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Graduate Nursing Students Present at Pediatric Nursing Conference

Saunders, Kendall and Gray   with their poster.

Saunders, Kendall and Gray with their poster.

Belmont School of Nursing graduate students, Brandon Saunders, B.S.N, RN, Marjorie Gray B.S.N., RN, and Jake Kendall, B.S.N., RN, presented their poster titled “The Use of Antiemetics in Pediatric Patients with Gastroenteritis: A Literature Review” this summer at the 30th annual Pediatric Nursing Conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. This scholarship opportunity was a product of their evidence-based practice project requirement for the Research Applications course taught by Associate Professor of Nursing Dr. Carrie Harvey in the fall of 2013.

“This is an outstanding accomplishment for these graduate students and their faculty member. We are proud of their efforts to improve the care of pediatric patients and we look forward to all they will accomplish as advanced practice nurses,” said Associate Dean of Nursing Dr. Martha Buckner.

The School of Nursing provided financial support for the students’ endeavor and commitment to learning.

Bookstore Featured on Industry Website

bookstoreThe University Bookstore is featured in an article published Aug. 18 on Foreword Online, a website with ideas and industry news for collegiate retailers, for its dorm delivery service that puts textbooks in students rooms before they arrive on campus. Belmont has offered dorm-room delivery for seven year and donates $4 per bundle to University Ministries and $1 per bundle to the Office of Residence Life. Click here to read the article.

Occupational Therapy Students, Faculty Begin Year with Service

IMG_2325As part of the new student orientation on Monday, the School of Occupational Therapy had 57 students and faculty members involved in an afternoon of service at six different locations around the Nashville area. Service opportunities included shopping for refugee families with World Relief, sorting and organizing equipment for the Tennessee Disability Coalition, packaging newborn kits and prenatal vitamins at LiveBeyond, doing landscaping at Homeplace, making cards for Meals on Wheels through Fifty Forward and interacting with residents at Morningside Assisted Living Facility.  Through these service experiences, they got to know each other while learning about organizations around the Belmont community and being introduced to service, which is a key value of the University and a central theme in the occupational therapy curriculum design.

Alumna Tops Music Row Country Breakout Chart

dunnBelmont alumna and country music newcomer Clare Dunn (’11) recently became the highest charting independent female artist on the Music Row Country Breakout chart in 10 years. Her debut single, “Get Out,” sits at No. 15 on the Music Row chart. Over 80 percent of the Music Row panel supported the record, which has accumulated over 30,000 spins on the chart to date.  In addition, “Get Out” has reached No. 41 on Billboard Indicator and No. 43 on Aircheck Activator.

“I am so blown away and so honored. I want to thank everyone at radio for all of the support and belief in me. Thanks for getting this music out there to the people, and to all the peeps out there rockin’ with us, thank you so very, very much! Y’all are makin’ a farm girl’s dream come true, for that I can’t thank you enough,” Dunn said.

She co-wrote “Get Out” with writer-producer Ben West, whose writer credits include Pink’s No. 1 “Try,” Cassadee Pope’s “Champagne,” and more.  Dunn, who was a songwriting major at Belmont, played all the guitar parts on the infectious mid-tempo track, which is the first single from her forthcoming EP release.

Belmont Delegation Spends Month in China

BU students and China host familiesTwenty Belmont students and three faculty spent the first summer session traveling and studying in China from June 11 to July 2.  During their stay in the city of Zhengzhou, capital of Henan Province, students enjoyed a homestay with faculty members from Zhengzhou University’s School of Foreign Languages and their families.  Zhengzhou University is the largest university in Henan Province with over 50,000 students, and it is one of Belmont’s partner institutions in China.  Belmont’s Dr. Qingjun Joan Li, assistant professor of Chinese language and Asian studies, set up the home stays, coordinating with Professor Victor Wang Shengli, dean of the School of Foreign Languages. Wang will teach at Belmont this Fall Semester as a Visiting Scholar. Belmont students were assigned in pairs, two persons to each Chinese family. They enjoyed a wide variety of activities while staying with their Chinese families including making Chinese dumplings called jiaozi, boating on the Yellow River, joining their little Chinese siblings in birthday parties, learning calligraphy from their Chinese parents, teaming up with their Chinese families to sing Chinese and American songs in karoke, fan dancing and doing taiji quan with their families in the park in the evening as well as visiting with Chinese senior citizens who had never met any Westerners.

Barrett Earns Greathouse Physical Therapy Scholarship

AshleyBarrettAshley Barrett is the 2014-15 recipient of the David G. Greathouse Physical Therapy Scholarship.  The award is designated for a rising third-year physical therapy student who demonstrates leadership, scholarship and exemplary clinical performance within the program and who has a minimum grade point average of 3.7.

From 1996-2005,  Greathouse served as the founding chair and associate dean of the Belmont University School of Physical Therapy.  He now serves as director of clinical electrophysiology services at Texas Physical Therapy Specialists in New Braunfels, Texas.

Barrett joins four previous recipients of the Greathouse Scholarship: Ashley Campbell in 2010-11, Megan Tisdale in 2011-12, Stacey Lindsley in 2012-13 and Jordan Floyd in 2013-14.  She was featured earlier this year in a story about building a ramp for a physical therapy patient.

Nashville Mayor Speaks to Massey Graduate Students

Mayor Dean Massey Talk-115-LNashville Mayor Karl Dean spoke to Massey School of Business students on July 24 as part of Associate Professor of Management Charles Wainright’s organizational behavior and management course. Dean discussed successful leadership strategies, city planning and his perspective on developing the vision, mission, goals and strategic directions for his staff and other organizations.  He also  elaborated on his vision for the future of Nashville and what resources it may take to accomplish this vision.

Beggs Presents Pharmacy Poster at Conference

downloadAshton E. Beggs, assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy, presented a college poster titled “Student Perceptions of Inter-Professional Collaboration through Geriatric Case Training” at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy meeting held July 26-30 in Grapevine, Texas. The poster is a report prepared by Beggs, who worked with faculty in the Meharry Consortium Geriatric Education Center, to produce a day long training session for students in nursing, social work, physical therapy, dietetics, medicine and pharmacy.

Honors Student Completes Internship with U.S. Sen. Bob Corker

J.T. Faircloth with Sen. CorkerBelmont University senior J.T. Faircloth recently completed a six-week internship with Sen. Bob Corker’s Nashville office. Faircloth, a corporate communications major and honors student, fielded calls from Tennesseans and passed along caller opinions on issues of the day to the senator. Being part of the democratic process in this manner allowed Faircloth to see politics firsthand at an important time when issues ranged from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs scandal to the crisis in Iraq. In addition to meeting Corker and hearing him speak at events in Nashville, Faircloth observed field representatives’ meetings with Tennesseans, watching the process of political activism at work. He also assisted with constituent services by calling federal agencies to get updates on the work Corker’s office is doing to help Tennesseans resolve important issues.

Belmont Ranks Among Top 50 Social Media Friendly Nursing Schools

NurseJournal.org has ranked Belmont University No. 12 among the Top 50 Most Social Media Friendly Nursing Schools of 2014.

For its ranking methodology, NurseJournal.org evaluated hundreds of nursing schools to see which have the strongest presence among social media platforms.  The formula was weighted to put more emphasis on the social media platforms that are most popular with nursing schools. The highest possible score was 100 points and distributed: 32 for Facebook, 15 for Nurses Lounge, 14 for Twitter, 12 for YouTube, 12 for LinkedIn, six for Google, four for Pinterest, four for Flickr and one for Instagram.

Belmont scored a 65.4 on the ranking scale. Belmont’s School of Nursing is active on social media through FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedInPinterestGoogle Plus and Nurse’s Lounge as well as the Health Sciences news site.

According to NurseJournal.org, “Social media is constantly changing, so schools must reevaluate their strategies regularly and decide which platforms to maintain a presence on and how much interaction to engage in with their followers.”  NurseJournal.org, a social community for new and existing nurses, provides a comprehensive resource for the career and education aspects of nursing.

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