Date: January 22, 2013
Time: 1:00-2:00 pm (ET)
Dr. Maurer and Donna Meyer will share their insight surrounding their schools’ RN to BSN articulation agreement. Dr. Mahaffey and Dr. Waltman will discuss how Hinds Community College collaborates with the University of Mississippi Medical Center to graduate students through its RN to MSN program. Learn about how these two partnerships implemented successful models for academic progression.
Libby Mahaffey, PhD, RN
Dr. Libby Mahaffey is Dean, Nursing and Allied Health, at Hinds Community College in Jackson, Mississippi, where she has worked for 30 years, teaching for 22 years in the Associate Degree Nursing program. Dr. Mahaffey received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mississippi College, a Master of Science in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing and a Doctor of Philosophy in Adult Education from the University of Southern Mississippi.Dr. Mahaffey is active in numerous professional organizations. She is currently serving as chair of the Mississippi Office of Nursing Workforce Advisory Committee and is a member of the steering committee for the Mississippi Area Coalition, a RWJ/IOM implementation team. Dr. Mahaffey co-chairs the Education Redesign Task Force with the Mississippi Council of Deans and Directors of Schools of Nursing. A past president of N-OADN, Dr. Mahaffey remains active in the state and national organization, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the N-OADN Foundation. Dr. Mahaffey is a program evaluator for NLNAC where she served as commissioner from 2006-2012. Dr. Mahaffey serves on several governing boards and has served on several national consortiums involving nursing education, practice, and regulation.
Marcia Maurer, PhD
Marcia Maurer is the dean of nursing at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, currently the largest nursing school in Illinois with over 800 students enrolled. Her career spans 30 thirty years with 25 spent in higher education. She has designed, implemented, and evaluated a variety of curricula. Her latest interest has been in assisting the Community College graduate to seamlessly move from the community college to the Baccalaureate Program. She and her Assistant Dean are currently in the process of preparing a one year post-ADN program so that the student will not only finish in a timely manner but can avoid repeating courses taken in the community college, chemistry being one of them. The student also has the option of completing the course taking only a course a semester. The entire program is on-line for the students’ convenience. The other plan is to automatically admit at least 30 students who score 25 on the ACT and have a minimum of a B average in their high schools. Both programs will begin in the fall terms. Dr. Maurer at one time enjoyed national prominence as a specialist in neonatal care and management. As she moved into her deanship she abandoned that activity. She has a record of securing close to $3million dollars in grants and has published in her former and current fields as well. She completed the diploma, BSN, MS, and the PhD in higher education administration. She has been the Dean at SIUE since August 2003.
Donna Meyer, MSN, RN
Donna Meyer is the Dean of Health Sciences and Project Director for the Lewis and Clark Community College Family Health Clinic, a nurse managed center. Her career spans over thirty-five years in both practice and education. She is very engaged in numerous organizations, holding offices in both state and national organizations. Presently she is serving as the President of the National Organization of Associate Degree Nursing. Her professional nursing activities include: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Academic Progression in Nursing Advisory Board, American Association of Community Colleges Affiliated Council Member, Illinois Center for Nursing Advisory Board, the Illinois Healthcare Action Coalition for the IOM/Future of Nursing, Team Illinois/Center to Champion Nursing in America, National Nursing Centers Consortium Health Policy Committee, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society, and a site reviewer for the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. She works closely with other national organizations and in September 2012 was one of the national leaders responsible for the historical joint statement on nursing academic progression. She completed her bachelor’s, master’s degree, and post-graduate work at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville.
Patricia Waltman, EdD, RN, CNNP
Dr. Pat Waltman has an extensive experience in nursing education currently serves as the associate dean for academic affairs and accreditation at the UMMC School of Nursing. Her major area of focus is academic progression in nursing education and program accreditation. Dr. Waltman continues to work with colleagues in the academic and service sectors to develop collaborative partnership for nursing education and practice. Current activities include development of innovative models for academic progression in nursing education, specifically ADN-MSN education. Dr. Waltman has publications and presentations related to her work in best practices for student success, accelerated, second-degree nursing education and academic/service partnerships. She serves as an on-site evaluator for national program accreditation with the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and is actively involved in the MS Council of Deans and Directors Council of Schools of Nursing where she currently serves as the co-chair of the Education Redesign taskforce, a statewide initiative to identify and integrate core competencies for professional nursing practice into nursing program curricula.
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