May 16, 2014
Mary Wakefield ('76), appointed by the president of the United States as the administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, is an alumna of the University of Mary nursing program and one of its proud pioneers.
|Mary Wakefield, 1976 graduate of the University of Mary|
On Tuesday, May 27, 2014, the University of Mary is honoring 30 years of graduate nursing education and its contribution of some of the top nursing professionals around the world with an event called "Celebrating our Past, Creating our Future." At 6 p.m., Wakefield, will deliver the keynote address in the Leach Center for Student Life on campus.
The Wakefield presentation is preceded by a 4 p.m., panel discussion entitled, "Fulfilling a Mission: Preparing Nurse Leaders," in the Matt and Jo Ann Butler Hall on campus. Panelists include alums Sarah Kaspari Baker, '08; Sister Mariah Dietz, '67; Sean Forster, '13; Mary Leetun, '80 and '89; Betty Rambur, '78 and Karen Rohr, '79, '87 and '96.
In 1984 the University of Mary graduate nursing program began with mission to serve the needs of the region through its core Catholic beliefs and the values passed on by its founding sponsors, the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery. Grounded it that tradition, Mary has always strived to provide academic and nursing practice opportunities that prepare students for leadership in advanced practice and health care education.
Today, 30 years later, the graduate nursing program maintains those highest standards. Whether through its academic rigor, state-of-the-art simulated technology training or nearly 1,000 hours of hands-on clinical experience for its students, Mary has become one of the premier graduate nursing programs in the country.
In the last 30 years, the University of Mary has grown from two graduate nursing programs to five and will soon introduce a doctorate degree in nursing. Approximately 1,000 people have advanced their degrees in nursing - graduates from 33 states, the District of Columbia and Canada.
In the last academic year, nurse practitioner students have cared for 14,000 patients of all ages in both rural and urban areas; two students have been accepted to have their work published in national peer-reviewed journals; students in the nurse educator program are leading or have completed 48 research projects that span all regions of the U.S. and all the way to Tanzania, Africa; and nurse administrator students have collaborated with 30 healthcare facilities nationwide to improve the quality and safety of health care by implementing evidence-based projects.
Those who wish to attend this event should register online at www.umary.edu/30years.
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