As we celebrate Nurses Month, we at USAHS wanted to get a sense of what a typical workday is like for a nurse manager. We asked alum Ahnnya Slaughter, DNP, to tell us all about a day in her life. Dr. Slaughter graduated in 2021 from USAHS’ Doctor of Nursing Practice program, the Nurse Executive role specialty. Coming from a military family, she began working at a VA hospital in the Los Angeles area 30 years ago as a critical care RN. “Veterans deserve the best care,” she says. “My calling wasn’t to be in the military. This is my way of being able to serve the country.” Over the years, she worked her way up, through positions such as informatics specialist, deputy nurse executive, and director of clinical staff development. She began Read more
After more than a decade as a clinical instructor and advisor at the University of Toronto, Dr. Nirtal Shah ’05, a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) graduate, started to get antsy. “I wanted to be involved with health on more than an individual level,” he says. He was also frustrated with his patients’ inability to access the care they needed. Last year, he addressed both issues by co-creating two free apps for Android phones:
myAnkle allows clinicians and patients to measure standing balance and track progress over time.
myKnee is designed to measure how far a knee bends to determine the joint’s range of motion post-surgery.
Both apps help patients see and measure their improvement, which helps with compliance. “This previously wasn’t possible without the presence of a health care provider,” Shah adds.
In addition to empowering patients, the apps benefit Shah as a practitioner. Since he doesn’t have access to motion capture devices and accelerometers where he works, he uses the apps every day.
What’s next? He’d love to collaborate with students, alumni, and faculty to conduct research that examines new patient populations. “I welcome the opportunity to work with clinicians whose patients have neurological impairments,” he suggests, “where balance is a huge issue.” Contact him at [email protected].