doyer has begun to collaborate with the Health Professions Advising Office (HPAO) to develop new opportunities for Health Profession and Nursing students to learn together and reach higher.

In memorium - vera m. robinson

Vera M. Robinson and her book Humor in the Health Professions Opens in new window Vera M. Robinson, professor emeritus of nursing, died Feb. 11 at the age of 92. Robinson, a former U.S. Army nurse from 1945 to 1950, served at Cal State Fullerton for 11 years, including six years as department chair. Prior to joining CSUF, she helped set up one of the first community mental health centers in the nation in Denver.
Her areas of research included humor and health care, a subject she discussed numerous times at professional organizations and nursing programs, as well as in her book, “Humor in the Health Professions.”
“We’ve long known that negative feelings can create organic changes like ulcers, arthritis and high blood pressure,” she said in 1980. “If negative feelings can create illness, positive feelings should promote health.”
Robinson is survived by her son William and daughters Beth and Elaine.

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Grant funded SBIRT Program To be offered by inter-professional team including nursing faculty Beverly quaye and carol metoyer

SBIRT Grant Program Offered by Nursing Faculty Quaye and Metoyer Opens in new window Cal State Fullerton will soon offer Screening, Brief Interventions and Referrals for Treatment (SBIRT) training for students in its nursing, social work and human services programs. The evidence-based practice is designed to help students identify and assess individuals who are at risk for, or who have, a substance use disorder.

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new class of president's scholars include four nursing students

New Class of Presidents Scholars Opens in new window Among nineteen new students named to the President's Scholars ProgramOpens in new window , CSUF's top scholastic program, four are freshman-entry nursing students:

Morgan Bibee from Irvine
Shawn Grinnell from La Crescenta
Lina Elasmar from Lakewood
Andy Susana Liu Peng from Rowland Heights

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Campus welcomes new tenure-track faculty Dr. austin nation

Dr. Austin Nation Opens in new window President Mildred García welcomed new members of the tenure-track faculty during convocation and at a dinner held in their honor, including new School of Nursing Assistant Professor, Dr. Raymond "Austin" Nation.

Austin arrives after recently and successfully defending his doctoral project at University of California San Fransisco. His practice/research Interests include nursing administration/leadership, community health, HIV/AIDS prevention education, substance use and HIV/AIDS among young black men who have sex with men (MSM). 

Austin graduated from California State University, Fullerton for both his Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in 2009 and his Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in 2011. He also leads the CSUF Nursing Alumni Chapter.

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Dr. Vaughn Announced as New Director

Dr. Stephanie Vaughn Opens in new window Dr. Stephanie Vaughn has been named Director of the School of Nursing effective August 17, 2016.

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Future Nurse makes Csuf her #1 choice

OC Register Photo_Charmaine Lim Opens in new window "From a nursing perspective... CSUF starts clinicals during the sophomore year, and I wanted as much clinical experience as possible... Though CSUF’s four-year program was a pilot program, it looked promising and better suited to my needs. I also liked the down-to-earth vibe of CSUF, with its incredible diversity, humble attitude and mentality that you can be successful while maintaining life balance."

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Faculty Tenure and Promotion Announced

FacurltyPromotion Opens in new window The Office of Faculty Affairs and Records has announced the tenure and/or promotion of 4 nursing faculty members.

Stephanie Vaughn, Professor of Nursing
Penny Weismuller, Professor of Nursing
Rebecca Bodán, Associate Professor of Nursing
Ruth Mielke, Associate Professor of Nursing

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