Tuesday, February 28, 2017

4th Annual Holiday Cheer Event Another Big Success!

Once again, thanks to the students, faculty and staff of the SHHS, 2017 rang in a little brighter for several San Diego families thanks to the continuing initiative from the Dean of the School of Health and Human Services.  Dr. Gloria McNeal began this initiative over three years ago to increase the SHHS’s involvement in the community.  This year, Community Engagement Core Chair Dr. Ritika Bhawal of the Community Health Department led the organizing of the event.  The fourth annual event again identified families for their need and the work they do in their communities as role models and parents. The NU student nursing association and Community Health students raised money for these families, along with the involvement of SHHS faculty and staff.  The families were recognized at a public event at the Spectrum campus on December 16th.  Dr. McNeal gave some opening remarks along with all three Department Chairs and ran the event emphasizing the importance of community engagement.  The families not only received various gifts of clothing and toys, but a new reconditioned computer as well. Click on the pictures below to enlarge the photos taken at the event:

Saturday, November 26, 2016

SHHS Vets2BSN Project Holds First Annual Verteran's Day Celebration

The Vets2BSN Project celebrated its first annual Veteran’s Day Celebration at the La Jolla Marriott, November 11, 2016, to celebrate the accomplishments of the Vets2BSN Project’s  Vets2LVN pilot project, Military Student Nurse Mentoring Organization (MSNMO) and the Competency Based Education Coaching.  Key Note Speaker, Dr. William L. Tontz, SR., MD addressed the audience about his time as a U.S. Navy Medical Service Officer at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton and Naval Medical Center, San Diego in an engaging and touching talk about remembering the service and sacrifice our corpsman and medics make for our country.  He also spoke to staying true to yourself as a nurse and always remembering that we have the privilege each day to be a part of our patient’s lives.

Several awards were also presented as well.  Mr. Kyle Cigainero was presented the Outstanding Vets2LVN Mentee and Ms. Amanda Masarskiy was presented the Outstanding Vets2LVN Academic Coach.  Ms. Tammy Rambo and Ms. Lilibeth Hunton were presented the Military Student Nurse Mentoring Organization (MSNMO) Mentee of the Year Awards and LTJG Anthony Waite and LT Jason Balazs received the Military Student Nurse Mentoring Organization (MSNMO) Mentor of the Year Awards.   Dr. Peggy Howarth and Professor Mary Prendergast were recognized for their dedication to our Competency Based Education coaching with awards as well.   Ms. Zem Lee and Ms. Philip Oels were honored with the prestigious Dean’s Excellence Awards to recognize their dedication and support for the Vets2BSN Project.

The evening wrapped up with touching testimonials from newly commissioned Navy officer, Ensign Mayra Carles, and recently licensed Ms. Candyce Wyche about their time in the nursing program and Vets2BSN Project.

A special thanks goes out to all those in attendance, especially our Vets2BSN Project student corpsman and medics, as well as all of our academic coaches, mentors and support staff.

-Submission by Dr. Paul Tontz, Department of Nursing

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

SHHS Dean Wins at the 2016 San Diego “Women Who Mean Business Awards”

Dr. Gloria McNeal, Dean of the School of Health and Human Services (SHHS) won a coveted “Women Who Mean Business Award” today at the 23rd annual Special Awards Reception and Luncheon sponsored by the San Diego Business Journal. The sold out San Diego event was held at the Town and Country Convention Center in Mission Valley.  National University (NU) sponsored a table at the event that also raises funds for breast cancer research.  Several NU leaders and staff were at the event including all of the SHHS Department Chairs (Drs. Smith, Guertin and Myers), President Dr. David Andrews, Provost Dr. Gangaram Singh, Vice Provost Dr. Joseph Hoey, President Randy Frisch of City University of Seattle, Vice Chancellor Dr. Dave Lawrence and Executive Vice President Nancy Rohland-Heinrich (an Awardee last year). The event recognizes dynamic women business leaders and role models who have contributed significantly to San Diego’s businesses.  Dean McNeal joined a select few winners who were honored with the award from over 200 finalists.  Dr. McNeal was honored for her many publications and accomplishments including her grant writing that is bringing millions of dollars to National University and the California community to start a Nurse Managed Clinic and a Veterans to BSN program.  Details of the awards can be found in the upcoming November Issue of the San Diego Business Journal.  Congratulations to our Dean!  Click on the photos below to view the full photo.

Michelle Hills (at center) applauds as Dean McNeal's name is called! 

Dr. McNeal makes it to the stage as Emcee Susan Taylor looks on.

President Andrews and Provost Singh join the large crowd in congratulating Dr. McNeal.

The Dean poses for pictures with her fellow awardees, most noticeably ABC's Kimberly Hunt in blue.

Dr. McNeal with her award.  The room awash in pink to raise awareness for breast cancer research.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Community Health Students Participate in Cry America Event

Community engagement remains a top priority for SHHS Community Health students.  With the help of Assistant Professor Ritika Bhawal, students joined the CRY Walk for child rights last month on September 25th.  The walk benefits the outreach of CRY America to give children access to education and healthcare, as well as basic protections from abuse and exploitation  The CRY San Diego walk event was a big success with the maximum number of participating teams and highest total fundraising as compared to the other CRY chapters across the nation.  The event inspired our students to continue working for and in the community to better serve the underprivileged.  You can still donate to the NU team here and click on the photos below to see the large image from this public event:

Sunday, October 30, 2016

SHHS Professor Wins the 2016 Jerry C. Lee Award!

Dr. Schiltz poses with his award at the September 2016 Fall Assembly.

The School of Health and Human Services (SHHS) Department of Health Sciences Professor Patric Schiltz is this year's recipient of the prestigious Dr. Jerry C. Lee Outstanding Faculty Service Award.  Dr. Lee was the long time Chancellor at National University and each year the award is given in his honor by the Faculty Senate to a faculty member who demonstrates exceptional service to the university.  Dr. Schiltz is currently serving as Vice-Chair of the Faculty Senate after serving as Secretary last year. His numerous services achievements include serving as the founding chair of the Health Sciences department, various committee work, and his recording and reporting of the faculty negotiations this past year.  Dr. Schiltz received the award at the Fall Assembly last month at the closing luncheon.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

New Internship Agreement with Physicians Group Makes Offering and Finding that Important Internship Easier

The Department of Community Health, led by Chair Dr. Tyler Smith, announced an important initiative to make it easier for students in the department to find and land that all important internship in their public health and health care administration programs.  Scripps Mercy Physicians Partners have hundreds of physicians under their umbrella that will participate.   The plan is to develop an online portal for internship positions to be posted and applied to in a one stop shopping approach.  Stay tuned for upcoming details.  The story has been widely covered in the media. Click on the links below for the whole story.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


In May our Vets2BSN Project students, faculty and staff were treated to a wonderful tour of the USNS Mercy by our gracious hosts, LTJGs Leland Comer and Anthony Waite.  These U.S. Navy Nurse Corps officers are both mentors for our Military Student Nurse Mentoring Organization (MSNMO) which matches currently enrolled Vets2BSN Project BSN students with an active duty or civilian nurse mentor throughout his or her program.  Mentors serve as a resource to the student checking in on a weekly basis on classes, provide additional content knowledge, identify areas for improvement and growth, and help with networking and career development.

The USNS Mercy is essentially the U.S. Navy’s floating hospital ship.  It was originally built as an oil tanker in 1976 and was later converted to a hospital ship in 1984. Its primary mission is to provide rapid, flexible, and mobile acute medical and surgical services to support Marine Corps Air/Ground Task Forces deployed ashore, Army and Air Force units deployed ashore, and naval amphibious task forces and battle forces afloat. Its secondary mission is to provide mobile surgical hospital service for use by appropriate U.S. Government agencies in Humanitarian Civic Assistance (HCA), disaster or humanitarian relief or limited humanitarian care incident to these missions or peacetime military operations.

 Students were treated to a full tour of the ship which included:
    • Intensive care wards: 80 beds
    • Recovery wards: 20 beds
    • Intermediate care wards: 280 beds
    • Light care wards: 120 beds
    • Limited care wards: 500 beds
    • Operating Rooms: 12
    • Casualty reception
    • Radiological services including CT
    • Main laboratory plus satellite lab
    • Central sterile receiving
    • Medical supply/pharmacy
    • Physical therapy and burn care
    • Intensive Care Unit
    • Dental services
    • Optometry/lens lab
    • Morgue
    • Laundry
    • Burn Treatment
    • Angiography
    • Blood Bank
    • Oxygen producing plants

The USNS Mercy went underway in May to participate in Pacific Partnership 2016, an ongoing series of Disaster Preparedness missions. Focusing on local Subject Matter Expert Exchanges, Pacific Partnership 16 continues to "Prepare in Calm to Respond in Crisis". Countries that have invited Mercy include Timor Leste, Malaysia, Indonesia, Republic of the Philippines and Vietnam.

Thank you again to LTJGs Comer and Waite for this wonderful opportunity to support our Vets2BSN Project students.  Click on the photos below to enlarge the photos for viewing.

View of the flight deck

Operating room

Dockside view 

Tour sign

(story submitted by Dr. Paul Tontz, Academic Counselor, Vets2BSN Project)