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Wright State University (Miami Valley College of Nursing and Health)

On October 7, 2006, the College of Nursing and Health hosted its sixth annual Cameos of Caring event. This year, 16 agencies joined in a celebration of nursing by honoring their own bedside nurses for their wisdom, advocacy, and caring. Middletown Regional Hospital joins us this year as one of our Cameo partners. To date, the Cameos of Caring event has honored 84 nurses, with over one-fourth of these nurses being Wright State University alumni! Thirteen Wright State University nursing students have benefited from scholarship funds raised at the events. For the 2006-2007 academic year, Cameos of Caring scholarships were awarded to Christina Cecil (senior recipient), Mary Ann Stemley (junior recipient), Nastoshia Hart and Rachel Edmundson (senior runners-up), and Kyle Frysinger (junior runner-up). I want to thank the following nursing students who volunteered their time to set-up the event and escort our guests during the ceremony: Courtney Goldbach, Cassandra Hines, Tanya Jasinski, Rachel Kohler, Jessica Krebs, Jen Smith and Tammy Thorn

Congratulations are in order for two of our faculty members who received Wright State University Presidential Awards for Excellence. Donna Miles Curry, PhD, RN, was selected as the Frederick A. White Distinguished Professor of Professional Service. Only nine Wright State University faculty members may hold the title of Distinguished Professor at any time. Dr. Curry’s appointment is from July 1, 2006, through June 30, 2009. Leatha Ross, MS, RN, was selected as the recipient of the Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence: Outstanding Instructor. Ms. Ross earned her BSN and two MS degrees in nursing from Wright State University!

We are fortunate to hire nine new faculty members in the college this academic year. As the nursing shortage continues, finding qualified instructors to meet the demands of an increasing number of nursing student applicants is difficult.


Studies conducted by interested community health care administrators and nurse educators in the 1960s revealed a pressing need for a baccalaureate nursing program. In September 1973, Wright State University started the first baccalaureate nursing program in the Dayton area. The program opened with sixty-one students. In 1975, eleven students became the first graduates, nine of whom were already registered nurses. Now about 600 undergraduates are enrolled each year. The undergraduate program also includes an RN/BSN track for registered nurses who wish to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. The Wright State Universi ty School of Nursing received full accreditation from the National League for Nursing in May 1976.

In January 1978, the program admitted the first students to its masters program. Just a year and a half later, in June 1979, the first graduates completed the program. Within six months, in December 1979, the College received National League for Nursing accreditation for a period of eight years for both the masters and baccalaureate programs. Currently, approximately 200 students are enrolled in the masters program each year, including RN students with a bachelors degree in another field in the bridge program. In July 1997, the program received re-accreditation from the National League for Nursing for both baccalaureate and master's programs for eight years. In 1993, the Family Nurse Practitioner track was added to the masters program which included community health, adult health, education, and administration tracks. Later that year, the program received federal funding to begin the Family Nurse Practitioner track. In 1995, a child and adolescent health track was begun with federal support. Although originally called a School of Nursing the program was approved as the College of Nursing and Health in 1995. In 1998, the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program was initiated with federal funding. In fall 2000, a graduate program for school nursing was initiated.

In June 1984, the college entered into a collaborative agreement with the Division of Nursing at Miami Valley Hospital to form a Center for Excellence in nursing education. This agreement affords unique opportunities for research, clinical practice, and education. The College of Nursing and Health has contracts with approximately 100 clinical agencies in the area which are used for clinical experiences and research. For many years, the program had a mobile health unit which provided valuable learning experiences for students and service to the community.

Further outreach to the community takes place through the Center for Healthy Communities, an outgrowth of a grant originally funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for multi disciplinary health care activities.

In 1993, H.B. 478 established Wright State, Case Western Reserve, and University of Cincinnati as Advanced Practice Nursing pilot projects. This legislation allows advanced practice nurses to be reimbursed through the Ohio Department of Human Services. ODHS has established rules and regulations for reimbursement of advanced practice nurses.

The bill requires a formulary committee of advanced practice nurses appointed by the Ohio Board of Nursing, physicians appointed by the Ohio Board of Medicine, a pharmacist appointed by the Ohio Board of Pharmacy and the State Commissioner of Health to recommend rules and regulations for prescriptive authority, develop a formulary, and approve prescriptive protocols for advanced practice nurses in the pilot projects. In May 2000 advanced practice nurses received prescriptive authority.

In 2001, the College received its first National Institute of Nursing Research grant. Dean Patricia Martin spearheaded Cameos of Caring, a regional collaboration of health care organizations honoring bedside nurses who exemplify excellence in nursing care. The Nursing Institute of West Central Ohio, a federally funded collaboration among nursing education programs, health care agencies and administrators in a 16 county region, was established and housed at Wright State in 2005.


The Wright State University-Miami Valley College of Nursing and Health provides excellent educational programs as a foundation for lifelong learning. Faculty and graduates understand their responsibilities as citizens locally, nationally, and globally. Faculty engage in scholarship and service related to their professional responsibilities as educators, scientists, and university members. The college faculty lead in advancing the discipline of nursing.


The College of Nursing and Health supports Wright State University's mission of teaching, research, and service.

The faculty believe in the acquisition of knowledge from the past and present, the exploration for new knowledge, the advancement of lifelong learning, and the search for basic truth. The faculty share the commitment of the University to respond to issues affecting the culturally, racially, and ethnically diverse metropolitan community.

The faculty believe the human community consists of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. An individual is a dynamic being whose body, mind, and spirit develop over the life span. Individuals have inherent worth, dignity and the potential to be discerning, caring, creative, and rational beings within the context of their developmental stage and life situation. Individuals make choices which create the self and provide opportunity for change. Individuals are members of families who may serve as cohesive, dynamic support systems providing nurturance and protection as well as transmitting cultural values. Individuals form groups, organizations, and communities to share responsibilities and meet human needs. Culturally diverse, vulnerable and underserved groups require shared responsibility by all humanity for communication, understanding, and peaceful coexistence.

Individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities affect and are affected by their interactions with the environment. The environment is the context of human existence; the quality affects the human potential for health. The human community has a responsibility to protect, conserve, and promote the health of the environment.

Health and illness are dynamic coexisting processes which influence balance, harmony, and vitality. Both processes depend on environmentally affected and genetic capabilities, initiative, knowledge, individual choice, and value judgments. Wellbeing is the integration of the individual who can function in society and attain satisfying relationships with self and others and seek or find meaning in existence.

The discipline of nursing integrates the arts, esthetics, sciences, and caring. Professional nursing is grounded in liberal arts education and requires knowledge in nursing, the other sciences, arts, and the humanities. Nursing's social mandate is to promote health, prevent disease and disability, and care for those who are ill or dying. Professional nurses use critical thinking and methods of scientific inquiry to generate new knowledge, analyze data, recognize patterns, establish priorities, and apply therapeutic nursing interventions. Professional nurses function autonomously as well as collaboratively with clients and other professionals within a multifaceted health care system providing leadership for change as needed.

Nursing education is an interactive teaching-learning process within a collegial and interdisciplinary environment. Education facilitates critical thinking and inquiry, ethical insight, caring, communication, creativity, an appreciation of the past, sensitivity to societal diversity, and professional competence. Teaching includes assessing, advising, guiding, facilitating, modeling, sharing knowledge, and evaluating. Learning is a lifelong self-directed process of change that includes synthesizing knowledge, skills and values necessary for expanding the dimensions of the individual.


The Wright State University-Miami Valley College of Nursing and Health is committed to excellence in nursing education. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program also includes a four-year program for pre-licensure students and a completion program specifically for registered nurse students. The Master of Science in nursing (MS) program provides advanced preparation for nurses in a variety of specialty areas.

The College of Nursing and Health is very excited to introduce one of the most innovative approaches to nursing education in the Miami Valley, BEACON (Baccalaureate Education Accelerates Career Opportunities in Nursing). BEACON is an accelerated 15 month nursing program specifically designed for college graduates seeking to enter the nursing field. For more information on BEACON, our newest BSN program, please click here.

The College of Nursing and Health's state-of-the-art facilities are located in University Hall.


The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Wright State University is four academic years in length and prepares professional graduates who are eligible to sit for the Registered Nurse National Licensure Examination. The program is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing and fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Registered nurses with diplomas or associates degrees can find information on the RN-BSN link.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing prepares students for many diverse and dynamic career paths in a variety of health care settings. The American Nurses Association, the National League for Nursing and other nursing organizations strongly support baccalaureate education as the entry point for professional nursing.

School name:Wright State UniversityMiami Valley College of Nursing and Health
Address:3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, 160 University Hall
Zip & city:OH 45435 Ohio
Phone:(937) 775.3132

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Miami Valley College of Nursing and Health Courses

Special topics.

Explores history of nursing, its response to society, and evolution of contemporary nursing. Emphasizes past, present, and future roles based on selected concepts, models, and theories within the health care system.

Introduction to trends and issues of informatics in nursing and health care with an emphasis on effective use of hardware and software in information technology. Laboratory experience included.

Emphasizes concepts, models, theories, and methodologies consistent with a philosophy of health and wellness. Incorporates self-directed activities to promote maximum health in self and others.

Focuses on skills and related concepts basic to clinical practice. Integrates health assessment skills into nursing care and development of nursing diagnosis. Communication for documentation of data base is stressed.

Focuses on skills and related concepts basic to clinical practice. Integrates health assessment skills into nursing care and development of nursing diagnosis. Communication for documentation of data base is stressed.

Introduces the basic elements of the research process. Emphasizes the critique and application of research findings to professional nursing practice.

Examines the theoretical basis of ethical decision making and legal elements of professional nursing practice. Prepares the student for clinical application experience in succeeding

Focuses on the relationship of normal body functioning and the physiological changes that occur as a result of illness including the body's compensatory mechanisms. Emphasis is placed on alterations in body function and system/organ failure.

Foundational course in family development from the perspective of family nursing science. Explores impact of environmental influences on family health. Theoretical frameworks guiding the culturally sensitive study and practice of group work will be examined.

Introductory course oriented toward the continued socialization of the professional nurse with synthesis of concepts, theories, processes, and models to facilitate transition into professional nursing. For registered nurses only.

A clinical course which focuses on adults across the lifespan with altered health states. Emphasis is on providing secondary preventive care in a variety of settings.

A clinical course focusing on the understanding and application of selected concepts related to the childbearing family in the maternity cycle.

A clinical course focusing on children and adolescents in families with a variety of health states in various health care settings.

Examines theories, trends, and research in gerontological nursing. Examines the aging self, holistic health and independent function, hospitalization, and nursing management of illness in the aged. Explores advocacy for vulnerable aged.

Examines theories, trends, and research in gerontological nursing. Examines the healthy aged, holistic health and independent function, hospitalization and nursing management of illness in the aged. Explores advocacy for vulnerable aged.

Examines global aspects of the social, political, legal, ethical, and environmental issues influencing health care, health policy, and advancement of the nursing profession. Professional issues confronting contemporary nursing are emphasized.

Examination of theories and strategies of leadership and management in the realm of health care.


Faculty-directed, individualized study on student-selected topics. Permission of faculty required.

Focuses on primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention of mental health problems with individuals, families, and groups. Foundations of psychosocial nursing practice are developed. Cultural, biosocial, and sociopolitical forces affecting mental health systems are analyzed.

Clinical course integrating nursing and public health concepts/trends to assess community health needs. Primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention for health of individuals, families, groups, and communities affected by social, political, and environmental forces are stressed.

A clinical course focusing on individuals experiencing life-threatening physiological crises. Integrates physiological, family, and community knowledge with concepts of high acuity care in a variety of settings.

Clinical course which assists students in integration of theory and practice with emphasis on complexity of design and management of nursing care for individuals, families, and groups. Provides concentrated clinical practice in selected clinical areas. 180 hours of clinical to be arranged.

Integration of theories and concepts for transition into professional practice with the evolution of a personal philosophy of nursing.

Clinical course assisting students to integrate theory and practice; emphasis on complexity of design and management of nursing care for individuals, families and groups. Concentrated clinical practice in selected clinical areas.

Seminar on role of nurses in meeting national health goals in caring for clients during childbearing and childrearing. Guidelines for practice and success strategies in caring for self and others.

Seminar on role of nurses in meeting national health goals in community and mental health care. Guidelines for practice and success strategies in caring for self and others.

Seminar on role of nurses in meeting national health goals in community and mental health care. Guidelines for practice and success strategies in caring for self and others.

Seminar on synthesis of theory and practice, emphasis on case studies applied to standards of nursing care and professional performance.

Expands RN s knowledge of history taking and physical assessment as it relates to clients across the lifespan and in a variety of settings. RNs admitted to completion program only.

Students discuss selected problems, issues, and special topics related to nursing that are not covered in depth during the usual curriculum. Students identify an area of interest and develop a project proposal for in-depth study.

Provides an opportunity for development and completion of an honors project using theories and concepts from the humanities, sciences, and nursing. With guidance of a faculty member, students focus on an area of individual study.

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