Apr 102012
 

April is National Occupational Therapy Month!

The profession of occupational therapy focuses on a person’s ability to participate in desired daily life activities or “occupations.” Aging can affect this ability, whether we continue to live in familiar surroundings or transition to new ones.

Slips, trips, and falls in and around the home are frequently the cause of injuries to older adults. In 2009, 2.2 million older adults visited the emergency room for injuries related to falls, with many of these injuries resulting in decreased independence, a need for long-term-care support, and increased risk for early death.

Occupational therapy practitioners are uniquely suited to address fall prevention with older adults. OTs work with the client and caregivers to scan the home environment for hazards and evaluate the individual for limitations that contribute to falls. Recommendations often include a combination of interventions that target improving physical abilities to safely perform daily tasks, modifying the home, and changing activity patterns and behaviors

The ECU Fall Risk Assessment Clinic is manned by a health care team that evaluates patients 60 and older for their risk of falls – all during one appointment – and give personalized recommendations to avoid falls.  For more information:  252-744-2045

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Apr 052012
 

East Carolina University College of Nursing is poised to contribute and grow in response to new health care legislation and recommendations from the Institute of Medicine’s The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health report.

To respond to the IOM key message of allowing nurses to practice to the full extent of their education, Bobby Lowery, PhD(c), MN, FNP-BC, director of the FNP/ANP concentrations, will participate in a discussion on issues and concerns regarding Advanced Practice Registered Nurses. The meeting, sponsored by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, will be in Chicago on April 25, 2012. One of the objectives is to analyze similarities and differences of nurse practitioner roles in each state. As the need for primary care increases, the door is open for nurse practitioners and other advanced practice nurses to fill these roles.

The College of Nursing’s FNP and ANP concentrations currently receive over 200 applications for 50 available seats. Ideally, part of our response to health care legislation and the Institute of Medicine report will be to increase the capacity of these curriculum options and develop other advanced practice areas of study such as the doctor of nursing practice and psyc/mental health nurse practitioner.

 

Apr 032012
 

Second Story media company in conjunction with the Institute for Emerging Issues of N.C. State University, visited with the students and faculty of the ECU School of Dental Medicine on Monday, April 2nd to discuss the Dental School’s vision for improving oral health in rural North Carolina.  The Institute for Emerging Issues interviewed several dental students and filmed them while they were working in the dental simulation lab.

North Carolina is the 10th largest state in the United States and the 5th fastest growing.  With this explosive growth comes the struggle to maintain the adequate access to health care for citizens from every walk of life.  It is estimated that by 2030, North Carolina will become the 7th largest state with a growth rate of over 50%.  The ECU School of Dental Medicine has recognized the need for improved oral health care in our rural communities, with North Carolina ranking 47th in the nation in dentists per capita. It is committed to improving oral health by graduating dentists who have a desire to practice in underserved areas and by increasing access and awareness throughout our state.  To learn more about the Dental School’s Mission please visit: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-dhs/dentistry/index.cfm