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Wesley Alumni Published in DNA Reporter


11.22.2013

Four Wesley College alumni, Jenna Ryan '11 (M.S.N.), Jessica Lambert '10 (B.S.N.) and '13 (M.S.N.), Dora Eyong '10 (M.S.N.), and Laura Wedel '09 (M.S.N.), were recently published in the DNA Reporter, the official publication of the Delaware Nurses Association.

Ryan’s report detailed the treatment of infantile hemangiomas, commonly called a ‘strawberry’ due to the pink raised skin, that can potentially lead to various complications including airway obstruction and bodily disfigurement. In her research, Ryan described the use of Propranolol as a possible medication for the lesions, citing a 2008 case where the drug caused the lesions to decrease in size. She cautions that it is not FDA approved, and stresses that it is important for families to learn about Propranolol and the side effects before using it to treat their children.

Lambert wrote about the importance of multiple departments at a hospital working together in order to improve patient care. Using her experience at BayHealth as an example, she detailed the formation of the Pharmacy and Nursing Council, compromised of individuals from the pharmacy and nurses. The formation of this council has improved performance hospital-wide, including preventing medication errors with a new barcoding system.

Eyong detailed how stress levels and emotional intelligence can have an effect on nursing students. Touching on how stress can hurt a student’s academic performance, she says that it is very important for faculty to identify students who struggle with stress management and help them find a solution. Eyong suggests that these topics should be included in nursing curriculums in order to help students become the best possible nurses.

Wedel covered the dangers of HELLP syndrome (which is caused by Hemolysis, Elevated Live enzymes, and Low Platelet count) in pregnant women, detailing the possible complications it brings and current treatment options. HELLP the syndrome is difficult to diagnose and potentially life threatening. Wedel stresses the importance of learning about early symptoms so a possible patient can be treated immediately.

The DNA Reporter is the Delaware Nurses Association’s quarterly newsletter. You can read the full reports by visiting http://denurses.org/rn_newsletter_delaware.