The School of Nursing and Health Sciences Receives More Than $140,000 in Grants
La Salle’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences recently received numerous grants, totally more than $140,000 They are:
- The nursing programs received a $24,000 grant from the McLean Contributionship for the purchase of a medicine dispense system.
- The undergraduate and graduate nursing programs received $18,568 and $82,577, respectively, for nursing student scholarships through the Independence Blue Cross Foundation’s Nurses for Tomorrow initiative.
- The Neighborhood Nursing Center received a $15,000 grant from the Green Tree Community Health Foundation.
Dan Rodriguez Publishes Paper in Tobacco Control
Dan Rodriguez, Ph.D, associate professor of public health, recently had his paper, “Predictors of Tobacco Outlet Density Nationwide: a Geographic Analysis,” published in Tobacco Control, was was selected as an Editor’s Choice. To read the paper, click here
La Salle Nutrition Students Offer Healthy Snack Advice
On Oct, 22, 2013, KYW Newsradio did a report on La Salle nutrition students who made healthy snacks for fellow students to enjoy while watching the World Series. Click here to read the story.
Students and Faculty from the Nursing, Nutrition, and Public Health Programs Participate in La Salle Community Health Fair
When La Salle University hosted its annual Community Health Fair in October, students and faculty from the University’s Nursing, Nutrition, and Public Health programs were on-hand to help provide information and screenings to area residents. To read more abou the Community Health Fair, click here:
Robin Brennan Presents at PA Public Health Association Conference
Robin Brennan, DRPH, assistant professor of Public Health, recent presented The Social and Personal Construction of Motherhood at the Pennsylvania Public Health Association conference.
Frizell Presents at Academy of Medical-Surgical Nursing Conference
Joan Frizell, Ph.D., CRNP, ANP-B, associate professor of nursing, recently presented two session on Pathophysiology/Pharmacology updates at the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nursing Conference in Nashville, Tenn. The sessions were on Diabetes Mellitus and Pancreatitis and Drug Induced Pancreatitis.
La Salle to Host Screening of Award-Winning Film Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare
On Sept. 17, 2013, La Salle University’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences will host a screening of the provocative documentary Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare. The screening will begin at 6:15 p.m. in Dan Rodden Theatre in the La Salle Union. A reception with light hors d’oeuvres will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. in front of the Theatre.
Sponsored by the Kappa Delta chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society, the screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring: Patricia Bicknell, Ed.D., APRN, ACNS-BC, CNL, assistant professor and Director of the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program at La Salle; Patricia Dillon, Ph.D., R.N., Director of Graduate Nursing and RN–BSN/MSN Program at La Salle; and David Cooperberg, M.D., FAAP, assistant professor of pediatrics at Drexel University College of Medicine Section of Hospital Medicine, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
“These panelists will bring a broad range of expertise to discuss the film’s central theme—how do we fix our broken healthcare system?” said Gerry Altmiller, Ed.D., APRN, ACNS-BC, associate professor at La Salle, who will moderate the panel discussion.
In collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Escape Fire will be screened at more than 90 locations across the country on September 17, facilitating national conversation about healthcare and the state of health and health education in America.
Healthcare professionals who view the film can earn two Continuing Education (CE) credits by completing an evaluation.
Directed by Matthew Heineman and Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated Susan Froemke, Escape Fire premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and has won numerous awards, including the Human Rights Award at the Full Frame Film Festival and the Social Issue Award at the Silverdocs Film Festival. The film exposes the perverse nature of American healthcare, contrasting the powerful forces opposing change with the compelling stories of pioneering leaders and the patients they seek to help.
“The goal of the film is to spark an honest and important dialogue about the future of healthcare,” Heineman said. The feature-length documentary stresses the importance of changing healthcare in the public and private sectors to focus on prevention rather than costly disease management to save dollars and lives. It also highlights the need to empower individuals and communities to promote health and wellness.
Escape Fire played in theaters across the country in the fall of 2012 and had its television premiere on CNN March 10, 2013.
The film features Dr. Don Berwick, former head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and founder of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement; Dr. Steven Nissen, chair of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic; Dr. Dean Ornish, founder and president of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute; and Dr. Andrew Weil, founder of the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.
The mission of the IHI Open School is to advance health care improvement and patient safety competencies in the next generation of health professionals worldwide. Launched in September 2008, the IHI Open School provides students of medicine, nursing, public health, pharmacy, health administration, dentistry, and other allied health professions with the opportunity to learn about quality improvement and patient safety at no charge.
Dr. Don Berwick recently said, “Through the medium of film, Escape Fire is opening the eyes of the public to both the problems of health care, which has wandered in many ways from the full pursuit of healing—and the potential of health care when it is organized around wellness, development, and a holistic view of mind, body, and spirit.”
Admission to screening is free, but reservations are required. Reservations can be made at explorersconnect.lasalle.edu/movie13
Luckhurst Elected to the Executive Board of the PA Speech-Language-Hearing Science Association
Joan Luckhurst, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, assistant professor, speech-language-hearing science, was recently elected to the Executive Board of the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Science Association as the Vice President for Professional Preparation and Continuing Education.
2013 Nursing Graduate Gabrielle Pakhtigian named 2012-13 Atlantic 10 Scholar Athlete of the Year
July 10, 2013
PHILADELPHIA – Gabrielle Pakhtigian has been named the 2012-13 Atlantic 10 Conference co-Scholar-Athlete Athlete of the Year, it was announced by the Conference office yesterday.
Voted on by the league’s Directors of Athletics, the award is given to the best overall male and female student-athlete, based on their athletic success and academic prowess. There was a tie in the voting for both the men’s and women’s award, marking the first tie in the voting since 1995-96 and the first-ever tie for the women’s award.
“I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to represent our team and school in this way,” Pakhtigian said. “The La Salle women’s soccer family means the world to me and I’m honored to represent the talent of such a special group of people.”
Pakhtigian, who last week was named one of two Atlantic 10 NCAA Woman of the Year nominees, graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a 3.90 GPA.
“Only because of Jesus was I able to have success in the classroom or on the field,” she said. “This recognition is really a reflection of the hard work, dedication, and focus of the girls and our coaches and staff.”
The starting goalkeeper for the Explorers last season, Pakhtigian earned first team all-conference honors in leading the Explorers to their first-ever A-10 title and second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.
“Our entire staff and team are incredibly proud of Gabby’s remarkable accomplishment,” head coach Paul Royal said. “Gabby’s dedication to her academics, teammates, University and faith is the pinnacle of what we want from our La Salle student-athletes. It’s an extraordinary award for an exceptional person.”
The North Wales, Pa. native led the A-10 with nine shutouts and ranked fifth in goals against average (0.94). She ranks second all-time at La Salle in wins (32), second in shutouts (16.5) and third all-time in goals against average.
Pakhtigian also served as La Salle Women’s soccer’s SAAC representative as well as serving on the Student Affairs Committee. She was selected to the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-American and All-District Teams, and twice earned a spot on the A-10 All-Academic Team. She was also a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society and a four-year member of the A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
Pakhtigian shares the award with a familiar face, fellow women’s soccer student-athlete Colleen Williams of Dayton.
Be sure to watch the Feature Friday interview with Gabrielle Pakhtigian from October of 2012 to learn more about this exceptional former student-athlete.