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For Nurses By Nurses Year of The Nurse and Midwife


Dr. Shannon Harrington Meet The Nurse Scientist Who Landed The Top Role In Our Year of The Nurse and Midwife Film Projec t


Marrakesh, Morrocco

February 2020

In This Issue | February 2020

60 FEATURES The Elderly Series The Care pg 32

Necrotizing Fasciitis The Science pg 40

Year of The Nurse and Midwife The Film Project pg 38

Nursing Science The Role pg 42

Year of The Nurse and Midwife

And It Was Written:2020 The Everet te Collec tion

Year of The Nurse and Midw ife 2020: A Film Project Premieres July 25, 2020 Sheraton Norof lk Waterside Hotel 777 Waterside Dr. Nofolk, Va 23510 Reg ister @ w w w.fornu rsesby nu rses.org


Editor-In-Chief Denetra Hampton

Advertising & General Inquiries admin@fornursesbynurses.org

Photography Shawn L. Hampton Photography

Contributors Dr. Dana Hines Nursing Science Coco-Chanel Jones Health & Wellness

For Nurses By Nurses Magazine is a quarterly magazine published by For Nurses By Nurses Productions, LLC. A cultural space that empowers nursing, nursing science and the role of the nurse scientist. Our digital copy is available February, May, August, and November. 5911 Harbourview Blvd #210 | Suffolk, Va 23435 | 757-484-6140

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he demands of war and the prejudices against African Americans have historical reverbations. Segregation was rampant soldiers needed care. In 1941 Eleonor Roosevelt helped petition with the National Association of Graduate Colored Nurses, for black nurses to be admitted to the Army. Soon after, the Army announced a quota of fifty-six black nurses to work at black military installations. The stories of African American women who served in the war are not known in comparison to their white counterparts, but their bravery and willingness was the same.

In 1908 Martha Minerva Franklin, founded The National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses for black registered nurses as an alternative to the ANA, which did not extend its membership to black nurses.

T O P R I G H T African American Army nurses in surgical ward at Milne Bay, New Guinea, during World War 2. June 22, 1944.

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Editor’s Note The World Health Organization has designated 2020 as the year of the nurse and midwife. It is a celebration of the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale, who is historically known as the founder of modern nursing. The profession of nursing is raising their voices on all levels and the expectation is that people are listening.

I am particularly excited about all of the things that are and can come out of the year ahead. Whether we are focusing on community, innovation, research or recruitment, it is important that we understand, this is not a time to sit on our laurels. It is an opportunity that we have been waiting for to discuss issues that have plaqued healthcare for decades. Such as equity, equality, diveristy and global capacity. As we move into a new decade, global health and building capacity is my mainstay. I am committed to sitting at the table of policy, change and raising the voice of the nurse scientist. As a grassroots movement founder, this provides me with a different set of tools. I am focused on threading and sustaining the strength that only a diverse group of people can bring. Nursing is in the midst of revolutionary change and yet over the past decade the nursing leadership as remained stagnant. How we move, shift, and adapt will determine the impact of the year ahead. For Nurses By Nurses Productions is set to premiere its Year of The Nurse and Midwife Film on July 25, 2020. I am excited to highlight the role of the nurse scientist, and how this role is key to helping bridge the gap of health disparities. I urge you to join me in not just celebrating but making change.

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Caring For The Elderly Aging is a fact of life. Eldercare is an of ten forgotten part of nursing and healthcare.


When we care for older adults, it is important to remember the challenges that they face in their own individual lives. A lot of these challenges

occur simply due to the process of aging, but also are influenced by social, economic and educational disparities. The ability to cope with crisis of diminished health, dependence, fixed income and alternative housing, will depend on each person’s coping skills established throughout life. As we might imagine, hospitalization can cause confusion in this group, as they are taken out of their familiar environment and routine. They need reassurance constantly. According to the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, although they represent only 13% of the population, they account for over 20% of suicide attempt. Risk for suicide is greater among those who live alone, have health problems, or abuse alcohol. Nurses and other healthcare providers should be deliberate in invetigating any signs of hopelessness or helplessness.


roviding nursing care for older adults is often the unforgotten narrative of nursing. However, the time does come when we all will experience the effects of aging on some level. According to the Erikson Development Stages, Integrity vs. Despair is the final stage of development and includes the older adult between 65 and 79 years of age. At this point in development, people tend to look back on their lives and experience unique physical and emotional declination.

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lder adults can still learn new things. There is no decline in their IQ. Reaction time slows and shortterm memory recall decreases while long-term memory remains unchanged. Older adults are most at risk for injury to falls. This may be due to poor balance, poor vision, or some type of illness. We must be conscious of abuse at any age, but older adults are often abused by their caregivers, and this is often an overlooked and unspoken about fact. A growing discipline within the aging research community is known as GEROSCIENCE, an interdisciplinary field that aims to understand the relationship between aging and age-related diseases. An approach that seeks to shed light on the genetic and cellular mechanism of aging, this particular science is expected to affect research in many fields.


Home Health and long-term care have typically been associated with the older adult. However, today, with shortended hospital stays, patients living longer and long-term acute care, Geroscience is finding its much needed voice.

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etting older does not automatically mean poor health or that you will be confined to a walker or wheelchair. Older adults enjoy vigorous health, often better than many younger people. Preventive measures like healthy eating, exercising, and managing stress can help reduce the risk of chronic disease. As you age, there will be periods of both joy and stress. It’s important to build your resilience and find healthy ways to cope with challenges. Aging may bring people closer to death, but it also brings them closer to accepting it as a reality. Dying in older age can mean a different sort of death, such as becoming gradually f r a i l e r in both body and mind and developing numerous h e a l t h problems over many years. As caregivers, it’s important to talk with our aging loved ones about their thoughts and feelings on death. Of course, cultures around the world have very different approaches to death. Many Asian and African cultures see death as something to be wholly embraced and as an integral part of life, and others struggle with it on a daily basis, particularly in the comparison world of today.



Tips for Coping With The Anxiety of Aging 1. Do some form of exercise every day. Walks are really great for calming an anxious mind and blowing off steam.




2. Join a support group. Interacting with individuals who have gone through your experience helps you feel less alone 3. Be more accepting of your life but, more importantly, you have to acknowledge and respect all the great things you have. 4. Take daily action to deal with life’s challenges.

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the art of caring Ever ybody gets sick; ever ybody has had a problem with insurance or the prescription drugs they’re supposed to be taking or an elderly parent who needs care. -Michael Moore

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The BlueBerry


luberries have been considered a super food by many and rightfully so. It happens to be one of the most nutritious and beneficial fruits in our diet. Packed with the ability to lower blood pressure, promote weight loss and improve brain health, the mighty blueberry is indeed gold currency for health.


According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, blueberries are rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, folate, and potassium. They are low in sodium and have high water content . Blueberries have one of the highest amunts of antioxidants, which are key in fighting many cancers.

01 Healthy eating has long been a key caveat to brain health. Research suggests that diet may reduce the risk of develooing Alzheimer’s disease, one of the most common brain disorders of our time.

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Regular consuption of blueberries can improve signs of aging and wrinkles. The abundance of Vitamin C helps build collagen, a key skin health component .

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The Hodge Podge Salad Bon Appetit’

Start with your salad bed. Whether it be spinach, kale, or lettuces. The most important and fun thing is to cater your bed to your own taste and dietar y needs.

Up your salad game this summer with this hodge podge delicatessen.

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Take the fruits that you love and drop them in your salad bed. The more color you have the better variety of nutrients you have. Fruits are light, fresh and filling.

Inspirational Ingredients • • • • • • • • •

Shrimp Blueberries Raspberries Blackberries Mango Feta Cheese Walnuts Cranberries Carrotts

It’s not enough to make a decent salad. Once you begin to take good care in developing your own specifics, you will start to enjoy the process. A process toward good heatlh.

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The Coronovirus The Centers for Disease Control and Precention describes the coronovirus as a respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and which has now been detected in 37 locations internationally, including cases in the United States.


Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. The rapid spread of the coronavirus raised the narrative concerning a global pandemic as governments ramped up their emergency responses. On February 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed its first case of unknown origin in California. This is important, as it indicates that the virus is spreading undetected in the community. The World Health Organization, which has declared the outbreak a global health emergency and said it “absolutely� has the potential to become a pandemic. Is the U.S. healthcare system ready for this virus and the surge of cases that will follow? Many experts say that we may not be ready for a sudden, lethal pandemic. Many hospitals pay little attention to working on emergency management, especially since funding for such preparedness comes and goes. However, the frequency and the impact of epidemics has been increasing, so emergency management and preparation is now a high priority talking point.


We know that public health in America is generally underfunded. What is vital at this point is to have a strategy to not only fund but implement and apply.

Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs.

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Handwashing is the single most effective method to prevent the spread of disease.

Prevention 101: Handwashing

• Clean your hands often. • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60 to 95% alcohol. • Covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. • Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Fundamental actions of prevention are key to keeping yourself, family and community safe.

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What’s The Meaning of Flowers? We all know that the red rose is a symbol of romance, and that we do not send a yellow rose to anyone in mourning. But did you know there are meanings for other flowers as well? ROSE: symbolizes love. It signifies love in its various forms. Red roses are love, White is the color of purity, chastity and innocence. IRIS: symbolizes eloquence. Purple iris is symbolic of wisdom and compliments. Blue iris symbolizes faith and hope. Yellow iris symbolizes passion while white iris symbolizes purity.

LILY: symbolizes purity and refined beauty. White lily symbolizes modesty and virginity, orange lily symbolizes passion. The Easter lily is the symbol of the Virgin Mary.

ORCHID: is a symbol of the exotic beauty. It symbolizes refinement, thoughtfulness and mature charm.

SUNFLOWER: signifies pure thoughts. It symbolizes adoration and dedication. It is symbolic of dedicated love.

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CARNATION: According to a Christian legend, Carnations first appeared on earth as Jesus carried the Cross. Carnations sprang up from where the Virgin Mary’s tears fell as she cried over her son’s plight.

DAFFODILS: the flowers symbolising friendship, are one of the most popular flowers.

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IN THE STUDIO “Setting up for an interview is more of a process than the actual interview.� Director, Nick Vakhouski


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B E L O W Custom made gown for actress who plays Florence Nightingale was selected by the producer,

For Nurses By Nurses Productions is on a mission to deliver quality content on nursing, nursing science and health disparities. Although a newly launched company, this year as been a phenomenal.

Productions have included, two documentaries, and original content in a talk series that focuses on community . Follow us for continued conversations and experiences.

“It is important to make the effort to get it right. What I have learned is that once you leave, you can’t go back. You have to get the shot” Producer, Denetra Hampton

B E L O W Director, Nick Vakhouski preps for upcoming interviews with nursing leadership.

We are committed to telling stories that empower nursing, nursing science and cultural competence. Our content is dedicated to research and helping bridge the gap of health disparities. Our key role player is the nurse scientist, as we believe they represent the power of the future of nursing in education, prevention and global capacity.



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Necrotizing fascitis, is commonly referred to as the “Flesh eating disease�, because it involves an infection of the skin. This disorder mimics gas gangrene and is more of ten seen in the elderly, particularly those with diabetes and arteriosclerosis.

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Necrotizing Fascitis The Science The cause of necrotizing fascititis is the organism Streptococous pyogenes. The disease is spread by direct contact, wounds or skin ulcers. According to a study by The Journal of Public Health, it is rare and causes about 4 cases per 100,000 people each year in the United States. Typically within 72 hours of onset, the patient shows red-streaked, painful skin lesions. Other findings include fever, tachycardia, lethargy, and severe pain. As the infection spreads, a patient may become confused or delirious. Treatment includes completing a full course of antibiotics. Handwashing is important as it prevents the spread of the disease.

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Dr. Shannon Harrington

Dr. Shannon Harrington, will be the featured nurse scientist in The Year of The Nurse and Midwife film project. Nursing science is the nucelus for all clinical and evidenced-based practice in nursing, she embodies this. Dr. Harrington’s diverse portfolio shines light on the role and the importance of diversity.

The Year of The Nurse and Midwife Film Project is set to premiere July 25, 2020. The documentary will capture the essence of historical nursing and celebrate historical figures.. A homage to diversity, science and global health, this project will give life to the legacies of Florence Nightingale and Midwife, Maude Callen.

Life has no limitations except the ones you make.- Les Brown

FOR NURSES BY NURSES PRODUCTIONS, LLC A media company focused on nursing, science and gloabl health.

A scientist, author, consultant, educator and fitness expert, she brings a wealth of knowledge to the profession and beyond.

Nursing Science is the nucleus of the profession. It is important to raise awareness about the role.

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hannon Harrington, PhD, RN is a nursing administrator, author and nurse entrepreneur. Dr. Harrington is the owner of T.R.Y. Again Health & Fitness, LLC., and provides transformational coaching and conducts speaking engagements and workshops focused on a healthy lifestyle and mindset. As a result of working with her, clients/ audiences are able to transform and renew their minds in order to drop any weight that prevents them from playing full out, being their best self, and walking in their purpose. Dr. Harrington completed her undergraduate education at Old Dominion University and holds graduate degrees

from the University of Virginia; a Master’s in Nursing with a concentration in Health Systems Management, and a nursing doctorate. Dr. Harrington also completed a post-doctoral research fellowship with a joint appointment at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Cancer Center/ UMass Boston. Her research interests include: healthcare disparities, quality of care, breast cancer, health promotion/ disease prevention, and the impact of poor nutrition and lack of exercise on health outcomes.

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