College of Nursing Awards and RecognitionDr. Joyce McCullers Varner has been awarded the Professional of the Year Award by the Alabama Gerontological Society. This award is given to an individual employed in the field of aging in recognition of exceptional efforts “above and beyond” the scope of their job description or duties in enhancing the lives of older Alabamians. This is the second time Dr. Varner has held this honor. Dr. Varner also serves as President of District VIII for the Alabama Gerontological Society.
Stacee Bertolla and Dr. Sheila Whitworth recently presented at the King International Conference in Bennington, Vermont. Their presentation was entitled Healthy Children and Collaborative Education: A Partnership with the Community. The presentation discussed the collaborative partnership with Mobile County Public Schools and USA College of Nursing pediatric nursing students.
This endeavor focuses on providing health screenings and education to students in K-6 grades. Two ongoing research projects related to childhood obesity has evolved as a result of this partnership.
Ms. Bertolla and Dr. Whitworth have been invited to present findings of their research at the next King International Conference in Miami, Fl. in 2015.
Faculty member Anjie Davis was reappointed as Regional Faculty for the American Heart Association (AHA) for term 2012-2015.
An AHA Instructor who, because of exemplary service to the ECC program,is appointed by the Regional ECC Committee to the Regional Faculty. Regional Faculty members are appointed at the sole discretion of the AHA. They serve as a primary resource for quality assurance in the ECC Program.
She also is Regional Faculty for the following disciplines: ACLS, PALS, and BLS.
Faculty member Susan Williams has recently published two new articles, one in collaboration with faculty member Suzanne Bihan. Susan Williams also receive a $2000 scholarship from the Alabama State Nurses Association and a $6700 schalarship form the Alabama Board of Nursing. Both scholarships will help with her DNP tuition at the University of Alabama, Birminham.
Williams, S. G. (June 2012). The Ethics of Internet Research. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI), 16 (2), Available at http://ojni.org/issues/?p=1708
Bihan, S., & Williams, S. G. (2012). Application of an innovative, autonomous, creative teaching modality through service-learning in a
community-health nursing course. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 2013, Vol. 3, No. 5, 166-127.
Dr. Lynn Chilton, DSN, GNP-BC/FNP-BC has been invited to be the Health Policy Editor for The Journal for Nurse Practitioners. This is a peer reviewed journal with an advanced practice nursing readership of over 50,000 nurses.
Dr. Chilton also is a Reviewer on the Editorial Advisory Board for Geriatric Nursing as well being a Reviewer for the Editorial Advisory Board for Advance for Nurse Practitioners. Both of these journals are peer reviewed and have an extensive readership among Advanced Practice Nurses.
Evidence-Based Practice: An Integrative Approach to Research, Administration, and Practice
Heather R. Hall, PhD, RNC, NNP-BC, Associate Professor, USA College of Nursing Maternal Child NursingDepartment
Linda A. Roussel, DSN, RN, NEA-BC, CNL, Professor, USA College of Nursing Community Mental Health Nursing Department
An excellent reference for interdisciplinary education and clinical agencies, as well as disciplines focused on translating research evidence to quality practices. The authors provide sound information on the research process and critical appraisal, and use a unique integrative collaborative approach to apply these principles. They also develop a strong conceptualization of integration of research and evidence-based practice from a clinical practice and administrative perspective specifically for this book.Dr. Jennie Gunn has been elected vice president for Sigma Theta Tau - Zeta Gamma chapter for 2012. She also was appointed to represent the College of Nursing on the SACS committee for 2012 and 2013. This year, she published a research report with Dr. Treloar entitled: Caught in the tapestry of tobacco: Why I smoke. The article was published in the Contemporary Nurse Journal. Dr. Gunn and Dr. Nadler were awarded the Dean’s Grant for their research entitled: The Person who is Homeless and the Emergency Room: Finding Help when Needed. Research findings from this study are being presented at two international conferences. The first Conference presentation was at Indiana University at Purdue and was presented by Drs. Gunn and Nadler (2012, June 18-21), The Homeless and the Emergency Room: Finding Help when Needed. The Institute of Hermeneutic Phenomenology, in Indianapolis, Indiana, was an International Conference. Drs. Gunn and Nadler will be presenting research findings on October 17, 2012 at the international conference: The Transcultural Nursing Conference to be held in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Gunn is also a reviewer for the Online Journal of Health Ethics, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS and the Online Journal of Culture Care, University of Michigan, Flynt, Michigan.
Dr. Alethea Hill has been faculty in the College of Nursing approaching 10 years. She recently completed doctoral preparation in May 2011. Since her final defense she has served the College of Nursing and community in a number of outstanding ways. As a junior investigator and nurse researcher, she has been hard at work and engaged in interdisciplinary research, professional development, and scholarly works such as:
• 2011-present National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Postdoctoral Summer Institute I & II,
• SUNY Downstate Cardiovascular Disease PRIDE (Program to Increase Diversity) Scholar (Brooklyn, NY)
• 2012 NHLBI Junior Investigator Bootcamp (May, 2012)
• 2012-present Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, New Connections Junior Investigator Scholar. (Princeton, New Jersey)
•2012-present Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute Scholar (San Jose, CA)
2012 Published Works:
• Adedayo, O.O.M., Smith, D.N., Hill, A.N., Zizi, F., Brown, C., and Girardin, J.L. (Accepted SLBR-D-11-00257R1). Obstructive sleep apnea and dyslipidemia: Evidence and underlying mechanism. Sleep & Breathing.
• Talley, M., Hill, A.N., Steadman, L., & Hess, M.A. (accepted with minor revisions, 2012). Changes in the Treatment of Inpatient Hyperglycemia: What Every Nurse Practitioner Should Know About the 2012 Standards of Care. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
• Associations Between Perceived Discrimination and Allostatic Load among African Americans of the Jackson Heart
• 2012 Science of Eliminating Health Disparities Summit
National Institute of Minority Health Disparities
Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland
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