Mother’s Illness Inspires Northern Virginia Grad to Care for Others

Six years ago, Kathy Mullen’s mother became severely ill. Upon release from the hospital, she and her siblings would play a major role in their mother’s recovery. “We were taught things like how to administer medication and change a PICC line,” says Kathy. “The whole experience really piqued my interest in medicine, but I didn’t act on it right away.”

The thought of a career change continued to seep into her thoughts. As a legal transcriber, her job would frequently take her up and down I-66 in Northern Virginia…right by ECPI’s Manassas campus. “Each time I glanced over, I would get this feeling that somehow we were connected,” she says. “I know it sounds silly, but I have felt a real connection to ECPI for the longest time. One day, two years ago, I couldn’t drive by without stopping. It was like God was telling me, ‘Kathy, it’s time.’ I turned to my kids, who were in the car that day, and told them, I needed to make a stop.”
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Former Nursing Student Receives DAISY Award

Less than two years after graduating from ECPI University’s School of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute, Walter Edwards is already distinguishing himself. A nurse at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters (CHKD) in Norfolk, Virginia, he recently received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

Sponsored by the DAISY Foundation, it is presented to nurses that excel in clinical skill and compassionate care. Walter was nominated by the parent of one of his patients who was extremely impressed with the special care he provided to her daughter. Having had 12 surgeries at CHKD already, she was familiar with the qualities of a great nurse. Still, as another procedure loomed, she was touched by Walter’s emotional support, how he answered her questions, and his attentiveness to her child’s needs.
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Faculty Member Published in Medical Journal

Congratulations to Ms. Ann White who has been published in the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. A member of the medical administration faculty at ECPI University’s Charlotte/Concord campus, she is part of a team of scholars working on AIDS/HIV research that has produced an article entitled,

Adolescents’ perceptions of a mobile cell phone text messaging-enhanced intervention and development of a mobile cell phone-based HIV prevention intervention.

Funded in part by a grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research, the article examines African American adolescents’ perceptions of mobile cell phone (MCP)-enhanced intervention and development of an MCP-based HIV prevention intervention. The results indicate a general receptiveness among the target audience for such outreach efforts using text messaging campaigns to provide education to parents and adolescents.

MCI Students Impress at Richmond Health Fair

ECPI University’s School of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute (MCI), recently provided some vital assistance to a local employer, Colortree in Richmond, Virginia.

Colortree’s human resources department contacted ECPI with the goal of establishing a wellness fair and health screening to allow its employees to choose which health insurance would be most appropriate based on individual needs. Nearly 200 employees attended and the event created a great synergy between the University’s Emerywood and Moorefield locations.

Colortree was so impressed by the professionalism of the students that they have decided to make the wellness fair an annual event. Plus, Colortree’s insurance company has now requested that MCI’s Medical Assistant Department conduct wellness screens with other its other customers as well.

Established Mom Heads Back to School

Linda DeChaine didn’t enjoy the monotony of her job. As a clinical lab supervisor, she managed six labs and the technical staff at each establishment. “It was the same thing, day after day,” said Linda. She had also reached the ceiling in her career field leaving no room for growth and she wanted more.

Linda charted a path for a new future with help from Medical Careers Institute.

She wasn’t going to let the fact that she was an established adult deter her. Linda has a Bachelor of Science that she received in 1991 and Master’s in Business Administration she received in 2001. She is married, and her children are grown.

Linda enrolled in the registered nursing program at ECPI University’s School of Health Science, Medical Careers Institute(MCI) in

July 2010. She will graduate in December 2011. With an impressive 3.96 GPA, Linda aspires to be in the operating room. She’d like to be a traveling nurse filling in at hospitals across the country that need temporary staff. This would give Linda the flexibility and opportunity to see the country.

“I chose MCI because I am older and I wanted to maximize my time,” explained Linda. “I liked the speed of the program.” Linda did her research prior to selecting MCI; she looked at several programs comparing passing rates, graduation rates, graduates who had earned employment post-graduation and overall graduate reviews. She picked MCI and says the program is fast paced and intense and that she learned a great deal stating, “I tell others to put their nose to the grind stone, you get out of it what you put into it.”

Linda had originally wanted to be a nurse, but the program wasn’t an option to her during the 1980’s when she was graduating high school. She is a good example of someone who holds tight to a dream knowing she can accomplish her heart’s desire.