Faculty & Staff Newsletter

November 18, 2019


HLC is here today and tomorrow for our reaffirmation of accreditation site visit, please participate as much as your schedules allow. This is a great opportunity to tell our story!

Will be visiting our campus on January 15-17 to assess progress of our developing Master of Physician Assistant Studies program.
Will be reviewing our proposed RN to MSN program in the coming weeks.

Searches for Religious Studies and Psychology positions will be bringing finalists to bring to campus in the coming weeks.

The program received official notification that the progress report was approved by the CAHIIM Board of Directors. Continuing Accreditation Status was awarded.

Radiologic Technology Week was last week. November 8, 1895 (124 years ago), Wilhelm Roentgen discovered x-rays.
Dana Eskins presented this past Tuesday at the JRCERT 50th Anniversary Celebration in Chicago.

Ms. Alyssa Mewha started as the developing MPAS Clinical Coordinator in October.
Search for a principal faculty member is ongoing.
Clinical Site recruitment/Clinical Affiliation Agreements (CAA) are in progress.

Michelle Pollauf, MSN, RN will begin as a nursing faculty member in November.

The BSN faculty continue to work with consultant, Dr. Bronwyn Doyle. They are currently working on revisions to the BSN curriculum for spring 2020.

Sigma Theta Tau Induction
Twenty-five students (23 BSN-P; 1 BSN-C; and 1 MSN) were inducted into Sigma Theta Tau on November 13, 2019.
BSN-P student Chelsea Rupp received the Leadership Award
BSN-P student Morgan Shank received the Clinical Practice award for undergraduate students.

MSN Capstone II Presentations are scheduled for November 11, 2019 from 1-2 p.m.

Professional Activities
Jennifer Keiser received designation from the National League for Nursing as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE).

Janice Servick presented “Patient Opioid Education Initiative with SBIRT Follow-up in the Orthopedic Setting” at the Sigma Theta Tau, Zeta Theta at Large Evidence Based Practice Conference, Toledo, Ohio on October 7, 2019.

BSMH Nursing Committees
Dr. Sprunk now serves on the Nursing Excellence Committee for the Toledo region.
Two nursing faculty members will serve on the following nursing action groups for the region:
• Thomas Voyles will serve on the Professional Practice action group
• Jennifer Barber will serve on the Innovation/Evidence-Based practice action group

Designated Nursing Education Units
Dr. Sprunk will be working with nursing colleagues from Mercy Health - St. Vincent Medical Center, Mercy Health - St Anne Hospital, and Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Medical Center to develop designated education units (DEU). The purpose of the DEU is to enhance the learning opportunities for nursing students by creating a culture of learning within the clinical facility and empower clinical nurses to have a growth opportunity in their nursing career.

IPE Disaster Day included participation from nursing students, EMT students, paramedic students and emergency medicine residents on Tuesday, November 12 from 0900-1730.

Blessings and Many Thanks,


Mercy Café Menu

Submitted by Steve Joyce

Mercy Café Menu

Closing Policy

Submitted by Lori Edgeworth

As we approach the winter season, which seems to be coming early this year, the Executive team wanted to remind everyone of the Closing policy for the College. The policy can be found here.

This policy establishes the procedures for closing the college due to weather or other conditions. The 2nd page of the policy explains how students are notified in the case of delays, cancellations of classes, and closure. Please note that information pertaining to the cancellation of classes can also be found in the Program Handbooks.

Please take a moment to become familiar with this policy and process.

Thank you - The Mercy College Executive Team

Strategic Enrollment Committee Survey

Submitted by Lori Edgeworth

Please take a moment to complete the brief survey that the Strategic Enrollment Committee has developed if you have not already done so. This survey will allow us to understand why faculty and staff choose Mercy College to work, why they stay, and what they would say to someone about the College. The information gathered will be reviewed by the Strategic Enrollment Committee as we develop the Strategic Enrollment Plan for the College. Thank you for your time and willingness to respond!

Professional Nursing Students' Health Teaching Presentations

Submitted by Jennifer Keiser

Mercy College nursing students in Professional Nursing I invite you to their Health Teaching presentations on Friday, November 22. Please visit us in room 2630M anytime between 8:15 to 9:45 a.m. to see their displays on Health Teaching topics. Professional Nursing Students' Health Teaching Presentations Fall 2019

Mood Screening Events

Submitted by Suzanne Hall

To increase awareness of depression and other mental health concerns, Counseling and Wellness Services is encouraging students to complete a FREE mood screening this month.

Toledo campus will be holding free mood screening events on Monday, November 18, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesday, November 20, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and Thursday, November 21, 3:30-5:30 p.m. There will also be resources on managing holiday stress, grief and exam anxiety, as well as a chance to win prizes. For more information, contact Suzanne Hall at 419-251-1454 or

Youngstown students can find copies of the mood screening on the board in the hallway outside of the Counseling and Wellness Center/Ann Bair’s office or may contact Ann Bair at 330-480-2874 or to complete the screening and have it scored.

Online students are encouraged to complete a free online screening found on the Counseling and Wellness Services webpage under the mental health screening link.

Items Sent to Students via Inside Mercy College

Mercy Café Menu - see above
Mood Screening Events - see above
Strategic Enrollment Committee Survey - see above
Professional Nursing Students' Health Teaching Presentations - see above

Open Student Meeting - Make Your Voice Heard! Tuesday, November 19
submitted by Kirstin Berlan

You are invited to attend an Open Meeting exclusively for Mercy College students with site visitors from the Higher Learning Commission. The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is Mercy College’s institutional regional accreditor and this visit is part of the Comprehensive Site Review that is occurring Monday, November 18 and Tuesday, November 19.

Come and make your voice heard and tell your story why you chose Mercy College on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 11:00-11:30 a.m. in the Jefferson 6th Floor Mercy Board Room. If you are unable to make it in person, please attend via phone.

Dial In: 1-513-631-7840
Conf ID: 271683#
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