Elizabeth Pfister '07, 1st Lt., U.S. Army Nurse Corps, will share her experiences at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, during a talk at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, March 12, in the Commonwealth Room of the DeSales University Center. The program is part of the "On the Ground" series, whose sponsors include the political science program at DeSales. The event is open to the public free of charge.
Pfister, a native of Shippensburg, Pa., graduated from DeSales with a degree in nursing in 2007. She was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in August 2007. An accomplished DeSales student, Pfister was active in numerous academic and extra-curricular activities while attending the University. Her strong work ethic, discipline and pursuit of academic excellence have continued during her nursing career.
In October 2007, following the completion of two months of Officer's Basic Leadership Course in San Antonio, Texas, Pfister reported to Walter Reed Army Medical Center. While at Walter Reed, she has served in the neuroscience / traumatic brain injury unit for a year and in the Eisenhower Executive Health Suite for six months. She was promoted to 1st Lieutenant in Feb. 2009.
While at Walter Reed, Pfister completed the Combat Casualty Care Course, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, PreHospital Trauma Life Support, and the Trauma Nurse Care Course.
Pfister was a research assistant in two studies with the Walter Reed Nursing Research Service: one dealing with Nursing Burnout and the other with the Nursing Practice Environment. She also helped initiate the "Magnet" accreditation process for Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Medical Center.
In addition, her work was included in the 2008 Asia Pacific Military Medicine Conference Publication (March 2008, Singapore). She has presented at the 2008 Phyllis J. Verhonick Nursing Research Conference in San Antonio in May 2008, and will be presenting at the 2009 Pacific Institute of Nursing Conference in Hawaii. She is awaiting the publication date of her manuscript, which has been accepted by the Journal of Military Medicine.
During her undergraduate years at DeSales, Pfister was involved with a variety of academic and extra-curricular activities. They included the Student Nurses Organization, Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), Peers Advising Counseling and Educating (PACE) team, Habitat for Humanity, and Helping Hands, a campus ministry program. She won the 2005 DeSales Academic Excellence Oration Award. She was awarded the DeSales Presidential Medal at her 2007 graduation.
For more information on the program and the "On the Ground" series, please contact Dr. Andrew Essig, associate professor of political science at DeSales, and series coordinator, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1632, or at Andrew. Essig @DeSales.edu.
Press Release: Elizabeth Pfister '07, 1st Lt., U.S. Army, to Share her Experiences at Walter Reed on Thurs., March 12 | Posted on: 3/8/2009
For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
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