Spring News


Welcome to this issue of Pirate Nurse Notes! Spring has been very exciting in the College of Nursing with projects as complex as finalizing our request to begin the DNP program to hosting the first annual Pirate Nurse 5K. In between, faculty and students are engaged in international and interprofessional projects that truly advance nursing practice and care. I am excited to share our news and I hope you enjoy this issue. Please stay in touch–we love hearing from you!

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



DNP Program begins in August
ECU recently received approval from the UNC Board of Governors to offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice program beginning fall 2013. Program coursework will be 100 percent online, and clinical practice sites will include primary care clinics, hospitals, and public health care agencies. Students will be required to attend skills sessions at the College of Nursing several times a year. Interest in the program is very strong and competitive applicant pool is expected. Please visit the DNP web site if you are interested in this exciting new program.

BB&T 2013 Leadership Enhancement Grant
The College of Nursing received funding for a project titled “Expanding and Enhancing Leadership Opportunities for Undergraduate Nursing Students” from the BB&T 2013 Leadership Enhancement Grant. The project seeks to enhance the professionalism content in a current nursing leadership course. State and national nursing leaders will be invited to campus to discuss professionalism and leadership during an etiquette luncheon that will be held each semester. The first guest will be Gale Adcock, Director of Health Services at SAS and mayor pro-tem for Cary, North Carolina. The event is scheduled for April 30, 2013 in the Health Sciences Building.

5KRGBFirst Annual Pirate Nurse 5K
The first annual Pirate Nurse 5K was held on April 6 on the Health Sciences Campus. Race proceeds support the Linda Pynn Nurse Practitioner Scholarship and the May 2013 BSN Senior Class gift. On a cold April morning, 204 runners navigated through the only officially certified 5K course on the ECU Health Sciences campus. Local businesses provided awards, prizes and refreshments for the runners.


2013 College of Nursing Hall of Fame
The College of Nursing Hall of Fame inducted eleven members on March 1, 2013. The Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding contributions to the nursing profession through clinical practice, teaching, administration and research. The 2013 inductees are:

Becky Bagley
Linda Bolin
Susan Brinkley
Nancy Leggett-Frazier
Kathleen Johnson
Maura McAuliffe
Frank Moore
Tommie Pratt
Gene Tranbarger
Cheryl Whitaker
Joan Wynn


2013 Distinguished Alumni
Dr. Frances Eason received the 2013 College of Nursing Distinguished Alumni Award during the Hall of Fame celebration. Dr. Eason’s prominence as an outstanding leader in nursing education and her dedication to ECU nursing students continues to provide meaningful and significant experiences for aspiring nurses.




Nursing Study Abroad in Spain
Dr. Donna Lake and two nursing leadership graduate students will travel to Spain this summer for a study abroad experience. The students will spend two weeks in Madrid, and Dr. Lake will teach Nursing Management and Leadership Principles. The collaboration between Universidad Europea de Madrid and ECU College of Nursing provides courses taught in English. Visit the College of Nursing Global Health web site for more information.

ECCNL: “Moving from Managing to Leading”

This summer, East Carolina Center for Nursing Leadership will offer the third Leadership Institute titled “Moving from Managing to Leading” for nursing frontline middle managers, both experienced and novice. Participants will conference on-campus May 30-31, work in online modules through the summer and reconvene on campus August 8-9. This interactive experience is focused on developing a personal leadership development plan that will benefit the participant organization. Register for the summer institute.

Larson, Kim

Larson selected as 2013 Woman of Distinction
The Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women honored Dr. Kim Larson, Associate Professor, as one of ECU’s women of distinction. The committee recognized Dr. Larson with the following praise: “Dr. Larson takes her expertise beyond campus to help others. She has been recognized for her work with Latino communities in eastern North Carolina, and helped a class of nursing students raise money to provide a well for a small Guatemalan village. Her unique integration of teaching, research, and service has impacted students, faculty, and patients and has led to her substantial contributions to nursing education.” Dr. Larson also received the 2012-2013 ECU Scholar-Teacher Award.



King appointed to Military National Nursing Research Team
Dr. Ann King, Clinical Assistant Professor, was appointed as an Army Nurse Officer to the Triservice Nursing Research Team, a joint program with all branches of the military represented that funds and supports rigorous research to advance military nursing science. Dr. King and her colleagues will review research proposals for clinical relevance with funding recommendations.




Reis, PamReis recognized by ECU’s Organization of African American Staff
Dr. Pam Reis and Sharon Mallett were recognized by the ECU Organization of African American Staff at the Red Carpet Affair on February 23, 2013. The ECU African American Awards for Excellence recognize outstanding contribution by ECU African Americans in areas of leadership, professional excellence, initiative, innovation, community engagement, spirit and ambition.





Flag_of_Nicaragua.svgNicaragua: Project Health for Leon
Drs. Donna Lake and Debra Kosko joined three Brody School of Medicine physicians on a semi-annual mission to Nicaragua. Six medical students and three MSN students also participated in the project. The group treated hundreds of patients in cardiology (adult and pediatric), general medicine, gynecology. In addition, Lake and Kosko deepened our relationship with the nursing school at UNAN-Leon while teaching seminars, leading quality improvement projects and continuing a research project that will hopefully be published.

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Jean Watson visits for Lowin Lecture
Dr. Jean Watson was the keynote speaker for the Lowin Lecture on April 2, 2013. In addition to the keynote address, Dr. Watson also shared her human caring theory in sessions for students (graduate and undergraduate) and Vidant Medical Center leaders. A passionate and enriching speaker, Dr. Watson inspired many attendees to be more thoughtful and compassionate in their everyday nursing practice.





Scout Out Nursing
Sigma Theta Tau Beta Nu Chapter held another successful Scout Out Nursing event on March 23, 2013. Over 140 eastern North Carolina Girl Scouts attended the event which introduces the nursing profession to young people. Some of the topics Scouts learned about were the history of nursing, first aid, CPR and military nursing. High school participants networked with current nursing students and had the opportunity to discuss admission requirements.

2012 ECU Nurse-Midwifery MSN graduates earned a 100% pass rate on the Midwifery Certification Board Exam!

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