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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Nursing turns 50: Half century of leadership

The College of Nursing is East Carolina University’s oldest professional school. It is marking 50 years with a series of events and celebrations that will conclude April 9 with a gala at Rock Spring Center in Greenville.

Nursing has grown from a tiny school training mostly rural nurses for eastern North Carolina to a college that graduates more new nurses than any school in North Carolina.  Read more…

Service honored with Hall of Fame induction

Dr. Sylvia Brown, dean of the ECU College of Nursing, speaks during the Hall of Fame celebration Feb. 25. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Significant contributors to nursing education, administration, research and practice were honored Friday as 40 nurses were inducted to the inaugural Hall of Fame in the East Carolina University College of Nursing.

More than $40,000 raised through the creation of the Hall of Fame will support a new fund to provide merit-based scholarships for nursing students.

“Our legacy of excellence will continue with the scholarships,” said Dr. Sylvia Brown, dean of the College of Nursing. 

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View a slideshow from the ceremony at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-admin/news/poe/Nursing-Hall-of-Fame-Slides.cfm.