Eight Stritch students in the BSN Completion program are
participating in a new partnership, developed by one of Stritch’s very own.
Terry Lawrence, M.B.A. ’06, is the vice president of health
and wellness for New Perspective Senior Living. In this role, Lawrence is
responsible for the wellbeing of residents and staff at the organization’s 10 Lighthouse
senior residence communities throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, and
In 2012, Lawrence contacted Stritch’s Ruth S. Coleman
College of Nursing to propose a partnership. Both Lawrence and New Perspective
Senior Living wanted to support continuing education, and his relationship with
the University made Stritch a natural choice.
“As a Stritch alumnus, I understand and appreciate the
University’s foundation and values,” said Lawrence. “I also know the reputation
and respect that Stritch has earned in the business world.”
The partnership launched in Fall 2012 at the West Bend
Lighthouse community with eight Stritch nurses from the Population-Focused Care
course. As students in the
BSN-C program, the individuals are already
registered nurses and are able to independently perform many health care
In addition to their time spent at the West Bend Lighthouse
community, the students participate in a classroom component, taught by
assistant professor and BSN program chair April Folgert.
“This partnership really allows our students to experience a
broader perspective of health care,” said Folgert.
Typical responsibilities for Stritch’s nurses include chart
reviews, audits, and working closely with New Perspective Senior Living’s
One of the partnership’s primary objectives is to help the
students develop strong leadership skills. Lawrence works closely with the
nurses on self-assessment, as well as policy and procedure examination.
“Our students really enjoy the experience,” said Folgert.
“They appreciate having input into the program and feel valued by the
Lighthouse residents and staff.”
Lawrence responded that the feeling is mutual.
“I am truly impressed by these eight nurses,” said Lawrence.
“Their clinical competencies are exceptional, but I’m even more struck by their
energy and attitudes. The nurses are eager not only to learn about the industry
but to make lasting contributions.”
Both parties look forward to continuing the partnership and
preparing Stritch nursing students to become leaders in health care.