Nurse of the Week: SUNY Delhi Nursing Student Keara Lawson Treats Crash Victim On Way to Clinical Rotations

Nurse of the Week: SUNY Delhi Nursing Student Keara Lawson Treats Crash Victim On Way to Clinical Rotations

Our Nurse of the Week is Keara Lawson, a nursing student at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Delhi who was driving from Delhi to Stamford for her clinical placement when she witnessed an accident and stopped to help the crash victim. The quick-thinking student received a real-life lesson in first response that she will carry with her for the rest of her career.

At 6:15 AM on a morning in October, the sun was not yet up as Lawson was driving herself and three fellow nursing students through cold rain when the car ahead of her slowed down before a vehicle swerved into her lane. Lawson recalls seeing the oncoming vehicle hit something before a huge explosion happened and something on fire flew into the ditch.

Lawson pulled over and got out as the driver also stepped out of his vehicle, in shock and experiencing tunnel vision. He told the nursing students they needed to call 911 because he had just hit a woman. The driver ran into the ditch and pulled a woman out of the fire and began rolling her in the dirt.

According to, state troopers reported that a woman had been walking southbound holding a gas can, and when she was struck, the gas can exploded. Lawson saw the woman on the ground, and the driver and nursing students quickly ran over to help comfort her and keep her conscious until paramedics arrived.

Lawson recalls, “We had nothing but our textbooks, stethoscopes and our brains. [The paramedics] were really thankful that we were able to give them information so they knew exactly what to do when they got there.”

Lawson and her classmates were only 10 weeks into their first year of nursing school, but this is an experience they will carry with them for the rest of their careers. She felt a passion and instinct to help, assuring her that she’s pursuing the right career path. To learn more about SUNY Delhi nursing student Keara Lawson who treated a crash victim on her way to her clinical rotations, visit here.

Phillips School of Nursing at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Named Center of Excellence

Phillips School of Nursing at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Named Center of Excellence

The Philips School of Nursing (PSON) at Mount Sinai Beth Israel was recently named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing (NLN). This is the school’s second consecutive designation in the category of “enhancing student learning and professional development” and they will hold the honor for 2018-2022.

PSON is the only hospital-based nursing school in New York City and one of 12 schools selected nationwide to receive the honor in this category. The designation recognizes PSON’s commitment to developing a new series of initiatives to enhance student learning in critical thinking and evidence-based practice. The NLN selects programs based on sustained excellence in faculty development, nursing education research, or student learning and professional development.

Todd F. Ambrosia, DNP, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, FNAP, Dean of the Phillips School of Nursing at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, tells, “We are truly honored to receive this recognition from the NLN. I’m extremely proud of the faculty, staff and students as we continue a legacy of excellence established over 114 years ago.”

PSON is dedicated to providing nursing education at the associate and baccalaureate levels. The baccalaureate program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the associate degree program by the Accreditation Commission on Education in Nursing (ACEN). The school’s mission is to become a leader in improving human health through initiatives in teaching, multidisciplinary scholarship, and service efforts that enhance healthcare delivery for the local and global community.

To learn more about the Phillips School of Nursing at Mount Sinai Beth Israel being named an NLN Center of Excellence, visit here.

75th Anniversary of Hartwick Nursing Program Celebrated with Educational Symposium

75th Anniversary of Hartwick Nursing Program Celebrated with Educational Symposium

Hartwick College recently celebrated the 75th anniversary of their nursing program with a day-long symposium on the future of nursing. Several seminars and sessions were offered, covering holistic caring, pediatric mental health, innovation, and the future of healthcare.

One of the highlights of the symposium was a panel discussion on “Nurses’ Role in the Future of Healthcare.” Moderated by Hartwick College President Margaret L. Drugovich, three top hospital executives discussed the role of Chief Nursing Officer (CNO), nurse leadership in hospital administration, and academic advancement for nurses.

Betsy Tanner Wright, president of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Chautauqua WCA Healthcare, was encouraging of nurse leadership, noting that there has been a “tremendous grown in leadership opportunities for nurses.” She shared with the panel and audience: “I see a very bright future for nurse leadership not only at the executive level, but also at the bedside level.”

Jeff Joyner, president of A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, and Mark Webster, president and CEO of Cortland Regional Medical Center also discussed the importance of the personal connection with patients and working together as a team in hospital administration. All three hospital executives agreed that nurses are vital to hospitals functioning properly, and used the CNO role as an example of how the nursing profession has expanded and evolved for the modern age.

“I think we are seeing progress in the industry,” Tanner Wright shared with the crowd. “We are seeing more nurses as hospital presidents.”

Hartwick College was one of several colleges across the United States that began their nursing program in order to train students for the US Cadet Nurse Corps. The Cadet Nurse Corps was founded in 1943 as a federal government program, to increase the number of nurses available both stateside and abroad, to treat military members fighting in World War II. Since then, over 1,500 students have become nurses, and nursing is presently the most popular field of study at Hartwick College.

For more information about Hartwick College’s nursing department, click here.

Columbia University School of Nursing Introduces Advanced Pediatric Patient Simulator to Prepare Students

Columbia University School of Nursing Introduces Advanced Pediatric Patient Simulator to Prepare Students

The Columbia University School of Nursing recently launched a new innovation in its clinical simulation curriculum, “Pediatric HAL,” the most world’s most advanced pediatric patient simulator. It’s the first of its kind to simulate life-like emotions, responsive facial expressions, speech, and movement.

The new robotic technology will be used in the school’s curriculum to help nursing students develop specialized skills to effectively communicate, diagnose, and treat young patients in all clinical settings. Columbia Nursing is one of the first schools in the country to use the simulator and the first nursing school in New York State to implement it. The robotic technology is wireless and tetherless, and capable of nearly a dozen facial and verbal expressions that demonstrate anxiety, anger, amazement, crying, and response to pain.

The new technology also possesses dynamic lung compliance which emulates real lung functionality, enabling Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist students to practice intubation and delivering anesthesia. The robot can also simulate medical crises including lung collapse so students can practice emergency interventions like chest tube insertion.

Kellie Bryant, DNP, executive director of simulation and assistant professor at the Columbia University School of Nursing, tells, “Our curriculum teaches students how to address critical health conditions so they can practice handling difficult situations that require strong communications skills, such as how to communicate a serious medical diagnosis to a young child. This robotic technology will help us to enhance our students’ clinical skills and help them become better prepared nurses and nurse practitioners, improving patient outcomes and safety through more accurate diagnosis and treatment.”

To learn more about Columbia Nursing’s new advanced pediatric patient simulator to help prepare students for treating young patients in a variety of clinical settings, visit here.

NYU Nursing Awarded $6.1 Million Grant to Improve Quality of Dementia Care in Hospice

NYU Nursing Awarded $6.1 Million Grant to Improve Quality of Dementia Care in Hospice

The New York University (NYU) Rory Meyers College of Nursing was recently awarded a $6.1 million grant from the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) National Institute on Aging to study a program designed to bring effective care to people with dementia who are receiving hospice care. The two-phase, five-year grant will fund the first large-scale clinical trial of people with dementia in hospice and their caregivers.

According to, sixteen percent of patients in hospice have dementia as their primary diagnosis, making it the second most common hospice diagnosis after cancer. Dementia patients often experience behavioral and psychological symptoms including agitation, depression, and sleep disturbances which affect the quality of life of patients with dementia and their caregivers. End-of-life care providers are often unprepared to manage the challenging symptoms of this complex disease.

The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at NYU Nursing created Aliviado Dementia Care, a program to implement effective care in the community for people with dementia and their caregivers. The program is based on research on dementia symptom assessment and management and includes training for hospice clinicians, with a focus on education and support for caregivers, and a comprehensive quality improvement program for hospice agencies.

Ab Brody, PhD, RN, FAAN, FPCN, associate director of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, associate professor at NYU Meyers, and founder of Aliviado Health, tells, “Despite high rates of dementia in hospice care, little research has been performed on how hospices can best help people with dementia and their caregivers to ensure as high a quality of life as possible during the vulnerable period at the end of life. Our evidence-based program is designed to help people with dementia who are near the end of their lives, as well as their families, to improve their quality of life and cope with this devastating illness.”

To learn more about NYU Nursing’s recent $6.1 million grant to improve the quality of dementia care in hospice, visit here.

NYU Nursing Receives $3.47 Million NIH Grant to Improve Oral Health in People with Dementia

NYU Nursing Receives $3.47 Million NIH Grant to Improve Oral Health in People with Dementia

The NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing has received $3.47 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to improve the oral hygiene of people with mild dementia. The five-year grant from the NIH’s National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and National Institute on Aging will be used to implement and study a unique oral health intervention involving family caregivers in New York and North Carolina.

NYU Meyers’ Bei Wu is the principal investigator on the project, assisted by co-principal investigators Brenda Plassman from Duke Health and Ruth Anderson from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

People with dementia usually have significantly poorer oral health than other older adults, including more plaque, cavities, severe gum disease, and fewer teeth. Individuals with mild dementia are at a higher risk of poor oral health and research suggests inadequate oral hygiene practices are to blame.

The researchers developed an intervention to help family caregivers guide people with mild dementia in carrying out oral hygiene. The intervention is designed to work with the caregiver and individual with mild dementia to identify challenges in oral care and improve the ability of the person with dementia to engage in effective oral care. Thanks to the NIH funding, the research team will conduct a randomized controlled trial in New York City and North Carolina to test the oral health intervention.

To learn more about NYU Nursing’s recent $3.47 million grant from the NIH to improve oral health in people with dementia, visit here.

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