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Chair of Moravian’s School of Nursing travels to Toowoomba, Australia
(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)—Janet A. Sipple, RN, Ed.D., professor and chair of St. Luke’s School of Nursing at Moravian College, and dean of St. Luke’s School of Nursing at St. Luke’s Hospital, has been selected to receive the Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University of Queensland, (DUniv honoris causa), at the spring commencement exercises on September 13, 2003, in Toowoomba, Australia.
In addition to the Honorary Degree, the University Council has invited Dr. Sipple to serve for a three-year appointment, as Honorary Professor in the Faculty of Sciences, where she will continue to pursue her professional relationship with the University and the Nursing Programme.
Sipple joined the College of Southern Queensland (USQ) as their international colleague in the pursuit of excellence in nursing education, as it was emerging into the Australian higher education system. Major efforts were to design a new nursing program and to bring the discipline of NURSING into the University’s educational program. Curriculum development, hiring faculty, training the clinical nursing faculty and collaborating with other science disciplines were some of the challenges to be solved.
It was a particular challenge to convince local and professional health care communities of the wisdom of university nursing education. The benchmark success for this collaborative initiative was the enrollment of the first class of 200+ students for the Nursing Programme at USQ.
When Sipple returns to Toowoomba for the commencement ceremony she plans to work with the nursing unit relative to professional issues, nursing education/practice/ research, and faculty/student dialog in small groups. Sipple intends also to meet with 4 USQ students that Moravian College and St. Luke’s Hospital will once again host in November 2003. Moravian College and USQ have an international student agreement for student exchange. . In 2001, four nursing students from Australia spent the fall semester at Moravian and St. Luke’s Hospital. In May 2002, four members of the charter class of the School of Nursing learned about clinical practice in Australia during a month long study trip. This summer, Jennifer Oakley ’05, Carbondale, went to Australia to compare nursing methods using a qualitative study she developed. Four more students are slated to come to Moravian for the 2003 Fall term.