ECU Celebrates Men in Nursing

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Sep 282012

East Carolina University College of Nursing celebrated men in nursing at the fall Unity Day event held on Thursday, September 27, 2012. The biannual celebration highlights diversity in the College of Nursing.

Minority Nurse reports that 168,181 Registered Nurses are men, or 5.8% of the total nursing population.  In contrast to this statistic, men make up 9.35% of the student body at East Carolina University College of Nursing.

One of the first things nursing alumni notice when they visit the college is the diversity change from decades before. There are noticeably more men in our building. Just a few years ago, it was normal to have 3 or 4 men in a BSN class of 130 students. Today, there are 15 or more men in each BSN class. This semester, the president of the senior class is a male, and the MSN and PhD programs also have strong male representation. The leadership potential of our male students is recognized by the student body as a whole.

The keynote speaker of Unity Day was Dr. Gene Tranbarger, College of Nursing faculty emeriti. Dr. Tranbarger is a national leader in the American Assembly of Men in Nursing (AAMN) and he was key in establishing the ECU chapter of this organization. In fact, the AAMN recognized the College of Nursing as the Best Nursing School/College for Men in Nursing in 2004, the first year the award was given.

ECU is proud of the student diversity in the College of Nursing!

Sylvia T. Brown, EdD, RN, CNE
Dean and Professor, College of Nursing





Evidence-based medicine: To Go

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Sep 212012

Digital technology has changed the way we do just about everything. From ordering dinner to planning a road trip, virtually anything can be accomplished remotely – even accessing the library.

Laupus Library continues embracing new technologies that bring cutting-edge educational resources to Health Sciences students and faculty members.

The latest new Laupus-sponsored resource is the Journal of the American Medical Association’s evidence-based medicine (EBM) JAMAevidence tool, which educates users by integrating the best available evidence with clinical experience. JAMAevidence harnesses EBM to walk users through the decision-making process one might face as a clinician.

Teaching according to evidence-based medicine means students are learning the most stringently researched clinical practices. This means North Carolina’s future physicians will be better prepared to assess and treat patients with what’s proven to work.

This tool is also portable and smart-phone friendly. That’s what makes this exciting new resource different from many other online-accessible databases: it’s more than just an information pool. It’s a classroom – to-go. A portion of the site’s features like Quick Reference guides are optimized for the unique size and speed constraints of mobile browsers.

We hope JAMAevidence mobile will be a valued new resource for our learning community, and look forward to providing even more ways to bring library resources to our on-the-go students and faculty.

To tour the full JAMAevidence site or set up a profile, visit:

–Dr. Dorothy A. Spencer
Director for Laupus Library

Conversations for Creating the Future: The Brody School of Medicine and Eastern North Carolina

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Sep 182012

Conversations for Creating the Future: The Brody School of Medicine and Eastern North Carolina

We are asking some big questions right now at the Brody School of Medicine.  What is the future of our institution?  How can we better serve our community?  How can the synergy between eastern North Carolina and the Brody School of Medicine be enhanced?  What challenges will we face?  How can we overcome them?

We will begin to search for answers to these important questions at an upcoming event: Conversations for Creating the Future: The Brody School of Medicine and Eastern North Carolina. The conference will take place Sept. 27-28 in New Bern.

At Conversations for Creating the Future, about 175 participants will spend two days sharing, learning and collaborating (through conversations, not presentations) in support of our goal of continuously adapting our efforts to fulfill our mission.  Our objectives for the meeting include a better understanding of the unique needs we all have, an awareness of the assets available to us and the initiation of partnerships that will enable us to creatively work together for better health in eastern North Carolina.

The Brody VIA, “Vision, Innovation, and Achievement” a group of about 30 young BSOM faculty, staff and students, will be hosting the event.  Some of the other participants will be BSOM faculty and staff, but the majority will be community leaders, health care practitioners, local officials, patient advocates, and other folks from eastern North Carolina.   Together, we will create a foundation on which clinical, educational, research and service partnerships with our community can be built.  We hope to carry away invigorating ideas to guide the development of our school and bring them back to discuss with the entire BSOM community.


Happy Birthday to CAHS!

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Sep 142012

This year, the College of Allied Health Sciences will celebrate its 45th year as a college. 

Since we moved into our new building in May 2006, we have experienced record growth in student enrollment, new certificate programs, the award of a multimillion dollar grant from the Department of Defense called Operation Reentry North Carolina that conducts clinical research to improve rehabilitation and reentry of Wounded Warriors, and new NIH grants. 

The Department of Rehabilitation Studies officially changed its name to the Department of Additions and Rehabilitation Studies, and the Department of Health Services and Information Management will accept students into its new Master of Science degree in health informatics and information management in the fall 2013.

Two new department chairs have been hired:  Dr. Alan Gindoff, formerly at the University of Florida is the new chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies; Dr. Paul Toriello, formerly Ph.D. program in director in the Department of Additions and Rehabilitation Studies became its new chair after a national search. 

New faculty have joined our ranks in the departments of Clinical Laboratory Science, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant Studies, with additional searches in progress.

The quality of our students continues to increase and I am not sure I would be competitive as an allied health applicant today.  In fact, the demand for our graduate programs has reached an all time high with the Graduate School reporting that CAHS had the largest number of applicants to ECU for the 2012 fall semester.

The last few years have been challenging for CAHS with several years of deep budget cuts, loss of faculty, increased workloads and no salary raises for four years past.  In spite of these setbacks, the College has remained the largest allied health program in the state with the most students, the most degree programs and the most departments.  The quality, dedication and productivity of our faculty and staff is impressive, making them the finest I have had the pleasure and privilege of working with in my role as dean.

I thank each and every alumnus and friend of the College of Allied Health Sciences for your financial and personal support and hope you will remain our committed advocates for years to come.  You are always welcome here as a friend and colleague.

Dr. Stephen W. Thomas, Dean
College of Allied Health Sciences

Nurse-midwifery grant uses virtual clinic to prepare healthcare providers

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Sep 112012

Students in nurse-midwifery, medicine and other health-related disciplines at East Carolina University will team up in a virtual clinic to improve women’s health through a $1.098 million federal grant awarded to the College of Nursing.

The three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration is the largest in the College of Nursing’s history. Dr. Pamela Reis, assistant professor of nurse-midwifery education in the College of Nursing, will lead the project.

The project aims to improve primary care of women by using a web-based virtual clinic, a format similar to the popular Second Life virtual world. In the virtual clinic, students maneuver through an online clinic to care for pretend patients. The virtual clinic exposes students to a variety of conditions and diagnoses that they might not see in a real clinical setting during their education.  Much like a simulation laboratory, this model helps students learn to make treatment decisions in a safe environment. The project addresses our goals to use technology to enhance education.

One of the interesting features of the grant is a Mini Business Institute to teach business skills that students need to build a successful medical practice. The institute, a joint effort between the ECU College of Nursing and College of Business since 2005, will be offered for the first time to ECU obstetrics/gynecology and family medicine resident physicians, and interested students and faculty in the health sciences division.

Healthcare depends on teamwork and collaboration between care providers. This grant brings nurses, doctors and other health team members together. This combination is a win-win for patients.

Sylvia T. Brown, EdD, RN, CNE
Dean and Professor
East Carolina University College of Nursing