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EbersbachFPB Alum Dorothy Ebersbach '54 Gives Gift to Establish a New Academic Center for Flight Nursing

A pioneering female aviator who served her country during World War II has made a gift to Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing — a gift that combine her love of flight and her dedication to nursing.

Alumna Dorothy E. Ebersbach (view her bio), who passed away Nov. 14, 2011, has pledged $2 million to establish the Dorothy Ebersbach Academic Center for Flight Nursing. The center will expand on the flight nursing program’s mission of training graduate-level nursing students to provide critical, on-site care during emergencies and transport to medical facilities.

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Four members of the ACNP Flight Nursing Program at FPB to present peer-reviewed lectures at 2009 Air Medical Transport Conference

The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing through the ACNP flight nursing program has been selected to present three peer reviewed lectures at the upcoming national Air Medical Transport Conference to be held October 2009 in San Jose California. Each of the nurse practitioners presenters are alum of FPB's flight nursing program and have appointments to Cleveland Clinic, Clinical Operations, Critical Care Transport Program.

FPB is extremely proud of their accomplishments, as they were chosen from nearly 500 lectures under consideration. Their work is a testament to the ability of FPB faculty to create national leaders in all areas of advanced practice nursing. Their efforts, talents and intellect are changing the delivery of health care across the world.

The topics are:

  • Unusual Request: IABP Scene Run. David Holloway and Chris Manacci
  • Neurocardiogenic Shock: The Brain Heart Phenomenon. Stephanie Steiner and Chris Manacci
  • Neurologic Evaluation: The Meaning of Pupilary Response. Andrea Adoni and Chris Manacci

Aichi Medical UniversityInternational Collaboration Between FPB and Japanese University Makes History

In 2008, FPB signed a landmark partnership with Japan’s Aichi Medical University College of Nursing to establish the first graduate-level acute care nurse practitioner/flight nursing program in Asia. This collaboration will revolutionize nursing throughout Japan and enable its advanced practice nurses to confront medical emergencies with greater knowledge, autonomy, and skill in critical care.

Manacci Receives 2007 Barbara A. Hess Award

Hess AwardChris Manacci has made huge contributions to air medical services and emergency medical services in general in several significant ways. Chris lectures frequently for pre-hospital public safety forces, nurses, and flight nurses both in Northeast Ohio and across the country. Additionally, he has served as a mentor to beginning flight nurses, first at Metro Life Flight and now at Cleveland Clinic Critical Care Transport.

He has also written several book chapters and published several abstracts applicable to the field. Chris was instrumental in developing our current acute care nurse practitioner/flight nursing program where he teaches two flight nursing seminars and coordinates the advanced flight nursing internship.

Chris is an active participant in several research programs aimed at developing an evidence base for flight nursing practice. Current projects include identifying environmental cues used by flight nurses so that future simulations can be developed for beginning flight/transport nurses and an umbrella project that is characterizing sounds in the air medical environment as well as properties of noise-reducing stethescopes with the hope to develop technologies to assist in auscultation in uncontrolled environments. Additionally, he has worked hard to help secure funding to develop a flight simulator for providing care in the passenger cabin of rotor-wing aircraft.

Program receives Federal Training Grant: Taking Critical Care from the Bedside to the Roadside

Case Western Reserve University received a 3-year, $400,000 training grant from the Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Project Director Dr. John Clochesy describes the purpose of the grant as helping to support the development of three of the National Flight Nurse Academy's initiatives: (1) the acute care nurse practitioner/flight nursing (masters' degree) program, (2) a community outreach program that includes the Academy's annual Summer Camp and an annual fall conference on bioterrorism, and (3) a program of research to help develop the evidence base for advanced nursing practice in air medical services.

NFNA Puts Research Reviews on Web SiteResearch Reviews

Since January 2005, the National Flight Nurse Academy's faculty and students, in collaboration with the Association of Air Medical Services Research Committee, has provided reviews of clinical research relevant to air medical services.

Nieman receives Barbara Hess Award at ATMC

Mrs. Nieman began her career in caring for and transporting critically ill patients in 1993 as an advanced clinical nurse for Critical Care Transport after 10 years of progressive accomplishments as a staff nurse, including neonatal, pediatric and emergency care practices. She managed the mobile ICU system that served greater Cleveland and was responsible for its growth and reputation for competent clinical care.

Early in her career, Carolyn was identified as a resource for all patients and developed a researc-based poster-style algorithm that is still in use today. Since 1998, she has served as a flight nurse specialist with MetroLife Flight. She is certified as an emergency nurse, a flight nurse, and most recently as an acute care nurse practitioner.

Her publications include Out of Hospital Intubation of Pediatric Patients (JAMA) and Intubated Pediatric Patients requiring Air Transport (Air Medical Journal). She is the principal investigator of a comprehensive study of resucitation doses for children.

Academy offers training for CaseEMS

What is CaseEMS?

CaseEMS is a student initiative to provide EMT-first response on the Case campus.

Faculty and Students Participate

The faculty and students of the National Flight Nurse Academy have joined together with faculty from Cuyahoga Community College to offer the Emergency Medical Technician-Basic and Advanced Airway courses on the Case campus to students who are members of CaseEMS. They will also offer ongoing continuing education and case review.

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