MNU chosen to help change demographics of teaching workforce

MidAmerica Nazarene University announced that it is one of 10 universities nationwide selected by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education to participate in the Association’s first Networked Improvement Community (NIC). The initiative of this group is aimed at increasing the diversity of the nation’s teacher candidate pool by focusing on recruitment of more Black and Hispanic/Latino men in teacher preparation programs.

More than 50 AACTE member institutions in 25 states applied to be a part of this NIC, known as Changing the Demographic Makeup of the Teaching Workforce. Following a rigorous review these institutions were selected for the three year program: Continue reading

MNU School of Nursing receives prestigious grant for sixth year

MidAmerica Nazarene University announced today that for the sixth year in a row it has been awarded a grant from the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program. It is one of 52 schools of nursing that will comprise the final cohort of the program. For the 2014-2015 academic year, MNU will receive $50,000 to support traditionally underrepresented students who are making a career switch to nursing through an accelerated baccalaureate or master’s degree program. NCIN is a program of RWJF and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

New Careers in Nursing has made amazing strides in helping schools of nursing recruit and retain diverse students in these competitive and rigorous accelerated degree programs,” said David Krol, MD, MPH, FAAP, RWJF senior program officer. “Through supporting these institutions, NCIN is working to increase the diversity of our nursing workforce, while also assisting schools of nursing in making their institutions more inclusive. The leadership, mentoring and other support these institutions provide are helping to prepare a diverse nursing workforce able to meet the challenges associated with building a culture of health in our nation.” Continue reading

MNU alumni award winners announced

MidAmerica Nazarene University announced its annual slate of alumni award winners this week. The group includes five alumni from all walks of life who are being recognized for their efforts to improve life for others.

James “Jamos” Amos (’85) is Alumnus of the Year. Amos is the chaplain and spiritual life coordinator at KidsTLC in Olathe, Kan. In 2012 Amos was the recipient of the Olathe Humanitarian of the Year Award.

Kathy (Ness, ’72) Buxie, PhD, is Alumna of the Year. Buxie is a former professor of math and computer science who taught at both MNU and Ohio University.

Kevin (’12) and Ashley (Mackey, ’12) Liddle are recipients of the 2014 Young Alumni Award. Kevin is the executive director of the BRIDGES sports outreach program at Living Hope Church of the Nazarene in Olathe. Ashley is a neonatal intensive care nurse at Shawnee Mission Health.

Lisa (Smith, ’80) Clements, PhD, is the recipient of the Carry the Torch Award. Lisa is the state of Colorado Office of Behavioral Science director.

Winners will be honored at MNU Homecoming October 24-26, 2014.

MNU Alum Wins Children’s Mercy Award

From MidAmerica Nazarene University

Nursing, especially pediatric nursing, requires a special type of person – one who loves children and is passionate about caring for them on a daily basis. Rachel Hindman, RN, BSN, was recognized for her passionate care when she received the Clinical Excellence Award for Nurse as Teacher at the annual Children’s Mercy Hospital award ceremony May 5, 2014. Children’s Mercy, with locations in Missouri and Kansas, is consistently ranked among the leading children’s hospitals in the nation.

Hindman earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from MNU in 2006, and has always had an interest in pediatrics. She thinks the opportunity to intern at Children’s Mercy during her degree program helped her achieve this latest success.

“After completing my senior internship at Children’s Mercy, I knew without a doubt that I wanted to get a job there after graduation,” Hindman said.

She started working in the Intensive Care Nursery (ICN) at Children’s Mercy after graduation taking care of patients full-time. Gaining four years of experience Hindman then transitioned into the role of ICN education coordinator in 2010.

Children’s Mercy’s ICN is a 71-bed, level IV neonatal intensive care unit that provides the most advanced medical care for sick newborns and infants. As education coordinator, Hindman participates in numerous unit-specific and hospital-wide committees and initiatives. She also helps coordinate educational activities and yearly competencies for current nurses as well as facilitating orientation for new nurses starting in the ICN unit. Continue reading

MNU website wins national awards

MidAmerica Nazarene University’s websitehas won a national Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Circle of Excellence Bronze Award for Best Institutional Website. MNU is the only college or university in the state of Kansas to receive a Circle of Excellence award in any category in the 2014 awards. More than 3,000 entries were judged in all categories.

According to Kim Campbell, director of marketing, the university is recognized alongside larger institutions in the category. Additionally, the current website was developed entirely in-house by MNU’s marketing team. 

“We are very honored for our in-house project to be recognized with a group of well-known schools within this category, including University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Kenyon College, and Davidson College,” Campbell said. Continue reading

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