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Division of Nursing News...
Eleanor Hall Ph.D., RN Presents Poster at Southern Nursing Research Society ConventionDr. Eleanor Hall presented a poster entitled "Exploratory factor analysis of a Spanish version of the Blood Pressure Self-care Scale" February 27th at the annual Southern Nursing Research Society Conference held in Little Rock Arkansas.
Please join me in congratulating Stacie King (Professional Academic Advisor for the Division Of Nursing), who not only completed her Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling in July 2012, but also passed the national certification examination and is a now a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor! Way to go, Stacie – we’re all so proud of you!
According to All About Advancement (December 2012), Mary Weber received the Ambassadors Award, which ispresented to an individual in appreciation of exceptional volunteer commitment to Thomas University. Weber graduated from Thomas University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree and in 2008 with a Master of Science in Nursing Degree. She currently serves as the President of the Alumni Board of Governors. In addition to her career working in various areas of nursing, Weber is also an active volunteer for TU events throughout the year.
Alumni Wall of Fame
Lakesha Johnson, BSN 2009, was honored through induction to the Alumni Wall of Fame!
A former U.S. Army medic saw great potential in coming to Thomas University and became one of the first students to graduate with a dual degree.
Norman Pasley, director of patient flow in Nursing Operations at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in Tallahassee, Fla., said he lived in Tallahassee for 17 years after serving as a medic in the U.S. Army. A friend told him about Thomas University while he was researching universities to continue his education, and he chose to come to TU, obtaining a dual MSN and MBA degree.
“You are not just another name at Thomas University,” Pasley said. “I found the class work challenging and the professors helpful and willing to teach you how to integrate academic knowledge into your current working environment.”
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Pasley said he treated wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He took care of many soldiers injured in combat, most in their teens and early 20s while he was also in his early 20s. That was an experience that he will never forget, and it shaped his future choice of becoming a registered nurse.
Pasley said it was a platoon sergeant and Vietnam veteran who encouraged him to follow the path to become a license practical nurse (LPN). He had to choose between pursuing LPN training and pursuing combat-oriented jobs that would extend his combat medic training. The sergeant told Pasley that LPN training would give him greater options in life.
The ability to continue working while attending classes was a big plus for choosing Thomas University, Pasley said. He has always worked while attending classes, so the option to continue his education while continuing to work made Thomas University the right choice for him.
“As a working adult,” Pasley said, “it was important to attend a university that taught practical application of textbook knowledge into a real world environment. Thomas University provides a private education that is perfect for the working adult to obtain quality instruction in a practical environment.”
Classes at Thomas University were taught by top-notch professors, and Pasley said he was also able to attend classes with other licensed nurses. Professors and administrators were very encouraging and wanted to see him and other students succeed.
“It is great to receive education where professors teach their classes, you are held accountable for your academic work, and the leaders want you to be successful,” Pasley said. “Real world education, small class sizes and individual attention all lead to education that matters.”
Pasley said anyone who wants to be in a challenging but relaxed environment should attend Thomas University. Earning his dual degree helped to bridge the gap between financial and clinical knowledge. His writing, research and management skills have increased tremendously.
“The education I received at Thomas University has help me to move forward in my place of employment and improved my overall knowledge, marketability and understanding of national and international trends within the market place,” Pasley said. “The MSN/MBA programs have been pivotal in my career progression. The amount of knowledge and growth you will obtain is priceless.”
Eleanor Hall Ph.D., RN chosen as Thomas University's Nurse of Excellence
Dr. Eleanor Hall was chosen as the Thomas University representative for the Nurse of Excellence award in Tallahassee. It was a wonderful evening with approximately 150 nursing representatives from North Florida in attendance. Dr. Hall's colleagues wrote, She was nominated by the faculty of the Division of Nursing because she exemplifies 4 key attributes of excellence in Nursing. Those attributes are: commitment, competence, compassion, and caring."
Congratulations, Dr. Hall
Eleanor Hall Ph.D., RN chosen for Poster Presentation at Southern Nursing Research Society Convention
In February 2012 Dr. Eleanor Hall, Assistant Professor of Nursing, presented her dissertation work via a poster presentation at the SNRS Convention in New Orleans. It was titled: Social Ecology of Adherence to Hypertension Treatment in Latino Migrant and Seasonal Farm workers in Georgia. She was selected based on criteria specific to the organization which was highly competitive. Congratulations on this exciting accomplishment!
Deborah Burch RN, MSN, CPCE, Adjunct Nursing Instructor, Has Had Two Publications This Month!
Deb participated in a study with the Florida Department of Health on Pregnancy-Associated Mortality. The publications are listed below – the second one has been picked up by many news outlets in the US and UK/Ireland. Congratulations, Deb!
1) Burch, D., Noell, D., Hill, W., Delke, I. (2012). Pregnancy-related mortality surveillance: The Florida experience. Seminars in Perinatology, 36 (1), 31-36.
2) Ectopic Pregnancy Mortality Florida-2009-2010; Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Vol. 61, No.6 Center for Disease Control's (February 17th issue)
Kim Cribb, Ed.D., M.S.N., R.N., C.N.E. Receives The Jane Van de Verde Award from GANE
Congratulations to Dr. Kim Cribb, Associate Professor of Nursing and Director of MSN Program! Dr. Cribb is this year’s recipient of the Jane Van de Verde Award from the Georgia Association for Nursing Education (GANE). Criteria for this award are listed below. For more information on GANE, please see their website: http://georgiaassociationfornursingeducation.com/index.php
Jan Van de Verde Award Eligibility Criteria
Award may be granted to an Outstanding Nursing Educator who meets the following criteria:
Nursing Educator in Georgia for a minimum of five years (academic or clinical). Minimum Education - Masters Degree
Has demonstrated a positive influence on Nursing Education in Georgia through one or more of the following examples:
Demonstration of Scholarship, e.g.
Presentations at local, state. or national meetings
Research and/or publications
Served on regional, state, or national committees r/t to nursing education.
Received teaching award or recognition of excellence in education
Served as Accreditation Site Visitor
Consultant to Educational Programs (academic or clinical)
Instrumental in the development or expansion of a nursing program or the development of an innovative clinical education program