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Cross-Disciplinary Team Receives Grant to Support Immediate Mass Production of Face Shields

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Kate Traynor '79 Shares what Heart Health Means to Her

Kate Traynor, Class of 1979 is excited to share what heart health means to her in honor of February’s National Heart Month. Kate is the Director of the Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Center at Massachusetts General Hospital and a member of the College of Nursing Dean’s Advisory Board. We appreciate Kate helping our College celebrate 2020 being the World Health Organization's Year of the Nurse and the Midwife!

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Heart Health: Thoughts from Nancy Thompson ’73 G’91

February is the month we celebrate heart health and the association of the heart and love.

The heart is about the size of one’s fist and weighs between 7 and 15 ounces.  Each day the heart pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood through the human body by beating an average of 100,000 times.  By the end of a person’s life, the heart beats approximately 3.5 billion times. These are amazing statistics for our small heart organ.

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Allison Vorderstrasse Named Dean of College of Nursing

Allison Vorderstrasse has been named the dean of the College of Nursing effective July 1. 

Vorderstrasse, an adult nurse practitioner with clinical experience, is currently a faculty member and director of the Florence S. Downs Ph.D. Program in Nursing Research and Theory Development at New York University (NYU) Rory Meyers College of Nursing. Before joining the NYU faculty, she was an associate professor of nursing at the Duke University School of Nursing, where she also served as faculty lead for precision health research. 

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Nurstory: Pride and Prejudice

Hear UMass Amherst College of Nursing's Maud Low describe the prejudice she experienced working at Planned Parenthood and the patient who helped her see the good in her work. It’s part of of our “Social Justice Video Series.”