Friday, May 17, 2013
This spring, Villanova University hosted Admiral (Ret.) William J. Fallon as its Scholar-in-Residence. After serving over 41 years, this 1967 alumnus retired from the U.S. Navy as a four-star admiral. His last military assignment was as Commander, U.S. Central Command from March 2007 to March 2008. During the week, he presented "American Roles in a Changing World." Admiral Fallon (front row, center) also visited the College of Nursing on April 24th to have lunch with Dean Louise Fitzpatrick; Dr. Lesley Perry, associate dean; Rose O'Driscoll, assistant dean for administration; nursing alumna Maryalice Morro who is a retired Navy captain and member of the College's Board of Consultors and University's Alumni Association Board; Naval ROTC nursing students, and nursing students from the Middle East.
While studying in Ireland with fellow nursing students as part of an international field experience in nursing, junior Michelle Alemi (front row, 3rd from right) has had an "amazing" time. The group, led by Dr. Patricia Mynaugh (back, right) and Dr. Amy McKeever (front, right), is based at National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway.
"The faculty here is so warm and welcoming," says Michelle, emailing from across the Atlantic, "We listened to many different lectures about the Irish health care system." One of her favorite activities was a simulated code situation in a ward, which included a variety of roles and use of teamwork. "There were many factors we experienced that we were not used to and it was a great learning experience," she notes. Michelle and the rest of the Villanova Nurses will explore more of Ireland and its culture before returning home next week.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Kelly Nestor, MSN, ANP-BC knows the importance of nursing having a seat at the policy table. And yes, politics does have a role in nursing. She is “walking her talk” – most recently as the College of Nursing’s delegate to the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association’s Congress in Harrisburg on April 16th and, several days before, presenting a poster “Political Participation of Registered Nurses: Development of the Concept” at the Western Institute of Nursing Conference held in Anaheim, Calif., April 10-13th.
Nestor is a clinical instructor in the Adult-Geriatric Nurse Practitioner Program and is pursuing her doctorate in health policy at the University of New Mexico. She lectures on palliative care and health policy issues. Nestor is an experienced adult nurse practitioner who sees patients in her long term care setting practice where she has been practicing for the last four years in conjunction with Western Mainline Medical Associates.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
On Tuesday, March 12th, the state Student Nurses’ Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP) held their biannual Capitol Hill Step by Step program in Harrisburg. This day served to educate student nurses about healthcare policy and the importance of being informed about guidelines that shape the future of nursing practice. This year’s program featured Attorney General Kathleen Kane who spoke about her experience with nursing and her support for SNAP’s involvement in government policies.
Sophomore Liz Long, Legislative Coordinator for both the SNAP-Villanova chapter and the state SNAP, was one of the coordinators. Liz, shown above (left) with Kane and Ranck, is also a member of the chapter’s Resolutions Committee.
Liz strongly believes in the need for student and professional nurses to be active participants in healthcare policy; she feels that nurses bring a unique, holistic perspective that must be present in order to create the best policies for the profession and its patients. With the current dynamic and progressive healthcare climate, this unique opportunity provided Liz and other student nurses with a more intimate education of the importance of healthcare policy and how as future nurses they have the power to impact such decisions.
Liz also served as a featured speaker at the first SNAP-Villanova meeting this semester and discussed nursing students' roles in legislative issues. She has formed and headed an enormously successful Resolutions Committee for SNAP-Villanova. Villanova's "Joining Forces...." resolution was passed by the House of Delegates at the state SNAP convention in November and will be presented at the upcoming NSNA convention in Charlotte, NC.
On March 16 and 17, SNAP-Villanova's Freshmen Representatives, Marianna Cesareo and Meghan Long attended the state SNAP's special LEAD workshop for freshmen/sophomore rising leaders. Liz Long, as state Legislative Coordinator, was one of the student leaders.
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Tuesday, December 4, 2012
During the Fall Break international nursing clinical experience in the Dominican Republic (DR), junior and senior nursing students partnered with six students from Campus Ministry to provide care, education, and service to Haitian immigrants living in the sugar cane fields. The nursing students were joined by four students majoring in biology/science as a pathway to medical school and two students from the Villanova School of Business. During their time in the DR, the students majoring in the biology, chemistry, physics, and business had the opportunity to see nursing care in action and learn skills alongside the nursing students. In this picture, senior nursing student Samantha Cembrook (center) and junior nursing student Rachel Seggel (left), teach Ben Kramer, a student majoring in physics and chemistry how to take a blood pressure.