A home run in health care

Recent graduate makes the big leagues in nursing

Nursing graduate Kayla Sangrey found her passion for health care while successfully balancing her career as a collegiate athlete at Berry.

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Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing Katie Morales

Dr. Morales recently presented her research “Testing the Effect of a Resident-Focused Hand Hygiene Intervention in a Long-Term Care Facility: A Mixed Methods Feasibility Study” at the Healthcare Infection Transmission Systems in Nashville, Tenn.

Nursing Faculty Presentation

Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing Cindy Johnson, Assistant Professor of Nursing Rebecca Logan, and Instructional Design and Technology Librarian Jeremy Worsham recently presented at the 14th Annual Southeastern Nurse Educator Symposium in Wrightsville Beach, N.C. Their presentation was titled “The Sandbox: Learning Space Development to Enhance Active Learning in Nursing education.”

Dr. Johnson, Dr. Logan, and Mr. Worsham presented the history of the creation of a Sandbox classroom area in the library. This inter-professional project discussed the importance of a learning space to promote active learning which allows educators to use a variety of teaching pedagogies to increase student engagement and improve learning outcomes. The presentation described the many ways the Sandbox is used by multi-disciplines on campus and how the nursing department has specifically used the classroom in their curriculum.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing Cindy Johnson

Dr. Johnson recently presented at the International Association of Clinical Simulation and Nursing conference in Toronto, Canada.  The title of her presentation was “The effect of deliberate practice and high-fidelity simulation on psychomotor skill retention in pre-licensure nursing education: A mixed methods study.”

Dr. Johnson and Dr. Katie Morales, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing, were appointed to the American Heart Association Greater Southeast Regional Emergency Cardiovascular Care Education Subcommittee.

Not just a job

Two weeks as a 12-year old patient at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta set Melody Dreyer on a dream path to becoming a pediatric nurse – in that same prestigious institution. A decade later, before she’d even completed her Berry nursing degree, she had a job offer to do just that.

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Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing Katie Morales

Dr. Katie Morales recently presented “Studying for Learning: Active Studying Strategies” at the Lilly Conference on Innovative Strategies to Advance Student Learning in Asheville, N.C. Dr. Morales has been at Berry since the beginning of the nursing program and has presented at multiple conferences on the use of active teaching strategies for teachers and the use of adaptive testing for remediation in nursing education.

Assistant Professor of Nursing Rebecca Logan

Dr. Rebecca Logan and co-author Dr. Sharon Dormire of Texas A&M University published “Finding my Way: A Phenomenology of Fathering in the NICU” in Advances in Neonatal Care.

Assistant Professor of Nursing Rebecca Logan

Dr. Logan was selected for an educational grant from Mead Johnson Nutrition to cover all related expenses for the National Association of Neonatal Nurses Annual Conference in October 2017. Selected individuals attended the fully-compensated annual conference to provide encore presentations from the Research Summit in a special session devoted to nursing research. Out of the twelve 2017 Research Summit participants, three were chosen for this honor. Dr. Logan presented “The Journey of a Hero: The Lived Experience of Fathering a Premature Infant in a NICU” and “Holding: The Defining Moment for Fathers in the NICU” at the poster session.

Assistant Professor of Nursing Rebecca Logan

Dr. Rebecca Logan was one of 12 neonatal nurses chosen to present at the 2017 12th Annual National Association of Neonatal Nurses Research Summit. This event was sponsored by Mead Johnson Nutrition with all related expenses covered through a generous grant. The summit was a gathering of neonatal nurses engaged in research and/or evidence-based projects and her presentation title was “The Lived Experience of Fathering a Premature Infant in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.”

Dr. Logan also attended the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics, and Neonatal Nurses where she presented on Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) topics including “From the Outside Looking in: Providing Support for Men Fathering a Premature Infant in a NICU.”

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