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40 Years After Becoming an RN, Finally a BSN!

Joyce Ellis, BSN, RN, CDE, earned her nursing diploma in 1974 from the Los Angeles County Medical Center School of Nursing and worked as an RN until she began work as a Certified Diabetes Educator in 1994. Ellis had been thinking about going back to school for her BSN since early in her career – but as a single mother of four, she decided it would have to wait. When she began looking for a new job, she found that her opportunities were limited despite her decades of experience.

She enrolled in Chamberlain’s RN to BSN Online Degree Completion Option and graduated in June 2015.

“I did it for me, and I’m really proud,” she says. “The first time I wrote BSN after my name, it was amazing. No one can ever take your Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. It will be with me forever.”

Ellis recently shared her advice for getting the most out of the RN to BSN Online Degree Completion Option on Chamberlain’s blog.

Visit to read her tips.

We Wrote the Book on Collaborative Primary Care

primary-carePrimary Care: A Collaborative Practice, a textbook co-edited by Chamberlain’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program Director JoAnn Trybulski, PhD, ARNP, FNAP, was first published in 1999 with the vision that the practice of primary care was a collaborative one, requiring the efforts of healthcare professionals from multiple disciplines.

The fifth edition was published May 2016 and, in the true spirit of the text, contains the collaboration and contributions of Chamberlain post-licensure faculty and administrative members – including multiple chapter authors from Chamberlain’s Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) specialty track.

John Distler, DPA, MBA, MS, FNP-C, RN, FAANP, Dean of MSN Nurse Practitioner Tracks, contributed the chapter on his area of expertise: environmental and food allergies. Post-licensure Professor Cathleen Crowley-Koschnitzki, DNP, MS, FNP, CNM, WHNP, wrote the chapter on valvular heart disease and murmurs. Professor Susan Sanner, PhD, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CNE, contributed a chapter on cardiac diagnostic testing and noninvasive assessment of coronary artery disease. Randy Gordon, DNP, FNP-BC, professor, authored two chapters – one on screening for skin cancer and one on burns. Terri Schmitt, PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC, CDE, professor, shared her expertise in writing the chapter on college health.

To view selections from the text, visit for a preview.

Serving Those Who Serve Our Country

col-sharon-coleWhen a Navy nurse asked Col. Sharon Cole, DNP, RN, Adjunct Professor for Chamberlain post-licensure degree programs, if she would ever be interested in military nursing, she doubted that path would be right for her. However, she thought about all the opportunities she would gain by serving her country and decided to enter the Army Nurse Corps.

Twenty-six years of service later, now Col. Cole reiterates that she still loves the opportunities the Army provides for nurses. When she wanted to have more doors open to her, Col. Cole turned to Chamberlain College of Nursing and enrolled in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree program. Today, Col. Cole continues to impact future generations as an adjunct professor in Chamberlain’s post-licensure programs.

Chamberlain offers a number of benefits for post-licensure military students, including flexible class schedules and customized academic and military financial support, to help current and former military professionals achieve their lifelong learning goals.

If you are interested in learning more about Chamberlain’s military benefits, call 855-SALUTE-U (855.725.8838) or visit us online at

Scholarly Presentations

scholarly-presentationsJohn Distler, DPA, MBA, MS, FNP-C, FAANP, Dean of Chamberlain’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) FNP Specialty Track, Kevin Letz, DNP, MBA, MSN, RN, CEN, CNE, FNP-C, ANP-BC, PNP-BC, Assistant Dean for Chamberlain’s MSN Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Specialty Tracks, and Cathleen Crowley-Koschnitzki, DNP, FNP-C, CNM, WHNP-BC, Associate Professor for Chamberlain’s MSN-FNP Specialty Tracks, presented at the 2016 American Association of Nurse Practitioners annual conference and showcased the wide range of clinical and research interests of Chamberlain faculty. Dr. Distler presented “Component Resolved Diagnostics: A Molecular View of Food Protein Sources and Determinations of Food,” Dr. Letz gave his presentation titled “Worms, Wheezes & Weird Diseases: Diagnostic Complexities of Eosinophilia,” and Dr. Crowley- Koschnitzki gave her presentation titled “Momma’s in a Mood: Screening, Treatment & Coding of Postpartum Mood Disorders in Primary Care.”

Park S. Balevre, DNP, MSN, RN-BC, Curriculum and Instruction Specialist, and Sonia Maria Balevre, DNP, MSN, RN, faculty at Chamberlain’s Jacksonville campus, presented evidence-based projects at the Florida QSEN (Quality and Safety Education for Nurses) Summit on March 4, 2016. Their p resent at ions included, “Improving Safety Attitudes in New Graduate Registered Nurses” and “Empowering Perceptions to Arrest Bullying and Incivility in the Nursing Workplace.” Both presentations discussed attitudes and behaviors essential for nurses to show care for one another in order to provide enhanced person-centered care for their patients.

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