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.
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 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 704-920-9127.
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.