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DNP Students Present at 2017 CHHS Student Research Symposium

Third year BSN-DNP students, Molly Aasby and Katie Peterson, presented posters of their DNP projects during the 2017 CHHS Student Research Symposium held on April 27, 2017 at Plaster Student Union Ballroom. Katie and Molly are part of an 11-student cohort who will be graduating on May 18, 2017 from the School of Nursing’s BSN-DNP program. Upon graduation, they are eligible to sit for the certification exam to become a family nurse practitioner.


Katie Peterson developed and implemented a multidisciplinary video education to patients diagnosed with hypertension at MSU Care. As part of her project, she educated providers at MSU Care regarding the evidence-based hypertension treatment guidelines, also known as JNC 8 Hypertension Guidelines. She then gathered a group of students from different CHHS departments, including: nursing, physical therapy, pharmacy, and dietetics. These departments assisted her in developing several video education modules on how to improve patient’s lifestyles to reduce their blood pressure. Patients who were determined to be hypertensive were given an educational brochure, which included information on how to access the videos online. Surveys were also collected to determine whether patients had barriers to accessing the videos, such as no computer, internet, or smartphone access. Patient blood pressures were collected to determine if these lowered during patient’s follow-up visits. Katie Peterson’s project chair is Dr. Rhea Faye Felicilda.


Molly Aasby developed a video education on smoking cessation for MSU Care patients. The patient education video on smoking cessation was presented to patients who were determined to be smokers during the initial assessment when visiting their primary care provider. Surveys on patients’ smoking habits were collected during their initial visit and after a 1-month follow-up to see if their were any changes. Providers were also informed about evidence-based care guidelines related to smoking cessation. Molly Aasby’s project chair is Dr. Rose Utley.


The School of Nursing would like to congratulate Molly and Katie for having been chosen to present their DNP projects during the CHHS Student Research Symposium. We hope this will lead the way for more undergraduate and graduate nursing students at Missouri State University to take an active part in presenting and publishing their research projects in the future.

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The School of Nursing is making a Missouri Statement!

The School of Nursing wishes to congratulate the BSN Generic May 2016 cohort for achieving 100 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The School of Nursing is one of only four programs in Missouri to achieve this benchmark in 2016. The undergraduate baccalaureate degree in nursing prepares students to work in any healthcare setting and provides them with a strong background in science and nursing theory.

We would also like to congratulate the first cohort of the BSN-DNP program who also achieved a 100 percent pass rate on The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP). The AANPCP assesses entry-level knowledge and clinical competencies of family nurse practitioner graduates. Board-certified FNPs may practice independently or under supervision of a physician at different primary care settings, depending on state of practice.

The School of Nursing congratulates the faculty and staff for their hard work and dedication to the department and their students. The academic coursework and clinical experience they have provided within these programs proved invaluable to the nursing students when taking nursing licensure and certification exams. The School of Nursing wishes all the students the best of luck in their careers and future endeavors.


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Bears That Care – Spring 2015 Newsletter

The spring 2015 newsletter is now available. This issue includes:

  • Pre-nursing program information
  • BSN program information
  • SNO corner
  • BSN-completion and MSN nurse educator information
  • DNP program information
  • Advance practice nursing day
  • Calendar of events

Download the spring 2015 Bears that Care newsletter

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Welcome to the Department of Nursing and MSU!

(as originally posted by Jessica Clements)

Welcome Weekend 2014 introduces new Bears to campus life and welcomes returning students back to campus. Highlights of the weekend include Friday night’s Playfair, Saturday night’s Bear Bash and Sunday’s afternoon lineup of New Student Convocation, Bear Path and New Student Festival.

Key details

  • What: Welcome Weekend 2014
  • When: Friday, August 15- Sunday, August 17
  • Where: All over campus!

View more information about Welcome Weekend on MSU Mobile, available for both iOS and Android.

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Help us spread the word about Welcome Weekend 2014 to the Missouri State and local communities by sharing it on social media. If you attend any of the weekend’s events, we want to hear about your experience! We encourage you to join the online conversation throughout the weekend by posting about it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tagging your posts with the official hashtag: #FindYourPlace.

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