Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Final speed horse show of 2012 season scheduled for Sept. 1

The last of the 2012 Buckle Series, a Speed Horse Show, will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1, at the Ohio University-Chillicothe Charles & Daisy Black Equestrian Center, located at 32505 U.S. Route 50, just west of Londonderry.

A moment of silence will be held at 10 a.m. in remembrance of Charles Black, who recently died. He was a fixture in Ross County, breeding and training saddle bred horses for riders and horse shows. His love of horses is legendary, as is the genuine concern that he had for residents of the region, especially children with special needs.

Buckles and prizes will be awarded in four divisions for these Buckle Series. Entry fee is $5 and stalls are available for $15 each. Proceeds benefit the Black Equestrian Center.

Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Amy Withrow at (740) 804-6132.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Activities Fair begins academic year in festive fashion

The 2012-13 academic year at OU-C got off to a flying start with a Student Activities Fair, which included a campus-wide cookout among its events that were designed to welcome students to campus. The fair is one of several opening-week events sponsored by Office of Student Services and the Presidents Club to greet new and returning Chillicothe Campus students for the beginning of fall semester.

Upcoming opening week events include:

• Tuesday, Welcome tables inside of Bennett Hall from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Wednesday, Comedy show featuring Lori Graves at 7 p.m. in the Bennett Hall auditorium. Graves, a well-known local comedienne, is an OU-C alumnus. The show is intended for audience members 18 years and older.

• Thursday, Ice cream social and “Movie Under the Stars” featuring The Avengers at 8:30 p.m. in the lawn between Bennett Hall and Shoemaker Center. The movie will be shown on a huge, inflatable screen complete with a sound system. OU-C campus members are encouraged to bring family members, as well as lawn chairs and/or blankets, to the event.

Area residents transition into nursing profession as part of partnership between OU-C, Adena Health System

Joyce Zurmehly greets students in the BASE Nursing Program during the opening session at the
 PACCAR Medical Education Center at Adena Medical Center.
Approximately 25 area residents began to transition to nursing careers through a unique partnership between Ohio University-Chillicothe and Adena Health System that allows individuals in other career fields to begin accelerated study toward a nursing degree. The program began with the opening of OU-C’s fall semester Aug. 27, with classes offered in the PACCAR Medical Education Center on the campus of the Adena Medical Center as well as on the OU-C campus.

The program is a result of a $750,000 grant that Ohio University secured from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a federal government agency, to support the launch of the Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing: Accelerated Direct Entry Second Degree Education (BASE) Nursing Program.

Students who currently hold at least a bachelor's degree can complete the requirements for the accelerated BSN in five semesters, spanning 20 months. That includes graduate nursing credit hours that may later be applied to a master's degree. Upon completion of the BASE program, graduates are eligible for licensure as a registered nurse and entry into professional nursing practice.

“I have been interested in nursing, and this program offers the opportunity to transition from engineering into the nursing profession,” said Raymond Fombang of Reynoldsburg, who earned a bachelor’s degree in marine engineering from Maritime University in Ghana (Africa).

His fellow students are also finding that this program offers an opportunity to transition into the nursing field.

“I have wanted to do this for a long time,” in talking about entering the nursing profession said Katie Irwin, 26, who earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental health and industrial hygiene from Ohio University’s Athens campus. “I was laid off from my job, and I took this opportunity.”

“I have always been interested in nursing, and after searching for the right career path, I decided on this program,” said Rachel Bernard, 24, who earned her bachelor’s degree in health services administration from Ohio University’s Athens campus.

The curriculum is based on the traditional BSN program, with course enhancements for accelerated study. Upon completion of the program, graduates will earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Degree and will be eligible to take the NCLEX RN exam, leading to licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN). The curriculum also allows for master’s degree coursework that can be transferred to any Master of Science in Nursing program.

The program focuses on clinical leadership, evidence-based nursing practice and culturally-relevant care utilizing dynamic teaching/learning strategies and simulation. There is also an emphasis on professionalism, as Joyce Zurmehly, associate director of the OU-C nursing program and principle investigator for the HRSA grant, emphasized to students in the opening session.

The BASE program is designed to increase the number of registered nurses in Ohio. Currently, a 29 percent nursing shortage is projected by 2020 in the state.

“This program supports Ohio University’s mission of serving its students and serving its region,” Zurmehly said. “It offers an opportunity for students to efficiently build on a previous degree and pursue a dynamic and rewarding career in nursing.”