Truman Conducts Annual Nursing Advisory Council Meeting

Truman Nursing Advisory Council met March 3 in the Student Union Building.

The council promotes the recognition, welfare and progress of nursing education at Truman through advising and consulting with the department. Nursing chair Stephanie Powelson highlighted several of the department’s activities, recognized council members, discussed program outcomes and considered areas for program enhancement.

Council representation includes members from the community and the University, and is led by Dr. Mark Laughlin, council chair, and Shirley Riley, council vice-chair.

Four senior nursing students, Kate Heman, Trent Hoover, Ashlee Thompson and Julia Walther, delivered a presentation on their student internship opportunities during the summer and school year.

All nursing students are required to complete an internship after junior courses are completed. Some students complete this requirement through paid internships (externships) in the summer between junior and senior years. The Philippines study abroad experience may also substitute for the internship requirement.
Thompson completed an internship during fall of 2016 at the Adair County Health Department with Lori Guffey (’81, BSN ’93). Hoover completed an externship in Saint Louis at Barnes-Jewish Hospital’s innovation unit. Heman traveled to Manila and Iloilo City in the Philippines to satisfy this requirement, and Walther completed a summer internship in the emergency department at Northeast Regional Medical Center. Each nursing student described the growth in knowledge, attitudes and skills that they gained from these unique and formative experiences.

The BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing.  

Truman Nursing Advisory Council met March 3 in the Student Union Building. Pictured, front row, from left: Becky Osborn, Margaret Wilson, Maria DiStefano, Rick Fleschner, Janet Head and Craig Harris.  Middle row: Myra Baiotto, Martha Gragg, Shirley Riley, Bertha Thomas, Bonnie Colier, Brenda Higgins and Sue Thomas. Back row: Janet Gooch, Damon Kizzire, Becky Pike, Richard Coughlin, Tim Tucker, Justin Puckett, Mark Laughlin and Jack Magruder. Not pictured: Alice Allinson, Charles Baldwin, Harriet Beard, Ranee Brayton, Dianthe Cable, Brinda Geisbuhler, Andy Grimm, Christopher Halliday, Randy Hatcher, Lori Haxton, Mary Knudsen, Delores Lesseig, Lesa McCartney, Judi Misale, Sandra Novinger, Odessa Ofstad and Craig Phelps.

Senior nursing students Ashlee Thompson, Trent Hoover, Kate Heman and Julia Walther presented their nursing internship experiences to Truman’s Nursing Advisory Council members at the annual meeting.