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February 18, 2007

GSU Nursing Honors Student Presentation on HIV/AIDS in African-American Women

Roslyn Lampkin, an undergraduate in the Nursing Program and a member of the GSU Student Honor’s Society, will be representing Governors State University on March 3rd when she gives her presentation on “AIDS and the African American Woman – The New Epidemic” at North Central College in Naperville.

Ms. Lampkin originally decided on the topic of “HIV/AIDS in South Africa” but when faced with the overwhelming statistics on the plight of African American women was moved to change her topic to address of African American women and HIV/AIDS. During her research, Ms. Lampkin discovered that women are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS in that women are twice as likely to contact HIV than men, but are less likely to receive optimal levels of care.

Her interest in HIV/AIDS developed early on in her nursing career, having spent four years in ICU and eight years in ER, though for the last year she has been currently working as an occupational health nurse for Union Pacific Railroad. During her time in ICU and the ER, Ms. Lampkin became aware that the patients who came to the hospital already having been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS were being treated like lepers. Being not only a nurse but a mother of seven. Ms. Lampkin is aware that this disease expands beyond the individual. Just looking at our country, this disease is affecting us in staggering numbers, let alone what it is doing globally. She believes as a nurse, that she and others in her field, should be instrumental in helping patients deal with this disease and also in educating people to help prevent others from getting the disease.

If you are interested in the issue of HIV/AIDS, Health Science offers a course, HLSC 501 – HIV: The Epidemic this Spring/Summer 2007 trimester on Tuesdays from 4:30-7:20 p.m.

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February 05, 2007

Graduate and Undergraduate Students Needed

The Department of Nursing is looking for two resprentatives, an undergraduate and graduate student, who would be available once a month (generally the second Friday of every month) to attend the Nursing Faculty Meeting. This would give you an opportunity to have student input into the decisions of the department. If interested, please contact Dr. Nancy MacMullen, Program Coordinator, at 708/534-4043 or via email at n-macmullen@govst.edu for more detail.

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