School of nursing

Alumnus researching pediatric trauma care in Malawi

YSN graduate Vic Tolentino '10 is currently assisting Yale School of Medicine assistant professor Dave Walker with research on pediatric trauma care in Blantyre, Malawi. Tolentino and Walker are implementing a trauma surveillance system at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, the only referral hospital in the southern region of Malawi. They will then analyze the data to describe the types of injuries the hospital sees and the treatment the patients are given. The goal of their research is to improve pediatric trauma care at the hospital and inform injury prevention efforts in Malawi. "If successful, our work will be the first study in Malawi to describe the characteristics and management of children with traumatic injuries," Tolentino said. Read the full story at

Critical-care nurses honor professor

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) recently selected YSN professor Marjorie Funk as the recipient of its 2011 Distinguished Research Lectureship. Funk is the 30th recipient of this prestigious annual award, which recognizes nurses whose programs of research significantly influence high acuity and critical care. As the Distinguished Research Lecturer, Funk will present her research on May 2 in Chicago, at AACN’s National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition, the world’s largest educational conference and trade show for acute- and critical-care nurses. Read more about Funk’s research at

Congresswoman supports NIH funding

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) toured Yale on February 28 to get a firsthand look at how proposed federal budget cuts would impact the extensive scientific research going on at Yale—and, by extension, at academic research centers all over the country. Dean Margaret Grey then joined Congresswoman DeLauro at a press conference to support continued NIH funding. "These cuts will be absolutely devastating to the National Institute of Nursing Research," Dean Grey said. DeLauro noted that these grants support not just basic science but its translation into cures. "What a loss for this country, what a loss for the world," DeLauro said.

Discussing the growth of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the U.S.

Shanghai Jiao Tong University professor Trina Lion delivered a lecture on February 9 on the growth of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in the United States. Lion, a certified acupuncturist, worked as a literacy specialist for ten years where she felt "locked to the laptop." She then decided it was time for a career change and became an acupuncturist. "I wanted to do more than provide a creative forum; I wanted to enact a lasting change," she explained. Read more about Lion's lecture at

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