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Pfeiffer names nursing and business leaders to new nursing advisory board

Pfeiffer University recently named several area medical professionals and business leaders to its newly established Nursing Advisory Board. The group is comprised of community leaders who hold prominent positions on hospital staffs, at academic institutions, and in community health service and public and private sectors.

Nursing_Advisory_Board_2-_10-2010The nine-member board, which gathered for an inaugural meeting recently, serves in a consultative capacity to the Department of Nursing at Pfeiffer. The group provides an avenue for the exchange of ideas and perspectives in nursing education between business and professional leaders, alumni, and nursing faculty. Board members work with Pfeiffer's nursing faculty to ensure the nursing curricula remain practical, relevant, and innovative. Additionally, the board advises the university on clinical practice changes, standards and topics related to health care delivery within the region.

Members of the Pfeiffer University Nursing Advisory Board are: Dr. Wanda Stutts, chair of the Department of Nursing at Appalachian State University; Dr. Maureen Fogle, Pfeiffer alumna and director of professional practice at Carolinas Medical Center (CMC)-Mercy; Marilyn Smith, nurse practitioner and educator; Jan McNeely, coordinator of student programs at Rowan Regional Medical Center; Ron Witkowski, clinical supervisor and nurse educator at CMC-Union, Shirley LeHue, director of regulatory compliance at Stanly Regional Medical Center, and Don Walser, Pfeiffer alumnus and retired Certified Public Accountant. Pfeiffer faculty board representatives are Dr. Mark McCallum, dean of the School of Natural and Health Sciences, and Dr. Dianne Daniels, chair of the Department of Nursing.

Pfeiffer's new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program began accepting pre-nursing students in fall 2009 and will choose its first official nursing class next spring. The pre-licensure BSN program is open to qualified high school graduates and college students who wish to pursue a nursing degree. The four-year program consists of educational and clinical experiences designed to prepare graduates to provide exceptional care to diverse populations of patients across the lifespan. The program's nursing curriculum is based on Christian principles and a patient-first, caring philosophy.

Established in 1885, Pfeiffer University is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. A comprehensive United Methodist-related university, with multiple campuses, including Misenheimer, Charlotte and the Triangle, Pfeiffer is committed to educational excellence, service and scholarship. Join Pfeiffer on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pfeifferuniversity.

Pictured Above - members of Pfeiffer's new Nursing Advisory Board (From L-R): Dr. Mark McCallum, dean of the School of Natural and Health Sciences at Pfeiffer; Dr. Dianne Daniels, chair of the Department of Nursing at Pfeiffer; Dr. Wanda Stutts, chair of the Department of Nursing at Appalachian State University; Dr. Maureen Fogle, Pfeiffer alumna and director of Professional Practice at Carolinas Medical Center (CMC)-Mercy; Marilyn Smith, nurse practitioner and nurse educator; Jan McNeely, coordinator of student programs at Rowan Regional Medical Center; Ron Witkowski, clinical supervisor/nurse educator at CMC-Union. Not pictured: Shirley LeHue, director of regulatory compliance at Stanly Regional Medical Center and Don Walser, retired Certified Public Accountant and Pfeiffer alumnus.

 

Media contact: Natasha A. Suber, (704) 463-3040 or natasha.suber@pfeiffer.edu

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