Members of Belmont University’s Nurses Christian Fellowship (NCF) recently gathered to fill 62 boxes with school supplies and treats for the children of Safe Haven. The students asked for donation of fun age appropriate items and treats and the students gathered to wrap and fill the boxes; making the event a great time to spend with one another while serving others!
Safe Haven is a mission serving vulnerable populations with research-grounded, holistic methods. It is the only shelter-to-housing program of its kind in Middle Tennessee that accepts the whole homeless family. Executive director, Joyce Lavery, states that “Safe Haven is about preventing, reducing, and intervening in family homelessness with evidence-based and community-based solutions; moving the family from homelessness to self-sufficiency.” Currently there are 22 children at Safe Haven ranging from 2 months to 22 years of age, living in a beautiful new facility that houses up to six families at a time.
Belmont Nurses Christian Fellowship has been involved in missions serving the community of Nashville and abroad since its beginning in 2011. The great success of this event and the many charitable events led by this group of students is truly a testament to the vibrant community of generous hearts present in Belmont University's School of Nursing. The students of Belmont Nurses Christian Fellowship would also like to thank the many faculty throughout the College of Health Sciences whose donations made this event possible.
Fourth-year pharmacy students recently participated in interprofessional team geriatric case training with the Meharry Consortium Geriatric Education Center. To ensure health professional students develop skills for working in interprofessional teams, the Center hosts this annual team training. This is the third year the College of Pharmacy has been involved in this event.
This experience serves as an opportunity for students to develop interprofessional collaborative skills by working as a team on a geriatric case and developing a patient assessment and treatment plan. Faculty experts are available to consult with teams, and nurse practitioners observe and rate team dynamics. The program concludes with an interactive general assembly where an interdisciplinary expert panel provides feedback and answers questions.
“It was great to see professionals from all different fields work together,” said Logan Smith. “This allowed me to see how each profession depends on the other. This activity made me realize that medications can only do so much, but they do play a vital role in patient care.”
Over 150 students studying health disciplines from several local institutions served as members of the interprofessional teams. In addition to pharmacy students from Belmont and Lipscomb University, medical students from Meharry Medical College, dietetic interns from National HealthCare Corporation and Vanderbilt University, physical therapy students from Tennessee State University (TSU), social work students from TSU and University of Tennessee, and family nurse practitioner students from TSU also participated in this event.
“Before this event I only had a vague idea of what was involved in social work and physical therapy and I was amazed at the scope of services provided by those two professions,” said fourth-year pharmacy student April Beavers.
Kendall Shultes said, “The day confirmed that having a pharmacist as part of the patient care team is critical to ensuring appropriate drug therapy. I learned the team approach really helps to incorporate all aspects of care. Having the nutritionist to address nutritional needs to control chronic diseases such as diabetes and coronary artery disease as well as the social worker to address transport issues to get to the appointments was a great help.”
“Having the opportunity to participate in this event was truly rewarding. It provided me with hope for my career as a pharmacist. It taught me that in order to effectively treat the patient as a whole, we have to seek the expertise of other disciplines and act as a team,” said student Shannon McVeigh.
Kristy Oman said, “Learning from students representing the spectrum of healthcare disciplines while working together on a common patient is a rewarding experience.”
Ashton Beggs, assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy, serves on the interdisciplinary faculty planning committee and expert panel for this event.
“Healthcare is moving more and more toward a team-based approach to patient care. This event helps students realize their value as a pharmacist and opens their eyes to the contributions other disciplines can make to promote the best patient outcomes,” Beggs said.
Dr. Mike Voight, Professor of Physical Therapy, has been recognized as a Pink Tie Guy by the Greater Nashville affiliate of Susan G. Komen, the world’s largest organization fighting breast cancer. The recognition was made at a Komen celebration dinner this week that honored a group of ten individuals from middle Tennessee this year.
The Pink Tie Program features influential leaders who help mobilize, energize and engage audiences in the breast cancer movement through their role within the community, within their organizations, and through their personal involvement. Pink Tie Guys bring a male voice to the urgency of finding a cure for breast cancer.
“Mike is the perfect Pink Tie Guy,” said Dr. Cathy Taylor, Dean of the College of Health Sciences. She added, “His positive energy is contagious, and he has worked tirelessly to mobilize others to race for the cure. We are so proud of his accomplishments and appreciate our Komen partners for rewarding his work in this way.”
Dr. Voight is the force behind Belmont’s annual participation in the local Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Each year, over 100 students and alumni from the School of Physical Therapy volunteer to provide the main logistical support for the race. Komen International recognized Belmont University and the School of Physical Therapy last summer as the Volunteer Group of the Year for their service.
Second and third-year pharmacy students enrolled in the Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Elective spent the past month learning about the difficulties of medication adherence first-hand. Nineteen students were given a pillbox and 15 candies representing medications with various schedules of administration. Students were required to fill their pillbox according to their medication list. At the midpoint, students were given two medication changes mimicking real-life scenarios. Following the four-week project, students submitted a focused reflection and discussed the experience with their classmates. Students consistently deemed the pillbox experience a positive one.
Fourth-year pharmacy student Shaneika Walker and pharmacy faculty member Ashton Beggs recently returned from a one-week medical mission trip to Gobert, Haiti. Walker was selected for this Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) last spring. Under the supervision of Beggs, Walker was involved in all medication-related aspects of the trip planning, which began summer 2013. The medical team purchased medications from Blessings International, and it was the responsibility of the pharmacy student and pharmacist to decide which medications and the appropriate quantities to order to treat the variety of disease states encountered. Medications were packaged and labeled appropriately for shipping to Haiti for both the general and health literacy of the Haitian population. While in Gobert, Walker and Beggs were in charge of dispensing medications and counseling patients on each medication dispensed.
On Tuesday, February 18, 70 physical therapy students along with 4 PT faculty participated in the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association Day on the Hill. They attended a session that covered an introduction to the legislative process, how to visit with a legislator, and how to become an advocate for the physical therapy profession. State Senator Doug Overbey spoke with them on the importance of getting to know their legislators. The students were then given a guided tour of the Legislative Plaza and the Tennessee State Capitol.
Dr. Cathy Taylor, dean of the College of Health Sciences & Nursing, was recently selected as a member of the 2014 class of the Nashville Health Care Council Fellows. The Fellows initiative engages industry leaders in clearly defining health care’s greatest challenges and exploring new strategies to meet these issues facing the U.S. health care system.
“It is an honor to be selected as a 2014 Council Fellow, and I am eager to expand my knowledge and network with others in the health care field,” Taylor said. “The Fellows class is an elite group of industry leaders, and I consider it a privilege to learn from and alongside each of them.”
The 2014 class, selected by the Council Fellows Advisory Committee led by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D., includes 32 of the nation’s top health care executives.
Meghan Duquette, a third year student in the College of Pharmacy, will represent Belmont at this year’s national Patient Counseling Competition presented by the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP). Meghan was the winner of this year’s school competition in the College of Pharmacy coordinated by the local chapter of APhA-ASP. The national competition features local winners from 120+ pharmacy schools across the country. This year’s competition will be held in Orlando, FL at the end of March.
The goal of the APhA-ASP National Patient Counseling Competition is to encourage student pharmacists in their efforts toward becoming better patient educators. The competition is designed to reflect changes that are occurring in practice, to promote and encourage further professional development of the student pharmacist and to reinforce the role of the pharmacist as a health care provider and educator.