students from the University of Rhode Island
(URI) Nurse Practitioner programs are gaining experience with young patients
thanks to a new volunteer opportunity. Taking what they’ve learned in the
classroom into the exam room, the students have spent a few recent Saturday
mornings at the Rhode Island Nursing Education Center performing full physicals
on volunteer children.
students are enrolled in the Family
Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric
Mental Health Nurse Practitioner programs. The children have been recruited
from among friends and family to take part in the exercise where the nursing students
interviewed the patients and their parents to gather a full medical and family
history, then conducted a comprehensive physical exam.
URI students took part in the program, which allowed them to apply lessons
learned in the classroom to real-life scenarios. Denise Coppa, associate professor
and director of Advanced Practice for the College, monitored the exams by video
in an adjoining room, allowing her to provide immediate feedback on the students’
Coppa tells today.uri.edu, “This gives the students great practice on compiling a patient’s history, conducting a physical exam and developing a full assessment of that patient. They benefit from practicing the physical exam as well as working on their communication skills with a patient. It gives the students real-world experience they can take with them.”
To learn more about how
University of Rhode Island nurse practitioner students are gaining real-world
experience with young patients, visit here.
Our Nurse of
the Week is Bethany
Moore, a senior nursing student in the School of Nursing and Allied Health (SONAH)
Kentucky University (WKU), who has designed her college experience to allow
her to receive her nursing degree while serving those closer to home. Her home is
just across the border in Hendersonville, Tennessee, and she hopes to return
there to work as a registered nurse after graduation.
Moore tells wku.edu,
“The number one reason I chose WKU was because of the nursing
program. They are well known for preparing their students for a successful
career, and WKU was close enough to my hometown, without being too close.”
WKU’s nursing curriculum allows
students to participate in simulations that imitate real-life situations and
allow students to apply their classroom knowledge and build their skills. It
also leaves room for error, allowing students to problem solve and make educated
decisions for their patient in a simulated environment.
Moore currently works in a hospital as a nursing intern and has
already applied her knowledge to real-life situations. She had a patient who
had developed acute respiratory distress syndrome and had just completed a
simulation with the same scenario a week before. Applying the knowledge and
skills she gained in the simulation setting, Moore felt confident in
contributing to the care of her patient in the real-world setting.
Moore hopes to continue her education in the future, to work
toward a specialization in neonatal and pediatric care. To learn more about WKU
senior nursing student Bethany Moore who designed her college experience to allow
her to receive her nursing degree while serving those closer to home, visit here.
Frontier Nursing University (FNU) president Dr. Susan Stone, DNSc, CNM, FACNM, FAAN, was recently inducted into the National Academy of Medicine, one of only two nurses out of the 85 new inductees and the only inductee from Kentucky.
Being elected into the Academy is one of the highest honors in the field of health and medicine. It aims to recognize individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.
Dr. Stone’s membership was accepted due to her distinguished professional achievement in the fields of medicine and health, and her continued involvement in healthcare issues including disease prevention, education, and research. Her election recognizes Dr. Stone’s achievement in opening the door for more than 6,000 nurses to graduate and positively impact the accessibility of quality health care for rural families across the United States.
Dr. Stone tells frontier.edu, “The National Academy of Medicine offers an incredible opportunity to work collaboratively with leaders from a wide range of medical professions and disciplines. It is a tremendous honor to join this organization which is so deeply committed to improving health care.”
Dr. Stone is also a leader in developing strategies to increase the quality and capacity of midwifery and advanced practice nursing with a specific goal of improving health care for families. Since being appointed president of FNU, Dr. Stone has led the transition from a community-based school of nurse-midwifery offering a basic certificate program to an accredited university offering masters and doctoral degrees. Dr. Stone also serves as President of the American College of Nurse-Midwives.
To learn more about Frontier Nursing University president Dr. Stone who was recently inducted into the National Academy of Medicine, visit here.
Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor in the Johns
Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON), has created the Danger Assessment, a
groundbreaking instrument that effectively assesses the risk of an abused woman
to be seriously injured or killed by her intimate partner. JHSON has signed a
licensing agreement with the Veterans Administration (VA), now offering all VA
clinical staff access to the Danger Assessment training.
Campbell led a training session on how to the use
the instrument for 800 members of the VA’s clinical staff nationwide. VA
employees can also access the training online to obtain certification and
increase the amount of staff competent in the use of this evidence-based
LeAnn Bruce, PhD, national program manager of the VA’s Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program (IPVAP), tells newswise.com, “The VA recognizes the Danger Assessment as the gold standard of lethality assessments. This training partnership will result in the development of a cadre of clinicians throughout all VA medical centers who are extensively trained to effectively support the mission to provide ongoing education and have the means to identify those who are at risk so safety planning and intervention can be provided.”
According to Dr. Campbell, research comparing the
prevalence of domestic violence/intimate partner violence between the general
population and veterans is limited but studies suggest combat veterans
diagnosed with PTSD have a higher prevalence of intimate partner violence than
those who have not been diagnosed. The concern with intimate partner violence
among veterans is not just about the prevalence but also with its potential to
exacerbate other problems that veterans often face, including physical and
mental well-being, homelessness, and risk of suicide and homicide.
The Danger Assessment includes a calendar to help
assess the severity and frequency of battering in the past year and a 20-item
instrument that uses a weighted system to score yes/no responses to risk
factors associated with intimate partner homicide, including past death
threats, partner’s employment status, and access to a gun. The Danger
Assessment is freely available to the public but the weighted scoring
instructions are reserved for individuals who have been trained and
certified in the use of the Danger Assessment.
To learn more about Johns Hopkins Nursing professor
Jacquelyn Campbell’s Danger Assessment for assessing risk of intimate partner
violence, visit here.
Our Nurse of the Week is Tori
Levine, 22, a US Marine veteran and current nursing student at Stony Brook
University who wants to become a nurse anesthetist for Doctors
Levine is from Dix Hills, NY,
and says she knew she wanted to enlist in the military when she was nine years
old. When her senior year in high school rolled around, Levine decided to defer
college to enroll in the Marine Corps. She soon found herself serving as a
collateral duty inspector for combat jets while deployed to the Middle East.
Levine tells news.stonybrook.edu,
“I had trouble sleeping thinking about the maintenance I oversaw and imagining
the worst possible cases: ‘What if something wasn’t connected right? What if
the wire we repaired doesn’t hold? What if someone gets hurt? Did I make sure
all of the tools were accounted for?’ With time I was able to gain confidence
in myself and quit second-guessing when I know I had triple-checked it multiple
Her military training eventually taught
her discipline and provided her with mental jet fuel: “Being a nurse also
appealed to me but I never thought I could do that because I struggled in the
sciences. The military made me realize that what they say about mind over
matter is true. I know now I can do it.”
After finishing her undergraduate
degree, Levine eventually wants to become a nurse anesthetist and work for
Doctors Without Borders. She feels she is aptly equipped to provide care and
training to victims of war in the Middle East once she’s received the proper
nursing training. She’s also trying to learn Russian and French, the two languages
required to be accepted into Doctors Without Borders.
To learn more about Tori Levine, a US
Marine veteran and current nursing student at Stony Brook University who wants
to become a nurse anesthetist for Doctors Without Borders, visit here.