- Dr. Kristen Slabaugh obtained certification as a nurse educator (CNE) in July 2018.
- Dr. Sarah Jones obtained Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) status August 2019.
- Dr. Kim Fenstermacher published Fenstermacher, K. (2019). Health Care in the United States. In Black, B. Professional nursing (9th ed.) (pp. 311-340). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier and Fenstermacher, K. (2019). Political Activism in Nursing: Communities, Organizations, Government. In Black, B. Professional nursing (9th ed.) (pp. 341-360). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier
- Dr. Megan Gross contributed to Shellenbarger, T. (Ed.). (2019). Academic clinical nurse educator review book: The official NLN guide to the CNE®cl exam. Washington, DC: National League for Nursing.
- Dr. Megan Gross was a podium co-presenter of “The PhD Journey: Tips for Success From Faculty and Graduates” at the 45th Sigma biennial conference.
- Dr. Megan Gross presented her doctoral research, “The Impact of Text Messages on Anxiety and Health-Promoting Behaviors Among Baccalaureate Nursing Students: A Mixed-Methods Approach” as a podium presentation at the Eastern Nursing Research Conference and as a poster as the PinnacleHealth 28th Annual Nursing Research Conference.
- Jeff Stroup promoted to Associate Professor of Nursing, Clinical Track, effective Fall 2020.
- Dr. Kristen Slabaugh was awarded mentorship through the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Faculty Leadership Mentoring Program.
- Dr. Wanda Thuma-McDermond serves as faculty counselor for Lambda Kappa chapter of Sigma Nursing Honor Society.
- Nancy Frank serves as secretary for Lambda Kappa chapter of Sigma Nursing Honor Society.
- Dr. Megan Gross serves as treasurer for Lambda Kappa chapter of Sigma Nursing Honor Society and was the chapter’s delegate to the biennial conference.
Photo: Drs. Kim Fenstermacher and Megan Gross celebrate their recent publications.
Student Nurses' Association
By Brittany Larson ’20, Secretary
The Student Nurses’ Association (SNA) is a pre-professional club which seeks to encourage and equip nursing students of all years to thrive in the nursing major and in future careers. Here is an overview of the events we have had this school year!
We kicked off the fall semester with our annual SNA/NCF welcome picnic down by the Yellow Breeches. It was a great opportunity for freshman to connect with upperclassmen, and for all of us to have some fun with our professors (like teaching Dr. Wanda Thuma-McDermond how to floss!). For the fall semester, our bimonthly meetings were focused on educating underclassmen about opportunities they will encounter in the next few years, such as study abroad programs and externships. In November, we held our annual bone marrow drive through DKMS. In just one day, we were able to get over 100 Messiah students and faculty on the bone marrow registry! Finally, at the end of the semester, students were invited to attend the Student Nurses’ Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP) Convention in Lancaster City. We attended a job fair with hospitals all across the state, and went to an eye-opening seminar on the opioid crisis. We were also ecstatic to support our very own Dr. Fenstermacher as she introduced the keynote speaker of the convention!
For the spring semester meetings, exciting speakers are coming to talk about unique career opportunities in the nursing field. Coming up soon are hospice nurses and prison nurses! In addition, we have been fundraising all year for our long awaited trip to the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) Convention. Last year, the convention was held in Salt Lake City, Utah, and this year, it is in Orlando, Florida! The annual convention helps Messiah students to connect with hospitals all around the country and attend seminars on ‘hot button’ topics in nursing. We also will not mind destressing at Disney during our free time! There are around 11 juniors and seniors attending the convention. Needless to say, we are counting down the days to April.
Underlying SNA’s meetings, events, and conventions is the mission to get nursing students excited and informed about the calling we are pursuing. Ultimately, nursing is a career that provides so many different ways to serve others and serve God.
I think I speak on behalf of all Messiah nursing students when I say that we feel so blessed to be pursuing this degree in a Christ-centered environment, and are so excited to see where God leads us in this career path.
Photo: Messiah’s SNA leaders enjoy the SNAP convention
Leading Supplemental Instruction
By Jordan Diethrich ‘21
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” – Ancient Chinese Proverb.
As a supplemental instruction (SI) leader here at Messiah College, my role is to plan and facilitate learning sessions where students learn lecture material in a new way. I get to lead one of my all-time favorite classes, Anatomy and Physiology. I help students learn as much as possible by teaching study skills and facilitating learning activities, all in a non-graded, relaxed atmosphere. Some of our learning activities have included endocrine telephone, acting out air/bone/fluid sound conduction in the ear, Bunco exam review, and mock exams.
Meeting consistently and without the pressure of graded assignments, students stay on track with their studying habits and are exposed to high-level application questions, making exams less intimidating. As a student, I went to SI for Anatomy and Physiology my first year and I attended Maternal Nursing SI this past fall (lead by Jackie Conley ’20). These sessions equipped me with study skills and provided a learning environment that helped me do well in these challenging courses.
Even though SI is created to benefit the students in the class, it also benefits the leader. Through leading SI, I have grown in my group leadership skills, my study habits, and my knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology (which has helped me in subsequent nursing courses). This is my fourth semester as an SI leader. Helping fellow students work through challenging content, learning difficult material over and over, and building relationships with others has been my privilege and pleasure and I plan to continue work as an SI leader until I graduate.
Photo: Jordan illustrating the Sodium-Potassium Pump during an SI session.
Sigma Nursing Honor Society Induction
On November 9, 2019, the Lambda Kappa chapter of Sigma Nursing Honor Society inducted 14 undergraduate and two graduate students into membership. The evening began with a welcome by Juliana Frederick, chapter Vice President. The keynote speaker, Dr. Louann Zinsmeister, presented, “The Maze of Career Paths in Nursing.” She encouraged each student to consider their future as they prepared to graduate from Messiah College. Her thorough overview of the options included possibilities in patient care, education, research, and leadership. Dr. Zinsmeister explained differences and associated responsibilities with various educational degrees, including Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), and Ph.D. Additionally, she discussed advanced practice and other nursing pathways, such as nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife, nurse practitioner, and clinical nurse leader. Following the keynote address, Juliana Frederick explained the induction ritual and introduced each inductee. The inductees received a certificate, were pinned, donned an honor cord, and signed the chapter book. Afterwards, the inductees celebrated with their families, friends, and faculty over a catered dinner.
Front L-R: Lydia Rudy, Emily Mellott, Amelia Budd, Zoe Kamin; Middle L-R: Sarah Swarr, Brittany Larsen, Tasha Martin, Abigail Lapp; Back L-R: Jenna Trumbore, Shannon Taylor, Jacalyn Comly, Megan Heiges, Corinne Musser. Not pictured: Maddison Landis; DNP students: Lacey Ehrenfeuchter, Tracy Young
By Dr. Mel Seitz, Simulation Educator
In December 2019, the Department of Nursing added a new member to its simulation team. His name is Hal. Hal is a brown hair, blue-eyed boy who weighs 35 pounds and is 45 inches tall. He hangs out in Kline 004 and rarely leaves his room. He is an advanced pediatric patient simulator. Gaumard, the company that manufactures him, describes him as the world’s most advanced pediatric patient simulator.
Unlike the other simulators that are part of our simulation team, Hal is able to display lifelike emotions through his facial expressions, movement, and speech. Just like a young child, he can display a variety of emotional states including anger, pain, anxiety, crying (he cries real tears), yawning, worry, and amazement. He can also track you. That means he will turn his head and eyes to look at you when you walk up to his bedside! His pupils react to light. He can have mild and severe seizures. He has heart, lung, and bowel sounds. He can be intubated and respiratory support can be provided using a mechanical ventilator. Assessing his blood sugar can be done by obtaining a drop of blood from his finger. He has pulses that can be felt throughout his body. His heart rhythms and oxygen levels can be monitored. If he experiences cardiac arrest, he can be resuscitated using basic and advanced cardiac life support. He can provide real-time feedback about the quality of the CPR being provided including the depth and rate of compressions. That information can be provided to students to help them master key CPR skills.
Thanks to a grant, generously provided by the Wells Foundation, purchasing Hal went from being a dream to reality. Students interact with Hal while learning to care for pediatric and critically ill patients. Comments from some students who have interacted with Hal so far include:
“I think the simulator is awesome because of how much we can do with it.”
“The simulator is more realistic looking than others which has helped me to take on the nursing role while practicing. It is also helpful that he can talk and have changing vitals like a real patient.”
“I like how he can say ‘I feel better’ or ‘It hurts all over’ in response to interventions.”
“I think it is really helpful practicing on a kid-sized patient before going to clinical. The simulator is also pretty life-like which makes it more realistic.”
If you have not met Hal yet and would like to do so, contact Mel Seitz at firstname.lastname@example.org or extension 6620 to meet him.
Balancing Nursing and Wrestling
By Josiah Gehr ‘22
Hi, my name is Josiah Gehr. I am a nursing student here at Messiah College and I am on the wrestling team here as well. I have always been interested in the medical field and I love to be around people and help to bring them joy in any way that I can and that is why I chose nursing as my major and life plan. I love being in the nursing program and have already learned so much. On the other side of my time, I have been wrestling for over 14 years and love it more than ever.
Balancing both nursing and wrestling is not easy, I have to constantly be aware of my time and understand how important it is. There are many sacrifices that I have to make so that I can pursue nursing as well as enjoy the sport of wrestling. Specifically, I have to make scheduled times to do all those activities that I chose to do. For instance, if I have a test coming up in a week, I make sure to set aside 3 hours a day into my daily schedule up until the test. This is so I know that I am getting the studying that I need and not doing other activities in place of that time. Another aspect that helps me balance my hectic schedule is making priorities. I find that doing the things that matter the most before doing other activities allows me to benefit the most. Balancing my schedule comes down to prioritizing, scheduling, and making sacrifices based on those aspects.
Even through all the busyness and running around I still find many benefits in being on the wrestling team here at Messiah. I find that the team is a great support system for my faith, academics, and personal life. The team allows me to not only lean on God but also have a support system of friends and family that care for me as a person and who care about my well-being. It also gives me a sense of being part of something bigger than myself; instead of it just being me, I have a role in a large group that affects outcomes and can make a difference. Correlating with that, I feel like I can bring many important aspects to the team. I bring my own opinions and views, work ethic, joy, and love that help make up the team along with everyone else’s personal ideas and aspects. Those are the benefits that I find to being on a sports team and still being in the nursing program. Nursing is tough and it takes a lot of work; wrestling is tough and takes a lot of work, but putting in the time and effort now will pay off in the long run. Also, relying on God in everything I do is one thing that I follow to the best of my ability because I know if I rely on him, I will benefit and have the most success that I can.
Photo: Josiah pins his opponent to the ground.
Advice for Student Athletes
By Alley Sell ‘21
Balancing being a nursing student as well as a student athlete is not easy by any means, but it is very rewarding. The support I receive from my classmates, professors, and teammates helps me stay motivated in my studies and in the pool. Some advice I have for other student nursing athletes is to make sure you are eating healthy and getting enough rest, because it does get exhausting having so much on your plate. When times get stressful, mental health is essential to staying focused and thriving - especially because you are constantly studying.
God knows you are capable of many things, and you should know that too.
Photo: Alley Sell flies across the water during a swim competition.
Kenya Medical Mission Trip
By Faith Beattie ‘21
I had the wonderful opportunity this past summer to serve as a nursing student in Kijabe, Kenya with CURE International, a faith-based non-profit organization that manages charitable hospitals worldwide. From atop the Great Rift Valley, which stretches from Mozambique to Lebanon, AIC CURE International Hospital cares for children across East Africa who are suffering from a broad spectrum of acquired and congenital conditions, including clubfoot, rickets, burn contractures, and osteomyelitis. The AIC CURE International Hospital was Africa’s first orthopedic pediatric teaching hospital for children with disabilities and is now a 30-bed inpatient facility and outpatient clinic that welcomes students at all levels of training to serve patients and learn from local and visiting providers across the African continent and the globe.
Over my three weeks in Kijabe as a visiting nursing student, my time was spread over the inpatient ward, in the PACU, and with a mobile clinic. My time in the ward consisted of assisting nurses with hourly rounding, vital signs, medication administration, wound care, and admissions and discharges. During this time, I was blessed to care for and develop relationships with many children and their families, who had often traveled far distances to seek the specialized care they needed. The PACU was also kept full by the infants and children who had just received a range of orthopedic and cleft-lip-and-palate surgeries. Caring for these patients post-op, having just observed their life-changing operations, was a special wonder. I then ended my time on a four-day mobile clinic traversing across western Kenya! While on the road, we set up clinics in three towns - Kisumu, Kitale, and Eldoret. In church bathrooms and public hospitals, we offered orthopedic consultations, wound care and casting for children with clubfoot and rickets, and follow-ups for patients who had been discharged weeks or months ago from AIC CURE. The resources found in the hospital and on the mobile clinic were sparse, but the spirit of joy embodied by all of the health care workers was full.
Whether I was changing a wound dressing in a dimly lit bathroom that had just become a place of healing, singing worship songs in Kiswahili with mothers and their children, or taking a child for a walk around the grounds, my love for global health and medical missions grew.
Throughout my experiences, I learned how good work can be done with so few resources, how important it is to provide access to primary and specialized healthcare in all places, and just how significantly education can improve quality of life for an individual, their family, and their society. As the Lord continues to grow my faith and mature my passion for global health, I am excited to see what future opportunities are in store!
Photo: Faith standing outside the AIC CURE International Hospital in Kijabe, Kenya.
Study Abroad Experience In Jerusalem
By Bryce Woland ‘22
This past fall I had the opportunity to study abroad in Jerusalem at Jerusalem University College: Institute of Holy Land Studies. I had the opportunity to take classes in biblical history and geography, Jewish literature, the politics of the Israel and Palestine, and Arabic. The biblical history and geography course included multiple field experiences that allowed me to travel around Israel and Jordan, and see sites that make up the context of the biblical story, such as Mt. Carmel where Elijah fought the prophets of Ba’al in 1 Kings 18 and En Gedi where David hid from Saul in 1 Samuel 24. Living in Jerusalem allowed me to interact with the honor-shame culture of the Middle East, which is based heavily on defining individuals based on their appearances and actions and whether they are culturally appropriate or not.
Daily life included going to class on campus or traveling to Bethlehem for Arabic. If I was not in class, then I was probably out exploring the many coffee shops of the city or wandering through the markets of the Old City, which was only a five-minute walk from campus. The Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Western Wall, and the Dome of the Rock, holy sites of the Christian, Jewish, and Islamic faiths respectively, were also very close to campus. On Friday nights, everyone on campus would celebrate the beginning of Shabbat by gathering together for a meal to begin the day of rest, which is still practiced in Jewish homes today all over Israel and the world. I also volunteered at a school in the West Bank in Beit Jala, which is a sister city to Bethlehem. The school is run by the Assemblies of God and is one of the few schools operated by Protestants in the West Bank, the rest being Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, or run by the government. This experience provided me with the opportunity to develop my cross-cultural communication skills as I would attempt to communicate with them in very broken Arabic and they talked with me in the English that they had learned so far. Getting to interact with them was always the highlight of my week as each was another opportunity to see the love of God moving in and through the hearts of the teachers and students at the school.
The pace of life in Jerusalem was much slower than that of the United States. On a typical day, my first class was not until one o’clock in the afternoon, which meant not having to rush from one place to another while trying to get everything done. Sitting in the garden on campus was one of my favorite things to do on those mornings. This is where my faith grew the most during my time abroad as I was able to spend quality time with the Lord in this space free from distractions and busyness.
Seeing biblical sites and studying the language and culture of the Bible was impactful, but communing with God day after day in the garden was the place where He changed my heart in ways that I never could have imagined.
Photo: Students hiking at En Gedi; the Dead Sea pictured in the background.
Undergraduate Class of 2019
Summa cum Laude
- Gabrielle Lee Bornman
- Maggie Faith Carbaugh
Magna cum Laude
- Tabitha Adel
- Rebecca Carol Barrows
- Megan Jean Cornman
- Brooke A. Crowley
- Sierra Lynn Kirsch
- Danielle Marie McGowan
- Elizabeth MacKenzie Muchmore
- Imogen Magdalen Rain Olson
- Shelby Denae Stouffer
- Alexandria Kaylyn Cummings
- Ajali Rochelle Cunningham
- Eric Faught
- Jenna Katherine Harmon
- Kylee Nicole Kidwell
- Shelby Faith Landes
- Olivia Brooke Lorson
- Sarah Ann Miller
- Molly Katherine Morin
- Katie Marie Moyer
- Hannah Renae Ramey
- Kaitlyn A. Sechrist
- Kierra Nicole Smith
- Madeleine Stott Smith
- Blake Frasca Stock
- Natalie Ann Toburen
College Honors Program
- Tabitha Adel Elizabeth
- MacKenzie Muchmore
Carry the Love!
By Sierra Berringer, BSN ’18, RN
In May 2018, I graduated from Messiah College with my Bachelor of Science in Nursing and began a job with the Children’s Hospital of Penn State Hershey Medical Center in July 2018 on the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Unit. Then in May 2019, the Lord spoke to me 4 times asking me if I would lay down my career in Nursing and sell everything to be a full time missionary. He called me to a mission organization in Huntington Beach, California called Circuit Riders. Our mission fields are the college campuses of America, Europe, and Africa. With a joyful, “Yes!” I began my journey as a full time missionary.
In Circuit Riders, our mission is to save the lost, revive the saved, and train them all. We are desperate to see college students encounter the real Jesus. We fulfill this mission through our annual Carry the Love Tour which is a free two-day event with worship, the gospel, and activation.
Our 2020 tour is halfway over and so far 22,941 high school and college students have gathered around the name of Jesus, 1,877 have fully surrendered their lives to Jesus, and 317 have been healed from physical and/or emotional issues.
My team has been touring up the coast of California. One testimony from our stop in Fresno is about a girl who was already following the Lord but was being held captive by the enemy. A girl on our team saw a picture of her in shackles and duct tape over her mouth. The Holy Spirit told her that this girl was being bound by shame and that the enemy wanted to keep her voice quiet. The girl started crying and said she had TMJ in her jaw and would often be in so much pain that she could not lead worship, and she also had ankle pain that kept her from kneeling down in worship. Our team prayed for her, she felt heat in her jaw and was instantly healed from TMJ and ankle pain. She was dealing with a lot of shame and had 50 scars on her abdomen from previous self harm injuries. When she went to the bathroom, she saw that all of her scars were completely healed, and she was given totally new skin!
Jesus is in abandoned pursuit of our generation, and it is an honor to be the hands & feet on the ground fighting with Him.
Photo: Carry the Love touring group with Circuit Riders
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