Issue 8 - November 2005
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Have a happy and safe holiday season, from your friends at the School of Nursing!Notable Events & Milestones Click on the "Event Calendar" link above for a comprehensive list of upcoming School of Nursing events.
December 6, 2005 - Fall classes end
December 8-16, 2005 - Exams
January 3-16, 2006 - "J"-Term (January Term)
January 18, 2006 - Spring classes begin
February 4, 2006 - Scholarship Celebration Luncheon, bringing donors and recipients together. Contact Heather for more details.
February 21, 2006 - Class of 1968 Lecture featuring Bernadette Melnyk. Stay tuned for details.
Reunion Year Alumni - Save the Dates!
All members of the Classes of 1956 and earlier are invited to attend the Thomas Jefferson Society Reunion to be held May 15-17, 2006. A luncheon for nursing alumni will be held on Wednesday, May 17.
Undergraduate classes of: 1961, '66, '71, '76, '81, '86, '91, '96, '01 - we hope you're planning to attend your class Reunion on June 2-4, 2006.
Alumni Survey - The Nursing Alumni Association and School of Nursing Alumni Office want to be sure we're meeting your needs. In 5-10 minutes you can help us direct our programming efforts, give feedback on the Virginia Legacy, and more. go.nursing.virginia.edu/surveys
Parent Survey - We are early in the process of ensuring the parents (and grandparents) of our students are getting the news and information they want and need from us. We'd also like to involve parents in the life of this school. If you have 5 minutes to spare, please give us some insight into your experience as a parent. go.nursing.virginia.edu/surveysLectures on the Web
Janet Allan, dean and professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, presented the 2005 Zula Mae Baber Bice Memorial Lecture, "Making the Case for Prevention: Shifting the Focus from Screening to Lifestyle Changes" on November 2, 2005. Listen to the "podcast" of Dr. Allan's remarks online.
"Braving the Frowns of Those Around Them: Civil War Nursing in Charlottesville: 1861-1865" was presented on October 18, 2005 by School of Nursing PhD student Barbara Maling. She discussed Southern women who rendered nursing care in Charlottesville during the Civil War. Maling describes how the town became an overflow site when Richmond’s military hospitals were overwhelmed with war casualties. http://www.virginia.edu/uvapodcast/School of Nursing in the News
STUDY EYES ABUSED CANCER PATIENTS
By Sarah Barry of The (Charlottesville) Daily Progress/November 7, 2005
One out of every four women will likely be abused by her partner during her lifetime. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women behind cancers of the skin, with almost 270,000 new cases estimated for 2005 alone. Based on these statistics, from the National Institute of Justice and the American Cancer Society, respectively, it stands to reason that a woman might suffer both. As of now, however, few to no resources exist for women living simultaneously through breast cancer and abuse. Three professors at the University of Virginia School of Nursing are conducting a new study to better understand what these women are going through and what they need. http://tinyurl.com/b7x8f
WOMAN’S DISORDER MOTIVATES NURSING STUDY
By Sarah Barry of The (Charlottesville) Daily Progress/October 17, 2005
Meghan Markley does not see the humor in bathroom jokes. After living with an inflammatory bowel disease for eight years, she knows just how serious needing a bathroom can be. "There were some days when I just couldn't get out of bed because I felt so bad," said Markley, a fourth-year nursing student at the University of Virginia. Markley was diagnosed in 2001 as having ulcerative colitis, one of two main disease categories that fall under inflammatory bowel disease.
September 28, 2005 - Althea Paul, a reporter for the ABC-16 and CBS-19 TV stations, was present in the Claude Moore Science Library’s Historical Collection room to cover the School of Nursing acquisition of archives from the Emergency Nurses Association. They chose to donate their documents to our Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry to assure not only safekeeping, but their availability for scholars. www.charlottesvillenewsplex.tv/home/headlines/1763601.html.
Arlene Keeling, Audrey Snyder, and Barbara Brodie were all interviewed on camera.
The Central Virginian (September 22, 2005) ran an article with photo about the pilot diabetes education program being rolled out for African Americans in Louisa County. The story provided contact information and encouragement for their readers to participate. The photo showed Sharon Utz and her team, including Randy Jones, Ivy Hinton, Ryan Telford, Ishan Williams, Laura Fusare, and Michael Cary.
The Central Virginian (September 15, 2005) carried a story with photos about nursing students who participated in distributing smoke detectors in homes at the Mineral Trailer Park in partnership with the Louisa Health Department. Pictured were nursing students Anne Giles and Bettina Orlando. While local volunteers handled the installation, nursing students provided fire safety instructions and offered blood pressure readings.
November 11, 2005 - NBC-29 covered a story about our Clinical Learning Labs, with special emphasis on Hoo-Man. Since the School of Nursing recently passed the 10th anniversary milestone for our simulation labs, this was a special opportunity to publicize the national leadership status of U.Va. as the first nursing school on the east coast to adopt a Sim-Man (as he’s known in other parts) and of Reba Childress who is collaborating on the first text book to be written about simulation education. Students Sarah Creech (4th year), Margie Kuczkowski (PNP student), and Livia Lee (3rd year) were articulate representatives who put Hoo-Man through his paces for the camera.
A sound investment is one that has a good track record, experiences growth, and is forward-looking. An investment in the University of Virginia School of Nursing meets all of these requirements and more.
Since its establishment in 1901, the School of Nursing has provided a first-rate nursing education to generations of students and its faculty and graduates have provided top quality nursing care for countless patients. Among the nursing students now walking the halls of McLeod, the Lawn and the Medical Center corridors are the practitioners who will care for this and future generations as well as the nursing faculty who will continue the University of Virginia’s tradition of excellence in nursing education. For them all, the School of Nursing has continuously demonstrated its capacity for thoughtful growth and timely innovation.
As you plan your year-end giving we hope that you will consider an investment in the future of health care through the School of Nursing Annual Fund. An investment in the School of Nursing at the University of Virginia is an investment in quality that will grow and touch countless lives. Make a gift today.
|Meet our friend Melba, a dressmakers' form modeling a 1950s nursing uniform. You might have admired her at various alumni events. Lately, we've been wondering what Melba would think about the University if she traveled around Grounds today. Can you tell where Melba is in this photo? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your guess. First correct answer received wins a small prize (sorry, current faculty, students, and staff are ineligible.) Send your name and mailing address along with your guess. Be forewarned, we're starting with an easy location, but they will get more difficult!|
Theresa Drought led a panel discussion at a session of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities Annual Conference in Washington on October 23. That topic was “When the Law is Silent: Creating a Community Standard for Surrogate Decision-Making.” On September 29, she presented to the Ad Hoc Committee on Health Care Decision-Making Authority of Public Guardians of the Virginia Public Guardian and Conservator Advisory Board in Richmond.
The National Academies of Practice presented Tina Brashers with their prestigious Nicholas Andrew Cummings Award, given “to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding or extraordinary contributions to the interprofessional health care field.” Tina serves as the organization’s VP for Interdisciplinary Care.
Congratulations to Pat Hollen who received a $454,920 grant from the NINR for her two-year study on “A Decision-Making Aid for Patients with Advanced Lung Cancer.”
Jeanette Lancaster received word that the latest edition of her book, "Foundations of Nursing in the Community," has recently been published. She co-edits the text with Marcia Stanhope. As the publisher put it, “The first edition of this book has become firmly entrenched in the market, and this second edition should only be more successful.”
Sarah Farrell was invited to participate on the International Program Committee for Telehealth 2006, sponsored by the International Association of Science and Technology for Development.
Congratulations to Kathryn Laughon who received the Nightingale Award for her feasibility study: Risk Factors for Pregnancy-Associated Intimate Partner Homicide. The Nightingale Award is sponsored by the Nursing Alumni Association, and funded using proceeds from the Nursing Annual Fund.
Dorothy Tullman was selected to receive the Oscar and Ruth Lanford Memorial Award for her research project on Developing a Program of Research for Preventing Delirium in Critically-Ill Older Adults.
The School of Nursing Alumni Association recognized six faculty members with grants totaling $10,000 as seed money for innovative programs.
These Innovative Teaching Awards are made possible through the generosity of alumni and friends to the Nursing Annual Fund. The Alumni Association has funded these awards for many years to stimulate creative nursing education and to support projects or course development activities that promote excellent, innovative and cost-effective teaching methods.
Student Achievements & Resources
Sandra Whitley Ryals, who earned a nursing degree from U.Va. and in August was appointed executive director of the Virginia Tobacco Settlement Foundation by Gov. Mark R. Warner, was featured in an article in Richmond Times-Dispatch headlined:
HER GOAL: NO SMOKING ; HEALTH CAREER LEADS TO POST ATOP STATE'S PREVENTION
By John Reid Blackwell of the Richmond Times-Dispatch / October 11, 2005
Congratulations to Mary C. O'Laughlen -- the 100th graduate of the U.Va. School of Nursing doctoral program! Mary successfully defended her dissertation in mid-November.
Resources for Parents
Dean Lancaster hosted a tea with Theresa Carroll and Sarah Farrell for the five School of Nursing students who made Intermediate Honors, the only academic honor for undergraduates at U.Va. prior to graduation. This year’s honorees (the top 20% of their class who have completed 60 credits at U.Va.) were recognized during Fall Convocation on Family Weekend. These third year students are: Class President Chantel Dean, Jessica Southard, Caroline Ward, Leah Welbourn, and Class Treasurer Kelly Wood.
Great news for full time MSN or PhD students! Clay Hysell reported that his grant request for the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (part of the Nurse Reinvestment Act) has been funded. Students who are US citizens or permanent residents are eligible to borrow up to their tuition/book amount each year. If they take a full-time faculty position after graduation, up to 85% of the loan is cancelled (and they pay 3% interest on the remaining principal). Those who do not obtain these positions repay the loan at the market rate. Contact Clay for more information.
The planning for the new nursing education building is moving forward steadily. Since the last update, the architectural team from Bowie Gridley has finished the layout of the building’s interior design and made some simple but important revisions to exterior features. Choices for carpeting, fabrics, furniture, and color schemes have been narrowed down to a palette that will integrate the building’s four floors. This building is not only going to be a cutting-edge educational facility, but it is also going to be beautiful. The design has received the preliminary approval of state regulators, and we await approval from the Board of Visitors for a list of naming opportunities submitted just before the holiday break. Groundbreaking is now scheduled for early April, just four and a half months from now, so be sure to mark your calendars. Mark Stanis, the University project manager, tells us that our new building will be ready to open for fall term in 2008.
For more information, call David Black at (434) 924-0138.When Katrina Blew In
On August 28, 2005 the southeastern United States was hit with a strong Category 4 hurricane named Katrina. The resulting damage and impact on lives has been immeasurable and lasting. We know of at least four U.Va. nurses who heard the call and took action, volunteering their time and talents. Doubtless there are many others. We've posted the stories they wrote of their experiences online. Do you have your own story of survival or service to share? E-mail it to us at email@example.com.
Host a dinner. Make new friends. Reconnect with the U.Va. School of Nursing.
In this pilot year, alumni in Charlottesville, Richmond, Atlanta, and the northern Virginia area should watch their mailbox and this space in the coming months for more information about this new alumni program.
SAVE THE DATE!
Find your Friends at HoosOnline
Visit the University's Higher Education Restructuring website for news on the management agreement as well as to submit your questions as the institution moves forward. http://www.virginia.edu/restructuring/
HoosOnline.com is the official U.Va. online directory of all 150,000+ living alumni. This is a free service to alumni, provided by the University Alumni Association, School of Nursing Alumni Association, and the University of Virginia. Join the 29,000 alumni who have already registered to use this valuable resource, created exclusively for U.Va. graduates.
The Directory - a searchable directory of all U.Va. alumni. Real-time profile management. Includes phone numbers, addresses, and other information that you may want to share, such as U.Va. activities, affiliations, organizations, honors - even the dorm you lived in! Only that information that you choose will appear, your privacy is protected.
E-Mail Forwarding Service - this is not an e-mail account, but a permanent forwarding address that lets you show your affinity for U.Va. and keep the same user name for years to come, wherever you use or purchase your e-mail service. Your new address will be "your name"@alumni.virginia.edu.
University Career Assistance Network (UCAN) - do you need a mentor? Would you like to be a mentor? HoosOnline will connect you with this valuable network of U.Va. alumni.
Find it on the Web at http://www.hoosonline.comHEADLINES@UVA Service
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