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Future Nurses Recognized

The School of Nursing recognized 146 nursing students at its Annual White Coat Ceremony. The event, which signifies a student’s progression into the Nursing program, was held on the Georgia Southern University Armstrong Campus in Savannah on September 14, 2019.

The White Coat Ceremony is designed to emphasize the commitment of patient-centered care for incoming nurses. During the ceremony, participants recited an oath committing to high-quality care. Kendra Johnson, senior nursing major, served as the speaker for the ceremony.

Nursing Faculty Present Research in Canada

Pictured Left to Right: Helen Taggart, Pamela Mahan and Katrina Embrey

This past July, three School of Nursing faculty members, Helen Taggart, Ph.D., RN; Pam Mahan, Ph.D., RN; and Katrina Embrey, DNS, RN, attended and presented at the 30th International Nursing Research Congress in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The conference, presented by Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, is held annually in different countries to provide attendees with the opportunity to learn from and exchange evidence-based research.

To be considered to present at the conference, presenters had to be a member of Sigma, a global organization with a mission to advance world health and celebrate nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service; and successfully complete a peer-review process.

Faculty presented the following research during podium presentations:

  • Helen Taggart, Ph.D., RN; Pamela Mahan, Ph.D, RN; and Haresh Rochani, DrPH presented “Changes in Baccalaureate Nursing Students’ Perceptions about Caring for Dying Patients”
  • Katrina Embrey, DNS RN; Helen Taggart, Ph.D., RN; and Haresh Rochani, DrPH“Stress and Mindfulness in Nursing Students”   

Over 1,200 nurse researchers, students, clinicians and leaders attended this year’s event.  

Nursing Alumnus Receives DAISY Award

Sara Wise, R.N. (’15), a clinical nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, has been named the recipient of the DAISY Award. The DAISY Award is given each month to a nurse who has demonstrated extraordinary work with patients and families on a daily basis. Wise was nominated for this honor by a parent of one of the children she worked with. Read full article.

Gratitude Club Donates Baby Blankets to East Georgia Regional Medical Center

The Georgia Southern University School of Nursing is making strides to prepare future nurses to think of mental health on a continuum of function and to learn about interventions for reducing the risks of mental illness and promoting mental health through the course “Mental Health Nursing”. This past spring, nursing students enrolled in the course were given the opportunity to collaborate with the SHINE Clubhouse to initiate the Gratitude Club as a way to reduce risks for mental health disorders. The SHINE Clubhouse is partnered with Pineland Behavioral Health System to provide an appropriate and safe environment for children after school.

Under the supervision of Assistant Professor Pam Worrell-Carlisle, Ph.D., RN, six groups of nursing students formulated activities using the curriculum from the Nurturing Gratitude from the Inside Out: 30 Activities for Grades K–8 (2017) developed by the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley. The activities, designed to foster a sense of gratitude and to teach how acts of kindness lead to positive emotions for both the giver and receiver, were then implemented at the Gratitude Club meetings.

“I strive to develop learning experiences where benefit flows to our students and also back into the community,” stated Worrell-Carlisle. “Research shows gratitude can be effective in reducing risks for mental health disorders in both children and adults and finding something to be grateful for can be a way of increasing resilience to life’s challenges”.

The culmination of the semester’s work was a project where Gratitude Club members edged fleece blankets that would later be donated to the newborn nursery at East Georgia Regional Medical Center. Students met with an average of 14 children approximately twice a month to complete the project.  

After the blankets were completed, Nikiya Lewis, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, assistant professor, assisted in organizing a field trip to East Georgia Regional Medical Center for the blanket donation. During the visit, participants were also privileged to observe two newborn twins receiving care in the nursery. The blankets were received by the unit manager, Ellen Augustine, and several staff nurses, and will be given as a gift to a mother who may be economically challenged and need a new blanket for her baby.

MSN Ranked Most Affordable Online Program

Georgia Southern University’s School of Nursing’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a concentration in chronic care management was recently named the most affordable online nursing master’s program by the SR Education Group.

To be considered for the ranking, schools were required to be regionally accredited and offer at least one fully online degree. The SR Education Group has published rankings on online colleges since 2009.

The MSN program with a concentration in chronic care management is designed for individuals who currently hold a Georgia RN license and wish to gain further education and skills to evaluate chronic care conditions across the lifespan with a specific focus on those affecting clients of managed care eligibility. The program is 36 credit-hours, includes 270 applied clinical hours, and is designed to be completed in two academic years.

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