Where to spring break without getting sick

Briana Gavin, freshman

Did the Zika virus ruin your spring break plans? Bummer. But don’t fret there are still some great destinations that will make your spring break awesome but won’t get you sick.

If you’re like me then you are probably sick of being cold and wet all the time. So why not go somewhere to get a nice tan and have some fun in the sun. If this is your idea of a great spring break then head south. Home to many wondrous sights, beaches and entertainment Georgia or the Carolinas are great places to visit. Whether you go Savanah or Myrtle Beach you are sure to have a great spring break trip.

If you like sitting in a car for hours on end, cranking up the music and having fun with your friends. Then a road trip would be the best spring break for you. Packing up the car, setting off onto an adventure and having memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you decide on a destination and take your time getting there or you just grab the map, throw the dart and try to have as much fun as possible, a road trip can be a great time to experience places you never would have seen otherwise. Head to the Grand Canyon or go see the world’s largest ball of yarn whatever just have fun and take pictures!

Despite the fact that being cold is getting old, some of you may want to go skiing or snowboarding this spring break. If you really want to get away there are great slopes in Colorado such as Beaver Creek. Trying to stay closer there are other places here too such as Camelback Mountain. As always there are multiple great destinations to go if you’re looking to spend time on the slopes.

Saving the best for last. Stay home! I know it’s fun to go away for spring break but what’s better than home. You can have fun with all your friends, sleep in your own bed and stay in you pjs’ the entire break and no one will judge you. Also after months of eating college food who doesn’t want a nice home cooked meal and better yet; it’s free! Just think of the money you save! Staying at home you can relax, take a breather and come back feeling better than those that decided to have a little too much fun for breakJ. So give yourself the gift of doing nothing this spring break and go home and snuggle with your pets, they miss you too!

If you are still bummed out about your missed plan just think, by staying in the United States, you won’t have to travel that much and deal with the madness of airports, or train stations. Also where you go may not be as crowded. No matter where you go have a fun spring break and stay safe.



Saving Lives, Heart Failure Nursing

Abigail Schwing, senior

With heart failure on the rise, the strain it will create on the health care system is imminent. Heart failure comes with a poor prognosis (around 50% of severe cases lead to death), high admission and readmission rates, and lengthy hospital stays.  These conditions perfectly pave the way for the emergence of nursing specialty in heart failure.

The heart failure nurse specialist manages the complex care of patients with heart failure. Patients with heart failure often receive less than optimal treatment and management of care, which ultimately leads to readmissions. Of the readmissions, 54% are preventable. Heart failure nurse specialist work to improve the care of patient and ultimately decrease the readmissions of their patients. Through collaboration, patient education, and support, these nurse specialists improve care for heart failure patients. Heart failure nurses also coordinate care for each patients and recognize that it takes a multidisciplinary team to manage patients care.

With the aging population and the increased survival after a myocardial infarction, heart failure is on the rise. Management of heart failure patients is complex, and many nurses are overstretched which leads to poorer patient outcomes. This not only creates a great financial burden on the healthcare systems, but it also creates a poor quality of life for heart failure patients. Generally, a minimum of two years of cardiology and five years’ post-registration experience is required. A Master’s level education is also preferred. A home based specialist caseload is about 200 patients per nurse.



Peace, Love, and Nursing: Christina Levi

Bridget Seelinger DUSNA Publicity Chair

Hailing from the sunny west coast, Christina Levi, currently a sophomore in the School of Nursing, is an active participant in the on-campus theater company, The Red Masquers. The Red Masquers are notably known as the oldest amateur theater company in the city of Pittsburgh, having been performing since the late 1800s. Levi says that although she is in love with nursing, she also loves theater and the Red Masquers give her the opportunity to combine the two.

“[Theater] gives you leadership roles and helps you delegate, both things that y
ou do a lot of in nursing,” she says.

Levi’s role in the Red Masquers’ latest production, a 1960s version of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is Assistant Light Design, something that she is equally passionate about.

“We have Christmas lights and we borrowed a moving light from Carlow, those are two special features for this production,” Levi says, adding, “We’re really enjoying the new theater as well.”

Duquesne recently constructed a new black box theater on campus, named the Genesius Theater, which cost abouredm2t $4.5 million and now includes dressing rooms, a set building workshop, in addition to flexibility in seating arrangement for the set designers, something that the theater in Rockwell Hall does not have. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” certainly takes advantage of all of this.

“I love that we can walk through our grid standing up, in the old theater you had to crawl on your hands and knees,” Levi says laughing.

Levi’s interests were not always aligned to nursing. At first, she thought about medical school, biomedical engineering, and even teaching. She chose Duquesne School of Nursing because it was a little taste of all of those aspects. Right now, Levi is considering the Neuro ICU as a possible unit to pursue after school.

“Seizures, and dealing
with all of those precautions interests me, especially after a guest speaker we just had in Adult Health,” she says, “I’m happy that nursing has so many opportunities.”

In future years, Levi hopes to assume the role of Head Light Designer for one of the main productions on campus and hopes to move beyond her current board position, Historian, for the Red Masquers.

“I like to help actors be seen, although it sometimes can go unnoticed, but it is a vital part to the production.” Levi says.

Tickets for Red Masquers productions are free for both faculty and students and can be found online at www.DuqRedMasquers.com.


Adventure into Nursing’s Past!

Over the centuries, nursing has taken on many forms and features. As medical technology has advanced, nurses have been required to hone their skills and take on more responsibilities. As we welcome in 2016, and bid goodbye to 2015, we usher in a new year with new possibilities for this fantastic profession! We also celebrate those who came before us, and paved the way for modern nursing to be what it is now.


On the following pages, we have selected some of nursing’s most inspirational leaders. As we reflect on these leader’s accomplishments, we also reflect on how we can learn from their experiences!


Follow us as we travel into nursing’s past and celebrate all that is to come!


Researcher and Founder: Florence Nightingale

Brooke Calta, junior

Our girl Florence Nightingale, known as the first nursing theorist and “The Lady with the Lamp,” made several contributions to the field of nursing that has ultimately touched millions of lives. Born in 1820 on May 12th (now International Nurses Day), Nightingale would soon as a teenager realize she desired a life of serving others. As a nurse, Nightingale developed several theories that became momentous duriflong the Crimean war when she and other nurses were faced with communicable diseases among soldiers who required tedious care.

In her book, Notes on Nursing: What it is, What it is not, Nightingale focuses on her environmental theory which included the importance of fresh air, pure w
ater, cleanliness, light, and effective drainage of facilities. Additionally, Nightingale touches on a warm, noise-free environment, as well as ensuring that patient dietary needs are met. She linked up with sanitary reformer Edwin Chadwick and politician James Stansfeld and ultimately enacted the Public Health Acts of 1874 and 1875 involving significant changes in laws regarding public drainage. Historians now believe that the acts had a huge role in altering the average nation
al life expectancy by 20 years between the years of 1871 and 1935.

In addition to developing theories and public health policies, her school called The Nightingale School for Nurses, opened in 1860. The school is considered the first official training program for nurses.

Nightingale is inspirational, not just for student nurses, but for all nurses. She changed the world with her research and dedication to her patients. Every nurse hopes to have as much of an impact as our founder!


The Fearless Patient Advocate: Dorothea Dix

Ashley Altieri, senior

To be an advocate for someone else takes an extraordinary amount of courage.  Each patient deserves to have an advocate, or someone to act or speak on the behalf of another person.  Dorothea Dix made a career out of being an advocate for her patients and students.  As a teenager, she opened schools in Boston and Worcester, where she worked as a teacher and developed her own curriculum and even authored her own books1.

In March, 1841, Dix volunteered to teach women inmates at the Cambridge House of Corrections2.  She was horrified to see mentally disabled women placed in the same prison cells as criminals and found, “confined in this Commonwealth in cages, closets, cellars, stalls, pens! Chained, beaten with rods, lashed into obedience”4.  The deplorable conditions included patients chained in, “dark enclosed spaces, lying in their own filth, without adequate clothing, and abused physically and dixsexually”2.

From that moment on, she dedicated her life to lobbying for specialized facilities for behavioral health patients.  Through her efforts, she aided in the, “establishment of 32 new hospitals in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Maryland”2..  In addition to advocating for better conditions in the United Sta
tes, Dix traveled throughout Europe and even gained an audience with Pope Pius IX to discuss better conditions for patients in public hospitals5.

Her next notable advocacy role was during The Civil War, where she undertook the position as the Superintendent of Union Army Nurses2.  Dix organized first aid stations, recruited nurses, purchased supplies, and oversaw the development of new training facilities and field hospitals5.  She was given the nickname, “Dragon Dix” for her rigid style of leadership and fierce devotion to her work2.  Unafraid to dispute with the doctors, Dix often argued with them concerning their drinking habits and lack of sanitation5.  Dix is an exemplary role model for the meaning of advocacy and tenacity.  Nurses and students alike can learn from her bold and caring spirit, and her resolve to get her patients the life they deserved.



1, http://www.history.com/topics/womens-history/dorothea-lynde-dix

2, http://www.truthaboutnursing.org/press/pioneers/dix.html

3, http://www.massmoments.org/moment.cfm?mid=96

4, http://www.ushistory.org/us/26d.asp

5, http://uudb.org/articles/dorotheadix.html



The Angel of the Battlefield: Clara Barton

Abigail Schwing, senior

The Red Cross has been able to provide disaster relief for over a hundred years, but how did it all begin? The Red Cross was brought to America by a lovely lady named Clara Barton. She was born in Oxford, Massachusetts on Christmas Day in 1821clara. At the age of 15, she became a teacher and ended up opening a free public school in New Jersey.  When the Civil War began in 1861, Clara Barton rushed to help soldiers. At first she was gathering supplies, but she couldn’t stand on the side.

“I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them,” she said

Her motivation led her to volunt
eer as a nurse and care for many wounded soldiers. As Barton participated in the Battle of Antietam, she was served a close call as a bullet tore her sleeve and killed the man she was attending to. This is where she gained her nickname of “The Angel of the Battlefield.” When the war resolved, she started her job at the War Department. Barton worked on reuniting families of soldiers and she later gathered crowds for lectures about her war experiences.

Barton believed, “Economy, prudence, and a simple life are the sure masters of need, and will often accomplish that which, their opposites, with a fortune at hand, will fail to do.”  Barton lived by this belief and years later, she travelled to Europe and worked at the International Red Cross during the Franco-Prussian War. This inspired her to strive for a branch of this organizaclara2tion to be brought to America. In 1861, Barton was successful and ultimately became the founder and first president of the American Red Cross. Without Clara Barton, millions of people struck by disaster would not be able to get back on their feet.

What does that mean for us as nursing in training? Clara serves as an inspiration to nurses old and new. She was fearless and helped some of the most vulnerable patients. She experienced war and death, but didn’t let the doom hinder her care. She thrived off the challenges that faced her every day. Even though many of us will not face the brutality of battle lines, we can look for inspiration in the actions of Barton. Her work ethic and will to help the greater good is something that every nurse should strive for not only in their career but in their life.  Barton’s impact on community health is still felt today. The Red Cross has expanded since Barton’s founding days, but the goal is still the same. It allows people affected by disasters to have a sense of relief, that would not be possible without the determination of Barton. Without pioneers like Barton paving the way, modern nursing would not be the amazing field it is today!