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Loewenberg College of Nursing Celebrates 50 Years

November 6, 2017 - The University of Memphis Loewenberg College of Nursing celebrated 50 years of preparing leaders and promoting health recently at its 50th Anniversary Gala in the University Center Ballroom with about 200 guests.

Mary Ellen Geist, award-winning broadcast journalist turned author and caregiver, gave the keynote address. She shared her journey of caring for her father after his Alzheimer's disease diagnosis and the special nurses who provided support.

The College celebrated current and past leaders who played a significant role in its first 50 years. These "50 Leaders for 50 Years" have helped to meet the needs of academic nursing and health care in innovative ways, generated nursing knowledge to guide nursing practice, or reflected the importance of their educational training and showed pride and loyalty to Memphis nursing. A complete list of the 50 Leaders in 50 Years is available at

"For 50 years, the Loewenberg College of Nursing has prepared caring, compassionate and capable graduates who are ready to meet the ever-changing needs of health care," said Dr. Lin Zhan, dean of the College. "Our achievements come from collective efforts and wisdoms – our faculty, students, staff, academic nursing partners and community leaders and supporters; and our commitment to core values of caring, diversity, integrity and leadership. As we celebrate the past five decades and the momentum that has fueled our distinguished past, we know that the best is truly yet to come."

During the event, Zhan recognized event sponsors Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and Baptist Memorial Health Care. Over the years, the Lichterman-Loewenberg family has continuously invested resources into nursing and has helped the Loewenberg College grow. "We are so grateful to the Lichterman-Loewenberg Foundation for its legacy of philanthropy and commitment to our students, faculty and staff," Zhan said.

The College's vision at 50 is to push even further. Nursing is at the critical time to continue providing patient-family centered care, improving the health care system, and promoting health for all.

Loewenberg College of Nursing Recognized for Diversity

October 23, 2017 - The University of Memphis Loewenberg College of Nursing is one of 24 health professions schools to receive the 2017 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The Health Professions HEED Award is the only national honor recognizing U.S. medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary, osteopathic, nursing and allied health schools that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion across their campuses. The 24 honorees will be featured in the December 2017 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity.

"We are honored to receive this award," said Dr. Lin Zhan, dean of the Loewenberg College. "We have made concerted efforts to diversify our faculty and students since we included diversity as one of our college core values in 2011. Our faculty have used poverty simulations to educate students about social determinants of health, and through service learning providing foot care to the Memphis homeless population. Many of our Family Nurse Practitioner graduates practice in medically underserved areas. As nurses serve diverse populations, we have a professional responsibility to diversify the nursing workforce and serve our diverse populations as evidence shows diversity adds great values to quality care."

The Health Professions HEED Award process consists of a comprehensive and rigorous application that includes questions relating to the recruitment and retention of students and employees -- and best practices for both -- continued leadership support for diversity, and other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion. We take a holistic approach to reviewing each application in deciding who will be named a Health Professions HEED Award recipient. Our standards are high, and we look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being accomplished every day across their campus.

UofM Deans Expand Collaboration with Chinese University

October 17, 2017 - Drs. Lin Zhan and Richard Bloomer traveled to China recently as featured speakers at the second International Forum on Health Education and Promotion held at Sanda University in Shanghai. Zhan, dean of the Loewenberg College of Nursing, delivered the talk "Health Promotion: Concepts & Practice in Nursing." She focused her presentation on building a culture of health for all and used the ACES Project and Let's Talk Health project as examples. Bloomer, dean of the School of Health Studies, shared recent research in his talk "Impact of Dietary Intake on Cardiovascular and Metabolic Disease."

As China experiences a rise in obesity and type II diabetes, Bloomer discussed the role of nutrition in preventing the development of the disease.

Both talks highlighted the role that clinicians play in sharing health-specific information with patients and clients in an attempt to improve health outcomes. The forum was held as part of Sanda's 25th anniversary celebration and was attended by several Chinese dignitaries and other VIPs from around the world. Zhan and Bloomer worked with Sanda's chief administrators to solidify collaboration opportunities to include graduate student enrollment, as well as faculty exchange and study abroad programs for faculty and students from both universities. The initial exchange is scheduled to begin in 2018.

"Dean Bloomer and I are both excited about the opportunities this collaboration brings to UofM students and faculty," said Zhan.


College Updates

August 2017

Dr. Eric Bailey has joined the Loewenberg College of Nursing as the Assistant Dean for Nursing Students! 

Congratulations to promotion of our faculty- Dr. Teresa Richardson as Clinical Professor, while Dr. Sheri Howard and Dr. Felesha Perry have been promoted to Clinical Associate Professor. 

July 2017

Dr. Toni Bargagliotti's article, titled "Entrustables and Entrustment: Through the Looking Glass at the Clinical Making of A Nurse Practitioner" was accepted for publication.

Dr. Christie Schrotberger led Mock Disaster Simulation was a huge success. This funded project in collaboration with Union and JGCC was successfully executed. Congratulations to Lambuth nursing faculty and students.

June 2017

The LCON community action research project "Building a culture of health for urban children and families" receives additional of $567,850 in FY18, to date we have received a total of $1,117,850 or >$1.1M for this project; we are moving forward and upward!

Drs. Michelle Baldwin and Hoi Chung successfully completed their teaching students/consulting on nursing education /and developing nursing faculty at Jining Medical University (JMU), China. This has been the six (6) years of the LCON's sustainable partnership with JMU. To date, Drs. Fleming, Elliotte, Lee, Beasley, Chung, Baldwin, Zhan, & Prof. Papraniku have been to JMU!

Congratulations to Sheri Howard who earned her PhD, now we can proudly call her Dr. Howard!

Dr. Felisha Perry is to run a Critical Care Bootcamp for nursing students prior to fall semester to learn some key concepts

May 2017

Dr. Brad Harrell's article entitled "Abdominal Compartment Syndrome as a Complication of Fluid Resuscitation" is published in the journal of  Nursing Clinics of North America.

This summer Drs. Michelle Baldwin and Hoi Chung will teach in China's Jining Medical University (JMU) with two areas – Pharmacology and Gerontology.

April 2017 

Dr. Rosemary McLaughlin, Clinical Associate Professor-Lambuth campus, is the recipient of the 2017 Margaret Miles Distinguished Service Award by the Society of Pediatric Nurses (SPN).

Dr. Marcy Purnell, Loewenberg Chair of Excellence/Director for Nursing Research is to publish an article in Discovery Medicine at John's Hopkins titled, "Bio-electric Field Enhancement: The Influence on Hyaluronan Mediated Motility Receptors in Human Breast Carcinoma."

Dr. Leigh Ann Breckenridge, Dr. Hoi Sing Chung, and Prof. Elizabeth Moore received the Society of Pediatric Nurses 2017 Excellence in Clinical Scholarship Award for our TUCI Pediatric Asthma Management Project.

Loewenberg College of Nursing Culture of Health team members Drs. Teresa Richardson, Joy Hoffman, Marie Gill, Hoi Chung, Leigh Ann Breckenridge and Prof. Betsy Moore presented "Building a Culture of Health in an Urban Community" at the Resilience Conference April 19 in Nashville. The team's presentation was part of the TUCI-funded project focused on ACEs prevention, trauma-informed care and building resilience through two major initiatives: integration of ACEs content and concept across nursing curriculum and pediatric asthma management across Shelby County Schools.

Prof. Jayne Wilson co-authored the paper "Chronic Conditions: A Motivator for Re-examining the Effectiveness of Promotions and Communications of Organizational Wellness Programs," which has been accepted for presentation at the Joint Conferences of the International Conference on Learning and Administration in Higher Education and the Academic Business World International Conference in Nashville.

Prof. Shkendie Papraniku received FNP certification and is now a board certified FNP.

Dr. Teresa Richardson, Clinical Associate Professor, presented her abstract, "Deciding whether a PhD or DNP is the right doctorate for you" at the Society of Pediatric Nursing (SPN) in a pre-conference workshop at the Society of Pediatric Nurses conference.

March 2017

Dr. Janet Tucker, Assistant Professor, paper has been accepted for a podium presentation at the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) 2017 Annual Convention. Her presentation will highlight her dissertation research findings "A Fetal Anomaly Diagnosis: Mothers' Distress at Sharing the News".

Dr. Carr, Gloria, Associate Professor, will present her paper titled "Evidence-Based Interventions for Substance Abuse Among Victims of Adverse Childhood Experience" at the Global Health Conference in April 2017.

White-Means, S., Dr. Dapremont, Jill. (Associate Professor), Muriel, R., Davis, B, & Stoddard, O. (2016) abstract accepted for publication. Breast Cancer Mortality Disparities: Providers' Perspective. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, DOI: ISSN 1925-4040 (Print), ISSN 1925-4059 (Online).

Dr. Williams, Y'Esha (Assistant Professor), Cowan, P., Graff, C., Wicks, M., Hare, M., & Tolley, E. (2017, February), received the 3rd place honor for her poster and podium presentation at the Southern Nursing Research Society 31st annual conference for her paper titled "Associations among depressive symptoms, body mass index (BMI) z-scores, and physical activity self- efficacy in African American (AA) children" in Dallas, Texas.

February 2017

Congratulations Dr. Zhan

Dr. Lin ZhanDr. Lin Zhan - Dean of Nursing Lin Zhan, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and professor of the Loewenberg College of Nursing, was newly elected as an AACN Board Member at-Large. An award-winning nurse educator who has taught students from the BSN to the PhD level, Dr. Zhan's research focuses on quality of life for older adults and ethnic minorities. Her scholarly work extends to serving as a reviewer for the refereed journals Nursing Education, Nursing Research, Advanced Nursing Sciences, Nursing Reports, and on the editorial board for the Journal of Gerontological Nursing. A recipient of many top honors, Dr. Zhan is a Wharton Executive Fellow and a Fellow of American Academy of Nursing. For AACN, she has served on the Program Committee as the chair of the Faculty Development Conference and the Executive Development Series, as a reviewer of the AACN-Johnson & Johnson Minority Faculty Scholarship awards, and as a current member of the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group.

Dr. Marcy Purnell Named Chair of Excellence in Loewenberg College of Nursing

Dr. Marcy PurnellDr. Marcy C. Purnell, Director of Nursing Research, is revolutionizing medicine through research on a bio-electric field enhancement technology (BEFE) that could benefit cancer patients. She began her research on a BEFE footbath in 2008 after learning about its health benefits. Users of the technology, which was invented in Australia, have reported improvements in diabetes, wound care, cancer, autism and Alzheimer's disease.

Purnell's studies found that directing current into a set of conductive rings in water for 30 minutes has a positive effect on individuals. When a cell is enveloped in energy in a form it can use, it begins operating as it was designed to, she explains. "A cancer cell begins to behave like a normal cell and a normal cell works like it should." She began her research with bench work and is completing her phase one clinic trial.