Summer 2020

The Nursing News

Summer 2020

From the Associate Dean

Mary Lynn Davis-Ajami, PhD, MBA, MS, FNP-C, RN


When you last received The Nursing News in December, who imagined what 2020 would bring for all of us? Now, just eight months later, we find ourselves in the midst of a global pandemic with pervasive national impacts that profoundly affect our school and university.  

Sadly, disturbing recent loss of life has also aroused protests in the streets with renewed emphasis that Black Lives Matter and that all life is precious. These events call on all of us – as an institution and as individuals – to come to grips with the historic and pervasive racial inequities that have plagued our nation for too long.

In this edition of The Nursing News, we’ll document the extraordinary efforts by our faculty and staff – over an extremely intense two-week period – to transition our classes to virtual environments that would be safe for our students. We share stories about our alumni who are on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19. Reaffirm our commitment to diversity among our faculty, in our student body, and in the programs we offer. Look back on the historic graduation ceremonies for our first-ever class of accelerated 2nd degree students and our traditional BSN students. And mourn the passing of a beloved first-year nursing student.

What the fall will bring is still unknown. During this historic and critical time, I will keep you posted on developments at our school through emailed updates, and in the next edition of The Nursing News

Until then, stay well, and stay safe. As always, thank you for being a part of our extended IUSON Bloomington family. I look forward to the day when we can all be together again.


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Our commitment to diversity

We renew our dedication to building a school free from stereotypes and limits.

Read about our diversity initiatives
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Creativity, resilience, patience, and persistence were the orders of the day as we met the challenges posed by COVID-19.

Read about how we met our school's challenges
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On the front lines

Navigating a sea of COVID-19-related changes, these IUSON BL grads embodied the true spirit of being an IU nurse.

IU Nurses respond to Covid's challenges
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Helping hands

Acts of kindness, both large and small, distinguished our response in helping the Bloomington community fight COVID-19.

Helping our community
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Remembering Caitlyn Logan

We look back at the life of an outstanding first-year student who left us too soon.

Read about Caitlyn Logan
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Congrats, Class of 2020!

No event better symbolizes the "can-do" spirit at the heart of IUSON BL than our May virtual graduation ceremony!

Saluting our May 2020 graduates
Jamie Titzer

Faculty profile: Jamie Titzer

Meet the talented faculty who guided our seniors through their Capstone clinicals during an unprecedented semester.

Read about Jamie Titzer
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I am an IU nurse

This accelerated 2nd degree student excels in our program while juggling being a wife, mom, and business owner.

Read about Renata Hendrickson
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Making History: Class of 2019

IUSON BL graduates the first-ever cohort from our accelerated 2nd degree program.

Read about our accelerated 2nd degree grads
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Making a difference: The Kate Pedigo Scholarship

An uncle honors the accomplishments of his high-flying niece and RN-to-BSN grad!

Read about the Kate Pedigo Scholarship
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Student corner

We host the IANS conference, join Nurse Blake for a night on the town, and "Go Red" to prevent heart disease.

Read about our students
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Faculty news

We salute our faculty's latest round of publications, grants, appointments, and awards.

Read about our faculty