May 122015
 

Laupus received an Express Outreach Project Award to augment consumer health classes.  The award of $6,000 will be used to fund ten iPads and Otter Box iPad Defenders for “Healthier U @ your Library” and “Healthier U @ your Hospital” consumer health presentations.

Consumer Health Classes serve to educate the public, senior citizens, nurses and nurse educators and other health care professionals about finding good consumer health information on the Internet. Classes offered at public libraries and hospitals sometimes have a shortage of technology. With the iPads, users will be able to link to local Wi-Fi connections for Internet access to resources right in the hands of the consumers who need it most. With the benefit of mobile technology, users will also be able to view the pre-loaded presentation, find answers to questions they may have or even research health care information for a family member.

Eastern North Carolina has some of the highest incidences of obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease in the US.  There are also a myriad of underserved populations in our area including seniors, minorities, and caregivers. The award will help Laupus Library assist the public with finding the best information on the Internet that can make a difference in their daily lives.

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the University of Maryland Baltimore.

 

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Allied Health scholarship honors wife of ECU trustee

 College of Allied Health Sciences  Comments Off on Allied Health scholarship honors wife of ECU trustee
May 082015
 
Kieran J. Shanahan and Christina Alvarado

Kieran J. Shanahan and Christina Alvarado

A member of East Carolina University’s Board of Trustees has established a scholarship that will aid students in the College of Allied Health Sciences’ Department of Health Services and Information Management.

Kieran J. Shanahan ’79 wanted to honor his wife and U.S. Navy Reservist Rear Admiral Christina “Tina” Alvarado in a way that would support his alma mater. So he enlisted the help of Pat Frede, ECU’s gift officer for allied health, to establish the Rear Admiral Christina M. Alvarado Scholarship.

It is available to students in the Health Services Management program within the Health Services and Information Management. Though Alvarado’s background is in nursing, she is primarily an administrator of programs. So the scholarship was a good fit.

Also a Navy Reservist herself, Frede had asked Alvarado to be her re-enlisting officer – a ceremony they intended to conduct via live video chat. Instead, Frede and Shanahan surprised Alvarado by introducing her during that call to the very first recipients of her scholarship, Shelly White and Brittany Linkous, who explained how the scholarship will help them achieve their academic and career goals.

Shanahan, of Raleigh, is the founder of the Shanahan Law Group. He was appointed to the ECU Board of Trustees by the UNC Board of Governors in 2011.

Alvarado began her Navy Reserve career as a direct commissioned officer and attended school at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida. She was called to active duty from 1990 to 1991 in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. In January 2002, she again served in support of Operations Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom.

Additionally, in the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Alvarado joined a medical team that operated a clinic in a remote part of the island outside of Port Au Prince, providing medical care and treatment.

Anyone interested in supporting student success, research or regional transformation at the College of Allied Health Sciences can contact Pat Frede at 252-744-3523 or fredep@ecu.edu.

ECU rolls out first interprofessional virtual patient case

 Brody School of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Dental Medicine  Comments Off on ECU rolls out first interprofessional virtual patient case
Apr 282015
 

Nursing professor Dr. Pamela Reis, left, and nurse-midwifery student Farrah Forney review information about a virtual patient online. The virtual patient is being used in a plan of treatment that includes faculty and students from multiple disciplines at ECU.


Students and residents representing three of East Carolina University’s health sciences programs recently participated in the university’s first interprofessional virtual patient case.

Between April 6 and 10, a dozen nurse-midwifery students from the College of Nursing, four general dentistry residents from the School of Dental Medicine and a medical student from the Brody School of Medicine collaborated online in small teams to formulate an interprofessional plan of care for a virtual patient created by ECU faculty from multiple disciplines.

“Almost all of ECU’s graduate nursing programs are offered primarily online, and because we have students from across the state and from neighboring states, creating face-to-face learning opportunities with learners from different disciplines is challenging and fraught with barriers,” said Dr. Pamela Reis, an assistant professor of nursing in the College of Nursing who spearheaded the project.

Funded through a Health Resources and Services Administration grant, the pilot project employed a new learning management system called the Vertical Education System. Reis said ECU is the fourth school in the nation to use this innovative, web-based learning platform designed by faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University.

The program’s simulated, interactive electronic health record allows the virtual patient’s health history to be saved so the case can continue to unfold over subsequent semesters, Reis explained.

In this first scenario, a young woman was referred for health care by the criminal justice system due to her methamphetamine addiction, a growing problem in eastern North Carolina. This patient also had oral, gynecologic and mental health issues in addition to unmet primary care needs. As her case evolves, the patient will become pregnant and eventually develop a serious health condition that will require continued collaborative care, Reis said.

“We’d eventually like to use the case as a six-to-12-week curricular activity involving all the health sciences, and maybe even span multiple semesters,” Reis said. She added that organizers envision a consortium wherein all universities using the platform will contribute and borrow patient cases from each other.

Dr. Robert Carter, director of the General Practice Residency program for the School of Dental Medicine, said this project “teaches a dentist how to be an effective member of an interprofessional team.

“This exercise increases knowledge of other resources and support systems available to patients – such as different health care disciplines, social services and counseling – which all play a part in helping people with multifaceted needs,” said Carter.

“It also helps learners develop professional relationships across system boundaries, which results in an improved referral process and better collaboration in assessing and treating patients with a variety of problems,” he said.

Vertical Education System administrators can access a wide range of reports detailing team performance as well as an individual learner’s mastery of domain-specific knowledge.

Other faculty members who helped with the project include clinical assistant professor Dr. Janet Tillman in the College of Nursing, and assistant professor Dr. Kelly Reinsmith-Jones from the School of Social Work in the College of Human Ecology. Also from the College of Human Ecology, Dr. Megan Davidson and Dr. Mark Jones in the Department of Criminal Justice contributed their expertise.

ECU opens new cardio-oncology clinic

 Brody School of Medicine  Comments Off on ECU opens new cardio-oncology clinic
Apr 212015
 

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Many oncology patients are at risk for varying degrees of heart damage due to the toxic side effects of cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation therapy, especially older patients and those with preexisting heart conditions.

To address the unique needs of these patients, medical specialists from the Department of Internal Medicine’s Division of Hematology/Oncology and the Cardiology Division of the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences at the Brody School of Medicine at ECU have joined forces to develop a new Cardio-Oncology Clinic at the East Carolina Heart Institute at East Carolina University.

Clinicians at this new clinic evaluate a patient’s heart function before, during and after cancer treatments using state-of-the-art imaging technology in order to detect whether the patient has suffered heart damage or is at risk of developing heart problems.

Cardiologists with training and expertise in advanced heart imaging, such as cardiac MRI, guide patients toward the most appropriate forms of imaging for their particular situations.

When heart damage is detected, the cardiologists and oncologists work together to adjust cancer treatments, prescribe heart medications or refer patients to other cardiology specialists within the East Carolina Heart Institute, including those who focus on congestive heart failure, electrophysiology or interventional cardiology.

For more information or to make an appointment call 252-744-3476.

Apr 072015
 

SpeakingVolumesPosterLaupus Library will host a new discussion series entitled “Speaking Volumes: A Book Discussion Series Focusing on the Health Sciences.” The series provides authors with a different venue for dissemination of their work and serves as an opportunity for others to learn more about the culture of the Health Sciences and the work done by ECU scholars and researchers.

The inaugural program will showcase the recently published book, Global Health Nursing: Narratives from the Field. The event will be held on April 16th at 4:30 in the Evelyn Fike Laupus Gallery located on the 4th floor gallery of Laupus Library.

Chapter contributor Dr. Kim L. Larson from ECU’s College of Nursing will present along with book editor, Christina A. Harlan (UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing) and chapter contributors Marie Collins Donahue (UNC Children’s Hospital), Christina Martinez Kim (Duke University Health Systems), and Ruth-Ann McLendon (Johns Hopkins Medical Center).

Introductory remarks on the inspiration for the work will be followed by chapter readings from all four contributing authors. Each will share their own perspectives and experiences as nurses serving as front-line providers in global health. The authors will recount their personal experiences with the Ebola epidemic, treating patients with AIDS, and the challenges and rewards of confronting vast health disparities and providing health care in other languages and in different cultural contexts. The program will end with a question and answer session.

“Speaking Volumes” complements Laupus Library’s Health Sciences Author Recognition Awards program, which honors Health Sciences faculty and staff for their published research and scholarly contributions to their area of study.

You can find out more about Global Health Nursing: Narratives from the Field on the Springer website at http://www.springerpub.com/global-health-nursing-2101.html

The event is open to the public. For more information please contact Kelly Rogers Dilda at rogerske@ecu.edu.

–Kelly R. Dilda
Laupus Library