ISSUE - December, 2007
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January 16, 2008 -Spring Classes begin
February 2, 2008 (Snow Date - February 9, 2008) - Alumni Council Retreat
February 23, 2008 - Make-a-Wish Benefit Dinner
at the Boar's Head. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
March 14, 2008 - NSWB El Salvador Clinic Fundraiser
at King Family Vineyard More Information
May 12-14, 2008 - Thomas Jefferson Society Reunion
Celebrating the Classes of 1958 and all TJ Society members. More information can be found at www.virginiareunions.com
June 6-8, 2008 - Undergraduate Reunions
- Celebrating the Classes of 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, and 2003. More information can be found at www.virginiareunions.com
'Hoos Coming to Dinner
On October 11th, more than 175 School of Nursing alumni dined together in twenty-four locations across the nation! Check out some photos
from the events and let us know how you would like to be involved in the future.
On November 7, noted nursing historian Ellen D. Baer
, PHD, RN, FAAN, presented the Zula Mae Baber Bice Memorial Lecture as part of the Medical Center Hour lecture series. Almost 200 students, clinicians, faculty, and alumni heard the presentation Do Trained Nurses Work for Love, or Do They Work for Money?
The talk explored contrasting expectations of nursing and medical professionals in terms of their professional self-determination and economic recognition. You can listen to a podcast of the lecture at UVa Podcasts and Webcasts
Nursing Leadership Forum
||Over the weekend of Nov. 9-10, twenty alumni and more than 150 students participated in this popular education and mentoring event. The 2007 forum was our biggest ever. Offering panel presentations on graduate study and job searching, to networking and creating work-life balance, the forum explored issues relevant to new nurses & forged valuable connections among alums and students.
CNHI 15th Anniversary Celebration
On November 7, the Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry celebrated its 15th anniversary with a reception at the Colonnade Club. Photos below: Barbara Brodie
and Arlene Keeling
explained the origins of the Center and then posed for a photo representing the past, present and future of the CNHI.
CNL students Meredith Cooley
, Tim Cunningham
, Jess Keim
, and Jess Silcox
presented Creating Health Partnerships in Lesotho and South Africa
on November 13 as part of the International Forum series of lectures. Upcoming International Forums will include The Work of Nursing Teams with Physicians for Peace
(February 5) and Mayan Medical Aid: Reflections of a Medical Spanish Immersion Program in Guatemala
Nursing Students Without Borders
Nursing Students without Borders (NSWB) President Megan Benckert
and member Lindsey Wilson
visited El Salvador in October to consult with Fernando Cortez
, MD, Director of the Red Cross clinic, and his staff in San Sebastian. The clinic provides the only 24/7 health care in its area and is seriously in need of a new facility (see photo above right). NSWB has already purchased land for a new clinic and is now in the process of securing donations to fund construction. For more information about NSWB's work and how you can partner with them, contact president Megan Benckert at email@example.com
School Of Nursing Expansion Update
Keep an eye on our progress by bookmarking our webcam
It really looks like a building now! Brick facade construction is underway and will continue through late January. Work to "close in" the building is on schedule for completion by the end of December.
The School has also received preliminary space re-allocation plans for the McLeod Hall renovation project, targeted to begin next summer. We anticipate that we will need approximately $7 million in private support to complete the renovations. More precise estimates are forthcoming.
Naming opportunities remain in the new building and private gifts are still needed to complete the expansion project. If you have questions or want more information, contact Mary Beth Knight at (434) 924-2627 or email Marybeth@virginia.edu
Get Creative - Health Care Literary Journal Launches
If you are involved in providing, studying, teaching or researching patient care, you are eligible to submit art or writing to Hospital Drive
, an on-line journal of U.Va. School of Medicine. Hospital Drive
is looking for poetry, short fiction, personal essay, reviews (performance, book, art), photography and visual art (painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media). Submissions are made on-line and will be reviewed anonymously by the editorial board based on content and quality of the work. The journal will publish twice a year. For more information, visit hospitaldrive.med.virginia.edu
A Season of Giving and Thanksgiving
In this season of giving and thanksgiving, we extend to you the gratitude of the U.Va. School of Nursing's students, faculty and staff for your support of our mission of educating future leaders, extending knowledge through research, and providing compassionate health care to our nation and the world.
To show your thanks to the U.Va. School of Nursing with a gift to the Nursing Annual Fund before the end of the tax year, visit our new and easy online giving
Follow these instructions
to make gifts of securities.
Thank you and Happy Holidays!
Nursing in the News
Dean Lancaster reflects back on her 19 years at the helm of the School of Nursing and discusses the challenges and opportunities ahead for nursing education and practice. U.Va. Today Jeanette Lancaster
As president of the AACN, Dean Lancaster has helped to broker a joint effort between the AACN and Johnson & Johnson to establish the J&J/AACN Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars program. Nursezone.com Jeanette Lancaster, Allison Kennel
"Where Have All the Nurses Gone?" includes an extensive interview with the Dean and nursing student Allison Kennel. With Good Reason
. Kim Innes
Applies her love of science and yoga to work at the Center for the Study of Complementary and Alternative Therapies (CSCAT) Yoga Journal
. Emily Hauenstein
WMRA's "Insight" program on October 24 featured an interview on Mental Health in Rural Virginia. Scroll down to the date and click on the link. WMRA Kim Innes, Cheryl Bourguignon, and Ann Taylor
The article "Risk indices associated with the insulin resistant syndrome, cardiovascular disease, and possible protection with yoga: A systematic review," was featured in the March/April 2007 Editorial "The Most-Frequently Read Articles in the JABFM" Journal of the American Board of Family Practice
. (see p. 233) Cathy Campbell
The Augusta Free Press covered her research on how rural African Americans with advanced cancer make decisions about treatment. Augusta Free Press
Student Achievements & News
Doctoral student Nena Patterson
presented a poster at the annual conference of the American Association for the History of Nursing.
Second year nursing student Sinziana Hada
was interviewed on camera at the kickoff rally for the UVa 2007 Symposium on Race and Society.
BSN Class of 2009 students Alicia Dean
, Eleanor Donovan
, Larkin Hamrick
, Margaret Morrison
, Amy Nylund
, Lauren Starkey
, and Diane Trausch
received Intermediate Honors recognition in October. This high distinction is for students in the top 20% of their class after two years at the University.
Recent CNL graduate, Courtney Grant
(MSN 2007) created an abstract of her leadership project and submitted it to the Emergency Nurses Association 2008 Leadership Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. The title of her accepted poster presentation is Retention Intervention: The Preservation of Wisdom
. Co-authors include Audrey Snyder
(PhD, 2007) & fellow CNL graduate Casey Boland
(MSN 2007). Martha Raile Alligood
, PhD, RN (BSN 1973) was inducted as a Fellow in the Academy of Nursing Education at the NLN Education Summit in September 2007 in Phoenix, AZ. Martha resides in Chocwinity, NC.
Remembering Faculty At The Holidays
You read in Charts & Paths about their accomplishments and their unwavering dedication to teaching students and pursuing research that will improve health care for all Americans. They're our School of Nursing faculty, and we think they're a truly outstanding group of teachers, scholars and clinicians. To show your appreciation for their work and to help the school recruit more faculty members like them, consider a gift this holiday season to the Jeanette Lancaster Fund for Faculty Excellence. As you'll recall from the last issue of C&P, the Lancaster Fund was started by the Advisory Board chair Becky Ruegger to honor Dean Lancaster's many years of service to nursing faculty and students at U.Va. Established at $500,000, we want to grow the principal to $1 million (by this summer, if possible, before the dean steps down!) Many thanks for considering this among your year-end philanthropic plans. If you have questions or want more information, contact Mary Beth Knight at (434) 924-2627 or email Marybeth@virginia.edu.
Arlene Keeling, now President of the American Association for the History of
Nursing, was named the recipient of the Lavinia L. Dock Award for "exemplary historical writing" for her recent book Nursing and the Privilege of Prescription, 1893-2000. She received her award at the association's annual conference in White Plains, NY.
Associate Dean Sarah Farrell has obtained certification as Clincal Nurse Leader.
Clay Hysell 's Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) is now in its 3rd year of funding with a $90,000 grant, an increase from 2005 and 2006. 85% of the debt is forgiven when a fulltime student becomes a nurse faculty member anywhere in the US after graduation.
Marianne Baernholdt received a $257,804 K01 Grant from NINR for: Impact of Nurse Work Environment on Rural Quality of Care and Clinical Outcomes. She will be surveying staff nurses in rural hospitals in Virginia and North Carolina and examining how community, hospital, nursing unit characteristics, and the nurse work environment impact quality of care indicators and clinical outcomes.
Courtney Lyder is now a member of the National Advisory council for the new RWJ Foundation Nursing Faculty Scholars Program intended to help create a new generation of nursing faculty. Other members include Kathleen Dracup (Dean, UCLA), Nancy Fugate Woods (Dean, University of Washington), Afef Meleis (Dean, University of Pennsylvania), Patricia Grady (Director, NINR), and Jane Henney (former Commissioner, Food & Drug Administration.)
Elizabeth Merwin has been invited to serve as a member of the Health Systems Research (HSR) study section of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) from October 1, 2007-September 30, 2011. The HSR committee is one of the standing study sections of the Health Services Research Initial Review Group (IRG).
Carolyn Ramwell has been invited to join Project Peds: Sri Lanka Tsunami Relief in Sri Lanka. Former Presidents Bush and Clintons' Tsunami foundation gave $400K to start the project. The World Children's Initiative (WCI), the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, and the Childrenâ€™s National Medical Center joined together to launch Project Peds with the intent to create a tertiary care and teaching facility in Sri Lanka that will serve as a model for other state-managed childrenâ€™s healthcare facilities in Sri Lanka and other developing nations.
At the closing Plenary session of the Sigma Theta Tau 39 Biennial Convention, the 2007 Melanie C. Dreher Outstanding Dean Award for Excellence in Chapter Support was presented to Dean Jeanette Lancaster. The award recognizes a nursing program administrator who actively supports honor society chapter activities. Additionally, Our Beta Kappa chapter received its 3rd Key Award for Chapter Excellence.
Catherine Ratliff and her team (Carolyn Eddins, Marilu Dixon, David Mercer, and Patty Carver) received the Charles L. Brown for Patient Care Quality for their Presentation of the Pressure Ulcer Rates at the UVA Health System.
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