Bearing witness, conveying relevance: Journalism students find engaging ways to share stories of HIV/AIDS in Swaziland

By Rachel Lapp
Photos by Zac Albrecht '06

Seated on a reed mat against the wall of a concrete hut, Anna Groff's notes were sparse as she and fellow Goshen College junior Kimberlee Rohrer interviewed Phumile, a young Swazi mother.
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New book released on practical peacemaking for the global church

By Anna Groff

One person can indeed make a difference in the world – starting in their own communities.
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The secret life of microRNA

Bartel receives National Academy of Sciences Award for molecular biology discovery

By Thomas V. Bona '99

For David Bartel, his current work in the research lab is a lot like his memories of his dad's ceramics studio.
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A healing legacy

By Jodi H. Beyeler

When first-year students Stephanie Kennell (Eureka, Ill.) and Kelly Wiebe (Millersburg, Ohio) were both in second grade, they each dressed up as nurses for Halloween,
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Bursting at the seams: Nursing at GC and nationally

By Jodi H. Beyeler

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the U.S. healthcare industry will need more than 2.8 million new workers – most of them nurses – by the year 2010.
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Goshen College Board Policies
Current as of October 18, 2004

Category I: Ends Policies

1.0 Global Ends Statement:

Goshen College students integrate Christian faith, learning and service through an excellent Mennonite college education, at an institution practicing wise stewardship of resources.
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'Ends' are the beginning: Goshen College board embraces new governance model

If you don't know where you are going, how do you know when you have arrived? That question might sound most appropriate for an undergraduate philosophy class, but it is actually the heart of a process that is changing how the Goshen College Board of Directors does its work.
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'Pearl Diver' offers no easy answers amidst visual beauty and tragedy

Though pacifism stands in stark contrast to the violence in the world, when it is tested in real life, the answers are never so clear.
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The process of transformation

Interim President John D. Yordy
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 Peace & Justice Journalism
 HIV/AIDS in Swaziland

 June 2005

Bursting at the seams: Nursing at GC and nationally

By Jodi H. Beyeler

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the U.S. healthcare industry will need more than 2.8 million new workers – most of them nurses – by the year 2010. In addition there is a shortage of nurses with bachelor's of science in nursing degrees (BSN) for management and teaching.

Vicky Kirkton, director of nursing, said, "We not only need more registered nurses, but more RNs with the education to handle the complex requirements of today's health programs must emphasize leadership, patient education, case management and care across a variety of acute care settings."

Students are now lining up to get into nursing programs and are ironically being placed on waiting lists – including at Goshen. According to Kirkton, nursing programs are limited in the number of students they can teach by the low number of clinical sites available and the low number of qualified faculty available to hire. The incentives to attract nurses to clinical settings keep increasing because of the nursing shortage, so it is continually harder to attract qualified faculty to the academic setting.

The Goshen College nursing program is now serving 109 students in the regular four-year program, and an additional 40 in a program that allows RNs to earn a BSN in just 21 months (there were 10 students in 2003-04). Last year there were only 70 total in the program, and the program can only hold 40 students per class. "We haven't had this many since the 1980s," Kirkton said. "It is exciting and encouraging to me to see there are so many people interested in nursing. We have a moral and ethical responsibility to continue to infuse quality GC-type nurses into the healthcare system."

In the past year and a half, Goshen College has partnered with several local healthcare systems, including Goshen, Elkhart and Sturgis hospitals. Hospitals are addressing the need for more BSN-prepared nurses and offering incentives to retain their nurses, including paying portions of the tuition for their nurses to study to receive a BSN through Goshen College.

While the nursing program is full, it is still committed to the same values as always, including serving the community. Nursing students are required to complete 20 hours of community service during their junior and senior year of the program. This year the 21 seniors contributed 791 hours of community service, 371 hours over their course requirements. In addition, each student graduates with having completed approximately 652 hours of patient care. Adding the clinical hours to the community service hours, the 2005 graduating class gave a total of 14,483 hours during their years at GC.

"Because the healthcare system is so demanding, the challenge is to help students preserve core values in a practice setting because they can get so buried in the demands of the role," said Kirkton. "We discuss the spiritual aspects of patient care, which we see is as important as the skills and knowledge. Another important emphasis in our program is processing professional ethical issues and how a GC nurse with our core values should respond."
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