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Mercy College dean published in national journal

LillyKeziaDr. Kezia Lilly, dean of Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of Southwest Baptist University, has been published by the Journal of Professional Nursing, which focuses on baccalaureate and higher-degree nursing education, educational research, education policy, and education-practice partnerships. The periodical featured her dissertation in its May/June 2015 issue.

Her research, also conducted by Dr. Joyce Fitzpatrick and Dr. Elizabeth Madigan, is entitled “Barriers to Integrating Information Technology Content in Doctor of Nursing Practice Curricula.” The purpose of the study was to identify barriers to the integration of information technology content in the curriculum of doctor of nursing practice programs.

For more information about the Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU, please call (417) 820-2069 or visit mercy.SBUniv.edu.

SBU offering two new health care degrees on Springfield campus

Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of Southwest Baptist University in Springfield will offer two new degrees beginning with the Fall 2015 semester: A bachelor of science in health science (BSHS) and an associate of applied science (AAS).

Bachelor of science in health science

The BSHS features two tracks: Specialized imaging modality or health care administration and leadership.

The three imaging modality specializations are: Computed Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging or Interventional Procedures. These tracks will include eight hours of didactic online and four hours of clinical.The health care administration and leadership track is for anyone who is working in health care to pursue a bachelor of science.

This program is a web-enhanced degree that offers eight-week online courses designed specifically for any working allied or imaging health care professional.

Associate of applied science

The AAS is designed specifically for the working allied or imaging health care professional who has a certification and would like to obtain an associate’s degree.

Those having already completed a certificate program in an approved health care field will be admitted to the AAS program on the basis of a current state-issued license or certification.

The program requires a minimum of 64 hours: General education, 21 hours; graduation requirements, 10 hours; and courses for certification in an approved health care field, 35-70 hours.

For more information about either of these programs, as well as nursing and radiography programs offered by the Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU, please contact Charlie Hungerford, associate director of admissions, at (417) 820-3272 or chungerford@SBUniv.edu. The college is at 4431 S. Fremont Ave. in Springfield.

SBU trustees vote to reinstate MBA program

Southwest Baptist University’s Board of Trustees voted during the board’s April 28 meeting to reinstate the Master of Business Administration degree.

The MBA program was suspended in May 2012 due to low enrollment and decreasing revenue, but SBU has continued to have approved degree status for the program from the Higher Learning Commission, the University’s overall accrediting body, and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), the business accrediting body.

Dr. John Yeats, executive director of the Missouri Baptist Convention, presents a check to Southwest Baptist University President Dr. C. Pat Taylor during the April 28 SBU Board of Trustees meeting. The money will be used toward the renovation and expansion of the Gene Taylor Free Enterprise Center.

Dr. John Yeats, executive director of the Missouri Baptist Convention, presents a check to Southwest Baptist University President Dr. C. Pat Taylor during the April 28 SBU Board of Trustees meeting. The money will be used toward the renovation and expansion of the Gene Taylor Free Enterprise Center.

Classes will begin in Fall 2015 on the Bolivar campus for the Residential MBA that is designed for graduates of the traditional undergraduate program on SBU’s Bolivar campus. A second track, the Professional MBA that is designed for the business professional who desires to return to school to complete an MBA, will be introduced to the Springfield market at a future time.

The program has three distinctive components: Being intentionally faith-based with a focus on leadership and an emphasis on entrepreneurship.

2015-16 budget: Trustees also approved a $58 million budget that includes a 4-percent raise for all employees if enrollment goals are met.

MBC donation to building project: Dr. John Yeats, executive director of the Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC), presented a check from the MBC to be used toward the renovation and expansion of the Gene Taylor Free Enterprise Center. The estimated total cost of the project is $2.5 million, with more than $1.4 million raised. Expansion is necessary due to enrollment growth in the Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Computer Science.

Five-year strategic plan: Trustees approved an updated Pathways for Success: 2015-2020 strategic plan. Goals identified in the plan are:

  • Place students first;
  • Commitment to employee well-being;
  • Achieve enrollment goals;
  • Advance excellence in teaching and learning;
  • Integration of faith in all aspects of university life;
  • Enhanced visibility and reputation; and
  • Improve financial health.

During his state of University address, Dr. Taylor also detailed the purchase of a 15,000-square-foot building adjacent to the Springfield campus that houses the Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU. Total cost of the building purchase, renovations and installation of a state-of-the-art simulation lab is estimated to be $3.5 million. The Springfield campus has more than 700 students enrolled in nursing, radiography and health sciences programs.

SBU/Mercy Master’s in Nursing program receives full ACEN accreditation

Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of Southwest Baptist University has received full accreditation for its Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program.

The Board of Commissioners with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) granted initial accreditation and scheduled the next evaluation visit for Fall 2019.

“The master’s program supports the Institute of Medicine initiative for nursing students and faculty to achieve a higher level of nursing education,” said Dr. Kezia Lilly, dean of Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU. “The MSN program provides a seamless educational pathway for students progressing from their Bachelor of Science (BSN) in Nursing to MSN.”

The master’s degree program combines a unique blend of online courses, hybrid classes and clinical experiences to provide advanced degree options for nurses who already have a BSN. MSN students have the opportunity to specialize in either nursing education or nursing administration.

“Because of our spiritual heritage, the MSN program is grounded in a Christian worldview focusing on servant leadership,” said Dr. Cozi Bagley, MSN program director. “Students in our MSN program have voiced that SBU provides a unique learning experience allowing the development of close mentoring relationships between faculty and students. We strive to provide educational components beyond textbooks that assist in bringing professional socialization into future roles of master’s graduates.”

For more information about the MSN program, please contact Charlie Hungerford, associate director of admissions, at (417) 820-3272 or chungerford@SBUniv.edu or go to mercy.SBUniv.edu/MSN.

Health Fair at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Springfield, is April 19

Faculty and students at Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of Southwest Baptist University are sponsoring a Health Fair from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1609 N. Summit Ave., Springfield.

Educational topics and activities include:

  • Hypertension education and blood pressure screenings;
  • Diabetes education;
  • Bike and helmet safety;
  • Child oral screenings by Vatterott College;
  • Child and adult vaccinations;
  • Car seat safety;
  • Healthy Heart Cooking by Hammons Heart Institute; and
  • Medication education by a Mercy Hospital pharmacist.

Nursing students also will demonstrate several nursing skills to interested high school students.

For more information, contact Sacred Heart Catholic Church at (417) 869-3646 or the Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU at (417) 820-2069.

 

 

 

SBU/Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences a finalist for $100,000 security grant

Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of Southwest Baptist University (SBUMercy) has been announced as a finalist in Stanley Security’s Together for Safer Schools grant program. SBU/Mercy could receive up to $100,000 in Stanley Security installed products and services to help secure students and facilities within the campus environment — but your help is needed by voting for the college daily.

Starting Monday, Jan. 19, and running through Friday, Feb. 13, students, faculty, administrators, parents, alumni, and members of the campus community are encouraged to vote for SBUMercy daily via three different methods:

• Search sbumercy on STANLEYSaferSchools.com and vote online

• Text sbumercy to 334455

• Tweet using hashtags #STANLEYSecurity and #sbumercy

The top two colleges or universities with the most votes in each of three size categories will be selected as grant winners.

“Being a recipient of the Stanley Security grant would greatly enhance the security at the Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences,” said Bob McGlasson, Ed.D., associate provost and vice president for operations at Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU. “We are experiencing tremendous growth and our facilities are in use day and night. Enhancing our security not only keeps the students, faculty and staff safe but also provides opportunities for extended use of the building to greater serve our educational needs.”

The college or university with the most votes will receive the grand prize of $100,000 in Stanley Security products and services. One runner-up will receive a prize of $25,000 in Stanley Security installed products and services.

In its second year, the Stanley Security Together for Safer Schools Grant Program provides the opportunity to enhance safety and security in the nation’s higher education institutions by awarding winning schools a share of a substantial grant of Stanley Security installed products and services.

Offerings provided to grant winners include consultative security services, access to Stanley Security’s premier Software Solutions Group (SSG) and seminars for school officials on security threat assessment and advanced Clery Act training offered by Stanley Security partner and campus security experts, D. Stafford & Associates. Turn-key installations available to winners can be any Stanley Security product or solution, including access control solutions, video surveillance systems, fire systems, intrusion systems, mechanical and electro-mechanical door hardware, mass notification systems and other security technologies. In addition, every school that is nominated receives a free security assessment from Stanley Security to help improve campus safety and security.

For more information on the Stanley Security Together for Safer Schools Grant Program and to vote for SBUMercy, please visit www.stanleysaferschools.com.

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About Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of Southwest Baptist University

The Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of Southwest Baptist University, located in Springfield, Missouri, offers degree programs in nursing, radiography, and health sciences, designed for students to pursue a health-care education in a Christ-centered environment. The college is a partnership between Mercy Hospital and Southwest Baptist University.

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About STANLEY Security

STANLEY Security, a division of Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK), is a provider of integrated security solutions defining the future of the security industry. STANLEY delivers a comprehensive suite of security products, software and integrated systems with a strong emphasis on service.

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About STANLEY Security’s TOGETHER FOR SAFER SCHOOLS Grant Program

STANLEY Security’s TOGETHER FOR SAFER SCHOOLS Grant Program is a national contest established by the organization in 2013 to help schools enhance security on their campuses. The program offers U.S. colleges and universities the opportunity to rally students, faculty and campus communities to win STANLEY Security installed products and services through a $600,000 grant.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY; VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. THIS IS NOT A GAME OF CHANCE. For voting methods and official rules, visit www.Stanleysaferschools.com. Vote between 10:00 a.m. CST on 1/19/15 and 11:59 p.m. CST on 2/13/15. Limit one (1) vote per person/method of voting/per day. Sponsored by STANLEY Convergent Security Solutions, Inc., 55 Shuman Blvd, Ste 900. Naperville, IL 60563

Homeschool Health Fair Oct. 24 in Springfield

Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of Southwest Baptist University is hosting the 8th Annual Homeschool Health and Science Exploration Fair from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at the College in Springfield.

Pre-registration is NOT required. The free event for homeschooled children in southwest Missouri includes:

• Health screenings — Height, weight, body mass index and blood pressure measurements; hearing and vision testing; dental screenings; flu vaccines offered (if available); scoliosis screenings, recommended for grades 4-9. (It is recommended for girls to wear a sports bra or bathing suit under their top for the scoliosis screening.)

• Interactive experiences in anatomy and physiology, microbiology and chemistry, hosted by SBU biology faculty.

• Educational opportunities — Hand washing/illness prevention; diabetes and obesity education; nutrition and healthy eating education; sports and physical activity education; and kid safety education.

• Demonstration of a medical simulation mannequin.

• Lifetouch photographer on site for school pictures.

• Scholastic Book Club fair with a display of children’s books for sale.

The College is at 4431 S. Fremont Ave. in Springfield. Please enter at the back of the building. For more information, contact Cindy Reed at (417) 820-2203 or Cynthia.reed2@mercy.net.

Mercy/SBU health sciences college breaks record enrollment

Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of Southwest Baptist University hit record enrollment with 746 students on the first day of classes Monday, Aug. 25. The previous record was 695 in 2009.

“We are very excited about the future of our nursing, radiography and health sciences programs,” said Kezia Lilly, D.N.P., who became dean of the Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU in April. “We hope to see our enrollment continue to grow as we offer more online classes, particularly in the bachelor of science nursing and health sciences programs, to better serve our students who are working on a degree while also working full time.”

The Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU, at 4431 S. Fremont Ave. in Springfield, offers degree programs in nursing (including graduate), radiography, and health sciences, designed for students to pursue a health care education in a Christ-centered environment.

It is a partnership between Mercy Hospital in Springfield and Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar. For more information, contact Charlie Hungerford, associate director of admissions, at (417) 820-3272.

Lilly receives Dean’s Legacy Award

Kezia LillyKezia Lilly, dean and nursing administrator of the Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of Southwest Baptist University, received the Dean’s Legacy Award from Case Western Reserve University Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. She received the award upon graduating with her doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) degree.

The Dean’s Legacy Awards are given by the CWRU Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing to an outstanding graduate of each of its academic programs whose achievements and contributions to the school and community exemplify the legacy of academic excellence, service to the larger community and the capacity for leadership and innovation in health care for which Frances Payne Bolton is known.

Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU offers a wide variety of nursing and allied health programs from entry-level degrees to advanced degree programs for registered nurses who wish to advance their professional education.

The college is at 4431 S. Fremont Ave. in Springfield, Mo. For more information about nursing and health science programs at SBU, call (417) 820-2069 or send email to nursing@SBUniv.edu.

Kezia Lilly new dean of Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU

Kezia Lilly

Kezia Lilly, D.N.P., is the new dean and nursing administrator of the Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of Southwest Baptist University in Springfield.

“I have every confidence that Dr. Lilly will be able to usher us into a new level of achievement and recognition for our Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU,” said Provost Bill Brown, D.M.

Lilly is a 2006 SBU graduate who began teaching at SBU as an adjunct faculty member for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in 2009. She became a full-time faculty member in 2011 and became the BSN director in 2013. She has a master’s in business administration and a master’s in nursing from University of Phoenix, a post-graduate degree in nursing informatics and recently completed a doctorate in nursing practice with emphasis in educational leadership at Case Western University.

“I am not sure that being dean was in my career trajectory, but God continuously pushed me this direction,” Lilly said. “After a lot of prayer and encouragement, I chose to embrace the opportunity. The growing demands in health care continue to provide enormous opportunities for students to seek a career as a health care professional. We are dedicated to meeting these demands by providing a stronger and more competitive workforce.”

Lilly’s vision for the college is for the institution’s mission, vision and values to bridge the gap between education and practice while establishing longstanding relationships in the community.

“I want to help students achieve their career goals by becoming the next generation of health care professionals and taking pride to service our community needs,” she said. “I want to ensure that the college continues to deliver the best educational programs in southwest Missouri, resulting in high-quality health care professionals to meet high demand.”

Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU offers a wide variety of nursing and allied health programs from entry-level degrees to advanced degree programs for registered nurses who wish to advance their professional education.

The college is at 4431 S. Fremont Ave. in Springfield, Mo. For more information about nursing and health science programs at SBU, call (417) 820-2069 or send email to nursing@SBUniv.edu.