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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Nursing celebrates midwifery program

By Crystal Baity
ECU News Services

Think again if the word “midwife” conjures up thoughts of home birth and hippies. In fact, 95 percent of births attended by midwives happen in a hospital system and the rest are divided about equally between birthing centers and home.ECU’s College of Nursing has been educating certified nurse-midwives for more than 20 years, graduating its first class in 1992.

ECU offers the only nurse-midwifery education program in North Carolina and one of only 39 across the United States.The college is recognizing its faculty, staff and students in celebration of National Midwifery Week Oct. 6-12.

ECU has graduated 160 students from the master’s degree concentration, and 32 are enrolled now, said Dr. Becky Bagley, director of nurse-midwifery. To practice, graduates must pass the national board exam through the American Midwifery Certification Board. ECU has had an overall pass rate of 98 percent on the exam since the program began, Bagley said.

In North Carolina, certified nurse-midwives also must obtain approval to practice from the Midwifery Joint Committee of the N.C. Board of Nursing.

More than 250 certified nurse-midwives were registered in North Carolina in November 2012, according to the state nursing board.

Across the country, more than 50 percent of certified nurse-midwives work in a physicians’ practice or list a hospital as their primary employer. They also work in public health centers, the military, birthing centers and home birth services. In 2011, the most recent data available, 12 percent of all vaginal births were attended by a certified nurse-midwife.

While known for obstetrical care, midwives also provide primary care including annual physical exams, family planning, preventive health screening, health promotion and patient education.

They are trained to provide care for newborns through their first 28 days of life. “This training allows the certified nurse midwife to empower the new parents and help prepare them for life with a new baby,” Bagley said.

Midwifery means “with woman” and certified nurse-midwives are “with women” from puberty through menopause. “The care provided by a certified nurse-midwife is one of a partnership with the woman,” Bagley said. “They are an advocate for women and families to eliminate health disparities and increase access to evidence-based, quality care.”

ECU’s program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education. For more information, visit http://www.nursing2.ecu.edu/NurseMidwifery/.

 

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Nurse faculty member serves at North Carolina General Assembly

East Carolina University nurse faculty member Becky Bagley is serving as Nurse of the Day at the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh May 7.

Becky Bagley

Becky Bagley

Bagley, director of nurse-midwifery education in the ECU College of Nursing, will provide services such as taking vital signs, checking blood pressures, and dispensing over-the-counter drugs for headaches, upset stomachs, or allergies to legislators and legislative staff members.

The day is made possible by the North Carolina Nurses Association.

“I chose to serve as Nurse of the Day to broaden my horizons,” Bagley said. “I am a soon-to-be DNP graduate at Duke University and this is a great way to sit in on legislative sessions.”

Many NCNA members who previously served have said the experience has validated their choice of the nursing profession. The nurses enhance the positive image of nursing in the state of North Carolina, officials said.
 
The North Carolina Nurses Association

The North Carolina Nurses Association is the professional organization for all registered nurses in North Carolina. Through NCNA nurses become powerful advocates patients and the nursing profession. For more information visit www.ncnurses.org.

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Nursing names distinguished alum, inducts hall of famers

Dr. Frances Eason, 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award winner

Dr. Frances Eason, 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award winner

Dr. Frances Eason has been named the ECU College of Nursing Distinguished Alumna for 2013.

Eason, professor of nursing, has been at the college since the 1960s, first as a student and then as a teacher. The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes alumni who have made exemplary contributions to the nursing profession.

Inductees to the 2013 class in the College of Nursing Hall of Fame also have been announced. They are Becky Bagley, Linda Bolin, Susan Brinkley, Nancy Leggett-Frazier, Kathleen Johnson, Maura McAuliffe, Frank Moore, Tommie Pratt, Sue Taylor, Gene Tranbarger, Cheryl Whitaker and Joan Wynn.

The Hall of Fame recognizes significant contributors to nursing education, administration, research and practice. The program also supports a fund that provides merit-based scholarships for nursing students.

The inductees were honored at Rock Springs Center on March 1.

The ECU College of Nursing inducted the 2013 class of the Hall of Fame on March 1.

The ECU College of Nursing inducted the 2013 class of the Hall of Fame on March 1.

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ECU Nurse Anesthesia Program celebrates 10th anniversary

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the College of Nursing’s Nurse Anesthesia Program, a concentration in the master of science program. This week, Jan. 20-26, is National Nurse Anesthetists Week.

ECU’s program admits 12 students each January and the first class graduated in May 2005.  The 28-month, full-time program of study requires that students attend classes on campus. The program is a model for interdisciplinary education that includes faculty from the College of Nursing, as well as the ECU Department of Chemistry, and Brody School of Medicine’s departments of anatomy, physiology and pharmacology. The clinical education occurs mainly in Greenville at Vidant Medical Center. image001

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) students have bachelor’s degrees in nursing, are licensed as registered nurses and have at least one year of acute-care experience. Students take a core set of courses along with special anesthesia courses. They graduate with a master’s degree in nursing and are then eligible to sit for the National Certification Exam.  Since inception of the program in 2003, ECU has had a 95% graduation rate and a 92% first-time NCE pass rate (100% overall pass rate).  All 12 in the class of 2012 graduated and passed the NCE on first testing. Many graduates choose to stay and work as certified registered nurse anesthetists in eastern North Carolina, according to Maura McAuliffe, CRNA, PhD, FAAN, professor of nursing and director of the program.

According to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, a CRNA takes care of a patient’s anesthesia needs before, during and after surgery or the delivery of a baby. CRNAs provide services in conjunction with other health care professionals, such as surgeons, dentists, podiatrists and anesthesiologists, and practice in a variety of settings including hospitals, surgicenters,  and physician’s offices.

For more information on ECU’s program, visit http://www.pirateanesthesia.org.

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