Doctoral Health Science students honored for Thesis Abstracts


Evan Pendygraft and Samantha Grishaber represent their research colleagues at the Graduate Education Day on The Hill.

Graduate students from two programs in Belmont University’s Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences & Nursing were recently honored by the Tennessee Conference of Graduate Schools with the 2015-16 Outstanding Thesis Award.

Six students in the Occupational Therapy Doctoral program were recognized for their abstract entitled, “Prevalent Concerns Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults in Middle Tennessee.”  The students, Samantha Grishaber, Abby Hawkins, Evan Pendygraft, Chelsea Skaggs, Mary Beth Thiel and Nicole Wright, were mentored by Dr. Debra Gibbs, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy.  The study identified health as the primary concern of community-dwelling adults that contribute to their ability to sustain independent living, followed by finances, memory, transportation and safety.

Kathryn D. Mitchell, a student in Belmont’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, was also recognized for her study entitled, “Public Access to Naloxone: Provider Awareness and Prescribing Attitudes.”  Her project examined knowledge, attitudes, subjective norms, and prescribing intentions among nurse practitioners (NPs) working in adult primary care, family practice, pain management, and emergency department practice settings in response to state naloxone distribution laws.  Her study revealed that NPs are critical to successful implementation of this innovative approach to combat overdose deaths in Tennessee.

The abstracts were presented at the Graduate Education Day on the Hill for the Tennessee Legislature earlier this week.

Colleges of Health Sciences and Pharmacy to host Health Academy in June for 5th-8th graders

HealthAcademyThe College of Health Sciences and the College of Pharmacy will host a week-long day camp from June 6 through June 10 that will allow students in grades 5 through 8 to explore the different careers available in the health sciences fields and expose them to issues healthcare professionals deal with on a daily basis. Students will explore a real-world example of how different health professionals (pharmacy, physical therapy, nursing, occupational therapy, social work) collaborate and work inter-professionally to take care of a patient.  Click here to register.

School of Nursing Leads the Way at Tennessee Nurses Association Meeting

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.

Sandy Murabito

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.

Belmont Health Science Students attend Global Missions Conference

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.

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

Higgins Receives Nursing Education Excellence Award

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.”

Nursing Graduate Honored Among Top 30 NCAA Women of the Year

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

Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame Inducts Inaugural Members

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

Tennessee Health Care Hall of Fame Announces Inaugural Induction Ceremony

Healthcare-Hall-of-Fame-1171The 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

Nursing & Women’s Soccer Alum Named 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year Top 30 Nominee

Ali_Alcott_NCAA_Woman_of_the_Year_Top_30_SelectionBelmont 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

Nursing Faculty Member Quoted in Article

AdamSmallIn an article titled “Nurses Take Lead Role in Treating Depression Among Diabetic Patients” on, Belmont Associate Professor of Nursing Jamie Adam was interviewed and quoted about depression in diabetic patients due to her recent work on the topic.

Adam provides information on factors that contribute to depression occurrences including poor health, chronic illness, socioeconomic status and unemployment.

To view the article in its entirety, click here.