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Jessica Stewart selected Metropolitan State University Outstanding Student for Spring 2018 graduating class

SAINT PAUL, Minnesota—An Andover resident has been selected a spring semester Outstanding Student at Metropolitan State University.

Jessica Stewart
Jessica Stewart, College of Nursing and Health Sciences Outstanding Student Spring 2018

Jessica Stewart graduates cum laude with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice-Family Nurse Practitioner and is chosen Outstanding Student representing the university’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She is one of 1,058 students receiving bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees at Metropolitan State’s 102nd commencement exercises on April 28, 2018 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

At Metropolitan State University, Stewart was awarded the Minnesota Nurse Practitioners Annual Scholarship in 2017 for her capstone work and future plans for dissemination of her research. She was also awarded the Lukaszewski Family Professional Development fund from Metropolitan State in 2018 to again help further disseminate project findings on a larger scale. She is also one of three students who were selected by the dean to present her findings at the Midwest Nursing Research Society annual conference in Cleveland, Ohio earlier this month.

Stewart is a single mother of three daughters, the youngest of which she gave birth to in her second year of graduate school. In addition to being a full-time parent Stewart worked close to full-time as a nurse at Allina Health, even as she attended graduate school full-time.

“Everything I do is for those girls, and I work very hard every day trying to provide them with the best life possible,” Stewart said. “I make it a priority to be a part of every important event in my children’s life as best I can, even amongst the chaos. It has been the most rewarding and challenging experience to accomplish all that I have set forth and be so close to achieve a degree at the highest level of nursing.”

Stewart is also active in International Association of Forensic Nursing and Minnesota Chapter (IAFN), Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS), and Minnesota Nurse Practitioners (MNNP).

Stewart truly has a passion for nursing and caring for others in their most dire moments and has already built a reputation in her field. Her capstone project developed a protocol for Allina Health to use with domestic violence victims. She was asked to speak about this at the IAFN in Reno, Nevada. She plans to submit her work to the Journal of Emergency Nursing for publication.

“Jessica is one of the most motivated, driven, dedicated doctoral students I have had a privilege to be a faculty chair. She is a leader in her field of healthcare and doctoral education for nurse practitioners,” said the faculty member who nominated Stewart Dr. Kerry Johnson, professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. “She is an outstanding student in all of the areas of her life, work, studies, and family.”

Dr. Judith Graziano named dean of College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Judith Graziano
Dr. Judith Graziano

Dr. Judith Graziano has been named dean of the College of Nursing and Health Science.

Graziano will start in that role on May 8, 2018. Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs Amy Gore made the announcement on Friday, April 27.

Dr. Graziano has served as the interim dean since July 2016. She has been with Metropolitan State University since 2006. Her primary teaching interests are undergraduate and graduate research methodology, nursing theory, graduate level evidence-based practice and Doctor of Nursing Practice scholarship courses. She has served in a number of administrative roles at the university, including department chair, director of Nursing Programs, and acting associate dean, College of Health, Community and Professional Studies. She is experienced in program review and accreditation processes, and was the lead author of the School of Nursing’s most recent self-study and continuous improvement report. Prior to joining the faculty at Metropolitan State, Dr. Graziano held a number of nursing clinical, leadership and research positions focusing on cardiovascular nursing and diabetes.

Dr. Graziano earned a master of science degree with focus on Leadership and Management and a PhD in nursing from the University of Minnesota. She is the recipient of grants from Novo Nordisk and the Society for the Advancement of Modeling and Role Modeling theory. She has published in the areas of quality of life and chronic disease management, and is lead author on a manuscript entitled “Minnesota Alliance for Nursing Education (MANE): A Unique Multi-institutional Approach to Preparing Nurses for the Future,” which was recently published in the journal Nursing Education Perspectives.

The search committee included: College of Liberal Arts Dean Francis Schweigert, who also served as search chair, Mary Benson, Deb Dornfield, Brian Goodroad, Cindy Kaus, Laurie Landwehr and Carol Reid.

March 27: Free webinar for nurses and caregivers for people with Parkinson’s

Joyce Bredesen, associate professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Metropolitan State University, will lead a webinar on “Improving Caregiver Strain through Science and Model Interventions.”

Hosted by the Parkinson’s Foundation, this webinar offers the audience an opportunity to learn more about Parkinson’s disease symptoms, progression, treatments and management during our free, live slideshow presentation. Participants will learn about ways to improve and ease caregiver strain by assessing and identifying potential interventions to assist caregivers in talking about the difficult issues they face.

Caring for a person with Parkinson’s can result in decreased mental and physical health. Over the years, research has shown that the gradual loss of patient autonomy has a negative impact on the life of a caregiver, resulting in a decline in quality of life. During this free Nursing Solutions webinar, participants will learn about ways to ease this caregiver strain through science and model interventions.

The webinar will be delivered from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 27. Register via this webpage: http://event.netbriefings.com/event/parkinson/Live/caregiverstrain/register.html

 CEUs: If you are a healthcare professional, you may watch this webinar for continuing education credits. CEUs are managed through the American Society on Aging. You will have up to 30 days to view and apply. An additional 60 days will be needed to process your application.
For more information, contact:

Joyce.Bredesen@metrostate.edu, associate professor
Eleanor.Brandt@metrostate.edu, Advising and Program Support for CNHS
Judith.Graziano@metrostate.edu, interim dean, CNHS

Susan Vold, Fall 2017 College of Nursing and Health Sciences Outstanding Student

A Bloomington resident has been selected as a fall semester Outstanding Student at Metropolitan State University.

Susan Vold, who graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, was chosen outstanding graduate student in the university’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Vold was also featured as the President’s Outstanding Student Speaker for the Fall 2017 commencement ceremony. She was one of 1,368 students receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Metropolitan State’s 101st commencement exercises on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 in Minneapolis.

Prior to joining Metropolitan State University, Vold earned an associate’s degree in nursing from Century College in 2007. She is currently working as a Movement Disorder Nurse Care Coordinator and Deep Brain Stimulation Program Manager at University of Minnesota’s Neurology Clinic.

Vold also specializes in Parkinson’s disease and is very active in Parkinson’s disease fundraising events. She has facilitated various Parkinson’s support groups.

Vold has received numerous performance awards: Medical Ethics Student of the Year, Biology Student of the Year, Nursing Student of the Year, and ‘Fire Starter’ award. She was the commencement speaker for the nursing class of 2007 at Century College. She was also selected as the first chairperson for the Ambulatory Nursing Council at University of Minnesota Physicians (UMP).

In addition to her continued work at UMP, Vold may pursue a certification in holistic energy modality.

Vold said, “My future plans include expanding my role at UMP, public speaking and teaching, learning more about leadership, becoming more involved in the Parkinson’s disease community and neuromodulation, getting back to oil painting, and learning how to tango, salsa, swing and ballroom dance!”

Oct. 17: Flu vaccination clinic for students

Stay healthy this fall with a flu shot from Fairview Healthcare. MANE nursing students will provide other health and wellness activities throughout the event.

  • 1 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 17, Student Center (Room 101), Metropolitan State University, 700 E. 7th St., Saint Paul, MN

Activities include:

  • Flu vaccination (free for students)
  • Hand massages and other relaxation techniques
  • Essential oils
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Information on our new campus wide initiative through the American College Health Association, Healthy Campus!
  • Information on how to eat healthy for $4 per day and samples will be provided!
  • Snacks will be provided!
  • Free swag and samples will be provided to participants who complete each activity.

Activities are open to all, however, flu shots are available only to students at this event. Find more information on vaccinations for faculty and staff at this link.

For more information contact Jodee Fitzgerald, coordinator for Healthcare and Wellness Services at Metropolitan State University, 651-793-1552 or jodee.fitzgerald@metrostate.edu