NIU clinic offering aphasia treatment group

June is National Aphasia Month. Aphasia is a communication disorder affecting over 2 million Americans. According to the National Aphasia Association, aphasia is an impairment of language, affecting the production or comprehension of speech and the ability to read or write. It is always due to brain injury. Aphasia can affect a person’s ability to…

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Corporate Catwalk Fashion Show

The Fashion Industries Organization staged a Corporate Catwalk Spring Fashion Show in April, featuring career wear for men and women.  Students selected pieces from Kohl’s, who donated the funds to produce the event. Here are some of the show’s highlights (click on the images to enlarge).

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NCLEX results rise dramatically

The gold standard metric for nursing program quality is the first-time pass rate its graduates achieve on the national licensing exam (NCLEX). NIU School of Nursing 2016 average  score was 92 percent, exceeding the national and state averages of 85 percent. School averages are released quarterly. For 2017’s first quarter, NIU’s nursing students had a 98.4…

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Nursing scholarship awards top $160,000

Thanks to the generosity of some incredible people, the School of Nursing awarded over $160,000 in student scholarships for school year 2017-2018. This represents the highest dollar amount awarded in the Nursing School history. The School of Nursing held a  recognition ceremony for students in April. To make the event even more meaningful, a number of…

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ISAPN Boot Camp returns to NIU

The NIU School of Nursing was proud sponsor of the Illinois Society for Advanced Practice  Nurses (ISAPN) Boot Camp on April 28-30. This was a regional event made available to all interested advanced practice nurses (or soon to be advanced practice nurses). Approximately 85 nurses attended the training. While this is the first time NIU…

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Message from Dean Derryl Block

So far, 2017 has been a year of change for our state and our nation. Here at the NIU College of Health and Human Sciences (CHHS) we continue to provide our students with the knowledge, skills, and professional ethics necessary for future success. Recognizing the increasing demand for strong leaders in healthcare and social services, we have added several new programs to our offerings. To…

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Nursing school grad named to lists of NIU top alumni

Every year, the NIU Alumni Association recognizes 10 alumni for their professional accomplishments. Among the 2017 alumni award recipients recognized at the Thursday, May 4, banquet was Joyce Marie Barra, Ph.D., RN, who recieved her B.S. in Nursing in 1980. Barra is an instructor at Weber State University in Utah, where she teaches nursing courses…

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Family Child Studies graduate named Outstanding Young Alumni

  Every year, the NIU Alumni Association recognizes 10 alumni for their professional accomplishments. The 2017 alumni award recipients recognized at the Thursday, May 4, banquet included Mary P. Haynes, who earned her B.S. in Family Child Studies in 2012 and her M.S.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education in 2014. After completing her master’s degree at…

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Undergrads present research on emerging adulthood

An undergraduate research team led by Scott Sibley, assistant professor of family and child studies who researches commitment in couple relationships and romantic relationship formation, has been very successful this semester. The team of 13 students presented a research project at the Illinois Council of Family Relations 2017 conference at Illinois State University in April….

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Public Health programs, students featured in IPHA

Our Ph.D. in Health Sciences is featured in this month’s Illinois Public Health Association newsletter as an academic/practice spotlight. Check it out on pages 6 and 7. And, please continue to page 8 to where Tejasvi Diccar, a Master in Public Health student is featured as the winner of a recent photo contest, as well as…

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