EMU nursing students from the pre-licensure BSN program are inducted into the Sigma honor society at a ceremony in Martin Chapel on Dec. 1. Photos: EMU/Macson McGuigan.

EMU hosts inaugural Pi Mu Nursing Scholarship Day

EMU’s Pi Mu chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing held its first-ever Scholarship Day at Martin Chapel on Dec. 1. The all-day event served as a mini-conference highlighting the excellent work of nursing students at EMU. Senior nursing students presented population health colloquiums and breakout sessions and shared their projects. The theme of the event was “Partnering Together for Health.”

Five groups of graduating nursing students presented colloquiums in a variety of topics:

  • College athlete injuries related to poor nutrition,
  • the relationship of trauma and chronic disease among immigrant and refugee populations,
  • disparities in the rates of maternal mortality across race and socioeconomic status,
  • disparities of treatment and diagnosis of ADHD in adolescents, and
  • the challenges that children with chronic illnesses face.

View the presentations on the EMU Nursing Facebook page.

Throughout the day, visitors could check out the projects that students in the Nursing Care of Children (Nursing 325) class created. The brightly colored and tactile toys were designed to help children enhance their motor, social and cognitive skills.

EMU Nursing alumna Mirlene Perry ’07 served as keynote speaker. She shared her experiences from working as a surgical nurse in rural Haiti and in Tanzania as well as her journey from her studies at EMU, at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and now as a Ph. D. student at Duke University. A cardiac nurse for the past 15 years, Perry decided to pursue a career as a nurse scientist to address her passion for community-based primary health care in low- and middle-income countries (Duke University). “In places like Haiti, Tanzania and other low-income countries, individuals may go through their entire lives without encountering a physician,” she said. “However, nurses and midwives are often the first, if not the sole, provider a person interacts with in their lifetime.”

Following the keynote, 18 nursing students were inducted into the Sigma honor society. New members from the pre-licensure bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program are: Abigail Aleshevich, Elizabeth Campbell, Jessamine Domingo, Anna Goff, Lauren Hall, Nutifafa Havi, Kylie Heatwole, Kara Kornhaus, Madison LaFlamme, Ashley Mellinger, Hailee Napier, Sarah Pereverzoff, Claiborne Poston, Maddi Rittenhouse, Yasmin Rodriguez, Imogen Stephens, Kendall Stettler and Reagan Stone.

The Pi Mu chapter’s local mission is to enhance nursing scholarship, leadership and networking among students, faculty and nursing professionals in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

For more photos from the event, visit our photo gallery.

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