DNP NEWSLETTER

Spring Quarter 2021

A Few Words From Dean Swanson

We continue to witness our country’s long overdue awakening to the ubiquitous ‘smog’ of the racial injustice we have all breathed and continued to call ‘the way it is’. As a child, I believe I took my first breath of the tainted air the first time I sang out “this land is my land.” Whether the fallacy was wiping out whose land it really was—or failing to specify the meaning of the word “our” (as in mine—yes, but not yours whose skin color, accent, or recent immigrant status put you in the ‘not-our-land status’). It is hard to own this truth, even harder to figure out what to do about it.


Yet, I hold on to hope because I have watched the ways in which our students, faculty, and staff have disagreed, hung in there, persevered, and pushed through. I feel hopeful there is a way forward. The way lies in each of you (us) who chooses to work in health care with the belief that health is a basic human right and it is a privilege to have our part in providing all people with access to care.


So, here are some reasons to celebrate:

APNIs you joined us in the midst of a pandemic. You have come to know your peers in snippets (clinicals, labs) and on your computer screen. Yet, you are progressing and achieving all pre-licensure benchmarks. Thank you for the leap of faith you have taken in yourself and Seattle University.

First off, I’d like to recognize our DNP 1’s for achieving a 96% NCLEX pass rate! Congratulations on completing an important milestone in your career by becoming a registered nurse

A shout out to DNP 2’s as you launch into your DNP projects and upcoming advanced practice clinicals.

The first cohort of APNI-DNP students, now DNP 3’s, are soon to be class of ‘21 graduates. When you began your doctoral studies with us four years ago, I imagine your now impending graduation date seemed far off in the future. To you, and your fellow DNP 3s with graduation on the horizon, I don’t think anyone could have imagined what your final year would be like. Your achievement would have been noteworthy under normal circumstances, but your passion, grit, and determination during the 2020 turbulence are significant. I’m inspired by the outstanding efforts each of you put in to completing your projects, maximizing your learning through clinical placements, and digging deep to find the courage and fortitude it took to complete your doctoral studies during a pandemic, time of great political unrest, and era of societal awakening.


I have been continually impressed by your accomplishments during your time at Seattle U and look forward to seeing how you will transform health care for a just and humane world.

A Few Words From Associate Dean Bowie

Spring brings about a sense of renewal and important milestones for many of our students. On Friday, March 19th, 40 of our graduating class of DNPs presented their DNP projects to faculty, fellow students, clinical partners, family and friends. I was struck by the wide variety of projects and the amazing work by our students despite the barriers presented during the pandemic. There were several projects that highlighted the important work by nurses related to the pandemic. Six of this year’s DNP projects will be presented at the Western Institute of Nursing Research next week!


On Saturday, March 27th, the 2019 APNI cohort held a very meaningful virtual pinning ceremony. The student speakers, Duane Patterson and Sadie Pile, spoke about their appreciation of their classmates throughout the program and how much they missed seeing them in person. Each of these events highlighted the important work by our students and their transition into new roles despite the challenges of the past year.


I look forward to more celebrations in June as we hold our second scholarship day and a virtual graduation ceremony. While these events are not yet back to our usual format, they are no less meaningful for students and faculty. For those of you who are graduating or passed NCLEX, take some time to reflect on what you have achieved and celebrate with family and friends. Congratulations to those of you who are new RNs or Advanced Practice Nurses – we applaud your accomplishments!

Important Dates, Events & Reminders

IMPORTANT DATES for WINTER:

March 29: Classes Begin

April 2-5: Easter Break, No classes

April 6: Last day to Add/Drop classes

April 19: Registration begins, Summer 2021

April 19: RN Jobs Student Panel event! 4-6pm

April 26: Last day to remove "I" grade, Winter 2021

April 27: Advising Session for Incoming RN-DNP students

May 1: Last day to Remove "N" grade, Spring 2020

May 17: Last day to Withdraw from classes

May 18: Registration Begins: Fall 2021

May 29-31: Memorial Day Weekend: No Classes

June 7: Last class day

June 8-12: Final Exam Week

June 1: Incoming APNI Orientation, 5-7pm

June 2: Incoming RN-DNP Orientation, 6-8pm

June 11: DNP Virtual Scholarship Day - mark your calendars, everyone is invited!

June 13: SU Campus Commencement

June 16: Grades posted on SU Online by 6m

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Student Panel Event - RN Jobs

If you are looking for support around seeking an RN job, please consider attending the RN Student Jobs Panel event-APRIL 19th. We will have a panel of current DNP students for you to hear from on topics like writing your RN resume, applying for RN jobs, and things to think about/consider/best practices when searching for your first RN position. You should have received a "Save the Date" invitation to this event in your inbox and an update with Zoom link will be shared as we approach the event. Questions? Email Missy at mhancock@seattleu.edu

Currently Seeking DNP Student Volunteers!

We are currently seeking DNP Student Volunteers for the Incoming APNI and RN-DNP Orientations! If you're willing and available to come to the event and participate in a breakout room, please email Missy at mhancock@seattleu.edu.


June 1, APNI Orientation, 5-7pm

June 2, RN-DNP Orientation, 6-8pm

Welcome Paige Adler, Program Assistant

Hi everyone! My name is Paige Adler and I am the new Program Assistant for the College of Nursing. I am from Kirkland but I love to travel! I recently returned from a year abroad in England where I completed my Master’s degree. In my free time you can find me practicing my baking skills, watching true crime documentaries, or planning my next travel adventure.

ACCESS YOUR DNP Program of Study!

As a reminder, you can go to the CON Information Page on Canvas and click on "DNP Programs of Study". Please bookmark this page if you haven't already! It gets updated from time to time, and this link is live. Look for the tabs along the bottom for your specific track.

CON Information Page

A friendly reminder you should Bookmark the CON Information Page on Canvas. This site is where the Grad Team will continue to update Student Resources, DNP Project Information, Certification and Graduation Information and much, much more!

Meet Our Student Diversity Ambassadors!

The College of Nursing graduate program aims to increase the number of underrepresented students in the graduate program applicant pool by creating an outreach and recruitment program staffed by current graduate DNP Diversity Ambassadors (DAs).

APNI - Class of 2024

APNI Students will be taking 17 credits this spring:



5025 Nursing Care Altered Health in Adults

5027 Clinical Care Altered Health in Adults/MED-SURG

6014 Theory & Critical Inquiry I (APNI only)

6110 Ethical Care & Social Justice


If you are looking for support around seeking an RN job, please consider attending the RN Student Jobs Panel event-APRIL 19th. We will have a panel of current DNP students for you to hear from on topics like writing your RN resume, applying for RN jobs, and things to think about/consider/best practices when searching for your first RN position. You should have received a "Save the Date" invitation to this event in your inbox and an update with Zoom link will be shared as we approach the event. Questions? Email Missy at mhancock@seattleu.edu

DNP I - Class of 2023

DNP I students will be taking 10 credits this spring:



NURS 6190 Quality Improvement Processes

NURS 6010 Healthcare Policy

NURS 6022 Advanced Pharmacology


If you are looking for support around seeking an RN job, please consider attending the RN Student Jobs Panel event-APRIL 19th. We will have a panel of current DNP students for you to hear from on topics like writing your RN resume, applying for RN jobs, and things to think about/consider/best practices when searching for your first RN position. You should have received a "Save the Date" invitation to this event in your inbox and an update with Zoom link will be shared as we approach the event. Questions? Email Missy at mhancock@seattleu.edu

DNP II - Class of 2022

DNP II Students will be taking between 5-10 credits this Winter depending on track.


Students are taking a deeper dive into Advanced Practice courses and most will begin preparing for clinical rotations this summer!

DNP III - Class of 2021

We had 41 students present their DNP Projects in March and 37 completed the DNP Program in the Winter!


DNP III Students are now truly in the final quarter of the program and we expect 44 students will present on June 11!


We are planning for the Hooding & Blessing of Hands event. Please connect with Missy if you're interested in planning this event!

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As the CPL emerges from winter quarter and prepares to greet the spring, we are excited to continue to be an integral part of student learning. We are also proud to report with our continued vigilance the CPL has finished up the winter quarter, our second quarter operating in-person since COVID-19, without any known transmission of the Coronavirus.


The CPL team has continued to ensure that CDC health precautions and guidelines are being followed to keep students, faculty, and staff as safe as possible. With Governor Inslee declaring we are in Phase III, the CPL will not be making any changes with occupancy rates in the CPL for Spring quarter. We may restructure furniture a bit...but we will maintain our current policies until the end of the school year. The rationale is with all of the variants, spring break activities going on...and only 14% of the population is vaccinated...we want to give things a bit more time to settle into Phase III to see if we stay in Phase III. It would be difficult to leap ahead, only to have to trudge back to Phase I or II due to increasing rates.


The CPL team is prepping for spring quarter and anticipating skills labs and a variety of low, mid, and high-fidelity simulations. In addition, we will continue to support faculty and students with any virtual simulation needs. All the operations in the CPL are reflective of policies and procedures that have been vetted through external entities and responsive to ongoing CDC recommendations.


As always, if you are anticipating coming into the CPL this spring quarter, please make sure to review all SU and DOH policies of what will be expected of you when returning to campus concerning testing and safe practices. In-depth information can be located on the Canvas web page under CON Information.


Thank you so much for your continued support of the CPL and we hope to see you soon!

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We know this pandemic has been hard, and any stories of hope and inspiration are needed! Here is a snapshot of how some of us are filling our time and keeping our spirits high!

Playing Piano, our amazing Peggy Stevens

I was asked to play the piano for the Sunday Mass in the Chapel last October when Campus Ministry felt they could start to offer Mass in person. I was a little leery at first, but no singing is allowed and they only allow a very small number of students, staff and faculty to register to attend, with all the CDC protocols in place. Normally we would have a full choir belting it out, but with no singers, I agreed to give it a try. And it has been the best thing for me during this time of isolation and winter darkness! It gives me great joy to be able to provide contemplative music for the priest and usually only about 8 attendees each week. And I spend time each day during the week choosing the music and then practicing it, so it really has become an every-day dose of joy!

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We know ALL faculty and staff are doing everything they can, and all of us are valued and important. In this new segment of the DNP Newsletter, students recognize faculty who have gone above and beyond!

Shannon Hines, MSN, RNC-OB

"She has really worked VERY hard to facilitate our online learning this quarter. She has gone out of her way and put in countless hours in efforts to help her students achieve success. Her passion for our learning really shined this quarter. She deserves recognition."

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Students, Faculty & Staff - Please Join EJC This Spring!!

We invite you all to join us in our EJC community. The initiatives for the 2020-2021 year are:


  1. Cultural competency in the BSN and DNP curriculum
  2. Black Lives Matter Movement - what can we do and how can we stay involved?
  3. Continue the initiatives from 2019-2020 year (Microaggression Learning Modules, Microaggression Reporting, Mentorship program in the DNP)



Do you have any questions or feedback for EJC? Email us at: ejccon@seattleu.edu

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A Note on Email Signatures:

It is important to represent yourself accurately. The Doctor of Nursing Practice program is not a PhD program where students take comprehensive examinations and, upon passing, receive the title, PhC (meaning PhD candidate). Referring to yourself as a candidate can cause confusion with our preceptors and it is a misrepresentation of your academic status.


We suggest using the following E-signature format:


Name, Credential | DNP Student - specialty | Class of 202X

COLLEGE OF NURSING | SEATTLE UNIVERSITY

Your Address or Seattle U Address

work: | cell:

Pronouns:

QUICK LINK BUTTONS BELOW:

EJC Website

Modeled after the “online syllabus” created by the Black Lives Matter and Standing Rock movements, this site is an online repository of information on the effects of racism on health, multimedia teaching and learning resources, and much more.

Microaggresions Reporting Tool

If you have experienced a microaggression in the College of Nursing: Reporting is confidential and no names are collected. The link is anonymous and cannot be traced to you or your device.

CANVAS - CON Info Page

Find DNP Project Page, Student Resources + More!

CON Website for Current Students

Covid-19 related student resource page from the CON

COVID 19 UPDATES AND RESOURCES

Together, we can slow the spread. Stay home. Stay 6 feet apart if you must go out. Wash hands.

GRADUATE STUDENT COUNCIL

Click here to learn more

Connect SU

Find events, community service opportunities and more!

LinkedIn

Students, Faculty and Staff - Connect on LinkedIn and Join the SU CON Network!

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Have an idea or announcement for the next newsletter?

email Missy Hancock at mhancock@seattleu.edu