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Nursing Department Joins State Attorney General’s Office to Fight Opioid Abuse

Eighth grade students in six Eastern Panhandle counties will learn the dangers of prescription painkillers and other opioids through a partnership between Shepherd University’s Department of Nursing Education and the West Virginia Office of the Attorney General, which is expanding its drug abuse prevention program aimed at middle school students in the region.  Read more

Level 4 Students Travel to DC

On March 1, 2017, Level 4 nursing students visited the headquarters of the American Nurses’ Association for a legislative briefing.  Afterward, they traveled to Washington, DC to meet with federal legislators from Maryland and West Virginia.  Students visited with Congressional Members and/or their staff from the offices of Senator Manchin and Representatives Mooney, Jenkins, Harris and McKinley.  Students discussed healthcare issues including the current opioid addiction crisis, workplace violence, neonatal abstinence syndrome, support for mental health facilities and the establishment of a nationwide prescription monitoring program.

Maryland Nurses Association District 8 Legislative Program

On March 2, 2016, several Level 4 students attended the Maryland Nurses Association District 8 Legislative Program at Frederick Memorial Hospital at Crestwood in Frederick, Maryland.

MD Nurses Association Legislative Program March 2016 (2)

Dr. Coyle to Present at American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nurses Conference

Congratulations to Dr. Mary Coyle for having her posted entitled “Nursing Care of the Veteran with PTSD and Suicidality” selected for a poster presentation at the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nurses Conference in May.

Alzheimer’s and Dementia University Conference

On May 7, 2015, Shepherd University’s Nursing Department co-sponsored the Alzheimer’s and Dementia University for Families and Professionals Conference.   The conference was a highly successful event and had guest presenters from the around the state discuss strategies to help increase knowledge of Alzheimer’s and enhance caregiving skills.

National Student Nurses Association Conference

Four students presented posters at the National Student Nurses Association Conference in Phoenix, Arizona the week of April 7 – 12, 2015.  Joy Johnstone and Carissa DiMattia presented a poster on their cultural immersion experience in Jamaica.  Rachel Jackman and Hanna Staubs presented a poster on their work with the homeless population.

Disaster Preparedness and Response Conference

Forty-five nursing students participated in the Nurses’ Role in Disaster Preparedness and Response Conference held on April 9, 2015 at Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown.  The conference was sponsored by the Maryland nurses association, district 8 and held at Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown.  Six nursing students prepared a poster entitled Managing Mental Health After a Natural Disaster and it was awarded first place out of nine poster presentations.

Disaster Preparedness

Samantha Witt, Elizabeth Weaver, Lauren Naill, Paige Summers, Madison Shambaugh and Hannah Graham presenting their poster at the Disaster Preparedness and Response Conference.