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Friday, May 30, 2014

HS 380: Navajo Cultural Immersion

Back: Sharon, Alicia, Jaclyn, Robyn, Kaitlyn R., Katelyn O., Nancy
Front: Hannah, Allison, Breann, Olivia, Brooke
 Ashland University (AU) nursing students and faculty traveled to Window Rock, Arizona May 11-17, 2014 as part of the Navajo Cultural Immersion course, HS 380.  Students who participated in the week long immersion include: Brooke Agnes, Alicia Fulk, Breann Gindlesberger, Allison Johnson, Katelyn Osborne, Kaitlyn Runser, Jaclyn Runser, Robyn Siburt, Olivia Sprague, Hannah Thome.  Faculty members Sharon See and Nancy Thorne led the students on this cultural journey.
Students spent three days at the Fort Defiance Indian Hospital – Tse’hootsooi’ Medical Center.  While at the hospital, students learned how traditional Navajo healing practices are integrated into Western Medicine.  They had the opportunity to see traditional Navajo Hogans and sweat lodges and how they are used in patient care.  The students and faculty were also involved in a traditional blessing ceremony led by Aaron Sam, a traditional Navajo healer employed by the hospital.  Students observed both Christian and traditional Navajo beliefs in the blessing ceremony; herbs, feathers, singing and praying were all part of the blessing ceremony.  

Students spent two days traveling with the home care nurses to visit patients on the reservation.  The week included a picnic at the Rio Puerco Community Center.  At the youth center, AU nursing students provided a picnic dinner, a wind chime craft, face painting, and played basketball with the children.  A fun time was had by all.  

Kaitlyn R., Katelyn O., Kat (home care nurse),
Hannah, and Brooke
Breann, Robyn, Orena (home care nurse),
Allison, and Alicia

AU students with the Navajo children
at the Rio Puerco Community Youth Center
During the week long immersion, students enjoyed the beautiful landscape of the reservation with a hike to the top of Window Rock and Canyon De Chelly.  

Students hiked to the top of Window Rock.

Students at the top of Canyon DeChelly before the hike.
 The Navajo Cultural Immersion course, HS 380, is offered every spring semester.  During pre-immersion, students study the Navajo culture and traditional healing practices.  In May, students travel to the Navajo Reservation for a week long immersion.  For more information about this exciting opportunity please contact Sharon See ssee@ashland.edu or Nancy Thorne nthorne@ashland.edu.  There will be information sessions early in the fall semester for interested students. It is offered as a 3 Credit hour Border Crossing or Course with Study Away.

Monday, May 5, 2014

"Weight Loss in Women: An Interdisciplinary Study" - Dr. Karen Estridge

Karen Estridge, DNP, RN
Dr. Karen Estridge, Assistant Professor at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences recently presented a poster at the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society Region 10 Conference, “Bridging Nursing Leadership and Research - What Will the Future Hold?” in Ann Arbor, MI.   Karen is the primary investigator for an interprofessional study with Dr. Melissa Snyder, Dr. Beth Patton, and Mrs. Denise Reed titled, Weight Loss in Women:  An Interdisciplinary Study that involves students from Nursing, Athletic Training, Exercise Science, and Dietetics.  The students work in teams to design programs that assist participants to meet weight loss goals.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Nursing Faculty Member Billie Maglott MSN, RN along with Junior Nursing Students Kellie Cline (SNA President), Sarah Mormino, and Morgan Lauderbaugh presented a poster entitled Providing Culturally Competent Healthcare: The Student Nurse Journey at the Student Nurse National Convention held in Nashville on April 9-12, 2014. The National Student Nurses Association is a pre-professional organization where nursing students develop leadership skills and learn how to become change agents in their future healthcare profession. Nursing Faculty SNA Co-Advisor Laura Gilmore MS, RN traveled with the group as well. 

Faculty: Billie Maglott, MSN, RN
Nursing Students: Kellie Cline, Sarah Morimino, Morgan Lauderbaugh

Friday, March 28, 2014

Interventions for Weight Loss in Women: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Faculty and students at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences are participating in an interdisciplinary weight loss research study.  The study focuses on lifestyle changes for positive weight control through individualized health nutrition and safe exercise plans.  The research subjects are working together, learning from other health disciplines though information sharing and discipline-specific coaching as client-specific plans are administered.  The primary investigator for this research study is Karen Estridge, DNP, RN; with co-investigator Melissa Snyder, PhD, AT, ATV, SCSC; Beth Patton, PhD; and Denise Reed, MS, RD, LD. 

Billie Maglott, MSN, RN; Melessa Damoff, MSN, RN; Angela Miranda (Dietetics);
Matthew Lioi (Exercise Science); Sally Trout (Athletic Training); and Andrew Lioi (Exercise Science)

Jonathan Darmon (Athletic Training); Val Kuenkele, MSN, RN; Ashley Lorah (Exercise Science)

Braxton Wright (Dietetics); Denise Reed, MS, RD, LD; Tracy Crum BSN, RN; Abby Leboza (Exercise Science);
Melissa Hill (Athletic Training) partially hidden; Sharon See, MSN, RN.

Not shown in the photos above are team members Karen Estridge, DNP, RN; Laura Gilmore, MSN, RN; Lisa Young, DNP, RN; Tina Cunningham, Kelly Kossick, Natasha Kikbride (Dietetics), Danielle Crouse (Nursing); Lydia Kallini (Nursing); Lauren Blakney (Nursing).