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New Chair Eager to Grow Nursing Department

Washington Adventist University (WAU) has appointed Emily Mize, RN, Ph.D., to serve as chair of the department of nursing. The Edyth T. James Department of Nursing is part of the University’s School of Health Professions, Science and Wellness.

“The department is at a point of transitioning from a college program to a university program. I am excited about this opportunity to give back to the Seventh-day Adventist Church and to nursing education,” Mize said. “I am passionate about teaching and mentoring both students and faculty.” 

Mize is excited by the prospect of growing the Nursing Department along the guidelines of the Institute of Medicine which recommends 80 percent of all nurses have their bachelor of science in nursing by 2020.

“Our opportunity is to help meet this need by continuing to provide quality education with several methods of delivery to meet today’s diverse adult learner,” she said. “The challenge is to quickly learn about the unique culture that has ensured WAU’s success, and to use those strengths to build for the future.”

Mize comes to WAU with more than 30 years of experience in health care leadership and nursing education. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Walla Walla College, a Master of Nursing from the University of Washington and a Ph.D. in nursing from Oregon Health and Science University. Additionally, she is a certified community health clinical nurse specialist and also has certifications from the Emergency Nurses Association.

She has worked at Pacific Lutheran University and Clover Park Technical College.

“I bring valuable experience in areas of administration, community health, leadership, health assessment and research at another faith-based university,” she said. “I am a systems thinker with the ability to see the big picture and translate this into increments that are logical and implementable.”