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IUP Nursing Student Has a Heart for Helping Others

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Ellen Reinsburrow Has a Heart for Helping Others

An Indiana University of Pennsylvania nursing student has a true heart for helping others. Ellen Reinsburrow, of Mechanicsburg, a junior nursing student at IUP, was born with a heart defect. However, she hasn’t let that stop her from pursuing her goals and counseling others with the same health issues. 

When Reinsburrow was only five days old, she was required to have surgery for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, a heart condition in which the left side of the heart has not completely developed, forcing the right side to pump all the blood to rest of the body. If undetected, this could eventually lead to heart failure. 

Fortunately for her, this surgery and several follow-up surgeries were able to correct the problem. She went on to participate in dance, soccer, and cheerleading when she was in high school. She also participated in the People to People Student Ambassadors Program at age 15, representing the United States in Beijing, China. “My cardiologist said, ‘I fixed your heart, so go out and use it,’” she said.

Reinsburrow, daughter of Wanda and Richard Reinsburrow, is a 2011 graduate of Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School. She is a dean’s list student and is a member of IUP’s Dance Theater dance company.

From a very early age, Reinsburrow has been an active advocate for people with her heart condition. When she was nine, she lobbied with the American Heart Association in Washington, D.C. for children with congenital heart defects (CHD) to create a CHD Awareness Week. The efforts were successful, and now Congenital Heart Defects Awareness Week is held every year from February 7 to February 14. “My mom has the bill hanging up in our house that was signed by [the late] Senator Arlen Specter.”

In 1996, her parents created a CHD support group in Hershey (her surgeries were performed at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital). The support group, Hershey Hearts, was designed to give hope to new parents of CHD babies. Support group members visit hospitals to talk with parents about what to expect in the coming months and years. 

“When I was born, the only information CHD parents could get on the Internet were terrible stories about children passing away,” Reinsburrow said. “But that’s not really what’s happening. They’re improving the surgeries and the care, and children are surviving. We wanted a way to let parents to know that.”

During semester breaks at IUP, Reinsburrow councils with CHD parents at regional hospitals in the Hershey area as a member of Hershey Hearts.

She reassures parents that their child will progress to live a healthy, active life—just as she has. 

“A lot of the time we’re just listening to parents about their worries and concerns,” she said. “Every situation is unique, so they have a lot of questions.” While attending IUP, she also replies to e-mails and phone calls from concerned CHD parents. Recently, she spoke about CHD with 72 of her IUP nursing peers during a nursing care of children theory class. “I told them, ‘Ask me anything.’"

Reinsburrow has an IUP tradition in the family—her mother is an IUP graduate.

“I chose IUP when I was nine when we visited Indiana for a family reunion. We went to visit the university, and I said, ‘I’m going to IUP.’ It was done and settled.”

When she first started at IUP in 2012, she majored in education, but switched to nursing because of her early experience with nursing care, and she hopes to become an emergency room trauma nurse. 

“I’m thinking that becoming a nurse is paying it forward.” 

Shellenbarger Publishes Article About Evidence-Based Practice

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Teresa Shellenbarger, professor in the Department of Nursing and Allied Health Professions, recently published an article with Meigan Robb (PhD in Nursing graduate) in the October 2014 issue of the Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing.

The article is titled “Strategies for Searching and Managing Evidence-Based Practice Resources.”

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Shellenbarger Elected to National League for Nursing Positions

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Teresa Shellenbarger, professor in the Department of Nursing and Allied Health Professions, has been elected to serve as a member of the executive committee of the National League for Nursing Board of Governors.

The National League for Nursing is dedicated to excellence in nursing education and serves its 33,000 individual and 1,200 insitutional members.

Shellenbarger will also join the editorial board for Nursing Education Perspectives, a peer-reviewed research journal of the NLN.

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Annual Research-Education Program: IUP Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing’s Zeta Lambda Chapter

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The fourth annual Research-Education Program of the Zeta Lambda Chapter of IUP’s Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing takes place on Wednesday, November 19, 2014.

  • 5:30 p.m. — ZL General Meeting
  • 6:00 p.m. — Poster Session
  • 6:30 p.m. — Educational Presentation

Where:

  • Hadley Union Building, Ohio Room

Cost:

  • Free

This year’s theme is “Innovations in Nursing Practice.”

Our featured speakers for the evening are Amy Labant and Lisa Palmer, who will present at 6:30 p.m. on their simulation research entitled: “Shoulder Dystocia using TEAMSTEPPS' and 'Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.”

Come early (6:00) to attend Research Poster Presentations by students and faculty. Light refreshments will be served.

Continuing Education Credits are being sought for registered nurse attendees via IUP.

RSVP to Michele Gerwick at mgerwick@iup.edu . . . so enough food will be available!

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Calderone and Ott Awarded HHS Research Incentive Grants

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Theresa Calderone and Lora Ott were awarded two of the nine Research Incentive Grants from the College of Health and Human Services.

Calderone’s proposal is titled “Teaching Non-Verbal Communication Skills Through Interdisciplinary Simulation and Assistive Technology”

Ott’s proposal is titled “Evaluating Nursing Students’ Hand Hygiene Awareness—Mixed Methods Approach”

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Ott Receives 2014 HHS Outstanding Junior Research Award

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The 2014 HHS Outstanding Junior Research Award was awarded to Lora Ott in recognition of a body of research and scholarship by a tenure-track but non-tenured faculty member in the College of Health and Human Services.

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Shellenbarger Co-authors Book with Noted Nursing Experts

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Teresa Shellenbarger, professor in the Department of Nursing and Allied Health Professions, recently published a book entitled Clinical Teaching Strategies in Nursing.

She co-authored this book with nationally known and respected nurse educators Kathleen Gaberson and Marilyn Oermann. Springer Publishing reports that "the fourth edition of this highly acclaimed text continues to provide a comprehensive framework for planning, guiding, and evaluating learning activities for graduate and undergraduate nursing students in numerous clinical settings. A respected resource for clinical faculty, it addresses the distinct requirements of clinical learning as opposed to classroom learning and provides proven strategies to maximize clinical education."

The book contains two completely new chapters on “Developing Clinical Learning Sites” and “Pedagogical Technologies for Clinical Educators.” It also provides expanded approaches for meeting the clinical needs of graduate students, discusses regulatory issues affecting distance education across state lines, and includes sample observation guidelines, learning assignments, and clinical learning activities.

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