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Dr. Cynthia McArthur-Kearney

Dr. Cynthia McArthur-Kearney, Fayetteville State University School of Nursing Adjunct Assistant Professor has been selected to serve on the Editorial Advisory Board for the American Nurses Association's (ANA) member newspaper, The American Nurse (TAN).  TAN is the official publication of the ANA and works to keep members and nurses everywhere abreast of ANA's work in advancing nursing as a profession, as well as updating readers on nursing news.  "The distinguished pool of nominees selected to serve on the editorial advisory board represent various nursing roles, geographic locations, experience levels and interests" said Susa McCutcheon, Assistant Director/Editor at American Nurses Association.

Margaret Trueman 

Dr. Margaret Sorrell Trueman, Assistant Professor

  • Trueman, M. (2014). Case studies in nursing fundamentals. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.

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Think like a nurse from your very first day. This text includes engaging case studies that prepare the student to meet the challenges faced during clinical and in professional practice. The case studies as presented in this textbook are intended to present the foundational knowledge needed in situational decision making, provide true-to-life patient care situations that require application and analysis of learned information to ensure safe and competent care, and make the learning of nursing REAL. Organized by the major concepts addressed in foundational courses in nursing, the case studies support the remembering, understanding, application, and analysis of the information. Cases encourage student to think about practice and support the development of critical thinking skills in a high-frequency, low-stake learning modality that can mimic real care situations. This textbook provides the opportunity to "play" with the knowledge of nursing practice.


This proposal is for an educational leadership training program that addresses the needs of K-12 students today and tomorrow by encompassing the expertise of others in the academic and service communities. Foundational to this program will be a culture that allows us to realize that we, as educators and leaders, do not have all the answers. Our focus has traditionally been on teaching and learning. We do not have the complete experience and skill sets to meet all that is confronting both us, and our students, in the twenty-first century.  This leads to the question -- How can we begin to shift these realities by channeling our resources to what is best for each student and each school? To affect all students we need to draw on the expertise of all, rather than the few.  The power for change must be culled from the skills, attitudes and values of a variety of academic and community constituents that have (or could have) a vested interest in an educational system grounded in the realities of the twenty-first century. Academic disciplines could include sociology; social work; history, political science; economics; marketing; entrepreneurship; health and wellness, technology; and early childhood education as well as the fine arts.  Concurrently there must be the inclusion of societal groups in the training of our educational leaders. These community groups include, but are not limited to, civic groups, faith-based groups, veterans, health/wellness groups, educational technologies and an early childhood focus and intervention.  This community-academic thrust would provide a leadership model and training for the twenty-first century school leader to meet the real needs of their educational community.

 Dr. Sheila Cannon 

Dr. Sheila Cannon, Assistant Professor:

  • Traeger, L., Cannon, S., Keating, N., Pirl, W., Lathan, C., Martin, M., He, Y., and Park, E. (2014). Race by sex differences in depression symptoms and psychosocial service use among non-hispanic black and white patients with lung cancer. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 32 (2), 107-113.


This study examined race by sex differences in depression symptoms and psychosoical service use (pastors, social workers, mental health workers, support groups) among patients with lung cancer.

  • Traeger, L., Cannon, S., Pirl, W., Keating, N., & Park, E. (2013).  Depression and under-treatment of depression: Potential risks and outcomes in black patients with lung cancer. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 31 (2), 123-135.


In the United States, Black men are at higher risk than White men for lung cancer mortality whereas rates are comparable between Black and White women. This article draws from empirical work in lung cancer, mental health, and health disparities to hightlight that race and depression may overlap in predicting lower treatment access and utilization and poorer quality of life among patients. Racial barriers to depression identification and treatment in the general population may compound these risks. Prospective data are needed to examine whether depression plays a role in racial disparities in lung cancer outcomes.

Charleen McNeill

  • McNeill, C., Jarrett, A., & Shreve, M.
    (2017).  Bed bugs: Current treatment guidelines.  Journal for Nurse Practitioners


Bed bugs have been around for at least 4 millennia.  Although the incidence of bed bugs was dramatically reduced after World War II, the United States is now experiencing a significant resurgence.  Despite the increased prevalence of bed bugs, many report knowing little or nothing about them.  Health
care providers need contemporary guidelines regarding the prevention and treatment of bed bugs to combat this persistent pest.  Herein we provide
education on the epidemiology, life cycle, clinical presentation, diagnosis, and comprehensive treatment of bed bugs to include eradication and potential
mental health complications.

  • Milburn, A., & McNeill, C. (2016). Quantifying supply of home health services for public health emergencies. Home Health Care Management & Practice. Advance Online Publication. doi: 10.1177/1084822316658868.


The number of persons seeking medical treatment during a public health emergency could quickly overwhelm the capacity of hospitals and emergency rooms. The amount of surge capacity home health care could provide during a public health emergency is unknown. The purpose of this research is to quantify the surge capacity of the home health sector in four emergency scenarios. According to the model developed, routine demand will exceed scenario capacity for almost all of the home health agencies in all pessimistic cases for all four scenarios. However, home health agencies have the surge capacity to contribute to the provision of care for patients during times of demand under routine operating conditions as well as in conditions where demand may be moderately increased.

Abstract:  The purpose of this study was to explore nursing students' self-reported knowledge of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), willingness to treat patients with EVD, and student perceptions of duty to treat patients with EVD.  The researchers developed the Survey of Nursing Student Self-Reported Knowledge of EVD, Willingness to Treat, and Perceptions of Duty to Treat, a quantitative tool with open-ended questions to inform the responses. Online survey software was used for gathering anonymous data. A mixture of descriptive, non-parametric, and parametric statistics were used to describe, compare, and examine relationships between variables. Results demonstrated licensed students scored significantly higher on self-reported knowledge of EVD than their pre-licensure student counterparts (p = .039).  Licensed students and pre-licensure students did not differ on self-assessed willingness to treat (p > .05). The students had significantly higher willingness to treat scores when self-reported knowledge scores were higher (p = .007) and
when they were older (p = .004). Willingness to treat was not influenced by whether one was partnered or single (p > .05), or had children or
did not have children (p > .05). In conclusion, basic EVD knowledge and training appears to be critical to ensure willingness to treat. However, it is imperative students have an in-depth understanding of the principles of infectious diseases in general.

  • McNeill, C., Shreve, M., Jarrett, A., & Perry, C. (2016). Zika: What providers need to know. Journal for Nurse Practitioners
    6, 359-366. doi: doi:10.1016/j.nurpra.2016.04.009

Abstract:  Emerging or reemerging infectious diseases (EIDs) are rapidly increasing. EIDs will remain a major cause of disease and death worldwide. One such EID is the Zika virus (ZIKV). ZIKV proves to be a global public health crisis. In January 2016, it became a notifiable condition in the US. Providers must be knowledgeable regarding preventive measures as well as the proper diagnosis and treatment for it. The most current, evidence-based guidelines for managing ZIKV in the general population as well as specific recommendations for pregnant women are

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