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Leading Amidst Crisis: Nursing through a Pandemic

The UTHSC College of Nursing's virtual symposium on the nursing response to COVID-19.

In this event, faculty, students and alumni of the UTHSC CON shared stories of hope and perseverance from their perspective on the front lines in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The keynote address was given by Dr. Alisa Haushalter, Director of the Shelby County Health Department, who has been at the forefront of the public health response. Dr. Haushalter is both an alumna and faculty member of the College of Nursing. "Leading Amidst Crisis: Nursing through a Pandemic" will also include presentations from nursing faculty and students who have served in other vital roles during this public health crisis, including caring for patients with COVID-19 in hard-hit New York City hospitals, volunteering to ensure COVID-19 testing in the community and helping to establish an alternate care facility for COVID-19 patients in Memphis. 

This event offered 2 Nursing Professional Development credit hours. There is no charge for the Nursing Professional Development credit.

AGENDA

Time                                            Presentation

 
12:00 pm - 12:05 pm                 Welcome    
12:05 pm - 12:30 pm                 Keynote presentation
                                                      Dr. Alisa Haushalter, director of the Shelby County Health Department
 

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm                   Leadership: What it takes to create an alternate care facility
                                                     Terri Stewart, MSN, RN

 
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm                     Service: Offering hope and help in New York City - the epicenter                                                                     Kristin Fitchpatric, BSN, and Amber Gordon, BSN (UTHSC students)  

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm                     Partnership: Collaborating to offer COVID-19 testing to the community
                                                     Diana Dedmon, DNP, FNP-BC 

 
2:00 pm - 2:25 pm                    Q and A session    
2:25 pm - 2:30 pm                    Closing remarks  

Meet our Presenters

Alisa Haushalter, DNP, RN
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Alisa Haushalter, DNP, RN, has served as director of the Shelby County Health Department since 2016 and has been at the forefront of the public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Memphis community. She earned her undergraduate degree in nursing from Belmont University in 1983 and an MSN with a specialty in Family Practice from Vanderbilt University in 1997. In 2007, she earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a specialty in public health nursing leadership from the UTHSC College of Nursing where she is an Associate Professor of Advanced Practice and Doctoral Studies. 

Terri Stewart, MSN, RN
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Terri Stewart, MSN, RN, joined the UTHSC College of Nursing faculty in October of 2017 as a nursing instructor. She has 42 years of nursing experience with extensive practice in executive nursing leadership, home health, hospice, staff development and the practice of oncology nursing in the acute care setting. Most recently, she served as Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) at Saint Francis Hospital from 2010 to 2017. Ms. Stewart was tapped to serve as CNO of the alternate care hospital for patients with COVID-19. It was recently completed to handle a potential community surge in COVID-19 cases. She received her diploma in nursing from Baptist Hospital School of Nursing and her BSN from Union University in Memphis. She received her MSN with a concentration in Nursing Administration from the UTHSC College of Nursing. 

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Diana Dedmon, DNP, FNP-BC
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Diana Dedmon, DNP, FNP-BC, joined the UTHSC College of Nursing faculty in 2019 as Assistant Professor, Director of Clinical Affairs and holder of Michael Carter Endowed Professorship.  Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in Memphis, Dr. Dedmon has led the volunteer efforts of the College of Nursing for community testing. Dr. Dedmon received her nursing diploma from Baptist School of Nursing, her BSN from Union University, her MSN from the UTHSC College of Nursing and her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Dr. Dedmon has served as a Family Nurse Practitioner since 1999 in primary care clinics in rural West Tennessee and in Memphis.

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Kristin Fitchpatric, BSN
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Kristin Fitchpatric, BSN, is a student in the UTHSC College of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice program, focusing on psychiatric mental health.  She is employed at Crestwyn Behavioral Health. Ms. Fitchpatric, who earned her BSN at Union University, traveled to New York City to serve during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic as a temporary employee with a company that specializes in emergency staffing.

Amber Gordon, BSN
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Amber Gordon, BSN, is a student in the UTHSC College of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice program focusing on psychiatric mental health. A Memphis native, Ms. Gordon earned her BSN from Union University. She is a registered nurse with intensive care and dialysis experience who traveled to New York City to serve during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic as a temporary employee with a company that specializes in emergency staffing.

Last Published: Jun 26, 2020