Board of Trustees Recognizes 30 Years of Nursing Success

The Northwest State Community College Board of Trustees met in regular session on Friday, October 26, 2018, on the Archbold campus. As part of the meeting, Dr. Kathy Keister was formally introduced as the new dean of the Nursing Division. Keister succeeds Patti Altman, who will be retiring effective January 1, 2019. Keister provided the Board with an overview of the nursing programs at Northwest State, which included introductions of some faculty members, and some impressive data from registered nursing and practical nursing board exam passage rates, both of which have generally exceeded both state and national averages.

At the end of the presentation, Dr. Keister and NSCC President Dr. Michael Thomson noted the upcoming “30 Years of Associate Degree Nursing” celebration happening on November 8.

In other Board action:

  • Approved the employment contracts of Kathy Keister, dean-nursing; Anne Kindinger, assistant-data entry & testing; Jared Nofziger, associate director-financial aid; Nicole Hand, administrative assistant-community & workforce development; Deborah Hartzell, program & clinical coordinator; and Brittany Galbraith, enrollment advocate
  • Approved miscellaneous employment contracts and one resignation
  • Approved an employee benefits policy revision for graded (non-union) employees, to maintain consistency with contract employees
  • Approved a resolution to approve the 2018 Affordability and Efficiency Report. The report is for a term of five years, and the framework was originally created in 2015 by Governor Kasich’s Ohio Task Force on Affordability and Efficiency.
  • Approved a resolution to amend alternative retirement plans and assign administrative and investment duties. These are defined contribution plans under Section 401(a) and 403(b) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Community Invited to 30-Year Anniversary Celebration

The community is invited to a celebration of 30 years of the associate degree nursing program at NSCC. The event is set for Thursday, November 8, 2018, from 4:30-6 p.m in the Voinovich Auditorium. In addition to tours, guests will have the opportunity to welcome Dr. Kathy Keister, dean of nursing, and congratulate Patti Altman, former dean, on her recent retirement.

RSVP to cbaynes@NorthwestState.edu by Wednesday, Oct. 31.

The agenda for the evening includes:

4:30 p.m. Refreshments
4:45 p.m. Program Begins
5:00 p.m. Meet & Greet
5:30 p.m. Tours of the Nursing Lab

NSCC Welcomes Kathy Keister as Dean of Nursing Division

Northwest State Community College is pleased to welcome Kathy Keister as the dean of the Nursing Division. Keister will be in charge of a nationally-renowned nursing program that has experienced tremendous achievement in National Council Licensure Examination passage rates and job placement in healthcare facilities throughout northwest Ohio. Her first official day on campus was Tuesday, September 4, and it is expected that the NSCC Board of Trustees will officially confirm her appointment at the next regularly-scheduled meeting on October 26.

Kathy KeisterKeister graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1979 with a bachelor’s of science in biology and in 1982 with a bachelor’s of science in nursing. She continued her education, earning a master’s of science in nursing in 1988 from University of Illinois at Chicago and a doctorate in nursing in 2004 from Case Western Reserve University. Prior to her position at NSCC, Keister was an associate professor at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She has also held education positions at Miami University, Owens Community College, Medical College of Ohio and others.

Perhaps the most fascinating and heart-warming aspect of this story is that thirty years ago, Keister was one of two original faculty hired to implement the nursing program at Northwest Technical College, which would eventually become Northwest State. Noting that family in northwest Ohio encouraged her to apply for this position, Keister appreciated the thought of her career coming full-circle. “My long-term plan was to return to this part of the state once I retired, but that timeline sped up thanks to this opportunity,” Keister said.

Keister loves the daily challenges and opportunities in nursing education. “I love seeing the students develop from the first day they walk through the door to the last day they walk out with that diploma,” she said. Keister also noted that she has enjoyed the loving and accepting campus culture at Northwest State, from staff and students alike.

NSCC Proud: Danielle Spring

Since graduating from the registered nursing program in 1998, Danielle Spring has earned professional success and demonstrated an outstanding commitment to community service. This past spring, she was recognized for those efforts with the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award. Dani is the director of nursing education at Wood County Hospital in Bowling Green. Outside of work, she is a Sunday school teacher and Junior Lutherans advisor at her church, a 4-H advisor, and a member of the Napoleon Area Schools Academic Boosters Club, proudly supporting the high school water polo teams. Congratulations to Dani on her personal and professional achievements, including earning the prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award!

NSCC Proud: Anna Trubey

A 2008 graduate of the registered nursing program, Anna Trubey has gone on to distinguish herself in both her career and service to others. Anna is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with Parkview Physicians group, seeing patients of all ages. Outside of work, Anna shares her time and talent with those in need, volunteering in her church and serving on a medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Congratulations on being a 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award winner, Anna!

Learn more about the nursing programs available at NSCC.

Twenty-Two Complete Practical Nursing Program

Twenty-two students from Northwest State Community College’s practical nursing program celebrated completion of the program recently during a special Graduate Tea ceremony. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Exam for Practical Nursing and upon successful completion, enter directly into the workforce. After obtaining work experience, they may continue their education and pursue a degree in registered nursing.

Practical Nursing GroupThe following graduates were recognized during the ceremony:

Defiance County: Deven Froelich (Defiance), Phyllis Gaouette Bory (Defiance), Cassandra Montez (Defiance), Cory Orta (Defiance)

Fulton County: Holly Buczko (Swanton), Jennifer Connolly (Wauseon), Erin Douglass (Wauseon), Alyssa Gamboe (Fayette), Jessica Jasso (Wauseon), Brittany Mehlow (Delta), Ambrosia Rodriguez (Wauseon), Aneesa Volkman (Wauseon), Nicole Wernsing (Swanton)

Henry County: Amelia Grimaldo (Napoleon), Cameron Slee (Holgate)

Lucas County: Jasimine Broughton (Toledo)

Paulding County: Thomas West (Oakwood)

Van Wert County: Dawn Cooper (Van Wert)

Williams County: Krista Blocksom (Stryker), Alyssa Cooper (Bryan), Alexis Hugg (Stryker), Katie Irwin (Edgerton)