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The Next Frontier:

Launching the Online Continuing Nursing Education Center

Nurse-Midwifery Program Earns Five Stars Serving Locally and Globally: Medical Mission Trips



New Directions

by Martha Bradshaw PhD, RN Interim Dean


What an exciting time to be a part of Baylor! Our new president, Ken Starr, brings enthusiasm and vision to every aspect of the university. As a genuine servant leader, he seeks to build a community within the Baylor family. Both the president and Alice Starr are strong supporters of the school of nursing, and we are grateful for their recognition of our accomplishments and our needs. Within the school, the attitude of positive energy is very prevalent. In May, we graduated one of our Dr. Bradshaw visits with LHSON undergraduate largest BSN classes: 61 traditional student Britani Alsobrook. students and 26 from the FastBacc we graduated our first DNP student with a track. Due to this wonderful increase in our student body, we outgrew East Dallas family nurse practitioner major. Christian Church, our long-standing facility Our faculty have become more engaged in for the pinning ceremony. Fortunately, Wilshire scholarship, whether through research, some Baptist church graciously allowed us to use its of which is in collaboration with Baylor lovely new sanctuary for the undergraduate and Health Care System, program grants to graduate ceremonies. benefit communities both in Dallas and in It was a year ago that we graduated the Waco, or publications and presentations that nation’s first students with a doctorate in are research-based or focused on education or nursing practice, nurse-midwifery specialization. technology processes. And now the midwifery class size has tripled! All of the faculty and staff have been creative We accomplished another first this year, in that and flexible in working together to meet our educational mission in light of our continuing increase in student numbers. You know that our state and our nation need more nurses to meet the growing healthcare needs in this country, and I am delighted that we are able to graduate an increasing number of Baylor nurses. Let me invite you to consider helping these students by participating in the President’s Scholarship Initiative so that anyone who wants to join this noble profession has an opportunity to do so. spring/summer 2011












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Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing Leadership Ken Starr

President, Baylor University Elizabeth Davis

Executive Vice President and Provost, Baylor University Martha Bradshaw

Interim Dean, Louise Herrington School of Nursing Mary Brucker

Associate Dean and Director, Graduate Program Catherine Rosser

Director, Undergraduate Program Linda Plank

Chair, Faculty Organization Janis Kovar

Director of Development Comments or Questions? We want to hear from you! Send your comments or questions to: And, if you have pictures or stories from a recent Baylor nursing event, please share them with us.


Message from the Dean  inside front cover Graduate Program: Message from Mary Brucker  4 Undergraduate Program: Message from Cathy Rosser  4 Faculty News  5 Development News: Message from Janis Kovar  8 School News  10 FEATURE STORIES

Learn Online Continuing Nursing Education Center  12 Lead Nurse-Midwifery Program Accreditation  14 Serve Local and International Mission Trips  16 Student Life  18 Alumni News  20 Partner News  22 News from Baylor University  23 Upcoming Events  back cover Cover photo: LHSON student Megan Lemley provides care to medically underserved communities in Ethiopia.


A Message from Mary Brucker

by Mary Brucker, PhD Associate Dean and Director, Graduate Program

Recently a prospective graduate student contacted LHSON asking if she was too old to apply at the age of 50. We were pleased to respond that LHSON does not discriminate on the basis of age, ethnicity or gender. Our student population increasingly is becoming more diverse, an action that also enriches the education for other classmates. As class composition becomes more heterogeneous, faculty are constantly challenged to not only prepare 21st-century nurses, but to change their own teaching methods. Today’s faculty cannot simply lecture to students; they must strive to move from being the sage on the stage to the guide on the side. Much of what a nurse learns in school is quickly outdated in this rapidly changing world of information. It has never been more imperative to help nursing students become lifelong learners.

At LHSON, we are fortunate to have available technology such as the ability to capture the classroom activities through Tegrity; to have students interact synchronously within a class through the internet via Eluminate; and to promote student discussion with each other over chat boards in Blackboard. Still, the connection between faculty and students remains a hallmark of Baylor University. The new success center helps students through individual and group tutoring. The personal touch is as important as, if not more important than, technological advances. LHSON is proud of its diversity in classroom composition and teaching methodologies. We look forward to the addition of scholarships to enable LHSON to educate even more nurses who reflect the diversity of the United States of America.

A Message from Cathy Rosser

by Cathy Rosser, EdD Director, Undergraduate Program


Nursing is in the news. Recent studies from the Institute of Medicine, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Carnegie Institute have all made recommendations about the future of nursing. This is an unprecedented time of both scrutiny and opportunity. Nurses form the largest group of healthcare providers and are more than three million strong. However, they rarely have been considered in formal policy discussions. Just a few years ago, new graduates were offered multiple positions, often in very attractive practices. Today, nurses currently in practice are staying in practice longer because of the depressed economy. Some of these nurses would have worked part-time instead of fulltime, and others might have retired had finances been different. This phenomenon does not solve the nursing shortage, but is a temporary

band-aid at best. New graduates may not find their “dream job,” but they continue to find positions, even though they are on night shifts or weekends. As students at LHSON know, opportunities are many for the nursing career of tomorrow. Learning not only information, but how to think critically, analyze, solve problems and communicate clearly are skills in addition to the basic psychomotor skills required for the nurse today. We are fortunate to have excellent faculty. Our faculty have the simulation and skills labs in constant use well into the evenings, and they are using technology to bank lectures for students to review day or night; however, the personal connection between students and faculty continues to be paramount. The future of nursing begins with quality education. The future of nursing begins here. spring/summer 2011


Dean Lott Announces Return to Teaching and Research Focus Vision. Dedication. Compassion. Tenacity. These are just some of the characteristics the dean of a nursing school needs to embody. Since 2002, Dr. Judy Wright Lott successfully filled this role, leading Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing through a myriad of milestones and achievements. Thus it is with a heavy heart that we share Dr. Lott’s decision to step down from her administrative post, effective this past February, with the intent to return to full-time teaching and research. A nationally recognized expert in skin science and a veteran neonatal nurse, Dr. Lott joined the Baylor faculty as professor of nursing in 2001 from the University of Cincinnati, where she directed the neonatal nursing program. She was appointed interim dean of Baylor’s nursing school in summer 2002, and following a national search was appointed dean in December 2002, succeeding Dr. Phyllis Karns. “I came to Baylor to be a part of the NNP faculty, largely because of Baylor’s 2012 strategic vision, and somehow I wound up as dean,” Dr. Lott said. “Due to the hard work of our wonderful faculty and students, friends and supporters, and the Baylor leadership team, LHSON is in an excellent position to attract an outstanding Christian nursing leader.” “Baylor University is grateful to Dr. Lott for her outstanding leadership and faithful service as dean,” Baylor executive vice president and provost Elizabeth Davis said. “When Dr. Lott joined the university faculty, she brought with her an exemplary record of teaching and research, and as dean, was a passionate advocate for the integration of faith and learning at the nursing school.” Dr. Lott guided the transition of the Louise Herrington School of Nursing into the 21st century. The following

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are just some of the many accomplishments achieved under her stewardship:   Increased enrollment   New academic programs, such as the nurse-midwifery doctorate in nursing practice (NM-DNP) and an accelerated nursing program (FastBacc)   New facilities, such as the Barnabas Success Center, and the addition of high-tech teaching tools, such as high-fidelity patient simulators   Nationally-ranked graduation and pass rates on licensure examinations   The development of various medical mission teams providing care to underserved populations around the world   A 10-year accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. As dean, Dr. Lott strengthened the Christian focus of the school and consistently reinforced the school’s motto, Learn. Lead. Serve. In 2003, Dr. Lott was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. In 2006, she was named a Woman of Distinction by the Baylor Women’s Council of Dallas, and in September 2010 was honored as one of 60 visionary leaders in nursing and healthcare by her alma mater, the UAB School of Nursing. LHSON professor and former associate dean Dr. Martha Bradshaw was appointed interim dean while a national search is conducted for the right candidate to continue on the LHSON mission.




Faculty Showcases Educational Technology

Nan Ketchum (left) and Cheryl Tucker with their Technology Showcase poster.

Baylor’s annual Educational Technology Showcase highlights creative uses of information and communication technologies in the classroom. The 2011 showcase was held Thursday, March 31, in the Moody Memorial Library in Waco. LHSON faculty were present to share the many ways in which the nursing school campus is putting technology to work for our students. Cheryl Tucker, MSN, RN, CNE, and Nan Ketcham, MSN, RN, presented Learning in a Winter Wonderland, based on providing the FastBacc students with virtual classroom and clinical experiences in order to maintain their accelerated course schedule during the February ice storms that closed the school for five days. Course content and theory exams were provided to students through a combination of the Tegrity Classroom Capture and Blackboard Online systems. Students and faculty were able to move “full steam ahead” without having to risk the hazardous driving conditions that afflicted the entire DFW metroplex. Stephanie Allen, MSN, RN, and Cheryl Tucker presented Nursing Students’ Access to the Electronic Medical Record: A Paradigm Shift, based on providing students 6

with access to electronic health records along with training and experience as part of their clinical rotations. As a result, students have an increased understanding of the systems they will be introduced to when they enter the workforce, and communication between the student and staff nurse is streamlined for an improved learning experience. Marsha Dougherty, MSN, RN, and Lyn Pesta, MSN, RN, presented “Incorporating the Use of High-Fidelity Equipment into Nursing Didactic Classes,” based on the use of the simulation lab in first semester Human Needs courses to broaden these students’ knowledge of what the hospital environment looks like and the common roles of the professional nurse. Bruce Blair, senior academic consultant, presented Maintaining Test Integrity and Equipping Nursing Students for the NCLEX-RN Environment: Electronic Proctoring with Tegrity. Cheryl Tucker, Nan Ketcham and Bruce Blair were also invited to share their presentations at the Tegrity Users Conference held at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, on Thursday, April 14. Sic ’em, LHSON faculty and staff!

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Retirement Announcements As each school year comes to a close, we find ourselves saying good-bye to many students and sometimes even to esteemed faculty members. Please join us as we extend our appreciation for many years of dedicated service and best wishes for their future endeavors. ELIZABETH FARREN, PHD Professor Emeritus Dr. Farren joined the LHSON faculty in 1981, teaching in both the graduate and undergraduate programs. She has been a practicing nurse for over 35 years in acute care in surgery, recovery and maternal child nursing and in primary care as a nurse practitioner. Dr. Farren is a member of and holds various offices in Sigma Theta Tau, Texas Nurse Practitioners Association and the North Texas Nurse Practitioners. She has been the recipient of a federal traineeship for graduate education and has also been recognized as Nurse of the Year by the Texas Nurses Association, as one of the Great 100 nurses in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area and as an Outstanding Volunteer by the YMCA. She has also received the Community Hero award from the US Postal Service and United Way and was designated an LHSON Legend in the Line as part of the school’s centennial celebration.

STEPHANIE ALLEN, MS Senior Lecturer Stephanie Allen will retire at the close of the Summer I semester on July 6. An LHSON faculty member since 1990, Stephanie is a clinical nurse specialist in maternal child health and currently practices in the acute care pediatric setting. She has taught on both the junior and senior level in theory and practicum courses. Her areas of academic interest are clinical nutrition support, health promotion and critical thinking. Stephanie is an active member of the Texas Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau and various committees within Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, Baylor University and the School of Nursing. Upon retiring, Stephanie will return to practicing full-time at Children’s Medical Center and looks forward to spending more time with her husband, Steve, and daughters, Kelly and Kristen, at their place in South Lake Tahoe. A dedicated and caring teacher, Stephanie once asked a student why she had chosen the nursing profession and the student replied, “I had to choose between being a nurse or a Solid Gold dancer.” Stephanie laughed and said, “Well, either choice would guarantee being fast on your feet.”

Congratulations, Dr. Faucher! Dr. Mary Ann Faucher, associate professor and coordinator of the LHSON nurse-midwifery program, was inducted into the fellowship of the American College of NurseMidwives on May 25 in San Antonio at the 56th annual meeting and exposition. A certified nurse-midwife, Dr. Faucher has been practicing in the Dallas community for over 15 years. Her research interests include evidencelearn. lead. serve.

based practice; adolescent risk behaviors, specifically smoking in young women; cardiovascular health and prevention in women; and environmental exposures and implications for women’s health. Dr. Faucher’s efforts and dedication have been instrumental in the growth and success of the NM-DNP program here at LHSON, and we couldn’t be prouder of this most recent achievement. 7


Scholarships I love my job. I love walking the halls of

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dreams of becoming nurses. They are excited, dedicated and passionate. They wouldn’t be here if this wasn’t their calling. For some of these students, they also wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the help they receive from scholarships. For so many students, affording their education is the one thing standing between them and the world of people they want to help. by Janis Kovar Throughout the years we have been blessed Director of Development by donors who believe in our mission here at LHSON and give so generously to ensure we have the funds to provide not just scholarships, but also the tools and equipment necessary for the best possible education. Baylor alums throughout the world recognize the need not just for more nurses but for more Baylor nurses. The LHSON Alumni Endowed Scholarship fund was created in 2007 to provide our alumni with a way in which to make the most of their contributions, no matter what amount they are able to give. Georganna Simpson, BSN ’76, champions this fund and ardently challenges her fellow alumni to give back. “This fund allows us to pool all of our gifts, big or small, and know that the money is going directly to help the students,” she explains. “Today’s students are given the means to pursue their education by the nursing students that have gone before them.” LHSON Alumni Endowed Endowed Scholarship Fund plaques are proudly displayed Scholarships are awarded based on both merit and need and therefore open more doors to in the LHSON students who truly deserve it. In the five short campus foyer.


years since the fund was created, we’ve received 452 gifts totaling $96,144.80. I am so proud! While any amount can be given to the fund, Georganna’s dream is that each alumnus strive to give $100 a year. “To give $100 a year takes just 28 cents a day,” she says. “Heck, there are very few things as worthwhile as this that you can buy for such a small amount.” Georganna goes on with a chuckle, “We’re all getting older and grayer and we’re going to need these folks. I for one want a Baylor nurse on my side.” Anna Belle Johnson, BSN ’48, has been giving back to her alma mater for many years. “Baylor provided me with lifetime friends, and it’s with real pride that I say I’m a Baylor nurse,” she proclaims. “My Baylor education helped me develop as an individual, and I want others to have the same chance to learn at a faith-based school.” Even our most recent graduates recognize the need to help future generations of students. The May 2011 traditional graduates elected to make their class gift to the alumni endowed scholarship fund in memory of Dr. Jacqueline Neatherlin. “Dr. Neatherlin cared for all her students as if we were her children,” class president Jennifer Viera-Katske, BSN ’11, shares. “We wanted our gift to ensure that students are able to continue learning at LHSON.” The passion with which this group of students embarked upon raising money was truly impressive, tripling their original goal and giving $3,000 to the fund! “We hit our $1,000 goal the first semester we started fundraising,” Jennifer states proudly. “From there we just kept going. We were doing it for Dr. Neatherlin.” The 2011 class of FastBacc students also elected to contribute its class gift to the Harris and Anne Clark endowed scholarship fund to help future Baylor FastBacc students. This equally dedicated class of hard-working students raised $2,000 for its class gift. Way to go out with a bang, seniors! spring/summer 2011

Ways to Show Your School Support

We have designed funds that specifically benefit our students and faculty so that you can make an impact in an area that is important to you.

Current Scholarship Fund

This issue of Learn.Lead.Serve is filled with stories of students who have been impacted by the generosity of those who give to Baylor. In fact, it’s the students’ need for scholarships that led President Starr to launch the President’s Scholarship Initiative, a three-year, $100-million drive to fund endowed scholarships for Baylor students. You can make a difference for the nursing students by giving your gift to the LHSON Alumni Endowed Scholarship. Please use the pledge card included in this issue to help us bestow upon the world more Baylor nurses. There are several ways you can get involved and be a part of the LHSON mission:

Mail a gift

Mail a check to the nursing school directly at 3700 Worth Street, Dallas, TX 75246. Be sure to reference the specific area you’d like to support.

Planned Giving

Options for planned or estate giving include a bequest in one’s will, naming Baylor as a beneficiary in an insurance policy or retirement plan, or through a life income plan such as a charitable gift annuity, charitable remainder trust or retained life estate. A planned gift does not have to amount to the entire estate; it can simply be a percentage or portion thereof.

Corporate Matching Programs

More than 7,500 companies nationwide offer matching gift programs to their employees and some even double or triple the gifts made by their employees.

Go online to

Here you will be able to give directly to LHSON funds and support the initiative that matters most to you.

Contact me, Janis Kovar, directly at (214) 808-9802 or

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Provides scholarship support for current LHSON students and is a perfect outlet for those who want their gift, combined with existing scholarships, to sustain today’s Baylor nursing students.

Named Endowed Scholarships

Many donors choose to memorialize or pay tribute to a friend or loved one through the establishment of an endowed scholarship fund. Endowments may be initiated with a gift of $10,000 and funded over a period of five years. Funds are named when the balance reaches $50,000. LHSON Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund

Donations (of any amount) are combined with others to form an endowed scholarship that will benefit future LHSON students in perpetuity. LHSON Excellence Fund

Distributed at the dean’s discretion, this fund is used to provide training opportunities for faculty, supplies for students, campus building repairs or expansion and much more.

Missionary Family Nurse Practitioner Program

This fund enables students to participate in medical mission efforts around the world by providing medical supplies, medicines, portions of airfare and more.

Good Samaritan Dean’s Fund

This fund is used to cover unexpected situations that arise throughout the year, such as a student’s difficult circumstance that renders him or her unable to buy textbooks, or the need to replace daily-used lab equipment.

Lecture Series Endowment Fund

This fund is designed to enhance students’ education by bringing distinguished leaders and keynote speakers to campus on a regular basis. An annual lecture series is created with a gift of $250,000.

Endowed Professorship Fund

Endowed professorship funds create prestigious faculty positions and enable the school to attract and retain highquality scholars. Increasing the number of professors reduces the student-to-faculty ratio and further improves the overall student experience. A fund is established with a gift of $1.5M.



While on a tour of our Sim Lab, Mary Jo Robbins (back row, middle) recognized an opportunity to impact student learning.


New Simulators to Help Students Master Patient Care

based on how it is administered (too fast, too slow, etc.). When the Baylor Board of Regents met in Dallas this The female manikin provides the opportunity for complete past February, Baylor First Lady Alice Starr seized the gynecological and breast care learning including pelvic opportunity to invite their wives to visit LHSON. Mary Jo exams, tubal ligation procedures, interchangeable breast Robbins, a retired nurse, attended the tour, and she and her mass sizes and diagnosis of fibrocystic disease. A variety of husband, Bill, returned home to Houston with a lingering fluids (blood, urine, etc.) can be used in both manikins for desire to help the nursing school. Help they certainly did. The Robbinses made a gift to the colostomy and ileostomy exercises, performing female or male catheterization and irrigation and more. “The world nursing school that provided the purchase of two stateneeds nurses, and Baylor University produces excellent of-the-art high-fidelity patient simulators. “The mission Christian nurses,” adds Mary Jo. “We are honored to be a of the Robbins Foundation is to tell the world about small part of this wonderful school.” Jesus, educate and heal the sick,” comments Mary Jo. “My Patient care simulation is an integral part of all course husband and I know we cannot do that on our own, so through our gifts we empower others to fulfill our mission.” curricula at LHSON as a way for students to hone their The new manikins, named Aunt Mary Jo and Uncle Bill, knowledge and skills in recognizing and treating patient will take the patient care simulation experience to an illnesses and conditions. “We are extremely grateful for this even higher level for our students. Completely wireless gift by Mary Jo and Bill Robbins,” adds Vivian Gamblian, with streaming audio, the manikins have a wide array of RN, MSN, LHSON lecturer and simulation coordinator. advanced functionality for use in a variety of classroom and “These simulators will provide a tremendous benefit to our lab settings. For example, the male manikin includes drug students on a daily basis and will truly help them build response software that not only detects if the correct dosage their clinical decision-making abilities.” is administered, but also presents physiological responses 10

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Gerontological Nursing Initiative Grows In our first issue of Learn.Lead.Serve. last spring, we proudly introduced the Gerontological Nursing Initiative (GNI) championed by LHSON senior lecturer Jane Nunnelee, PhD, RN, GNP. The following are just some of the programs currently underway as part of this initiative.

Continuing Nursing Education

The second Gerontological Nursing Symposium, “The Dementias: They Forget to Remember,” was held this past April with more than 40 attendees, including five first-year nursing students from El Centro college and their professor. Topics included types of dementia, pharmacology treatments and assessment, and evaluation and intervention methods; 8.25 CNE credits were awarded to those in attendance. All sessions were captured on Tegrity and are now available for viewing on our website at  The next Gerontological Nursing Symposium will be held October 29. Please visit our website for information and registration.

Community Programs

This past March, Dr. Nunnelee conducted a conference for registered nurses at Edgemere Retirement Community

entitled The Art and Practice of Gerontological Nursing: Caring for the Older Adult in the Long-Term Care Setting. CNE credits were given for this conference, and several other long-term care facilities and organizations have requested similar presentations. LHSON will be partnering in the Richard J. Price Caregivers Conference on November 2 along with the Dallas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. The conference, to be held at First United Methodist Church in Richardson, will offer participants information and skills to work more effectively with individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

NM-DNP Program Hosts First Continuing Education Conference

Graduate Program Ranking Climbs

Baylor’s Nurse-Midwifery–Doctorate of Nursing Practice program hosted its first continuing education conference for 21 community CNMs and NPs (many of whom were LHSON clinical preceptors). Conference speakers were NM-DNP students who are graduating this year or are in the advanced practice residency of the program. Topics covered high-risk areas of obstetrics and practices relevant to decreasing the cesarean section rate. Plans for the next conference are in development. Stay tuned for future dates!

Baylor University graduate programs in law, business, health disciplines, the sciences and education were among those nationally ranked in the 2012 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. We are proud to report that the master’s degree program in nursing at LHSON moved up eight places in the latest rankings to 64th best in the country, tied with 14 other programs. Each year, U.S. News ranks professional-school programs based on two types of data: expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school’s faculty, research and students.

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The Next Frontier LAUNCHING THE ONLINE CONTINUING NURSING EDUCATION CENTER Patient care is a complex and constantly evolving field filled with technologies and treatments that never cease to change. As a premier university, Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing is continually focused on increasing and improving our classroom and clinical experiences to ensure we are graduating the best and brightest in nursing practice. However, learning does not end when our students walk across the stage at graduation. We believe it is equally important to ensure that nurses currently in practice have the tools and resources they need to grow and change within their field, and one way to do this is through continuing education. We are pleased to announce the launch of the Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) Center. Made possible by a generous gift from the Hillcrest Foundation, the CNE Center was created to provide Baylor alumni, preceptor partners, graduate students, faculty and even international affiliates with an online resource for continuing nursing education, free of charge. LHSON is one of the first Baylor schools to launch an online resource for continuing education, and Lyn Prater, PhD, and Barbara Devitt, MSN, RN, spearheaded the team that built the project from the ground up. In addition to managing their existing courses and workload, these two faculty members got a crash course in website design, hosting and programming with the guidance and assistance of Pattie Orr, vice president for information technology and dean of university libraries in Waco.


Every day our faculty educate current students on the latest technologies, evidence-based practice and discoveries in patient care. The CNE Center will provide a portal from which the extended Baylor family can benefit from and use this same information. “We see this as a service to our community of fellow nurses for lifelong learning, which is why we are not charging for the content,” says Lyn Prater. Additionally, Barbara Devitt commented that this service is a means for nurses to obtain contact hours for their professional nursing relicensure requirements. Continuing nursing education requirements are different in each state and are meant to ensure that nurses seeking to maintain licensure are kept abreast of current policies, best practices and new technologies. These requirements are meant to enrich their careers by expanding and improving their knowledge and skill sets. As an approved CNE provider by the Texas Nurses Association and an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission of Accreditation, LHSON recognized the opportunity for an online tool to educate more nurses throughout the world. As we work to build global relationships with other universities, medical facilities and care organizations, the CNE Center will provide our partners with better learning opportunities. Our current global affiliates in Vietnam, Ethiopia, India and Argentina are excited to use this content to expand the education that their nurses and students currently receive. Moreover, our ability to offer online continuing nursing education means

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international missionaries seeking to maintain their Texas licensure now have another resource available to them. Designed and produced by Yardstick Services in Canada, CNE Center content can be accessed once participants have registered and received their passwords. All users must agree to the rules and regulations of the site and

can complete the modules at their own pace. Content is presented in a slide presentation format and includes hyperlinks for further reading and study. In order to receive a certificate of contact hours, participants must pass a post-test with 80% accuracy.

Nursing Education Opportunities Now Online The new CNE website is easy to navigate, and learning content is presented in a very user-friendly format. Modules include additional web links for further reading and exploration of topics. Currently, there are three learning modules available that vary in regard to the number of contact hours earned. These CNE learning modules are: Osteoporosis: Making No Bones About It

Mary Brucker, CNM, PhD Associate Dean and Director, Graduate Program

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Tuberculosis CNE Module

Lori Spies, MSN Lecturer and Missions Coordinator

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Continuing Nursing Education Center

Women’s Heart Health

Mary Ann Faucher, CNM, PhD Associate Professor and CNM Coordinator

To register and start earning your continuing nursing education credits, visit our website at We will be continually adding modules and expanding content, so be sure to check back often.


Nurse-Midwifery Program Earns Five Stars Have you ever noticed that if you wait long enough, certain trends and behaviors come back around? Well, we’re not talking about poodle skirts or break dancing. We’re talking about women returning to a more natural, holistic approach to childbirth and their overall health and, as a result, the momentum building behind the nursemidwifery movement. Described as partners in care as well as providers of care, nursemidwives focus on births without unnecessary procedures. Research has shown that women who give birth with midwives do tend to have lower Cesarean section rates and lower rates of premature birth. Moreover, nursemidwives offer primary health care to women from puberty through menopause and beyond. Nurse-midwifery care is not new. Certified nurse-midwives have been helping American women through pregnancy and other normal stages of life since the early 1900s. Today, women seek nurse-midwives for prenatal care, birth, postpartum care, gynecologic exams and more. In order to sustain this shift in health care demand, however, universities need to educate and prepare more nursemidwives, and Baylor University’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing is doing just that. Our Nurse-Midwifery Doctor of Nursing Practice program is the only one of its kind in Texas, and we are one of only eight nursing schools across the country to offer such a program. In fact, in 2010 LHSON was the first school in the United States to graduate midwifery students who completed a direct track from BSN through DNP degree. This past February, in recognition of the quality of our NM-DNP program, LHSON was granted a five-year, full accreditation by 14

the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education’s Board of Review (five is the maximum number of years allowed for the initial accreditation). In the accreditation letter, the board praised our school’s program and its coordinator, Dr. Mary Ann Faucher, and faculty members “for an excellent program that will make important contributions to the underserved women and their families living in Texas, as well as those served by their mission work.” “The praise in the letter verifies the commitment that Baylor has to excellence and hence to our students,” Dr. Faucher comments. “Baylor is leading the charge here in Texas and we are proud to be recognized for that. The added praise the Board offered is like getting a five-star rating.” The NM-DNP degree requires a project applicable to clinical practice rather than a research dissertation. Our program places a high priority on the quality and the number of clinical experiences offered to our students. “Most importantly, we focus on a broad diversity of experiences, which gives our students an even greater advantage prior to embarking on independent practice,” explains Dr. Faucher. Upon graduation, Baylor midwifery students have had extensive clinical experience in providing primary care services to women and newborns. Currently, there are 18 students matriculating through our NM-DNP program, and growing the program is a school priority. The search for another doctorallyprepared faculty member is currently underway, in order to enable us to expand course content and graduate more students.

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First Class Last spring, Summer Latta, Lindsey Wilson and Carla Morrow were the f irst class of Baylor NM-DNP graduates. We took a moment to catch up and hear the great things they are doing. SUMMER LATTA Summer is a certified nurse-midwife and instructor with the University of North Texas Health Science Center and faculty member for the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. In addition to her professional role, Summer currently serves as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, and her doctoral capstone article will be published later this year. Summer was also recently voted in as vice president for the Consortium of Texas Certified NurseMidwives. And, if all that wasn’t enough, as of April this year Summer had attended 200 births. LINDSEY WILSON Since Lindsey graduated, she has completed a fellowship with Allen Birthing Center and served as chair of the Student Committee for the American College of Nurse-Midwives. Lindsey is also a contributing editor to the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health for their Share with Women articles. Soon she will be working as a midwife Red Cross Volunteer at RAF Lakenheath in the United Kingdom. CARLA MORROW The first certified nurse-midwife to practice in Cleburne, Carla joined OB & GYN Associates and cares for women at Cleburne’s Texas Health Hospital. In just one short year, Carla’s practice has grown so quickly it is testament to the quality of care she provides and the attractiveness of midwifery care to women in general. “I was looking for a community-based experience where I could really get in and get to know people and their families,” she said. “My main goal is to care for women throughout their life and the various stages and health issues they may encounter.” learn. lead. serve.


Serving Locally & Globally THE UNEXPECTED LEARNING THAT COMES FROM MEDICAL MISSION TRIPS The foundation of the LHSON curriculum is built on a combination of classroom and clinical experiences; however, medical mission trips often provide our students with unparalleled learning about patient care and also help them grow emotionally and spiritually. While many college students typically use their spring break to seek sun and sand, several LHSON students make the most of this time by choosing to serve and thus make a difference in the lives of others.


This past March, seven LHSON students traveled with David Kemerling, Director of Student Ministries, to the lower Delta region of Mississippi to work with a local outreach ministry. Cary, Mississippi, lies in one of the poorest counties in the United States, where the cycle of poverty seems to refuse to be broken. Forty years ago, Dr. Peter Boelens, a pediatrician from Minnesota, was drawn to move his family to this small rural town and open the Cary Christian Center (CCC), a multifaceted ministry with services directed to the needs of the Mississippi Delta. Working with the CCC, LHSON students and faculty were able to serve the residents of Cary by conducting blood pressure and glucose level checks and providing lifestyle and dietary counseling for improved health. In just four days, our students saw over 150 people. Students were also invited to shadow a local doctor and FNP while visiting a hospital in Rolling Fork, a neighboring ETHIOPIA, AFRICA city. Back in Cary, students also used The annual Capstone mission trip to Poverty is a destructive lifestyle their time to participate in after-school Africa is not only an opportunity for that sets limits and boundaries and prevents an individual from programs to help children and older Baylor FNP students to have unique reaching their full potential. youth see the life values set forth in hands-on learning experiences; it is Cary Christian Center scripture. However, it was during home a chance for them to learn and grow visits made with the CCC staff that our as nurses and individuals in ways they never before imagined. During students witnessed the true reality of their four-week journey, nine students accompanied by poverty and came to fully understand the struggle these Lori Spies, FNP and Missions Program Coordinator residents face every day. and Marie Daly, part-time Clinical FNP faculty member, “I know it is commonly the prayer of missions groups for God to visited a number of medical facilities and treatment centers be evident in the place where they are serving, and there is no including ALERT, a treatment facility for leprosy and other doubt that God was there and working in ways I didn’t even infectious diseases; Black Lion Hospital, the largest western recognize. It was life-changing. I hope to return to Cary as soon medicine-teaching hospital in Ethiopia; the Addis Ababa as I am able and plan to have a relationship with the people I Fistula Hospital; CURE Hospital, treating club foot and met there for the rest of my life.” cleft palate conditions; and a Children’s Burn Care Unit. Krista Montgomery, LHSON junior LHSON students are invited to observe and often assist in diagnosis and treatment. “For many of our students, this is their first opportunity to see the realities of providing To learn more about the Cary Christian Center, visit health care in poor areas,” comments Spies. “As clinicians 16

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and Christians, they are stretched and taken out of their comfort zones, and their views of the world are expanded.” The team also traveled into remote communities to work alongside local missionaries providing outreach care. In Tufa, LHSON students set up clinic under a tree and provided care and counseling to local residents who often go without it. Despite the open-air setting, the clinic was organized in a structured manner complete with waiting, treatment and lab stations and students were able to see and treat more than 250 local residents in the 10 hours they were there. Throughout their time in Africa, the students diagnosed and treated many illnesses and diseases related to living conditions in the area and learned how culture and lifestyle play an important role in health. In this country where water is scarce and soap is expensive, students took the opportunity to provide basic hygiene education. LHSON students chose to accompany local residents on the difficult three-mile, rocky hike to see the area’s local water resource. To obtain water for drinking, cooking and bathing, family members make this trek several times a week to fill jerrycans from the same stream where others are doing laundry and animals wade and drink. “One of the most challenging lessons is seeing health conditions we know could be fixed if the living conditions could be changed in these areas,” notes Spies. During this trip, the entire LHSON team was given unique opportunities to provide continuing education to area nurses, missionaries and families. Becky Althaus, who holds a PhD in genetics and is currently working on her

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FNP degree, noticed signs of dwarfism in a three-month-

old infant, a condition that normally would go undiagnosed until much later in the child’s life. As a result, Becky was able to talk with nurses and family members about this and other genetic conditions. As part of her doctoral final project, Rebecca Martin (a 2011 DNP graduate) developed a program to prepare Baylor FNP students to teach hygiene in the rural Ethiopian community and included culturally appropriate teaching materials for that region. Rebecca also provided education to local nurses on schistosomiasis, a parasitic disease common in Africa. “Continuing nursing education is a way for us to give back to the facilities and people that have opened up to us and given us tremendous learning and service opportunities,” concludes Spies. To learn more about local outreach in Africa, visit



An Unexpected Blessing Brightens One Student’s Journey Tamika Bryant understands challenges. She has faced them all her life. Since she was in grade school she set her hopes high and dreamed of a career in law or medicine. She wanted to really do something; she wanted to make a difference. What she didn’t realize at the time is just how hard she would have to fight to achieve her dream. This past spring, Tamika was invited to share her story with the LHSON Dean’s Board. As a scholarship recipient, Tamika’s intention was to use the opportunity to thank those who have shown the school so much support throughout the years. At the time Tamika didn’t anticipate how her story would touch the heart of one particular board member and bring her a blessing that will affect her for years to come. When Tamika was a junior in high school, her mother became very ill and Tamika had to drop out of school to care for her. A year later her mother’s health had improved and Tamika was able to return to high school. During her senior year, Tamika gave birth to her daughter, Chelsea, and upon graduating enrolled in a training school for phlebotomy and medical assisting. Two years later her mother’s health worsened, and Tamika had to quit working so that she could once again provide full-time care for her mother. During this time, Tamika faced yet another life challenge when her second daughter, Kyndall, was born and diagnosed with mitral valve prolapse and dilated cardiomyopathy. For the next two years, Tamika would not be able to work, as Kyndall was unable to be in day care for risk of infection. Tamika immersed herself in all matters of the heart as she consulted with 18

several specialists about her daughters’ condition. It seemed to her that God was nudging Tamika toward a career in medicine and, given all the people in her life that she had cared for, she knew her calling was to be a nurse. As soon as her life circumstances permitted, Tamika enrolled in community college to earn her associate’s degree. After graduating with a 4.0 GPA, she applied to the Baylor nursing school. “I have relied on my faith throughout my life, and I knew Baylor was right for me because it is a faith-based school,” she recalls. In 2007, Tamika’s mother, Rosalind Starks, passed away. Among her family, Tamika will be the first to graduate college, a success that she looks forward to sharing with her daughters. “I know

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Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous friend, Tamika will now be able to participate in her senior pinning ceremony this December.


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Rebecca Martin: Sigma Theta Tau Recent DNP graduate Rebecca Martin, RN NP-C, had her poster titled Education for Advanced Practice Nursing Practice: Teaching Culturally Relevant Hygiene accepted for both the Sigma Theta Tau International conference and the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties conference this past spring. While a student at LHSON, Rebecca completed two Capstone mission trips and, with each trip, was instrumental in providing continuing nursing education on hygiene and other topics to our partners in Africa. Congratulations, Rebecca!


I am capable of excellence, and my mother would not have expected anything different. I am sure she is watching me from heaven and I cannot disappoint her,” Tamika says. Although Tamika works to support her family and pay for her education, she needed financial assistance to earn her degree and has received several scholarships, grants and loans. This is why she jumped at the chance to share with the Dean’s Board just how important scholarship funds are to our students. She wasn’t there to focus on her story per se, just to say thank you. However, a dark cloud was hanging over Tamika that day, as she had just learned that she would not be able to participate in her senior class pinning ceremony because she could not afford her pin. She needed to focus instead on paying for the items she needed for the graduation ceremony. Only a couple of people knew about this, and Tamika did not share these facts during her presentation. So when Tamika learned that one of the Dean’s Board members had anonymously given the funds she needed to purchase her pin, she was overcome with joy and gratitude. She couldn’t believe that someone would provide such a personal token of her accomplishment. “I’m not used to asking for help, but that’s what the Baylor family is all about,” shares Tamika. “Even if you don’t ask for it, help is there when you need it. Everyone is looking out for each other and as blessings go out, blessings come in.” In her very heartfelt thank-you letter to her anonymous friend, Tamika closed with this: “I have many plans for my life and at times it seems to be quite a task I have laid out for myself. With your support, this grand expedition has just gotten a little easier. Keep watching me; I hope to do great things.” We will keep watching, Tamika. And, we know we will see you do great things.

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Where Are They Now?

G I am blessed to say I am an alumnus of the Baylor University School of Nursing. I graduated from Baylor with my BSN in May 1980. The nursing faculty and staff and the nursing curriculum truly were instrumental in helping me become the person I am today. The slogan for the nursing school—“Learn Lead Serve”— resonates throughout my life. I do believe my nursing degree from Baylor has truly been instrumental in my life journey of learning, leading and serving. Since my time at Baylor I have looked at whatever I do as ministry. After I transferred to Baylor my sophomore year I met with the nursing supervisor on the Waco campus. It was after that meeting that I felt God impress on my heart to go into nursing. Now that was a bit of challenge, since I had never really liked math and science, but God did see me through my degree and the nursing boards. 2 Corinthians 12:9–10: “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in

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We’re always excited to receive notes from former students and hear about the events in their lives and how they are making a difference in the lives of others. Please keep the letters coming!

Connie Cole Jeske (in blue scrubs) serves children at a clinic in Nigeria

insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” During my time at Baylor I saw that God’s power was made perfect in my weaknesses. Baylor has an exceptional reputation, and through the years I have constantly been amazed that when a potential employer heard that I received my BSN from Baylor University I automatically had a foot in the door. After completing my nursing degree I went on to complete my Master of Arts degree in Counseling. I grew up as a United Methodist, and in 1994 I took a job at First United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 1999 I was ordained as a United Methodist deacon and also received my

The 2011 Alumni Reunion, held in March, was a great time for catching up with old friends. The reunion also provided the perfect opportunity for us to recognize many of our alumni, including Dr. Gail Comer Davis, BSN ’61, and Gerry Cadenhead Fletcher, BSN ’61, who were both honored with the Distinguished Alumni award. Jerry Garcez, BSN ’10, and Crystalyn Tucker, BSN ’10, were recognized with the Distinguished Recent Graduates award and John and Marie Chiles were honored with the Friend of Nursing award for their long-standing support of LHSON programs and initiatives. ( John holds BBA and JD degrees from Baylor University and Marie is a Chatham University graduate and a member of the Alumni by Choice of Baylor.) More photos of the event can be spring/summer 2011


Doctor of Ministry degree. So from nursing to counseling to ministry I continue to be on the journey of learning, leading and serving. Through all of my studies my nursing degree from Baylor was definitely the most challenging, and in many respects the most rewarding. I keep my nursing license because of my passion for medical missions. Some of the medical mission teams I have been on have taken me to Costa Rica, Russia, Nigeria, the Dominican Republic, Kazakhstan and Ghana. I was single until 2006 when I married Dr. Leroy Jeske, a family practice physician. God knew what He was doing when He impressed on my heart to pursue my Bachelor of Science in nursing. I am so amazed at how God continues to use my Baylor nursing degree even in allowing me now to serve in medical missions with my husband. We serve an amazing God. When I read through one of the publications of Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing recently, I was blessed because I know that my life was changed because of time as a Baylor University nursing student and graduate. I believe the lives of the present students and the students to come will be touched and changed as well. My prayer is that they will be encouraged to live a life of learning, leading and serving. Rev. Dr. Connie Cole Jeske, Executive Minister First United Methodist Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma

G I just wanted to write and let you know that as of today I am a licensed registered nurse. All of you were so very helpful in getting me to this point and I want to say from the bottom of my heart thank you, thank you, thank you. In reflection, as much as we as students complain how hard the tests were we took over the course of our undergrad, it almost felt like none were as difficult as the NCLEX. Keep ’em hard and train the newbies to remember everything. Thanks so much for preparing us to be able to pass the NCLEX. I haven’t heard of one individual yet from our class that has had bad news. Thank you all again, and please keep turning out only the best! Trevin Rube, BSN, RN

Baylor Nurses Are Great!

We want to congratulate LHSON alumni who have recently been named among the 2011 Dallas / Fort Worth Great 100 Nurses. Debra Brosz, BSN ’96   Suzanne Myers-Phariss, BSN ’96   Michelle Pinker, BSN ’99  

The Great 100 Nurses recognizes professional registered nurses for their contributions to the communities in which they live and practice both the art and science of nursing. Sic ’em Bears!

We Want to Hear from You We want to hear about the great things you are doing. Email us at or mail a note to: found on the alumni page of our website at nursing/alumni. Save the date for next year’s event that will be held on March 24, 2012 (be sure to submit your nominations for the 2012 Distinguished Alumni award on our website). We hope to see you next year! learn. lead. serve.

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Passing the Torch DEVOTED DEAN’S BOARD MEMBER STEPS DOWN There is a sign in Carey Ann Smith’s front yard on Sperry Street, placed there by a neighbor, that reads “Mayor of Sperry.” That sign says it all. Even in a passing conversation with Carey Ann you can’t help but feel her passion for life, friends, nursing and, especially, Baylor. It was that passion that led her to serve the nursing school in a multitude of roles throughout the past 40+ years. Recently, however, after much thought and prayer, Carey Ann decided it was time to step down from her most recent position on the Dean’s Board. “I have enjoyed being a part of the nursing school’s growth in both quality and quantity,” states Carey Ann. “I was so very blessed to be one of the team, but the time has come for me to pass the torch on to another.” Carey Ann’s legacy with Baylor began long before she came to serve on the Dean’s Board just over six years ago. Born and raised in Waco, Carey Ann was destined to be a part of the Baylor family and graduated with her nursing degree in 1964 and went on to earn her MSN in 1967. She was working as a med/surg nurse at Waco Hillcrest Hospital when Dr. Geddes McLaughlin, then dean of the nursing school, recruited Carey Ann first to be the coordinator for the school of nursing on the Waco campus and then later convinced her to accept the assistant


dean position on the Dallas campus. At only 25 years old, Carey Ann remembers feeling a bit overwhelmed by such an important position, but she tackled her new role zealously. “I wore many hats: teaching, administrative, recruitment, and student counseling,” she recalls. “That’s the reason I loved my job. It was never the same one day to the next!” Carey Ann served as assistant dean for 38 years, during which she truly felt her calling was to work with the students. She embraced the opportunity to help them identify and work through any issues they were having that might stop them from successfully pursing their nursing degree. When Carey Ann retired from her faculty position, she was asked to serve on the Dean’s Advisory Board, and she has continued working tirelessly to support the school ever since. Dr. Martha Bradshaw, one of Carey Ann’s former students and current interim dean of the nursing school, comments, “Carey Ann Smith is the heart and soul of Baylor’s School of Nursing. I have always been warmed by her caring presence and amazed at her loving devotion to students and graduates. Carey Ann truly exemplifies what we represent here at LHSON.” Carey Ann has earned many accolades throughout her service to Baylor including the Great 100 Nurses Award, Outstanding Faculty Award and she was named one of the 100 Legends in the Line as part of the nursing school’s centennial celebration last year. In 2009, during halftime at the homecoming football game, Carey Ann was presented with the Dr. Herbert H. Reynolds award for “unselfish and devoted service to Baylor.” We know Carey Ann will continue to be a part of the Baylor family, but for now she plans to spend more time in her garden and as an active member of the First Baptist Church of Dallas. And, as a Certified Volunteer Police Officer by the Dallas Police Department, this “Mayor of Sperry” will be vigilantly patrolling her neighborhood keeping a watchful eye over her friends and neighbors, much the same way she kept a watchful eye over Baylor and our students for so many years. spring/summer 2011


Good-bye, Waco… Hello, Big D! The Baylor University Send-Off Ceremony is not just for good-byes, but also a time to say hello. The ceremony is our opportunity to recognize the hard work our nursing students have already put in on the Waco campus and to mark the time at which they will transfer to the Dallas campus to complete their degrees. For some students, there may be some trepidation in this change, and our goal is to make sure we help make the transition as smooth as possible. This fall we will welcome 81 students from Waco, many of whom were available to attend the Send-Off Ceremony and accept their certificates of congratulations among family and friends. Nearly 200 people learn. lead. serve.

attended the ceremony on April 15, including five nursing students from the Dallas campus who presented the new students with Baylor RN T-shirts. Members of the LHSON Dean’s Board were also there to show their support, and David Kemerling, director of student ministries at LHSON, led the benediction. Congratulations to these nursing students, and we can’t wait to see you on the Dallas campus! Alexandra Zayas joyfully accepts her certificate of congratulations.

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Event Calendar

August 18–19 Undergraduate New Student


December 8–14 Final Examinations

December 16 Pinning Ceremony for

August 22 First Day of Classes, Fall

Graduating Seniors (BSN), 10:00 am


August 23 Graduate School Orientation

September 5 Labor Day – University Holiday

September 17 Pre-Nursing Day, Dallas

October 1 Fall Premiere, Waco

October 14–16 Fall Break

October 29 Gerontological Nursing

Symposium November 4–5 Baylor University Homecoming,


November 9 NNP Continuing Education

Conference November 23–27 Thanksgiving – University


December 5 Last Day of Classes

December 16 Graduate Recognition

Ceremony (MSN, DNP), 5:00 pm

December 17 Winter Commencement, Waco

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