Nursing@Georgetown Blog

Faculty Spotlight with Program Director Melody Wilkinson

In the following Q&A, Nursing@Georgetown Family Nurse Practitioner program director Melody Wilkinson, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, discusses her professional mission in working in HIV specialty and primary care, the importance of establishing relationships with patients, competency-based Nurse Practitioner education, and what makes Nursing@Georgetown unique.

How Does Race Impact Childbirth Outcomes?

According to a 2014 Center for Reproductive Rights report, a woman living in sub-Saharan Africa has an equal or better chance of surviving childbirth than a black woman living in certain parts of Mississippi. Experts believe persistent poverty, chronic stress and lack of access to health care providers are some of the factors that explain the problem.

Addressing the Unique Physical and Nutritional Needs of Bedside Clinicians

Many people choose a career in direct patient care to make a positive change in the lives of underserved, impaired, vulnerable, and still-recovering populations. However, being responsible for the healing of others shouldn’t mean overlooking the care of the caregivers.

A Deeper Understanding of Palliative Care

According to a review published in the New England Journal of Medicine, seven in 10 Americans feel “not at all knowledgeable” about the meaning of palliative care. While palliative care, end of life care, and hospice care all seek to relieve suffering, each field has unique value to add to a patient’s experience in the care continuum.

Sleeping Well in the Digital Age

Between smartphones, computer monitors, TVs, and tablets, excessive screen time is the new normal. Nursing@Georgetown created the following infographic to illustrate why it’s important to reduce your screen time before going to sleep. Read on to learn more.

Postpartum Depression: Signs and Resources for Help

The crippling sadness and overwhelming fatigue associated with PPD can disrupt a woman’s ability to care for herself and her child. By recognizing the symptoms and getting the right help from health care providers, PPD can be treated so a new mom can better enjoy her baby and this special time in her life.