Stolfer takes over as new nursing dept. chair

For the first time in well over a decade, Waynesburg University’s Nursing Department entered a semester without Dr. Nancy Mosser as its chairperson.

After spending 31 years at Waynesburg and 15 as Department Chair and Director of the Nursing Department, Mosser retired at the end of the 2017 Fall semester. Dr. Kathy Stolfer, who has been with the university since 2000, is taking over the position on an interim basis.

Stolfer, also an associate professor of nursing, accepted the interim position in November. Stolfer has extensive experience in nursing.

She is a certified nurse educator (CNE), and had a clinical practice until this past December.

For Stolfer, continuing to build upon the heights that the Nursing Program reached under Mosser will depend on
everybody involved with the program working with one another.

“The position of the department I think is very strong,” Stolfer said. “We are trying to go forward with just the mindset that we’re all a very strong team. The success of the program is contingent on every one of us. [No one person] is responsible for the successes of
the program.”

The nursing department has achieved several accolades in the past year alone.

Nursing Schools Almanac ranked it in the top 50 nationwide in 2016.

The program was placed in the top five percent regarding value nationwide, and it was announced last week that RegisteredNursing.com has rated it as the second-best nursing school in Pennsylvania for the second year in a row, with the program scoring 97.97 out of a possible 100.

Additionally, the university’s Register Nurse to Bachelor School of Nursing (RN-BSN) program, which consists of nurses already in practice, was ranked 18th out of the top 50 in a list published by RNtoBSNOnlineProgram.com.

Stolfer trusts the faculty, which consists of 11 full-time members along with herself that surrounds her as department chair.

Her objective as the leader of the Nursing Department is to keep up the standard that it set during Mosser’s time with the university.

“The facility is incredibly responsible,” Stolfer said. “I am here to help direct and lead the department, but people are actively engaged. We’re participating together, and I think those are good things. My goal is to maintain standards and go forward. Just to continue doing the good work and continue to keep us up there.”

Stolfer sees the change as “a new beginning,” and said that a celebration was held at the beginning of the Spring semester to show appreciation for the faculty.

“The nursing family works really hard,” Stolfer said. “We maintain high standards, we have an excellent reputation for excellent pass rates, and my focus is just to continue the support.”

There will be some adjustment, including improvements to the Simulation Lab – which includes details unknown at the moment. Stolfer doesn’t yet have the details of.

For Stolfer, the most critical aspect of the transition is to continue doing the things that have made the Nursing Program nationally prominent.

“The biggest thing is, I don’t that we’re going to be doing things extremely any different,” Stolfer said. “We just want to continue to make the program successful.”