Nursing professors present information at national conference
Two Louisiana Tech nursing educators attended the national Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses Convention held in Las Vegas. Nancy Darland, professor, and Tanya Sims, assistant professor, attended the convention, “Sharing Science: Finding Solutions.” It offered more than 70 concurrent sessions, paper presentations and panel discussions, 150 poster presentations and four general sessions that addressed all aspects of women’s health and newborn nursing.“Attending the AWHONN 2010 Convention enhanced our nursing knowledge and skills, which will enable us to provide updated information for LA Tech nursing students and better care for our patients in the clinical setting,” Darland said. “We will be able to pass on much of what we learn to our colleagues in the Division of Nursing and to RNs on the units where we go for clinical experiences Darland and Sims presented a poster titled “Maternal/Newborn Community Outreach through Service Learning,” which showcased some of the maternal/newborn service learning projects Tech Nursing 210 students have completed. During the fall terms of 2003-2009, spring 2007-2010 and summer 2007-2010, 348 nursing students implemented 225 service learning projects in North Louisiana and South Arkansas, involving 18,890 community participants. These projects included classes concerning sexually transmitted disease prevention, contraception, breast feeding, infant care and safety, prenatal education, teenage pregnancy, fetal development, prematurity prevention, and emergency maternal services. Sims also presented a poster presentation, “Community Connection through Simulation: Implementation of Service Learning to Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome in a Pediatric Nursing Course,” co-authored with Donna Hood, a nursing professor. In the winter quarter of 2008-2009, 35 Nursing 212 students implemented 14 Shaken Baby Syndrome service learning education projects, involving 225 community participants. The project included EMS/firefighting personnel, day care center employee and high school students enrolled in parenting/life choices classes. Both of these projects were featured in the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for involvement in volunteerism, service-learning and civic engagement. Funding was provided through a College of Applied and Natural Sciences travel grant, Award for Scholarly Activity through the Beta Chi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, International and ULS Systems Service Learning grant. Both abstracts were published in Proceedings of the AWHONN Annual Convention, “Sharing Science, Finding Solutions” as a supplement to the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing. “The opportunity to earn over 20 contact hours of continuing nursing education credit will help maintain our national certification as specialists in the field of perinatal and obstetric nursing,” Sims said.