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La Feria de Salud – PR Day 2

Today began the real reason we came to beautiful Puerto Rico: to be in service to the community. We started the morning with a yummy breakfast of eggs and sausage that the wonderful staff at the local Salvation Army (where we’re staying) made for us. We then got to work on our health fair (or, in Spanish, La Feria de Salud).

Local residents from public housing came to the Salvation Army chapel where we had several tables set up: blood pressure checks, glucose checks, self-breast exam information, and smoking cessation. We split up into teams of two or three and about 30 people came. We (along with our Puerto Rican-native professor and our nurse practitioner professor) counseled people on lowering blood pressure and managing diabetes. Some realized they needed to go back to the doctor to adjust their medications, and others got advice on lifestyle modifications. We felt strongly that we made a difference in these people’s lives, and they expressed their gratitude. It was a lovely morning of health education and outreach!

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Teaching a breast self-exam

During lunchtime, we were lucky enough to have a talk with Dr. Dana Thomas, a career epidemiology field officer with the CDC. She spoke with us about how Zika has affected Puerto Rico, and we were shocked to hear that an estimated 400,000 people have been infected with the virus. One important takeaway was that 75% of people infected with Zika are asymptomatic, so it can spread among people without their knowledge.

Universal Sim Man

In the afternoon, we visited National University College, a private university system on the island that has a robust nursing program. We received a warm welcome complete with gift bags and hats, and were able to see how nursing students here learn — turns out, it’s quite similar to us! They have simulation rooms and clinicals. We even recognized some of the sim mannequins as the same ones we have at Emory.

 

We then had a discussion with some of the nursing students about life as a student and nurse in PR. They were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. We learned that it’s more difficult here than in the continental U.S. to get a job as a new nurse. In fact, many of the students were hoping to come to the states to work once they graduated. We also realized that nursing is a universal language — we were all in the profession for the same reasons — to be an advocate for our patients and to promote and heal. Some of their students were fresh out of high school and some were older and had families, just like our programs. No matter our backgrounds, we all could commiserate about how tough nursing school is. 🙂

Swapping nursing student stories

Big thank you to the amazing staff and students at National University College in Caguas, Puerto Rico!

Welcome to the Jungle – PR Day 1

What a day! The 11 Emory students in our group, plus two wonderful Emory professors, arrived in Puerto Rico yesterday evening and ate a traditional meal of mofongo, which is a mix of fried green plantains and, in our case, shrimp. We also sampled some conch meat — you know, the creature inside the shell you hold up to your ear and listen to the ocean with. What a treat!

Delicius mofongo

 

If you like (alcohol-free) Pina Coladas…

 

Today was our one “free day” of the week, and we packed in as many Puerto Rican activities as possible. We started in the Yunque National Forest, southeast of San Juan. We hiked through the jungle and splashed around in waterfalls. We drank homemade lemonade and got amazing views of the country from atop a fire lookout tower.

El Yunque National Park

 

We ended the day with a swim in the ocean, some snorkeling, and fried fish and ceviche. We practiced our Espanol and are resting up in our Salvation Army dorms for tomorrow’s activities — let the service learning begin!

Congratulations Women’s Health Class of 2016 Graduates

Congratulations Emory University School of Nursing Class of 2016 graduates

(from left) Women’s Health Class of 2016 graduates Tiffanye Williams, Jasmine McCorkle, and Jenna Dannenbaum

The School of Nursing’s Women’s Health program celebrated Class of 2016 graduates, current, and future students in a magical winter wonderland complete with plenty of sparkle, candle light, and snow.

Participants enjoyed the sites, sounds, and treats of the season, while competing in a tacky holiday sweater competition, posing in the holiday photo booth, and leaving messages and well-wishes for graduates and current students. The event was organized by Program Coordinator Trisha Sheridan.

On the evening before the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing’s Winter Awards Ceremony, graduates look forward to the future.

Jasmine McCorkle

Why I chose Women’s Health:
I chose women’s Health because I have a passion for helping women. I was originally a labor and deliver nurse, but I would only see my patients for a brief period of time. With primary care I will be able to see them long-term and, hopefully, make a lasting impact on their lives.

Tiffanye Williams
Why I chose Women’s Health:
I was a nurse for about 7.5 years and a travel nurse for about 4.5 years. I had some case management experience for about a year and a half. Throughout my career I discovered that I had a strong passion for helping women and wanted to specialize in Women’s Health.
Plans after Graduation: Besides working…in the near future I would like to open my own clinic for women’s health.

Jenna Dannenbaum
Why I chose Women’s Health
: I was a labor and deliver nurse prior to this in the Atlanta area. I am interested in increasing access to contraception for women and helping women be more educated about their bodies and make more informed decisions about their health throughout their lifespans.
Plans after graduation: After graduation, I am hoping to work in a private practice setting under a good team of doctors whom I can collaborate with and show them what nurse practitioners have to offer.

Learn more about the Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner specialty from current students.


Montego Bay: Nursing is an art and a science

After three days in Jamaica, we all started to have a routine: wake up, get ready, eat eggs, drink coffee, and file into the two blue buses with Willie and Mr. Miller (our amazing bus drivers) to start the day.

As the blue vans started driving down the rugged gravel roads, I still could not grasp the fact that we were driving on the opposite side of the road. The separation between each lane were so small that it felt like we were hugging the other drivers going the opposite direction. However, both Willie and Mr. Miller had no fear or hesitation. They swiftly diverted the pot holes, the sharp turns, and the other experienced drivers.

We started the day by heading to a day school for children. Remi (BSN ’17) took charge and started the education with hand washing. The children excitedly washed their hands in the court yard and then vigorously rubbed glo germ all over their fingers. With a black light, Remi and the other students demonstrated how well the kids performed the hand washing. The children’s eyes widened as their hands glowed. We knew that this activity captured their interest. We then followed the hand washing education with teaching children how to brush their teeth and how to eat a balanced meal. Dr. Ades would be proud!

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We also continued to provide free health screenings to the educators of the school. They continuously smiled as we taught them about diet, exercise, and their overall health. Overjoyed with appreciation, they showered us with hugs and genuine compliments.

Filled with affirmation, we drove to Cornwall Regional Hospital where we were greeted by the Chief Nursing Officer, Marva Lawson-Byfield, at the Ministry of Health Jamaica. She intently started at us as she shared her love for her patients and for the career of nursing. “Nursing is an art and a science. The art is in the heart and the science is in the conscious.”

Her words reminded us of our choice in nursing and those words continued to resonate with us as we toured the different wards of the hospital. When we reflected afterwards about this humbling experience, we realized that different aspects of the hospital impacted us. Some of us recognized that their lack of an EMR system served them well and allowed them to break away from routine and use their minds to serve others. Some of us saw this as an overwhelming experience and how this hospital reminded them of why they decided to become nurses. Lastly, some of us witnessed nurses creating innovative solutions and loving care to their patients. Ms. Lawson-Byfield said it well when she ended her welcoming speech emphasizing how attitude towards your job and towards your patient is every thing.

With our stomachs growling, we headed to Juici Patties to culture ourselves with Jamaican patty. This flaky baked pastry shell contained different fillings (beef, chicken, or vegetables) that exploded in my mouth with a diverse mixture of mesmerizing spices.

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We then continued our day with a Cornwall Regional Hospital Nurse Graduation. The soon to be nurses slowly walked into the church with their blue striped hats and their crisp white dresses. As I watched them, I couldn’t stop my mind from wandering to our own graduation either in either May or December of next year.

After sharing the experience with Jamaica’s future nurses, we ended our day with a children after school program that overlooked the lush Jamaican mountains. As our blue van slowly drove up to the gate, Candace (ABSN ’17) opened the van door and said “Change of plans”. As team lead with Blair (BSN ’17), they decisively directed five of us to quickly prepare a skit about bullying, delegated three of us to follow the skit with yoga, and sent two of us to the office to provide health screenings for the staff.

Prior to the skit, Dria (ABSN ’17) invited two of the children up to participate in the skit and stand up for the girl that was being bullied (me-Lisa, ABSN ’17). The girls courageously said “stop!” and stood in front of me to hinder Dria and Sarah (ABSN ’17) from their actions. Through this experience, we started to see their understanding and their strength.

Alex (BSN ’17) also creatively took a few females to the corner of the playground to discuss women’s health. Besides the unexpected rap performance by the girls, she ultimately created an open space for the girls to speak comfortably about being a women, about hormones, sex, and contraceptives.

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Although the day was long, hot, and sweaty, we witnessed health promotion at work through each other and through the people of Jamaica. It’s amazing to see the amount of heart and commitment my peers have for those they serve. I am excited to see our next adventure tomorrow! 

Montego Bay: 16 nursing students, two professors and one breast model take Mobay

DAY 1| The bustling of the footsteps resonated throughout the Atlanta International Airport. All 16 of us arrived with high anticipation. Dr. Muirhead and Dr. Horigan, our two faculty instructors, directed as we quickly checked in eight packed suitcases of medical supplies and incentives (blood glucose monitors, gloves, band aids, hygiene kits, glasses, lotion, etc). We promptly started walking through TSA security with no concern or doubt that we would be stopped. However, we were completely wrong. Although most of us walked through smoothly, Dria (ABSN ’17) confidently knew that she would be stopped. “I just knew it,” she said as she shook her head after the incident. The red lights immediately flashed as her luggage passed through the security scanner. The TSA officer started searching through her personal items before pulling out the breast model she had for her breast self exam presentation. The officer’s eyebrows raised as she questioned, “what is this?” Without a second thought, Dria went nurse mode and preceded to educate her about breast exams. She even encouraged her to perform her own self exams and emphasized the importance of it. By the end of the conversation, Dria walked away with not only her breast model but also with the satisfaction about her premature patient education. We knew right then that this would be a good trip.

When we finally made it to Jamaica, we went straight to work. After refueling our energy with food, we took two hours packing first aid kits as incentives for our very first event! After designating leaders for this event, we headed over to The Church of God to speak with the individuals about the health related issues in Jamaica and Montego Bay.

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Elianne Carroll (ABSN ’17) and Fauziya Ali (BSN ’17) created and executed the health module about the Zika virus. The ladies of the church listened intently as they followed them through their poster. In order to guide their understanding, we also provided them with an educational handout that had additional information to address any concerns.

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After the presentation, we provided free blood pressure screenings and patient education. Dr. Muirhead floated around to assist and provided further patient education about actions individuals could take in order to help lower their blood pressure. Each participant received a gift bag with deodorant, anti-fungal cream, and their own personal first aid kit. The ladies and specifically the kids at the event enjoyed both the information and our presence.

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We returned to the hotel in good spirits and hungry. After eating, debriefing, learning about hypertension education tips, and creating aromatherapy rice bags, we went straight to our rooms to say hello to our beds. FIRST DAY, SUCCESS.

 

5 Tips to Successfully Apply to Top Nursing Schools

emorynursingapplicationtipsWith careers in nursing booming, getting into a top-notch nursing program has become a competitive endeavor. According to a report by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, U.S. nursing schools turned away 68,938 qualified applicants away because of the high demand for nursing education.

Nursing is a rewarding and challenging field with dozens of specialties. Talented nurses hailing from the nation’s most prestigious nursing schools are able to find work in their field at hospitals and in doctors’ offices all over the country.

If you’re interested in choosing nursing for your career, your next step is to put together a strong application to impress the programs you’re interested in. Feeling nervous about getting it all done? Try these tips to get organized and successfully apply to top nursing schools.

1. Do Your Research

Before you apply, study up on what each program offers to make sure your preferred specialties, learning styles and locations are covered. You’ll also want to visit the campus to get a sense of what life there is like.

2. Apply to More Than One School

Rank your favorites, and apply to your personal top three to five programs. If you get accepted to more than one, you’ll be able to compare and contrast the programs and any financial aid packages to make an informed decision.

3. Apply Early

This is especially important if you’re looking at a program with a rolling admissions process — you don’t want all the spaces to be filled before you send in your application! Applying early gives the admissions committee time to consider your application and may give you a leg up on getting scholarship money. Scholarship awards are awarded generously to applicants who apply before the priority scholarship deadline.

4. Be Yourself

Admissions committees look to create diverse student bodies, so be sure to list all your previous jobs, extracurricular activities, volunteer work and any other unique leadership roles you’ve taken on. Let your personality shine through in your application. You can bring your application to life by giving the admission committee the chance to get to know you. Most schools offer Open Houses, Virtual Webinars, Facebook Chats, and Shadow Days. These are all excellent ways for you to get to know the school and for the school to get to know you.

5. Proofread

While showing off your unique style is a good thing, irregular spelling and grammar are not. Be sure to carefully edit and proofread your full application to avoid careless mistakes. These may be innocent, but they show a lack of attention to detail that points to a lack of effort — and a quick rejection.

Next Steps

As you research top nursing programs, be sure to check out Emory University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. Emory makes it easy to schedule a visit and learn more about its programs through information sessions. When you’re ready, try Emory’s new online application to the nursing program. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it takes less than 30 minutes to get started on your future today.

What NOT to Wear, Emory Edition

When I started nursing school last fall at Emory, one of the more confusing topics (aside from Pathophysiology) was the dress code for clinical and lab settings. I had heard from other students that it was allowable to wear certain articles of clothing or shoes, while the student handbook stated differently.

First thing’s first: When in doubt, GO BY THE STUDENT HANDBOOK! If you are ever questioning whether or not you are appropriately attired for clinical or lab refer to the written guidelines.

Below is your basic uniform for clinical and lab. Honestly, this is all you need (plus white socks!). The simpler, the better.

IMG_6635Here are some tips on what NOT to wear in the lab or clinical setting:

1. Nail Polish/Fake Nails. Trust me on this one, y’all. You will want to be able to see what is under those finger nails after a 12 hour shift of wound care. Also, fake nails are known to slice through gloves and get lost in patients’ bed sheets (yuck!)

2. Your Hair Down. Tie that hair back! The last thing you want is your hair dragging through a patient’s wound or blocking your eyesight while trying to insert an IV. It’s a good idea to always carry extra hair ties and clips.

3. Tattoos. Emory requires that you cover up any visible tattoos while you are in the lab and at your clinical sites. I’ve seen some pretty creative ways to cover up a tattoo, but I’ve heard that bandaids usually work the best. However, some people use makeup as well depending on the size and placement of the tattoo. It would be best to do some trial and error to discover what works before your first day of lab.

4. Long Sleeve Shirts Under Your Scrub Top. Coming from someone who is permanently cold, this can be very difficult. However, it is against the guidelines to wear a long-sleeve shirt under your scrub top for sanitary purposes. Instead, you can purchase a navy blue or white cuffed long-sleeved jacket to keep you warm in lab or at your clinical sites. Uniform Advantage has cuffed, long-sleeved jackets available and you can get our logo embroidered on it through them.

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5. Jewelry that Dangles….Or Jewelry in General. For the most part, wearing jewelry at lab or in clinical is not a good idea. Anything that dangles from your wrist, your neck, or your ears is bound to get caught on something or worse, caught IN something (*shudders*). Rings can also cause a problem as they can easily slice through gloves. A good rule of thumb is just to leave your jewelry at home where it is safe and out of the way. One small stud per ear is okay, and wedding bands are permissible. Do not, I repeat, do not wear your engagement ring to lab or clinical! I heard a horrible story about a nursing student who lost the stone from her engagement ring while changing a patient’s bed and it was never found.

6. Your Workout Sneakers. While at your clinical sites you are going to step in some gross stuff and even more gross stuff is going to spill on your shoes (I speak from unfortunate experience). You want to wear shoes that are durable and can easily be washed. Get some comfortable, solid white or black leather or vinyl shoes and leave your sneakers at home. Once again, Uniform Advantage has a great shoe selection, but there are other shopping options (such as Amazon) that you can explore.

7. Jeans. I know, I know, this one seems obvious, but it needs to be said. There will be times when you will need to wear your long, white lab coat and under that lab coat can be a) your Emory scrubs or b) business casual attire. NO JEANS! See below for some appropriate examples.

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8. Open-Toed Shoes. One of the most painful experiences that I have had is a gurney rolling over my toes, and I was wearing close-toed shoes. Imagine if they had been open….needless to say, all shoes must be close-toed in the lab and in the clinical setting.

9. Forgetting Your ID Badge. You need to have your ID badge with you AT ALL TIMES in the lab and at the clinical sites. That badge is your lifeline and it helps to identify you as an Emory student. It helps you get in and out of parking garages, medication rooms, and hospital units, just to name a few. It is costly to replace and difficult to go a day without, so be diligent about keeping it within reach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

AMSN Class of 2018

The Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing welcomed the AMSN Class of 2018 to its community with a week-long celebration of social activities, including a running tour of the city, the sweet indulgence of King of Pops, painting masterpieces at Sips ‘N Strokes, and Top Golf.

The class of 80 students hails from 28 states and 5 countries and joins one of the top-ranking graduate nursing programs in the country, according to the most recent survey of U.S. News  & World Report.

We spoke with several students about joining the Emory Nursing community.

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Josh Brown

Why did you choose Emory?
I chose Emory because it was incredibly inviting. Many schools of Emory’s caliber have a demeanor that is interpreted, “What can you do to make our school better”. Emory on the other hand created an atmosphere that screamed, ” What can our school do to make YOU better”.

Hometown:
Auburn, Al

Undergraduate program: Psychology at Tuskegee University.

Interesting factoid about yourself:
I am an identical twin.

What are you most looking forward to with Nursing School?
I am most looking forward to the graduate clinical experience in Haiti! I can finally use the Haitian Creole that I learned previously to expand my clinical skills globally.

Dream job:
My dream job is to become a CNO of a major health system while being a renowned personal trainer. Before that dream arrives, I plan to work heavily with cardiac patients as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner while branding myself as a personal trainer.

Helen Clark

Why did you choose Emory?
I chose Emory because of the school’s unmatched commitment to global health service and research. I am overwhelmed and excited by the number of opportunities Emory provides their students to learn while serving the local and global community. The faculty are clearly all personally invested in each student’s success, and they all seem to love working with students. I also love Emory’s commitment to promoting wellness and self-care among practitioners.

Hometown:
Woodbine, GA

Undergraduate program: Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard College

Interesting factoid about yourself?
I played for the Harvard varsity women’s rugby team and will play with the Emory club team in the fall.

What are you most looking forward to with Nursing School?
I chose nursing because I love interacting with patients, so I’m most looking forward to clinicals. I’m really looking forward to the first time I get to assist with a woman’s prenatal care and then assist with her birth. I’m definitely going to cry.

Dream job:
BeyoncĂ©’s midwife

John Stanton

Why did you choose Emory?
I completed my Master’s in Public Health at Emory in 1998. My father in-law also taught here so I feel very connected to the school. Moreover, Atlanta is home to me!

Hometown:
Born in Florence, SC, grew up in Jacksonville, FL but Atlanta has been home since moving up here to get my MPH at Emory in 1996.

Undergraduate program:
I hold a bachelor of arts degree with a double major in Management/Marketing.

Interesting factoid about yourself:
I met my husband (an Atlanta native) standing in a lift line in Aspen, CO – we were married in Nantuckett in 2010.  Oh yeah, I am probably the oldest student in my cohort.

What are you most looking forward to with Nursing School?
Learning skills that will help me make a difference in the LGBTQ community, especially those that continue to be ravaged by HIV.

Dream job:
Being able to combine my experience in public health, business and my new skills in nursing to help develop the first LGBTQ health center of excellence in the Southeastern United States.

 

D.R. Wrap-Up

Our final two days in San Francisco de Marcoris included Q.I. presentations about both programs we observed. The five of us who worked at the Hospital San Vicente de Paul, invited hospital administration, staff, and students to our presentation on the Kangaroo Care/Programa Caguro. Everyone did a wonderful job and the hospital team was very receptive to, and happy with, our observations over the two weeks. Later the same day, the second group presented to the Manhattan community and were also well received. No doubt we all learned a lot about a vastly different healthcare system than our own, and are so very grateful for our time in the D.R. Many of the people we met during our journey there will be faces remembered for the rest of our lives.

On the day before we flew back to the U.S., Dr. D gave a wonderful presentation on her research on Health and Spirituality, at the hospital. It was a big turn out! After grabbing our bags, we packed in to a minibus with fewer seats than people, and began a loooooooong, hot, squished journey to the capital, Santo Domingo. Many acres of rice fields, mountains, small towns, and farms later we arrived at the University, where we had a meeting with the new administrators about the purpose of our trip/projects.

Then piled back into the bus and drove around until we found our hostel for the night. Hostel Nomadas is a little slice of heaven in a beautiful city. We got out to do a bit of sightseeing, which included setting foot in the oldest cathedral in the New World. Amazing. Then the night ended with a lovely dinner on the rooftop of the hostel.

We all learned so much on this trip. And though it’s nice to be home, the experiences and people in the D.R. will be missed.

 

Vámonos al la playa

This weekend we had a wonderful getaway adventure. Our trusty driver, and our hostess, drove took us through the city of Nagua. Where we visited the Nagua campus of University de Santo Domingo. It was very impressive! The center is open air and feels as big as a futbol pitch.

We kept going on to Playa Grande. It was everything we’d hope it would and more: white beaches, clear water, sun, and great company. A few sunburns later, we were all ready to head to the hotel Bahia Blanca. It was a hidden gem in RĂ­o San Juan. Owned by a lovely Canadian woman, it is tucked away amongst a few small beaches. We ate dinner at an Italian restaurant in town called La Casita. With stuffed bellies, we returned to the hotel and continued the adventure on Sunday. We explored beaches and enjoyed wandering

Early morning swim

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around town. Then we returned to San Francisco de Macoris by bus (with air conditioning!).

This morning we all squeezed into our little red mini bus and headed out to the community of Manhattan for a health fair for the pregnant women who lived in the area. We talked about preeclampsia, baby development, and prenatal nutrition.

This afternoon a few of us went out to the countryside to enjoy an afternoon at El Rancho de Don Lulu. The bravest of us all headed up the mountain for a hike. The hiking group had some hiccups along the way, but returned safely after a few hours thanks to their trusty guide…who happens to be the pet dog of the man who usually guides people to the mountain top. He was off today but his sweet pooch made sure everyone was accounted for. Back at the ranch, the hikers cooled off in the natural spring pool there.

Tonight, we are finalizing presentations for tomorrow morning!