MORE ELBOW RUBBIN’!!

Me, Dr. Melnyk, Dr. Stephens, Marie Morilus-Black

I was invited to listen to a panel discussion of several distinguished healthcare professionals address childhood obesity and mental illness today at the National Press Club!  The keynote speaker was the current Surgeon General of the United States, Richard Carmona.  The discussion was the brainchild of Dr. Bernadette Melnyk, dean of the Arizona State University School of Nursing and Health Innovations.  I was excited to have an opportunity to not only witness but also, perhaps get a chance to meet Dr. Melnyk because I cited her Evidence-Based Practice work in my final Scholarly Paper last month (can you say, ‘NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY’???)!!  Dr. Melnyk and her partners have dominated the EBP Nursing world for the last decade or so with their model of EBP (STAR), developed at the University of Texas School of Nursing.  Dr. Melnyk is a dually-prepared NP–in pedes and psychiatry/mental health (WHEW!!), so she is unequivocally qualified to speak to both topics!  Here she is on the dais with Marie (3rd from right)

Dr. Melnyk speaking from the dais--Marie is 3rd from right

and another of her giving the closing remarks.

Dr. Melnyk mentioned being friends with UMB Dean, Janet Allen and how Dr. Allen commented on her (many) projects in the works!!

The event was organized by Kenja Hassan, who is the daughter of one of my co-workers, Sondra Hassan (see mother-daughter photo).

Sandy and Kenja Hassan

Kenja was kind enough to orchestrate a introduction to Dr. Melnyk for me!  I gushed excitement during the actual meeting (I have NO SHAME!!).

I was also able to invite faculty from the Howard University College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences.  Eva Stephens, one of the NP faculty, was the Division of Nursing representative.  I (for the first time in my networking-career (!) was able to serve as the conduit for her to meet others at the conference (see photos).  One of the panelists was the DC Department of Mental Health’s Director of Child & Youth Services, Marie Morilus-Black, LCSW-R.   DMH contingent attending the event were so proud of Marie’s outspoken support of her program and all that the Department is doing for the children in the City.

Me, Dr. Melnyk and Dr. Stephens

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2nd Annual PADCNETC Conference, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa

I  was honored to be a guest of Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions for their 2nd Annual Pennsylvania/District of Columbia Nursing Education Technology Collaborative (PADCNETC) Conference, held at the Doubletree Hotel, Philadelphia, PA, May 14, 2010!

I was part of the Howard University Division of Nursing contingent that is in partnership with Drexel to facilitate faculty development in the newer technological strategies for nursing education, through a five year grant from HRSA!

As a part of the Howard University DON faculty this spring semester as a ‘practice teacher’, I was invited to join the conference by Associate Dean, Mary Hill, DSN, RN.  It was a great opportunity to hear about the efforts Drexel is making to update three nursing higher education institutions through this grant.  It was also a great opportunity to network!  Below is a photo of Dr. Hill during her speech.  Drs. Rocky Rockstraw and Linda Wilson are seated at the table next to her.

Drs. Linda Wilson and Leland ‘Rocky’ Rockstraw were excellent hosts for HUDON’s whirlwind 24-hour stay at the Doubletree Hotel, where we were luxuriously cared for!

Here are some of the HUDON faculty during dinner on May 13, 2010:

This is Dr. Hill with Ms. Crystal Waters, MSN, RN

Here I am below with the Dean of the College of Pharmacy, Nursing and Allied Health Science, Dr. Beatrice Adderley-Kelley:

Below, L to R: Dr. Pauline Green, Ms. Susan Schwartzman, MSN, RN (fellow Psych Nurse), and Dr. Adderley-Kelley.

Below, L to R: Dr. Joann Smith (sorry ’bout cutting you in half like that!), Ms. Jacqueline Vincent, MSN, RN (newest faculty member!) and Dr. Eva Stephens.
Ms. Frederica Shepard-Smith, MSN, RN (Learning Resource Center Coordinator)  and Dr. Veronica Clarke-Tasker