Monthly Archives: May 2016

A Sisterhood Scholarship and Africa

On April 30, 2016, Bethany Lambson, a recent BYU graduate in the College of Nursing spoke at the 81st annual convention of the Utah State Chapter Philanthropic Educational Organization Sisterhood. Lambson received the Ruth S. Clayton Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund, which provides need-based financial assistance for a woman to study nursing, with the goal of attaining a registered nurse degree.  This scholarship blessed Lambson’s life in a variety of ways but especially regarding her trip to Africa.

Well into her nursing program, Bethany was preparing to complete her clinical practicum for the public and global health nursing course. However, her circumstance changed when her husband accepted an internship in Uganda. With him in May 2014 for a few months, Bethany petitioned the college of nursing and was granted an independent nursing internship in Africa with her husband.

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While there, they lived in the office of Days for Girls and she traveled with her husband to different villages. There she taught menstrual hygiene management and reproductive health, as well as working in different hospitals. One location included a neonatal intensive care unit where she cared for over 60 newborns and new mothers.

At the convention she expressed her gratitude for the P.E.O, and the knowledge and experience she gained from her trip. The experience changed her life and with the assistance from the P.E.O. scholarship, she was truly able to “learn the Healer’s art”.

 

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Spring Term Simulation

It is perhaps the highlight of the course’s semester. The students enrolled in Nursing 180 spend a majority of their lectures learning about the history, issues and trends, and the nursing profession as a whole. But yesterday, the students took a field trip to the first floor of the SWKT where they got a look at the new Nursing Learning Center. With their stethoscope in hand, each aspiring nurse observed the patients’ pulse, blood pressure, and vitals. They checked the monitors and got a feel for just how the manikins work. NLC staff member, Kristen Whipple, later demonstrated how to inject a patient and the students listened intently. For most, it was their first hands-on experience with the manikins.

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Whipple explains the developments of the simulation lab to new students

Beads, Bracelets, and Blessings for Ecuador

Sophia Larimer, Sarah Roberts, Aubrey Sandberg, and Megan Zitting, have gone above and beyond to help others in preparation for their trip to Ecuador. As part of their clinical practicum for the public and global health nursing course, these students created a useful and easy technique to help women track their menstrual cycles. In Ecuador and around the world, women and young girls are often constrained by the effects of their menstrual cycles. In many places, young girls are forced to miss school or sit on cardboard for days during this time.

These BYU students are working with Days for Girls and Charity Anywhere to help those in less fortunate areas. Days for Girls, an organization started by a latter-day saint woman, also found a way to help women in poverty. They create hygiene kits that allow girls to use washable cloth pads so they can stay in school. This technique, among others, helps women and girls with their menstruation. Another method used around the world to help women with fertility is the standard days method. This method is a natural way to predict fertility and menstruation cycles. First developed at Georgetown University,cycle beads have been used to keep track of when a woman has her period, when she is most fertile, and when she is least likely to get pregnant.  The four BYU nursing students mentioned above wanted to do something unique to help those they would serve. They decided to create their version of cycle beads to give to the women of Ecuador.

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These beads in the form of bracelets are simple to use. A charm is first placed on the red bead to indicate the day the woman’s period begins. Each day, the charm is moved to the next color coded bead which represents the time frame when she is most likely to get pregnant, and to not have unprotected sex if she doesn’t want to get pregnant. The following beads are marked brown to indicate that the woman is not likely to get pregnant these days. The cycle will continue and she can keep track of when her next period will most likely be.

TPicture2he nursing students knew these bracelets would be too expensive for the people in Ecuador so they wanted to make their own to distribute. After trips to the store to buy the right type of beads, they spent hours creating the bracelets. While in Ecuador, they have been doing their best to pass them out to as many as they can, and have taught women there how to reproduce more. They are spending their time educating women about first aid, exercise and stress relief, hygiene and other basic health topics. The students are enjoying their time helping those in need. The cycle beads have been a success so far, and a simple way to address a need in Ecuador.

The best nurse this Mother’s Day

When it comes to nurses, the best nurse we know is our mother. Moms have a special place as they have nurtured and cared for us since before we were born.

As we reflect on this Mother’s Day, the College of Nursing honors the many students that study nursing because of the influence of their mothers. We attribute these mothers as they have healed wounds, cared for the sick and served as examples for their children in more than just nursing.

Rachel and Elise Corbett and Cheryl Corbett

“From a very young age, I saw my mom assist and care for many people in need. She was there for the soon-to-be mothers in labor at the hospital, anxious to bring their child into the world safe and healthy with her aid.  She was answering the door for the neighbor’s kids coming over with bumps and scrapes to be healed. I saw Cheryl traveling the world internationally working with humanitarian groups, providing the instruction and training to help promote health and alleviate suffering worldwide. Most importantly, I watch her now educating and influencing the new generation of nurses at Brigham Young University. Cheryl has been an inspiring example and a tremendous influence as to why I became a nurse. I hope that someday I can achieve a smaIMG_0964.3ll part of what she has accomplished in her nursing career!”

—Rachel Corbett

“My mom is one of the most amazing people I know! She inspired me to pursue nursing through her passion and dedication to the profession of nursing. Through her great example my mother taught me that the Healer’s Art is more than just nursing skills or knowledge, rather it is increasing our ability to reach out and love those we serve.  As a child, I remember hearing my mom tell stories about being a nurse and thinking that I wanted to be just like her. Now, several years later I have my own stories to share about serving others and being a nurse. Happy Mother’s Day!”

—Elise Corbett

Jacob Ferrin and Stephanie Ferrin

“This mother’s day, I wish to express my gratitude to my sweet mom. There is no possible way that I could have made it to where I am without her. As a child, I was a bit of a space cadet as I struggled with clinically diagnosed ADD. School was always very difficult for me and I felt like the dumb kid in all of my classes. As valedictorian in high school and top of her class in nursing school, learning always came easy to my ICU nurse of a mother. Jake Ferrin Mother's Day

With her unmatched patience and compassion, my mom took time to sit with me and make sure that I understood my school work. Early on, she realized that I was more of an auditory learner and she would read books to me so that I could comprehend them better. She helped me establish a regular routine and she made sure that I was getting regular exercise through sports so that I could better learn to manage my ADD.

Most of all, she taught me to pray and seek the Lord’s strength and guidance in all that I do. She received criticism for how much she aided me, but she pressed on regardless. Now, working as a nurse in one of the intensive care units at Intermountain Medical Center, I hope that my accomplishments can speak to her unfailing charity and love. Thanks mom, for everything. I love you!”

—Jacob Ferrin


Erin Marshall and Stacie Hunsaker

Erin Hunsaker Mother'd Day“My mom is the perfect example of patience and love. She has always been my role model and I have always really respected her for being an Emergency Room Nurse. Her example has been a huge influence in my life and has encouraged me to become a nurse. She loves everyone she comes in contact with and has such a Christ-like attitude.  I hope that I can be half as good of a nurse as she is!”

—Erin Marshall

Sarah Stocksdale and Gaye Ray

“Some of my earliest memories are of my mother being a nurse. I remember her taking care of not only me, but the entire neighborhood whenever there was a bump or a bruise. She was always such an example to me of the spirit of nursing, the caring for everyone around you, even when it is hard or inconvenient. There were many times that my mom would go above and beyond what was necessary to help people who sometimes didn’t even realize they needed help. My Mom finished her Masters degree andSarahGaye Ray became a nurse practitioner at the same time that I began the nursing program at BYU (the same program she had done as an undergraduate student!) At that point, I though BYU nursing was the way I was following her, Who would have thought that a couple more years would have me doing my Nurse Practitioner degree at BYU while she was here as faculty! She has been an inspiration to me in both my life and my career and I am thankful for the constant support and wonderful example that I have!”

—Sarah Stocksdale

It is a special honor to be called a nurse, but an even greater honor to be called mom. Thank you to all moms who are our best nurses. We hope you had a great Mother’s Day!

BYU Nursing Students Partner with Charity Anywhere in Ecuador

Each year, the BYU College of Nursing has the opportunity to send some experienced nursing students to a variety of countries to help administer to different public health needs. Students have been privileged to travel to Ghana, Taiwan, Washington D.C., Ecuador, and other locations, for their clinical practicum for public and global health nursing course.

On April 16, 2016, a devastating earthquake struck the country of Ecuador with overwhelming impacts. Due to this event, it was possible that the nursing students would not be able to make the trip to Ecuador this time.  However, with some inquiry, it was determined safe for the students to go.

Another organization that has helped those in Ecuador is the Charity Anywhere Foundation. This is a non-profit organization started by an LDS couple from Twin Falls, Idaho that “gives service to anyone, anywhere in the world.” The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints partnered with Charity Anywhere to help the people of Ecuador on a greater scale. The organization has been there before, but this time, the BYU nursing students helped them before reaching the country. (To learn more about Charity Anywhere and their trip to Ecuador, please visit www.ksl.com/?sid=39479659)

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Stacie Hunsaker and Sondra Heaston pose for a picture with Dr. Zambrano while sorting supplies to be shipped to Ecuador.

Due to the generous contributions of BYU nursing alumni and others, there have been a number of donated supplies and kits that were used to help the people in Ecuador. With over 200 newborn kits, 300 dental kits, and 350 hygiene kits, the church used Charity Anywhere to help distribute these supplies to the Ecuadorians. BYU students will help distribute the seven large storage crates filled with supplies and also, educate about health and wellness. In 2014, 23 wheelchairs were provided as well.

Over the years, the BYU College of Nursing has received many generous donations. There were blankets and hygiene kits from previous humanitarian projects that were able to be still used in this circumstance. It is because of these contributions that so many people have been blessed and will continue to be blessed by those serving. To get involved or learn how you can contribute, please email nursingpr@byu.edu.