Simpson University Nursing Students Help at Local Hospital During Pandemic

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University nursing students are partnering with a local hospital to help provide additional patient care during the pandemic, while also gaining valuable clinical experience.

Five graduate students and one nursing student from the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing were selected for the short-term program at Mercy Medical Center in Redding. The program is designed to offer additional patient care training for nursing students, where they are able to experience a variety of clinical settings, including surgical, oncology, and telemetry. Students will not be providing direct care to COVID-positive patients but will enhance Mercy’s COVID-19 response to serve medical needs in the community.

All the Simpson University graduate students who applied to this program received scholarships from Mercy. Shasta College nursing students are also being offered the same opportunity via the Rural California Nursing Program.

“Students are excited for the opportunity to be considered for the scholarship and to help Mercy Medical Center and the community at large,” said Misty Smith, dean of Simpson University’s School of Nursing. “This experience will provide them with wonderful learning opportunities.”

This program was already in place at Simpson University. Mercy reached out to partner with the school to offer a winter program option for their graduating students, since COVID-19 had disrupted training for the students earlier last spring.

“We are exceptionally proud of all the students who have shown determination and perseverance to practice nursing during this pandemic,” said Allison McHugh, Chief Nursing Executive Officer at Mercy Medical Center Redding. “Despite the challenges ahead, our future nurses are rising up – answering the call to meet the patient care needs of our community.”

The Betty M. Dean School of Nursing operates two cohorts each year, capping each at 27 students. Students must meet rigorous entrance requirements to get accepted into the baccalaureate program, which is nationally accredited. Before graduating, students must complete more than 800 hands-on clinical hours in various healthcare facilities throughout the community. The university partners with more than a dozen North State facilities in this capacity, including Mercy.

The fall 2020 cohort of nursing students from the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing at Simpson University. The school operates two cohorts each year. // Simpson University file photo

This is not the first time Simpson nursing students have been able to help locally in connection with the pandemic. During the early days of the crisis, students volunteered at Shasta County Public Health to answer phone calls flooding the department from concerned residents. This effort was highlighted by national radio station K-LOVE.

The Betty M. Dean School of Nursing, which is ranked No. 7 among California nursing schools, recently received a 10-year renewal of its national accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. It is also accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission and approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

Simpson University has graduated more than 200 four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students since the program launched in 2011. In addition, more than 175 students have graduated from the university’s RN-BSN program.

Learn more at simpsonu.edu/nursing.

Photos courtesy Mercy Medical Center Redding

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Simpson University, a Christian university founded in 1921, moved to Redding in 1989 and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 20 traditional undergraduate programs, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 7-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. The university has a highly ranked Veterans Success Center and partnership with the Army National Guard. Simpson has launched new programs in digital mediacomputer information systems, and engineering, and recently added athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team ranked No. 1 in California and No. 52 in the nation. Simpson University contributes an estimated $50 million annually to Redding’s economy. It offers aggressive scholarships and is working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements. Learn more about Simpson University at simpsonu.edu

Simpson University Senior Uses Training to Help COVID Patients

REDDING, Calif.–Arianna Kampton, a senior from Napa, Calif., is using what she’s learned during her time as a student in Simpson University’s Betty M. Dean School of Nursing to help people during the COVID-19 crisis.

Last summer, Arianna spent two months working as an emergency medical technician in Orange County at a makeshift hospital, spending 13-15 hours a day with COVID-19 patients. She also served on strike teams that went to nursing homes throughout California that had been impacted by coronavirus cases.

“The education I have been receiving through Simpson helped me become a leader who was able to recognize when a patient was declining and get them rapid help that often saved lives,” she said. “The amount of help I have been able to give to those who need it is at a level I never could’ve imagined a few years ago.”

Arianna, who is also a professional firefighter, was called away from her COVID-19 mission to help fight the LNU Lightning Complex fires, North Complex Fire, and Glass Fire, which raged through Northern California.

“My medical experience was utilized almost daily with both civilians and firefighters alike,” she said.

She spent her Christmas break serving on another COVID-19 mission.

Arianna’s hard work and dedication to helping others has not gone unnoticed. She is a two-time recipient of The George “Lory” Bennetts Nursing Scholarship through Simpson University.

“I am so incredibly thankful for this scholarship opportunity,” she said. “Knowing that I have someone out there investing in my future was a huge driving force to maintaining my grades and ultimately passing another semester in the nursing program.”

After graduating from the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing and obtaining her nursing license, Arianna’s career goals include working in the ER and becoming a flight nurse.

Learn more about Simpson University’s nursing program at simpsonu.edu/nursing. Learn about scholarship giving opportunities by emailing giving@simpsonu.edu.

-Article by Elise Wilson / Photos courtesy Arianna Kampton

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Simpson University, a Christian university founded in 1921, moved to Redding in 1989 and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 20 traditional undergraduate programs, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 7-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. The university has a highly ranked Veterans Success Center and partnership with the Army National Guard. Simpson has launched new programs in digital mediacomputer information systems, and engineering, and recently added athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team ranked No. 1 in California and No. 52 in the nation. Simpson University contributes an estimated $50 million annually to Redding’s economy. It offers aggressive scholarships and is working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements. Learn more about Simpson University at simpsonu.edu

Simpson University School of Nursing Receives 10-Year National Accreditation

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University has been granted a 10-year accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for its baccalaureate degree program in nursing.

The decision by the CCNE Board of Commissioners followed a review process and on-site evaluation of the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing in February. The accreditation extends to Dec. 31, 2030.

“At its meeting, the Board determined that the program met all four accreditation standards,” states an Oct. 22 letter from the board chair. “The Board additionally determined that there are no compliance concerns with respect to the key elements.”

The CCNE Board of Commissioners first granted accreditation to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Simpson University in 2015. To earn the accreditation, the School of Nursing effectively demonstrated that its curriculum meets appropriately high standards and that support systems are in place to help nursing students achieve their goals.

“We are delighted to receive this continued affirmation of the quality education provided at the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing,” said Misty Smith, dean of the school. “The committed and hard-working faculty, thoughtfully crafted curriculum, support from community stakeholders, and dedicated students contributed to the success of our recent accreditation visit. We remain steadfast and faithful in our ability to provide exceptional training and learning for the nursing profession.”

Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the CCNE is an autonomous agency that ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing. Its standards of program quality and effectiveness include reviews of mission and governance; institutional commitment and resources; curriculum and teaching-learning practices; and assessment and achievement.

The Betty M. Dean School of Nursing, ranked No. 7 among California nursing schools by Nursing School Hub in 2020, is also accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission and approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

Simpson University has graduated more than 200 four-year BSN students since it launched the program in 2011. In addition, more than 175 students have graduated from the university’s RN-BSN program. Nursing alumni serve in healthcare facilities throughout the North State and Western U.S. The School of Nursing was featured recently on a national radio program for the work nursing students did with the Shasta County public health department during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are very excited and gratified to receive the Commission’s letter,” said Dr. Dale Simmons, provost of Simpson University. “Those of us who work daily with the outstanding faculty, staff and students in the School of Nursing know first-hand the excellence with which they pursue their work, but it is immensely satisfying and humbling to have the quality of that work certified through the imprimatur of professional accreditation.”

For more information about the School of Nursing, visit simpsonu.edu/nursing.

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Simpson University, a Christian university founded in 1921, moved to Redding 31 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 20 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 7-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is recognized nationally as one of U.S. News and World Report’s Top 100 Regional Universities West. The university is launching new programs in digital mediacomputer information systems, and engineering, and recently added athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team ranked No. 1 in California and No. 26 in the nation. The university has a highly ranked Veterans Success Center and partnership with the Army National Guard. Simpson University contributes an estimated $50 million annually to Redding’s economy. It offers aggressive scholarships and is working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements. Learn more about Simpson University at simpsonu.edu

Simpson University Nursing School Ranks No. 7 in California

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University’s Betty M. Dean School of Nursing is listed as the seventh best nursing program in the state, according to Nursing School Hub’s 2020 rankings.

nursing-school-hub-2-6-20-02-300x300“Simpson University is one of the best schools for nursing in California, with its focus on faith-based nursing education and curriculum,” Nursing School Hub states. “The core value of the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing program is caring, with personalized faculty mentoring, hands-on experiences, small classes, simulation labs, and engaging discussions.”

The rating comes as the School of Nursing graduates its spring 2020 cohort of 22 four-year students during the extraordinary circumstances of COVID-19. As the university shifted to remote course delivery, nursing faculty and staff created online coursework and helped students complete their required clinical hours through small-group sessions in the university’s state-of-the-art simulation labs.

While completing coursework, many of the nursing students also stepped up when Shasta County Public Health asked for help in fielding phone calls from the concerned public as the coronavirus spread. The students were trained to answer calls from medical providers in addition to answering health-related questions from community members.

“Our students earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree that provides an opportunity for them to be employed by governmental health agencies such as the public health department,” said Misty Smith, dean of the School of Nursing. “This opportunity meets community need and promotes student achievement of our program learning outcomes.”

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The spring 2020 graduating cohort of Simpson University’s Betty M. Dean School of Nursing

The Betty M. Dean School of Nursing has consistently earned high ratings by nursing school ranking agencies. In 2019, it was listed as one of the best nursing schools in the country and No. 8 in California by RNCareers.

Nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the School of Nursing has a three-year average of a 96.5 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), the nationwide exam for the licensing of nurses in the U.S. and Canada.

Named after Dr. Betty Dean, a longtime Simpson University trustee, former nurse and former Butte College president, the School of Nursing has graduated more than 205 four-year bachelor of science in nursing students since the BSN program began in 2011. In addition, more than 175 students have graduated from Simpson’s RN-BSN Track, designed for registered nurses who want to obtain their bachelor’s degree.

“The need for bachelor-prepared nurses is great, and the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing administration and faculty are committed to helping our students grow spiritually and professionally for success in their professional roles,” Smith said.

In addition to its CCNE accreditation, the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing is also accredited by the Western Senior College and University Commission and approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Learn more at simpsonu.edu/nursing.

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Simpson University, a Christian university founded in 1921, moved to Redding 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 7-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is listed in U.S. News and World Report’s Top 100 Regional Universities West and recognized nationally by Colleges of Distinction. The university is launching new programs in digital media, computer information systems, and engineering, and recently added athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements. Learn more about Simpson University at simpsonu.edu. Follow university news at simpsonunews.com.

Simpson University Nursing Students Help During Coronavirus Crisis

REDDING, Calif.—When Shasta County’s Public Health Department reached out to Simpson University’s School of Nursing for aid in responding to local coronavirus concerns, nursing students stepped up to help field calls and provide the public with information as needed.

About 10 to 12 students from the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing are working in small groups at the center, training and assisting as needed, said Rebecca Swartzman, assistant professor of nursing.

The students have been trained to answer calls from medical providers in addition to answering health-related questions from community members.

“There is no better way for future healthcare professionals to increase their knowledge than by working in real time with a public health department that is actively handling a developing situation,” said Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency spokesperson Tim Mapes. “The agency is grateful to be working with the university’s nursing students and appreciates their eagerness to learn while assisting the county.”

As of March 27, the county had three confirmed coronavirus patients, one of whom passed away. The Public Health Department holds regular briefings to update the public and recently launched a new website, shastaready.org, designed to be a one-stop location for local information.

School of Nursing Dean Misty Smith also acknowledged the “unique opportunity” being afforded nursing students by the partnership with Public Health.

“The nursing students at the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing at Simpson University earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree that would provide the opportunity for them to be employed by governmental health agencies such as the public health department,” she said. “This opportunity meets community need and promotes student achievement of our program learning outcomes.”

The School of Nursing, which offers a four-year BSN program, as well as an RN-BSN program, is ranked among the top 10 BSN programs in California. The school has graduated more than 200 four-year BSN students since it opened in 2011. More than 175 students have graduated from the RN-BSN program.

In addition to the efforts of current nursing students, Simpson University nursing alumni are working in healthcare facilities throughout the North State and western U.S.

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Simpson University’s spring 2020 graduating cohort of nursing students

A recent “Inside Higher Education” article about healthcare students helping with the coronavirus outbreak emphasized the need for nursing schools to effectively train students in prevention protocols and infection containment.

Simpson’s School of Nursing teaches its students the importance of disease prevention and health promotion, with topics such as effective handwashing, during their semester of nursing courses. These foundational practices are enforced throughout their course of study, Smith said.

Learn more about the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing at simpsonu.edu/nursing.

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Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 8-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is recognized nationally by Colleges of DistinctionSimpson has new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements, and it is offering new scholarships.

Learn more about Simpson University at simpsonu.edu. Follow university news at simpsonunews.com.

Simpson University Appoints New Dean of Nursing

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University is pleased to announce the appointment of Misty Smith as the new dean of the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing.

Smith, who has taught and served in administrative roles in the university’s nursing program since 2013, was selected after a nationwide search.

Smith is pursuing her Ph.D. in Nursing Education through the University of Northern Colorado, where her focus is on the professional role development of nurse educators. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the Research College of Nursing in Kansas City and her Master of Science in Nursing from South University in West Palm Beach, Fla. Her practice experiences have been with adult patient populations, specifically caring for those with metabolic and nephrotic conditions.

“Dean Smith has an outstanding record as a professor, a firm grasp of the professional standards in the field, and a compelling vision for helping the School of Nursing continue to soar, all of which has earned her the respect and devotion of her students and peers,” said Dr. Dale Simmons, provost.

Smith becomes the third dean of the School of Nursing since the university began offering a four-year bachelor of science in nursing degree in 2011.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to build upon the strong foundation on which this nursing program has been built,” Smith said. “The need for bachelor-prepared nurses is great, and the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing administration and faculty are committed to helping our students grow spiritually and professionally for success in their professional roles.”

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Misty Smith, newly appointed dean of the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing at Simpson University, talks to KRCR-TV reporter Colton Chaivez in December about how the nursing program prepares students well for careers in healthcare.

Jan Dinkel served as the university’s first dean of the School of Nursing. After 30 years as dean of the nursing program at Shasta College in Redding, Dinkel came out of retirement to help Simpson grow its nursing programs, which also included an RN-to-BSN adult studies track, started in 2007. The nursing department became a School of Nursing in 2012, and the university broke ground on a Science and Nursing Center in 2013.

Dean Kristie Stephens oversaw a time of growth during which the School of Nursing gained national accreditation with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, grew to include a second yearly cohort, integrated the RN-BSN program, sent nursing students on medical mission tripsexpanded the simulation lab, and earned continued approval by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

The Science and Nursing Center opened in fall 2014, and the School of Nursing was named in 2016 in honor of Dr. Betty M. Dean, a former nurse, retired president of the Butte-Glenn Community College District, and a longtime Simpson University trustee.

The Betty M. Dean School of Nursing is listed as one of the best nursing schools in the country and No. 8 in California in RNCareers’ annual ranking, which looks at first-time NCLEX passing rates, accreditation, program offerings, and more.

The School of Nursing has graduated more than 205 four-year bachelor of science in nursing students since the BSN program began in 2011. More than 175 students have graduated from Simpson’s RN-BSN program. These graduates are making an impact in healthcare around the world.

“I am excited for the future of this program and the opportunity to serve in this leadership role,” Smith said.

Learn more about the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing at simpsonu.edu/nursing.

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Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 8-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is recognized nationally by Colleges of Distinction.

Simpson has new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements, and it is offering new scholarships.

Learn more about Simpson University at simpsonu.edu. Follow university news at simpsonunews.com.

 

 

 

Simpson University School of Nursing Earns No. 8 Ranking

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University’s Betty M. Dean School of Nursing is listed as one of the best nursing schools in the country and No. 8 in California in RNCareers’ annual ranking.

“We rigorously evaluated 1,892 RN programs on a number of factors important to nursing students, including first-time NCLEX passing rates, accreditation, program offerings, and more,” said Laura Jacobson at RNCareers.org. “We are pleased to announce that in our fourth annual nursing school rankings, Simpson University ranked No. 8 in California and is one of the best nursing schools in the nation with a grade of 96.36 percent.”

RNCareers.org is a team of nurse educators, nurse practitioners, RNs and LPNs whose mission is to provide the information “we wish we had when we began our nursing careers,” Jacobson said. “That includes credible nursing school rankings.”

The Betty M. Dean School of Nursing was the highest ranked private university in California – and the only one in the top 10.

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Nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the School of Nursing has a three-year average of a 97 percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), the nationwide exam for the licensing of nurses in the U.S. and Canada.

Named after Dr. Betty Dean, a longtime Simpson University trustee, former nurse and former Butte College president, the School of Nursing has graduated more than 205 four-year bachelor of science in nursing students since the BSN program began in 2011. In addition, more than 175 students have graduated from Simpson’s RN-BSN Track, designed for registered nurses who want to obtain their bachelor’s degree.

“Many factors contribute to our success, including the creativity, energy, and commitment of dedicated nursing faculty, staff and students,” said Kristie Stephens, dean. “The School of Nursing is both literally and figuratively the ‘head, hands and heart of Jesus Christ committed to serve,’ just as nursing is at the heart of healthcare.”

In addition to its CCNE accreditation, the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing is also accredited by the Western Senior College and University Commission and approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Learn more at simpsonu.edu/nursing.

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Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 8-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is recognized as a 2018-19 Colleges of Distinction.

Simpson is launching new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements, and it is offering new scholarships.

Learn more about Simpson University at simpsonu.edu. Follow university news at simpsonunews.com.

Simpson University Nursing School Ranks No. 12 in California

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University’s Betty M. Dean School of Nursing has climbed five places to No. 12 in a ranking of the best nursing programs in California by RegisteredNursing.org.

Of the 126 California schools assessed for the Best RN Programs ranking, Simpson’s School of Nursing is the highest ranked private university—and the only one in the top 25.

To determine the rankings, past and present NCLEX-RN “pass rates,” weighted by year, were analyzed. The NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) is a standardized exam used by state nursing boards to determine if candidates are prepared for entry-level nursing practice.

The Betty M. Dean School of Nursing, which is nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), has a three-year average of a 97 percent pass rate on the NCLEX. 

In 2018, the School of Nursing was ranked at No. 17 by RegisteredNursing, which congratulated the university and its nursing program on its “stellar performance.”

Named after Dr. Betty Dean, a longtime Simpson University trustee, former nurse and former Butte College president, the School of Nursing has graduated more than 190 four-year bachelor of science in nursing students since the BSN program began in 2011. In addition, more than 175 students have graduated from Simpson’s RN-BSN Track, designed for registered nurses who want to obtain their bachelor’s degree.

In addition to its CCNE accreditation, the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing is also accredited by the Western Senior College and University Commission and approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Learn more at simpsonu.edu/nursing.

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Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding almost 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated almost 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a highly ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership.

Simpson is launching new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements, and it is offering new scholarships.

Learn more about Simpson University at simpsonu.edu. Follow university news at simpsonunews.com.

Simpson University Inducts Nursing Students into Honor Society

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University recently welcomed 11 new inductees into its Honor Society of Nursing.

The class of 2019 honorees include students from the four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program who comprise the top third of their graduating class.

They were recognized during a campus reception in March that included Betty M. Dean School of Nursing administrators, faculty and staff, as well as other guests.

The following nursing students were inducted: Erin Delgado, Sophie Gleason, Sanae Yoshihara, Tabita Simon, Jonathan Quon, Abigayle Hansen, Nicole Choate, Jackie Morway, and Anna Nash. In addition, assistant professors Lisa Scott and Crystal Carithers, were also inducted.

Kristie Stephens, dean of the School of Nursing, gave the welcome and invocation; assistant professor Misty Smith made introductions; and assistant professors Scott and Carithers joined associate professor Linda Henrich in inducting the candidates.

The inductees came forward to receive red honor cords and a certificate.

Mark Schneider, assistant professor, gave the address and charge; associate professor Rebecca Swartzman closed with the benediction.

The Honor Society of Nursing is patterned after Sigma Theta Tau International, founded in 1922 by six nurses at what is now Indiana University School of Nursing. The mission of the honor society is to advance world health and celebrate nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership and service.

For more information about Simpson University’s Betty M. Dean School of Nursing, visit simpsonu.edu/nursing.

Photo by Chyna Xiong / Simpson University Honor Society of Nursing 2019 inductees, from left, Erin Delgado, Sophie Gleason, Sanae Yoshihara, Tabita Simon, Jonathan Quon, Abigayle Hansen, Nicole Choate, Jackie Morway, and Anna Nash. Not pictured: Assistant professors Lisa Scott and Crystal Carithers.

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Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding almost 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated almost 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a highly ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership.

Simpson is launching new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements.

Learn more about Simpson University at simpsonu.edu. Follow university news at simpsonunews.com.

 

 

Simpson University Completes Nursing SIM Lab Expansion

REDDING, Calif.—In partnership with Dignity Health Mercy Medical Center Redding, Simpson University has expanded its nursing simulation labs to facilitate more training for students and nurses.

The Betty M. Dean School of Nursing expansion includes three additional simulation beds and manikins, which can “breathe” with chest rise and fall, speak, and be programmed with vital signs, among other features. That brings the total of manikins in the university’s simulation lab to 13.

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“This additional simulation space helps prepare more students for real-life patient scenarios,” said Kristie Stephens, dean of the School of Nursing. “With the aid of these high-tech tools, our exceptional faculty, staff and students are helping build the vision and future of healthcare.”

Simpson University nursing students use the clinical skills labs throughout the school year. In addition, more than 650 nurses and respiratory therapists annually utilize the simulation manikins through the Education Department at Dignity Health Mercy Medical Center Redding.

“These manikins are vital to our ability to simulate real-life patient scenarios, such as in early intervention for sepsis, emergency response, and other patient crisis situations,” said Sandra Rock, manager of education at Dignity Health. “This training helps us to improve our patient outcomes. We are excited for this expansion and are grateful for the opportunity to partner with Simpson in supporting their simulation lab.”

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In 2011, Simpson launched a four-year bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program, expanding its nursing educational options, which also include a 12-month RN-BSN Track. In 2014, the university dedicated a new 30,000-square-foot Science and Nursing Center. The nursing center was named the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing in 2016 in honor of a longtime university board member, former nurse and former president of Butte College.

In 2018, the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing was listed as the 17th best nursing program in California by RegisteredNursing.org. Nursing programs were assessed on several factors which represent how well a program supports students toward licensure and beyond. The School of Nursing was also listed at No. 14 in Niche’s 2017 Best Colleges for Nursing in California.

The School of Nursing has graduated more than 165 four-year bachelor of science in nursing students since 2011. In addition, nearly 170 students have graduated from Simpson’s RN-BSN Track, designed for registered nurses who want to obtain their bachelor’s degree.

In addition to its national CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education) accreditation, the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing is also accredited by the Western Senior College and University Commission and approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.

The university now offers fall and spring cohorts for students in the four-year nursing program.

Learn more at simpsonu.edu/nursing.

Top, Simpson University President Norm Hall, right, and Dr. Tom Perry, a medical doctor and university board member, stand inside the new addition to the simulation lab in the Science and Nursing Center. Dr. Perry takes Simpson nursing students on a medical missions trip to Mexico during spring break. / Center: The expanded lab includes three new manikins, bringing the total to 13. / Bottom: Simpson nursing students gain hands-on patient experience with the manikins.

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Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduategraduate, and teaching credential programs. The university will celebrate its centennial in 2021. Simpson was named as one of the 2018 Colleges of Distinction. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings; the Betty M. Dean School of NursingA.W. Tozer Seminary, the School of Education, and the School of Graduate Professional Studies. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit simpsonu.edu.