January 2013

From the Dean’s Desk…

The College of Nursing is looking forward to the start of a new year and a new semester. We have lots of news to share with you and we are looking forward to the many new opportunities that lie ahead as we continue to build on our reputation of excellence. Here are a few of the reasons you can be proud to be a Pirate Nurse…

Sylvia T. Brown, EdD, RN, CNE
Dean and Professor



Like mother, like daughter

On December 15, 2012, CON faculty member Cindy Winstead shared a special moment with her daughter, Iva Marie, during the College of Nursing unit graduation recognition program. Like her mom, Iva Marie is now a graduate of the college’s BSN program and received her pin and the CON pin her mother earned 1988. Cindy also completed the College of Nursing’s MSN program in 2007. What a special way to celebrate Iva Marie’s graduation from ECU!



Lt. Col. Felicia Rivers, RN, PhD visits ECU

In honor of Veteran’s Day, Lt. Col. Felicia Rivers, RN, PhD visited the College of Nursing to share her experiences as a nurse researcher. Rivers’ presentation discussed the reintegration of US Army nurses after deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan. This engaging discussion also highlighted the important work nurse researchers are doing in the military, both abroad and stateside. Dr. Patricia Fazzone organized the visit through collaboration with the ECU Office of Engagement, Innovation and Economic Development in support of the College of Nursing’s commitment to the national Joining Forces campaign. Dr. Rivers has been approved as adjunct faculty for the College of Nursing.

Faculty and staff send gift packages to nurse researchers in Afghanistan
After Dr. Rivers’ visit in November, faculty and staff in the College of Nursing came together to send gift packages to nurse researchers deployed to the Joint Combat Casualty Research Team at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan. This unit is a joint team of Army, Air Force and Navy nurses. Dr. Carol Ann King organized the project and reported that the nurses were excited to receive ECU purple and gold sweatshirts nestled in the bottom of boxes containing things like DVDs, nursing journals, coffee, tea, candy and personal items.

Dr. Elizabeth Jesse recognized by the University of Tennessee-Knoxville

The University of Tennessee recognized Dr. Elizabeth Jesse as part of their Fabulous 40 celebration of the college’s 40th Anniversary. The 40 outstanding alumni were nominated and selected because of the difference they make in the lives of individual patients, organizations and/or the community. Dr. Jesse received her PhD from UT-K in 1999.






Fall/Summer graduation in the College of Nursing
Fall graduation brought a change of venue for the fall College of Nursing graduation recognition program. With more than 250 graduates receiving degrees, the December program was held in Minges Arena. While everyone missed the traditional quaintness of Wright Auditorium, students and families appreciated the space and no restrictions on the number of guests invited to celebrate graduations. Here is a snapshot of the fall/summer degrees awarded:

BSN                109
RN/BSN         37
MSN:              75
Post-Masters: 7
PhD:                4

ECU East-West Campus Collaboration Award
Dr. Kim Larson and Dr. Sharon Ballard (Human Ecology) received funding from the ECU Division of Research and Graduate Studies for their project, “ Feasibility and Efficacy of !Cuídate! An Evidence-based Sexual Risk Reduction Program with Mexican and Central American Youth in Rural Eastern North Carolina.” The 2012 East-West Collaboration Program supports new scholarly projects including research and creative activity that involves researchers from ECU’s East and West campuses. We are excited to build on our relationship with the College of Human Ecology through this project.

Dr. Elaine Scott to lead Council on Graduate Education for Administration in Nursing
Dr. Elaine Scott began her term as president of the Council on Graduate Education for Administration in Nursing on January 1. Patricia Yoder-Wise, immediate past-president of the organization, welcomed Dr. Scott to the role by describing her as a “dynamic, bright, and fun” leader. CGEAN’s purpose is to further the development and improvement of graduate education for administration in nursing. Dr. Scott previously served as director the College of Nursing MSN nursing leadership concentration and is the director of East Carolina Center for Nursing Leadership.




RIBN students attend day-long workshop at ECU College of Nursing
Our first group of RIBN students (Regional Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses) spent the day at ECU on Nov. 17. The group learned time management and stress management strategies for beginning college students during the morning session and they gained valuable teamwork skills at the ECU Ropes Challenge Course in the afternoon. RIBN students are concurrently enrolled at ECU and one of the four RIBN community colleges in eastern North Carolina. Visit http://www.nursing.ecu.edu/RIBN.htm or contact Kelly Cleaton (cleatonk@ecu.edu)  for more information about RIBN. The deadline for fall admission is January 31.



NC Board of Nursing to present “Just Culture” on Jan. 31
College of Nursing faculty will have the opportunity to attend a 2-hour workshop on “Just Culture,” an innovative model that addresses nursing workplace incidents on Jan. 31. Crystal Harris, from NC. Board of Nursing, will present the workshop. “Just Culture” is based on the work of David Marx and the model has been adopted by many healthcare agencies throughout the world. Space is limited and ECU faculty will receive preference in registration; however, the workshop will be open to the nursing public if space is available. The presentation qualifies for 2 contact hours of CNE credit. Contact Jane Boardman (boardmanj@ecu.edu or (252) 744-6504) if you are interested in attending.

Collaborative Research Day–Feb. 8, 2013
The 22nd annual Collaborative Nursing Research Day will be held on Feb. 8, 2013, at East Carolina Heart Institute. This year’s guest is Greta G. Cummings, BNSc, MEd, PhD, from the University of Alberta. The keynote address for the event will be “Leading for Improved Patient Outcomes in Healthcare.” Collaborative Research Day is co-provided by Vidant Health Systems, ECU College of Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau, Beta Nu Chapter to highlight research partnerships between CON faculty and employees at Vidant Health Systems. The event is relevant to registered nurses in any practice setting, faculty in schools of nursing as well as graduate and undergraduate nursing students. The event is free and is eligible for 3 contact hours of CNE credit. Registration is required. Register online at http://www.eahec.ecu.edu.

College of Nursing Hall of Fame Nominations
We will accept 2013 nominations for the College of Nursing Hall of Fame until Jan. 31. The Hall of Fame provides public recognition for the significant impact that a nurse has made to the advancement of nursing through clinical practice, teaching, administration, and/or research. This unique commemorative opportunity allows you to recognize and acknowledge a nurse that you would like to honor. A minimum gift of $1,000 will secure a plaque inscribed with the name of the honoree and his/her inclusion into the College of Nursing Hall of Fame, which will be displayed in the College of Nursing. New members of the College of Nursing Hall of Fame will be honored at an annual banquet hosted by the ECU College of Nursing and the ECU Medical and Health Sciences Foundation. The members will also be listed in the annual alumni publication, Pulse, and on the college’s website. Contact Mark Alexander (alexanderma@ecu.edu or (252) 744-2324 if you are interested in submitting a nomination. Click here for more information.

College of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award
The College of Nursing is still accepting nominations for the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award. This award is designed to recognize ECU College of Nursing alumni who have made exemplary contributions to the nursing profession. One recipient is selected each year and this person is invited to speak at the College of Nursing homecoming festivities in the fall. This individual also serves as the College’s candidate for the ECU Outstanding Alumni Award. Send your nomination to Laurie Evans, College of Nursing, 4165 K Health Sciences Building, ECU, Greenville, NC 27858 or evansl@ecu.edu . Click here for more information.



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