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.
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.
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/
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org