Saint Martin’s engages new nursing program consultant

November 3, 2010

Lacey, Washington — Saint Martin’s University recently appointed Jean Dyer, Ph.D. to head the exploration of reviving its nursing program. The program would initially be a post-licensure program where students with a registered nursing license (R.N.) or an associate degree in nursing (A.D.N.) would work towards their bachelor’s degree (B.S.N.). The University will consider the prospect of expanding the program to be a four-year bachelor’s program, and perhaps adding a master’s program, after a few years based on enrollment patterns and projections.

Dyer will be visiting Saint Martin’s from Misericordia University in Pennsylvania, where she is dean of the College of Health Sciences and oversees programs in the areas of Nursing, Medical Imaging, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy. Before joining Misercordia, she was dean of the School of Nursing at Westminster College in Utah, and before that director of the Department of Nursing and Health Services Management at the University of New England in Maine. Her accomplishments include developing and managing what was at the time the only nationally accredited R.N. to B.S.N. nursing program in Israel; implementing an R.N. to B.S.N. completion program for nontraditional registered nursing students at the University of New England; and developing a refresher course for registered nurses in New England. She also developed and produced nursing education videos, one of which was sold nationally. Dyer holds a Ph.D. from the University of Maine, an M.S.N. in Nursing Education and Community Health from Salem State College, and a B.S.N. from Adelphi University.

As part of her role as consultant, Dyer will be reaching out to the regional hospitals, including Providence St. Peter, Capital Medical Center, Providence Centralia, and Grays Harbor Community Hospital. She will also be talking to the regional community colleges with associate degree programs, including South Puget Sound Community College, Grays Harbor College, and Centralia College.

“We are very honored and pleased that Dr. Dyer will be working with us,” says Saint Martin’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Joseph Bessie, Ph.D. “Her extensive experience creating and managing successful nursing programs is just what is needed as Saint Martin’s continues to build strong programs that flow out of its mission and serve the region.”

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 22 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Everett College, Centralia College, and Tacoma Community College.

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Genevieve Canceko Chan
Director of communications & marketing
Saint Martin’s University