A group of students and faculty from Belmont’s School of Nursing attended the Tennessee Nurses Association meeting Oct. 23-25 in Franklin. The conference, entitled “Nursing Ethics: Commitment, Compassion, Quality Care,” featured a legislative panel with Tennessee legislators, keynote speakers and podium and poster presentations from nursing students and leaders from around the state.
Assistant Professor of Nursing Dr. Sandy Murabito was installed as president of the organization, having served the past year as president-elect, Assistant Professor of Nursing Dr. Donna Copenhaver was elected as secretary and Instructor of Nursing Tracy Wilson continues on the state-wide nominating committee. Earlier in the month, Assistant Professor of Nursing Dr. Loretta Bond was elected as vice president for the Nashville district. Additionally, a total of 8 students participated in the jointly held Tennessee Association of Student Nurses conference and participated in shared educational sessions.
TNA’s Executive Director Sharon Adkins said, “I am delighted that Sandy has assumed the presidency and am sure that under her strong leadership, TNA will make an even greater impact on our profession and the health of our citizens.”
During the annual gala on Saturday, Oct. 24, Professor of Nursing Dr. Leslie Higgins was presented with the Award of Excellence for Nursing Education.
Shelby Blalock, a doctoral student in pharmacy, adds a marker for Guatemala on a world map at the conference which represented mission trips of participants. Shelby’s interest in missions was reinforced during a Belmont Health Science mission trip to the country earlier this year.
Students and faculty from Belmont University’s health science programs recently attended the 2015 Global Missions Health Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Over 3000 health professionals and health professions students gathered for the world’s largest such gathering for medical missions.
Dr. Ruby Dunlap, Professor of Nursing, and Dr. Tracy Frame, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy, coordinated participation of 16 students from Belmont’s programs in nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy and physical therapy. Student involvement was spearheaded by Derek Neice, a senior nursing major, and facilitated by a gift from the Gabhart Fund to help pay registration fees. Continue reading
Elise Shepart, PT, DPT, left, David Jennings, PT, DPT, and Natalie Berra, PT, are taking part in Vanderbilt’s new specialized Physical Therapy residency programs. Shepart and Jennings are graduates of Belmont’s DPT program. (photo by Anne Rayner)
Story courtesy of Vanderbilt University Medical Center edited for Belmont University
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in conjunction with the School of Physical Therapy at Belmont University, has launched specialized Physical Therapy (PT) residency programs in Orthopaedics (Sports) and Pediatrics in addition to an existing Neurological program.
“We are excited to partner with Vanderbilt for these residency programs,” said Dr. Renee Brown, PT, PhD, Professor of Physical Therapy at Belmont. “This provides an opportunity for our graduates to advance their practice after graduation and pursue specialty certification. The Neurologic residency is in its 4th year and has a 100% first time pass rate on the ABPTS board certification examination. This year the neurologic and sports residents are graduates of Belmont’s DPT (Doctorate of Physical Therapy) program.” Continue reading
Dr. Leslie Higgins, professor of nursing and director of Belmont’s Graduate Studies in Nursing, was recently named as the recipient of the Tennessee Nurses Association (TNA) Nursing Excellence – Nursing Education Award. The Education Excellence award recognizes a nursing faculty who reflects outstanding performance in promoting and maintaining excellence in professional practice, mentorship and educational standards, and provides leadership to improve quality of care.
Serving as a nurse educator for 40 years, Dr. Higgins began with a joint appointment at Vanderbilt School of Nursing/Vanderbilt Medical Center and has continued to work with students since then. Her nominator said of her, “Leslie coined the phrase “the Belmont touch” to characterize a graduate program that is rigorous but student-centered. She acknowledges her high expectations for students, and sets a climate wherein students want to perform at their very best. She shows students how to think critically through her own use of this process. In conversation with Leslie, one can always see “the wheels turning” as she thinks through complex phenomena and encourages students to do the same. Her approach to nursing education is grounded in evidence-based practices, while emphasizing the art of nursing that attends to the whole person.”
While she may not have won the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year award, Belmont women’s soccer alumna and School of Nursing graduate Alison Alcott stood tall with the other Top 30 winners from around the country, spanning all three NCAA Divisions.
Earlier this month, the NCAA hosted a dinner in Indianapolis to recognize the 2015 Top 30 honorees. ESPN analyst Jessica Mendoza served as host for the evening and introduced each of the Top 30 to the crowd gathered at the Westin. Clarion University’s Kristin Day was named the NCAA Woman of the Year at the end of the evening.
A busy weekend awaited Alcott, who completed her nursing night shift at Vanderbilt Hospital in the Intensive Care Unit at 8 a.m., only to climb right into her boyfriend’s car for the four-plus hour ride to Indianapolis. She even used one of her socks from her days on the pitch as a sleep mask for her nap during the drive. Continue reading
More than 100 alumni return for reunion
Belmont’s School of Physical Therapy celebrated its 15-year anniversary of DPT graduates this month with a first-ever reunion for the three-year doctoral program. In addition to networking with one another and PT faculty and staff, the event allowed alumni to earn Continuing Education course credit and to provide support for a few special members. Continue reading
The Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame inducted its inaugural eight member class at a luncheon and ceremony in Belmont’s Curb Event Center on Monday, October 12. Hosted by Senior Policy Adviser at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Susan Dentzer, the Hall of Fame seeks to recognize and honor the pioneers and current leaders who have formed Tennessee’s health and health care community and encourage future generations of health care professionals. Continue reading
The Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame has announced its inaugural induction ceremony and luncheon, scheduled for Monday, October 12 at 11:30 a.m. in Belmont University’s Curb Event Center.
With a mission to honor men and women who have made significant and lasting contributions to the health and health care industry, the Hall of Fame seeks to recognize and honor the pioneers and current leaders that have formed Tennessee’s health and health care community and encourage future generations of health care professionals.
Created by Belmont University and Belmont’s McWhorter Society with the support of the Nashville Health Care Council, a Founding Partner, the Hall of Fame announced its eight inaugural inductees at an event in May. These individuals include: Continue reading
Belmont women’s soccer alumna Alison Alcott, a 2015 graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), has been selected as one of the Top-30 honorees for the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year award, as announced by the organization on Thursday. She becomes the first student-athlete from the Ohio Valley Conference and the first Bruin to garner the honor.
Ten women from each of the three divisions make up the Top 30, spanning various NCAA sports. Later this month, three finalists from each division will be selected to form the nine finalists for the award.
Earlier this summer, Alcott was tabbed the 2015 Woman of the Year Conference Honoree for the OVC, joining a record 146 other NCAA female student-athletes were also named Woman of the Year honorees by their respective conferences and independent schools. Continue reading
Students and faculty from Belmont’s School of Occupational Therapy participated in an afternoon of service at seven Nashville locations on Monday, August 24, as part of new student orientation.
The team of 56 students and faculty members completed a number of projects including delivering household items for refugee families with World Relief, sorting and organizing equipment for children with special needs living overseas with Show Hope and my LIFE speaks, packaging new parent materials for the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee, completing landscaping at Homeplace, making graduation photo collages for New Beginnings and interacting with clients at Fifty Forward’s adult daycare services.
Through these experiences, incoming students were introduced to organizations around the Belmont community as they were actively involved in service, a key value of the University and a central theme in the Occupational Therapy Doctorate curriculum design.