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#TeamTuesday: Michael Swanberg just received his PhD from UVA School Of Nursing. His passion for nursing began in the 1970s, when he took a trip to India to learn how to meditate. There, he encountered members of a Mother Teresa-founded group providing end-of-life and hospice care. The experience inspired him to enroll in nursing school, and ultimately, after several years working as a labor and delivery nurse, he went back to school and became a certified nurse midwife. Michael wanted to reach women during their prenatal period, a golden opportunity to teach them about prevention and nutrition.
Then, as Michael puts it, he had a “midlife crisis” and enrolled in the Peace Corps. He participated in efforts to eradicate the Guinea worm, a parasite that used to infect millions every year, and helped women learn to read. That experience led him to get his master’s in education after he came back to the U.S. Michael likes to laugh about getting his AARP membership card the same day he got his master's.
Michael moved to Charlottesville when his brother needed a house sitter for his farm. He initially came to UVA to work as a nurse midwife and left that position to teach and ultimately seek a PhD at our nursing school. His research focuses on African-American infant mortality rates in Charlottesville. #UVAgrad
Better Together: Three Decades In, Team Approach Improves Patient Care
In this era of team-based care, UVA nursing and medical students are learning, side-by-side, about one another’s roles, strengths and responsibilities. The result? Better collaborators, and a safer, more holistic approach to patient care. Click the photo to read more.
We are thrilled to share the final two productions in the RESILIENT NURSES series! Award-winning producer, David Freudberg, examines nursing's future and how nursing schools, like UVA School Of Nursing, are preparing new nurses for the difficult, if exhilarating journey ahead. Listen, hear some familiar voices, and enjoy!
Happy Reunions Weekend to the Classes of 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, and the TJ Society!! We can't wait to celebrate with you this weekend!
A final piece of advice, this one from UVA School Of Nursing dean Dorrie Fontaine:
Find work in a healthy work environment. You'll be glad you did!
Congrats to Sarita March BSN who got a research paper from her Distinguished Major Project accepted the same day she graduated from UVA SON!
Congratulations to our Student Ambassadors who will be graduating this weekend!! Wherever you go, please continue to be a beacon for compassion and resilience in healthcare - the ripples, as depicted in our logo, will follow!
Check out their reflections on being involved with CCI and advice they have for future students: https://cci.nursing.virginia.edu/ambassador/student/#GraduatingAmbassadors2017
Keep in touch Erika Fernandez (BSN '17), Erin Johns (BSN '17), Evie Stinger (BSN '17), Dallas Ducar (MSN, CNL '17), Eliza Urtz (BSN '17), Gene Donovan (MSN, CNL '17), Octavia C Winfield (MSN, CNL '17), Michael Swanberg (PhD in Nursing '17), Rob Abbott (MD '17) and Thomas Ball (MD '17)! We're so proud of all of you!
RN Regina Ragland worked for 18 years at a mail order company, but she was always interested in nursing. An associate's degree from Piedmont Virginia Community College helped her fulfill that dream, and now, she's continuing her education through UVA School Of Nursing. #NationalNursesWeek