Faculty from the Fort Hays State University Department of Nursing have been active in their profession nationally throughout the year.
Most recently, Linda Sanko, assistant professor of nursing, was appointed to the Kansas State Nurses Association Council on Education, where she will help the nurses association with issues surrounding nursing education at the state level.
In November, Kim Riffel, associate professor, and Kathleen Ward, assistant professor, presented "Simulation as a Stimulator of Student Confidence" at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Baccalaureate Conference in Orlando, Fla. Riffel also presented "Nurturing Young Moms to be Nurturing Parents" at the Regional Camas Compact Conference in Kansas City, Mo.
Sally Schmidt, assistant professor, served as a delegate from Kansas to the American Nurses Association 2006 House of Delegates in Washington, D.C., in July. She then co-authored a report on the delegate assembly in The Kansas Nurse magazine.
Rebecca Sander, assistant professor, and Karen Trible, assistant professor, presented "The Virtual Clinical Evaluation Tool" at the 24th annual Rutger's International Nursing Computer and Technology Conference in Toronto, Canada, in July. They also presented, in April, "Benchmark Criteria for Admission" as a roundtable discussion at the third annual Evidence-Based Practice Conference in Hays.
In May 2006, Schmidt and Dr. Karolyn Kells, associate professor, presented "Evidence for Benchmarking of Learning" as a podium presentation at the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing's 17th annual Nursing Research Congress in Montreal, Canada. They also presented the paper in July, at the Nurse Educators Conference in the Rockies, Breckenridge, Colo.