Be the Light” — it’s the inspirational message displayed prominently on the walls throughout Erma Ora Byrd Hall, home to the College of Nursing, Education and Health Sciences at Shepherd University. This state-of-the-art teaching facility represents the University’s commitment to training the nursing professionals who are essential to meeting the health care needs of the local and regional community. The University currently offers nursing degrees at both the bachelors and doctoral level, along with a post-doctoral certificate.
Shepherd University has partnered with a number of schools to offer convenient 2+2 agreements. These programs allow students to complete their associate’s degree and then automatically transfer their credits into a corresponding program at Shepherd to earn a bachelor’s degree in only two additional years. Click the headline to check out the list of available agreements.
“What I spent my time at shepherd preparing for”
Dr. Karis Nolen, who graduated in May with a doctor of nursing practice degree, accepted a new position at the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy at the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). When sharing the news with Dr. Sharon Mailey, Dr. Nolen said, “This is exactly what I spent my time at Shepherd preparing for.” Dr. Nolen will be working in the HRSA’s policy and research division, focusing on Covid vaccine confidence in rural areas. Dr. Mailey credits the support of Dr. Marcia Brand, former Board of Governors chair, who funds two internships for students focusing on rural health policy. Dr. Mailey shared that Dr. Nolen is the perfect candidate for the HRSA position, adding, “and, of course, we need more nurse leaders and Shepherd graduates at the policy table.” Congratulations, Dr. Nolen, and thank you, Dr. Brand, for your unwavering support of Shepherd and its students.
Shepherd University senior nursing students have played a role in helping people in Berkeley and Morgan counties receive their COVID-19 tests and vaccines. Twenty-six students earned clinical hours helping administer the tests and vaccines in Martinsburg and Berkeley Springs, working with staff from the Berkeley and Morgan county health departments, Shepherd University Health Center, and Shenandoah Community Health. In addition, the students also helped with testing both at Shepherd and off campus.
A group of Shepherd University nursing students taking the Population Health class spent the fall semester spreading the word to middle school students that vaping is hazardous to their health. The nursing students were assigned to Harpers Ferry Middle School for the clinical portion of the class and worked with the school nurse to identify a good topic to research and make a presentation on. Katherine Koller, a nursing major from Charles Town, said that resulted in a PowerPoint presentation titled “Escape the Vape.”
Shepherd University’s School of Nursing has received a four-year, $2.7 million Advanced Nursing Education Workforce Grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. The grant will be used for an Innovative Modalities for Rural Nurse Practitioner Education and Collaboration to Transcend Health Disparities (IMPACT) program designed to encourage advanced practice nurses to work in rural West Virginia communities helping underserved populations and to promote the use of treatment such as photobiomodulation (PBM) light therapy to manage pain to help reduce opioid use in the region.
Shepherd University’s Department of Nursing Education is one of 191 nursing programs across the nation that has agreed to join the national fight against opioid addiction. Shepherd’s commitment was featured in a White House fact sheet released today as part of the White House Champions of Change event on advancing prevention, treatment, and recovery.
The Shepherd University Department of Nursing is hosting a conference that will explore the region’s growing opioid problem. The conference, titled “The Hidden Epidemic of Opioid Abuse in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle,” will take place Friday, September 16, from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Erma Ora Byrd Hall.
Seven Shepherd University students and three faculty members helped with a recent forum at Camp Hill-Wesley United Methodist Church in Harpers Ferry on the area’s opioid problem. Six nursing students and one psychology student served as facilitators for the forum, which was sponsored by a group called In Pursuit of Happiness Harpers Ferry.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a spotlight on healthcare practitioners. Programs such as Shepherd University’s School of Nursing play a big role in preparing those practitioners for the job of taking care of patients suffering from all kinds of health issues.
The Shepherd University Foundation has received a $130,000 grant from the Foundation for Photobiomodulation Research to help the School of Nursing develop the Shepherd University PBM Center of Excellence. This first donation is part of a larger grant totaling $470,000 over the next three years to support the program, which will include curriculum development and equipment purchases.
Shepherd University, in partnership with the PBM Foundation, is announcing a new strategic health education initiative promoting the use of light-based health treatments, also known as photobiomodulation (PBM), during a daylong workshop on Wednesday, January 24.
Shepherd University welcomed 15 students to its first-ever doctorate program, the doctor of nursing practice (D.N.P.), during orientation August 19 at the Martinsburg Center.
Shepherd University’s first doctoral degree, the doctor of nursing practice (D.N.P.), was given final approval by the Institutional Actions Council of the Higher Learning Commission. Shepherd is currently accepting applications for the program, which will be housed at the Martinsburg Center and will admit 15 students in the fall 2015 semester.
Shepherd University graduated its first-ever class of doctoral students during the 145th Commencement May 5. Nine students received their Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) degree during the graduate ceremony in the Frank Center Theater.