Nursing Advisory Council Conducts Annual Meeting

Truman’s Nursing Advisory Council met at the Department of Nursing on campus during the spring semester. The council promotes the recognition, welfare and progress of nursing education at Truman through advising and consulting with the Department of Nursing.

The department’s activities were highlighted by Stephanie Powelson, department chair, and included 177 students enrolled in the traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program and 10 students enrolled in the first cohort of the accelerated BSN program.

At this year’s event, two Truman nursing students, Jessica Curl and Allison Faron, shared information about several service-learning experiences at Truman. The council provided suggestions and feedback about admissions, clinical sites and service-learning experiences. Council representation includes 36 members from the community and 21 members from the University, and is led by Mark Laughlin, council chair, and Elsie Gaber, council vice-chair. The BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing. 

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Nursing Advisory Council members pose for a picture during the annual meeting on the Truman campus. Pictured, front row, left to right: Sandra Novinger, Arthur Freeland, Troy Paino, Stephanie Powelson, Margaret Wilson and Odessa Ofstad. Middle row, left to right: Charles Baldwin, Harriet Beard, Brinda Geisbuhler, Brenda Higgins, Becky Osborn, Lori Haxton, Elsie Gaber, Bertha Thomas and Pat Murdock. Back row, left to right: Becky Pike, Jack Magruder, Jim LeBaron, Tim Tucker, Maria Di Stefano, Randy Hatcher, Janet Head, Justin Puckett, Christopher Halliday and Mary Laird. Not pictured: Martha Gragg, Andy Grimm, Lesa McCartney, Judi Misale, Shirley Riley, Alice Allinson, Cindy Carter, Rick Fleschner, Delores Lesseig, Myra Baiotto, Ranee Brayton, Dianthe Cable, Bonnie Collier, Mark Laughlin, Craig Phelps and Carol Race.

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Jessica Curl, left, and Allison Faron were student
presenters during the annual Nursing Advisory Council.

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