Monday, June 30, 2008
Local legislators work to expand scholarships for nurse educators; Scholarships put experienced nurses back in classroom
Photo: State Representative Jim Brosnahan, D-36, recently sponsored a bill in the Illinois House of Representatives that would give much needed incentives to nursing educators in Illinois. From left to right: Saint Xavier University President Judith A. Dwyer, Ph.D., State Representative Jim Brosnahan, D-36, SXU School of Nursing Interim Dean Kay Thurn, Psy.D., R.N.
Chicago (June 30, 2008) State Representative Jim Brosnahan, D-36, recently sponsored a bill in the Illinois House of Representatives that would give much needed incentives to nursing educators in Illinois.
“The care local residents receive in our hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and other facilities depends on the state’s ability to offer opportunities and incentives for nurse educators,” Brosnahan said. “We are facing nurse shortages across Illinois, and we must take steps to train and retain quality nurse educators to increase the pool of highly skilled nurses employed in Illinois.”
House Bill 5059 would allocate $2 million to provide scholarships to experienced Illinois nurses through the Illinois Department of Public Health. The bill was co-sponsored by Rep. Kevin Joyce, D-35 and Sen. Ed Maloney, D-18.
Saint Xavier University President Judith A. Dwyer, Ph.D., thanked Brosnahan, Joyce and Maloney for their efforts to focus on the nursing shortage.
“This important legislation demonstrates the commitment of Representatives Brosnahan and Joyce and Senator Maloney to improving access to quality health care in every community of our state,” President Dwyer said.
SXU School of Nursing Interim Dean Kay Thurn, Psy.D., R.N., said the legislation helps highlight a “critical shortage of nursing faculty” in nursing education.
“Patients of all health care facilities in the Chicago area and around the state benefit from the care and leadership of Saint Xavier University’s nursing graduates,” Thurn said. “This legislation will enhance our ability to bring highly skilled practitioners into the classroom as educators.”
Founded in 1935, the Saint Xavier University School of Nursing offered the first baccalaureate-nursing program to receive accreditation in Illinois. Today, the school offers baccalaureate and master’s degrees in nursing. Both degree programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). In September 2007, the National League for Nursing awarded the School of Nursing designation as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education for “creating an environment that enhances student learning and professional development.” SXU is one of only 11 schools in the nation to receive this distinction.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Chicago (June 23, 2008) Rev. Francis S. Tebbe, O.F.M., D.Min., vice president, office of the president, and secretary of the corporation at Saint Xavier University, was appointed a member of the Catholic Theological Union’s Board of Trustees by the Franciscan Province of Saint John the Baptist, a corporate member of CTU.
The Board of Trustees governs the fiscal, educational and administrative affairs of CTU, the largest Roman Catholic school of theology and ministry in North America. The Chicago-based school’s Board of Trustees is composed of 25 corporate members from the religious communities sponsoring CTU and 21 at-large trustees who hold leadership roles in business, education and civic life.
While in Zagreb, students and faculty took a technical visit to the High School and College of Nursing at Zagreb as well as the regional hospital.
“Croatian students start their nursing education in high school. They then become licensed nurses and earn advanced degrees from one of five nursing schools in the country,” said trip organizer and SXU nursing professor Charlene Bermele, MSN, RN.
SXU students presented lectures on the United States health care and educational systems while at the high school. English-speaking Croatian students then discussed the Croatian systems.
“After touring the hospitals in Croatia, students appreciate what they have in the United States,” said Bermele. “Croatian nurses are very task-oriented which allows for less individualized care, and there are usually four patients to a single room in Croatian hospitals.”
There was also a service element to the trip. SXU students were asked to create an art project to bring to the orphanage Maestral in Split. The children could not speak English, so the students communicated with them with a limited Croatian vocabulary coupled with non-verbal cues.
SXU students and faculty visit Krka National Park, a nature preserve, in the county of Sibnik-Knin along the Krka River in Croatia.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
(from left to right) Lisa Grisafe, Jade Jones, Lydia Rous, Carrie Clott and Hannah Zughayer at Ephesus
Chicago (June 18, 2008) Twenty-one Saint Xavier University School of Nursing faculty and students recently toured Turkey during a ten-day trip to study health policies in other countries as part of the SXU nursing curriculum.
The group toured Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Kusadasi, and Ephesus and visited several nursing facilities and historical exhibits.
“Nursing in Turkey is very similar to nursing here in the United States,” said SXU nursing professor and trip organizer Evelyn Norton. “The facilities are very modernized.”
One highlight was a visit to the Florence Nightingale Museum in Istanbul, named for the famed 19th century English nursing pioneer and activist.
“Florence Nightingale started the fundamentals of nursing with the Sisters of Mercy,” Norton said. “She invented modern nursing there including a stress on cleanliness, environmentally sound care, and the use of clean bandages to dress wounds.”
While in Ankara, the group visited the GATA School of Nursing on a military base and attended a presentation by Turkey’s Ministry of Health. Afterwards, students teamed with English-speaking Turkish students to discuss pediatrics and obstetrics.
Students took a day trip to Greece and also visited a Turkish orphanage and various ancient ruins. The group returned to Chicago on May 25.
Watch WTTW's Chicago Tonight feature Saint Xavier University's Rubloff Hall, the first university building in the state of Illinois to receive the LEED Gold designation from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
SXU students work with children in Belize; First SXU international Mercy service-learning trip; Watch Belize video by SXU Junior Mark Piper
The group was led by Sister Susan Sanders, R.S.M., Ph.D., Sister Joy Clough, R.S.M., and Professor David Arenas, Ph.D. They were hosted by Hand-in-Hand Ministries (HHM), an international human services organization that seeks to make Christ present in the world through service to the poor, especially abandoned or disabled children. Students worked at two HHM-related sites, a pre-school in one of Belize City’s poorer areas and an outreach center for children with HIV/AIDS.
SXU Senior Sara Koncel, of Shorewood, Ill., had the unique experience of substitute teaching at St. Martin's Childcare Center in Belize City when the regular teacher became ill.
“Those kids learn and think and react exactly the same way they do here in the States,” Koncel said. “They have the same needs, the same desires, not necessarily the same dreams and aspirations, but they still have dreams and aspirations. Half way around the world, three-year-olds are all the same.”
The group also took advantage of the Sisters of Mercy presence in Belize by serving at Mercy Clinic, which provides health services, including home visits and a daily meal program for senior citizens.
“This was an opportunity of a life time for our students to take part in the long-standing tradition of Mercy service,” said Sister Sanders. “The experiences on this trip speak to the very core of the values we hope to instill at Saint Xavier University, the first Sisters of Mercy institution of higher learning in the United States.”
Koncel said she would definitely be searching for ways to take more service trips. “You can sign me up now. It’s just so fulfilling to go on a service trip. You take ten days out of your life and you make such an impact on a child.”
Below, find a video of the Belize trip shot and edited by SXU Junior Mark Piper followed by a photo gallery.
Above and below from left to right: Sarah Koncel, Regina Byrnes and Matt Stevenson look at the wood carvings of Frank Panton.
Above from left to right: At Muffles College, Edina Halilic, two Muffles students, Regina Byrnes, Sr. Joy Clough, R.S.M., Mark Piper.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Saint Xavier University annual Summer Concert June 22; Features performance by the Bradley Young Orchestra
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Chicago (June 10, 2008) Two Saint Xavier University students received $2,500 stipends from the TCF Bank Community Internship program for working at nonprofit organizations this summer.
Jennifer Betcher, a junior elementary education major from Homer Glen, will be a summer camp counselor at Bremen Youth Services in Tinley Park.
Tarliece Chavers, a senior psychology major from South Holland, will be a sexual assault/crisis intervention advocate at Pillars Community Services in Hickory Hills.
In line with its mission to promote service, SXU’s Counseling and Career Services and the Office of Foundation and Government Relations partnered with TCF to encourage interest in careers in the nonprofit sector. The program provides individualized career exploration and counseling, placement in a challenging internship in a service organization and a stipend to finance the otherwise unpaid internships.
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Friday, June 6, 2008
Chicago (June 6, 2008) Saint Xavier University art professor Jason Lazarus recently won a 2008 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Individual Artist Award in the “Emerging Artist” category.
Lazarus, a Chicago resident who teaches photography, received $15,000 to use however he wishes in appreciation of his past works, talent, commitment to the field, and promise.
Lazarus’ work has been featured at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. He also participated in group shows in New York, Paris, Tokyo, and Hong Kong.
The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, a non-profit organization founded in 1983, supports the performing and visual arts. Richard H. Driehaus, a philanthropist and businessman, has donated generously to Saint Xavier on many occasions.
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Thursday, June 5, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Chicago (June 3, 2008) Saint Xavier University welcomes John Benish, Jr., John T. Costello, Michael K. Forde and Edmund F. Opler to its Board of Trustees.
Benish is chief operating officer of the Cook-Illinois Corporation. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in advertising from Purdue University and a master’s degree in management from Saint Xavier University. He is director of the Illinois School Transportation Association, a member of the National Student Transportation Association and a former member of the Rotary Club of Oak Forest.
Costello is senior vice president of Operational Governance and Quality Assurance at Exelon. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree in business administration from DePaul University. He serves on the board of directors of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and is a former chairman of Leadership Greater Chicago (formerly known as the Greater State Street Council). He is a member of the DePaul University College of Commerce Advisory Council, and represents the company at Chicago United, an organization devoted to racial unity. Additionally, he is a director of the Chicago Central Area Committee and Chicago Central Area Research and Study Committee, and is a fellow of the Leadership Greater Chicago Program.
Forde is a partner at Mayer Brown LLP, a global law firm. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center. He was listed in “The Best Lawyers in America” for commercial litigation in 2007 and 2008. He is a member of the Chicago Economic Club, chairman of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School’s Leadership Advisory Council and a member of St. Ignatius College Prep’s Development Committee.
Opler is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of World’s Finest Chocolate. He is a graduate of Middlebury College and the University of Chicago Graduate School Of Business. He is a trustee of the National Confectioner’s Association and Vice Chairman of the Chocolate Manufacturer’s Association. He also serves of the Boards of Trustees for the Chicago Zoological Society and the Chicago Board of Directors for Junior Achievement and is a member of the Union League Club and the Merit Club.
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