Health Sciences students and faculty lend expertise at Williamson County Fall Awareness and Prevention event
Every 15 seconds, an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury. Nationally, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for those aged 65 and over, and the chances of falling and being seriously injured in a fall increase with age.
In light of these findings by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), faculty and students from the Gordon E. Inman College of Health Sciences & Nursing lent their expertise to the public last week at a Fall Awareness and Prevention event hosted by Williamson County Parks and Recreation. Health professionals from each discipline in the College were on hand to assist seniors with strategies to keep active and falls free: ideas about effective home modifications and the use of assistive devices from the School of Occupational Therapy, counsel on the proper use of medications from the School of Nursing, information on community resources from the Social Work Department, and suggestions on shoe wear and exercises to increase flexibility, mobility and strength from the School of Physical Therapy.
“This was a great opportunity for our college’s faculty and students to work together in serving the seniors in our local community with ideas for preventing falls”, said Dr. Debra Gibbs, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy, who coordinated Belmont’s participation in the event.
Julie Hunt, Assistant Professor of Social Work, recently co-presented at the annual convention of the North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW) held in Atlanta, GA. The presentation was entitled, “Help! How Do I Do This? Developing Spiritually Sensitive Social Work”. Co-presenting with Professor Hunt were Ali Hearon, a senior Social Work major, and Katie Cross, a recent BSW graduate.
Dr. Sabrina Sullenberger, Associate Professor and Chair of the Social Work Department also made a recent presentation at the annual program meeting in Dallas, TX of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Her session was entitled “Waiting to Be Cinderella’d? Constructions of social class and gender”.
Dr. Sabrina Sullenberger, chairwoman of the Department of Social Work, co-authored “The Key to Learning: Engaging Undergraduate Students in Authentic Social Work Research” in the Fall 2013 issue of The Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work with Carol Hostetler and Leila Wood.
Congratulations to the following faculty members in the College of Health Sciences who received promotions this summer.
School of Nursing
Martha Buckner from Associate Professor to Professor
Angela Lane from Full-time Adjunct to Assistant Professor
Erin Shankel from Full-time Adjunct to Assistant Professor
School of Occupational Therapy
Shelley Hix from Instructor to Assistant Professor
Tamara Garvey from Full-time Adjunct to Assistant Professor
Camille Turner from Full-time Adjunct to Instructor
Emmy Dagnan from Full-time Adjunct to Instructor
School of Physical Therapy
Renee Brown from Professor to Professor & Chairman
Social Work Department
Jennifer Crowell from Full-time Adjunct to Assistant Professor
“We’re so glad to welcome Dr. Sullenberger,” said Dr. Cathy Taylor, Dean of the College. “Sabrina has a wealth of experience and qualifications for her new role, and a commitment to mentoring students in a Christian environment. I look forward to working together in the days ahead.”
Dr. Sullenberger comes to Belmont from Indiana University where she was an associate professor and interim associate dean for the School of Social Work. While at Indiana University, Dr. Sullenberger twice received the Trustee’s Teaching Award and was named as College Advisor of the Year by Best Buddies Indiana.
Dr. Martha Buckner
Professor of Nursing
Buckner, M. M., Dietrich, M. S., Merriman, C., & Keeley, J. P. (2013). Identifying at-risk nursing students using a midcurricular examina-tion. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 31(4). Retrieved from 10,1097/NXN.0b013e31828a0dda.
Dr. Ruby Dunlap
Professor of Nursing
Dunlap, R. K. (2013). Nursing theory and the clinical gaze: Discovery in teaching theory across a cultural divide. Nursing Science Quarterly, 26(2), 176-180.
Dr. John Halle
Professor of Physical Therapy
Halle JS. The Neuromuscular Scan Exam (Chapter Four), in Voight, Hoogenboom, and Prentice (ed), Musculoskletal Interventions: Techniques for Therapeutic Exercise, McGraw-Hill Medical, New York (Scheduled for 2013 publication).
Belmont University’s Office of Advancement recently established the Clayton McWhorter Society, a giving society intended to further the work of Belmont’s health science programs. The new group, which held its inaugural membership lunch on May 2, is named in honor of long-time Belmont supporter Clayton McWhorter and will directly benefit the College of Health Sciences & Nursing, the College of Pharmacy and the new MBA for Healthcare Professionals.
Clayton McWhorter’s leadership and role in the development of healthcare industry giants HealthTrust, Inc. and HCA have made a strong impression in the field of healthcare. 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.
The College of Health Sciences recently hosted Leadership Health Care (LHC) members of the Nashville Health Care Council for a luncheon. Dr. Cathy Taylor, Dean of the College, and Provost Thomas Burns welcomed the group to campus.
“The future of health care is about collaboration and cooperation,” said Burns. “We are proud to have members of Leadership Health Care here today, and we welcome opportunities to work together as we develop the next generation of health care talent here at Belmont.”
After remarks and lunch, Belmont students led the group on a tour of the college. LHC members were given an overview of simulation training labs in nursing, occupational therapy and physical therapy.
Leadership Health Care was formed in 2002 as an initiative of the Nashville Health Care Council to foster the next generation of health care leaders. Industry tours are part of the group's regular programming for members.
The Memorial Foundation has awarded Belmont University $300,000 to upgrade high-fidelity simulation equipment, support interprofessional training in the College of Health Sciences & Nursing and fund a post-graduate Healthcare Simulation Fellowship. Belmont has appointed Dr. Gwenn Randall as the college’s first fellow.
“We are grateful to the Memorial Foundation for this generous gift that will enable us to markedly increase the impact of our clinical simulation program. In addition to creating exciting new clinical experiences for both students and community providers, with this funding we will create new ways of educating future leaders in this emerging field,” said College of Health Sciences & Nursing Dean Cathy R. Taylor.
Social Work students from Belmont University were recently honored for the best policy analysis and presentation at Social Work Day on the Hill, an annual legislative event at the Tennessee State Legislature sponsored by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Their winning poster presentation, selected by a panel of social work policy experts, provided analysis of Senate Bill 0804 and House Bill 0937 which would amend Tennessee Code to prohibit the state from participating in any Medicaid expansion authorized under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Social Work Day on the Hill attracts over 400 practitioners, educators and students from across the state of Tennessee to discuss policy response to the issues that impact the social work profession and clients served by social workers. The event serves as a call to action and is a unifying experience that links the practice community to social welfare policy.
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