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At the Core of Care

At the Core of Care

Pennsylvania nurses innovating for their communities

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Supporting The Next Generation Of Nurse Practitioners

In this episode, we spend time with Dr. Barbara Todd to discuss the role of mentorship and education in nurse practitioner training. Dr. Todd shares her personal clinical and teaching experience and emphasizes the importance of diversity in the workforce to support nurse practitioners who work in underserved communities. Dr. Barbara Todd is an experienced nurse practitioner certified in both family practice and acute care. She currently holds a leadership position as the Director of Practice and Education Advanced Practice at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). Dr. Todd also teaches at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and is a senior fellow at the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research.
July 26, 2021

More Research Needed To Advance School Nursing

At the Core of Care is back with a new special series highlighting access to care. In this episode, we continue our coverage of school nursing as it remains an under-recognized and under-resourced field. Erin Maughan, a former school nurse, and leading school nurse researcher, shares her perspective with us. Erin is the Director of Research at the National Association of School Nurses (NASN). She previously taught public health nursing at Brigham Young University. As Research Director at NASN, she is working to build up the research infrastructure around school nursing to advance the field, including efforts to increase and standardize data collection that will ultimately help shape future practice and policy.
July 12, 2021

School Nurses’ Resilience Through The COVID – 19 Pandemic

At the Core of Care is back with a new special series highlighting access to care. In this episode, PA Action Coalition Executive Director Sarah Hexem Hubbard speaks with three school nurses in Pennsylvania about their experience as a school nurse during the pandemic. Tracey Glynn-Roulinavage, a registered nurse with more than twenty years of experience, works within the Wilkes-Barre Area School District in northeastern Pennsylvania. She transitioned from acute care hospitals to school nursing four years ago and currently works at Heights Murray Elementary School. Wendy Robison is a certified school nurse within the Western Beaver County School District in western Pennsylvania. She is the recipient of the 2021 School Nurse Excellence Award from the Pennsylvania Association of School Nurses and Practitioners (PASNAP). In addition to working as a school nurse, she serves as a nurse practitioner in an urgent care clinic during weekends, holidays, and the summer. Diane Shannon is a school nurse at Kennett Middle School in southeastern Pennsylvania and has been a school nurse the past 23 years. She is also the nurse coordinator for the Kennett Consolidated School District in Chester County and served as the district’s pandemic coordinator this past year, having recognized for her work as a nurse leader with the 2021 School Nurse Excellence Award from PASNAP. Throughout this episode, these three nurses disclose how their experience from this past year and their work before becoming a school nurse helped them respond to the pandemic’s demands on schools.
June 28, 2021

What’s Next For The Future Of Nursing?

We are excited to announce that At the Core of Care is launching a new access to care special series. In this episode, PA Action Coalition Executive Director Sarah Hexem Hubbard speaks with Regina Cunningham and Marcus Henderson. Regina Cunningham is the Chief Executive Officer at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, as well as an adjunct professor and assistant dean at Penn School of Nursing. Marcus Henderson is a psychiatric mental health nurse and serves as the charge nurse of adolescent services for the Fairmount Behavioral Health System. He's also a lecturer at Penn School of Nursing. Regina and Marcus served on the committee for the recently released Future of Nursing 2020 to 2030 report from the National Academy of Medicine. During their conversation with Sarah, they highlight some of the key findings and recommendations to come out of the seminal study dedicated to charting a path to achieve health equity.
June 14, 2021

Vaccine Confidence Identifying Trusted Messengers

Vaccine Confidence: Identifying Trusted Messengers is the final episode in our six-part COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence series hosted by At the Core of Care. In this episode, we hear from nurses across the country about what it means to be a trusted messenger and how to address vaccine hesitancy in the communities they serve. We talk to nurse practitioner, Dr. Meriam Caboral-Stevens and nurses, Opeyemi Ogunniyi and Reglita Laput. Dr. Meriam Caboral-Stevens is a researcher and faculty member at Eastern Michigan University in the School of Nursing and faculty at the university's Center for Health Disparities Innovations and Studies. She shares with us what her vaccination rollout experience has been like so far in developing outreach efforts within Michigan's Asian and Arab American communities. We also speak to registered nurses Opeyemi Ogunniyi and Reglita Laput. Opeyemi Ogunniyi is a registered nurse in Houston, Texas, and is currently working in the medical-surgical unit. She shares her experience navigating vaccine hesitancy with patients and what she is hearing from family and friends in her hometown, Lagos, Nigeria. Reglita Laput is a community health nurse in Michigan and Director of Clinical Services for a homecare program. She also serves as the current president of the Philippine Nurses Association of in Michigan and has been active in helping organize community-based vaccination events. This project was funded in part by a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (grant number NU50CK000580). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this resource center do not necessarily represent the policy of CDC or HHS and should not be considered an endorsement by the Federal Government.
June 1, 2021

Sharing Your Vaccination Experience

Sharing Your Vaccination Experience is the fifth episode in a six-part COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence series hosted by At the Core of Care. In this episode, we hear from nurses across the country about their own vaccination experience and how they’re supporting vaccination efforts in their communities. We talk to registered nurse Melody Butler from Long Island and two nurse practitioners Deepika Goyal and Melina Moran from the West Coast. Melody Butler is an infection preventionist at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center and runs Nurses Who Vaccinate, a nurse-driven organization she founded ten years ago. We also speak to nurse practitioners Melina Moran and Deepika Goyal. Melina Moran is a family nurse practitioner at a clinic in Redmond, a rural community in Central Oregon. She walks us through the conversations she’s been having with patients who are unsure about getting vaccinated. Dr. Deepika Goyal is a professor at San Jose State University in San Jose, California, and a family nurse practitioner specializing in OB-GYN care at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. She shares vaccination concerns specific to reproductive health and her research on the impact of the pandemic on maternal mental health. This project was funded in part by a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (grant number NU50CK000580). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this resource center do not necessarily represent the policy of CDC or HHS and should not be considered an endorsement by the Federal Government.
May 17, 2021

At the Core of Care

At the Core of Care highlights the consumer experience of patients, families, and communities and the creative efforts of nurses and other partners to better meet their health and healthcare needs through diversity, leadership, and practice innovation.
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Sarah Hexem Hubbard

Sarah Hexem Hubbard

Sarah Hexem Hubbard, Esq. is the Executive Director of the National Nurse-Led Care Consortium and the Pennsylvania Action Coalition. She regularly speaks on topics related to the role of nursing in building a Culture of Health. She has published in the areas of public health law research, nurse practitioner scope of practice, and medical-legal partnership. Sarah teaches health policy at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing, and she graduated magna cum laude from Temple Law.

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