Nursing student group named ECU Outstanding Organization of the Year

Pictured from left to right are: ECANS adviser Dr. Gina Woody; members Luis Flores, Rachel L'Esperance and Jamie Williams; adviser Mark Hand; and members Leah Shannon and Corrie Hanson. (Contributed photo)

Pictured from left to right are: ECANS adviser Dr. Gina Woody; members Luis Flores, Rachel L’Esperance and Jamie Williams; adviser Mark Hand; and members Leah Shannon and Corrie Hanson. (Contributed photo)

By Elizabeth Willy
College of Nursing

The East Carolina Association of Nursing Students was honored as ECU’s Organization of the Year at the Student Activities and Organizations banquet May 4.

The group was honored for its efforts in pursuing its mission of promoting leadership and professional development for students working to become nurses.

“We are so proud of the leadership our students have demonstrated,” said College of Nursing Dean Sylvia Brown. “They exemplify excellence that is characteristic of Pirate Nurses.”

One example of the group’s leadership: It gained 129 new members over the past year, enough to bring its total head count to nearly 300 and win it grand prize in the National Student Nurses Association’s annual membership recruitment contest. The award came with an expenses-paid trip to the NSNA annual convention in April, including airfare, accommodations and registration.

“These students are ambitious,” said Dr. Gina Woody, clinical associate professor who advises ECANS with clinical assistant professor Mark Hand.

Woody explained that the growth is due to the group’s concerted expansion efforts. Organizers changed the ECANS bylaws to allow membership for pre-nursing students. It also created committees – including a pre-nursing committee – to encourage greater involvement for all members.

“This change reflected our desire to develop leadership skills for pre-nursing students before they enter nursing school, increasing the likelihood of assuming state and national leadership roles,” said ECANS president and graduating senior Rachel L’Esperance.

Also increasing the likelihood of state and national involvement were the multiple opportunities ECANS students had at those levels this year. More than 20 ECANS members attended the National Student Nurses Association Convention in April, with several of those presenting posters or being honored as awardees. In March, the organization hosted the North Carolina Association of Nursing Students Annual Convention. More than 170 students attended, and 48 of those were ECU nursing students.

But, said L’Esperance, that kind of involvement is just one of the group’s overall goals.

“Our mission for this year was to increase community outreach and participation to help nursing students better impact the community,” she said.

With its members participating in a variety of recurring volunteer opportunities, the organization met that objective. Efforts included monthly visits to the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge to prepare meals and provide donations for patients and families. ECANS members assisted with Habitat for Humanity and the local Food Bank. The group also had a presence at events such as the College of Nursing’s Pirate Nurse 5K and collaborated with other ECU health care disciplines to promote health education activities at Operation Sunshine, an afterschool program for young girls.

The volunteer efforts, together with the networking and leadership opportunities, leads to students’ professional development.

“It shows how important professional organizations are to their growth once they get out in practice,” Woody said, adding that involvement with student organizations is equally beneficial for faculty members.

“Faculty members that are involved with student organizations demonstrate servant leadership, which aligns with the university’s mission,” she said, “Beyond that, it’s a fantastic opportunity to mentor and nurture the future leaders of the nursing profession.”

For more CON news, visit www.nursing.ecu.edu and follow @ECUNursing on Twitter. For questions, contact willye14@ecu.edu.

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Pirate Nurse 5K benefits scholarships, senior class gift

The second annual Pirate Nurse 5K will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 29 beginning at the East Carolina University Health Sciences Building at 2100 W. Fifth St. in Greenville.

Runners and walkers will follow a certified course on the health sciences campus. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

All proceeds will support the Linda Pynn Nurse Practitioner Scholarship and the May BSN Senior Class Gift. Registration is $10 for ECU students and $20 for the general public and is available online at http://www.runtheeast.com.

Awards will be given to the top two males and females in the following age groups: 12 and under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and over. Runners will receive a T-shirt and goody bag.

For more information or sponsorship, contact Mark Alexander at alexanderma@ecu.edu.

 

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College of Nursing honors 2014 Hall of Fame inductees

Pictured from left to right are Dr. Sylvia Brown, Linda Siegrist, Barbara Pendergrass (attended in honor of her aunt, inductee Barbara Adams), Dr. Marie Pokorny, Anne Suggs (represented her mother, inductee Joanne Suggs), Michelle Brooks, Dr. Robin Webb-Corbett, Dr. Cheryl Duke, Helene Reilly and Debra Wallace. 

Pictured from left to right are Dr. Sylvia Brown, Linda Siegrist, Barbara Pendergrass (attended in honor of her aunt, inductee Barbara Adams), Dr. Marie Pokorny, Anne Suggs (represented her mother, inductee Joanne Suggs), Michelle Brooks, Dr. Robin Webb-Corbett, Dr. Cheryl Duke, Helene Reilly and Debra Wallace.

The East Carolina University College of Nursing inducted nine members to its Hall of Fame during a ceremony held at Rock Springs Center March 7. The event, which also recognized the 2014 distinguished alumna, honored outstanding contributors to nursing in the areas of education, administration, research and practice.

The Hall of Fame has raised nearly $80,000 for a merit-based student scholarship fund since its inception in 2011. Thanks to this program, the college will award its fourth Hall of Fame Scholarship this fall. This year’s recipient, senior nursing student Katherine Waters, was recognized at the event.

“The Hall of Fame is a way to acknowledge the accomplishments of exemplary leaders in the field of nursing,” said Dr. Sylvia Brown, dean of the College of Nursing. “It’s fitting that we honor them by supporting the education of some of our brightest students.”

The 2014 inductees join more than 60 Hall of Fame members representing eight states. Each new member receives a flame-shaped award that resembles the lamp illustrated on the college’s nursing pin. The lamp and its associated flame symbolize service and a vibrant life.

This year’s Hall of Fame class included the following:

  • Barbara Adams
  • Michelle Brooks
  • Dr. Robin Webb Corbett
  • Dr. Cheryl Duke
  • Carol Hallisey
  • Dr. Marie Pokorny
  • Helene Reilly
  • Linda Siegrist
  • Joanne Suggs

On a night set aside for celebrating influential nurse leaders, the college also recognized the recipient of its 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award. This year’s awardee is Dr. Debra Wallace, a Hall of Fame member from the class of 2011 and an alumna of the college’s master of science in nursing program. Wallace is the Daphine Doster Mastroianni Distinguished Professor and associate dean for research at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Nursing. She also is director of the UNC Greensboro Center for the Health of Vulnerable Populations.

To nominate a Hall of Fame member, contact Mark Alexander, major gifts officer, at alexanderma@ecu.edu or 252-744-2324. Additional information about the Hall of Fame is available at www.nursing.ecu.edu/hof_guidelines.htm.

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ECU nursing professor named AANP fellow

Bobby Lowery, assistant professor and director of the East Carolina University College of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, has been selected as a 2014 fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

According to the AANP, the purpose of the fellows is to “impact national and global health by engaging recognized nurse practitioner leaders who make outstanding contributions to clinical practice, research, education or policy, enhancing the AANP mission. It is also to provide a forum to extend and enhance fellows’ efforts to mentor and to facilitate leadership development of NPs.”

Lowery will be inducted on June 19 during the AANP 29th National Conference in Nashville, Tenn.

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College of Nursing staff, faculty bring cheer to senior adults

Working to create holiday decorations are, left to right, ECU student worker Ana Juerges, and College of Nursing staff members Joy Morgan and Heidi Parker. (Contributed photos)

Working to create holiday decorations are, left to right, ECU student worker Ana Juerges, and College of Nursing staff members Joy Morgan and Heidi Parker. (Contributed photos)

 

Staff and faculty members from the College of Nursing are bringing cheer to senior adults this holiday season.

More than a dozen faculty and staff decorated 13 wreaths and 26 stockings for residents at Golden Living Center in Greenville during a fall community service day on Nov. 1. They also raised funds to provide a gift card for a family in need.

The holiday decorations will be delivered Friday, Dec. 6 in time for the staff at Golden Living Center to decorate for the annual holiday open house on Dec. 8. Nursing faculty and staff plan to do another service event in the spring.

Participants at the College of Nursing community service day included, back row from left to right, Mary Graves, Traci Baer, Rachel Cherrier and Jennifer Muir; front from left to right are Nik Fishel and Kuan Chen.

Participants at the College of Nursing community service day included, back row from left to right, Mary Graves, Traci Baer, Rachel Cherrier and Jennifer Muir; front from left to right are Nik Fishel and Kuan Chen.

 

Creating holiday decorations are, eft to right, student worker Ana Juerges, staff members Joy Morgan, Shonterra Person, Lisa Ormond, and student worker Megan Ingle.

Creating holiday decorations are, left to right, student worker Ana Juerges, staff members Joy Morgan, Shonterra Person, Lisa Ormond, and student worker Megan Ingle.

 

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