Our Nurse of the Week is Karin
Huster, a Seattle-based nurse and field coordinator for Doctors Without Borders.
Huster spends six to 12 weeks at a time away from home, helping the world’s
most vulnerable populations. Most recently she was in the Democratic Republic
of Congo (DRC) helping battle Ebola outbreaks.
Even though she regularly encounters dying patients, Huster tells seattletimes.com, “It’s the best job in the world. And I don’t mean this lightly…My goal in life is nothing else but to try to improve people’s lives.”
Ebola has killed over 2,000
individuals and sickened almost 3,000 individuals in the DRC since August 2018.
The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a global health emergency
in July 2019 while Huster was on her fourth trip there.
Helping those in need has been
Huster’s dream since she was a child. She grew up on Réunion
Island, a French island in the Indian Ocean, and in 1991 she moved to Seattle
for a job translating English to French for Microsoft. Feeling unfulfilled, she
left her job at Microsoft to enroll in nursing school at the University of
Washington (UW). She spent eight years as a nurse in the intensive care unit at
Harborview Medical Center before going back to UW to earn her master’s degree
in global health. In 2012, Huster went to Lebanon on a trip with UW to work
with Syrian refugees. It was there that she found her passion for traveling to
help the world’s most vulnerable populations.
learn more about Karin
Huster, a Seattle-based nurse and field coordinator for Doctors Without Borders
who considers her job battling Ebola outbreaks in Africa the “best job in the
world,” visit here.
Under the aegis of the Diversity Impact (DI) Program at Frontier
Nursing University, faculty and students are the vanguard of the movement to diversify
the ranks of nurse practitioners and nurse-midwives and improve health care
conditions among the underserved and marginalized.
Frontier’s current Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Dr. Maria Valentin-Welch, takes great pride in the students’ achievements during and after their participation in the DI program, and says: “they are applying what is taught here in regard to diversity, inclusion, and equity, not only within their new areas of employment as graduates but across their communities. Some have established underserved programs, birth centers, and international programs. These students are passionate advocates for the underserved and disenfranchised people. They are the future catalyst of change.”
In addition to distributing some $300,000 in scholarship funds received through their Health Resources and Services Administration’s Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant, the program has implemented diversity training sessions for all faculty and staff and added diversity discussions to student orientation sessions. DI participants are also encouraged to attend annual conferences dedicated to fostering a more diverse, culturally aware health care workforce—where, under the guidance of a faculty mentor, students explore the benefits of active participation in professional nursing organizations.
The thriving program at Frontier received a 2018
Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award
from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, and was cited as
a “Top College for Diversity.” In addition, the magazine added Dr.
Valentin-Welch herself to their Top 25 Women in Higher Education roster of standout
diversity advocates at US colleges and universities.
For an experienced professional proponent of diversity
and inclusion, the most daunting challenge, according to Valentin-Welch, is maintaining
belief in the goal of “uniting folks while our nation is receiving messages of
division and promoting actions of division and lack of compassion… However, I
feel midwifery and nursing have always held an important role in not only
listening to people, but also advocating for what is right.”
For further details on the Diversity Impact Program at
Frontier Nursing University, visit here.
University of Virginia (UVA) School of Nursing Dean Emerita Dorrie K. Fontaine was recently selected for the 2019 Elizabeth Zintl Leadership Award. Fontaine will be honored at a reception on October 15. She is known for her focus on creating a healthy work environment, fostering interprofessional education, and furthering efforts of inclusion and diversity in nursing.
The award was first given in 1998 to honor the memory of Zintl, an accomplished writer and journalist who served as chief of staff to the UVA president until her untimely death in 1997 at age 45. According to news.virginia.edu, the award recognizes a female employee who has given an “unusually high degree of service to the University, within and beyond the expectations of the position” and “whose excellence in work makes a direct and significant impact on the core academic enterprise.”
Fontaine retired from her position as Dean on July 31. She is taking a sabbatical this year and helping colleagues co-edit a book titled, “Caring for Ourselves, Caring for Others: A Self-Care Handbook for the Student Nurse.”
Fontaine is a former trauma and critical care nurse. She founded UVA’s Compassionate Care Initiative in 2009 with a mission of alleviating human suffering through developing compassionate caregivers and systems. The initiative nurtures students, faculty, staff, and clinicians to become resilient and know that caring for themselves provides a foundation for the safe and exceptional care of others. Fontaine is also a past president of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, the largest specialty nursing organization in the world, and past president of the Virginia Association of Colleges of Nursing.
To learn more about Dorrie K. Fontaine, Nursing Dean Emerita for the University of Virginia School of Nursing who was recently selected for the 2019 Elizabeth Zintl Leadership Award, visit here.
of the Week is Czarina
Cecilio, a 33-year-old registered nurse (RN) at Weill Cornell Medicine’s Multiple Myeloma
Center in New York City. Multiple myeloma (MM) is a type of bone marrow
cancer and in addition to performing her nursing duties, Cecilio is also
responsible for a lot of paperwork because the medication administered to many MM
patients is experiencing a national drug shortage.
Cecilio works 10-hour shifts on a regular basis,
helping keep her patients comfortable in the midst of this drug shortage. Cecilio’s
role at the Multiple Myeloma Center is Clinical Nurse Liaison. She serves as
head RN of the practice and her responsibilities include educating patients on their therapy regimen and helping them get
medication, supervising medical technicians, and keeping the clinic workflow
However, she also spends a lot of
time on the phone with manufacturers and drug providers in an effort to secure
treatment for her patients. Many MM patients are treated with an intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG),
but production for the medication has slowed, causing increased demand.
Cecilio tells businessinsider.com, “With myeloma, it’s an incurable disease, [but] it’s treatable, so that’s why we see these patients all the time. You get to build a relationship with these patients.”
Cecilio didn’t always want to be a nurse. She received
her undergraduate degree in anthropology and then decided to go into medical
research. She eventually ended up in an entry level nursing job as a medical
technician, but found herself unable to answer many of her patients’ questions regarding
their care, so she decided to go to nursing school. Now, she loves her work as
a nurse in the multiple myeloma clinic because it allows her to form bonds with
patients who are typically receiving long-term treatment.
To learn more about Czarina Cecilio, a registered
nurse at Weill Cornell Medicine’s Multiple Myeloma Center in New York City,
read Business Insider’s coverage of their day spent shadowing her here.
The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) recently announced the appointment of Bobbie
Tchopev, MBA, MScED, to serve as the inaugural
Assistant Dean for Organizational Improvement. Tchopev’s new role will focus on
operational integration and project management specific to staff while driving
organizational improvement, and staff development and success at JHSON.
Patricia Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN, dean of JHSON, tells newswise.com, “This appointment is a demonstration of our strong commitment to integrated staff operations, engagement, and growth. Staff play a tremendous role in achieving the mission of our school. Bobbie’s strengths in strategic planning and data analysis will be key to providing vital organizational structure, processes and pathways for staff to exercise leadership and innovation.”
Tchopev is joining JHSON from the Johns Hopkins University Carey
Business School. She brings broad
experience in business, marketing, design thinking, conflict
resolution, and strategic team management. Tchopev has held a wide variety of
positions throughout her career including Executive Director of Student
Services at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, Academic Program Manager
at Johns Hopkins University, Business faculty and an academic advisor for Mott
Community College, and a recruiter for Walsh College of Accountancy and
Business Administration. She is also certified as an MBA Career Coach and has
extensive experience in positive psychology coaching, questionnaire design for
social surveys, and strengths-based mentoring.
Tchopev began her new position on August 19. To learn more about
Bobbie Tchopev, MBA, MScED, who was appointed by the Johns Hopkins University
School of Nursing to serve as the inaugural Assistant Dean for Organizational
Improvement, visit here.
Stony Brook University has named Annette
B. Wysocki, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the School of Nursing, effective
August 1. Dr. Wysocki is a nursing educator, scholar, and researcher with over
30 years of experience. She joins Stony Brook from the University of
Massachusetts at Amherst College of Nursing, where she served as Professor and
Associate Dean for Research since 2012.
Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, MACP, Senior Vice President of Health Sciences and Dean of the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University, tells news.stonybrook.edu, “Annette was chosen from an incredibly talented pool of national candidates, yet stood out because of her clear vision about the future of our school of nursing and her impressive nursing career on many levels. This includes Annette’s many leadership and advisory roles at higher educational institutions and societies and her scholarly and research work on a national and international scale.”
Dr. Wysocki began her
academic career by joining the faculty of the New York University Medical
Center where she was Director of Nursing Research and a faculty member in the
Department of Dermatology in the School of Medicine. She then joined the
National Institutes of Health (NIH) and served as Scientific Director of the
National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) and Chief of the Wound Healing
Laboratory. After leaving the NIH, Dr. Wysocki became Professor of Nursing and
Surgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, before joining UMass
Dr. Wysocki’s past research
has helped develop the science of symptom self-management, studying the wound
environment in patients with spinal cord injury, and studying the basic biology
of chronic wounds. She is a lead researcher in wound healing and other topics
in nursing research.
In her new role as dean of
Stony Brook Nursing, Dr. Wysocki intends to continue building the school’s mission
of advancing the science and practice of nursing to improve the lives of
individuals, families, and the community.
To learn more about Annette
B. Wysocki, PhD, RN, FAAN, who was recently named dean of the Stony Brook University
School of Nursing, visit here.