School of Nursing

New Nursing Director Brings Entrepreneurial Drive to Norwich Programs

By Jess Clarke As the former owner of two successful Vermont businesses, Paulette Thabault takes an entrepreneurial approach to life. “I always try to figure out how we can do something rather than why we can’t do it,” says Thabault, Norwich’s new School of Nursing director. That approach worked well when she climbed nearly 20,000 feet to the …

New Lecturer in Nursing Brings Passion for Global Health to NU

By Daphne Larkin New to the School of Nursing faculty this fall, Cynthia McCormack earned her Master of Science in Nursing Education degree from Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies in 2015. She completed her undergraduate nursing degree at the University of Vermont and spent the last four years working as an ICU nurse in …

Former Refugee Embraces Challenge and Service in Nursing Program

By Jess Clarke When Pabitra Bhattarai decided at a young age that she wanted to be a nurse, it wasn’t because she had nurses as role models. It was just the opposite for Bhattarai, a first-year nursing student at Norwich. Bhattarai grew up in a Nepalese refugee camp, after her parents and thousands of other Nepali-speaking Bhutanese settled there …

8-Week Program Seeks to Bolster Nursing Clinical Competence and Safety

By Jess Clarke It’s one thing for nursing students to have a theoretical understanding of such basic tasks as hand hygiene, taking vital signs, bathing patients, and helping them use a walker and cane. It’s another matter to perform those tasks proficiently and safely. To strengthen nursing students’ clinical competence and reinforce safety, the …

Hourly “Huddles” Improve Care for Birthing Mothers

By Jess Clarke Once a woman gets to the pushing part, or second stage, of labor, it can take anywhere from a few minutes to several/many hours for the baby to emerge. The longer labor lasts, the greater the possibility that medical professionals and patients will miscommunicate or not communicate at all. And that can lead to bad outcomes. Researching …

A Nursing Student Aims to Bring Skills Home to Uganda

By Jess Clarke As a teenager growing up in central Uganda, Brenda Shattuck ’18 assisted with her mother’s midwifery duties in their village. The babies usually were born at her family’s house in Nkuke. Shattuck, who is currently studying at Norwich for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, prepared the women’s rooms and helped them bathe. Sometimes …

New Lecturer Lyndsey Gates is Former Norwich Nursing Student

By Daphne Larkin You might call Lyndsey Gates MSN, RN, a boomerang student, the kind Norwich is fortunate to have. A standout nursing undergraduate and master’s student at NU, Gates now teaches Nursing Informatics as a new lecturer in the NU School of Nursing. She also co-teaches the clinical mathematical methods lab section, as well as the health …

SON Interim Director Ann Marchewka Reflects on Teaching and Well-being

By Interim Director Ann Marchewka, PhD, RN, School of Nursing Asked about why I came to Norwich University, I’d simply say for new experience. Hospitals have been my world and with that a focus on the problem of strength, resilience and the restorative capacity of patients being largely ignored within the context of current medical and reimbursement …

Capstone Projects Showcase Scholarship of Nurses in the Class of 2015

By Ann Marchewka, Interim Director, Norwich University School of Nursing The capstone project is the culmination of the senior graduate’s work in a particular field of interest. Knowledgeable presentation and academic writing on important issues facing patients and nursing in today’s diverse health care setting is a key attribute of the graduate …

2015 Nurses Pinning Ceremony

By Ann Marchewka, Interim Director, Norwich University School of Nursing Nursing’s Pinning Ceremony is a long held tradition that symbolizes strength, courage, and service. This tradition marks accomplishment and a passage into the nursing profession. A time of joy and celebration, families, friends and loved ones participate in this ceremony held …