At a key transition point in their studies, occupational therapy students across all USAHS campuses participate in a meaningful ritual, witnessed by family and friends. The OT pinning ceremony marks the end of the classroom portion of their studies and the beginning of their fieldwork. For Residential MOT and OTD students, this happens in their fourth term, and for Flex, in the seventh term. A longstanding tradition in OT practice, the pin celebrates the diversity of practice areas, the client-centered nature of our practice and the values of our profession. “It’s an opportunity for faculty to acknowledge our students’ transition from classroom learning to clinical learning,” says Mary Zadnik, ScD, MEd, OTR/L, director of the entry-level OT programs on Read more
Dr. Ashlee Loewen has been an American Association of Nurse Practitioners board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) since 2011, and she has served a variety of clinical and academic organizations. Her work experience includes FNP practice in primary care, urgent care, internal medicine/geriatrics, home-based primary care, skilled nursing, inpatient rehabilitative medicine and community-based medicine. Dr. Loewen’s academic career includes teaching ground-based and virtual for Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs with a strong focus on enhancing the Nurse Practitioner curriculum to create meaningful learning experiences to prepare students for practice. Her research interest includes virtual classroom engagement, OSCEs, clinical and practice readiness, interdisciplinary education and community health.
Dr. Loewen continues her FNP practice at a local rehabilitation hospital and volunteers at Mission House Clinic in Jacksonville Beach, FL. She also serves on the board of directors and is the Medical Advisory Committee Chair for Mission House. Dr. Loewen is co-chair for the Healthcare Education and Training Committee of the North Florida Poly-Drug Task Force. She participates in other local, national and international charitable organizations that focus on advocacy for quality healthcare, health equity and community wellness. Dr. Loewen continues active involvement with the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing, Northeast Florida Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Dr. Loewen has been recognized as a Northeast Florida Great 100 Nurses and Jacksonville Business Journal 40 under 40 award recipient. She joined the University of St. Augustine as the Assistant Program Director of the Nursing program in August 2021.