Greetings, Roseman University friends, faculty, staff, students and alumni. The fall season has officially arrived, providing relief after what has been a long, hot summer in both Nevada and Utah. I’m sure many of you, like me, welcome cooler temperatures and the opportunity to don your favorite sweaters.
Fall is always quite busy on Roseman’s campuses. New students have settled into their programs and are working hard to learn the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful healthcare professionals. Just last week our first-year student pharmacists (P1s) received their APhA immunization certification training. Soon these students will be out in our communities helping administer vaccinations, particularly flu shots as the flu season is upon us. Administering flu shots, COVID vaccinations and other immunizations is just one of the many ways our students, through student organization initiatives and clinical rotations, benefit the public.
This month is American Pharmacists Month, and it’s important to know that administering vaccines is just one of the many roles of pharmacists, in addition to conducting health and wellness testing, managing chronic disease, and performing medication management. They are integral members of the healthcare team of professionals that keep patients and their families healthy. I’m excited for what these students will learn in the coming months and years as they work toward their future careers.
Equally important are our future nurses, and over the weekend many of our student nurses and faculty were celebrated at the Nevada Nurses Foundation’s Sixth Annual The Shining Stars of Nursing in Nevada Awards Gala. The organization’s mission is to increase equal access to quality healthcare for Nevadans by promoting the professional development of nursing through scholarship, grants and recognition. Seventeen Roseman College of Nursing student nurses were awarded the Rising Stars – Student Nurse Leaders Award. Assistant Professor Eliza Michel received the Academic Progression Award and Assistant Professor Dr. Marife Aczon-Armstrong received the Nurses on Boards Award. Dr. Aczon-Armstrong serves on the Board of Directors and Chairs the Nevada Chapter of the Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association. Congratulations to all of these outstanding Roseman University Roadrunners!
I’d like to close this month’s letter by congratulating Roseman’s Facilities Management team for the successful opening of the new Roadrunner Cafe at the Summerlin campus. Located in the Breakthrough building at One Breakthrough Way, the restaurant offers fresh, healthy cooked-to-order meals and freshly brewed hot coffee with muffins and pastries. With the cooler fall weather, the cafe’s patio is a great place to enjoy a meal. I encourage anyone visiting the Summerlin campus to give it a try. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
All the best,
Renee Coffman, BS Pharm, PhD
President and Co-Founder