School of Nursing

Nursing capstone: Care of psychiatric patients in the ER

By Rebecca Adams, BSN, who recently graduated from the School of Nursing and is now working in the emergency room at a Vermont hospital My capstone paper focused on emergency department care of psychiatric patients. Each year, an average of 129 million patients are treated in emergency departments nationwide. Of these patients, about 6 million arrive …

Incivility in nursing education

By Chelsea Neimeyer, a recent BSN graduate The word “nurse” typically evokes terms such as compassion, respect, and honesty. Historically, nurses have always been seen as almost angelic human beings, tending to the wounded and representing a face of kindness for patients in the hospital. In recent years, however, incivility and bullying in nursing …

School of Nursing holds research day

This past spring the School of Nursing held a research day in which seniors presented papers and posters on their capstone research. Capstone Presentations Melissa Adams: Preventing Catheter Related Bloodstream Infection in ICU Rebecca Adams: Psychiatric Care in ERs Christine Aye: Bedside Reporting Elizabeth Boynton: Physician Assisted Death AnneMarie …

Nursing student teaches Yoga, a melding of mind and body

Announcement by Christine Aye, SNA Coordinator In fall 2013 the Student Nurses Association (SNA) announced that they were sponsoring new weekly evening yoga classes, taught by a senior nursing student, Kristina Moore. Kristina is a 200-hour Burlington Yoga Teacher Trainer who graduated with a Hatha certification accredited by the Yoga Alliance. As part …

Lapierre evokes Hemingway in the art of letting go

By Dr. Ernie Lapierre Assistant Professor, School of Nursing In my last article, I wrote that for the past two years senior nursing students have taken a required course titled, “Care of Clients and Families at the End of Life.” This course immerses the student in the current theory and research about contemporary practices of caring for clients …

Nursing student reflects on D.C. veterans conference

By Phil Stolz, NU School of Nursing Student Norwich University sent its first-ever contingent to the annual American Veterans Center Conference and Honors in Washington D.C. last November. As a nursing student attending Norwich on a VA scholarship, I was honored to be among the 11 veterans chosen to go. This conference is designed to honor and give …

Simulations mimic challenges of patient care

The Norwich University School of Nursing’s simulation lab provides students with a unique, state-of-the-art hands-on approach to nursing education. The lab uses several different types of mannequins, ranging from basic VitalSim simulators to fully automated SimMan 2G and 3G simulators. The models are housed in virtual hospital rooms complete with …

New marching orders for School of Nursing

By Dr. Sharon I. Richie Director, School of Nursing As the new director of Norwich University’s School of Nursing undergraduate and graduate programs (as of July 1, 2013), I was privileged to have lunch with Aron Temkin, dean of the College of Professional Schools (CoPS) and Norwich University President Richard Schneider soon after my arrival. Between …

Nursing faculty members embrace challenge

“I will try” By Prof. Lorraine Pitcher At a Norwich University School of Nursing retreat prior to the start of the fall 2013 semester, new Director Dr. Sharon Richie had each faculty member share something about themselves that no one else knew. I would like to share one story that epitomizes our university motto, “I will try.” I am …

Letting go: A class on the end of life

By Dr. Ernie Lapierre, A.P.R.N. Psychiatric mental health nursing coordinator Change comes with rewards and challenges. In 2008, students at Norwich University entered the nursing undergraduate degree program with a new curriculum map. One significant change was a required course in the fall semester of their senior year, “Care of Patients and Families …