Two hundred attend MEPN Open House

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It was a full house on Saturday morning as two hundred potential nursing students attended the MEPN Open House. After a short presentation by Dr Kathy Marsh, current MEPN students took to the stage for a question and answer session. Everything from letters of recommendation, volunteer hours, clinical sites,  preparing for the NCLEX exam, to balancing school and family was covered.

Special thanks to MEPN students for giving up a Saturday morning to ‘pay it forward’.


Amena Adams                        Kelsey Marckstadt

Kristi Armstrong                    Abby Miceli

Malie Cabugao                       Harmoni Morales

Nicole Conner                        Elizabeth Oliver

Evan Gum                               Sarah Rosenfeld

Ann Lawani                            Jason Vazquez

Hannah Lim

Ms. Cathleen Mumper, Director of Student Services, and assistant Ms Anne Pascuale were on site to answer specific questions related to the applications.

Questions about your MEPN application? Contact Ms Cathleen Mumper, Director of Student Services at:




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Dean Georges begins academic year with a prayer

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Today marked the start of the 2017-2018 academic year. Yesterday, Dean Jane Georges welcomed new students at the new student luncheon and today welcomed faculty back from summer break by offering a prayer for the new year. Let us pray…

Dear Creator of the universe, whom we know by many Names:

 Be with us as we gather together here.

 We ask for your help for this upcoming year.

Let our school be a place of transformation for all of us.

Let our school be a place of healing.

Let our school be a place of kindness.

In every committee meeting we attend and every email we send, let us show respect and humility.

 On days when the burden is heavy,

Let us remember You are with us.

 Let us be friends with You and friends with each other.

Let us bear one another’s burdens.

 We thank you for the miracle of this School

And the miracles that happen here every day.

 Our times are in Your Hands.

We ask this in Your name.


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New MEPNs welcomed into nursing at White Coat Ceremony

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Friday evening, 64 MEPN students were welcomed into the nursing profession with a white coat ceremony . Faculty, family, and friends were in attendance as students walked across the stage to receive their white coat from lab faculty. The audience was addressed by Dr. Jane Georges and Dr. Kathy Marsh.

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Mentor program off to a great start

written by guest writer: Jean Hartley, 2nd year MEPN
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On Sunday, August 6th, over 80 MEPN students gathered at Ballast Point Brewery in Little Italy for our first mentor-mentee event of the semester. Incoming students were able to meet their mentors as well as soon-to-be classmates and enjoy rich conversation over a variety of tasty appetizers and beverages. The event was scheduled to take place one day prior to the incoming students’ first day of class to promote a sense of community and connection amongst students and to allay anxious feelings regarding the start of school.
“Our intention with this event,” comments members of the Mentorship Committee, “was to help the first-year students feel part of the MEPN program before they even began. We want them to know there will always be resources available to them in the people they are surrounded by here, and that we stronger when we collaborate and work with one another.”
Graduate Nursing Student Association (GNSA) President, Ann Lawani says that the event “provided an opportunity for [students] to mingle and breathe from our summer semester while trying to ease the fears of the incoming class. It also helped both cohorts develop a rapport, communal spirit and lay the foundation for future nursing collegiality.”
First-year Kelsey Marckstadt comments: “Meeting my mentor and so many of my fellow classmates at the mentor/mentee meet up was a great opportunity to calm my nerves before diving into the MEPN program. After conversing with some of my cohort, it was comforting to discover that we were ALL nervous, but also extremely excited for what was in store for us the following morning. Every second-year that I spoke with, including my own mentor, gave valuable advice that I will be able to take with me through the MEPN program.”
We are thankful for the success of this meet-and-greet event and look forward to future events and collaborations with students from both the MEPN program as well as other programs within Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science. We are so excited to welcome the Class of 2019 to our nursing family during their White Coat Ceremony on Friday, August 25th. We look forward to seeing how this cohort of nurse leaders will contribute the future of the field in innovative and sustainable ways.
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MEPN Class of 2019 has entered the building!


MEPN orientation Aug 2017

(MEPNs posting #firstdayofnursingschool)

A class of 65 MEPN students started the journey to become a registered professional nurses. In just 21 months, a lot of early mornings in the hospital, and a lot of late night studying these students will be masters prepared RNs. Students are in the midst of MEPN Bootcamp which is a jam packed 3 week course teaching students how to interview a patient and perform a complete head-to-toe physical.

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Good Luck to all of our new MEPNs. Study hard, it will be worth it!

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MEPNs go to diabetes camp

 Written by student writer; Michelle Glathe

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MEPN student, Michelle Glathe teaching a camper how to draw up insulin

About 20  USD MEPN students had the pleasure of participating in Camp Wana Kura 2017 as medical leaders in training, this past week. Prior to this experience, most of us had little exposure to the rigorous requirements those diagnosed with type 1 diabetes must adhere to 24 hours a day. This camp, made possible by the American Diabetes Association, is a 4-day camp at Santee Lakes for children with type 1 diabetes ages 5 -13.

Campers are divided by age into units of about 14 campers per group. Each MEPN student was assigned to a camp unit and with the support from the Medical Leader (RN or MD), shared the responsibility of the diabetes management and medical record keeping of each camper in the given unit. As the campers arrived with their parents or caretakers, MEPN students registered each camper, noting their morning blood sugar, amount of insulin administered, and their current feelings towards the day ahead and/or blood sugar related symptoms. Throughout the day, the role of the MEPN student was to increase their own awareness and decision-making related to blood sugar management such as determining appropriate insulin dosing during snacks and lunch.

Calculations and delivery technique of subcutaneous insulin injections aside, the most important insight MEPN students received simply came from asking a camper (of any age) living with type 1-diabetes questions such as;  “What does a high/low blood sugar feel like” or “How does diabetes affect your sleep” or “When the ‘numbers’ get you down what do you do to feel good about yourself” – MEPNs  quickly learned no answer is the same and every child with type 1 diabetes is managing this challenge in their own unique way.

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A group of MEPN students along with the RN from Monarch School and a camper.

Overall, the USD MEPN nursing students gained valuable insight and knowledge about the chronic condition of type 1 diabetes from those who know the disease best – those living with it, in this case, the campers.

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Dr Marsh teaching a camper how to inject his insulin

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If You Give a Nurse a Cookie…

This post is written by guest writer, MEPN student, Kira Adsit.

This past weekend, in the beginning of a sunny San Diego summer day, USD nursing students filed into BINR – but it was not for a day of open lab, a clinical competency exam, or a cram session. Last Saturday, we welcomed the Girl Scouts for our second “You Can Be… a Nurse!” event. Junior high and high school girls came to get an appreciation of the nursing profession by touring the USD Simulation Center and engaging in a variety of nursing skills.

By the end of the day, each Girl Scout had run through all of our stations! She had properly washed her hands (verified by Glo-germ, black lights, – thank you Nancy, and Yenny!), learned how to perform an infant assessment, checked eyes and ears, interacted with the simulation man, practiced injections, performed a dressing change on a pressure ulcer model (after putting on those neutral nurse faces), taken vital signs (and found subtle pulses with a Doppler), demonstrated the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), and assessed pupil dilation.

The Girl Scouts were quick to warm up to the new skills and were finishing neck-to -neck PPE races by the end of their time with us! Girl Scouts were engaged and appreciative; some surprised us with their flawless intradermal injection skills into the shot pads (with an extra special surprise of squirting Krista and Ariana when they popped).  We wrapped up each session with a debrief and loved hearing what the girl scouts learned and which skills stations the girls enjoyed most.

The USD MEPN students manning the stations relished the chance to host the Girl Scouts and share their passion and knowledge for the nursing profession. The MEPN students’ hard work, relentless enthusiasm, flexibility, and eagerness to answer all questions accompanied their incredible attitudes and willingness to spend a Saturday away from the books. A huge thanks to the Girl Scouts for bringing their wonderful energy into our lab, spending the day with us, and sharing their Thin Mints.

We hope you have been inspired to consider joining this amazing professional field and to we look forward to seeing you someday as nurses!

Special thanks to these selfless MEPN students who made this event possible!

  • Jean Hartley
  • Phonthip Eadens
  • Mallorie Schoesler
  • Jennifer Zaldivar
  • Britney Aguirre
  • Nancy Chau
  • Riley Cable
  • Ann Lawani
  • Brittani De Riemer
  • Ariana Papp
  • Krista Dwyer
  • Diane-Marie Aguilar
  • Lauren Lamoreaux
  • Sophia Jorgenson
  • Kristi Armstrong
  • Michelle Glathe
  • Zinnia Kidane
  • Nichole Chung
  • Anne Uyen-Tran Ho
  • Katie Lam

(and special kudos to Dr. Susie Hutchins!!!)

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MEPN Students volunteer at the Food Bank

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Summer semester is off to a busy start. MEPN students are increasing their understanding of the challenges of homelessness and hunger through a variety of ways.

Two clinical groups spent a day last week working at the San Diego Food Bank inspecting and sorting food that had been received from a range of sources including locally-run food drives, the USDA, growers, retailers, and wholesalers.

Students then categorized products by food group, and boxed or bagged about 6000 pounds of food for distribution to the community.

The Food Bank distributes food directly to families and individuals in need at 183 distribution sites throughout the county every month, often in parking lots.

The Food Bank also provides food to 350 nonprofits that operate feeding programs. Nonprofits pick up food from the Food Bank’s warehouse and distribute the food to people in need in their areas. These nonprofits include soup kitchens, shelters, churches with feeding programs, schools, senior and disabled living facilities, and food pantries.

Many thanks to Professors Tracy Page and Molly McAmis for mentoring students in this activity.

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Congratulations to the Class of 2017

MEPN 2017

Dear MEPN graduates,


The entire USD Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science faculty and staff are so proud of your accomplishments. Convocation and Commencement was the icing on the top of a very rigorous program preparing you to be the most well prepared nurse providing excellent care to the most vulnerable populations. We look forward to following your nursing careers.

Best of luck to you as you are studying for the NCLEX, participating in job interviews, and starting your new grad positions.  All of us look forward to staying in touch with you and following each and every one of your nursing careers.

A few things to keep in mind…

Your USD email is yours for life!

Join the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science group on ‘Linked In’

Plan to come back to campus for the MEPN Panel Discussion in early March 2018 to share your new grad story with the graduating MEPNs.

As soon as you obtain your RN license, you are able to apply for your Public Health Nurse (PHN) certificate (no exam). Contact Le Rae when you are ready and she will guide you through the process.

It is a pleasure and an honor to call you ‘colleague’.


The MEPN Team

Dr. Kathy Marsh, Dr. Susie Hutchins, Dr. Jackie Close, Dr. Linda Urden, Nadine Kassity Krich, and Le Rae Gilliam

MEPN Students 2017

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MEPNs celebrate Florence Nightingale’s birthday with presentations from Drs. Hardin and Roth


It was all smiles today when 2nd year MEPN students enjoyed an early birthday celebration complete with cake and champagne, in honor of Florence Nightingale’s birthday on May 12th. What a great break amidst the end-of-the year tests, papers, and presentations.

The real treat was the presentation by USD’s own Dr. Sally Hardin and Dr. Patricia Roth, both Nightingale scholars in their own right. Dean Hardin presented a historical review of how far nursing has come since the Crimean War (i.e. universal precautions). Dean Hardin also had a replica of the Nightingale lamp which was used to guide nurses to patient assessment during the Crimean War.  USD School of Nursing is also honored to be the owner of a ‘first edition; of Nightingale’s Note on Nursing.

Dean Hardin and lamp

Dr. Roth presented a behind the scenes view of the challenges women faced in nursing during the late 1800’s.

Dr Roth


An interesting fact is both of these scholars were close friends/colleagues with the USD School of Nursing founding Dean, Dr. Irene Palmer. Dr. Palmer was the preeminent Nightingale Scholar of our time.  We can only imagine some of the interesting conversations that have taken place at those birthday celebrations!

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