• What is Public Health? (Infographic)

    by Christina Fuchs | Jan 22, 2018

    Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of families and communities through:

    • Promotion of healthy lifestyles
    • Research for disease and injury prevention
    • Detection and control of diseases

    Public health is responsible for many aspects affecting global health, such as keeping our food and water supply safe, containing outbreaks of infectious diseases, informing policy-making and helping remove disparities in access to healthcare.

    Chamberlain's Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program is designed to challenge and change the way you think about the health of population groups, while preparing you to lead projects and teams that implement solutions for a diverse range of public health programs and policies. Visit chamberlain.edu/mph for more information.

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  • EMPOWER Scholarship Fund Keeping Education Within Reach

    by Christina Fuchs | Jan 19, 2018

    Students work hard to get into school and often twice as hard to graduate, striving year after year to balance academic challenges and financial obligations. Individual schools do all they can to help. But the truth is that financial aid and institutional scholarships aren’t always enough.

    Established in 2000, the Empower Scholarship Fund is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that strives to keep education within reach by providing financial support to continuing students, especially those with the greatest need, who have established a successful academic track record.

    By helping students pay for their education, we are empowering them to actualize their goals and to realize their dreams. By removing or easing the financial obligation, we are helping them to focus on their studies and reach their full potential.

    Because of the generous support of colleagues, alumni, corporate partners and friends, the impact of the Scholarship Fund continues to expand.

    In 2018, the Scholarship Fund will award more than $1.1 million in scholarships to nearly 500 students.

    To contribute, visit empowerscholarshipfund.org.

    The Scholarship Fund operates in concert with Adtalem Global Education Colleges and Universities, but is a separate entity supporting student success.

    text 41444 and chamberlain
    To donate, text 41444 & enter Chamberlain

    All donations are tax-deductible and go directly toward funding scholarships.

    Kayla Adams“My aspirations of becoming a registered nurse are beginning to feel very real to me, and the financial assistance from this scholarship has brought me much closer to my dreams.”

    –Kayla Adams
    Empower Scholarship Recipient
    Chamberlain University
    College of Nursing - Atlanta Campus
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) ‘19

    Cristal Perez“Thank you for the gift of quality time with my daughter and the help with paying my education.”

    –Cristal Perez
    Empower Scholarship Recipient
    Chamberlain University
    College of Nursing - Phoenix Campus
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) ‘17

    Ryan Palanca “ This helps me out so much with my dream of becoming a nurse and following in my mother’s footsteps.”

    –Ryan Palanca
    Empower Scholarship RecipientChamberlain University
    College of Nursing - Cleveland Campus
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) ‘18

    SINCE 2012:

    $3,596,500 in scholarships have been awarded
    2,321 students have received a scholarship
    90% of scholarship recipients are still in school or have graduated



    formerly the Chamberlain College of Nursing Scholarship Fund

    Fardowsa Abdirahman
    Anne Abresch
    Kayla Adams
    Evelyn Aguaze
    Sharon Alvaro
    Cyril Amenaghawon
    Modupe Ameye
    Denise Andrews
    Angelia Aponte
    Sofia Artani
    Noor Aziz
    Kimberly Bailey
    Maddalynn Bailey
    Erika Bean
    Kim Bell
    Ladel Blackmon
    Christina Bowens
    Scott Breitzig
    Tatyana Breja
    Zackeshia Brimidge
    Cristi Bristol
    Kathleen Brown
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    Quanisha Bynum
    Heather Byrd
    Nina Cantonjos
    Elizabeth Cervantes-Miranda
    Lori Cesca
    Leslie Chacko
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    Sarah Coppiellie
    Clifford Cornett
    Katie Cowan
    Kelley Cuffy-Moe
    Sarah Davis
    Shirlene Daw
    Lynn Demeter
    Jennifer Denny
    Aleksandra Djakovic
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    Hannah Evans
    Renae Fadness
    Uche Fernes
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    Ashunti Flowers
    Jeff Fox
    Jennifer Francies
    Yenisley Gamez
    Alicia Garrido
    Shanetriss Gay
    Andrea Giller
    Jessica Goertzen
    Lisa Griffin
    Amy Hall
    Stephanie Harris
    Sydney Hellmer
    Kasey Hershaw
    Sabrina Hollowell
    Haley Hopkins
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    Katie Hostetter
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    Musediq Ismail
    Cristina Itzep
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    Whitney Lewis
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    Katie Lindberg
    Allan Lindo
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    Ariana Lodico
    Taylor Lundquist
    Matt Magana
    Georgia Margeolas
    Tiera McCloud
    Tracy McConathy
    Kortney McCoy
    Candice McEwan
    Kayla Miller
    Kelsey Miller
    Corey Mills
    Michael Morah
    Sonisha Mosley
    Celina Myatt
    Trang Nguyen
    Ruth Njoku
    Jordan Novak
    Alphonsus Nwadike
    Richard Nzi
    Mavis Okoye
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    Blase Orieukwu
    Candice Oshaughnessy
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    Ryan Palanca
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    Roshani Patel
    Rachel Pearson
    Adrianna Pelfrey
    Cristal Perez
    Daisy Perez
    Megan Perry
    Boguslawa Peterson
    Mariea Pettaway
    Huong Phu
    Nancy Pisieczko
    Aiyana Ponder
    Natalie Pool
    Tammy Prindle
    Charis Putmon
    Sheronda Quinn
    Liza Rasmijn
    Melanie Rebello
    Brandon Reece
    Crystal Reed
    Eve Reichmann
    James Reilly
    Layla Richardson
    Shavonna Robertson
    Alison Roller-Alling
    Brandy Rumfelt
    Martha Salak
    Liliane Sampaio
    Bianca Sandy
    Jason Schunk
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    Elsie Smith
    Shana Smith
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    Brandy Speece
    Julia Rebecca Stafford
    Anna Stewart
    Courtney Stradford
    Narayan Subedi
    Serita Sutton
    Catherine Szal
    Daren Tanchico
    Courtney Theissen
    Marcella Thibeau
    Imani Thompson
    Nelinda Toledo
    Alyssa Torculas
    Andrew Turpin
    Queen Ukpe Nzeh
    Sidney Valadez
    Rosa Valle Casas
    Michelle Vaquerano
    George Vela
    Yasmine Velez
    Wallace Vellon
    Anitra Watkins-Bradley
    Madyson Wellcome
    Tempest West
    Michelle Wolfe
    Saumei Wu
    Marci Zegarac
    Catherine Zeisler


  • The Capacity to Make a Real Difference 2

    by Christina Fuchs | Jan 19, 2018

    A Letter from President Susan Groenwald

    Forty-eight years ago this fall, I enrolled in a diploma nursing program at a school two towns over from mine. I chose nursing for a simple reason: my mother had always wanted to be a nurse. She encouraged me to follow that path, and the dutiful daughter that I was, I obliged. 

    At that time, I thought I was simply preparing for a job. I had no idea how far nursing would take me over the next five decades – from staff nurse to my current position as president of Chamberlain College of Nursing – or that I would find my career so fulfilling on so many levels. 

    Not long after I began my career, I realized a powerful truth: Nurses have the capacity to make a real difference. We are what former Institute of Medicine President Harvey, MD, PhD, calls “a linchpin for healthcare reform” – connected to everyone and everything, and uniquely positioned to implement systemic change. Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN, chair of Chamberlain’s Board of Trustees, remarks that nurses view healthcare through a unique lens that includes the person, family and community.

    Whether it’s at the bedside of a patient or in the boardroom, an extraordinary nurse is equipped with the perspective, skills and knowledge to make a profound impact on healthcare. That is exactly the type of nurse that we at Chamberlain aim to prepare – the extraordinary nurse who will transform healthcare. 

    We do it through our approach to education – Chamberlain Care®. We believe that students thrive when they have faculty and staff who believe in them and provide the resources they need to be successful. We take extraordinary care of our students and teach them how to take extraordinary care of the people and families entrusted to their care. 

    In each issue of The Chamberlain, we will share stories of the amazing work that students, faculty and alumni are doing – work that demonstrates just how extraordinary they are. We’ll examine some of the issues that are affecting the nursing industry today and explore the educational environment that’s shaping the nurses of tomorrow. In this first issue, we’re also covering a topic that is near and dear to me – the need for nurses to pay attention to their own wellness needs, so that they can bring their best selves to the job every day.

    As nurses and nurse educators, we have an enormous responsibility – one that is reflected in the name of our magazine. The word “chamberlain” is derived from the Middle English word chaumberlein, which means “chief steward.” Today, more than ever, the nurse is the chamberlain, the coordinator of care at the center of the patient experience. Likewise, our faculty and staff are the chamberlains of their students’ education, ensuring that students have the resources to succeed and the skills and knowledge to deliver extraordinary care. 

    I hope you enjoy our magazine, and find its content as inspiring as I do. We’d love to hear what you think – you can send your feedback or ideas for a future issue to us at news@chamberlain.edu.

    Warmest regards,
    Susan L. Groenwald

    President, Chamberlain College of Nursing

  • 4.0 Alumna Looks to Data to Enhance Care for Stroke Patients Significantly

    by Christina Fuchs | Jan 19, 2018

    Susan Hirth, BSN, RN
    (BSN '16)

    As a quality improvement manager at Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN), Susan Hirth is constantly looking for ways to improve critical care areas, as her background is in critical care nursing. ECHN is made of two small community hospitals, and Susan is a member of the Core Stroke Team for both hospitals. She recently worked on an initiative to improve the care of stroke patients through data collection and analysis. Because of the care improvement, Susan and her team earned Joint Commission Advanced Certification as a Primary Stroke Center in June 2016, and also received the Stroke Gold Award from Get With the Guidelines – an in-hospital program for improving stroke care by promoting consistent adherence to the latest scientific treatment guidelines. Susan continues to act as a voice for patients, participating in stroke patient case reviews monthly and collecting data for inpatient hospital quality improvement stroke measures to enhance ECHN’s processes and provide the best care possible.


  • DNP Alumna Leads Charge Readmission Reduction in Florida Healthcare System

    by Christina Fuchs | Jan 19, 2018

    Joy Gopaul-Hilaire,
    DNP, MSN, RN
    (DNP '17)

    Joy, a recent Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) graduate, developed and implemented an evidence-based practice approach that improved patient outcomes and readmission rates at Memorial Healthcare System (MHS) in the Fort Lauderdale area. Under Joy’s guidance, her team worked to tailor the hospital’s readmission reduction program to be specific to each of their patients' needs. MHS was the only healthcare system in Broward and Dade Counties to receive zero penalties for 30-day hospital readmissions. The hospital was also named the second most improved safety-net hospital in the United States on the 30-day readmissions metric by Modern Healthcare magazine in their August 29, 2016 issue.


  • Chicago Alum and Colleagues Are Among “40 Under 40” Nurses in Illinois

    by Christina Fuchs | Jan 19, 2018

    Jorge Cervantes, BSN, RN
    (BSN '15)

    Two Chamberlain colleagues and one Chamberlain alum were recipients of the Illinois Nurses’ Foundation “40 Under 40” emerging nurse leaders award in September 2017.

    Emerging nurse leader recipients were Simendea S. Clark MSN, RN, assistant dean of academic success at the Center for Academic Success (CAS); Esmeralda Ochoa, BSN, RN, professional nurse tutor (CAS); and Jorge Cervantes, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Chamberlain alumni.

    The event took place at Rush University in Chicago and recognized 40 outstanding nurses in Illinois under 40. The awards’ purpose is to celebrate and encourage exemplar dedication to the nursing profession, dedicated service within the community and the promise to grow in leadership for the advancement of nursing in Illinois.


  • BSN Grad Receives 2017 Radiation Therapy Nursing Award

    by Christina Fuchs | Jan 19, 2018

    Pamela Laszweski, RN, OCN
    (BSN ‘15)

    Pamela, a radiation clinical leader at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, Michigan, received the prestigious 2017 Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) Excellence in Radiation Therapy Nursing Award during the Annual ONS Congress in May 2017 in Denver, Colorado. The award recognizes and supports excellence in radiation therapy nursing and is given to members of the Oncology Nursing Society who have been nominated by another member. She received a $500 monetary prize, a plaque and travel support to the Congress.

    Pamela has been an oncology nurse for 28 years and is the president of the Detroit Oncology Nursing Society. “I am very pleased to receive this distinguished award and for what it represents – excellence in nursing,” said Pamela. “I’ve dedicated many years to caring for patients, and it’s my privilege to care for Karmanos’ patients. I am truly humbled to be selected for this award.”


  • Alumna Who Graduated with All of Her Degrees from Chamberlain Opens Her Own Practice

    by Christina Fuchs | Jan 19, 2018

    Leena Panicker,
    (DNP ’16, MSN-FNP ’15, MSN ’11, BSN ’09)

    Dr. Leena Panicker began her journey with Chamberlain University over nine years ago. She graduated with her BSN degree, then her MSN in Nursing Education and following pursued the MSN Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Specialty Track. She worked as an FNP for one year and then established her own family practice clinic while simultaneously earning her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in 2016. It took less than a month for Dr. Panicker to see 100 patients. Today, she is the proud provider/owner of Alegria Family Clinic PLLC, located in an underserved area in Balch Springs, Texas. Dr. Panicker thanks Chamberlain faculty, friends, family and community for allowing her to pursue her dream career in patient-centered manner.


  • DAISY Award Winner Makes a Difference for Patient Who Didn’t Know He Had A Stroke

    by Christina Fuchs | Jan 19, 2018

    Sonia Munoz, BSN, RN
    (BSN ‘16)

    Sonia won a DAISY Award for making a lasting impression on a patient and his wife in the neurology unit at AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. The patient didn’t know what stroke symptoms looked like and delayed seeking treatment. At 56, he was shocked to learn he had suffered a stroke. He also shared that he was anxious and he and his wife had a flurry of questions for Sonia. They were awed by Sonia’s patience and expertise, and her comforting words, advice and education made the couple feel more at ease and confident that they would get through this difficult situation. Although Sonia was not ultimately assigned to the patient, she later took time to connect with him and his wife. She turned a very painful, unfamiliar and life-changing situation into one that was more understandable and acceptable. The patient felt she gave him a more hopeful outlook for his future.


  • Chamberlain Grad Makes Continuing Education and Transforming Community Healthcare His Priorities

    by Christina Fuchs | Jan 19, 2018

    Kyle Houser, BSN, RN
    (BSN '15)

    Making a difference by deeply caring for both urban and rural communities has always been Kyle’s goal. Since graduating from Chamberlain, Kyle has continued his education and the spirit of Chamberlain Care®. His thirst for knowledge has earned him several certifications including Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC), Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP), Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS). Additionally, he has trained in forensic nursing, a valuable skill when handling assault, domestic violence and trauma patients. Kyle is actively involved at Charlotte, North Carolina-based Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center both in and out of his department, serving as a role model and preceptor for both new graduates and newly-hired staff. He serves a pivotal role as a charge nurse of a 50-bed trauma emergency department, and sits on the nurse peer review committee, reviewing charting and policy processes for the hospital. In 2016, he was a recipient of the Guardian Angel Award, where patients and family members honored him for his remarkable care. In his community, Kyle has volunteered at the York County Free Clinic, and volunteered as an elementary reading tutor during the 2016-2017 school year.


  • Maureen Sintich Receives Chamberlain’s Second Annual Distinguished Alumni Award

    by Christina Fuchs | Jan 19, 2018

    Maureen Sintich, DNP, MBA, RN, WHNP-BC, NEA-BC
    (DNP '16)

    Dr. Maureen Sintich, executive vice president and chief nurse executive of Inova Health System, was honored with Chamberlain’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr. Sintich’s 35-year nursing career has focused on making a difference for her patients and community.

    Dr. Sintich, a graduate of Chamberlain’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program, was recognized for her many accomplishments, which include recently serving as the senior vice president and network chief nurse officer of Hackensack Meridian Health, an integrated network of 13 hospitals throughout the state of New Jersey. She worked within the patient, nursing and organizational spheres to improve patient outcomes, advance the patient experience and innovate throughout their many locations. She introduced the “High Reliability Organizational” concept to her team, which encourages the intentional practices of peer coaching, staff recognition and maintaining a caring connection between staff and patients – they call it being “Heartwired.” Dr. Sintich has also led the development of a nurse residency program, which has seen almost 300 newly-graduated RNs transition to their role as professional nurses with confidence and competence.

    Congratulations, Dr. Sintich! You are truly an extraordinary Chamberlain nurse.


    Distinguished Alumni honoree photo features:
    Dr. Maureen Sintich with Brent Fatig, National Manager of Alumni Relations for Chamberlain University

  • Las Vegas Student Receives DAISY in Training Award

    by Christina Fuchs | Jan 19, 2018

    During one of her clinical rotations, Genevieve Crutchfield, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) student at the Las Vegas campus, was assigned to the care of a 26-year-old woman with stage four bone cancer.

    “My heart broke for her,” Genevieve said. “It’s very hard when you see someone who’s in this much pain. The patient couldn’t communicate because she was sedated, but you could just see the suffering in her face and in her eyes.”

    Despite the challenging circumstances, Genevieve provided exceptional care that won her the admiration of her peers and earned her the DAISY in Training Award – a recognition program that honors pre-licensure nursing students for outstanding skill and compassionate patient care in the clinical setting.

    In her nomination of Genevieve, fellow student Trisha Escobido wrote, “I watched Genevieve care for this young lady all day. She checked on her hourly and at times, I would see Genevieve standing next to the bed talking with her because for a majority of the day [the patient] was alone. Although the communication was limited verbally, Genevieve's presence and care that day spoke volumes.”

    Trisha and the DAISY Foundation are not the only ones to recognize Genevieve’s special attention to caring deeply for others. Las Vegas assistant dean of the Center for Academic Success (CAS), Angela Beck, MSN Ed, RN, has noticed it as Genevieve’s CAS mentor.

    “Genevieve has a really astute understanding of how to make things simpler,” said Dean Beck. “She has quite a following at the CAS and there are students who come to be tutored by her. She has exceeded not only my expectations, but also her own expectations for herself.”

    Genevieve graduated in December 2017 and plans to work in critical care.

    “I like seeing the progression of the patient getting better in the critical care units – whether it’s with adults, children or with newborns in the neonatal intensive care unit,” said Genevieve. “You have an opportunity to impact the lives of these patients in an extraordinary way during a unique time of need.”


    Chamberlain & The DAISY Foundation

    Chamberlain University is proud to be a partner of The DAISY Foundation – a non-profit organization dedicated to recognizing nurses for their skill, kindness and compassion.

    The DAISY in Training Award recognizes nursing students for outstanding, compassionate care during their clinical rotations, while the DAISY Faculty Award honors those who are helping to shape the nurses of tomorrow.

    In addition, nurses who have received the DAISY Award through their employer or school are eligible for a special DAISY Honoree Scholarship for Chamberlain’s post-licensure programs.

  • Hurricane Irma Aftermath: DNP Student Assists in Bringing a Mobile Hospital to a Community in Need

    by Christina Fuchs | Jan 19, 2018

    Melanie O’Neill, MSN, RN, a student in Chamberlain’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program and graduate of the university's Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, is one of many who have been impacted by recent natural disasters. She was required to evacuate her home in the upper Florida Keys because of Hurricane Irma. Her home was damaged and her primary workplace, Mariners Hospital, was flooded during the hurricane.

    “Now it is even more important to give something back to our nurses who have lost so much,” said O’Neill, who serves as director of nursing for Mariners Hospital’s and Fishermen’s Community Hospital’s multispecialty acute care centers.

    Just two days after the hurricane hit, she decided to return home and start assisting with getting Mariners Hospital reestablished. While doing so, she also took on the additional responsibility of helping to bring a field hospital to Fishermen’s Community Hospital, which was heavily damaged by the storm.

    “The director of the emergency department and I were assigned to oversee the nursing aspect of the mobile hospital,” she said. “We were given three days to make sure we had all the equipment and supplies we needed to see what D-MAT (the government unit who left for Puerto Rico as soon as we took over) said would be 60-100 patients daily.”

    Even while taking on this added responsibility to help her community and colleagues, O’Neill was determined to stay on top of her DNP coursework and practicum project.

    “My professor, Dr. Cara Wallace, has been so supportive, caring and professional,” she said. “I was actually so overwhelmed by her support, but I have never asked for extended time on assignments. I’m one of those people who set a goal, and I always intend to meet my goal.”

    O’Neill’s practicum project is focused on implementing a shared governance structure among nursing staff at Fishermen’s Community Hospital. She sees her project as a way to help bring some normalcy back to the nursing staff and allow them to play an active role in rebuilding their hospital.

    “I know how important it is to open a hospital to serve our community, and I know how important my project will be to the nurses at Fishermen’s Community Hospital,” O’Neill added. “By giving the nurses structural empowerment, increasing their decision making and giving them control over their nursing practice, the patients will experience improved outcomes and the nurses will realize their value.”

    O’Neill’s altruism hasn’t gone unnoticed by Dr. Wallace, who worked with her to adjust her project to fit her current situation.

    “Her efforts have been focused on her community since the hurricane, which truly shows us what caring is about,” Wallace said. “Instead of concentrating on the damage her own home suffered, she made her colleagues and her community her first and foremost priority.

    “Recognizing there was a dire need to provide medical care for individuals and families in her community, she worked tirelessly with her colleagues to ensure the mobile hospital units were set up and ready for operation. For this, and all she continues to do, Melanie is Chamberlain Care® in action.”

    Melanie O'Neil
    Melanie O’Neill, MSN, RN
    MSN Alum
    DNP Student
    Chamberlain University


  • Putting Pain in its Place

    by Christina Fuchs | Jan 19, 2018

    Chamberlain graduate Natalie Kalvoda, MSN, FNP-BC, on advancing her education and learning the art of pain management

    Natalie Kalvoda, MSN, FNP-BC, Chamberlain alumna and nurse practitioner at Chicagoland Pain Management, cares for people suffering from all types of chronic pain – neck pain, back pain, joint pain and more.

    She prescribes medications and therapies for some patients. She establishes plans to wean other patients off of the high dosages of narcotics that they had been previously prescribed. She’s on call with several local emergency rooms, and also spends time on the hospital floor for pain management consults.

    It’s a full day with a wide range of patients, but she has a soft spot in her heart for those suffering from the pain of cancer.

    “When I started nursing, what appealed to me was really being involved with the patient,” said Natalie. “I just liked knowing that I could be there for people in their weakest moment and help them to continue on. That inspired me to see how far I could go.”

    Advancing Her Education

    And so she enrolled at Chamberlain to earn her bachelor’s degree through the RN to BSN degree completion option. Not long after, her father-in-law was diagnosed with stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

    “The cancer really kind of hit home,” Natalie explained. “I already knew I wanted to be there to help with people’s pain, and having seen what my family member went through, I wanted to go further in nursing.”

    She followed up her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain by enrolling in the Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) Specialty Track, graduating in 2015.

    “It was an amazing journey – difficult at times but well worth it,” she said. “I basically broke things down into what I could do and just focused on one thing at a time. And the instructors were fabulous. They were always there to answer any questions. They were very, very, very supportive.”

    After completing the program, Natalie passed the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) family nurse practitioner certification exam on her first attempt – “That was the most stressful thing ever,” she said with a laugh.

    Treating Pain While Educating Patients

    Now, as a nurse practitioner, Natalie works alongside a collaborating physician at the clinic.

    “We’re a team. The patients go back and forth between us. We have a good understanding of what’s going on with each patient and how we would like to take him or her to the ultimate goal for pain management.”

    With the nation’s opioid crisis in full force, she says that patient education is key.

    “I always teach that narcotics are a tool and not the mainstay of care. I’m always looking for that opportunity to wean them down while making sure everything is still OK.”

    Natalie says she does see patients struggling with addiction. At the same time, she said, “You see patients with cancer that you know are hurting, but they don’t want anything because they want to have a clear head.”

    Science Meets Art

    In her year-and-a-half on the job, she’s gained experience and confidence, but knows she’ll always be learning.

    “Pain is subjective. Learning how to accommodate that and reading what’s best for the patients is an art in itself. That’s something I’m still learning and trying to perfect, and will probably be something that will be a continued learning process because no person is the same.”

  • Making a Difference for Those Displaced by War

    by Christina Fuchs | Jan 19, 2018

    After an extraordinary experience volunteering in Syrian refugee camps, Chamberlain BSN student Raya Cupler has found a calling – "to make the world a better place for refugees."

    Growing up in Saudi Arabia, the daughter of a Lebanese molecular biologist and an American neurologist, Raya Cupler was keenly aware of the human cost of conflict.

    “My mom grew up during the Lebanese civil war, and she had to leave her home and move to France,” she said. “When I was growing up in Saudi Arabia, my family and I had to evacuate. It’s given me an interesting perspective on refugees because I know that no one really wants to leave their country.”

    Now a pre-licensure nursing student at Chamberlain University's College of Nursing Columbus campus, Raya is striving to make a difference for people who have been traumatized and displaced by war.

    volunteeringLast winter, during a session when all of her Chamberlain courses were online, Raya volunteered for two and a half months in Syrian refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon, working with a number of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). As an aspiring nurse, she found the experience invaluable.

    “It was almost like clinical rotations. I did primary care, I did women’s health, I was on a surgical team for two weeks. As a nursing student, I learned a lot of skills that are incredible, like triaging and prioritization. It’s improved my critical thinking and taught me how to think outside the box because you only have limited resources over there,” she said.

    “I got to learn a lot about war, trauma and refugees, and the kind of things that go on in refugee camps.” A lot of what she witnessed was heart-breaking. The camps she worked in were across the border into Lebanon or Jordan but within walking distance of the Syrian cities that were being bombed or hit by chemical attacks.

    “I was nowhere near fighting, but I could hear it and see it.”

    Raya also explained that within the camps, she cared for a surprising number of child brides – teen or pre-teen girls who were married off for financial or safety reasons but aren’t mature enough, physically or psychologically, for everything that marriage implies.

    volunteeringRaya’s fluency in Arabic and French and familiarity with Arab culture helped her establish a connection with women and girls.

    “It definitely helped them open up to me about what’s going on in their households or tents, but it was interesting because Arab culture in general is very patriarchal and I’m a woman. With the rest of the community I had to really identify myself as a Westerner so they would take me as an authority figure.”

    In recognition of her work with refugees, Raya was named one of Johnson & Johnson’s® Global Young Leaders in 2016 – an honor that placed her among a select group of young activists from around the world.

    She currently volunteers with survivors of sexual assault in the Columbus area and is on track to graduate from Chamberlain with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in December 2018. Raya hopes to pursue a career in public health, perhaps helping to create health systems for refugees.

    And while she has much to give, Raya is resolute in her belief that the refugees she’s met have also impacted her life.

    “They gave me back so much more than I could ever have given them,” she said.

    “I think the best thing for me was seeing the resilience of humanity. It’s difficult at times to remember that, living somewhere like in the United States, where we’re so privileged with safety and abundance of food. We might have crime within the country, but we as individuals don’t feel afraid every day. To know that, we as humans, have the ability to survive that fear – I thought that was incredible.”


    Based on her experience with Syrian refugees, Chamberlain student Raya Cupler shared her advice for other healthcare professionals who aspire to work with people impacted by war.

    start by working locallyStart by working locally

    “To a certain extent, trauma is trauma,” said Raya. “If you’re interested in working with war refugees, start by volunteering with other kinds of survivors in your community – like survivors of sexual assault – so you can see if it’s something you’re actually interested in. It can be very taxing, so you have to be very self-aware all the time of what you’re able to handle.”

    volunteer internationallyVolunteer in a stable, international setting

    “Take advantage of things like the Global Health Education Program that Chamberlain has – it gives you an idea of what healthcare in a third world country looks like before you add variables such as war or genocide.”

    non-governmental organizationWork with a non-governmental organization (NGO)

    “Definitely work with an organization and finalize all of your details from the United States. You are going to an active conflict. You want to be with an organization that has some kind of safety protocols and can tell you where it is safe to be and where it’s not safe to be.”

    Raya Cupler

    In 2016, Raya was named
    one of Johnson & Johnson’s®
    Global Young Leaders

  • Online Doesn’t Mean Alone

    by Christina Fuchs | Jan 19, 2018

    As a student in Chamberlain’s RN to BSN Online Degree Completion Option, Tammy Lake, BSN, RN, never worked in person with her Capstone professor, Virginia Hall, DNP, MSN Ed, RN, CNE – but that doesn’t mean she felt she was going it alone.

    “There were times that I just sent email after email, saying I don’t know if this is right,” Tammy said. “Dr. Hall went above and beyond.”

    For Dr. Hall, support from faculty is a key part of student success and the student experience at Chamberlain.

    “It’s really important to let students know that you care about them as their instructor,” she said. “I always tell my students, don’t panic because we’ll get through this together. I encouraged Tammy and we worked through it, no problem. She just came through shining.”

    The two got to finally meet in person at the July 2017 post-licensure commencement ceremony.

    “When I saw Tammy walk across the stage, it was like watching my family walk across the stage,” said Dr. Hall. “I’m very proud of her.”


  • Chamberlain University Students Celebrate Transition to Clinical Care

    by Christina Fuchs | Jan 18, 2018

    In the past, student nurses who had reached a certain point in their education celebrated their achievements with a capping ceremony, a highly anticipated event in which they were formally presented with their nursing caps.

    Just as nursing caps have given way to scrubs, the practice of recognizing the progress of student nurses has taken on a more contemporary – but equally meaningful – form at Chamberlain University.

    Our Transition to Care ceremony, held at campuses across the country, serves as the official welcome into the clinical portion of the curriculum. The ceremony takes place between NR-224 Fundamentals-Skills and NR-226 Fundamentals-Patient Care.

    “As nurses, one of the most important things we do is attend to the human spirit through person-centered care,” said Chamberlain University President Susan Groenwald, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN. “This ceremony encourages our students to work toward a goal of becoming not just a nurse but an extraordinary nurse equipped with the values, behaviors and knowledge base to make a difference in the lives of their patients and their families.”

    “I think this ceremony conveys to them both the seriousness of caring for patients, as well as a time of excitement that they are progressing towards becoming a nurse,” said Addison campus President Jan Snow, PhD, MSN, RN.

    Family and friends are invited to attend the Transition to Care ceremony as a public demonstration of support. Students hear from inspirational speakers, take a special Transition to Care pledge and receive a pin to wear on their lanyard to remind them of that pledge.

  • How Do We Measure Up? RN to BSN Option Earns Certification Marks from Quality Matters

    by Christina Fuchs | Jan 18, 2018

    Chamberlain’s RN to BSN Degree Completion Option has been putting itself to the test – all with the goal of increasing student success.

    Starting in 2013, the program has been pursuing certification by Quality Matters (QM) – a non-profit, nationally recognized quality assurance organization that aims to improve and certify the design of online and blended courses.

    The QM certification process includes a rigorous peer review of all of our policies, resources and support services for students, plus the identification of areas for improvement.

    To date, four courses in the program have earned QM certification, and four more are in process. In addition, the RN to BSN option as a whole has achieved certification in the areas of Online Learner Support and Online Teaching Support – the only nursing program in the country to have done so.

    “Adult learners expect clarity and precision in their learning environment,” explained Jill Price, PhD, MSN, RN, director of graduate programs at Chamberlain. “Certification from QM is part of our ongoing commitment to providing students with the support they need to be successful in their program of study. The goal is to see where we’re doing well and where we can still improve.”

    Results so far have included insights and recommendations for how to increase student engagement and achievement and to promote faculty excellence and build on areas of faculty success.


  • MSN Faculty Members Named to the American Academy of Nursing

    by Christina Fuchs | Jan 18, 2018

    The American Academy of Nursing’s 2017 class of fellows includes two Chamberlain professors – Kathleen Hunter, PhD, RN-BC, CNE and Carolyn Sipes, PhD, MSN, RN, CNS, APN, PMP, RN-BC – both from our Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program.

    Kathleen Hunter

    Dr. Hunter’s many contributions in the area of nursing informatics include leading the development of nursing informatics as a distinct advanced practice specialty and working to ensure that informatics technical standards include a nursing perspective. At Chamberlain, she helped establish the MSN Nursing Informatics Specialty Track and developed a number of courses.

    Carolyn Sipes

    Dr. Sipes’ fellowship recognizes both her pioneering work in AIDS research and her contributions to the development of electronic health records (EHRs), including her efforts to identify functionalities that nurses needed in EHRs. Dr. Sipes also developed informatics-competency skill assessments used throughout clinical departments.

    Fellowship in the Academy is one of nursing’s highest honors, granted in recognition of extraordinary contributions to nursing education, management, practice, policy or research.

  • At the Forefront of Healthcare & Education

    by Christina Fuchs | Jan 18, 2018

    Chamberlain University is focused on academic excellence that is driven by our academic leadership and our esteemed and accomplished faculty. Many of our faculty continue to expand their educational footprint by conducting studies, holding positions on advisory boards, publishing books or writing journal articles.

    To better understand how our faculty contributes to healthcare scholarship and the continued transformation of nursing education, Chamberlain’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Research conducted a survey in 2016 collecting information from all faculty and academic administration colleagues related to professional service, scholarly activities, professional development and other key achievements. We are thrilled with the caliber of scholarship efforts across the University, which further empowers our students to be successful in their studies and their chosen field.

    Championing the Nursing Profession

    Healthcare Professionals and the “Stress of Conscience”

    Muder Alkrisat, PhD, RN, CSHA, CSSBB, PIA, HACP, CPHQ
    Associate Professor
    Chamberlain University, College of Nursing

    alkrisatDr. Alkrisat collaborated on a study focusing on how workers in healthcare systems are predisposed to work-related stress based on moral factors. Such experiences have been described as stress of conscience because they give rise to a troubled conscience. Empirical studies indicate that healthcare employees, including nurses, sometimes refer to stress of conscience when faced with ethically difficult situations related to patient care.

    Alkrisat, M. & Alatrash, M. (2016). Stress of conscience: concept clarification. Online Journal of Health Ethics, 12(1). http://dx.doi.org/10.18785/ojhe.1201.02.

    “Show Me Your Stethoscope”

    Ellen Poole, PhD, RN, CPAN, CNE
    Chamberlain University, College of Nursing – Phoenix Campus

    pooleLike many nurses after the 2016 Miss America pageant, Dr. Poole became passionate about sharing the value of her profession. She authored an editorial describing the social media response to the pageant’s runner-up, Kelly Johnson, RN, who used nursing as her pageant talent. Johnson’s move received a worldwide response which continues today through the “Show Me Your Stethoscope” Facebook group, where nurses and other medical personnel share personal experiences and pictures of their impact on healthcare.

    Poole, E.L. (2016). “Show me your stethoscope”–social media response. Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing, 31(3): 282-284. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jopan.2016.03.001.

    Confronting Gender Barriers for Male Nursing Students

    Chad O’Lynn, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF
    Director of Evaluation and Innovation
    Chamberlain University, College of Nursing

    olynnDr. O’Lynn is known internationally for his research on gender barriers for male nursing students and published an article focused on male registered nurses in Turkey. Prior to 2007, men were forbidden from being registered nurses in Turkey. This situation changed overnight when the government ordered nursing schools to begin admitting men. This sudden change did not allow for a smooth transition. Since Turkey has a culture and social structure that is much more patriarchal than many Western countries, the sudden change presented many challenges and opportunities.

    Arslan, I., Kulakac, O., & O’Lynn, C. (2015). Faculty experiences with rapid integration of male nursing students within a patriarchal societal context. Nurse Education Today, 35(11): 1075-1079.

    "Critical Care Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!"

    David Woodruff, PhD, RN-BC, CNS, CNE, FNAP
    Faculty Development Specialist
    Chamberlain University, College of Nursing

    woodruffCombining his experience in both critical care nursing and nursing education, Dr. Woodruff edited the 4th edition of Critical Care Nursing Made Incredibly Easy. “I once had a professor tell me that if you really understand a concept, you can explain it to a child,” said Dr. Woodruff, a faculty development specialist at Chamberlain. “That level of understanding takes simple yet complete education to achieve. This book strives to achieve that outcome.”

    Woodruff, D. (2016). Critical Care Nursing Made Incredibly Easy! D. Woodruff (Ed.), Wolters Kluwer. ISBN-13: 9781496306937, ISBN-10: 1496306937.

    Ethical Decision Making In Case Management

    David Zaworski, MSN, RN
    Assistant Professor
    Chamberlain University, College of Nursing

    zaworskiTo strengthen continuing education for case managers in the nursing field, David Zaworksi, contributed to an article that considers the background of ethical decision making in case management, takes a look into the ethical dilemmas that surround case managers and analyzes the tools available to assist in identifying, clarifying and resolving ethical issues as they arise. Care for self and others is shown through addressing these issues in a manner that takes the perspective of the patient/client into consideration while also respecting the needs and beliefs of the overall team.

    Dailey, E., Hopkins, M., & Zaworski, D. (2016). Ethical dilemmas in case management. Care Management, 22(1): 15-19.

    Advancing Education & Promoting Healthy Communities

    Treating Nicotine Dependence

    Elizabeth Fildes, EdD, RN, CNE, CARN-AP, PHNA-BC, FIAAN
    Professor – Graduate Programs
    Chamberlain University, College of Nursing

    fildesTobacco use remains the single-most preventable cause of death and disability in the United States and the world. Dr. Fildes has been advocating for access to treatment for tobacco users for decades. Seventeen years ago, she started the Nevada State Quitline, a free phone-based service available to Nevada residents 13 years and older. A journal publication came from one of her team’s efforts to tailor treatment to nicotine-dependent clients’ needs.

    Fildes, E. E., Kapella-Mshigeni, S., & Campbell-Heider, N. (2015). Outcomes of a one-time telephone intervention for smoking cessation in adults. Journal of Addictions Nursing, 26(4): 184-190.

    Diabetes Prevention in Latina & African-American Populations

    Luba Ivanov, PhD, RN, FAAN
    Professor – Master of Public Health
    Chamberlain University, College of Health Professions

    ivanovDr. Ivanov previously worked with immigrant populations and their disease prevention behaviors. She was asked to research minority women, specifically the Latina and African-American populations, and diabetes prevention. Dr. Ivanov’s co-authored article opens doors for the development of diabetes prevention and education programs.

    Ivanov, L.L., Wallace, D., Hernandez, C., & Hyde, Y. (2015). Diabetes risk and health. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 32(1): 1223-1228.

    Translating Traditional Classroom Best Practices to the Online Environment

    Jill Price, PhD, MSN, RN
    Director of Nursing Graduate Programs

    Joyce Whitlatch, EdD, MSN, RN
    Associate Professor

    Cecilia Jane Maier, MS, RN, CNE
    Assistant Professor

    Melissa Burdi, DNP, MSN, MS, RN
    Director of Post-licensure & Graduate Program Operations

    Chamberlain University, College of Nursing


    pricewhitlatchmaierburdiHow do best practices in the traditional classroom setting translate to the online learning environment? A group of faculty and administrators in our post-licensure programs created a workshop for RN to BSN degree completion faculty using the seven best practices championed byeducation professor and researcher Ken Bain in his book What the Best College Teachers Do (2004). In their follow-up study, they explored the effectiveness of the workshop by interviewing both faculty whounderwent the training and students who were taught by the trained faculty.

    Price, J., Whitlatch, J., Maier, J., Burdi, M. & Peacock, J. (2016). Improving online teaching by using established best classroom teaching practices. The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 47(5): 222-227.

    Online Versus Face-to-Face Courses

    Julie McAfooes, MS, RN-BC, CNE, ANEF, FAAN
    Curriculum Technology Manager
    Chamberlain University, College of Nursing

    mcafooesIn her textbook chapter on online learning communities, Julie McAfooes begins by asking if a tipping point has been reached, where the question is not should a course be offered online, but why should it be offered face-to-face, given the many advantages of online learning. Topics covered in the chapter include learning management systems, institutional planning, the faculty role, course design, content ownership and evaluating and grading learning outcomes.

    McAfooes, J. A. (2016). Teaching and learning in online learning communities. In D. M. Billings & J. A. Halstead (Eds.), Teaching in nursing: A guide for faculty (5th ed.), (pp. 357-384). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.

    Faculty Participation, Student Satisfaction & Perceived Learning

    Jill Price, PhD, MSN, RN
    Director of Nursing – Graduate Programs

    Cara Wallace, PhD, RN
    Associate Professor – DNP program

    Chamberlain University, College of Nursing

    priceDr. Price and Dr. Wallace contributed to a study that examined the relationships between faculty participation in online discussions with student satisfaction and perceived learning in online RN to BSN and MSN courses. The results of the study indicated that increased faculty wallaceposts correlated with a higher satisfaction level of perceived learning by graduate (MSN) students. In the RN to BSN population examined, there was a tipping point in which students started not to perceive a higher level of discussion posts from the faculty as learning.

    Claywell, L., Wallace, C., Price, J., Reneau, M. & Carlson, (2016). Influence of nursing faculty discussion presence on online student learning and satisfaction. Nurse Educator, 41(4): 175-179. http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/NNE.0000000000000252.

    Advocating for Patients & Improving Outcomes

    Gaps In Informatics Curricula

    Carolyn Sipes, PhD, CNS, APN, PMP, RN-BC, FAAN
    Associate Professor – Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Degree Program

    Kathy Hunter, PhD, RN-BC, CNE, FAAN
    Dean, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Degree Program

    Dee McGonigle, PhD, RN, CNE, FAAN, ANEF
    Virtual Learning Environment Manager

    Toni Hebda, PhD, MNEd, RN, RN-BC, MSIS, CNE
    Professor - Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Degree Program

    Taryn Hill, PhD, MSN, RN
    Dean if Academic Affairs - Columbus Campus

    Chamberlain University, College of Nursing


    A group of Chamberlain nursing informatics specialists authored a report about the process that led to a method for assessing perioperative and operating room nurses’ competencies in informatics. In the text, they also identified gaps in curricula that faculty could address to help improve nurses’ understanding of informatics.

    Sipes, C., Hunter, K., McGonigle, D., Hebda, T., Hill, T., & Lamblin, J. (2016). Competency skills assessment: successes and areas for improvement identified during collaboration between informaticists and a national organization. Nursing Informatics 2016, In W. Sermeus, et al. (Eds), Nursing Informatics 2016: eHealth for All: Every Level Collaboration – From Project to Realization; Studies in Health Technology and Informatics Series, Vol. 225: 43-47. IMIA and IOS Press: http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-658-3-43.


    Enhancing Nurse & Patient Communication

    Suzanne Crouch, EdD, MSN, ARNP, RN-BC, CNE
    Faculty Development Specialist
    Chamberlain University, College of Nursing

    crouchDr. Crouch partnered with the chief nursing officer of three medical centers to conduct and publish a study focused on how direct access to the chief nursing officer can impact the patient care experience. The findings of the study viewed the hospital world through the lens of patients' eyes and shared many implications for nursing practice, including enhanced communication among nurses and patients, increased patient satisfaction with their healthcare experience and improved staff satisfaction in the acute care environment.

    Crouch, S.J. & Ripper, K. (2016). Empowering patients with a hotline to the chief nursing officer. American Journal of Health Sciences, 7(1): 23-30.

    Medical Errors & Patient Safety

    Gaps in New Graduate Clinical Practice Readiness

    Julie Siemers, DNP, MSN, RN
    Dean of Academic Affairs
    Chamberlain University, College of Nursing – Las Vegas Campus

    siemersInspired by her MSN and DNP project, Dr. Siemers, contributed to an article addressing the increasing concern for patient safety as medical errors continue to occur in egregious numbers. Nursing education has been tasked with preparing students to safely practice, but evidence demonstrates gaps in clinical practice readiness in new graduates.

    Chung, C. & Siemers, J., (2016). Promoting safety in prelicensure education. Nevada State Board of Nursing News, June, 2016. At http://epubs.nsla.nv.gov/statepubs/epubs/620964-2016-6.pdf.

    Advocating for Women’s Health Issues

    Patricia Martin, DNP, MSN, RN
    President – Tinley Park Campus
    Chamberlain University, College of Nursing

    martinDr. Martin co-authored an article on nursing for women with interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome. The study arose from Dr. Martin’s interest in women’s health issues, with a focus on syndromes which have received little attention in nursing literature and have not been focused on as widely in the medical community. Interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome is a chronic condition affecting approximately 3.3 million women in the United States.

    MacMullen, N., Dulski, L., Martin, P., & Blobaum, P. (2016). Nursing Care of Women with Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome. Nursing for Woman's Health, April/May 2016, 20(2), 168-180.

    Chamberlain faculty who participated in the Chamberlain office of institutional effectiveness 2016 survey, also participated in the following scholarly activities:

    • Performed professional practice or service hours
    • Participated in volunteer hours
    • Participated in community service beyond practice as a nurse
    • Became certified in advanced practice or specialty
    • Belong to one or more professional nursing organizations
    • Submitted scholarly works for publication consideration
    • Participated in editorial work including reviews of scholarly papers for refereed journals
    • Published one or more book reviews
    • Participated in research proposal reviews
    • Served on one or more advisory boards
    • Served on one or more boards of directors/trustees
    • Served on one or more Chamberlain committees and task force groups
    • Conducted research or quality improvement studies
    • Participated in continuing education activities
    • Earned additional degrees
    • Are currently enrolled in a doctoral program
    • Are currently enrolled in post-master’s certificate programs
    • Earned honors, awards or other recognitions

    Visit chamberlain.edu/academicscholarship to view the full 2016 Faculty Survey.

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