Margaret Argentine, professor of nursing and director of the new baccalaureate nursing program at Morrisville State College, stands inside a mock room, complete with mannequin, used to teach health care techniques. | Full Story
..."I was here from 1978 to 1980 and I organized the nursing lab," said Margaret Argentine, who has been appointed professor of nursing and director of the baccalaureate program.
...Argentine, 62, has over 40 years of experience in the field of nursing and health care, nursing education and administration, and nursing research.In the past, she worked as director of nursing in home care settings and at Cazenovia College's nursing program, held staff nurse and clinical positions, taught leadership and management at Syracuse University's College of Nursing, worked at University Hospital and the colleges of nursing and medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, was a nurse at J. D. George Elementary in the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill School District, and was health occupations coordinator at Madison-Oneida BOCES.
"I was profoundly happy there," she
remembers, adding that her
time prior to that at VVS was also "really exciting."
While at the school district, she
worked on a study called "5th Grade Girls Getting Healthy."
"They were girls that have defined, not morbid obesity, but definitely had health risks," she
explained that the college took the quality improvement standard, added that to the leadership standard, and replaced it with professionalism.
"That's a really important piece, in professionalism," she
said."We focus on the individual, so we do a lot of assessments of their leadership styles, their conflict styles, and help them get to know themselves first, before they go out into the field."She
added that having the evidence-based standard helps students to become better nurses.
"There's a real national awareness that the quality of health care has been really problematic," she
said."So the whole reason of basing our teaching on evidence is designed to make that better."
Part of the new curriculum she's
helped design for the B.S. students is a service learning project, where students take the skills they learn in the classroom and lab and apply them to situations in the real world.
One such project, she
said, involved a student working to reduce the amount of surgical waste he
saw in his
"Service learning projects are a huge part of what we do so that every bachelor degree nurse from Morrisville
has the ability to do something positive for every community they're part of."
Along with the curriculum, Argentine
is working to establish a nursing honor society at the college in the hopes of it becoming a chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society
, as well as obtain accreditation for the program."The bachelor degree in nursing is absolutely the most important degree a nurse can get," she said.
Obtaining accreditation for the program - the only B.S. program at a SUNY school so far - will compliment the accreditation that the associate's program already receives.Argentine said that the program currently has 16 students, many of whom are already working in the field.She
says there are about a half dozen others who haven't finished the application process yet.