Jan 202015
 

JEANMILLS

The 11th annual Jean Mills Health Symposium has been set for February 6, 2015 at the East Carolina Heart Institute. This year’s symposium theme centers around new models for empowering personal and community health and will feature keynote speaker Dr. L. Allen Dobson, the president and CEO of Community Care of NC. Along with the keynote address from Dr. Dobson, those in attendance will enjoy a panel discussion, breakout sessions, and a question and answer session with Dr. Dobson and the panelists.

This one-day symposium will feature information and sessions on:
• creating community partnerships focused on the behavioral determinants of obesity
• improving outcomes among African American women with Type 2 DM
• innovative approaches to mental health issues of minority adolescents
• community partnerships as portals to access
• improving health through community engaged dental education
• new models for empowering community and minority health

The event, named in the honor of Jean Elaine Mills, an ECU alumna who died of breast cancer in 2000, serves as a tribute to Mills and to bring awareness and solutions for health problems that plague North Carolinians particularly African-Americans and other minorities. The only minority rural health care symposium of its kind in eastern North Carolina, the event has grown each year, from 50 participants in 2004 to about 175 in 2014. The symposium is presented by the College of Allied Health Sciences in collaboration with the ECU Medical and Health Sciences Foundation.

Jean earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1977 and a master’s in public administration with a concentration in community health from ECU in 1984. She died from breast cancer in October 2000.  Jean’s brother Amos T. Mills III, hopes to keep her spirit of discovery and community outreach alive through an inspirational tribute to one of her former graduate school instructors, Dr. Donald Ensley, former chairman of the Department of Community Health. Through a $25,000 donation to the Medical Foundation Inc. of ECU, the Jean Elaine Mills Health Symposium was established.

To register to attend, visit go.ecu.edu/cb13b252. The registration fee is $20 for students and $35 for non-students before January 24 and $25 for student sand $40 for non-students after.

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Jan 122015
 
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The American Student Dental Association (ASDA) is the largest student dental organization in the country. The ECU ASDA focuses on the oral health care needs of older adults. The group is piloting a service project called Smiles for A Lifetime. The project is a multifaceted education and oral screening program dedicated to improving the lives of older adults in the Greenville service area. The students partner with nursing homes, retirement communities, senior centers, and other facilities and programs in the area. To learn more, contact Jennifer Pan, DMD Candidate 2017, at panj13@students.ecu.edu or contact Peggy Novotny, ECU School of Dental Medicine Director of External Affairs, at novotnym@ecu.edu or 252-737-7031.

 

Dec 302014
 

Pin Print-2Donors who make a pledge of $200 or more to the East Carolina University College of Nursing’s fund drive this academic year are receiving a special thank you gift in return: a print of a painting representing the college pin.

The pin, designed by the college’s first graduating class, symbolizes the values the institution holds dear. The 11” x 14” print is of an ECU purple and gold canvas painting by Greenville artist Dodi Groesser.

Gifts to the College of Nursing annual fund support student scholarships.

How to Give

Click here to give online now (choose “Alumni” or “Other” by “Giving Reason”). You can also make a check to ECU College of Nursing and send it to the address below. If you have questions, contact us at 252-744-6424 or willye14@ecu.edu.

ECU College of Nursing
4165N Health Sciences Building
Greenville, NC 27858

Dec 052014
 

Anne DickersonAs 10,000 baby boomers per day enter the over-65 age bracket, the concern for older drivers’ safety and independence is greater now than ever. Adults 65 and older make up more than 16 percent of all licensed drivers nationwide, and it’s estimated that 1 in 5 Americans will be 70 or older by 2040.

The American Occupational Therapy Association works with several other organizations to raise awareness about the safety of older drivers through their Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, held annually during the first week of December.

In conjunction with this week, the association has created a series of educational podcasts that focus on empowering older drivers and their families. Dr. Anne Dickerson, professor in ECU’s Department of Occupational Therapy, was interviewed for one of the podcasts, which deals with driving fitness evaluations – ranging from self-assessments to comprehensive driving evaluations from an occupational therapy driving rehabilitation specialist.

“Most older adults are safe to drive,” Dickerson said. “But this is all about promoting conversations.” Dickerson added that ECU is exploring ways of providing services that would facilitate older people going back to driving after recovering from heart attacks or strokes, for example.

“Just as we plan for our financial futures, we need to plan for our transportation futures as we age,” says Elin Schold Davis, project coordinator of AOTA’s Older Driver Safety Initiative. “Respecting the physical, cognitive, and sensory changes that come with age may require adjustments in driving patterns, vehicle equipment, or a skills refresher, but do not have to mean giving up the keys and living in isolation without access to transportation.”

The podcasts can be found at http://www.aota.org/Conference-Events/Older-Driver-Safety-Awareness-Week.aspx.

Nov 252014
 
Beta Nu is one of only two chapters globally to have earned 11 Chapter Key Awards.

Beta Nu is one of only two chapters globally to have earned 11 Chapter Key Awards.

Like a traditional honor society, Beta Nu chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing requires incoming members to meet certain academic and professional achievement requirements. But the organization, which celebrated its 40th anniversary with a banquet Nov. 13, does much more than recognize scholarly excellence.

The group is one of only two of Sigma Theta Tau’s 500 global chapters to have earned 11 Chapter Key Awards. Sigma Theta Tau bestows the honor on chapters that successfully recruit and retain members, generate publicity and programming, support scholarly activities, provide leadership development and foster international collaboration.

Beta Nu chapter is housed in the ECU College of Nursing and has more than 500 active members — including undergraduate students, graduate students and nurse leaders who work to advance the profession through scholarship, leadership and a variety of service projects.

“Beta Nu has been the most influential nursing organization in my career,” said College of Nursing Dean Dr. Sylvia Brown. “It allowed me to engage with nurse leaders nationally and internationally and refine my own personal leadership skills.”

Brown, a past president, said that providing leadership opportunities for career growth is one of Beta Nu’s greatest contributions. Several of the College of Nursing’s senior faculty members were founding or early members, and ECU’s Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences Dr. Phyllis Horns was a charter member.

Former President Dr. Lou Everett explained that Beta Nu consistently sends students and faculty to research and leadership academies organized through Sigma Theta Tau and its partners. Over the past 40 years, she said, members have served in numerous official capacities at regional and national levels.

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Krupa speaks as part of a panel of past presidents at Beta Nu’s 40th anniversary banquet Nov. 13.

“It was truly through Beta Nu Chapter that many of our faculty began to see the contributions that the College of Nursing made to a global society and the world at large,” said Everett, the college’s assistant to the dean for the undergraduate program. “We became mentors to other chapters in our state and continued more involvement on an international level by serving on the ballot for various positions.”

Many members routinely attend Sigma Theta Tau’s biennial convention, where they can network with 2,000 other attendees, hear plenary speakers and present their work through oral and poster presentations.

“You meet the people who write the textbooks and research articles,” past Beta Nu president and an ECU clinical assistant professor of nursing, said of the conference. “You’re kind of in awe that you’re in the presence of all these people who are so important in the profession. You bring back that enthusiasm and you share that with a few other people who get excited and want to get involved.”

Beta Nu also stands out for its record of giving back to the profession. It provides grants to support members’ research, and has given $11,000 in student scholarships since 2005. The organization also co-sponsors Collaborative Nursing Research Day, a joint venture between Beta Nu, the ECU College of Nursing, Vidant Medical Center and the Eastern Area Health Education Consortium. The event provides a venue for continuing education and gives nurses an opportunity to showcase their research and creative projects.

The community at large is another beneficiary of Beta Nu’s outreach. Scout Out Nursing Day, held biannually at the College of Nursing, has introduced more than 500 Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to the profession since its inception in 2007.

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Current Beta Nu president Roberson, left, with charter member Horns at the anniversary banquet.

Asked what Beta Nu’s future holds, President Dr. Donna Roberson said the group is working to be member focused, with a global perspective. This direction matches that of Beta Nu’s parent organization, which has 135,000 members in 85 countries. Sigma Theta Tau’s president, Hester Klopper of South Africa, has issued a call for chapters to “serve locally, transform regionally, lead globally.”

“I see us having a wider base of influence beyond our community and having an international impact,” said Roberson, an associate professor of nursing.

Existing international projects include providing nursing student scholarships and mentorship to the Faculty of Nursing Science of the Episcopal University of Haiti. Beta Nu also makes donations to a clean water initiative that has provided water filters to more than 70 families in Guatemala since 2008.

At the group’s 40th anniversary banquet, a panel of past presidents shared Beta Nu memories, including Everett, Krupa, Assistant Professor of Nursing Dr. Pam Reis, and Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing Dr. Gina Woody. Reis highlighted the many opportunities for mentorship that the organization provides.

“I was thinking about when I was inducted in 1991… I never realized I would become president, but I had such wonderful mentors,” Reis said. “You all have meant the world to me.”

Woody reflected on Beta Nu’s impact and succinctly summed up the group’s sentiments.

“I feel as if Beta Nu has provided numerous opportunities for our students as well as members and the community,” she said. “I think we should be very proud of our chapter.”