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University of Portland named nation’s “Best Nursing School for Men” by American Assembly for Men in Nursing
Xavier Champagne, a senior nursing student from Tualatin, was chosen to represent the University in
“We are very proud that our efforts have yielded a 75 percent increase in the number of men enrolled in the School of Nursing over the past five years, and an 88 percent increase in the number of men graduating from the School of Nursing since 2003,” said nursing professor Chad O’Lynn. “These increases come at a time when male enrollment and graduation from baccalaureate programs nationwide have remained relatively flat over the same time period.”
O’Lynn praised the past efforts of the late Terry Misener, who passed away last year during his ninth year as the University’s dean of the nursing. Misener, according to O’Lynn, was instrumental in establishing an environment conducive to the recruitment and retention of male nursing students, the scholarship of men in nursing, and leadership and innovation of nursing education excellence.
Joanne Rains Warner, the current dean of nursing, said that the University will begin awarding grants this year from the
The University also is pursuing grants for innovative strategies to attract and support men through nursing school and transition into professional practice. In addition, the
“Our commitment is sustained and ongoing,” she said.
The AAMN is a national organization designed to provide a framework for nurses as a group to meet, discuss, and influence factors which affect men as nurses.
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