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.

Pressler

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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Nursing students invited to free event

EVENT CANCELED DUE TO HURRICANE IRENE

The North Carolina Association of Nursing Students will host a free event for nursing students Aug. 27 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. in Rooms 1100 and 1102 in the East Carolina University College of Nursing, Health Sciences Building. Registration begins at 10:45 a.m.

The event, “Council of School Leaders,” will introduce students to the state’s professional nursing student organization, provide opportunities to get involved and offer workshops on being a leader and resume preparation and review.

Dr. Walter Houston, director of the Student Development and Counseling Center in the ECU College of Nursing, will speak on how being a leader creates success in nursing school and how to take advantage of leadership opportunities.

For more information, email event chair Jonathan Shaw at ncansdistrict4director@gmail.com or call 704-920-9127.

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Grant to fund student oncology group

East Carolina University has been awarded an Oncology Nursing Society Foundation grant that will develop a student oncology interest group to increase awareness of the oncology specialty and explore roles of various health disciplines in oncology. This $3,000 grant is funded by Meniscus Limited.

The College of Nursing, Brody School of Medicine and the Physician Assistant Studies program in the College of Allied Health Sciences will work together to form student interest groups in each discipline. Student leaders from each group will meet with faculty advisors to plan their monthly meetings for the academic year.

The groups will consider topics related to pain management, alternative therapies, hematological malignancies and thoracic oncology with a focus on multidisciplinary teams and communication between disciplines.

Faculty advisors are Dr. Ann Schreier, associate professor of nursing, Dr. Darla Liles, associate professor of medicine, and Carolyn Pugh, clinical assistant professor of physician assistant studies.

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College of Nursing reports administrative changes

Laura Gantt

Several administrative changes have been announced within the College of Nursing.

Lou Everett

Dr. Laura Gantt will assume an expanded role as the Executive Director of College of Nursing Support Services.  In this role, she will have administrative oversight of the Student Development and Counseling area, Instructional Technology, as well as continuing to oversee the Learning Resources Center and the Concepts Integration Labs.  These support services are critical to support the mission of the CON and administrative oversight in these areas will help to assure that efforts are coordinated in an effective and efficient manner.  Rita Coggins will serve as Assistant Director for the Concepts Integration Labs.  In this role, she will be coordinating day to day activities in the lab.

Dr. Lou Everett will assume the role of Retention and Student Success Coordinator.  As part of student retention efforts, Dr. Everett will be assisting the CON’s Student Development and Counseling Center with tracking of students who have not followed up with their individualized retention plan and will serve as a liaison between faculty and counselors to help students be successful in the undergraduate nursing program.  Nancy Lilley has assumed the role of Assistant Director of Student Services for Pre-Nursing Majors on East Campus.

The college continues to have many students interested in the nursing major and have had 551 new intended nursing students participate in the ECU orientation this summer.  This is in addition to the 574 intended nursing majors who will be returning in the fall.

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Rita Coggins

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Nursing faculty recognized with Daisy Award

Four faculty members in the ECU College of Nursing have been recognized as outstanding nurse educators by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
Mark Hand, Betty Lease, Becky Bagley and Dr. Mel Swanson received the Daisy Award.

The award was created by the Daisy Foundation and AACN to provide nursing schools with a national recognition program designed to honor teachers for their commitment and inspirational influence on future generations of nurses.

Hand is a clinical assistant professor in undergraduate nursing science, junior division. Lease is a clinical assistant professor in undergraduate nursing science, senior division.

Bagley is a clinical instructor and director of nurse-midwifery in the graduate nursing science department. Swanson is a professor in the doctoral program.

Honorees may be nominated by students, peers, clinical staff in affiliated practice sites and school administrators. Recipients are chosen by participating institutions. Each winner received a hand-carved Healer’s Touch sculpture, a Daisy Faculty Award pin, and a certificate.

The Daisy Foundation was established in 1999 by the family of Patrick Barnes, who died at age 33 of complications from Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura. In the hospital for eight weeks, his family was awed by the clinical skill and compassion they experienced from the nurses who cared for him and his family. After his death, they created a foundation to honor nursing excellence and research.

The AACN is the national voice for university and four-year college education programs in nursing representing more than 640 member schools.

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Bergstrom inducted as ACNM Fellow

Dr. Linda Bergstrom, a former faculty member in the ECU College of Nursing, was one of ten inducted as a fellow of the American College of  Nurse-Midwives at the organization’s annual meeting in San Antonio, May 25.

Selection as a fellow is reserved for those midwives who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, clinical excellence, scholarship and professional achievement both within and outside of the midwifery profession.

Bergstrom was one of the first faculty members in the new midwifery education program at East Carolina University. She has served on the American Council for Midwifery Education as a senior site visitor since 1994 and has been an active member of her local ACNM chapters. She has served the organization as a member of the board of governors, program committee, division of education and preceptor support section.

She is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College, Columbia University and the University of Colorado, where she completed her doctoral work and her midwifery education. In addition to ECU, she engaged in clinical practice and midwifery education at the University of Colorado and the Indian Health Service in Rosebud, S.D.

Bergstrom has impacted midwifery through her exceptional scholarly work and publications, particularly in the area of second stage labor care. She has a reputation as an excellent mentor to midwifery students.

She is now a clinical associate professor at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where she teaches research methods and guides graduate students in midwifery and other majors.

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Technology connects Pirates in Greenville, Guatemala

 The College of Nursing hosted a global classroom by Skype today as faculty members in Greenville talked with ECU students and faculty in Guatemala.

Dr. Kim Larson, assistant professor of nursing, has led a study abroad class the past few summers where students have seen needs up close by working in health clinics, schools and nutrition centers in the Mayan community.    

Larson and nine undergraduate nursing students, and two psychology, two biology and four public health graduate students have been in Guatemala since May 22. They return this weekend.

Allison Broome, a senior nursing student, told participants that one of the biggest challenges has been the communication barrier. “I came here with limited Spanish,” she said.

Each morning the students have been learning Spanish. In the afternoon, they have worked in clinical areas and provided demonstration and information about the importance of hand-washing, nutrition and brushing teeth.

One afternoon they conducted an outreach clinic attended by 54 people. Not everyone could be seen, but the sickest were seen first. And everyone received vitamins, she said.  

Albee Ongsuco, a doctoral student in psychology, said she and another psychology student completed a tutoring practicum for middle schoolers in Green County last year and applied the same curriculum with students in Guatemala to assess similarities and differences.

“We found that the behaviors of middle schoolers and high schoolers were the same,” Ongsuco said. For instance, the students would sometimes talk out-of-turn or phone friends during a session, and several daydreamed or didn’t pay attention.

Yatta David, a master’s of public health student, said she and three other public health students assessed the local community’s readiness for natural disasters including communication, evacuation routes, and food and water safety. Last year’s nursing students actually were there during a mudslide.

In response to the college’s summer abroad program, this spring’s graduating nursing class raised $5,000 to pay for the construction of a well to provide clean drinking water for a village in Guatemala.

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