Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Spotlighting the Career of Lt. Christopher Snyder: U.S. Public Health Service

As published in the U.S. Public Health Services' Nursing Spotlight: Highlighting Our Success, June 2017. Lt. Christopher Snyder is a 2010 graduate of the MedCentral College of Nursing prior to its merge with the present Ashland University Dwight Schar College of Nursing & Health Sciences. 

Spotlighting the Career of LT Christopher Snyder

Biography Contributed by: LCDR Allison Gallen
This Nursing Spotlight is brought to you by CDR Amy Valderrama, CDR Nichole Vetter, and LT Alyssa Givens

LT Christopher Snyder has been described as an officer “who goes above and beyond, each and every day.” His path towards the Public Health Service began at Med Central College of Nursing in Ohio (now known as Ashland University- Dwight Schar College of Nursing) where he obtained his nursing degree. After graduation, he discovered that the depressed economy in Ohio had resulted in a very limited job market. This led him to take a job with the Pediatric Unit at Fort Defiance Indian Hospital in Arizona and eventually with Sage Memorial Hospital, also in Arizona. It was here that he worked in the emergency department and fell in love with trauma nursing. In 2011, his trauma experience took him to Whiteriver Service Hospital where he was commissioned as an officer with the USPHS and went to work at the Cibecue Outpatient Clinic. This rural outpatient clinic is located over 50 miles from an emergency room and served the area as a stabilizing unit during emergency situations. While working at this small outpatient clinic, he had to fill many roles, including case management, immunizations, policy development and updates, direct patient care, and training with the Decontamination Team. This team was assembled to respond to any disaster situation in which decontamination was required and involved set-up and take down of the hospital’s decontamination unit.

His experience with infectious diseases, decontamination, and disaster management made him uniquely qualified to respond to the Ebola crisis in Africa. In October 2014, LT Snyder deployed with the Monrovian Medical Unit (MMU), Team 1 to Liberia. He states that this experience was one of the top highlights of his career so far. When he was not in the “hot zone” providing patient care, he worked on many other tasks such as constructing a patient memory wall, setting up the MMU supply inventory, or even mopping the floor. He states that all of the officers on MMU-1 did whatever was needed to be done so that the unit would be successful. The camaraderie with his team is what made this mission so memorable, “It’s like family.” While In Africa, LT Snyder also cross-trained with providers from Médecins Sans Frontières (also known as Doctors Without Borders), the World Health Organization, and International Medical Corps at the world’s largest Ebola Treatment Unit. Due to the tremendous contributions during the Ebola epidemic, MMU-1 was awarded the AMSUS Operations Medicine Award and the AMSUS Humanitarian Assistance Award.

Two other experiences that have shaped his career were working with the Black Commissioned Officers Advisory Group (BCOAG) and volunteering as the Aide de Camp for Surgeon General Vivek Murthy. With the BCOAG he volunteered to go into the inner city schools of Cleveland and discuss his career and profession. He found the opportunity to connect with troubled inner city youth to be extremely rewarding. His term working as the Surgeon General’s Aide de Camp during the “Turn the Tide” Campaign was another great experience and he encourages other officers to “look for opportunities to represent the USPHS. Try new experiences and get out of your box. Many times there are volunteer opportunities and no one signs up for them. Get out and get involved. Volunteer for deployment opportunities; look into the Junior Officers Advisory Group or COA events. Deploying is a great
way to meet other Officers.”

Presently, LT Snyder works for the FDA in Ohio as a Consumer Safety Officer. He first made this career change when he moved to Des Moines, Iowa in 2013. As a Consumer Safety Officer he investigates consumer complaints and inspects food and feed facilities to confirm that safe products are being manufactured. Working for the FDA gives him the opportunity to use his nursing background to identify pathogen routes, utilize aseptic sampling, and investigate bacterial transmission. It has also provided him with the ability to live near family and the opportunity to progress in his career. He is grateful for the many experiences that working for the PHS has provided him and his family.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Senior Week Hosted at the Mansfield Campus

The week of April 24th, graduating seniors were invited to celebrate their upcoming commencement at the Mansfield campus. The festivities featured sweet treats, raffle prizes, senior week t-shirts, bookstore specials, and opportunities to recognize meaningful faculty and staff members. Plus, members of the Nursing Alumni Association were present to welcome students into their organization and to give away additional prizes!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

AU Nursing Student Successfully Defends Honors Defense

 Emily Donahue, senior honors nursing student, successfully defended her honors capstone project Understanding Suicide in the Navajo Population on April 19. Emily’s project was the culmination of two site visits to the Navajo reservation as a student in the Navajo Reservation Cultural Immersion class. Her study of Navajo culture prior to this immersion experience, plus her first experience sparked her interest that led to her topic of inquiry.  Emily performed a qualitative research study gathering data by semi-structured interviews. The objective of her qualitative study was to glean insight about suicide in the Navajo and inform care of the Navajo population. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for American Indians/Alaskan Natives.

Emily presented her work as a poster presentation at 2 scholarly events. She presented at a regional meeting of Sigma Theta Tau International (the honor society of nursing). She also presented her work at the national level during the 42nd Annual Conference of the Transcultural Nursing Society.  Professor Sharon See served as faculty mentor and Dr. Jackie Owens contributed as a second reader.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Honors Student Presents Honors Defense

Jessica Brown successfully defended her Honors Defense. Her Honors Capstone titled, Significance of Posture Relation to Falls in the Elderly, was presented on Thursday, April 20th.

Jessica is an exercise science major with a coaching and psychology minor. Her hometown is Hamilton, Ohio. At AU she played on the Women's Soccer team for four years, made the Dean's List every semester, and worked as a tour guide for three years. Her senior year she received the honor of Academic All-American rewarded by Collge Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Following graduation from Ashland, Jessica will begin a doctorate of occupational therapy degree at the Ohio State University.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Accelerated BSN Program Named One of the Best in the Country

Ashland University’s Accelerated BSN Degree Program has been named as one of the top 20 programs in the country by GeriatricNursing.org, a leading online resource for providing information on nursing schools and programs that offer geriatric nursing education.

“We are very pleased to have our Accelerated BSN Program identified as one of the top 20 in the country,” said Dr. Faye Grund, dean of AU’s Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences. 

Patti Clayburn, director of the Accelerated Second Degree program, stated, “Our 
Accelerated second-degree nursing program allows students a more expeditious path to a second degree, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The program is available for students who have a degree in another field and are seeking to pursue a career in nursing.”

Dr. Juanita Reese Kline, chair of the Nursing Department, reported that this summer, the program will enroll its largest cohort to date with 66 students. The Ashland program includes face-to-face classes, labs and clinicals with some online classes.

The Geriatric Nursing website announced its “Top 20 Online Accelerated BSN Programs” earlier this month. 

“We are glad to announce that your school’s program has been considered one of them. Congratulations,” said Meredith Rogers of Geriatric Nursing. “We understand that it takes lots of effort to maintain high standards and dedicated staff to provide the best nursing education out there, so you should all feel extremely proud of your hard work.”

To see the full top 20 list, visit --http://geriatricnursing.org/20-top-online-accelerated-bsn-programs/

Thursday, April 20, 2017

AU Student to Participate in ASCEND Program

Amy Sanchez has been selected to participate at Akron Children's Hospital in their ASCEND internship. The program is a 10-week summer program that provides professional development, nursing skills and the potential for future employment in a pediatric hospital setting. During the program, she will have the opportunity to attend professional enrichment experiences, such as simulation and role exploration, along with other various sessions. Amy will also receive her Pediatric Advanced Emergency Assessment Recognition and Stabilization certificate. She is "beyond excited and extremely blessed for this opportunity!"

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Honors Program Capstone Defense for Emily Donahue

Honors Program senior student, Emily Donahue, will be presenting her Honors Capstone titled, Understanding Suicide in the Navajo Population , on Wednesday, April 19th, at 6:00pm in Schar 203.

Donahue's abstract reads, "Suicide is the second leading cause of death for American Indians and Alaskan Natives.  The suicide rate for the Navajo population is more than double the national rate, which indicates suicide is a significant problem on the Navajo Reservation. The objective of this qualitative research was to glean insight about suicide in the Navajo population. This study used a convenience purposive sampling method. After approval from the university human subjects review board, eight informants who previously lived or worked on the Navajo Reservation were interviewed. Informants are individuals with exposure and/or experience with suicide on the Navajo reservation. The approximate length of interviews was thirty minutes. Narrative data from the interviews was transcribed and analyzed using a content analysis technique to identify emerging themes pertaining to perceptions about Navajo suicide. The researcher and the faculty mentor individually and together reviewed the data for key words, phrases, and then themes. Data was then additionally reviewed by a doctorally prepared reviewer with a final comparison as a cross check. Themes noted were hopelessness, social issues, and culture. Findings from this research project will improve understanding about perception of the problem, knowledge of existing mental health services, and cultural aspects important to the Navajo population that should be considered in interventions and education about suicide prevention."

Emily Donahue was born in Mansfield, Ohio on August 17, 1995. She grew up in the Mansfield area, graduating from Shelby Senior High School in 2013. At Ashland University, Emily is an honors baccalaureate nursing student at the Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International and Alpha Lambda Delta. Emily is a participant of the Navajo Cultural Immersion course and has traveled to the Navajo Reservation in Arizona twice for a week long immersion. This experience has helped her broaden her intellectual and social horizons, and expanded her knowledge of working with diverse populations. Most recently, Emily has disseminated her Honors Capstone research findings at a regional scholarly meeting and a national nursing conference. Additionally, Emily serves as a peer mentor for both the Honors Program and Nursing Program, works part-time as an academic tutor and a patient care assistant, and has been on the Dean's List for seven semesters. Upon graduation, Emily plans to work as a registered nurse, pursuing a career in critical care nursing. Emily also plans on attending graduate school in the future.

Professor Sharon See, Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing, served as Donahue's mentor for the project.

All are invited and encouraged to attend.