When the time came to establish his long-term practice, Dr. Sumit Isharwal chose the University of Virginia because of its world renowned academic prestige, and the idyllic nature of its surrounding. "Helping patients, and doing what is right for them, gives me great satisfaction, and a sense of purpose in life." - Dr Sumit Isharwal. #prostatecancer
#TeamTuesday: While attending James Madison University, Carl Lambert was a medic with the local rescue squad. He went on to become an English teacher and skydiving instructor, but while helping with skydiving accidents, he realized he missed patient care.
So Lambert (he goes by his last name) went back to school, enrolling in the UVA School of Nursing's Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) program. The 2-year master’s degree program is for people with bachelor's degrees in other fields who want to become nurses. Lambert graduated in spring 2017 and now works on our surgical trauma intensive care unit, which he was already familiar with from a school project.
But he’s still closely involved with nursing education. Undergraduate nursing students do clinical rotations on our hospital units; our nurses carefully supervise them as they learn to do procedures and give patients medication. Lambert mentors students on our organ transplant unit, splitting his time between his own shifts on the surgical trauma ICU and time with the students. He loves that he gets to combine his passions for teaching and nursing and watch the students grow and gain confidence. He also says the transplant nurses are incredibly welcoming to him and his students.
When he’s not at the hospital, Lambert still works as a skydiving instructor. He grew up in northern Virginia and went to Fishburne Military School, which is why he still answers to “Lambert!”
Last week, the CCI Team welcomed Martha A. Burton and members of her family to a small reception and official "unveiling" of the artwork she donated to our collection - "Medicine Leaves", 2017, by Louise Numina Nepanangka (b. 1976), Australian.
The painting provided a beautiful backdrop, as CCI Director Tim Cunningham (left) and SON Dean Dorrie Fontaine (right) presented the placard to Martha Burton (center). The piece is located on the 2nd floor of McLeod Hall - come check it out, you can't miss it!
WHAT WE LEARNED.
While we have more work to do in this domain, we are proud to be the ONLY nursing school so far to participate in Shaun R. Harper's Race & Equity Institute. Thanks to him, our university peers, and those who acknowledge how critical this topic is to future nurses, teachers, engineers ... really, to every human.