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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“Crossing Borders” event set for Oct. 25

East Carolina University’s Division of Health Sciences will host an interdisciplinary program, “Crossing Borders,” from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 in the Brody School of Medicine Auditorium.

The event will bring students and faculty from each of the health sciences disciplines – allied health sciences, dental medicine, Laupus Library, medicine and nursing – together with a focus on collaboration in education. Approximately 300 students have been invited.

They will watch the film, “Crossing Borders,” a feature documentary directed by Arnd Wächter examining different cultures, hidden preconceptions and discovering oneself.

After the film, students will divide into small discussion groups to work with facilitators from each unit.

The event is sponsored by the offices of ECU Diversity and Dr. Phyllis Horns, vice chancellor for health sciences. Dr. Donna Lake from the College of Nursing has led the event planning group.

For more on the film, go to http://crossingbordersfilm.org/

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Perdue to swim in London Olympics

Lauren Perdue, daughter of ECU faculty member Tammy Perdue, will be competing in the 2012 Olympics in London. (Photo courtesy of the Matt Riley, University of Virginia Media Relations)

Lauren Perdue, daughter of ECU faculty member Tammy Perdue (Nursing) is swimming in the London Olympic games as one of four women on the 800 M free relay event.

She will swim Aug. 1, with hopes of making the finals scheduled for that evening. Following training, Lauren leaves for France July 21, where she will train for ten days before moving on to London for the games. Lauren is a senior at the University of Virgina.

Tammy Perdue teaches part-time in the Department of Undergraduate Nursing Science Junior Division.

The Charlottesville, Va. NCB29 news interviewed Lauren following her qualification for the Olympics. The interview is available at http://www.nbc29.com/story/18961682/lauren-perdue-looking-forward-to-london.

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