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NU SHHS Opens Two More Nurse Managed Clinic Locations!

The School of Health and Human Services (SHHS) continues its mission to serve the public good by opening two more nurse managed clinic sites in the Los Angeles area.  Utilizing funds from its Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Grant, the school opened the locations with a ribbon cutting ceremony in Inglewood this month.  The clinic makes health care more accessible to residents through its unique “virtual” approach. Patient services are provided at conveniently-located community locations, such as social service agencies like the Salvation Army. The School’s nursing and other health professions students (including Health Sciences and Community Health) are also involved and are gaining valuable experience in these new models of health care through collaborations with trained clinical professionals.  Dr. Dean McNeal (the grant's P.I), addressed the crowd at the ribbon cutting, along with National University President D…
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MSN Program Continues to Grow!

March came in like a lion for the 4th Cohort of the SHHS’s MSN Program.  Orientation day for the cohort was held at the Costa Mesa Campus on March 3rd and it was standing room only in the room. The day was led by Lead Faculty member Dr. Barbara Piper.  27 new students joined the program that includes four specializations (Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Administration, Informatics, and Mental Health).  Faculty from all three SHHS departments (Community Health, Health Sciences and Nursing) were there for the orientation, either in person, or by teleconference.  Dean McNeal attended in person, along with two of the Department Chairs.  The benefits of advanced degrees in the field of Nursing is well documented, and with FNPs gaining more autonomy, the SHHS remains committed to the continued growth of theses graduate programs.

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 f…

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 Hunto…

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…

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:

SHHS Professor Wins the 2016 Jerry C. Lee Award!

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.