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M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Awards $350,000 Grant to Warner Pacific University Nursing Program (Photo) - 03/14/19

Warner Pacific University’s Nursing Program received a $350,000 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust to furnish the University’s new simulation-based learning labs.

The purpose of the learning labs is to simulate complex and nuanced health care scenarios using state of the art equipment in a way that allows students to practice realistic patient care in a controlled environment. In pre-licensure nursing programs, simulated learning can substitute for up to 50 percent of traditional clinical experience.

“High fidelity simulation decreases the fears many new nursing students have of failing with live patients,” said Dr. Linda Campbell, dean of nursing at Warner Pacific University. “Recent studies show that removing that fear barrier enhances critical thinking and may actually elevate student self-confidence and competence, which improves their performance in patient-involved clinical settings.”

Warner Pacific received this grant, in part, due to the University’s success in serving students from diverse backgrounds. Warner Pacific has emerged as an institution uniquely dedicated to providing leadership skills and education to students from historically marginalized or underserved population groups. Currently, 63 percent of the University’s student body, and 35 percent of faculty identify as people of color.

Diversity among health care providers can lead to higher patient satisfaction and improved communication. The ability of nursing staff to offer culturally responsive care to their patients significantly affects the quality of the healthcare services they are able to provide.

“Exceptional, diverse nurses and nurse leaders are essential to sustaining healthy communities, families, individuals, and the systems that support them,” said Warner Pacific University President, Dr. Andrea P. Cook. “With the support of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Warner Pacific Nursing is positioned to improve health outcomes in Portland and beyond. We are grateful for their confidence in us and our mission.”

 

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About Warner Pacific University

Founded in 1937, Warner Pacific University is Oregon’s most diverse four-year institution. Offering associate, bachelor, and master degrees, Warner Pacific University empowers students through personalized attention, relational support, and career-focused liberal arts education. Degrees are available in the traditional undergraduate format, as well as one night a week, and online. In 2018, Warner Pacific announced tuition reductions for all undergraduate degrees as part of its mission to provide equitable access to higher education for every student. Warner Pacific was recently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the #1 Most Ethnically Diverse Campus in the West, as a Best College in the West (10), and a Best Value School (8). Warner Pacific is the only four-year college or university in Oregon to be named a Hispanic-Serving Institution by the Department of Education. Warner Pacific and all of the degree programs offered are accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Learn more about Warner Pacific University at www.warnerpacific.edu.

 

About M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, created by the will of the late Melvin J. (Jack) Murdock, provides grants to nonprofit organizations in five states of the Pacific Northwest—Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington—that seek to strengthen the region’s educational, social, spiritual, and cultural base in creative and sustainable ways. Learn more at www.murdocktrust.org.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Sides of Short Term Mission Trips Explored in Faculty Lecture Series (Photo) - 02/19/19

The Warner Pacific University Library invites the public to the final presentation in the 2018-2019 Faculty Lecture Series.

The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Way Forward About Short Term Mission Trips
Presented by Dr. Courage Mudzongo
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 7:00 pm

Egtvedt Hall, Room 203 at Warner Pacific University, 2219 SE 68th Avenue, Portland
This event is free and open to the public; a panel discussion will follow the lecture.

The Short Term Mission (STM) market is booming, with an estimated 1.5 million people investing billions of dollars in STM trips each year. Previous research shows mixed findings on the impact of STMs on the lives of participating missionaries and the communities they serve. Dr. Courage Mudzongo, Assistant Professor of Psychology, will share his research and explore scenarios that could lead to win-win outcomes for missionaries, researchers, and host communities.

Understanding Impact of Short Term Missions

The sheer magnitude of the financial and time investment in STMs suggests a need to acknowledge the full scope of the missionary movement. Mudzongo will share findings from his research, exploring the impact of STMs on the lives of missionaries from an Upper-Midwest-based church and whether the STMs maintained prescribed best practices.

While it is common to hear stories of spiritual growth and relationship building when discussing STMs, they are not without controversy. Some question the motives of those who go on these trips, suggesting they may be harmful to the receiving community. Others question why missionaries do not utilize these resources to help the poor in their own home countries.

Mudzongo uses qualitative interviews to pull learnings from STM participants who traveled to Nicaragua. Other examples are drawn from STMs done in Honduras and Japan. The lecture explores the extent to which churches and missionaries adhere to best practices and discusses scenarios that help improve global STMs. In light of the mounting evidence that many STM trips are causing harm, Mudzongo will seek to find a way forward.

Dr. Courage Mudzongo

Dr. Courage Mudzongo’s doctoral training emphasized a lifespan approach to human development, preparing him to participate in curriculum development and design, as well as teach a variety of courses related to human development.

Dr. Mudzongo’s approach is to empower students to share and articulate their thoughts and ideas. His philosophy is to teach students to master the art of learning and develop the confidence to ask and discuss questions about human development across the lifespan.

As a native Zimbabwean, Mudzongo’s cultural heritage and international experiences add a unique touch to his teaching and research. Such experiences include working as a Youth Development and AIDS Prevention Consultant for UNICEF and serving as a Youth Advocate for the Hospice Association of Zimbabwe.

Learn more about Dr. Mudzongo’s work by visiting CourageMudzongo.weebly.com

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About Warner Pacific University

Founded in 1937, Warner Pacific University is Oregon’s most diverse four-year institution. Offering associate, bachelor, and master degrees, Warner Pacific University empowers students through personalized attention, relational support, and career-focused liberal arts education. Degrees are available in the traditional undergraduate format, as well as one night a week, and online. Earlier this year, Warner Pacific announced tuition reductions for all undergraduate degrees as part of its mission to provide equitable access to higher education for every student. Warner Pacific was recently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the #1 Most Ethnically Diverse Campus in the West, as a Best College in the West (10), and a Best Value School (8). Warner Pacific is the only university in Oregon to be named a Hispanic-Serving Institution by the Department of Education. Learn more about Warner Pacific University at warnerpacific.edu.