News & Events
Nursing Junior Class will serve as Junior Marshalls
The Department of Nursing is pleased that our Junior Class will serve as Junior Marshalls during the first College of health Sciences graduation exercises on May 8, 2011.
December 2010 Commencement Speech
Mr. Lynn Dalton, RN, BSN, gave a student talk at the December 2010 commencement ceremony.
Health Screening at McDowell County Senior Citizen Center
The ASU Department of Nursing Catawba RN to BSN Cohort participated with numerous other community groups in a health screening at the McDowell County Senior Citizen Center on November 21, 2010. Mrs. Chrissy Shook, RN (an ASU student) is seen here taking a blood pressure of one of the participants.
ASU Nursing Honor Society Holds Program for Nurses
On Friday Dec 3rd, the ASU Nursing Honor Society held its first program for nurses in the Northwest region of NC. Dr. Dana Brackney, RN, PhD , an adjunct clinical instructor in the Nursing Department provided information about the latest research and nursing care considerations when nurses are working with people with diabetes. Nurses from the Appalachian Region Health System and the nutrition staff from the Appalachian District Health Department as well as ASU nursing department faculty and students attended the workshop. The NC Nurse Association awarded credit towards nursing license renewal for attendees.
CertifiedBackground.com and AACN Launch New Scholarship for Students in Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs
WASHINGTON, DC, October 27, 2010 – CertifiedBackground.com, a leading provider of background checks to health professions students, is partnering with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to launch a new scholarship program for nursing students in baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs. CertifiedBackground.com is committing $200,000 over five years to this new program that will distribute eight scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each year from 2011 through 2015.
The new scholarship program will provide $5,000 in support to outstanding nursing students in baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs at AACN member institutions. Eligible applicants must be admitted or enrolled in a nursing school affiliated with CertifiedBackground.com or have submitted an application through nursing’s centralized application service, NursingCAS (see https://portal.nursingcas.org). To apply for scholarship funding, students must complete an application that requires a brief 250-word essay on their goals and career aspirations in nursing. Winners will be announced within 60 days of each submission deadline, which are set for January 31, April 30, July 31, and October 31 each year. This scholarship is non-recurring and will be awarded to individual students for one semester only. Visit http://www.aacn.nche.edu/Education/doc/CBScholarshipApp.doc to download the application and review the scholarship criteria.
For more details on AACN’s partnership with CertifiedBackground.com to provide discounted criminal background checks to nursing students and a student immunization tracker service for schools of nursing, see http://www.aacn.nche.edu/MemberServices/CertifiedBackground.htm.
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The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for university and four-year college education programs in nursing. Representing more than 650 member schools of nursing at public and private institutions nationwide, AACN's educational, research, governmental advocacy, data collection, publications, and other programs work to establish quality standards for bachelor's- and graduate-degree nursing education, assist deans and directors to implement those standards, influence the nursing profession to improve health care, and promote public support of baccalaureate and graduate nursing education, research, and practice.
Care of Communities Visits Bethlehem Elementary School
On Oct 14th the students in the Care of Communities nursing class went to Bethlehem Elementary School in Alexander County. Here, they performed health screening and health education for about 300 students with the schools' nurses in Alexander County.
Here is a picture of one of our RN to BSN students, Nathan Reed, teaching the importance of hand washing to a group of students.
Department of Nursing receives accreditation from CCNE
Appalachian State University, the College of Health Sciences and the Department of Nursing are pleased to announced the new prelicensure on-campus nursing program has received accreditation from the Committee of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Dr. Wanda Stutts, Chair of the Nursing Department reacted to the announcement by saying, "I have anxiously been awaiting their decision for the past few months and wanted to share the good news as soon as I heard."
Appalachian’s RN to BSN degree program achieves accreditation
Appalachian State University’s registered nurse (RN) to Bachelor of Science in nursing (BSN) degree program has been granted initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for a full five-year term with no concerns or conditions.
The CCNE is an autonomous accrediting agency that ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate and graduate education programs preparing effective nurses. CCNE serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. As a voluntary, self regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing education programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education.
“We are very pleased to achieve initial full accreditation status through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE),” said Dr. Wanda Stutts, chair of Appalachian’s Department of Nursing. “Achieving accreditation through CCNE demonstrates faculty commitment to academic excellence, scholarship and service to our community within the mission of Appalachian State University.”
Approval for Prelicensure Program
We are pleased to announce that the ASU Department of Nursing has received the required approvals to begin a 4-year prelicensure BSN program commencing summer 2010. The Department of Nursing is housed within the newly formed College of Health Science and Allied Professions. The application deadline for the next class which begins in May 2011 is February 15th, 2011.
Dr. Wendy Miller has been appointed Director of the Prelicensure BSN Program. She may be contacted at: millerwe [at] appstate [dot] edu or 828-262-8039.
Department of Nursing
Edwin Duncan, Suite 318
ASU Box 32151
Boone, NC 28608
Interim Chairperson, Department of Nursing:
Dr. Linda Johanson
johansonls [at] appstate [dot] edu
Director, BSN Program, RN to BSN Program:
Dr. Kimberly Priode
priodeks [at] appstate [dot] edu
RN to BSN Cohort Program Manager:
tabords [at] appstate [dot] edu