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  • A Culture of Excellence - President's Perspective - Hesston College
    first time pass rate on the national licensure exam is one of the highest in the state How do we account for this I have a few theories First our faculty members led by Bonnie Kauffman Ac65 67 Sowers are excellent teachers and see nursing as a divine call as well as a profession They embody the best of the ideals of educating and nurturing each student in Christ centered community Students know they are loved and prayed for and many succeed because they come to believe in their ability to learn and serve Second our nursing faculty members have a kind of genius about them that combines very high standards and rigorous learning with caring support It is not only rigor and it is not only love it is both in the doses that each student needs Third the nursing program enjoys the respect and support of the entire campus There is a sense of genuine pride in the achievements of the program and its students In many ways it is a bit presumptuous of a small two year private college to even attempt to have a nursing program In its early years President Laban Peachey sometimes heard from other presidents that it was a little much for Hesston to think it could do this Well yes we can Several years ago I listened to the site visitors of the Kansas State Board of Nursing give their final oral report I had never and likely never will again hear and see such respect from an accrediting body for a program Thank you for your continuing support of this program and of Hesston College by President Howard Keim 72 photo by Jim Stucky Hesston College Today Articles in this Issue A Culture of Excellence President s Perspective Practicing Success A

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  • Practicing Success - Hesston College
    improve and ultimately thrive I can t explain how all of this came about Dorothy said It has all just been a part of God s plan But the good thing about the journey of life is that it always makes you stronger smarter and better Dorothy s plan started to unfold when she was a young adult working in a bank in her East African nation s capital city She wanted to come to the United States to study business and began searching for colleges Along with Hesston College she also applied to Hutchinson Kan Community College and a college in Buffalo N Y International admissions counselor Dave Osborne Ac64 66 was quick to reply to her Hesston College inquiry and before she knew it everything fell into place for her to start at Hesston After a while paying for school became difficult and Dorothy left Hesston without graduating She remained in the area and began working as a CNA a choice that inspired her to return to Hesston in the nursing program Hesston s nursing program was exactly what I like it was a challenge said Dorothy The instructors were no nonsense and made me work but they also coached me encouraged me supported me and made me feel at home When finances again became tight nursing program director Bonnie Kauffman Ac65 67 Sowers made a phone call to Via Christi St Francis Hospital in Wichita and found a scholarship for Dorothy with a commitment of one year of work following graduation Everything worked out Dorothy said I was able to finish school and when I graduated I knew I had a job waiting for me Dorothy worked in the medical surgical unit at St Francis before moving on to Via Christi Riverside Hospital Wichita to a position in the intensive care unit After her first daughter was born she began working part time in home health and the seeds of her own business venture were sown I worked for a small privately owned home health company and I realized if they could make it work as a business I could too she said Dorothy partnered with her husband Shawn and a friend who was also an R N to found Progressive Home Health and Hospice in 1995 Shortly after establishing Progressive Dorothy recognized the potential for success and earned a bachelor s degree from Tabor College Hillsboro Kan in business administration in order to more efficiently deal with the company s business aspects Dorothy Gathungu 89 McPherson s Hesston College nursing graduation photo Courtesy photo Progressive started small working primarily in home health care for patients with acute conditions who had recently been released from the hospital In 2002 they added pediatric home care followed by hospice care in 2005 Over the years the company has grown to include more than 200 employees working from seven locations three in Wichita and one each in Newton Kan Hutchinson Kan Salina Kan and Omaha Neb The company s rapid

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  • A glimpse at Hesston College Nursing - Hesston College
    of the strongest programs in Kansas with an overall pass rate on the national NCLEX RN exam of 99 percent over the last 47 years The program has 56 spaces available for students per class level for a total of 112 nursing students at Hesston each year Those spaces and the waiting lists fill up quickly Many students have families and balance a job with school work and many commute from a distance in order to benefit from such an outstanding program Students put their classroom learning to practice in hands on clinical settings in two on campus nursing simulation labs and 13 health care facilities in the local area Because of the high standard of excellence Hesston nursing students portray at off campus clinicals their experiences often turn into job opportunities as they earn their degree and R N license In fact nursing graduates who have sought a nursing position have found a job 100 percent of the time After completing Hesston s program some students continue their education to earn a four year B S N degree and higher During the 2012 13 year the program established articulation agreements with two four year institutions University of Kansas School of Nursing Lawrence and Bethel College North Newton to streamline the transfer process for Hesston nursing graduates to earn their B S N degree Credits easily transfer to any public or private four year institution where a student chooses to continue As is clear in hearing about the experiences of Hesston College nursing students the instructors in the program are key to each student s growth and success The college is blessed with highly professional and caring individuals in the nursing program and each one of them director Bonnie Kauffman Ac65 67 Sowers Becky Bartell administrative assistant Marilyn Unruh Flaming

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  • Purpose through Pain - Hesston College
    school not really knowing what he wanted to do Though he was always successful in his jobs topping out the pay scale or earning management status he was never really fulfilled Shortly after returning to his construction job from his hospital stay Chad was laid off Taking his unemployment as a sign to begin making that necessary change he decided to start nursing school taking prerequisite classes while working to support his family I didn t want other people to be treated the way I had been in the hospital he said I decided that by becoming a nurse I could make a difference Chad knew about Hesston s nursing program from its local reputation and friends who had graduated from the program Hesston looks good on paper with the high pass rate and its reputation is well known he said He applied to three nursing schools including Hesston College and was placed on a waiting list for all of them He reapplied the following year and was accepted into Hesston s program That s when he began to realize there was more to the program than what he read in promotional materials Chad applied for a CNA position at the Axtell Clinic in Newton Kan and when the nurse manager saw he had applied to Hesston s nursing program he landed the job As he progresses through the program Chad knows he is finally doing something he loves It has not always been easy but I have an amazing group of people personally and at Hesston both with my classmates and instructors he said I read about the personal attention instructors offer but until I was receiving that help I didn t realize how important it was My instructors offer help before I have a chance to ask for

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  • Crooked Highways, Inspired Paths - Hesston College
    is about discovery and for me that was the attraction There is no other job like it Thanks to the influence and tutelage of instructors he encountered along the way Tom took the road that allows him to make a difference I believe that teachers can have a strong influence on students both good and bad he said As a high school student at Christopher Dock Mennonite High School Lansdale Pa his path seemed so unclear that a guidance counselor suggested he not go to college Tom had other ideas Thanks to the influence of beloved high school art and biology instructor Roland Yoder he started at Hesston College as an art major but soon realized it was not what he loved As a freshman he found a job as a student lab technician under biology instructor Vincent Krabill and spent the next 40 plus years focused on biology and becoming increasingly familiar with lab work Hesston College gave me my start he said I connected with Vincent he took me under his wing and I realized how much I liked biology That early interaction set him on a path that led him through doctoral work and into the education field as a professor Research in an academic setting means independence both in what to study and how to fund the work Tom s proficiency at writing research reports and funding proposals is critical to his ability to continue researching and making a difference It s a skill that he credits Hesston College for developing Good writers are important in any field he said Gerry Lichti my writing instructor at Hesston was the first to show me how to write an effective essay and that makes all the difference in my work today Those who benefit from the work and

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  • Alumna profile - Pam (Herschberger) '78 Beitlich, R.N., M.S.N., A.R.N.P., Sarasota, Fla. - Hesston College
    believe in my heart and soul that it is the nurse who is responsible at the end of the day That is why it is so important that nurses know how to connect with and get to know their patients When I was a new nurse I didn t realize the impact I had on patients and that communication verbal nonverbal and listening skills was a primary factor in effective care Nursing administrators look for employees with both excellent clinical and communication skills because those are the people who are able to effectively care for the many aspects of the whole person The view from everywhere After graduating from Hesston I completed my B S N at Goshen Ind College while working in the local hospital s emergency room and then completed my M S N at the University of South Florida Tampa I am working on a doctorate in health care leadership from Florida State University Tallahassee which I am projected to finish in May 2014 I work as the Nursing Administrator at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and as a coach for Studer Group which works with health care organizations to improve outcomes including patient satisfaction scores employee turnover rates and making health care a better place in general Overall I have more than 30 years of experience in patient care medical staff relations and nursing administration Educate and nurture Hesston College did and continues to do a very good job of holding true to its mission statement I have fond memories stemming from the college s commitment to educate and nurture each student and of the vision to be a transforming community it was for me and I know it continues to be for others As a student in the nursing program I felt so much support and nurturing

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  • Student Profile - Jessica Graybill '14, Gap, Pa. - Hesston College
    s nursing program and interacting with my instructors has reaffirmed my decision to become a nurse Nursing is more than physical care it allows me to be encouraged by patients I hope I can be an encouragement to them as well Not Afraid of a Challenge The nursing program is very challenging which I love Being challenged makes you think critically and stimulates the mind The instructors are really what make the program though They are wonderful people who are always ready to help encourage and inspire Quiet Moments Nursing keeps me very busy Between class studying and clinicals there are times when I feel like I am going nonstop During one of those times I was feeling the need for quiet time That week at a hospice clinical I worked with a patient who was near death Even though she knew she would soon die she was at peace inspiring and an encouragement to me She talked about how she always had Bible study on Thursdays so for about a half hour we read the Bible together It was exactly what I needed that week just a little time to be still It was a critical moment for me in my nursing career and showed me the mutual impact between nurse and patient About Jessica Jessica shows enthusiasm in working with people She has a great curiosity that will carry her throughout her entire career Rita Peters nursing instructor Go Everywhere After Hesston I will probably go to Eastern Mennonite University Harrisonburg Va to work on my B S N while working part time With my future career I ideally see myself working as a hospice or oncology nurse The end of life process intrigues me People have very profound moments during that time as they reflect on their

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  • Relationships, faith key to basketball star’s success - Hesston College
    to nurture relationships across campus As a nursing student immersed in clinicals and labs she is moving rapidly toward her career goals and as the top returning scorer and rebounder on the women s basketball team she is being counted on to lead this year s squad In all of these areas relationships are the common denominator that turns a busy schedule into a rewarding and life changing college experience Ladwig says Makayla is an incredible person said Rebecca Eichelberger 14 Geneva Neb Ladwig s freshman year roommate She s dedicated to bettering herself in her coursework basketball and her daily walk with God Makayla is a good listener who cares about people and will do anything to help She has been an inspiration to me Makayla s desire to know and learn from people from all backgrounds is evident in every interaction she makes said Jill Schlabach resident director She cares deeply for people and sees their potential It s my job to make sure the students in my dorm are included and have opportunities to get involved with campus life Ladwig said I sought the RA position because I wanted to be in a leadership role one that extends my circle of interaction and gets me more involved outside of nursing and basketball So why start at Hesston Introduced to Hesston through the college s summer basketball league Ladwig was impressed by the nursing program s credentials and head coach Dan Harrison s 79 recruiting pitch Makayla is a special individual who happens to be a gifted athlete Harrison said She came to Hesston to pursue her call of service as a nurse and was attracted to our approach of making basketball part of a balanced life that encourages our players to pursue their dreams both on and off the court An all region honorable mention pick a year ago Ladwig averaged 8 8 points and 5 5 rebounds per game on last year s 15 win season She is part of a deep sophomore class that Harrison will lean on in the coming months Beyond the classroom dorms and basketball court Ladwig finds time for campus activities campus worship and other peer interactions At the mid point in her Hesston Experience she is still looking for opportunities to engage the campus community Having a full plate has been rewarding yet stressful at times Each of Ladwig s responsibilities carry a natural ebb and flow that when all converge make for a seemingly unmanageable schedule Support from family friends and college staff keep her grounded Most of all her faith keeps her afloat Trusting in God is the only reason I m able to juggle being an RA basketball nursing and the rest of my college life Ladwig said He has taught me what it means to take up my cross daily and follow him to trust him with each moment and know that he is with me and within me Through the struggles of my difficult days

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