School of Nursing faculty named alumna of the year

School of Nursing faculty named alumna of the year

Dr. LaDonna Northington's nursing career has been driven by high standards and a love of the profession. This year, that dedication earned her the title of School of Nursing Alumna of the Year.

She was recognized first at the Nursing Alumni Board Meeting on March 8, and she will be recognized again on Friday, April 7 at the annual Nursing Alumni Day at the UMMC Conference Center located in the Jackson Medical Mall.  

While Northington is unwaveringly devoted to nursing, the professor of nursing and assistant dean for undergraduate programs is the first to admit that her career was not planned out from day one. In fact, her teenage dream was to be an airline stewardess. Having written off those plans before high school graduation, she earned her nursing pre-requisites at Alcorn State University and enrolled in the University of Mississippi School of Nursing.

Northington began her UMMC career as a staff nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. “It's interesting how your career unfolds,” Northington said. “Today, students come in with a career plan. I didn't have a plan. I was going to be a PICU staff nurse until I died.”

After eight years as a staff nurse, Northington was convinced by a close friend, who worked at the Mississippi State Department of Health, to join her in going back to school to pursue a master's degree. Northington completed her Master of Science in Nursing degree as a Clinical Nurse Specialist with an emphasis in child and adolescent health.

“It was the right decision. I'm glad I stayed here. I worked at night while I was in school, and all my classes were arranged around my work schedule.” she said.

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Emotional health, not just physical fitness, necessary for wellness

When it comes to overall well-being, Medical Center employees' mental health challenges frequently surpass their physical health problems.

It's a finding that stands out in the recent health risk assessment survey completed by more than 2,000 of UMMC's 10,000 employees earlier this year. On average, employees reported a mean 3.99 days in the prior month when their mental health was “not good,” compared to a mean 2.16 days when their physical health was “not good.”

On top of that, those surveyed reported feeling “worried, tense or anxious” an average 5.63 days the prior month. About 18 percent reported having been diagnosed with depression at some point.

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Emotional health, not just physical fitness, necessary for wellness

New study: More Americans are giving up on losing weight

New study: More Americans are giving up on losing weight

As national obesity rates climb, fewer overweight Americans are trying to shed pounds, a new research study shows - perhaps because a heavier weight is becoming socially acceptable.

In Mississippi, where one out of every three people is considered obese and chronic illness is rampant, it's troubling news. Researchers also found that with some people, it's not that they're satisfied with their weight. They've stopped trying after failing over and over again.

When it comes to heavier-weight acceptance and giving up on weight loss, “the second one leads to the first one,” said Dr. Dan Jones, professor and interim chair of the Department of Medicine and director of clinical and population science at the Mississippi Center for Obesity Research.

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In memoriam: Irene Graham

UMMC leadership extends its sympathy to the family of a former member of the Medical Center faculty in appreciation of their loved one's contributions to the academic health sciences center.

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In memoriam: Irene Graham
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