Nursing student group named ECU Outstanding Organization of the Year

Pictured from left to right are: ECANS adviser Dr. Gina Woody; members Luis Flores, Rachel L'Esperance and Jamie Williams; adviser Mark Hand; and members Leah Shannon and Corrie Hanson. (Contributed photo)

Pictured from left to right are: ECANS adviser Dr. Gina Woody; members Luis Flores, Rachel L’Esperance and Jamie Williams; adviser Mark Hand; and members Leah Shannon and Corrie Hanson. (Contributed photo)

By Elizabeth Willy
College of Nursing

The East Carolina Association of Nursing Students was honored as ECU’s Organization of the Year at the Student Activities and Organizations banquet May 4.

The group was honored for its efforts in pursuing its mission of promoting leadership and professional development for students working to become nurses.

“We are so proud of the leadership our students have demonstrated,” said College of Nursing Dean Sylvia Brown. “They exemplify excellence that is characteristic of Pirate Nurses.”

One example of the group’s leadership: It gained 129 new members over the past year, enough to bring its total head count to nearly 300 and win it grand prize in the National Student Nurses Association’s annual membership recruitment contest. The award came with an expenses-paid trip to the NSNA annual convention in April, including airfare, accommodations and registration.

“These students are ambitious,” said Dr. Gina Woody, clinical associate professor who advises ECANS with clinical assistant professor Mark Hand.

Woody explained that the growth is due to the group’s concerted expansion efforts. Organizers changed the ECANS bylaws to allow membership for pre-nursing students. It also created committees – including a pre-nursing committee – to encourage greater involvement for all members.

“This change reflected our desire to develop leadership skills for pre-nursing students before they enter nursing school, increasing the likelihood of assuming state and national leadership roles,” said ECANS president and graduating senior Rachel L’Esperance.

Also increasing the likelihood of state and national involvement were the multiple opportunities ECANS students had at those levels this year. More than 20 ECANS members attended the National Student Nurses Association Convention in April, with several of those presenting posters or being honored as awardees. In March, the organization hosted the North Carolina Association of Nursing Students Annual Convention. More than 170 students attended, and 48 of those were ECU nursing students.

But, said L’Esperance, that kind of involvement is just one of the group’s overall goals.

“Our mission for this year was to increase community outreach and participation to help nursing students better impact the community,” she said.

With its members participating in a variety of recurring volunteer opportunities, the organization met that objective. Efforts included monthly visits to the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge to prepare meals and provide donations for patients and families. ECANS members assisted with Habitat for Humanity and the local Food Bank. The group also had a presence at events such as the College of Nursing’s Pirate Nurse 5K and collaborated with other ECU health care disciplines to promote health education activities at Operation Sunshine, an afterschool program for young girls.

The volunteer efforts, together with the networking and leadership opportunities, leads to students’ professional development.

“It shows how important professional organizations are to their growth once they get out in practice,” Woody said, adding that involvement with student organizations is equally beneficial for faculty members.

“Faculty members that are involved with student organizations demonstrate servant leadership, which aligns with the university’s mission,” she said, “Beyond that, it’s a fantastic opportunity to mentor and nurture the future leaders of the nursing profession.”

For more CON news, visit www.nursing.ecu.edu and follow @ECUNursing on Twitter. For questions, contact willye14@ecu.edu.

Pirate Nurse 5K benefits scholarships, senior class gift

The second annual Pirate Nurse 5K will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 29 beginning at the East Carolina University Health Sciences Building at 2100 W. Fifth St. in Greenville.

Runners and walkers will follow a certified course on the health sciences campus. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

All proceeds will support the Linda Pynn Nurse Practitioner Scholarship and the May BSN Senior Class Gift. Registration is $10 for ECU students and $20 for the general public and is available online at http://www.runtheeast.com.

Awards will be given to the top two males and females in the following age groups: 12 and under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and over. Runners will receive a T-shirt and goody bag.

For more information or sponsorship, contact Mark Alexander at alexanderma@ecu.edu.

 

College of Nursing honors 2014 Hall of Fame inductees

Pictured from left to right are Dr. Sylvia Brown, Linda Siegrist, Barbara Pendergrass (attended in honor of her aunt, inductee Barbara Adams), Dr. Marie Pokorny, Anne Suggs (represented her mother, inductee Joanne Suggs), Michelle Brooks, Dr. Robin Webb-Corbett, Dr. Cheryl Duke, Helene Reilly and Debra Wallace. 

Pictured from left to right are Dr. Sylvia Brown, Linda Siegrist, Barbara Pendergrass (attended in honor of her aunt, inductee Barbara Adams), Dr. Marie Pokorny, Anne Suggs (represented her mother, inductee Joanne Suggs), Michelle Brooks, Dr. Robin Webb-Corbett, Dr. Cheryl Duke, Helene Reilly and Debra Wallace.

The East Carolina University College of Nursing inducted nine members to its Hall of Fame during a ceremony held at Rock Springs Center March 7. The event, which also recognized the 2014 distinguished alumna, honored outstanding contributors to nursing in the areas of education, administration, research and practice.

The Hall of Fame has raised nearly $80,000 for a merit-based student scholarship fund since its inception in 2011. Thanks to this program, the college will award its fourth Hall of Fame Scholarship this fall. This year’s recipient, senior nursing student Katherine Waters, was recognized at the event.

“The Hall of Fame is a way to acknowledge the accomplishments of exemplary leaders in the field of nursing,” said Dr. Sylvia Brown, dean of the College of Nursing. “It’s fitting that we honor them by supporting the education of some of our brightest students.”

The 2014 inductees join more than 60 Hall of Fame members representing eight states. Each new member receives a flame-shaped award that resembles the lamp illustrated on the college’s nursing pin. The lamp and its associated flame symbolize service and a vibrant life.

This year’s Hall of Fame class included the following:

  • Barbara Adams
  • Michelle Brooks
  • Dr. Robin Webb Corbett
  • Dr. Cheryl Duke
  • Carol Hallisey
  • Dr. Marie Pokorny
  • Helene Reilly
  • Linda Siegrist
  • Joanne Suggs

On a night set aside for celebrating influential nurse leaders, the college also recognized the recipient of its 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award. This year’s awardee is Dr. Debra Wallace, a Hall of Fame member from the class of 2011 and an alumna of the college’s master of science in nursing program. Wallace is the Daphine Doster Mastroianni Distinguished Professor and associate dean for research at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Nursing. She also is director of the UNC Greensboro Center for the Health of Vulnerable Populations.

To nominate a Hall of Fame member, contact Mark Alexander, major gifts officer, at alexanderma@ecu.edu or 252-744-2324. Additional information about the Hall of Fame is available at www.nursing.ecu.edu/hof_guidelines.htm.

ECU nursing professor named AANP fellow

Bobby Lowery, assistant professor and director of the East Carolina University College of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, has been selected as a 2014 fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

According to the AANP, the purpose of the fellows is to “impact national and global health by engaging recognized nurse practitioner leaders who make outstanding contributions to clinical practice, research, education or policy, enhancing the AANP mission. It is also to provide a forum to extend and enhance fellows’ efforts to mentor and to facilitate leadership development of NPs.”

Lowery will be inducted on June 19 during the AANP 29th National Conference in Nashville, Tenn.

College of Nursing staff, faculty bring cheer to senior adults

Working to create holiday decorations are, left to right, ECU student worker Ana Juerges, and College of Nursing staff members Joy Morgan and Heidi Parker. (Contributed photos)

Working to create holiday decorations are, left to right, ECU student worker Ana Juerges, and College of Nursing staff members Joy Morgan and Heidi Parker. (Contributed photos)

 

Staff and faculty members from the College of Nursing are bringing cheer to senior adults this holiday season.

More than a dozen faculty and staff decorated 13 wreaths and 26 stockings for residents at Golden Living Center in Greenville during a fall community service day on Nov. 1. They also raised funds to provide a gift card for a family in need.

The holiday decorations will be delivered Friday, Dec. 6 in time for the staff at Golden Living Center to decorate for the annual holiday open house on Dec. 8. Nursing faculty and staff plan to do another service event in the spring.

Participants at the College of Nursing community service day included, back row from left to right, Mary Graves, Traci Baer, Rachel Cherrier and Jennifer Muir; front from left to right are Nik Fishel and Kuan Chen.

Participants at the College of Nursing community service day included, back row from left to right, Mary Graves, Traci Baer, Rachel Cherrier and Jennifer Muir; front from left to right are Nik Fishel and Kuan Chen.

 

Creating holiday decorations are, eft to right, student worker Ana Juerges, staff members Joy Morgan, Shonterra Person, Lisa Ormond, and student worker Megan Ingle.

Creating holiday decorations are, left to right, student worker Ana Juerges, staff members Joy Morgan, Shonterra Person, Lisa Ormond, and student worker Megan Ingle.

 

Nursing celebrates midwifery program

By Crystal Baity
ECU News Services

Think again if the word “midwife” conjures up thoughts of home birth and hippies. In fact, 95 percent of births attended by midwives happen in a hospital system and the rest are divided about equally between birthing centers and home.ECU’s College of Nursing has been educating certified nurse-midwives for more than 20 years, graduating its first class in 1992.

ECU offers the only nurse-midwifery education program in North Carolina and one of only 39 across the United States.The college is recognizing its faculty, staff and students in celebration of National Midwifery Week Oct. 6-12.

ECU has graduated 160 students from the master’s degree concentration, and 32 are enrolled now, said Dr. Becky Bagley, director of nurse-midwifery. To practice, graduates must pass the national board exam through the American Midwifery Certification Board. ECU has had an overall pass rate of 98 percent on the exam since the program began, Bagley said.

In North Carolina, certified nurse-midwives also must obtain approval to practice from the Midwifery Joint Committee of the N.C. Board of Nursing.

More than 250 certified nurse-midwives were registered in North Carolina in November 2012, according to the state nursing board.

Across the country, more than 50 percent of certified nurse-midwives work in a physicians’ practice or list a hospital as their primary employer. They also work in public health centers, the military, birthing centers and home birth services. In 2011, the most recent data available, 12 percent of all vaginal births were attended by a certified nurse-midwife.

While known for obstetrical care, midwives also provide primary care including annual physical exams, family planning, preventive health screening, health promotion and patient education.

They are trained to provide care for newborns through their first 28 days of life. “This training allows the certified nurse midwife to empower the new parents and help prepare them for life with a new baby,” Bagley said.

Midwifery means “with woman” and certified nurse-midwives are “with women” from puberty through menopause. “The care provided by a certified nurse-midwife is one of a partnership with the woman,” Bagley said. “They are an advocate for women and families to eliminate health disparities and increase access to evidence-based, quality care.”

ECU’s program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education. For more information, visit http://www.nursing2.ecu.edu/NurseMidwifery/.

 

Nurse faculty member serves at North Carolina General Assembly

East Carolina University nurse faculty member Becky Bagley is serving as Nurse of the Day at the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh May 7.

Becky Bagley

Becky Bagley

Bagley, director of nurse-midwifery education in the ECU College of Nursing, will provide services such as taking vital signs, checking blood pressures, and dispensing over-the-counter drugs for headaches, upset stomachs, or allergies to legislators and legislative staff members.

The day is made possible by the North Carolina Nurses Association.

“I chose to serve as Nurse of the Day to broaden my horizons,” Bagley said. “I am a soon-to-be DNP graduate at Duke University and this is a great way to sit in on legislative sessions.”

Many NCNA members who previously served have said the experience has validated their choice of the nursing profession. The nurses enhance the positive image of nursing in the state of North Carolina, officials said.
 
The North Carolina Nurses Association

The North Carolina Nurses Association is the professional organization for all registered nurses in North Carolina. Through NCNA nurses become powerful advocates patients and the nursing profession. For more information visit www.ncnurses.org.

Nursing names distinguished alum, inducts hall of famers

Dr. Frances Eason, 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award winner

Dr. Frances Eason, 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award winner

Dr. Frances Eason has been named the ECU College of Nursing Distinguished Alumna for 2013.

Eason, professor of nursing, has been at the college since the 1960s, first as a student and then as a teacher. The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes alumni who have made exemplary contributions to the nursing profession.

Inductees to the 2013 class in the College of Nursing Hall of Fame also have been announced. They are Becky Bagley, Linda Bolin, Susan Brinkley, Nancy Leggett-Frazier, Kathleen Johnson, Maura McAuliffe, Frank Moore, Tommie Pratt, Sue Taylor, Gene Tranbarger, Cheryl Whitaker and Joan Wynn.

The Hall of Fame recognizes significant contributors to nursing education, administration, research and practice. The program also supports a fund that provides merit-based scholarships for nursing students.

The inductees were honored at Rock Springs Center on March 1.

The ECU College of Nursing inducted the 2013 class of the Hall of Fame on March 1.

The ECU College of Nursing inducted the 2013 class of the Hall of Fame on March 1.

ECU Nurse Anesthesia Program celebrates 10th anniversary

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the College of Nursing’s Nurse Anesthesia Program, a concentration in the master of science program. This week, Jan. 20-26, is National Nurse Anesthetists Week.

ECU’s program admits 12 students each January and the first class graduated in May 2005.  The 28-month, full-time program of study requires that students attend classes on campus. The program is a model for interdisciplinary education that includes faculty from the College of Nursing, as well as the ECU Department of Chemistry, and Brody School of Medicine’s departments of anatomy, physiology and pharmacology. The clinical education occurs mainly in Greenville at Vidant Medical Center. image001

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) students have bachelor’s degrees in nursing, are licensed as registered nurses and have at least one year of acute-care experience. Students take a core set of courses along with special anesthesia courses. They graduate with a master’s degree in nursing and are then eligible to sit for the National Certification Exam.  Since inception of the program in 2003, ECU has had a 95% graduation rate and a 92% first-time NCE pass rate (100% overall pass rate).  All 12 in the class of 2012 graduated and passed the NCE on first testing. Many graduates choose to stay and work as certified registered nurse anesthetists in eastern North Carolina, according to Maura McAuliffe, CRNA, PhD, FAAN, professor of nursing and director of the program.

According to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, a CRNA takes care of a patient’s anesthesia needs before, during and after surgery or the delivery of a baby. CRNAs provide services in conjunction with other health care professionals, such as surgeons, dentists, podiatrists and anesthesiologists, and practice in a variety of settings including hospitals, surgicenters,  and physician’s offices.

For more information on ECU’s program, visit http://www.pirateanesthesia.org.