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Pfeiffer University Nursing Nursing at Pfeiffer University

The purpose of the baccalaureate program in nursing is to prepare students to be professional nurses in a Christian academic environment with the values, core competencies, core knowledge, and role development essential for leadership and service for the nursing profession. The nursing major builds on a solid foundation in the liberal arts. The program includes study in the natural, behavioral, and social sciences, as well as, the humanities and nursing sciences.

Mission: Graduates of the program are eligible to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN), which is required for practice as a Registered Nurse. Graduates will be prepared to provide care in and across all environments as a generalist nurse. An educational foundation in the university setting provides the distinguishing cornerstone for the study and practice of professional nursing and prepares the graduate for lifelong learning and graduate level study.

09/11/2020
Effective Hand Washing with Taylor and Lindsey.

Taylor and Lindsey demonstrate proper handwashing! #falconnursing #pfeiffernursingdepartment #pfeiffernursing #PfeifferisHome #BeyondBoundaries

Join Pfeiffer Nursing students Taylor and Lindsey for tips on effective hand washing and use of hand sanitizers.

Extra, extra! Read all about it ‼️ #pfeiffernursing will be hosting 4 different VIRTUAL informational meetings so we can...
08/21/2020

Extra, extra! Read all about it ‼️ #pfeiffernursing will be hosting 4 different VIRTUAL informational meetings so we can share all about our wonderful program. If you are a current or future Pfeiffer nursing major, then you don’t want to miss this! We will be sharing about the upcoming application cycle as well. We hope to see you there! Simply click on the link below to register for one of the events! 😁 Please help us get the word out and share this post! Thank you!

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Friday, the Nursing Department held two CPR classes while practicing physical distancing, mask-wearing, and frequent han...
08/16/2020

Friday, the Nursing Department held two CPR classes while practicing physical distancing, mask-wearing, and frequent hand washing/sanitizing. #pfeiffernursing #pfeiffernursingdepartment #falconnursing #PfeifferIsHome #BeyondBoundaries

Your Pfeiffer University Nursing faculty are practicing safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are wearin...
08/13/2020

Your Pfeiffer University Nursing faculty are practicing safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are wearing masks, observing the physical distancing recommendations of remaining at least 6 feet apart, and washing/sanitizing our hands thoroughly and often. We are proud of our Nursing students who are also happily following these measures, as well! We are working together to help stop the spread of COVID-19, and we are proud to be Falcon Nurses! #pfeiffernursing #pfeiffernursingdepartment #pfeifferishome #beyondboundaries

The junior Nursing student boot camp is in full gear!  Today, Professor Kristy Schmaldinst, Professor Caitlin Lofton, Dr...
08/13/2020

The junior Nursing student boot camp is in full gear! Today, Professor Kristy Schmaldinst, Professor Caitlin Lofton, Dr. Pam Courville, Dr. Susan Furr, and Dr. Dana Martin evaluated student competencies all while adhering to COVID-19 safety measures. We are so excited to have each of our junior Nursing students in this cohort! We would also like to thank senior Nursing students, Aliza and Tim, for assisting with boot camp activities!

07/20/2020
Taking Notes and Study tools in Nursing School!

One of our fabulous Nursing alumni, Gabrielle M Janes, with words of wisdom for students entering the Nursing program! Thank you, Gabrielle, for always being willing to share helpful tips to other Nursing students. #pfeiffernursing #pfeiffernursingdepartment #BeyondBoundaries #PfeifferIsHome

Welcome to my channel and thank you for joining! Todays video is an introduction about myself and how I took notes in Nursing School. Utilizing different way...

Thank you to our amazing Pfeiffer Nursing club members who took time to make blankets which were donated to Families Fir...
07/12/2020

Thank you to our amazing Pfeiffer Nursing club members who took time to make blankets which were donated to Families First in Cabarrus County! Pfeiffer Nursing truly cares about the community! 💛🖤 #pfeiffernursing #pfeiffernursingclub #pfeifferishome

Well what do you know? Nurses who are caring for our Summer Critical Learning kids by donating these for naps -Wow! Thank you @Pfeiffer1885 Nursing Club! Learn more about who they are and why here: http://www.pfeiffer.edu/student-life/nursing-club
#nurses #students #sograteful

Congratulations to Dr. Dana Martin, Associate Professor of Nursing at Pfeiffer University.  She was recently appointed t...
06/11/2020

Congratulations to Dr. Dana Martin, Associate Professor of Nursing at Pfeiffer University. She was recently appointed to the Stanly County School Health Advisory Council. We are very proud of her work to improve the health of people in the community and especially the health of children in the Stanly County Schools.

06/04/2020
North Carolina AHEC

North Carolina AHEC

Calling all future health care professionals! We’re looking for students who are in a health professions degree program to join a national network of AHEC Scholars and develop the skills you need to help create a healthy North Carolina. Selected students may be eligible to receive a yearly stipend during the two-year program.

06/02/2020

To celebrate our senior nursing students we created a montage of thier experiences over the last two years in nursing school. Congratulations Seniors! Good luck! We will miss you!

Credit: The Pfeiffer Nursing Department would like to thank Conner Furr for editing this senior montage video!

06/02/2020
2020 Pfeiffer University Nursing Pinning Ceremony

We would like for you to share with us the pinning of our senior nursing students. This is a ceremony that is normally done in person but due to COVID-19 we had to do it virtually. We love our students and are so proud of them as they go out into the workforce in this unprecedented time. Please join us in saying "Congratulations!" to our senior nursing students.

Credits: A special thank you to Linda Johanson, Associate Professor of Nursing in the Beaver College of Health Sciences at Appalachian State University, for delivering the Pfeiffer Nursing Pinning Keynote Address. Thank you to Shaun Cashman, Assistant Professor of Communications at Pfeiffer University for filming the individual senior videos. Additionally, we would like to thank Conner Furr for editing this pinning ceremony video. We appreciate your expertise and support!

05/22/2020
Pfeiffer University

The Pfeiffer Nursing Department is so excited about the new renovations to the Harris Science building! We are looking forward to making many more great memories in our new updated space. We truly appreciate Pfeiffer for supporting our phenomenal Nursing program! We would also like to recognize Sharon Bard for all of her work in making sure we had this beautifully designed space.

The Harris Hall renovations are almost complete! Join President Bullard for a sneak peek video tour.

#pfeifferishome #pfeifferuniversity

We are so proud of Jamie Harrell, another one of our amazing Nursing alumni! 💛🖤
05/20/2020

We are so proud of Jamie Harrell, another one of our amazing Nursing alumni! 💛🖤

In keeping with the American Nurses Association’s desire to celebrate nurses throughout the month of May, Wake Forest Baptist Health selected nurses from across the system to spotlight. Five nurses from Lexington Medical Center received this spotlight honor.

Today, we would like to highlight Jamie Harrell, RN, BSN, Charge Nurse in the LMC Emergency Department (ED). The ED is often a patient’s first hospital experience and can be a very frightening and vulnerable time.

“Emergency Nurses are a rare breed. We see patients in the midst of their suffering, their tears, their heartache, and still move on to our next patient after maybe only shedding a tear or two ourselves. That’s not to say those patients don’t leave a mark on our hearts forever. Their faces of unbelief and tears of sadness are memories that never leave us,” Jamie said.

Jamie reflected on her first year of nursing and a patient that made an impact on her career. “A gentlemen and his wife walked into one of my rooms. To protect his privacy, we will call him ‘Mr. Joe.’ I turned around to introduce myself and stopped in my tracks. This man resembled every part of my father- his joking demeanor, his shaggy beard, even his little rat-tail that I begged my dad for years to cut off. Over the next several hours, Mr. Joe, his lovely wife, and I connected on many levels. Between the medications, scans, and updates, I spent quite a bit of time in his room. By the end of the visit, his scans came back abnormal, with probable cancer and he was transferred to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for more extensive treatment. Before they left, they each asked for a hug and to pray.

A couple months later, his wife came back to the emergency room, this time without Mr. Joe. After talking to his wife, I learned Mr. Joe did not make it much longer. He went home- to his eternal home. His wife mentioned that the hours they spent here in our ED, before his diagnosis was given, was one of the last times they were able to laugh together before his death. After talking to her and with tears in my eyes, I walked back to the breakroom and called my dad, who never fails to start our conversations with “Hey Babe,” which was all I needed to hear.

In this field of nursing, we meet so many people. As a new nurse, I really tried not to let things get to me; not to think of the ‘what ifs?’ and not to make things personal. I will never forget Mr. Joe who flipped those thoughts around for me. Now, most everything gets to me. I think of all the potentials. And I try to connect with each patient. It took me a while to figure out that those changes are not a weakness, but instead have made me a stronger and better nurse since Mr. Joe and his wife walked into my room.”

Thank you, Jamie, for being a caring and compassionate nurse and connecting with each patient.

NC AHEC Scholars Program | Recruit. Train. Retain.
05/15/2020
NC AHEC Scholars Program | Recruit. Train. Retain.

NC AHEC Scholars Program | Recruit. Train. Retain.

National Network of AHEC Scholars is a diverse group of students from across the state creating a multidisciplinary team of health professionals

The Pfeiffer Nursing Department wishes to celebrate the Nursing class of 2020!  We are so proud of your accomplishments,...
05/11/2020

The Pfeiffer Nursing Department wishes to celebrate the Nursing class of 2020! We are so proud of your accomplishments, perseverance, and resilience. We hoped to honor you in person this past Saturday at graduation; since we could not be together in person, your faculty want you to know that we wish you the very best! We are always here for you! Congratulations, Class of 2020! 🎉🎉 💛🖤
#pfeiffernursing #pfeiffernursingdepartment #falconnursing #pfeifferishome #beyondboundaries

May 6 marks the beginning of National Nurses week, which ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale who is kno...
05/07/2020

May 6 marks the beginning of National Nurses week, which ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale who is known as the founder of modern day nursing. This May 12 will be her 200th birthday. Florence founded the first modern nursing school and began a tradition of nursing education that continues to this day. At Pfeiffer we are proud to be part of that tradition and we congratulate the class of 2020 as they enter their professional world. We also want to recognize all of our graduates who have passed through our doors since the first class graduated in 2013. Our alumni are working at the bedside, as managers, as educators, and in advanced practice nurse practitioner roles. Our new graduates join them in practice at a time when nurses are needed more than ever. They join the front lines with those battling a pandemic that has shown the world the heroism of nurses that has always been present. Let us take this week to raise them up and to support them as they go forth joining nurses around the world who put themselves at risk to care for all of us.
#beyondboundaries #pfeiffernursing #pfeiffernursingdepartment #falconnurses #pfeifferishome

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During Nurses Week, we would like to recognize the wonderful Nurses on our Advisory Board (past and present),    at our ...
05/07/2020

During Nurses Week, we would like to recognize the wonderful Nurses on our Advisory Board (past and present), at our clinical sites, in our communities, from our alumni, and in our faculty! We are so grateful for the work you do, not just during Nurses Week, but throughout the year! #falconnurses #pfeiffernursingdepartment #pfeiffernursing

Our incredible senior Nursing students have been hard at work designing Public Service Announcements to teach the public...
05/05/2020

Our incredible senior Nursing students have been hard at work designing Public Service Announcements to teach the public how to manage issues related to COVID-19. We will be posting their creative work periodically over the next few weeks. Our last feature was developed by senior, Kristina Everhart, and it discusses healthy eating to enhance the immune system.

Foods to Maintain a Healthy Immune System
Vitamins, such as vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, folate, vitamin C, vitamin D, and vitamin E, and minerals, such as zinc, iron, copper, and selenium, are important for maintaining a healthy immune system. These nutrients can be obtained in supplement form or they can be obtained by eating a balanced diet. Some food sources of these nutrients are listed below.

Vitamin A – Recommended daily intake of vitamin A is 900 mcg for adults and children age 4 years and older.
• Top food sources of vitamin A include:
o Beef liver
o Sweet potatoes
o Spinach
o Pumpkin
o Carrots
o Ricotta cheese
o Fortified milk
o Cantaloupe
o Red sweet peppers
o Mangos
o Fortified cereals

Vitamin B6 – Recommended daily intake of vitamin B6 is 1.7 mg for adults and children age 4 years and older.
• Top food sources of vitamin B6 include:
o Chickpeas
o Beef liver
o Yellowfin tuna
o Salmon
o Chicken breast
o Fortified cereals
o Potatoes
o Turkey
o Bananas
o Marinara sauce
o Ground beef
o Waffles
o Bulgur
o Cottage cheese
o Squash

Vitamin B12 – Recommended daily intake of vitamin B12 is 2.4 mcg for adults and children age 4 years and older.
• Top food sources of vitamin B12 include:
o Clams
o Beef liver
o Rainbow trout
o Salmon
o Tuna
o Nutritional yeasts
o Ground beef
o Haddock
o Beef sirloin
o Milk
o Yogurt
o Cheese
o Fortified cereals
o Ham
o Eggs
o Chicken breast

Folate – Recommended daily intake of folate is 400 mcg for adults and children age 4 years and older.
• Top food sources of folate include:
o Beef liver
o Spinach
o Black-eyed peas
o Fortified cereals
o White rice
o Asparagus
o Brussel sprouts
o Spaghetti
o Romaine lettuce
o Avocados
o Broccoli
o Mustard greens
o Bread
o Green peas
o Kidney beans

Vitamin C – Recommended daily intake of vitamin C is 90 mg for adults and children age 4 years and older.
• Top food sources of vitamin C include:
o Red and green sweet peppers
o Oranges and grapefruits (as well as orange and
grapefruit juice)
o Guava
o Kiwifruit
o Broccoli
o Strawberries
o Brussel sprouts
o Tomatoes and tomato juice
o Cantaloupe
o Cabbage
o Cauliflower

Vitamin D – Recommended daily intake of vitamin D is 20 mcg (800 IU) for adults and children age 4 years and older.
• Top food sources of vitamin D include:
o Cod liver oil
o Rainbow trout
o Salmon
o Mushrooms
o Fortified milk
o Sardines
o Fortified orange juice
o Fortified soy, almond, and oat milks
o Fortified cereals
o Eggs
• Vitamin D can also be obtained through sun exposure, especially during spring, summer, and fall. Unprotected skin will produce more vitamin D than protected skin; however, it is important to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen when outdoors that has an SPF of 15 or higher to decrease your chances of developing skin cancer. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, the safest and most effective way to obtain adequate vitamin D is from a combination of protected sun exposure and food sources.

Vitamin E – Recommended daily intake of vitamin E is 15 mg for adults and children age 4 years and older.
• Top food sources of vitamin E include:
o Sunflower seeds
o Almonds
o Hazelnuts
o Peanuts and peanut butter
o Avocados
o Spinach
o Oils such as wheat germ, sunflower, safflower, and corn
oils

Zinc – Recommended daily intake of zinc is 11 mg for adults and children age 4 years and older.
• Top food sources of zinc include:
o Oysters
o Beef chuck roast
o Alaska king crab
o Ground beef
o Lobster
o Pork chops
o Baked beans
o Fortified cereals
o Chicken (more in dark meat than white meat)
o Pumpkin seeds

Iron – Recommended daily intake of iron is 18 mg for adults and children age 4 years and older.
• Top food sources of iron include:
o Fortified cereals
o Oysters
o White beans
o Dark chocolate
o Chicken liver/beef liver
o Lentils
o Spinach
o Tofu
o Kidney beans
o Sardines
o Chickpeas
o Tomatoes
o Beef
o Potatoes
o Cashews

Copper – Recommended daily intake of copper is 0.9 mg (900 mcg) for adults and children age 4 years and older.
• Top food sources of copper include:
o Beef liver/chicken liver
o Oysters
o Chocolate (more in dark chocolate)
o Potatoes
o Mushrooms
o Cashews
o Crab
o Sunflower seeds
o Turkey
o Tofu
o Chickpeas
o Millet
o Salmon
o Whole-wheat pasta
o Avocados
o Figs
o Spinach
o Asparagus
o Sesame seeds

Selenium – Recommended daily intake of selenium is 55 mcg for adults and children age 4 years and older.
• Top food sources of selenium include:
o Brazil nuts
o Yellowfin tuna
o Halibut
o Sardines
o Ham
o Shrimp
o Macaroni
o Beef steak
o Turkey
o Beef liver/chicken liver
o Chicken breast
o Cottage cheese
o Brown rice
o Ground beef
o Eggs
o Whole-wheat bread
o Baked beans
o Oatmeal

Some research studies have shown that herbs such as elderberries, echinacea, ginseng, and astragalus may possess immune-stimulating properties; however, more research is needed to determine their effectiveness. It is best to consult with your health care provider before starting an herbal supplement as some herbs are not safe to take during pregnancy, while breastfeeding, or in combination with other medications.

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