Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Poem "For a nurse"

At our May 17, 2014 Convocation, Dr. Gale Robinson-Smith used a poem as part of her invocation.  Many people have asked for it so we thought we'd share it more broadly.

This invocation comes from a prose-poem, called For A Nurse by John O’Donohue in a book entitled – To Bless the Space Between Us. He begins the poem by discussing that nurses encounter human beings when they are ill and that they may promote wellness through their nursing care.

                             For A Nurse

In this fragile frontier-place, your kindness         
Becomes a light that consoles the brokenhearted,
Awakens within desperate storms
That oasis of serenity that calls
The spirit to rise from beneath the weight of pain,
To create a new space in the person’s mind
Where they gain distance from their suffering
And begin to see the invitation
To integrate and transform it.

May you embrace the beauty in what you do
And how you stand like a secret angel
Between the bleak despair of illness
And the unquenchable light of spirit
That can turn the darkest destiny towards dawn.

May you never doubt the gifts you bring;
Rather, learn from these frontiers
Wisdom for your own heart.
May you come to inherit
The blessings of your kindness
And never be without care and love
When winter enters your own life.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Alumna lauded for extra-special care

Photo courtesy of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Amy Federico McVeigh, ’91 BSN, sees children in crisis each day in her role as a nurse practitioner with Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. She makes an extra effort to help them cope with their hospitalizations. Her work was recognized in March with the Above and Beyond Award from the Connecticut-based Mill Foundation for Kids.

Federico extends herself beyond the routine for special activities such as visiting a patient in a rehabilitation facility on her day off, lifting the spirits of another young patient by taking her to a nearby Starbucks for a treat, and establishing a discharge check list to ease the transition to home for patients and their care teams.

The Mill Foundation supports research into cancer and other pediatric diseases and provides toys, games, art supplies and other gifts to children battling cancer and other illnesses.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Villanova Nursing connections in Landstuhl

Villanova Nursing connections can be found all over the world.  Greetings were sent "home" by
Capt. Beth Hoettels (rt.) and Lt. Kelly Binder (l), College of Nursing Class of 2013.  Lt. Binder was also a leader in the ROTC program.  They are working together at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) in Germany.
Capt. Hoettels, who forged a relationship with Villanova Nursing during Dr. Carol Weingarten's volunteer trips there each summer, spoke at Villanova during her visit in Oct., 2012 about her military nursing career, especially her work as an air transport nurse for critically wounded troops.  She continues to be part of the College's "Joining Forces" projects.  Lt. Binder is newly stationed at LRMC.  Together they are caring for wounded and ill troops airlifted from Afghanistan and for active duty military and dependents at LRMC. 

Nemours alumni advance through clinical ladder

Congratulations to our alumni at Nemours/A.I DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del. on their recent achievement. In early 2014, the three direct care nurses in the Nemours Cardiac Center earned a Clinical Nurse-III for Nursing Advancement. From left to right, they are: Anne Marie Russell, '95 BSN, RN, CPN; Kevin Nusspickel, '11 BSN, RN, CPHON; and Virginia Horsell Conte, '80 BSN, MSN, RN, CPN. Way to go!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Promoting health in young girls

“I am very passionate about empowering young women and I hope that I am making a difference!” says senior Kelsey MacNaughton. In 2012, she traveled to Durban, South Africa with College of Nursing faculty for an international field study in nursing. Knowing that the young Zulu girls at St. Leo’s school were in “desperate need of information and knowledge” about puberty and health, Kelsey says she “jumped at the idea” to teach the topic, along with Villanova nursing students Grace Stack and Laura Quaresima. In an environment swirling with myths on the subject and students lacking resources and parental guidance, the 7th graders in Durban were in need of accurate and updated information about growing up which the nursing students delivered, while promoting the normalcy of the changes that occur and discussing hygiene and health. Based on her experience in South Africa, Kelsey decided to deliver the same topic to 7th grade African-American girls during her senior year health promotion clinical practica with Dr. Carol Weingarten at McDaniel School in Philadelphia. Her April 2013 teaching plan included a slide presentation, a video, pre/post-tests, a “question jar,” and supplies. Kelsey later compared her observations and experiences teaching the two groups of girls in the US and in Africa for the College’s Undergraduate Scholar’s Day on April 23rd.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Villanova nursing connects in Kenya

For two weeks in July, M. Frances Keen, D.N.Sc., R.N., associate professor and interim director, Center for Global and Public Health, was in Kenya building houses with a Habitat for Humanity Global Village team. Having expanded her construction skill set, Dr. Keen says, “It was an absolutely fabulous experience, and one that I will definitely do again.”

On a free day, Dr. Keen was able to meet with alumna Sr. Alice Wamara Wanjiku ’09 BSN, ’10 MSN (left), as well as Sr. Celestine who will be joining the College in August to earn her BSN. Sr. Celestine founded and runs a hospital in Bungoma, a town where Dr. Keen was located near Kenya's border with Uganda; and Sr. Alice traveled there to see her.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Villanova flag flies with CCATT

Dr. Carol Weingarten (center, left), associate professor, and  Capt. Elizabeth Hoettels, U.S. Air Force Nurse Corps (center, right) have forged a collegial relationship during Dr. Weingarten's volunteer summer trips to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. Capt. Hoettels is a Critical Care Air Transport Team (CCATT) Nurse and a Clinical Nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at LRMC.

The College of Nursing, through its Joining Forces initiative, hosted Capt. Hoettels last October when she gave a lecture on her military career and the work done at LRMC for the wounded in the Middle East. In turn, the College of Nursing has given lectures and shared archived lectures for the staff at LRMC.

On June 7th, the above photo was taken at LRMC shortly before Capt. Hoettels  and her colleague deployed as part of a CCATT.  Villanova's flag flew with them, bringing wounded and ill troops home.