Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Dr. Elizabeth Dowdell cited in article on drug abuse

Dr. Elizabeth Dowdell, associate professor, Villanova University College of Nursing, was cited in an article on a recent report on teen drug abuse in the Christian Science Monitor. Dr. Dowdell is a specialist in parent-child health and forensic nursing.

To read Report: marijuana, prescription drug use up among teens click here:

Monday, December 7, 2009

Genetics expert to be national resource for nursing education

In December 2009, Suzanne Tracey Zamerowski, Ph.D., R.N., associate professor, was notified by the Genomic Healthcare Branch of the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health that she will be one of their genetics nurse education experts and an invited member of the Consultation Directory: Genetics/Genomics Education Exemplar Resources. The directory will provide a valuable resource for faculty to access and facilitate integration of genetics into their curricula and education programs. Her commitment extends through September 2010.

Dr. Zamerowski, on faculty at Villanova since 1979, has been teaching genetics for 40 years and integrating the content through her maternal-child health and health promotion specialty areas. Why this commitment? “Personally and professionally, I am dedicated to the role of genetics as a key determinant of health,” she says. “As the era of personalized health becomes a reality, genetic knowledge will be of paramount importance for individuals and health care professionals. Since nurses are widely represented in health care, they are in a key position to provide genetics assessment, education and care.” She explains further, “As a nurse educator, I want to do all that I can to ensure that nursing graduates emerge as well prepared professionals in this era of genomic medicine and contribute to the promotion of health and prevention of disease. Serving as a faculty champion will allow me to be a change agent in one of the most exciting times in health care.”

Her broad contributions thus far reflect her commitment to the arena of genetics which began at the start of her career after her son Tommy was born with a genetic disorder. “I have continuously advanced my genetic knowledge through pursuit of doctoral education, conducted genetic research, attended numerous educational conferences and professional meetings, and participated in training programs and continuing education offerings. Through my role as an educator, I have been able to apply this knowledge towards numerous educational initiatives to advance genetic knowledge, change attitudes about genetics and prepare genetically competent nurses.” For instance she developed the required undergraduate Nursing course Cell Biology and Genetics and the elective course Genetics for Health Care Professionals. Her goals will be furthered through her service as a faculty genetics champion in this national exemplar program.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Two talented teams…taking shots and giving them

Nursing students from the College of Nursing’s accelerated second-degree BSN program, along with faculty Diane Ellis, MSN, RN, administered H1N1 flu shots to the campus community on November 23, 2009 at the Jake Nevin field house. The men’s basketball team, led by Coach Jay Wright, were returning from the Puerto Rico Tip-off tournament and stopped for a “shot” with the nurses. Both groups are in their busy season…for the nursing students, the flu season and for the players, the college basketball season. Seen here with Coach Wright (center) and the team are (left to right) Susanne Brackin, Danielle McNett, Cynthia Mullane, Diane Ellis, Sarah Stephens, Bonnie-Ethel Obispo, Shelley Fox, Kelsey Schleider and Meghan Brown. The students were one of four clinical groups that administered immunizations that day for a total of 1140 given by Villanova Nursing clinical groups.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

It is estimated that globally, one in ten people lives with a disability and they represent up to 20% of the population living in poverty in developing countries. On December 3, the United Nations is once again promoting the worldwide observance of International Day of Persons with Disabilities which it began 1992.

The College of Nursing has a long history of research in support of access to and delivery of quality care to people with disabilities, especially through its Health Promotion for Women with Disabilities Project supported by a grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb. The project involved research studies and lectures relating to such areas as osteoporosis, intimate partner abuse, and cardiac disease in women with disabilities.

The work continues by the Villanova Nursing faculty. Current examples include Dr. Suzanne Smeltzer, professor and director of the College’s Center for Nursing Research, who continues her scholarly work to improve education of health care providers about disability issues so that people/patients/clients with disabilities receive better health care. She is also endeavoring to broaden the content related to disabilities in nursing curricula. In addition, Dr. Nancy Sharts-Hopko, professor and director of the doctoral program, is studying women with vision impairment and Dr. Linda Copel, professor, continues her research in the area of domestic violence.

For more information about the College’s efforts, visit http://www.villanova.edu/nursing/community/womendisabilities.htm . To learn more about International Day of Persons with Disabilities, visit http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=1484 .

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A healthier winter for Philadelphia

Approximately 1400 Philadelphians can thank Villanova University nursing students for fewer fevers, coughs, and aches this winter. Flu season just got easier for them after nearly 90 junior students, accompanied by College of Nursing faculty, administered their seasonal flu shots.

The junior class participates in the seasonal flu immunization program with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. During October and November, at 11 locations across the city including senior centers, parishes, and other community sites, the students assessed, educated and immunized vulnerable Philadelphians. The College has served Philadelphia in this manner for at least nine years.

In addition, the College of Nursing is assisting its own community by administering H1N1 vaccines to faculty, staff and students on Villanova’s campus on four days in November. Eleven clinical groups of traditional junior and senior students plus accelerated second degree adult students are being joined by their faculty for the immunization program at Jake Nevin Field House.

In this photo, nursing students Kevin Nusspickel and Kaitlyn Murphy administer flu shots to older Philadelphians at a retirement center on November 2.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Nominate your favorite accomplished Villanova Nurse for our Medallion!

Each year the College of Nursing recognizes the achievements of its alumni with its highest award, the College of Nursing Medallion. Recipients are selected from among your nominations, a critical step in the process.We encourage you to take the time to nominate a fellow Villanova Nurse this month. Previous honorees have been nurse managers, executives, clinicians, community volunteers and educators. We look forward to reading your nominations and honoring yet another distinguished group of Villanova Nurses.

Know the perfect candidate? Read more about criteria and find the nomination forms atwww.villanova.edu/nursing/about/medallion.htm

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

College of Nursing hosts Indonesian visitors

The College of Nursing hosted a group of nurses from Indonesia yesterday as part of their visit to the United States. The trip was arranged through the Indonesian embassy and the Association of Indonesian Nurses Education Centers in Jakarta, the capital city. The association has an annual study visit to the education and service institutions in the developed countries.

The 46 nurses represented several institutions in Indonesia as well as some prospective master and doctoral students. Among the visitors was an alumnus, Mohammed Subu, a 2002 graduate of the Master of Science in Nursing program in nursing education. The group’s goals were to observe the learning facilities for nursing students, and investigate the programs at the University, the education management system and the collaboration between education institution and hospitals. They enjoyed an overview of the College’s history and programs and tours of the state-of-the-art Driscoll Hall with its clinical simulation labs, as well as the University library and later a clinic run by the College faculty for the underserved populations in South Philadelphia.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Video available: Promoting Dignity through Volunteerism

See the link below to access the October 5th video recording from Promoting Dignity through Volunteerism in the Driscoll Hall Auditorium. Thank you again to our panel!

Patricia K. Bradley, PhD, RN
Barbara Ott, PhD, RN
Elise Pizzi, MSN, CRNP
Faculty, College of Nursing Villanova University
Hear this faculty panel discuss how they integrate their clinical expertise to uphold and promote the dignity of the individuals and groups with which they volunteer. Their volunteerism includes working with African American women with breast cancer, underserved immigrant populations in clinics, and those in the midst of ethical issues related to their health.

New Family Nurse Practitioner Option

The College of Nursing has received approval for its Graduate Nursing Program’s new Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) option from the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing. The establishment of both a master of science in nursing (MSN) degree and post-master’s certificate option was approved. Students can enroll in the FNP option starting in January 2010.

Why add the FNP option to the existing adult, pediatric and geriatric nurse practitioner (NP) specialties at Villanova? The FNP program was developed to meet the need for increasing numbers of nurse practitioners who can care for patients across the lifespan. “Family nurse practitioners are the most versatile NP population as they can meet the health care needs of a wide range of patients in a variety of practice settings,” explains Elizabeth Blunt, PhD, RN, APN BC, assistant professor, coordinator of the NP programs and an FNP herself, “Our students have been asking for this option so they have flexibility in employment options including sites such as nurse managed health centers, retail clinics and emergency department and urgent care centers.”

The FNP option is 47 credits with 730 clinical hours for the MSN degree, or students may complete an FNP post-master’s certificate of varying credits –up to 36—depending on education background. Students will benefit not only from the partnership with faculty who bring their current clinical experiences and mentorship into the classroom but also the integration of procedures such as suture workshops into the curriculum. The FNP option is structured so that nurse practitioners with a population focus in an area other than family can complete the FNP requirements, usually within one year.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Evaluating the Use of Standardized Patients in Undergraduate Psychiatric Nursing Experiences

New article published by our faculty and lab director about the use of SPs (standardized patients):

Robinson-Smith, G., Bradley, P., & Meakim, C. (2009, November). Evaluating the use of standardized patients in undergraduate psychiatric nursing experiences. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, Vol(5). doi:10.1016/j.ecns.2009.07.001. This is an online journal.

From the abstract: Results suggest the SP interviews increased the overall perceived student self-confidence, critical thinking, and satisfaction with learning. Findings highlight strong and weak areas of perceived clinical skills in students and provide guidelines for teaching psychiatric nursing content.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Call for Nominations: College of Nursing Medallion

Each year the College of Nursing recognizes the achievements of its alumni with its highest award, the College of Nursing Medallion. Recipients are selected from among your nominations, a critical step in the process.

We encourage you to take the time to nominate a fellow Villanova Nurse before the deadline of November 19, 2009. Previous honorees have been nurse managers, executives, clinicians, community volunteers and educators.

We look forward to reading your nominations and honoring yet another distinguished group of Villanova Nurses.
Know the perfect candidate? Read more about criteria and find the nomination forms at

Dean Fitzpatrick elected to CGFNS Board

M. Louise Fitzpatrick, EdD, RN, FAAN, Connelly Endowed Dean and Professor of the College of Nursing, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS). She will serve a four-year term beginning January 2010. Dr. Fitzpatrick has served three years on the CGFNS Committee on Appeals.

CGFNS, based in Philadelphia, is an internationally recognized authority on credentials evaluation and verification pertaining to the education, registration and licensure of nurses and health care professionals worldwide.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Nursing alumna honored with University Alumni Association Award

Congratulations to Rear Admiral Christine Bruzek-Kohler '74 BSN who received the 2009 St. Thomas of Villanova Medal last night during a dinner ceremony hosted by the Villanova University Alumni Association. Her acceptance speech was gracious, humble and inspiring-as is her leadership.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Tell a friend! Open House is October 20th!

Open House for MSN, PhD, accelerated BSN and RN to BSN

Save the date!
Tuesday, October 20th
Villanova Room, Connelly Center

Meet with faculty, tour the new Driscoll Hall classrooms and clinical simulation center and hear from an MSN/PhD student panel at 5:00 pm. Find out more about our accelerated BSN program during our 4:30 pm session.

Attend the Open House and your application fee is waived!

Promoting dignity through volunteerism

The College of Nursing’s 15th Annual Health & Human Values Lecture Series: Promoting Human Dignity Throughout the Lifespan continued on Ocotber 5th with a special look at the diverse and highly effective efforts of Nursing faculty who addressed Promoting Dignity through Volunteerism.

Villanova’s campus community, students, and colleagues alike joined a faculty panel for a discussion of how they integrate their clinical expertise to uphold and promote the dignity of the individuals and groups with which they volunteer. Their volunteerism includes working with African American women with breast cancer (Patricia K. Bradley, PhD, RN), underserved immigrant populations in clinics (Elise Pizzi, MSN, CRNP), and those in the midst of ethical issues related to their health (Barbara Ott, PhD, RN).

Dr. Bradley spoke of the commonalities among the work of the three colleagues. Each gives a voice to the voiceless and, regardless of the area of specialization, “takes the talk and puts it into action.” She is tied to multiple advocacy groups for African American women with breast cancer. Dr. Bradley explained her work at the organizational level, for instance the national level of the American Cancer Society, where she is involved in discussion and decisions relating to healthcare access and diversity. She also helps smaller organizations access resources. While she works with policy, Dr. Bradley is also connected to people in the community.

Prof. Pizzi volunteers her time to assist Unity Clinic in South Philadelphia with its operations and future plans, as well as care for its underserved immigrant patients, most of who are from Indonesia. She illustrated the need for dedicated volunteers who keep an entity such as the clinic as vibrant as it can be for the neighborhood it serves. She also spoke about the importance of relationships with other health care resources—and funding sources—in being able to provide the continuum of care required by the population. In the near future, Unity Clinic hopes to move and expand its services deeper into the surrounding area through what will be a permanent home within a community center.

Dr. Ott explained the need for well-trained, experiences and diverse membership of an ethics committee. She volunteers her time with several ethics committees in large and small hospitals and a health care system. Her work at any given time might involve policy development and review, such as those relating to do-not-resuscitate orders, HIV testing and advanced directives; education of hospital staff, committee members, patients and families and community members; and case consultation for ethically troublesome cases. Dr. Ott also spoke of the benefit of prospective ethics review in the ICU where there can be early intervention in high risk cases. She noted the cross-cultural mandate to respect and protect human rights.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Celebrating the 1st Anniversary of the Dedication of Driscoll Hall

One year ago today, October 6, 2008, Driscoll Hall, the new home of the College of Nursing, was dedicated on a crisp, sunny fall day. In that year, the building has hosted numerous nursing lectures, conferences and campus events; seen vigorous scholarly discussions, watched the integration of new knowledge and role development in its students; been home base for global outreach; and rejoiced in the mentorship of the next generation of Villanova Nurses.

The walls of Driscoll Hall do talk...through the actions of our faculty, staff, students and alumni. Thank you for all you do to support the College and our new home!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Open House for MSN, PhD, accelerated BSN and RN to BSN

Save the date!

Tuesday, October 20th


Villanova Room, Connelly Center

Meet with faculty, tour the new Driscoll Hall classrooms and clinical simulation center and hear from an MSN/PhD student panel at 5:00 pm. Find out more about our accelerated BSN program during our 4:30 pm session.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Dr. Patricia Haynor to receive award from administration program in Spain

Patricia Haynor, PhD, RN, NHA, will be awarded the Golden Dolphin Pin of the Santa Madrona School of Nursing’s Master’s Program in Nursing Administration on the occasion of the program’s 20th anniversary. Santa Madrona is affiliated with the University of Barcelona in Spain. Dr. Haynor, associate professor and coordinator, BSN/MSN Gateway Program for Registered Nurses at the Villanova University College of Nursing, was nominated for the award by the administration and faculty in recognition of her “commitment and involvement in developing the master’s program and her nursing leadership.” The Golden Dolphin is the highest honor from the school and will be presented in absentia. The ceremony takes place October 6 at the CaixaForum in Barcelona.

For 10 years Dr. Haynor taught as adjunct faculty at Santa Madrona and assisted with the establishment and growth of the Spanish Nursing Administration program. In her educator role, she taught two courses in the program, Nursing Administration and Human Resource Management. She was also a consultant to the faculty in program evaluation and presented continuing education opportunities for the nursing community in Barcelona.

Dr. Haynor has over 25 years experience as a health care administrator in acute care, home care and skilled nursing facilities. She is a recognized expert and frequent lecturer on issues concerning job satisfaction, leadership styles and strategies, nurse manager development and career development.

Dr. Carol Weingarten inducted as fellow in Academy of Nursing Education

A role model for colleagues, she was honored for her sustained and significant contributions to the field of nursing education

Excellence as an educator was recognized tonight as Carol Toussie Weingarten, PhD, RN, ANEF was inducted as a fellow in the National League for Nursing’s (NLN) Academy of Nursing Education. The ceremony was held at the close of the NLN’s Education Summit 2009 in Philadelphia. Dr. Weingarten is an associate professor at the Villanova University College of Nursing.

Dr. Weingarten is among the third class of 21 fellows representing 20 schools of nursing in the United States. The academy was established in 2007 and had 65 fellows to date. Dr. Weingarten now joins this select group after a competitive process that reviews an applicant’s innovative teaching strategies, academic leadership and collaborative partnerships, among other criteria. The NLN established the Academy of Nursing Education to foster excellence in nursing education by recognizing and capitalizing on the wisdom of outstanding nurse educators.

Read more about Dr. Weingarten's accomplishments at http://www.villanova.edu/nursing/newsevents/news.htm?page=2009_9_26.htm

Villanova Nursing faculty share expertise at Education Summit

Through honors, appointments and the sharing of expertise, the College again demonstrated why it is a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence in Nursing Education. See what your professors did at the NLN Education Summit 2009! http://www.villanova.edu/nursing/newsevents/news.htm?page=2009_9_29.htm

Monday, September 28, 2009

Dr. Nancy Sharts-Hopko elected to educator commission

Nancy Sharts-Hopko, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor and director of the doctoral program of the Villanova University College of Nursing , has been elected to the National League for Nursing’s (NLN) Commission on Certification for a full, two-year term. The Commission sets policy related to the NLN's certification process for the designation of certified nurse educator (CNE).

The College’s doctoral program prepares teacher-scholars for careers in academic settings. “It has been important for me personally to be involved in this since I direct a doctoral program that prepares nurse educators. We have ensured that the coursework in this doctoral program is congruent with NLN competencies/ standards for nurse educators that the CNE certification documents,” notes Dr. Sharts-Hopko. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the certification examination once they have fulfilled the full-time teaching requirement, which some have already done as students.

Dr. Sharts-Hopko previously served through an appointment and for those six years worked with the NLN group to create and implement the CNE process, including the exam, and successfully endeavored to have the NLN accredited to offer the CNE designation. The CNE program was created to help direct nurse educators –already experienced clinicians— to develop themselves as educators, and to acknowledge that they have done so, either through graduate programs in nursing education or through continuing education and on-the-job development.

Dr. Sharts-Hopko’s election to the Commission was announced at the NLN’s Education Summit 2009 in Philadelphia on September 26.

Friday, September 25, 2009

The impact of a nurse-managed clinic

Congratulations to Maryanne Lieb (MSN alumna and coordinator of our accelerated BSN program) and Theresa Berkman (RN to BSN alumna and adjunct faculty) who were mentioned in this Catholic Standard and Times article about the St. Agnes Nurses Clinic in West Chester, Pa. which Maryanne founded. http://www.cst-phl.com/default.asp?sourceid=&smenu=73&twindow=Default&mad=No&sdetail=1167&wpage=1&skeyword=&sidate=&ccat=&ccatm=&restate=&restatus=&reoption=&retype=&repmin=&repmax=&rebed=&rebath=&subname=&pform=&sc=2666&hn=cst-phl&he=.com

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Philly Mayor Nutter loves nurses

At the opening of the NLN Education Summit, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter addressed the educators from North America describing the concentration of health care in the city. "Philadelphia appreciates nurses," he said, further noting the contributions of nurse practitioners as key providers in the city. Mayor Nutter discussed patients being told they will have to wait to see their doctor though being relieved to hear "the nurse will see you now." This generated vigorous applause from the audience.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Promoting Dignity Through Volunteerism

On Monday, October 5th at 7:30pm in the Driscoll Hall Auditorium, join the Nursing faculty panel for a discussion of how they integrate their clinical expertise to uphold and promote the dignity of the individuals and groups with which they volunteer. Speakers include Patricia Bradley, PhD, RN (who volunteers to support African American women with breast cancer), Barbara Ott, PhD, RN (who volunteers to assist those in the midst of ethical issues related to their health) and Elise Pizzi, MSN, CRNP (who volunteers to care for underserved immigrant populations in a Philadelphia clinic). This lecture is part of the College's 15th Annual Health & Human Values Lecture Series.

Audience captivated by OVC lecture

Great to hear from Dr. Leonardo Shamamba last night about the efforts of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in Haiti to help people living with HIV/AIDS and orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). The CRS model is very much a nursing model in its holistic approach integrating individuals, families and communities while addressing issues like health, nutrition, education, finances and self-esteem. Packed auditorium audience was very appreciative. So many opportuntiites to help there. Thanks to CRS!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Be a Villanova Nurse: Undergraduate Open House for High School Students

Do you know someone who wants to be a Villanova Nurse? Have them start by visiting our website http://www.villanova.edu/nursing/programs/undergrad/bsn/ and learning more about us, then register for our October 4th Open House by following links here: http://www.villanova.edu/nursing/prospective/visit/openhouse/highschool/index.htm It's a great opportunity to meet faculty and hear the real-life experiences of our students!

Preteens and online Internet risk behaviors

Risks in the middle school years have moved beyond sneaking cigarettes. As part of a research team funded by the Department of Justice, Dr. Elizabeth Dowdell, associate professor of Nursing at Villanova, studies risky Internet behaviors of middle schoolers. In her study of 404 students, 59 had communication with a stranger, some with online conversations, gifts or meetings. Dr. Dowdell says prevention efforts should include programs in the curriculum that teach refusal skills in online situations. Parents should keep computers in a public space at home and discuss with children the dangers of posting online personal data.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Orphaned and Vulnerable Children in Haiti

The College of Nursing kicks off its 15th Annual Health & Human Values Lecture series on Monday with Improving Quality of Life for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Haiti. See you at 7:30pm in the Driscoll Hall Auditorium to to hear Dr. Leonardo Shamamba talk about his work as an HIV/AIDS outreach coordinator and caring for the children affected in Haiti.

See more at http://www.villanova.edu/nursing/newsevents/events/lecture.htm

Thursday, September 17, 2009

New funding source options available to nursing education students in College of Nursing

The College of Nursing has long been educating the educators of the profession. In recent years, with the critical national faculty shortage, the College has expanded and enhanced offerings at the master’s, post-master’s, doctoral and continuing education levels to meet the needs of nurse educators and students. The College has also targeted obtaining funding for students who are U.S. citizens and wish to earn a degree in nursing education and then teach in an accredited nursing program in the United States.

Complementing other loan forgiveness programs from which its nursing education students have benefited, the College has recently obtained $130,000 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for students studying nursing education at the master’s level. This resource for students is in addition to other federal loan forgiveness funds totaling $389,000 obtained from the Nurse Faculty Loan Program in June. Students in the master’s or doctoral programs studying nursing education may use these funds for tuition, fees, books and supplies—easing the financial burden of advanced education.

For more information on the master’s/post-master’s program visit http://www.villanova.edu/nursing/programs/graduate/masters/concentrations/education/index.htm
and for the doctoral program, visit http://www.villanova.edu/nursing/programs/graduate/phd/index.htm

Blood drive sponsored by the College of Nursing's Undergraduate Nursing Senate

Recycle yourself! Give blood.
Tuesday, September 29
10am to 4pm
Dougherty Hall-West Lounge
Appointments preferred (sign up at
www.pleasegiveblood.org/donate and enter sponsor #2031)

For 25 years, the Undergraduate Nursing Senate has been sponsoring blood drives on campus with the American Red Cross. That's a lot of lives saved by the Villanova community.

What happens to your blood? Blood may be used for whole blood tranfusions or it is separated into its components including red blood cells, plasma, platelets, and cryoprecipatitated AHF (antihemophilic factor). Each component can be transfused to different individuals with different needs. Therefore, each donation can be used to help save as many as three lives.

Who are you helping? Premature infants in NICUs, babies having open heart surgery, people with hemophilia, and trauma, cancer and burn patients among countless others.

You can help three people and give hope to their families and friends by being there September 29th!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

College of Nursing hosts Diversity Workshop for campus faculty

Join colleagues from across the Villanova faculty to learn more about Teaching Across the Lines of Differences on Friday, October 2nd from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Driscoll Hall Auditorium.

Speakers include Dr. Patricia Bradley, associate professor and Patty Abdalla, nursing student resource advisor from the College of Nursing, and from The Center for Multicultural Affairs Dr. Terry Nance, assistant vice president and Kristina Ruiz Mesa, assistant director.

RSVP to Dr. Patricia Bradley 610.519.4920 or patricia.bradley@villanova.edu

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Food safety resource

Need a resource about food safety for your patients? Check this newly revised site from the government http://www.foodsafety.gov/

Share your expertise: Call for abstracts for annual Nursing research symposium

The College of Nursing announces a call for abstracts for papers and posters for its Annual Research Symposium to be held Tuesday, February 23, 2010 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in the Villanova Room of Connelly Center on the University campus. The deadline for abstracts is December 21, 2009.

The event is sponsored by the College’s Center for Nursing Research, Sigma Theta Tau International Alpha Nu Chapter and Continuing Education in Nursing and Health Care Program. The symposium theme is The Many Dimensions of Nursing Research and will incorporate completed research that focuses on clinical excellence, nursing education and health care leadership. Studies in any stage of development will be considered for posters.

Learn more here: http://www.villanova.edu/nursing/newsevents/news.htm?page=2009_6_25.htm

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Philadelphia area RNs needed to volunteer at clinic for the underserved

Unity Clinic in south Philadelphia is one of many places where the College of Nursing faculty, students and alumni serve the underserved. If you are a Pennsylvania-licensed RN with adult health experience, consider volunteering at the clinic on Tuesday evenings from 5-8pm. There is garage parking which is free and safe. There are immediate needs starting this month. For more information, contact Elise Pizzi, MSN, CRNP at elise.pizzi@villanova.edu or 610-519-7056.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Tips to prevent H1N1 (Swine)Flu

While media can cause a stir among the public about the upcoming flu season, using common sense is your best defense against getting sick.

H1N1 flu is a virus that spreads in a similar fashion as seasonal flu, from person to person through coughs or sneezes, or contaminated hands or surfaces that are touched. People who are very young or old, are pregnant or have weakened immune systems need to be especially careful.

Wash, wash, wash your hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizers, use a tissue to cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing and dispose of it properly, avoid touching your face to prevent transmission of germs, and avoid sick people and crowds. Questions? Contact your health care provider about potential medications or treatments you may need and for additional information visit www.cdc.gov/h1n1.

Dr. Cantrell to study hope interventions in childhood cancer survivors with NINR grant

Mary Ann Cantrell, Ph.D., R.N., CS, associate professor at the College of Nursing, has received a three-year Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). NINR is a division of the National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Cantrell will be researching “A hope intervention to influence quality of life among female survivors of childhood cancer.”

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Nursing student enhances health information for Arab immigrants

Christine Grywalski, BSN, a 2009 graduate of the Villanova University College of Nursing from Springfield, N.J. investigated the need for and created an information sheet about health insurance options and free care for new immigrants that can be now be accessed via the Philadelphia Arab American Community Development Corporation web site (www.arabamericancdc.org/accesstohealthcare.html). In this photo, Christine is checking the blood pressure of an Arab immigrant woman. Read more about Christine's initiative here:

Dr. Kim Trout cited in diabetes article

Kim Trout, PhD, RN, CNM was quoted in an article “Women's Monthly Cycle Affects Blood Glucose Control, But Not Consistently” on the website Diabetes Health.
http://www.diabeteshealth.com/read/2009/08/15/6312/womens-monthly-cycle-affects-blood-glucose-control-but-not-consistently/ Dr. Trout is a certified nurse midwife and assistant professor in maternal-child health at the College of Nursing.

Monday, August 24, 2009

H1N1 Virus (Swine Flu): What you need to know

Date: Thursday, September 10, 2009
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: Connelly Center Cinema

Dr. Hans Liu, MD, FACP
Bryn Mawr Medical Specialists Association, Bryn Mawr, PA, Professor of Medicine, Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia

Well-known speaker and consultant Hans Liu, MD, FACP, is an infectious disease specialist whose professional endeavors have included researching antibiotic resistance and treatment of infections, as well as investigating issues in global health. He is former Chief of Infectious Diseases at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia and a longstanding medical educator. Dr. Liu lectures nationally and internationally.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Save the date! Improving Quality of Life for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Haiti

This lecture is part of the College of Nursing's 15th Annual Health & Human Values Lecture Series: Promoting Human Dignity Throughout the Lifespan

Date: Monday, September 21, 2009
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Driscoll Hall Auditorium

Leonardo Shamamba, MD
HIV and AIDS Reach Out CoordinatorCatholic Relief Services, Port -Au-Prince, Haiti

Dr. Leonardo Shamamba, a gynecologist/obstetrician, has been working in the HIV/AIDS field throughout his career. Before becoming the HIV and AIDS Reach Out Coordinator in Haiti for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) he successfully developed similar programs in Uganda, Somalia and his native Democratic Republic of Congo. While progress has been made for clinical care and treatment of HIV in Haiti, disparities between institutional and community services limit the effectiveness of care. CRS addresses these challenges with a Community Support and Care Program by reinforcing community personnel capacity to address psychosocial, educational, economical, professional, and basic physical needs of people living with HIV/AIDS and orphans and vulnerable children.

In collaboration with Catholic Relief Services

For more information about the lectures, directions, or to be added to the mailing list, call the College of Nursing at (610) 519-4900.
All lectures are held at Villanova University and are free and open to the community.

More info at: http://www.villanova.edu/nursing/newsevents/events/lecture.htm

Contact Information: Louisa Zullo 610.519.4930 loiusa.zullo@villanova.edu

Friday, June 26, 2009