College of Nursing welcomes new students with Lamp of Learning ceremony

ECU faculty member Mark Hand, left, pins new nursing student Allyson Ennett at the Jan. 12 Lamp of Learning pinning ceremony held at the East Carolina Heart Institute. The College of Nursing held the ceremony to welcome first semester nursing students to clinical practice. Each received a Nightingale lamp pin to commemorate the beginning of their nursing practice. Also at the event, Dean Sylvia Brown made her biannual gift in the name of each new student to the Student Emergency Needs Fund. The fund provides emergency funding to students who experience sudden financial hardship that would adversely impact completion of their education. (Contributed photo)

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Nursing group holds potluck lunch

Students in the Multicultural Student Nurse Association enjoyed a potluck lunch. (Photo by Blair Fuller)

The Multicultural Student Nurse Association held a potluck lunch Nov. 3 in the ECU College of Nursing. More than 30 people came and more than 20 dishes were shared, said Blair Fuller, president of the MSNA.

Dishes included Cuban soup, hummus and salsa dip, buffalo chicken dip, pumpkin bread, meatballs, southwestern pinwheels, potato salad, pasta salad, chili, pigs in a blanket, pound cake and more. Many of the dishes are in the association’s first cookbook, printed in the spring as a fundraiser.

MSNA began as a small group of black nursing students in 2004 and has grown to nearly 100 nursing and pre-nursing students from many ethnic backgrounds. Everyone is welcome.

To order a cookbook, which costs $10, send an email to ecumsna@yahoo.com

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ECU receives 10th Key Award, faculty attend international nursing convention

Several faculty members in the ECU College of Nursing attended the 41st Biennial Sigma Theta Tau International Convention Oct. 29-Nov. 2 in Grapevine, Texas.

Elaine Scott, Pam Reis, Melissa Schwartz and Carol Winters-Moorhead participated in concurrent sessions, award ceremonies, networking, poster presentations and a faculty leadership academy for the international honor society of nursing.

Also ECU’s Beta Nu Chapter received its 10th Key Award, becoming one of only two chapters in the world to achieve the honor. The key award recognizes chapters that successfully recruit and retain members, generate publicity and programming, provide leadership development and foster international collaboration.

On Oct. 27, Beta Nu held its fall banquet at Rock Springs Center in Greenville and raised more than $3,000 for research scholarships. Guest Cynthia Clark spoke about the importance of civility.

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Pressler to direct graduate programs in nursing

Dr. Jana Pressler has joined the College of Nursing as associate dean for graduate programs. In this role, she will provide leadership for the M.S.N. and Ph.D. programs. Her responsibilities include planning, development, implementation and evaluation of graduate programs.

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Pressler comes to ECU from the University of Oklahoma where she was most recently director of the doctor ofor nursing practice HRSA grant project. She also served as director of the Ph.D. program and assistant dean for research and evidence-based practice.

“We are excited to have Dr. Pressler join our College of Nursing,” said College of Nursing Dean Sylvia Brown.

“Her expertise in graduate education will be a valuable asset to our college as we continue to build our M.S.N. and Ph.D. programs and plan for a doctor of nursing practice program in the future,” Brown said.

Pressler’s research interest is in neonatal development and birth trauma. Her work has appeared in the “Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing,” “Clinical Nursing Research,” “Journal of Nursing Measurement,” “Journal of Obstetrical, Gynecological and Neonatal Nursing” and other publications.

She earned her Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University, postdoctoral fellowship from the University of Rochester  and her pediatric nurse practitioner certificate and master of arts degree from the University of Iowa.

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ECU honor society chapter to receive award

The East Carolina University Beta Nu chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International will receive its 10th Key Award during the organization’s 41st Biennial Convention, Oct. 29 through Nov. 2 in Grapevine, Texas.

The award is presented by the nursing honor society to recognize chapters that display evidence of successful membership recruitment and retention, publicity and programming, leadership development and international collaboration. Few chapters have receive the award as frequently as the ECU chapter.

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