Belmont University introduced the first six McWhorter Society Scholars on Dec. 4. The McWhorter Society, which was formed earlier this year, consists of members of the Nashville area community who are engaged in healthcare and the business of healthcare, and who choose to support future healthcare professionals from Belmont University.
The society is named in honor of long-time Belmont supporter Clayton McWhorter whose leadership and role in the development of healthcare industry giants HealthTrust Inc. and HCA have made a strong impression in the field of health care. In 1996, Clayton, his son Stuart and a close business friend created the venture capital firm Clayton Associates, which quickly evolved into a hub of strategic business development activities related to new firms in healthcare, technology and diversified services.
McWhorter was introduced to the newest scholars to hear their Belmont stories and how they intend to use the degrees they are pursuing at Belmont. Recipients included the following Belmont students.
Jacqueline Youde is a student in the Massey School’s Master of Business Administration program for Healthcare Professionals (HCMBA). She is board-certified audiologist who originally attended the University of Washington in Seattle, prior to graduating with her Doctorate of Audiology from the University of Texas-Dallas. She previously was employed at Vanderbilt and is a full-time business student.
Roland Achenjang is also a student in the HCMBA program. As a young boy, he came to America with his parents, immigrating from Cameroon, Africa. He earned his Doctor of Pharmacy from North Dakota State University and is currently a pharmacist at St. Thomas-Midtown, pursuing his Belmont degree as a means of advancing his career to the next level as a healthcare administrator and leader.
Kelsey Maguire, from Nolensville, Tenn., is an undergraduate student in the College of Health Science’s School of Nursing where she plans to complete her Bachelor of Science in Nursing next spring. As the founding President of Belmont’s Nurses Christian Fellowship (NCF) chapter, Maguire was instrumental in launching an event aimed at educating the campus community about the need for feminine hygiene products in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. In the spring of 2013, NCF collected over 5,000 hygiene items and Maguire traveled to Africa to personally deliver these products and work directly with the women and girls who would benefit from the gifts.
Lauren Moss is a member of the inaugural class in the School of Nursing’s new Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. She is a board certified Women’s Health and Adult Health Nurse Practitioner and currently practices in a local urban internal medicine and pain management clinic. She is a member of the Iota Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing. Moss’ capstone project for her DNP focuses on adults with hypercholesterolemia and determining whether nurse-led telephone reminder calls increase patient adherence to a prescribed medication regimen.
Jessica Brinkley is a third-year student in the College of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program. Brinkley has served as president of Belmont’s student chapters of Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International (CPFI) and the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), and has been actively involved through these student organizations with Barren Plains Ministry, Habitat for Humanity and Live Beyond, in addition to organizing a toy drive for children in Haiti.. As a result of her work with Habitat for Humanity, she will soon publish a paper titled, “Building a Lifelong Commitment to Service” in Student Pharmacist.
Emily Doss is also a third-year student in the Doctor of Pharmacy program. She has completed a prestigious summer internship in pharmacy at John Hopkins University. Doss is president of Belmont’s student chapter of Phi Lambda Sigma, the Pharmacy Leadership Society, and has received a Leadership Chapter Award for her community service with APhA. She has served as a Student Ambassador for the College, class president and PLS president, and is an active member of multiple student pharmacist organizations at Belmont.
The McWhorter Society was conceived by Dr. Richard Treadway and the University Office of Advancement. Membership can be arranged by calling Willie Young in the University Development Office.
Belmont University School of Nursing hosted a statewide meeting of nurse leaders this week determined to learn more about Tennessee’s existing nursing workforce needs and to predict and plan for future needs. “This is important work. Since budget cuts eliminated the Tennessee Center for Nursing in 2010, comprehensive workforce data have been scant,” said Dr. Cathy Taylor, Dean of the Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences and Nursing. Noting the importance of robust data to be used to improve health and provide better care for all Tennesseans, the Nursing Workforce Analysis Conference was sponsored by East Tennessee State University and brought together nurse educators, practitioners, and researchers from the public and private sector, and government and non-government agencies from throughout the state. Dr. Linda Flynn, Professor & Associate Dean for Academic Programs at the University of Colorado, was the featured speaker for the event. Dr. Taylor and Dr. Martha Buckner, Associate Dean in the School of Nursing, represented Belmont at the meeting. Pictured from left to right are Dr. Buckner, Dr. Wendy Nehring, Dean and Professor of the College of Nursing at ETSU, Dr. Flynn and Dr. Taylor.
Belmont and Tennessee State Universities collaborated to administer flu shots to residents of the I. W. Gernert Towers in Edgehill during an October health fair. TSU nursing instructor Noble-Britton and Belmont Professor of Nursing Ruby Dunlap supervised TSU nursing students as they gave shots and checked blood pressures. Belmont provided the flu vaccines and supplies. Nearly two dozen residents received the flu shot. Belmont’s Health services has donated the materials for seven years.
Dr. Beth Hallmark, Director of Simulation for the Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences & Nursing and Assistant Professor of Nursing, is this year’s featured speaker for the Christine P. Sharpe Distinguished Lecture Series at Tennessee State University (TSU). Dr. Hallmark will make her presentation about creative learning strategies on Thursday, October 17, 2013. The lecture series was established in 2000 to honor Dr. Sharpe, retired Associate Dean and co-founder of TSU School of Nursing. The lecture is held annually and has included healthcare leaders, researchers and educators who have delivered cutting edge and thought provoking presentations about a wide range of topics in health, nursing education and public policy. The lecture will be held in Room 118 of the James E. Farrell & Fred E. Westbrook Agricultural Complex (known as “The Barn”) on TSU’s campus from 7:00 to 7:45 on Thursday, October 17. A reception will follow. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Kathy Jordan, Program Chairperson for Undergraduate Nursing, has been selected as a registered reviewer by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (Innovation Center) to evaluate proposals for the Health Care Innovation Awards. The Center will provide up to $1 billion in funding for projects that develop new payment and service delivery models that will reduce costs while preserving or enhancing the quality of care for beneficiaries in Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The review process will begin October 1.
Nashville Medical News featured two stories about Belmont earlier this month on expansion of the School of Nursing's patient simulation program and Dean Cathy Taylor's perspective (among others) on the future of the DNP degree.
I have been looking forward to the Jitambue Conference for about two years now. I’ve shared with you that the Jitambue club is a group that meets monthly in 14 different schools of the Kibera slums to discuss issues of purity, self-worth, and positive reproductive health. This ministry, hosted by Swahiba Youth Networks (SYN), also aids the girls by giving each of them enough pads for their menses from month to month and providing them with school uniforms or fees in special circumstances. Jitambue also hosts two conferences a year and, after bestowing Belmont Nurses Christian Fellowship’s gift of 5,330 pads (wow) to the SYN staff, I was more than excited to meet the girls who would be benefitting from NCF’s generosity and hard work.
This conference truly could rival any Christian conference I’ve seen in the states. 635 of the 730 participating Kibera girls attended, each in their school uniforms, ready to participate in the day’s activities. There were local DJ’s, comedians, dance crews, and television celebrities present to entertain and engage the girls. The performances really were great and it was amazing to watch the quiet girls that I had found in the hot, oppressive slum laughing, and dancing with their friends- all in the name of Jesus Christ and positive self esteem! SYN and Passion Partners also fed the girls a hearty lunch, provided two keynote speakers, and time for small-group discussions with SYN female staff members and volunteers.