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Marion honored as nurse practitioner pioneer

marionDr. Lucy Marion, dean of the College of Nursing, was recently featured as a nurse practitioner (NP) pioneer in an article in The Journal for Nurse Practitioners.

2015 is the 50th anniversary of the nurse practitioner role, and the journal honored early NPs by asking them to expound on the part they played in the development of the nurse practitioner role.

Marion was one of only 18 nurse practitioners chosen to participate.

“These individuals were among the most prominent leaders … who have shaped the role for the NP as it exists today,” the article stated.

Names for those asked to contribute were suggested by the editorial board of The Journal for Nurse Practitioners.

Marion earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and a Masters in Nursing at the University of South Carolina and a doctorate at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is also a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Nursing dean delivers State of the College address

Dr. Lucy N. Marion, Dean of the Georgia Regents University College of Nursing, gave her annual State of the College Address Friday. Marion spoke to an audience of faculty, students, staff, and hospital and university administration about the college’s growth and impact in nursing education, including research, scholarship, and service. Highlights include:

– As the College of Nursing enters its 8th decade, administrative leadership and program directors are working to fulfill the college’s vision: to be a top-tier college of nursing recognized for excellence, innovation, and transformation of health care through discovery and evidence-based education and practice.

-The CON counts among its faculty 57 full-time nurse educators, 13 part-time educators with a clinical focus, 113 “occasional” faculty, and approximately 350 preceptors. “Occasional” faculty represent a new and quickly growing path in professional nursing careers for educator clinicians.

– Enrollment for 2014 is 809, with 555 students in Augusta and 211 students in Athens. The remainder study in Columbus or online.

– The CON has one of the country’s Top 100 Nursing Programs in Graduate nursing, On-line education, and Nursing Anesthesia. It’s home to Georgia’s only Nursing Anesthesia Program, Master’s-entry Clinical Nurse Leader Program, an accelerated degree for non-nurses, and BSN to DNP options.

– By 2016, the academic structure will be streamlined with simple and straightforward degree paths: BSN, MSN/CNL, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and Doctor of Philosophy.

– GR Nursing Associates includes 18 faculty at 14 practice sites leading to faculty salary supplements. Faculty are engaged in scholarly practice and service. Programs like Healthy Grandparents provide monthly support groups and health and wellness events for grandparents raising grandchildren without a parent in the home.

– The college has several stand-out faculty members, including Dr. Amber McCall, who was awarded the 2014 Didactic Novice Faculty Teaching Award by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

– The Department of BioBehavioral Nursing is making a difference in communities with primary care practice emphasis on family, child, and mental health. Research includes community-based participatory and faith-based methods, new educational delivery models including video, obesity, diabetes, and lifestyle change, and health pregnancies.

– Physiological and Technical Nursing in Augusta and Athens provides high-tech care with research into chronic stress and inflammatory response in trauma; cardiovascular translational research; and mindfulness, as well as other areas.

– A new Office of Assessment and Development spearheaded by Dr. Annette Bourgault will focus on employee advancement, individual and focus group assessments, coordinating resources, expanding training and support, enhancing onboarding programs, and a new mentoring program.

– The CON’s Diversity and Inclusion initiative includes outreach and engagement with GRU Equality as a “Come Out for Health” Week sponsor; Hispanic and Black Nurses national associations, and educational partnerships with Spelman, Agnes Scott, and Paine Colleges.

– At GRU, the CON is preparing for its 8th decade with investments in the future, including a new generation of faculty, increased partnerships, new technologies, and joint degree programs.

College of Nursing forging a new identity

Dr. Lucy N. Marion
Dr. Lucy N. Marion

The College of Nursing is forging a new identity as “Georgia’s flagship nursing school,” Dr. Lucy N. Marion, Dean of the College of Nursing, said in her annual State of the College Address on Friday, Oct. 10.

“My purpose today is to tell the story of the college,” Marion said. “It’s gone through quite a lot over the last year.”

This semester, 185 students make up the inaugural class of GRU’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program. Total fall 2013 enrollment in the College of Nursing is 796 students. More than half are pursing graduate programs of study.

“About a fourth of our students are in Athens,” Marion said. Another 60 are distance learners taking courses online.

Marion’s address, “Consolidation and Transition Forward,” was live streamed to campuses in Columbus and Athens.

“We’re a statewide organization,” Marion said.

The College of Nursing has teaching locations in 110 Georgia and 14 South Carolina cities and 370 Georgia and 29 South Carolina agencies and hospitals. Marion highlighted educational partnerships with entities across the state, including Emory Health System, The Medical Center of Central Georgia, and Columbus State, Clayton State, and Valdosta State universities.

The college hopes to encourage future growth by building on its reputation as a trailblazer, Marion said. At current growth rates, enrollment could reach 1,000 students by 2020.

“We’re very much trendsetters,” Marion said. “We were the first to have a Clinical Nurse Leader program in the state. We’re attracting new people to nursing.”

Fall 2013 enrollment in the CNL program, a second-degree, accelerated nursing program, is 189.

The college has undertaken a major push to increase the diversity of its student body and has several programs that focus on cross-cultural work, including international partnerships with China’s Jianghan University and a study abroad program in Peru.

“One of our goals is to increase our diversity,” Marion said. “We think it’s very good for the students, and good for us.”

The college is already making strides in racial and gender diversity. This fall, 15 percent of students in the College of Nursing are male.

“At one time, if five percent of your nursing student body were men, you were lucky,” Marion said.

In addition to the diversity initiative, Marion also highlighted other strategic priorities for the future, including faculty and staff development, new educational programs, accreditation, a new clinical program by Georgia Regents Nursing Associates, and the hiring of an associate dean for research.

Learn more about the College of Nursing at gru.edu/nursing.

GRU hosts best-selling mystery author

Sara Paretsky
Sara Paretsky

Best-selling author Sara Paretsky will visit Georgia Regents University’s Summerville campus March 29 at the invitation of Dr. Lucy Marion, Dean of the College of Nursing. Paretsky’s visit to Augusta includes a session with GRU student writers, a public reading of her novel “Body Work” and a book signing.

Paretsky is best known for her mystery series featuring private eye V.I. Warshawski. She revolutionized the mystery world in 1982 when she introduced the female detective “with the grit and street smarts to tackle problems on the mean streets,” challenging a genre in which women were traditionally characterized as vamps or victims.  

Her latest novel, “Breakdown,” was released in 2012, and her next book is slated for Fall 2013. She is the author of nearly 20 books, including 15 worldwide bestselling V.I. Warshawski novels, the standalone books “Bleeding Kansas” and “Ghost Country,” and the memoir “Writing in an Age of Silence.” Paretsky’s books are published in 30 countries, and her 2010 V.I. Warshawski novel, “Body Work,” was a New York Times bestseller.

In April 2011, Paretsky received the coveted Mystery Writers of America’s Grand Master Award. She has won the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement from the British Crime Writers Association and holds four honorary doctorates.

Also a contributor to “The New York Times” and “The Guardian” newspapers and a speaker at the Library of Congress and Oxford University, Paretsky’s own passion for social justice is reflected in her main character. In addition to breaking down barriers, Paretsky’s work has helped open doors for other women. In 1986, she created Sisters in Crime, a worldwide organization to support women crime writers, which earned her “Ms. Magazine’s” 1987 Woman of the Year award.

“Sara is a wonderful person who advocates for social justice on many levels. I am thrilled that she will join us at GRU,” Marion said. “I met her when she was an advisory board member for a nurse-managed center for Chicago residents with serious mental illnesses, where she committed both her time and resources.”

Paretsky is a graduate of the University of Kansas and received both a doctorate in history and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago. She and her husband live in Chicago.

An Afternoon with Sara Paretsky, a public reading and book signing event, is planned for 3 p.m. March 29 in Room 170 in University Hall on the Summerville campus. Seating is limited. To reserve a seat, visit www.gru.edu/nursing. Paretsky’s visit is sponsored by the GRU Women’s Studies Program, Honors Program, Department of English and Foreign Languages and College of Nursing.