Thursday, December 18, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Reaching new heights: Nurses forge path to higher education

10 nurse school 1

Sharon Ramos-Quintos, a nurse with the California Medical Facility, presents her totem during a graduate class for nurses at Touro University in Vallejo, Wednesday. The class offers nurses a chance to become clinical nurse leaders. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)

By
From page D1 | August 10, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — Nurse Elizabeth Scott-Paulson held up the red scarf, made by a patient, and shared the story behind it.

The nurse wears red to work each day at Valley Care in Pleasanton. The color represents passion, energy, life and hope in the darkest moments, she said.

The scarf and its stitches reflect many moments and many relationships, Scott-Paulson said.

Scott-Paulson, a Fairfield resident, is one of the nurses in Touro University California’s new School of Nursing. It is the only higher education institution physically located in Solano County that offers baccalaureate and higher degrees in nursing. The university has a campus on Mare Island.

For the next 18 months, Scott-Paulson and the other nurses will further their education and learn about being a clinical nurse leader, a relatively new nursing role. Clinical nurse leaders are health care systems specialists who oversee patient care coordination, assess health risks, develop quality improvement strategies, facilitate team communication and implement evidence-based solutions.

The nurses shared symbols of what nursing meant to them at the first class meeting. Scott-Paulson, who is earning her master’s degree in nursing, showed the scarf for that reason.

“The nurse’s role is expanding with health care reform,” she said. “Nursing has evolved so much. There’s such a call for advanced degrees.”

A few weeks ago, Scott-Paulson was called in for an interview with the Joint Commission and state health officials. It was there that she learned the patient who made her the red scarf requested “the nurse in red” be her nurse.

Celeste Clark, a Sacramento resident, works with the Department of Veterans Affairs, traveling to rural areas such as Sutter Creek and Pine Grove, to care for America’s aging heroes. She often logs 130 miles a day doing home visits.

“I feel I’m just part of helping people have access to care,” she said.

Nursing is her second career. Clark worked in cosmetology prior.

“This is a huge step for me,” she said. She will also earn her master’s degree.

Janet Modrich and her husband, Michael Modrich, are both nurses and American Canyon residents. She works in hospice. He worked as a paramedic in the intensive care unit and emergency room. He’s now with Solano County Emergency Medical Services.

Michael Modrich showed his fellow students a pen that he purchased with his first paycheck after finishing nursing school.

“It tells me I have done stuff for people,” he said.

One woman showed a hand-drawn picture of a light bulb, done by her 9-year-old daughter. Light represents power and power is education, she said.

Lydia Day, of Fairfield, held up a book about the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. She was living in Manhattan at the time. While she didn’t help out at ground zero, she said the need for nurses was evident during one “of the country’s biggest tragedies.”

The range of experience varied among the students from the newly graduated to a few who have more than 30 years in the nursing field. Some of the students shared how they followed family members into the profession.

Course instructor Ann Stoltz, a Vacaville resident, is living out her mother’s dream – and loving it.

“She wanted to get married and dropped out of nursing school,” Stoltz said of her mother.

Projections demonstrate the need for more than 7,000 registered nurses in Solano County and the surrounding areas by 2018, according to figures shared by Stoltz.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or amaginnis@dailyrepublic.net. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 2 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Rolandia VSeptember 15, 2014 - 11:19 pm

    Points System-ABSN Admission Fall 2013 (Cohort 17) 50 Students Spring 2014 (Cohort 18) 50 Students Summer 2014 (Cohort 19) 50 Students Total Points Possible 52 52 52 Overall Points AVG: 27 AVG: 30 AVG: 27 1. Pre-Nursing Core GPA Average: 3.41 Average: 3.55 Average: 3.22 2. Last 60 units GPA Average: 3.37 Average: 3.6 Average: 3.24 3. TEAS Composite Score Average: 84 Average: 85.8 Average: 79 60 In California, WHEN a nursing student pursuing a BSN degree already has a Bachelor Degree AND a Master’s Degree, WHY are the LAST 60 units of GPA taken from the BA degree and NOT the Master’s? This needs to change.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • loveobamaOctober 02, 2014 - 2:47 am

    SB 1393, the nursing education bill, in California should apply to ALL colleges that are receiving federal funding or any type of grants. National University is making students who have BA/BS degrees retake classes they already took for the BA/BS degree. Expand this bill to ALL COLLEGES who get federal funds. National University gets a lot of money through GI bills....

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

Solano College trustees move back ‘home’

By Susan Winlow | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Needs of small dog give Solano man life’s mission

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A1, 5 Comments | Gallery

 
Christmas comes early for prenatal program participants

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2 | Gallery

Jury convicts teen for role in 2012 DeBartolo’s heist

By Jess Sullivan | From Page: A3, 3 Comments | Gallery

 
Police chief: Suisun crime up 3 percent in 2014

By Ian Thompson | From Page: A3, 2 Comments | Gallery

 
Council OKs $65,730 pact to advocate for Travis base

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A3

 
Fairfield pays $42,500 to settle soil suit

By Ryan McCarthy | From Page: A3

 
 
Fairfield police log: Dec. 16, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A10

Fairfield police log: Dec. 15, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A10

 
Suisun City police log: Dec. 16, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A10

Suisun City police log: Dec. 15, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A10, 1 Comment

 
.

US / World

US, Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1, 1 Comment

 
Fears fanned by hackers bring down Sony film

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
Like Iran, secret diplomacy leads to US-Cuba thaw

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

Pope played crucial role in US-Cuba rapprochement

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
US travel industry carefully eyeing Cuba tourism

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

US-Cuba thaw could benefit farmers, energy and travel firms

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
Cubans cheer historic renewal of US relations

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1, 2 Comments

Freed American endured years of declining health

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
Bay Bridge light sculpture to keep on shining

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4, 4 Comments

Study: Huge wildfire supports need for controlled burns

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
A fresh setback for efforts to cure HIV infection

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

14 charged in deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Study: Alcatraz inmates could have survived escape

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Nigerian court sentences 54 soldiers to death

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

 
Colombian rebels announce unilateral cease-fire

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6

Russians flock to stores to pre-empt price rises

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

 
Pakistan buries victims of school massacre

By The Associated Press | From Page: A6, 1 Comment

.

Opinion

 
Crime Witness Protocol 101

By Kelvin Wade | From Page: A7, 8 Comments

 
Editorial Cartoons: Dec. 18, 2014

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

 
.

Living

Today in History: Dec. 18, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Community Calendar: Dec. 18, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

Horoscopes: Dec. 18, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: A9

 
My siblings don’t want to replace abusive mother’s pacemaker

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: A9

.

Entertainment

25 movies chosen for the National Film Registry

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

 
Saving Private Ryan’ among films being preserved

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4

TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
.

Sports

For MLB, changes in Cuba will take time to sort out

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Falcons cruise by crushers in girls basketball

By Paul Farmer | From Page: B1, 1 Comment | Gallery

49ers release McDonald amid further legal trouble

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Carr faces another tough test in rookie season

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Painkillers lawsuit against NFL dismissed; may be appealed

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Garcia resigns as FIFA prosecutor

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Chattanooga women stun No. 7 Stanford 54-46

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Track coach Drummond gets 8-year doping suspension

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Warriors’ Bogut out with knee injury vs. Thunder

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
AP source: Romo close to $15M, 2-year deal with Giants

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Baseball monitoring White House Cuba decision

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
APNewsBreak: Judge rejects NCAA concussions deal

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
This date in sports history for Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

.

Business

Health care exchange sign-ups exceeding last year

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
Fed to be ‘patient’ about a rate hike; stocks soar

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

McDonald’s in Japan limits orders of fries

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

 
Amid scrutiny, Uber says it will focus more on safety

By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

.

Obituaries

Ernest “Ernie” Moretti

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Jennie Ponce Reyes

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Patricia “Pat” Anne Stringfield-Pierre

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Marian L. “Chicki” Downs

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

.

Comics

Beetle Bailey

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Frank and Ernest

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Zits

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Sally Forth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Garfield

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Peanuts

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Dilbert

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Get Fuzzy

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

For Better or Worse

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
B.C.

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Rose is Rose

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Blondie

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Pickles

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Baldo

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Baby Blues

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

 
Wizard of Id

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

Word Sleuth

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

 
Crossword

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

Cryptoquote

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

 
Sudoku

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

Bridge

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9