DNP Student Teaches Healthcare in Haiti as Frist Global Health Fellow

Quigley1When doctorate of nursing practice student Jennifer Quigley realized she would be the first Belmont recipient of the Frist Global Health Fellowship, she said she was eager to use her passion for global health to implement a plan for teaching health care providers in Cap-Haitien, Haiti a modern method of natural family planning. Her trip was born of a partnership between Belmont’s College of Health Sciences and Nursing and the organization Hope Through Healing Hands, which was founded by Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D.

Although the goal of the trip was to assist the Haitian people, Quigley was quick to say the trip was life-changing for her, as well. “I learned so much more from the Haitian people than they learned from me. I have never seen a more joyous people, full of life and love, and each was eager to show me love. Though they did not have much, I never went hungry, and I always had water. They joyfully give, even if they have so little to start with,” she said. “I also had the opportunity to deliver a baby, with only one other nurse, no drugs and not sterile equipment — only a clean room and the two of us. It was an experience I will hold with me for the rest of my life.”

Quigley’s fellowship focused on educating medical practitioners about the Standard Days Method (SDM), developed by Georgetown University in Washington D.C., which uses knowledge and awareness of the fertility cycle to allow women and couples to time and space pregnancies and has been tested to be 95 percent accurate when used correctly. Quigley spent her summer training the health care providers in the knowledge and skills to not only understand the method, but also the tools to instruct, guide and counsel patients in this method to plan pregnancies.

The Hope Through Healing Hands team knows the far-reaching impact that this kind of sustainable program can have on developing countries like Haiti. Women who have access to family planning education and resources are less likely to die in child birth, have healthier children and space their children farther apart, which allows for a more stable family structure. For a couple to be able to communicate and decide what size family is appropriate for them is an important piece in decreasing disparities in the developing countries. “This can lead to improving the economic status of entire communities. The capacity is truly incredible, which is why we’re so excited about seeing the results of Jennifer’s study,” said Executive Director of Hope Through Healing Hands Jenny Dyer.

JenniferQuigleyQuigley had originally planned to recruit and teach 31 providers, but after completing the course with those original providers and finding an overwhelming positive response, she continued to provide training to those she could while she was there. By the end of her trip, she had completed the course for close to 200 physicians, nurses and community health workers throughout the northern part of the country. Many stated the visual tool and simple rules of the method make it desirable for their population, of which almost 50 percent are unable to read or write. Preliminary results show much improvement in the knowledge of fertility, family planning and how to effectively space pregnancies. Formal data analysis is still in progress and should be completed in report form by the middle of September. 

Quigley says her Catholic background makes up a lot of the driving force behind her global health outreach and mission work. “My Christian faith tells me that my life is not about me; it is about sharing my gifts that were given to me by God with others, so that they may have more opportunities to do the same,” she said. “Increasing education and awareness for modern methods of natural family planning is something written on my heart that I have a calling to share. I use those engrained nursing skills along with my Christian faith as a foundation to decrease disparities around the globe.”

Quigley was recently featured in an article in the Diocese of Nashville, where she speaks on how she was able to appeal to Catholic, Protestant and non-religious audiences and clinics because of the way she approaches the issue. The main thing she wanted to convey is that natural family planning can be a positive alternative for women and their husbands to figure out how many children they want and can afford to care for.

Quigley said she is thankful for the Christian environment that Belmont provides to guide and direct her individual passion. “The faculty and Dean Taylor at the Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences and Nursing have seen my passion for nursing, global health and natural family planning and provided me the knowledge, direction and opportunities to grow my passion into a doctorate level research project that will open the door to so many more wonderful opportunities,” she said.

After graduating, Quigley hopes to use this project as groundwork to further her career in the research of natural family planning in a global health setting, in order to decrease or eliminate maternal and infant disparities related to unhealthy timing and spacing of pregnancies across the world.

Read more about Quigley’s trip on her blog.

Nursing students participate in Vanderbilt Medical Center Internships


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Thirteen Belmont students recently completed the Vanderbilt Experience Student Nurse Internship Program’s Summer 2015 Nurse Residency.

Out of these, Tisra Fadely was recognized with the Credo Award for her hard work on the perioperative track. According to her certificate, Fadely “is a student that made our patients the highest priority by communicating effectively with patients and their families and was committed to being a team player.”

As stated on her certificate, some of her preceptors attested to the qualities Fadely has that earned her the award. “Tisra demonstrates a rare sensitivity and dedication to patient centered care, as well as a keen interest in evidence-based practice. She was consistently kind, attentive and professional. Achievers.Fadely-300x225As a coworker, she was respectful, conscientious and hardworking. One of her most impressive attributes is her gracious manner of asking questions and sharing information. She researches questions she has relating to patient care and shares her knowledge with true intellectual enthusiasm. I have found her deeply committed to patient care and genuinely committed to nursing.”

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. Continue reading

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