IWU Nursing Spring 2014: Volume 7 Issue 1 - Page 3

About the Dean Dr. Ihrke has taught at IWU since 1994. Her areas of expertise include transcultural nursing, tropical health, gerontology, and nursing informatics. D Photo by Jer Nelsen. from the DEAN’S DESK On the Move IWU School of Nursing students, faculty, staff, and alumni are on the move. We are moving forward with our education and our careers. We’re traveling, whether packing our bags for cross-cultural experiences or moving across campus to new offices in the Science and Nursing Building. And we’re up and moving, keeping active in road races, rugby matches, and more. In this issue you’ll meet SON family like Samantha (p. 8), who started a hometown movement for SIDS awareness, and Tiffani (p. 12), who was so moved by the needs of a Guatemalan village she put plans in motion for a quarterly international healthcare clinic. In the School of Nursing, we’re on the move— trusting God to direct our paths and remembering Joshua 1:9: “The LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” + IWU School of Nursing has become a place where vision meets fruition. In 1994, Indiana Wesleyan had only one classroom dedicated to its nursing program. This spring, we are entering a new 110,000-square-foot, five-story Science and Nursing Building providing several clinical rooms, simulation rooms, a DNP skills lab, and the opportunity to work collaboratively alongside other health professions—pushing our education potential to the next level. (For more about this exciting new facility, check out the article on page 5.) The School of Nursing embraces the entrepreneurial spirit to not just adjust and adapt to meet ever-changing needs of today’s healthcare landscape, but also to be a leader in nursing education that others will follow. Join us in pushing the practical and educational edge at Indiana Wesleyan’s School of Nursing. Our team will stand beside and guide you to your personal academic goals as we continue to pursue excellence in education as a whole. Together, we can do it! + Dr. Barbara Ihrke, PhD, RN Dean, IWU School of Nursing Let’s stay in touch! Send your news and updates to nursing.info@indwes.edu and “like” the IWU School of Nursing Facebook page at facebook.com/IWUSofN. And you can always email me at barbara.ihrke@indwes.edu! Join IWU School of Nursing on Facebook We’re excited to introduce a new recurring feature, Overheard on Facebook, where we share what you’ve been saying on the School of Nursing’s social media page. Look for the feature throughout this issue and let us know online what you’re up to, how you are, and what’s on your mind. For our next issue, tell us: Where are you practicing around the world? If we publish your comments in IWU Nursing, we’ll send you a small gift. + Get the Indiana Wesleyan University School of Nursing magazine on your tablet! Read IWU Nursing online on your iPad, Kindle, NOOK, or Android tablet—for free! To get the tablet and online edition, go to indwes.edu/nursing. Overheard on Facebook Join the conversation