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Welcome to the new KCON ASPIRE. This is the first edition of our quarterly e-newsletter designed to complement the newly redesigned KCON ASPIRE magazine coming out in January 2018! Both publications feature inspiring stories, college updates and information on connecting with us. Visit us at for more!

Dean Cynthia McCurren received official notification that GVSU’s Kirkhof College of Nursing was granted accreditation for full 10-years for all three of our degree programs by the Board of Commissioners of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) on April 25-27, 2017!



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KCON nursing students earn Mary Free Bed scholarships

GVSU has strong connection to the National Academies of Practice

Dr. Sandra Spoelstra earns fellowship in Gerontological Society of America 

KCON's student nursing association earns national recognition 

Dr. Tom Sanchez to continue building his nursing legacy in Burundi



Darleen Hoffert, assistant professor of nursing, had an article published in the Grand Rapids Press, "Nursing Service a Benefit of No-Fault Insurance." 

Sylivia Mupepi, professor of nursing, earned a fellowship from the Carnegie African Diaspora program to travel to Ghana to mentor nursing faculty at the University of Cape Coast.

Evelyn Clingerman, executive director of The Bonnie Wesorick Center for Health Care Transformation, was reelected to a second term on the Nursing Academies of Practice Council, as nursing academy vice chair. Clingerman also gave a presentation, "Polarity Scans Supplement Integrative Health and Wellness for Nurse Educators," at the American Holistic Nurses Association Annual Conference in Rancho Mirage, California.

Paulette Chaponniere, assistant professor of nursing, wrote an article, “Acculturation, Stress, and Birth Outcomes in Mexican and Mexican American Women,” published in the Journal of Cultural Competence in Nursing and Healthcare.

Dianne Conrad, associate professor of nursing, was a co-author of a book, The Doctor of Nursing Practice Scholarly Project, which was selected as one of the winners for the 2016 Alpha Sigma Nu book awards.

Deborah Bambini, professor of nursing, and Michael J. Shoemaker, associate professor of physical therapy, were among the authors of an article, “Replicable Interprofessional Competency Outcomes from High-Volume, Inter-Institutional, Interprofessional Simulation,” published in the journal Contemporary Issues in Pharmacy Education.

Genevieve Elrod, assistant professor of nursing, gave a presentation, “The Needs of Older Adults Recently Diagnosed with Cancer,” at the Oncology Nursing Society Congress in Denver, Colorado. 

Amy Manderscheid, assistant professor of nursing, gave a presentation, "Improving Teamwork and Communication through Simulation: A Case Study," at "High Reliability – The Basics" Conference sponsored by Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids.

Donna Rinker, visiting professor of nursing, gave a presentation, “Total Health/ Oral Health: Implementing the Team Approach to Oral Health in Primary Care,” at the Michigan Rural Health Conference in Mt. Pleasant.

Rebecca Davis, professor of nursing, was a co-author of two articles published in Research in Gerontological Nursing, and articles published in Environment and Behavior, Journal of Advanced Nursing, Journal of Gerontological Nursing, and The Gerontologist. All articles focused on wayfinding for people diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

Robert Johnson, visiting professor of nursing, authored an article published in the Annals of Palliative Medicine, Why it’s not OK for doctors to participate in executions.

Barb Hooper, assistant professor, recently met all certification requirements and is now a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator, awarded by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Sylvia Simons, adjunct professor, and Akmal Saydazamov, KCON student, had an article published in the Grand Rapids Press, Potential dangers of e-cigs for teens and young adults."