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.
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.
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.
East Carolina University’s Division of Health Sciences will host an interdisciplinary program, “Crossing Borders,” from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 in the Brody School of Medicine Auditorium.
The event will bring students and faculty from each of the health sciences disciplines – allied health sciences, dental medicine, Laupus Library, medicine and nursing – together with a focus on collaboration in education. Approximately 300 students have been invited.
They will watch the film, “Crossing Borders,” a feature documentary directed by Arnd Wächter examining different cultures, hidden preconceptions and discovering oneself.
After the film, students will divide into small discussion groups to work with facilitators from each unit.
The event is sponsored by the offices of ECU Diversity and Dr. Phyllis Horns, vice chancellor for health sciences. Dr. Donna Lake from the College of Nursing has led the event planning group.
For more on the film, go to http://crossingbordersfilm.org/
Lauren Perdue, daughter of ECU faculty member Tammy Perdue, will be competing in the 2012 Olympics in London. (Photo courtesy of the Matt Riley, University of Virginia Media Relations)
Lauren Perdue, daughter of ECU faculty member Tammy Perdue (Nursing) is swimming in the London Olympic games as one of four women on the 800 M free relay event.
She will swim Aug. 1, with hopes of making the finals scheduled for that evening. Following training, Lauren leaves for France July 21, where she will train for ten days before moving on to London for the games. Lauren is a senior at the University of Virgina.
Tammy Perdue teaches part-time in the Department of Undergraduate Nursing Science Junior Division.
The Charlottesville, Va. NCB29 news interviewed Lauren following her qualification for the Olympics. The interview is available at http://www.nbc29.com/story/18961682/lauren-perdue-looking-forward-to-london.
Students in the Multicultural Student Nurse Association enjoyed a potluck lunch. (Photo by Blair Fuller)
The Multicultural Student Nurse Association held a potluck lunch Nov. 3 in the ECU College of Nursing. More than 30 people came and more than 20 dishes were shared, said Blair Fuller, president of the MSNA.
Dishes included Cuban soup, hummus and salsa dip, buffalo chicken dip, pumpkin bread, meatballs, southwestern pinwheels, potato salad, pasta salad, chili, pigs in a blanket, pound cake and more. Many of the dishes are in the association’s first cookbook, printed in the spring as a fundraiser.
MSNA began as a small group of black nursing students in 2004 and has grown to nearly 100 nursing and pre-nursing students from many ethnic backgrounds. Everyone is welcome.
To order a cookbook, which costs $10, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Several faculty members in the ECU College of Nursing attended the 41st Biennial Sigma Theta Tau International Convention Oct. 29-Nov. 2 in Grapevine, Texas.
Elaine Scott, Pam Reis, Melissa Schwartz and Carol Winters-Moorhead participated in concurrent sessions, award ceremonies, networking, poster presentations and a faculty leadership academy for the international honor society of nursing.
Also ECU’s Beta Nu Chapter received its 10th Key Award, becoming one of only two chapters in the world to achieve the honor. The key award recognizes chapters that successfully recruit and retain members, generate publicity and programming, provide leadership development and foster international collaboration.
On Oct. 27, Beta Nu held its fall banquet at Rock Springs Center in Greenville and raised more than $3,000 for research scholarships. Guest Cynthia Clark spoke about the importance of civility.
Dr. Jana Pressler has joined the College of Nursing as associate dean for graduate programs. In this role, she will provide leadership for the M.S.N. and Ph.D. programs. Her responsibilities include planning, development, implementation and evaluation of graduate programs.
Pressler comes to ECU from the University of Oklahoma where she was most recently director of the doctor ofor nursing practice HRSA grant project. She also served as director of the Ph.D. program and assistant dean for research and evidence-based practice.
“We are excited to have Dr. Pressler join our College of Nursing,” said College of Nursing Dean Sylvia Brown.
“Her expertise in graduate education will be a valuable asset to our college as we continue to build our M.S.N. and Ph.D. programs and plan for a doctor of nursing practice program in the future,” Brown said.
Pressler’s research interest is in neonatal development and birth trauma. Her work has appeared in the “Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing,” “Clinical Nursing Research,” “Journal of Nursing Measurement,” “Journal of Obstetrical, Gynecological and Neonatal Nursing” and other publications.
She earned her Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University, postdoctoral fellowship from the University of Rochester and her pediatric nurse practitioner certificate and master of arts degree from the University of Iowa.
The East Carolina University Beta Nu chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International will receive its 10th Key Award during the organization’s 41st Biennial Convention, Oct. 29 through Nov. 2 in Grapevine, Texas.
The award is presented by the nursing honor society to recognize chapters that display evidence of successful membership recruitment and retention, publicity and programming, leadership development and international collaboration. Few chapters have receive the award as frequently as the ECU chapter.