Social Work professor’s research published

SullenbergerSmallAssociate Professor of Social Work Dr. Sabrina Sullenberger has been working with four former colleagues from Indiana University on a five year, ongoing research project to study attitudes of poverty and construction of social class.

Sullenberger and her team’s research was recently featured in an article in The Atlantic entitled, “Teenagers are Losing Confidence in the American Dream.” For more information, click here.

Belmont Nursing graduate is a nominee for NCAA’s Woman of the Year

alcott-hs-300Belmont University nursing graduate Alison Alcott (Dallas, Texas) has been named one of the nominees for the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year award for her achievements on and off the field as a member of the Bruins’ women’s soccer team.

Last month, Alcott was presented the 2015 Ohio Valley Conference Steve Hamilton Sportsmanship Award for her stellar career on the pitch and in the classroom along with good sportsmanship and citizenship, becoming only the second women women’s player to garner the honor.

Alcott played in every game of her collegiate career for the Belmont, including starting all but 10 of those contests.  She was a two-time All-OVC selection and this past season was named Third Team NSCAA All-South Region.  She also served as a co-captain for Belmont during her final season.

In the classroom, Alcott was selected as a CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American in 2014, making her one of just 33 soccer student-athletes selected nationally at the Division I level.  She has also been an OVC Medal of Honor and Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection and a member of the Dean’s List as a nursing major.  She was also one of six OVC Scholar-Athlete Award winners for 2013-14 and earned the Belmont Presidential Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award for 2015.

On campus, she was a member of the Student-Athletes Advisory Committee (SAAC), serving as the organization’s secretary this past year.  Alcott was a member of the Alpha Chi honor society, the Phi Sigma Iota foreign language honor society and the Student Nurses Association.

In the community, she volunteered with numerous organizations and events including the Nashville Rescue Mission, Special Olympics, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Camp Bruin and Operation Christmas Child.  Alcott also traveled to Costa Rica, on a medical mission trip and helped set up medical clinics, diagnosed patients and organizing and dispensed medication.

Now in its 25th year, the Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership.

All conference nominees are forwarded to the Woman of the Year selection committee, which chooses the top 30 honorees – 10 from each division.  From the top 30, the selection committee determines the top three nominees from each division and announces the top nine finalists in September.  The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics then chooses from among those nine to determine the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year.

The 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced, and the Top 30 honorees celebrated, at the annual award ceremony Oct. 18 in Indianapolis.

Belmont PT Alum featured on Atlanta television

ScottMcInturffDr. Scott C. McInturff, a 2002 graduate of Belmont University’s doctoral program in physical therapy, was featured this week on Atlanta and Company, a weekday television show on Atlanta’s NBC affiliate, WXIA, 11Alive.

Dr. McInturff practices physical therapy at the Wellstar Health System’s pediatric center in Kennesaw, Georgia, treating children and young adults.  Many of Scott’s patients are gymnasts, swimmers, dancers, cheerleaders, baseball/softball, football, soccer and basketball players. As part of his practice, he spends a lot of time educating parents and children on the importance of proper technique as it relates to reducing and possibly preventing injuries.

“Pediatrics and adolescence is unique: kids are not like adults, their bones are still maturing,” said McInturff in a 2014 Wellstar feature story. “Typically, they don’t have adult conditions, so we tailor their treatments to injuries or conditions specific to kids.”

The television segment featuring Dr. McInturff is linked here.

Hope Hospital & Home Visits

Sarah Balding

Study Abroad in Cambodia
by Sarah Balding, Nursing Student


We started the morning early again, eating breakfast and doing our devotional around 7 am.  After we ate the group split up and got ready to head for the day.  I went with Kate, Jenni, Megan, Tiffany, and Amanda to do 4 more home visits.  The rest of the team headed to HOPE to work in the hospital and the outpatient clinic.  Once we arrived at the home care office we were greeted by the social workers, and got ready to head to the market.  We were able to get the same food and hygiene supplies for each family again.  The bags of rice and the other food items are able to feed the families for anywhere between 2 weeks to 1 month.  This is extremely helpful and will help ease the financial burden on some of these families.  Once we had gathered all of our supplies we loaded everything up on the Tuk-Tuks and headed out towards the first home.

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Home Visits, Nursing Check-Offs, & Hope Hospital

Sarah Hintz

Study Abroad in Cambodia
by Sarah Hintz, Nursing Student


Today (Thu 5/21) some of the Community Health clinical groups were able to partner with HOPE organization and participate in HIV home visits.  Even though it was only for half of a day, I feel that it was one of the most impacting parts of our trip.  There were only four of us; Cassie, Dani, Sarah (our wonderful social worker and leader during the visits), and myself, who went on the home visits.  Other groups went to the hospital to help with nursing check-offs, which we eventually also got to be involved in.  It was so exciting to be with these nurses and see them take the knowledge they knew to relate it to real-life situations and understand the concepts of what they were learning. Continue reading

Clinic and Sihanouk Hospital

Jenni Massie

Study Abroad in Cambodia
by Jenni Massie, Nursing Student


Today (Wed 5/20) was a great day.  We (Belmont Nursing) had our first outdoor free clinic under a beautiful tree-covered veranda that provided shade so we could care for the Cambodian people.



A room at the guest house adjacent to the veranda was used for breast and pelvic exams.  The organizations Precious Women and the Kone Kaming clinic provided this space.  Our clinic also benefited from having a student of social services (Sarah) and physical therapy (Kate), this has allowed us to expand the care of the clinic beyond nursing.

The Clinic was set up in stations.  Triage is responsible for vital signs, height and weight, getting a short history, and chief complaint.  The assessment station, where I had the opportunity to work, further explored the patient’s history, performed a focused physical assessment, made a diagnosis, and recommended treatment or medication.  Then the patient was directed to the pharmacy and treatment area. Continue reading



Study Abroad in Cambodia
by Sarah Hodge, Nursing Student


Today (Sun 5/25) was a great day! We attended church at Phnom Penh Church of Christ.  The church is filled with the most beautiful of souls.  People are so welcoming and inviting.  The service was filled with spirited worship, a baptism, and communion.  I was extra relieved to see Pheap, a friend of Dr. Taplin, who I have formed a friendship with.

We then ventured down to the river that runs through the city to a restaurant known as FCC, a traditional place for foreigners to come and meet.  It was fancier than where we have gone to eat.  The food lived up to the high prices!  It was exceptional.  Comparably, the view over the river and the palace was fantastic.  We were welcomed with a breeze to cool us off. Continue reading

Teaching at Asia Institute of Sciences School of Nursing

Erin Cantrell

Study Abroad in Cambodia
by Erin Cantrell, Nursing Student



Today (Sat 5/23) we were warmly welcomed to the Asia Institute of Sciences in order to teach other nursing students:

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We were each split up into groups and taught the following topics: SBAR (a communication tool for nurses at shift change), physical assessment, vital signs, hand hygiene, signs/symptoms of depression and anxiety, as well as physical therapy techniques.  There were several classrooms full of students eager to learn our topics.  As we finished each presentation, we went to the next classroom to meet more smiling faces.  The students were great in that they had many questions to ask which kept us on our toes.  It was nice to work alongside my classmates and even more fun to work with Jenni Massie, who is currently in the Masters program: Continue reading

A full week in Geneva

Study Abroad in Geneva
from Dr. Ruby Dunlap, Professor of Nursing

Geneva2015-1We started off Monday afternoon at the UNHCR with a great talk by Carol Laleve with years of experience in Syria. She was not very positive about any short term improvement in that situation, unfortunately. Tuesday was a packed day: first at the International Federation of the Red Cross and some excellent speakers followed by an afternoon at the WHO and some excellent speakers there. The global perspective on the world’s health issues is hard to take in, it is so vast. Continue reading

Sonja Kill Hospital & Travel Back to Phnom Penh

Sarah Hintz

Study Abroad in Cambodia
by Sarah Hintz, Nursing Student


Today (Tue 5/19) was our second and last day at Sonja Kill Hospital. Many of us woke up to the sun’s rays peering through the “mountains of Kampot”; however, less than 12 hours before the break of dawn, we stood under the covering of the star-filled sky.  Certainly, the most star-lit sky I have seen in my entire 21 years of existences.  During our time here we have experienced, that from the moment when we wake up to the moment when we fall asleep, we are surrounded by Beauty.  It is a beauty that goes beyond the word itself because it carries much more meaning than that.  It carries comfort, peace, and humility.  Surrounded by such beauty we are humbled to be a part of something bigger than ourselves.  Just by simply being on the hospital grounds we are in awe of the Creator of the Universe and feel a part of His continued work with humanity.  We have the opportunity to partner with God’s heart, what He is doing, and what He has planned for Hope International (the organization that supports Sonja Kill Hospital). Continue reading