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DON on the Street: Kim Kardashian’s Nudes and Body Image

Staff Writer

Kim Kardashian released photos earlier this week of her cover for Paper Magazine, in which her bare rear end is displayed. Her goal to “break the internet” was somewhat met when the photos were promptly accompanied by furious photoshop allegations. Additional photos began to circulate, claiming to be the original, unedited copies, but Paper quickly claimed the photos to be fake, and denied making any substantial edits to Kim Kardashian’s figure. Regardless, it appears that the general public does not accept these photos to be realistic or natural. What do you believe this magazine cover is doing to America’s perception of body image? How do you feel about women’s bodies after seeing the images? Continue reading DON on the Street: Kim Kardashian’s Nudes and Body Image

Ask The Nursing Students: How Should You Stay Healthy this Cold and Flu Season?





Holly Ersek: Senior

“[Make] sure to give your body adequate time to recoop! If you have a lot of mucus built up, coughing and taking deep breaths in a hot steamy shower loosens it all up!”








Shamim Hasham: Senior

“Keep working out because it helps boost your immune system by getting rid of toxins. And drink lots of orange juice for its vitamin C.”







Jeanette Lising: Junior

“Get the flu vaccine because it is the most effective preventative measure [against the flu.] Disinfect household objects like keyboards. Keep the touching of eyes, mouth, and nose at a minimum because those are the most common portal of entry for bacteria and viruses.”




Becca Teynor: Senior

“Make sure to drink your H20 [and eat a] healthy diet of lots of fruits and veggies. Eating right boosts your immune system. Take vitamins! Having that extra something can really help. If you feel you’re starting to get sick, don’t go out partying and drinking; listen to your body.”



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Allison Smith: Junior

“Getting a good consistent amount of sleep each night will keep your immune system. This is called sleep hygiene.”

USF’s Fallen Soldier Honored by ROTC Color Guard

A memorial service was held on Wednesday, Oct. 9 to honor University of San Francisco graduate Army 1st Lt. Jennifer Moreno, who was killed in Afghanistan on Oct. 6. The ROTC cadets conducted the open ceremony at the Lone Mountain flag court at 4 p.m.

Moreno was a 2010 graduate of the School of Nursing and Health Professions and the ROTC program. The 25year-old from San Diego, Calif. was on assignment with an elite joint Special Operations cultural support team when a suicide bomb killed her and three fellow soldiers in the Zhari district of the Kandahar province. Thirty other soldiers were wounded. The company was attacked while on a night mission that prevented a high profile suicide bombing in the city of Kandahar, ac cording to Ranger Regiment spokes woman Tracy Bailey.

1st Lt. Jennifer Moreno (‘10), who was killed by a suicide bomb in Afghansitan on Oct. 6, 2013.
1st Lt. Jennifer Moreno (‘10), who was killed by a suicide bomb in Afghansitan on Oct. 6, 2013.

Moreno had volunteered and passed through the selection process to join the Special Operations cultural support team, which calls on American women to interact with Afghan women in ways that male soldiers cannot due to cultural differences. It is a job that requires communication skills and compassion, and Moreno felt her nursing background qualified her for the position. USF President Stephen A. Privett S.J. and Associate Professor of nursing Susan Prion, Moreno’s faculty advisor at USF, spoke about Moreno’s service and dedication to others at the ceremony, which included the lowering of the American flag to half-staff by the ROTC color guard. Moreno was posthumously awarded a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart and promoted to captain.
“She was a dedicated, caring nurse and Army officer and sadly, she died doing what she loved,” Prion said. “I am especially proud that she volunteered for this high-risk, special assignment because she thought her role as a nurse would give her added sensitivity in dealing with the Afghani women.”

It was Moreno’s first deployment in Afghanistan. She previously served as a clinical staff nurse in a medical surgical unit at the Madigan Army Medical Center in Lewis-McChord, Wash. She was the first soldier out of Madigan to die in Iraq or Afghanistan.On Tuesday, flags flew at half staff at the Capitol in Sacramento in Moreno’s honor. California Gov. Jerry Brown said Moreno “bravely gave her life in service to our state and nation.”


Student Profile: Nursing Student Monica Cruz Uses her Education to Help Change the Community

Spending her time working at Parent Services Project, junior nursing student Monica Cruz puts what she learns in class into practical use and has the opportunity to help the community.

Since the last week of August, Monica has driven to Marin with nine other nursing students to volunteer at non-profits around San Rafael twice a week. Monica and a classmate are volunteering with Parent Services Project, a community based non-profit organization in San Rafael, as part of the community-service graduation requirement for USF’s School of Nursing.

According to Parent Services Project’s website, its mission is to “engage and strengthen families to take leadership for the well-being of their children, families, and communities.”

Monica works at Parent Services Project twice a week for twelve hours and her project is called “Healthy Homes.” The project includes health assessments and a lot of interaction with the community. Many families in the San Rafael community are low income, and Monica’s role as a nurse is to help them find nearby health resources and services like immunization clinics. Currently, Monica helps the community receive flu shots at the clinic.

“I really like it [Parent Services Project]. It is nothing like what we’ve done before. Normally, we work at hospitals with obviously, sick people, but with this, we’re working as community members with the non-profit, and it’s really cool,” said Monica.

Other responsibilities at Parent Services Project include making brochures for health assessment, working on health assessment projects, going to peoples’ homes and interviewing them about their living and health conditions, and answering questions about health, medical conditions, and resources.

“The program can be daunting, but people over-stress.”

While working with the community, Monica has had the opportunity to outreach, meet new people, and help the community.

The majority of clients are very welcoming and friendly, said Monica. They invite her into their homes and take time out of their day to tell her about their lives and let her know how she can help them. Unfortunately, their living conditions are not always the best. A lot of the clients are either or both, low income or immigrants, and their landlords take advantage of them, said Monica.

However, Monica is not sitting idly by. She is collecting testimonies about the building’s manager and taking note of the clients’ living conditions so that a code enforcement letter can be sent to the landlord.

Besides working at Parent Services Project, Monica attends two to three-and-a half hour classes once a week and will soon be working at a psychiatric hospital where she will hand out medication, help with assisted daily living, and aid in-group education.

In the future, she plans to attend graduate school for a masters degree to become a nurse practitioner with a specialization in geriatrics.

As a junior nursing student, Monica personally knows the ins and outs of the program. “The program can be daunting, but people over-stress. Take it one step at a time. Relax. Don’t stress out! Embrace it [nursing program]. You’re getting real life and career experience,” advises Monica.

Masters in Nursing Online

New graduate students in the Online Clinical Nursing Leader Program (CNL) early next year will be able to “Change the World from Here” with the aid of a virtual medium.
The program is designed for students who do not have the time for a traditional, classroom education the opportunity to take classes online and maintain a full-time job. Classes range from healthcare leadership to instructional design.
On January 3rd the School of Nursing and Health Professions will also open their doors, or rather their screens, to a brand new class of students working towards a two-year program in attaining their Master of Science in Nursing (MSN).
With a popularity of CNL programs in the East Coast, Jacquelyn Coronel, Coordinator of Distance Learning at the Nursing School, said the USF School of Nursing and Health Professions would like to be a pioneer for such a program in the West Coast.
USF already offers a traditional MSN Clinical Nurse Leader program. However Enna Trevathan, Director of the Online Program said, “Even though it’s the same class, we have our own instructors who are acting as course developers to take the curriculum and have it written in a way that it can be delivered online.”
The program will be delivered through Blackboard software which will utilize tools such as discussion boards, videos, and chat rooms for collaborative work. “People come from different backgrounds in nursing so they are learning from each other. The instructor is moderating and helping reinforce,” Trevathan said.
Currently, the Nursing School offers a Master’s in Nursing CNL, a hybrid program where students meet in the classroom and online.
Jana Barkman, a current Masters Nursing student said, “The BlackBoard approach to online learning at USF is very interactive and effective. My professors are always easily accessible via email and phone and response time is always swift.”
In partnership with Embanet Compass, the company designing the online website, the program is a collaborative effort through multiple departments across the university including ITS, Gleeson Library and One Stop.
Providing the USF learning experience on a nationwide level is expected to increase the nursing workforce. Dean of the School of Nursing and the Health Professions, Judith Karshmer said,“Too many nurses are interested in increasing their education, but have limited access to a program — what better school than ours to offer a high quality program in as part of the Jesuit education tradition.”
Renei Ventura, earned her MSN CNL last spring through the hybrid program with classroom and online meetings. She said, “Online learning requires that the learner be extremely disciplined and self-directed. No matter where you are in the country, the staff at USF will ensure that your learning and success are the top priority. From his own experience Anthony Santos, a Sophomore Nursing Major, thinks online courses are more difficult because they lose elements of a classroom setting. Regardless, he said, “ADNs or BSNs from other parts of the country should be interested in our program because USF has something unique to offer. USF is not an RN or CNL factory, they care about every individual that walks that down their hallway. Especially in today’s economy where teachers spend less and less time focusing on their students as individuals, USF still maintains that.”