Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Serving those who serve

Dr. Carol Weingarten, in the Wounded Warrior Ministry Center, with cards made by members of the Villanova Chapter of the Student Nurses’ Association of Pennsylvania for which she is advisor.

Summer was a busy yet rewarding time for Carol Toussie Weingarten, PhD, RN, ANEF, associate professor in the College of Nursing. She and husband Michael S. Weingarten, MD, MBA, FACS, a VSB alumnus and professor of Surgery at Drexel University School of Medicine volunteered for their second consecutive summer working with the troops at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) in Germany. Inspired by their two-week mission last year, they did not hesitate to return in 2010 and are already slated to go back next July. “Courage, teamwork, superb care and kindness,” is how Dr. Weingarten summarizes the environment there, which was a good fit for her specialty area of health promotion and wellness.

LRMC is the largest American military hospital outside the United States, to which ill and wounded troops are taken from such places as Afghanistan and Iraq. Transition is a hallmark of LRMC, where the length of stay for inpatients can range from one to three days. Outpatients are housed for up to 14 days at the Medical Transient Detachment. Some patients are airlifted back to the U.S. for further care while others return downrange.

Through the Society for Vascular Surgery in cooperation with the American Red Cross, Dr. Michael Weingarten served as a volunteer vascular surgeon in the Combat Casualty Program where his skills were needed in the operating room and intensive care unit. Because there is no parallel nursing program, Dr. Carol Weingarten worked with outpatients as a civilian volunteer with the Chaplains' Wounded Warrior Ministry Center (WWMC) Projects. WWMC was created to provide comfort items like clothing and toiletries for wounded or ill service members but has expanded to provide further comfort. The WWMC incorporates several strategies to promote mental and spiritual health including combat support dinners, supervised trips for troops to areas of local interest and the Chaplains’ Closet –a “free” store with toiletries, adaptive clothing, handmade blankets, music, sweets and cards from well-wishers. The programs are supervised by pastoral care staff enhanced by volunteers, as appropriate, and contracted behavioral health specialists. Time itself can be a stressor as it stretches between tests and treatments. Dr. Weingarten explains, based on the time she spent supporting troops on the local trips and working with them at the Chaplain’s Closet, “I realized early in my experience as a WWMC civilian volunteer that (this was) a perfect placement for me. From a nursing perspective, the WWMC and its related projects are examples of health promotion.” Her work did not stop there.

“This year I undertook a nursing journalism project at LRMC. In 2009 I met and saw so many extraordinary nurses that I got permission from the Public Affairs Office and the Director of Nursing to interview nurses and staff in a variety of areas. I was welcomed everywhere,” notes Dr. Weingarten. Her work showcasing the efforts of the Army, Navy, Air Force and civilian nurses at LRMC will be published this October in The American Journal of Nursing and she targets a future publication in Pennsylvania Nurse. She is speaking this fall at the state Student Nurses’ Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP) convention about the couple’s experiences (she is the advisor for the Villanova Chapter of SNAP). In April, she and her husband are likely speaking together at the National Student Nurses’ Association convention. Her final thought? Dr. Weingarten reflects, “As I listened to each fascinating story, I realized that nursing becomes part of who you are, whether you are the interviewer or the person being interviewed.”

Monday, August 30, 2010

Dr. Marcia Costello interviewed on FOX news

Thanks to Dr. Marcia Costello, RD, assistant professor, who shared her expertise about contaminated eggs on Sunday night on Philly's Fox news.

See the clip here http://www.criticalmention.com/components/url_gen/play_flash.php?autoplay=1&clip_info=1543863515|23|36^1543864799|0|59^1543866103|0|59^1543867050|0|50^

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Doctoral student among first NLN Jonas Scholars

Jennifer Gunberg Ross, MSN, RN is among the first five doctoral students chosen from a national pool to be among the inaugural group of National League for Nursing Jonas Scholars to advance the science of nursing education. She is a doctoral student at the College of Nursing, Villanova University. Her dissertation focus is "The effect of simulation training on baccalaureate nursing students' competency in performing intramuscular injection" which meets a specific NLN research priority of Evaluation Research in Nursing Education.

The NLN Jonas Scholars Program is supporting 10 PhD candidates as they complete their dissertations. It is based on a two-year, $75,000 grant from the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence in New York City. The grant also supports expenses for the new researchers to attend a meeting later in the year with an assigned faculty mentor in nursing education. Ross earned her BSN (2000) and MSN (2005) degrees at Villanova.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Faculty positions

The College of Nursing at Villanova University seeks applications for two full-time, tenure track faculty positions at the rank of Assistant Professor with preparation in adult health and illness. The successful candidate will provide classroom, simulation laboratory and clinical teaching, advise students, engage in scholarly work in area of expertise and be an active participant in College and University life.

Doctorate in Nursing required, PhD preferred. Master’s degree in nursing with preparation in adult health and illness and licensure or eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse in Pennsylvania required.

Previous teaching experience in an academic nursing program in a college or university preferred. Experience with clinical simulation as a teaching methodology preferred as is evidence of scholarly productivity commensurate with appointment at the assistant professor level.

Villanova is a Catholic University sponsored by the Augustinian order. An AA/EEO employer, Villanova seeks a diverse faculty committed to scholarship, service, and especially teaching, who understand, respect, and can contribute to the University’s mission and values. Further information about the College of Nursing can be found at www.villanova.edu/nursing.

To apply, please go to https://jobs.villanova.edu and click on Faculty Positions.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Autism: Critical Information ALL nurses need

With autism rates skyrocketing (1:110 children and 1:70 boys), this course is a must-do. Why? Nurses and nurse educators learn very little about the specifics of caring for children--and now adults--with autism who are seen in nearly all health care settings. This course changes that.

Find out the parent’s side of healthcare encounters from a nurse practitioner who is the mother of a medically complex, profoundly autistic child. A physician who is an expert in autism will address possible causes, current treatment options and future research areas. A behavioral analyst who specializes in therapies and care coordination will share information on the components of a successful treatment plan. You will learn practical strategies to enable you to facilitate the best possible care. The program concludes with a parents’ panel – they will answer questions and recommend ways for nurses to support both patients and families in their journey through the healthcare system.

Date: October 8, 2010

Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location: Driscoll Hall, Villanova University

Fee: $129.00 - 5.5 contact hours
$99.00 Group rate of 3 or more
$79.00 Student Rate

Faculty: Karen Blake, MSN, RN, CRNP, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, (Main Line Division) Wilmington, DE and Adjunct Clinical Instructor, College of Nursing, Villanova University; John J. Schadler, Jr, MS, BCBA, Behavior Analyst, Melmark and Rhonda S. Walter, MD, Chief, Division of Developmental Medicine, Nemours/A. I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE

Register at http://www.villanova.edu/nursing/ce/registration.htm . Tell a friend!