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Stevenson University has announced the appointment of Jeanne Geiger-Brown, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, as Founding Dean of Stevenson’s new School of Health Professions, the University’s seventh academic school. Geiger-Brown will embark on her role as Dean and as Chief Administrator of Nursing on April 18.
Geiger-Brown has served an Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, teaching undergraduate and graduate students for the last 14 years. She has conducted extensive research in the area of occupational sleep deficiency and served as the Assistant Dean for Research for the school. She has extensive background in nursing accreditation. A graduate of Temple University, Geiger-Brown holds a B.S. in Nursing from Thomas Jefferson University, an M.S. in Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Nursing Science from the University of Maryland School of Nursing.
“Stevenson is privileged to have attracted an internationally known scholar and leader in nursing education as the Founding Dean for the new School of Health Professions,” said Paul Lack, Ph.D., Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Dr. Geiger-Brown’s background in research, teaching, clinical work, and accreditation will be an enormous asset for the growth or our School as we work to recruit more students and new faculty.”
Geiger-Brown is internationally known for her research on the adverse outcomes of occupational sleep deficiency. Her work in the area of sleep research has been used to enhance patient safety and quality of care as well as improve the health and safety of nurses. She has raised public awareness about fatigue among nurses working long shifts as well as healthcare practices and policies regarding nurse work schedules. Her research studies have resulted in the adoption of limits on the number of consecutive 12-hour shifts in some hospitals and the use of brief naps to reduce fatigue and sleepiness during the night shift.
“I am very pleased to join Stevenson University and work with the faculty as the founding Dean of the School of Health Professions,” said Geiger-Brown. “Opportunities for careers in the health professions have never been brighter, and the Stevenson faculty are highly committed to the success of each student.”
The School of Health Professions encompasses Stevenson’s nursing program as well as its rapidly growing medical laboratory science major. Both programs will take residence in Stevenson’s new Academic Center, slated to open for the fall semester in August 2016 on the University’s Owings Mills North Campus.
Stevenson University, known for its distinctive career focus, is the third-largest independent university in Maryland with more than 4,200 students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s, and adult bachelor’s programs at locations in Stevenson and Owings Mills.
Through the nursing program Stephanie has had the opportunity to work in various hospitals in the Baltimore area. “I am currently a nurse extern at Union Memorial Hospital, but I also have had clinical experiences at St. Joseph University of Maryland Medical Center, Sinai, Sheppard Pratt, and Medstar Good Samaritan Hospital,” says Stephanie.
Monica loves the format of the Medical Laboratory Science major, which includes a professional and clinical practicum at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. “Our courses teach us not only material but techniques as well. In our classes we learn an extensive amount of material, but it is always followed up in labs that same week, where we cover the lecture material again with hands-on training.” Monica feels confident that what she learns in the classroom will help her in life after graduation. “All of the lab reports, projects, and practicums I’ve completed make me feel prepared for what I will experience in the workplace.”
Andrew knew early in his college selection process that Stevenson was the place for him. “The B.S. to M.S. in forensic science is what drew me here,” says Andrew. “Before I started, the list of classes was slightly overwhelming but that same list now makes me proud to see all I have accomplished so far.” Andrew’s academic success has opened doors to further valuable experience during his time at Stevenson. “This past summer, I was one of 10 students involved in the Mayoral Fellowship program with the City of Baltimore. I was given 10 weeks to conduct research on recycling habits, and then presented my final data to the Mayor.”
As president of Stevenson University’s branch of the Biological Honor Society, a member of the Forensic Science Club, and a participant in a summer research program, Samantha makes the most of Stevenson’s opportunities to gain experience in her field. “Last summer, I participated in a research program where I worked alongside a SU professor. It involved significant lab work and field time in western New York, studying soil microbes with advanced ecological equipment.” When Samantha graduates, she’s confident she’ll be able to find a job in forensic science thanks to the B.S. to M.S. program, which allows her to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in only five years.
Involved on campus as a Resident Assistant, a member of Stevenson University’s Marching Band, and the American Chemical Society, Tyler is busy. “One skill I have learned on top of the information taught in class is time management so I can balance school, work, and activities,” he says. When asked why he enjoys his major, Tyler explains, “I plan on attending medical school after graduation. The biochemistry program has prepared me to excel on the entrance-level exam through the biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics coursework as well as the research capstone we take.”
“I chose to attend SU because of its reputation for helping students start careers after graduation,” says Samuel. “The Stevenson staff puts a lot of effort in ensuring the academic success of the students.” Samuel has personally experienced the benefits of such career-minded focus at Stevenson. “I conducted independent research about the correlation between rainfall and the amount of pollution along the Jones Falls Expressway, and I interned at Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital.” This real-world training, as well as his professors’ guidance, has prepared Samuel for medical school and a career as a physician.
When asked why she chose to attend SU, Lashea Johnson’s answer is simple: because of the theatre and media performance program. “My favorite part of my major is the ‘Acting for the Camera’ aspect. Many schools do not offer this program,” says Lashea. “My dream is to win an Academy Award, and I think that this course as well as others offered within the program will help me reach my goal.” Through the theatre and media performance major, students experience both classroom instruction and hands-on experiences by participating in both on-stage and media productions.
“My favorite part of the public history major would have to be the opportunities that my favorite professor gives us. He wants us to get out of the classroom to apply our skills and learn,” Alexandra says. In fact, she spent part of her fall semester working on projects with The Baltimore Sun and Maryland Public Radio. Alexandra also interns at Mt. Clare Museum House where she is creating a tour and lecture on a topic about the history of Baltimore. “Working outside of the classroom allows me to apply the knowledge and skills the history department at Stevenson has taught me."
Career-focus and experiential learning opportunities drew Bri to Stevenson. “I completed my first field placement at the St. Elizabeth School as a student aid for special need students. I was hesitant when I first started because I didn’t have much related previous experience, but my supervisor and the other staff members there helped me grow as a person and a professional,” says Bri. “Through the research and field placement opportunities as well as the coursework, Stevenson’s psychology program gives you the tools necessary to make you stand out from other applicants in life after graduation.”
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