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Dr. Denise Poirier Maguire, B.S. ’76: Improving Outcomes in the NICU

Dr. Denise Poirier Maguire, B.S. ’76: Improving Outcomes in the NICU

  • on November 2, 2017
  • by Lisa M. McMahon, MA'09
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Dr. Denise Poirier Maguire, B.S. ’76, found her calling while touring a neonatal intensive care unit during her studies in Niagara University’s College of Nursing. She has dedicated her life ever since to making the lives of these littlest patients, and their families, a bit easier.Denise first...

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Kathleen (Lynch) Eussen, ’67: Promoting Healthy Communities

Kathleen (Lynch) Eussen, ’67: Promoting Healthy Communities

  • on May 9, 2019
  • by Lisa McMahon, MA'09
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There is arguably no greater cultural difference in the United States than New York City and the Alaskan “bush.”  NU alumna Kathleen (Lynch) Eussen, ’67, experienced both extremes early in her career as a public health nurse.Eussen, the daughter of a New York City police officer and a...

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Eric Hall, ’99, Provides Patient Care Through Technology

  • on June 22, 2020
  • by Lisa McMahon, MA;09
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When Eric Hall, ’99, joined NurseGrid a year and a half ago as vice president of professional services and customer success, he had no way of knowing that the app, which was created in 2013 to streamline communication, staffing, and scheduling in nursing departments, would become a crucial way for...

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Providing Leadership in a Pandemic

  • on September 28, 2020
  • by Lisa McMahon, MA'09
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When asked what his initial reaction was when he first heard that Catholic Health would be transferring all its COVID-positive patients to its St. Joseph’s campus, where he is a nurse manager in telemetry, ICU and dialysis, John LaForge’s response was slightly unexpected.“I was proud that they...

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A Pioneer in Palliative Care

A Pioneer in Palliative Care

  • on November 3, 2020
  • by Lisa McMahon, MA'09
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When Patrick Coyne, ’82, was a teenager, he was in a car accident that broke his leg and put him in traction for several weeks. During that time, he grew to appreciate the nurses who took care of him, an appreciation that led him to pursue a career as a nurse, himself.Coyne, who worked as an...

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Bringing NU Nursing’s Legacy of Caring Around the World

Bringing NU Nursing’s Legacy of Caring Around the World

Like many young women at that time, Lucy Pierce’s first experience in the medical field was as a candy striper at her local hospital.“I really enjoyed working with all the people I came in touch with, both patients and employees,” she said, “and felt my path was naturally to continue in...

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Protecting Her Community Behind the Scenes

Protecting Her Community Behind the Scenes

  • on March 29, 2021
  • by Lisa McMahon, MA'09
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In the first few weeks of 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic spread throughout the United States, county health directors across New York state began to meet and plan strategies to mitigate the outbreak’s impact in their regions. Mary (Welch) Beer, B.S.’77, director of public health for Ontario...

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Vickie Swinehart, ’81: Ensuring the Health of Her Community

Vickie Swinehart, ’81: Ensuring the Health of Her Community

  • on May 7, 2021
  • by Lisa McMahon, M.A.'09
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When Vickie (Carson) Swinehart, ’81, accepted a position as a home care nurse in Seneca County, N.Y.’s Department of Public Health, she was looking for a work schedule that aligned with the demands of raising her family. What she found was a challenging and rewarding career that has spanned...

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Shining a Light on What’s Right in Nursing

Shining a Light on What’s Right in Nursing

  • on February 17, 2022
  • by Lisa McMahon, MA'09
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Over the course of her 40-plus-year career in healthcare, Deborah (Tansey) Zimmermann, B.S.’80, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, has seen the impact nurses have had on patients and their families, and the vital roles they play in keeping our communities healthy and safe. Today, as CEO of the DAISY...

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College of Nursing Alum Creates Medication Administration Training System

College of Nursing Alum Creates Medication Administration Training System

  • on July 15, 2022
  • by Lisa McMahon
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More than 7 million patients in the U.S. are impacted by medication errors every year, according to the Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives (2016). Kateri Gabriele, a 1990 graduate of Niagara University’s College of Nursing, is helping to change that.Gabriele is co-founder...

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