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Barb Kemerer, associate professor of nursing education, co-presented “Self-Assessment of Nurses Attitudes, Beliefs, and Biases” at the Maryland Nurses Association Conference titled Connecting with Patients: Compassion to Excellence on April 20. Kemerer co-presented “Moving From 0-17% Simulation-based Clinical Learning Activities: Lessons Learned,” with Dr. Laura Clayton, at a national METI simulation conference on July 6 in Lewisburg.  She attended the workshop Quality and Safety in Nursing Education sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in Seattle, Washington, September 14-16, 2011

 Dr. Clarise Hairston Ottley, associate professor of nursing education, is the project director for the Department of Nursing Education’s Partnership for Academic and Social Student Success (PASSS) Program, funded by a Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant that was awarded and funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The Department of Nursing Education was one of 11 chosen departments/schools of nursing across the United States to receive grant funding. The grant award was for $1.1 million dollars. (Click here to read the news release)

 Dr. Ottley has been involved all year as one of five nursing professionals chosen as mentees/protégés in the National League for Nursing /Johnson and Johnson Mentoring and Leadership Program.  As a part of the mentoring/leadership program, Dr. Ottley developed a mentoring program for nursing faculty, which was based on research that indicates that mentoring is vital in the development and transition of new faculty. Mentoring assists new faculty members to better navigate the academic environment and more easily transition to new roles and new responsibilities. The result of such mentoring is a rich and rewarding career experience for the new faculty member. Additionally, Dr. Ottley and the other four protégés, with the mentoring and assistance from their paired mentors and project director, presented the mentoring/leadership group project titled “Mentoring: Template for Excellence,” at the National League for Nursing’s 2011 Education Summit in Orlando, Florida, September 21-24, 2011.

West Virginia University School of Nursing 50th Anniversary honored 50 Golden Graduates on October 22, 2010. Laura H. Clayton, BSN, MSN '93, PhD '07 was honored with the Golden Graduate Award exemplify outstanding achievement in nursing practice, teaching, research or service. She uses a variety of teaching-learning strategies in the classroom and clinical settings, including case studies, concept mapping, high-fidelity simulation, and service learning. Dr. Clayton also engages her students in the use of evidence-based practice and mentors them in developing poster and podium presentations for nursing research conferences.


Dr. Clayton, professor of Nursing Education, has earned the designation Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) after meeting strick eligibility criteria and successfully completing a rigorous certification examination developed and administered by the National League for Nursing.  Certification as a nuse educator recognizes excellence in the advance speciality role of the academic nurse educator and as a role model and leader in nursing education. 


Dr. Clarise Hairston Ottley, assistant professor of nursing education at Shepherd University, has been selected as a prote'ge' in the National League for Nursing/Johnson & Johnson Faculty Leadership and Mentoring Program.  The program is designed to use mentoring as a method of enhancing participants' leadership skills in their role as teacher, scholar, clinician, and nursing education community member.  During the program, Dr. Ottley will develop a group project focusing on nursing education leadership, which will be presented at the National League of Nursing's 2011 Education Summit to be held in Orlando, Florida, September 21-24, 2011. 


Dr. Laura Clayton, was promoted to Professor August 12, 2010.


Congratulations to Clarise Ottley, Assistant Professor of Nursing Education, who received her doctorate in Philosophy December 17, 2009.


Dr. Charlotte Anderson, Professor of Nursing Education, received the prestigious state award of "Excellence in Nursing Education" from the West Virginia Center for Nursing October 17, 2009.  This award receives nominations across the state and is highly competitive; the award goes to the individual contributing significantly to excellence in nursing education.



DEVELOPMENT & publications

Dr. Clarise Ottley presented in the Nursing Grand Round September 22 on "Preterm Birth in African-American Women".


Dr. Sharon Mailey, Director and Chair of  Nursing Education, attended conference on Emergine Technologies in Nurse Education July 18-20, 2010.


Dr. Laura Clayton, Associate Professor of Nursing Education, presented at the international level on her work with "Disaster Preparedness 101:  Preparing Nursing Students for Action" at the First Israeli International Conference on Preparedness and Response to Emergencies and Disasters held in Tel Aviv, Israel, January 11-14, 2010.


Dr. Laura Clayton, had a peer-reviewed manuscript titled "TEMPTtEd:  Development and Psychometric Properties of Tool to Evaluate Material Used in Patient Education"  published in the prestigious Journal of Advanced Nursing.


Barbara Kemerer, Associate Professor of Nursing Education, presented a poster titled "Modeling Snoezelen Therapy as a Complementary Alternative Medicine Modality" at the Mosby Nurse Educator Conference in San Diego, California on January 4, 2010.


Dr. Claise Ottley, Assistant Professor of Nursing Education, attended the Drexel University Nursing Education Institute workshops "Creating the Learning Environment of Tomorrow" in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, June 21-24, 2010.


Sharon Drummeter, Visiting Assistant Professor of Nursing Education, along with Jane Wilhelm, nursing student, attended the National Student Nurses Association converence in Orlando, Florida, in April 2010.


Dr. Laura Clayton and Barb Kemerer, Associate Professor of Nursing Education, presented "Preventing Medication Errors:  A Problem-based Approach" at the inaugural nursing research conference Nursing Research:  Opening Doors to Better Patient Outcomes sponsored by the Matrinsburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Shepherd University Department of Nursing Education on November 5, 2009.


Dawn Drooger and Sharon Drummeter, Visiting Assistant Professors, attended the Hartford Foundation conference on Gerontological Nursing.


Dr. Laura Clayton and Kathy Dilley, Associate Professor of Nursing Education, had an article published in the May-June 2009 edition of Nurse Educator.  The article was titled "Service-learning:  Population Focused Nursing for the Homeless at the Soup Kitchen."


Dr. Laura Clayton and Barbara Kemerer attended the Center for American Nurses Lead Summit Conference on June 23-24, 2008 in Washington, D.C.  They also co-presented a research project titled "Preventing Medication Errors-Student Competency Evaluation" at the International Nurse Educator's Conference in Breakinridge, Colorado, on July 18, 2008.


Barbara Kemerer, Associate Professor of Nursing Education, was elected as a Maryland state representative to the American Nurses Association House of Delegates on June 25-27, 2008 in Washington, D.C.


Clarise H. Ottley, instructor of Nursing Education, received the City Hospital Foundation's Distinguished Nursing Chair award in July 2008.  Full-time nursing faculty at Shepehred University who are committed to the goal of establishing innovations in nursing education, willing to share ideas and experiences with a variety of health care providers, and committed to the missions of City Hospital and the Department of Nursing at Shepherd University are eligible to apply for this award which is sponsored by the City Hospital Foundation.


Dr. Laura Clayton, Associate Professor of Nursing Education, received her Ph.D. in Nursing from West Virginia University Shool of Nursing in May 2007.  Her doctoral work was in the area of health literacy and patient education.  Dr. Clayton was one of 19 nurses throughout West Virginia chosen as a recipient of the Celebrating Nursing Excellence Award for 2007 by the West Virginia Center for Nursing.  The award was given in reconition of her contribution to the healthcare of West Virginians through the education of nursing students and her work with a federally qualified community health center in Martinsburg.  She will receive the award on October 18 in Charleston during the 100-year celebration of nursing in West Virginia.


Dr. Laura Clayton and Barbara Kemerer, attending the 7th National Conference on Nursing Skills Laboratories, June 28-30, 2007 in San Antonio, Texas, and attended a Communicable Disease Conference, September 21, 2007 in Hagerstown, Maryland.


Dr. Laura Clayton, Barbara Kemerer, and Kathy Dilley, Associate Professors of Nursing Education attended the Optimizing Clinical Outcomes:  Ethics, Pain, and Rehabilitation Conference in Hagerstown, Maryland on May 17, 2007.


Dr. Laura Clayton and Kathy Dilley presented a poster titled "Making A Difference:  Student Perceptions of Clinical Experiences in Soup Kitchen" at Boot Camp for Nurse Educators, August 3-6, Albuquerque, New Mexico.


Barbara Kemerer, Associate Professor of Nursing Education, received recertification as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Health from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.


Barbara Kemerer was elected by the Maryland Nurses Association to represent the state at the American Nurses Association House of Delegates in June 2006.  She also served on the Maryland Nurses Association's annual convention program planning committee.  The convention title Nurses Promoting Health and Safety at Home, at Work, and in the Community, was held October 19-20, 2006. 



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