June 2015 Kudos

Week of June 28 – July 4, 2015

Two Nursing Faculty Members Receive Doctoral Degree

nursing-faculty-doctorate-collage-x2-juiceCongratulations to professors of nursing, Leann Hudson and Shari Wight who received their doctoral degrees in May 2015.

Leann received her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from Duquesne University. The DNP degree is a practice doctorate that utilizes research to evaluate its impact on nursing clinicians, specifically those based in acute or outpatient care settings who subsequently implement research-based modifications which enhance the quality of patient care.

Shari received her Ph.D. in Nursing from Barry University. The Ph.D. is a research doctorate, primarily focused on independent nursing research and dissemination of the findings

“The nursing division is so proud of our latest doctoral graduates, who worked diligently during the past several years to obtain these degrees, while also carrying a full workload within our discipline,” shared Anita Kovalsky, professor of nursing.

She added, “Several more faculty are currently working on one of these degrees, which is reflective of the effort of the nursing profession to have more nurses prepared with a terminal degree, especially those who work in the field of nursing education. These faculty serve as role models to our students, the majority of whom work on a Bachelor in Nursing Degree upon graduation, with many going on for their Master of Science Degree in Nursing, most with a focus on nursing education.”


Week of June 14 – 20, 2015

Marci Dial Earns Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator Certification

A message from Falecia Williams, President, West Campus

marci-dial-chse-270w Congratulations to Marci Dial, professor of nursing, who recently obtained her Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator (CHSE) certification. Marci is the first full-time healthcare educator at Valencia to receive this honor.

There are currently just over 500 individuals who hold this certification, which improves healthcare simulation education through the identification of best practices, strengthens patient safety efforts through support of simulation modalities, fosters a feedback loop between education and practice and strengthens organizational, community and learner confidence in quality of education. The addition of this certification enables Valencia’s programs with certified simulation professionals to receive a competitive edge in the community, program offerings and grant funding.

Marci, who has gained quite a few letters after her name (DNP, ARNP, NP-C, MSN, BSN, RN-BC, LNC and now CHSE) graduated from Valencia’s nursing program in 1996, started as a clinical adjunct in 2005 and became a full-time professor of nursing in 2010. She is also a nurse practitioner and a volunteer faculty member at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine.

A national and local presenter on simulation as an educational modality within healthcare and across all academic disciplines, she also lectures on adult learning theory, experiential learning theory and integration of multidisciplinary simulation. Her simulation expertise includes doctoral work in improving patient safety, situational awareness, hand-off communication and medical errors using simulation as an educational modality.

Marci represents Valencia as a member of the Florida Healthcare Simulation Alliance and is working with the education task force to develop a curriculum to provide educators and facilitators with a foundation for using simulation as an educational modality. She is also is a member of Valencia’s Multidisciplinary Simulation Team, which is working to provide future healthcare professionals with a hands-on learning experience designed to bridge the academic to practice gap.

In addition, Marci is working on an Action Research Project titled, “Will the use of a simulation scenario improve students’ abilities to perform an accurate head to toe physical assessment during a simulated clinical activity?”

Please join us in congratulating Marci on this exceptional accomplishment!

OD/HR Colleagues Earn Strategic Workforce Planning Credential

amy-marybeth-lisa-swp-collage-groveCongratulations to Amy Bosley, vice president of organizational development and human resources (OD/HR); Mary Beth Clifton, director, total rewards and workforce planning; and Lisa Shrestha, manager, workforce planning, who recently completed requirements to earn the Human Capital Institute’s (HCI) Strategic Workforce Planning (SWP) Certification.

The training consisted of pre-work, a two-day intensive class based on current research and best practices, in addition to a rigorous exam. The program provided a comprehensive set of reference materials, detailed models with step-by-step workforce planning activities, numerous opportunities to participate in interactive, hands-on exercises and case studies, along with a robust toolkit filled with job aids and templates to assist the College in moving workforce planning to a strategic level.

“What we acquired in knowledge, skills and abilities as a result of participating in the program, effectively prepared us to successfully pass the certification test and begin customizing our own strategic workforce planning effort,” said Lisa. “One of our upcoming departmental goals is to develop a data strategy to support workforce planning and the College’s strategic plan. The application of learned principles, to include incorporating the use of predictive analytics and helpful toolkit items, will support the achievement of related goals and objectives in a more effective and efficient manner.”

According to HCI, strategic workforce planning is the most sought after skill in talent management today, and the new SWP program offers the first professional certification of its kind in the industry. Further, SWP is also the first rigorous “seal of approval” that talent professionals of multiple backgrounds can use to demonstrate proficiency in this burgeoning focus area.


  • Sabrina said:

    A wonderful accomplishment Ladies…This has already directly impacted our business in such a positive way!

    PMTue, 16 Jun 2015 14:00:30 +0000Tue, 16 Jun 2015 14:00:30 +0000pm15,2:00 pm

  • Michelle said:

    You are three amazing ladies. It is so nice to be working with you all. Congratulations!

    PMTue, 16 Jun 2015 18:13:32 +0000Tue, 16 Jun 2015 18:13:32 +0000pm15,6:13 pm

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    AMMon, 22 Jun 2015 10:35:24 +0000Mon, 22 Jun 2015 10:35:24 +0000am15,10:35 am

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