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    WELCOMEI am delighted to welcome faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the School of Health Sciences to our inaugural newsletter. This annual newsletter will provide updates to whats happening currently and what is planned for the future.

    Faculty have been busy writing grants, publishing in leading professional journals, and presenting at conferences, certification and licensure pass rates are consistently amongst the highest in New York, classroom and skills labs have been updated with the most current technology, and we continue to attract the best and brightest students that Long Island has to offer.

    In addition to new program development, Nursing and Dental Hygiene have been approved to offer online degree completion programs, and Dental Hygiene has been approved to offer the entry level baccalaureate degree.

    Finally, I continue to be exceptionally proud of the accomplishments of our alumni, many of whom have moved on to leadership positions in healthcare throughout Long Island, and the nation.

    Dr. Denny Ryman, Dean

    ISSUE 01

  • STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTSCarly Vittoria and Jessica Daddino were recipients of the Chancellors Award for Excellence

    FACULTY ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN THE NURSING DEPARTMENTThe nursing department continues to grow and develop. Of note is the student mentor programfor localmiddle school students,the RN-BS community studentsoutreach to underserved populations of Long Island to increase self-care asthma management, and the large scale investment in simulation technology tofully educate our pre-licensure students.

    Chancellors Award for Faculty Service was awarded to Dr. Susan Barrett- Landau.

    Three faculty earned their doctoral degree:

    Dr Christine Glaser is a Doctor of Health Education (DHed) December 18, 2016 from AT Still University. Her dissertation was entitled Nurses Attitudes Toward Death and Dying.

    Dr. Nancy Maggio earned a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, in May, 2017

    Dr. Maria Nikolaidou received a Doctor of Health Education (DHed) from AT Still University on December 18, 2016. Her dissertation was entitled Promoting Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors in RN-BS Completion Students

    Lynn Johnson was elected Nursing Alliance For Quality Care (NAQC) Vice-Chair, Board of Directors appointed by American College of Nurse Midwives. NAQC is a national nursing alliance with a mission to advance the highest quality, safety, and value of consumer-centered health care for all individuals-patients, their families, and their communities

    Jennifer Bryer is a grant reviewer for American Nurses Foundation, May 30, 2016 - June 1, 2017

    RN-BS DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMIt is a pleasure to announce that the nursing department is going online! In 2017, Middle States approved Farmingdale State College to offer a fully online RN-BS completion program. The SUNY system approved the plan in 2017 and it is in review at the State Education Department.

    The RN BS online program has been in development by Dr Maria Nikolaidou, Dr Mary Stedman, Dr Fran Cherkis, and

    Professor Lynn Johnson, current members of the BS Online Committee.Maya Bentz, Senior Instructional Designer in Distance Learning joined the committee in 2016.Maya contributed great energy and expertise to the committee process. The courses for online offering are in development and nursing faculty are developing expertise in online teaching The RN to BS completion students will be fully supported with department online orientation, advisement, tutoring, as well as the full range of FarmingdaleState College services when theprogram begins.

    SIMULATION LABThe nursing lab continues to update equipment, facilities and supplies in 2016-2017 in order to improve student learning, confidence, and preparation for the hospital environment.

    The department purchased 1 Workstation on Wheels (WOW), 5 Alaris infusion pumps and 1 patient lift this past year. Improvements to the simulation program were made with the purchase of the One Room Audiovisual system, installed in summer 2016. The SIM One system was incorporated into the curriculum in 2016-17. PUBLICATIONSFrances Cherkis published in Mortons Critical Care: Wolters Kluwer (2017). She also published Mind Mapping: An

    NURSING DEPARTMENT NEWSDr. Kathleen Cino, Chairperson

    The Outreach Committee participated in ten community based venues which were related to the provision of the flu vaccine, health education, hypertension screening or diabetes risk assessment to community members:

    St. Catherines Hospital (10/15/16)

    Kemp Hannon Golden Gathering (10/6/16)

    Senator Vendittos Golden Gathering [NuHealth and Nassau Dept. of Health] (Freeport) (10/20/16)

    Senator Todd Kaminskys Annual Golden Gathering (Rockville Centre) (10/21/16)

    Heart Screen New York (10/29/16)

    Give Kids a Smile (2/3/17).

    Blood pressure screenings performed for attendees at the annual Give Kids a Smile event sponsored by the department of Dental Hygiene.

    Heart Screen. Half Hollow Hills East High School. Event screened over 583 middle and high school students. (3/25/17)

    Farmingdale Community Summit Expo & Health Fair. Blood pressure screenings performed for community members, children and adults. (3/29/17)

    South Huntington Union Free School Districts Health & Wellness Fair. Blood pressure screenings performed for community members, children and adults. (3/30/17)

    Wyandanch Health & Careers Fair at Martin Luther King Elementary School. Asthma education provided to elementary school students and their parents in cooperation with the Asthma Coalition of Long Island. (4/27/17)


  • Active Classroom Learning Strategy, on the QSEN Website in 2016.

    Kathleen Cino published Three Group Pretest-Posttest Design to Investigate Aromatherapy Hand Massage for Older Adults with Chronic Pain Living in Long-Term Care, SAGE Research Methods Cases - Health, 2017. [doi: ] as well as Time for Self-Care, American Holistic Nurses Association: Beginnings, 36(4) 2016, 14-15.

    Christine Glaser published Analysis of Registered Nurses Participation in a Thanatology Workshop on their Attitudes Toward Caring for the Dying Patient, ProQuest/UMI, 2017.

    Sherry Manansingh published What type of Leadership in Higher Education Promotes Job Satisfaction and Increases Retention?, Journal for Leadership and Instruction, 15(1).

    Joanne Lapidus-Graham, American Nurses Association Annual Meeting: Presentation and explanation of the Strategic Plan to the Governing body on September 24, 2016.

    Virginia Peterson-Graziose, Jennifer Bryer and Maria Nikolaidou published Variables that influence retention in RN-BS students, Teaching and Learning in Nursing, 11(4) 2016, 163-165. [doi: PRESENTATIONSFrances Cherkis, Tricks & Treats, & Technology: Tips to Engage and Inspire Students. Poster presented at the New York League for Nursing & Zeta Omega-at-Large Chapter (STTI), Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry N.Y. on October 29, 2016.

    Monica Diamond-Caravella, When Reach Extends Touch: How an Academic-Practice Partnership Affects Undergraduate Community/Public Health Nursing Curricula. Paper presented to the 2017 ACHNE Annual Institute: Developing and Supporting Leadership, Baltimore, MD on June 9, 2017.

    Monica Diamond-Caravella, Creating a Practice-Ready Workforce: New Opportunities in Academia. Panel presented at the Annual Department of Nursings Advisory Board Meeting, Farmingdale State College on May 25, 2017.

    Monica Diamond-Caravella, No More Snow Days: Collaborate Ultra. Panel presented at the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology, Farmingdale State College on April 7, 2017.

    Monica Diamond-Caravella, CTLT Brown Bag Lunch: Teaching with rubrics. Workshop conducted at the CTLT Brown Bag Lunch, Farmingdale State College on February 24, 2017.

    Monica Diamond-Caravella, Do Academic/Practice partnerships affect the educational curriculum in Community/Public Health nursing for undergraduate nursing students? A program assessment. Public Health Nursing Section No.3064, Abstract ID No.: 366415 [Roundtable Presentation]. Presentation to the American Public Health Association 2016 Annual Meeting, Denver, CO on October 31, 2016.

    Monica Diamond-Caravella, Factors Contributing to Asthma Exacerbations. Workshop conducted at the Asthma Educator Institute, Asthma Coalition of Long Island, American Lung Association of the Northeast., Molloy College, Suffolk Campus on June 16, 2016.

    Patti Cantamessa, Faculty Development Workshop presented by Dr. Nancy Maggio and Dr. Patti Cantamessa. The workshop was conducted at Farmingdale State College on May 24, 2017

    DonnaMarie Flumignan presented Holocaust Lessons for Professional Ethics in Nursing and Law Enforcement at the Lessons from the Holocaust: The Path to Justice and Equity in Higher Education Conference, Nassau Community College on May 16, 2017.

    Maya Bentz, Lori Goodstone and Monica Diamond-Caravella presented No More Snow Days: Collaborate Ultra at the CTLT Technology Workshop on April 6, 2017.

    Lori Goodstone, Fran Cherkis, Maria Nikolaidou, Christine Glaser and Nancy Maggio presented the poster Bundle up: Introducing care bundles to increase knowledge and confidence of senior nursing students at the Celebration of Scholarship: A Showcase of Faculty Accomplishments, Farmingdale State College on November 10, 2016.

    Monica Diamond-Caravella, Reopening a Dialog on Open Airways for Schools: Closing the Educational Gap Using a Multi-Site Academic Practice Partn