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Bouthillet Named 2019 American Association of Nurse Practitioners State Award for Excellence

School of Nursing Assistant Professor Kelly Bouthillet, DNP, APRN, CCNS, ACNP-BC, ACNPC, has been named the recipient of the 2019 American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) State Award for Excellence from South Carolina. The award is given annually by AANP to recognize outstanding achievements by nurse practitioners and nurse practitioner advocates in each state.

“Receiving this award is quite an honor, as many of the recipients have contributed to the profession in transformative ways,” stated Bouthillet. “I am extremely honored to be recognized for the work that I have done and to be part of such an amazing group of individuals and am humbled by the recognition.”

Bouthillet was nominated for the award by fellow nurse practitioners in AANP for bringing nurse practitioners from Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties together through social media and face-to-face contact.

“From one person to approximately 50 people that were previously non-connected, we have grown into a group that shares concerns, issues and practice-related information in order to provide health services to our communities,” stated Bouthillet. “Additionally, I have been working interprofessionally with the Emergency Medical Services on Hilton Head Island, where I reside, to collaborate on improving the care of senior patients through education targeted to their care setting and the geriatric population.”

Bouthillet will be recognized during the AANP National Conference in June which will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana. The event is by invitation only and attendees will include award winners, the state representative, regional directors and the board of directors of AANP.


Georgia Southern Named One of the Most Affordable for Online Nursing Education

OnlineU.org has ranked Georgia Southern University’s School of Nursing as one of the most affordable online colleges for nursing for a Master of Science in Nursing and a RN-BSN degree. The School of Nursing made the ranking at ninth for Bachelor’s Degrees in Nursing and first for Master’s Degrees in Nursing.

“These rankings represent online schools across the nation that are making an effort to provide economical options for students,” stated Kelsey D’Ewart, a representative from SR Education Group.

To be considered for the rankings, schools had to be regionally accredited and offer at least one fully online degree. Tuition for every college offering fully online degrees was manually researched to determine and rank the most affordable choices.

“We are thrilled to have two online nursing programs at Georgia Southern University ranked on the most affordable online nursing programs for nursing degrees in the U.S.,” stated School of Nursing Chair, Catherine Gilbert, Ed.D., RN. “Online delivery of nursing education has become an essential option for many students and these rankings are a true reflection of our commitment to quality, accessible and affordable nursing education.”

The School of Nursing is housed in the Waters College of Health Professions and is fully accredited by the Georgia Board of Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. For more information on nursing programs at Georgia Southern, visit https://chp.georgiasouthern.edu/nursing/programs/.


Hartley Named Legislative Director for GANS

Elizabeth Hartley, a junior 1 nursing student at Georgia Southern University, has been named the legislative director for the Georgia Association of Nursing Students (GANS). GANS, the Georgia branch of the National Student Nurses’ Association, aims to provide resources and opportunities to nursing students to promote educational and professional development. Prior to her current role, Hartley served as the assistant to the executive board and is an active member of the local chapter, Student Nurses’ Association (SNA), at Georgia Southern where she serves as the outreach coordinator.

“As the legislative director for GANS, I am able to serve as a link for students not only at Georgia Southern but also students from around the state to connect with officials at the state or national level,” stated Hartley.

As legislative director, Hartley will be responsible for submitting resolutions from the State Executive Board to the House of Delegates at the 66th Annual Convention, coordinate the annual Political Involvement Award, review and make recommendations for changes in the bylaws and policies, and be familiar with parliamentary procedures and credentialing for the annual convention.

The School of Nursing is housed in the Waters College of Health Professions and is fully accredited by the Georgia Board of Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. For more information on nursing programs at Georgia Southern, visit chp.georgiasouthern.edu/nursing/programs.


Nursing Students Experience Simulated Dementia

The first semester junior students in the Pre-licensure Nursing program on Georgia Southern University Statesboro Campus had the opportunity to participate in an experiential simulation called the Virtual Dementia Tour (VDT®). The VDT uses patented sensory tools and instruction based on research conducted by P.K. Beville, M.S., for healthcare professionals and families to build a greater understanding of dementia.

For the past five years, each semester, Christy Dubert, Ph.D., RN, Rose Mary Gee, Ph.D., RN, and DaNell Moore, MSN, Med, SANE, have facilitated the VDT to give students the opportunity to experience simulated dementia, sensory deficits and cognitive impairments. “The simulation prepares them on how to better care for patients with dementia, cognitive problems and sensory impairments,” noted Dubert, assistant professor and director of simulation and experiential learning. While participating in VDT, students are taken from the beginning to late stages of dementia and experience the realities of living with dementia while being faced with the effects of attempting to perform daily living activities.

Upon beginning the simulation, students complete a pre-test/reflection and are assigned either the color blue or red, which dictates what activities the student will be completing upon entering the simulated home environment. The student is garbed with different items such as popcorn being placed inside their shoes, gloves being placed on their hands, and special glasses and headphones being placed on their head, all which simulate different forms of sensory impairments. Before entering the simulation environment, students are read a set of instructions and given a list of activities to complete once they enter the simulation environment. Each student is given ten minutes to complete their tasks in an environment that has been manipulated with dimmed lights and flashing lights. Once the student’s time is up the student is than escorted out of the simulation environment, and allowed to remove the garb and asked to complete a post-test/reflection. Students are asked not to discuss their experience with other students until they debrief as a group.

During the debriefing, students verbally reflect on the experience and share with their classmates what it feels like to have sensory and cognitive impairments. Students commented on how this is a positive learning experience and how they will apply this experience to their clinical practice as nurses. To learn more about the Virtual Dementia Tour®, please go to www.secondwind.org.


MSN Program Ranked One of the Best for 2018

Georgia Southern University’s School of Nursing has been selected as one of the Best Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) for 2018 by OnlineMasters.com. The School of Nursing’s MSN program was ranked number 50 out of 866 programs analyzed. Programs were selected based on academic quality, student success and affordability.

“Nursing remains one of the most competitive programs in professional education,” stated School Chair Catherine Gilbert, Ed.D., RN. “Prospective students have many options to pursue higher education; therefore, national rankings assist students in choosing a school that provides the highest level of education; Georgia Southern University is proud to be among these recognized leaders in nursing education.”

The School of Nursing is housed in the Waters College of Health Professions and is fully accredited by the Georgia Board of Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. For more information on nursing programs at Georgia Southern, visit https://chp.georgiasouthern.edu/nursing/programs/.


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