Walden Experts in the News
People Who've Had COVID-19 May Be at Higher Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
April 5, 2022
Dr. Sri Banerjee, faculty member in Walden’s PhD in Public Health program, explains that long COVID is more common in people who had asthma before contracting COVID-19, suggesting that immune responses could contribute to the condition. He adds that poor physical or mental health before infection also increases the risk of developing long-term effects.
The Pandemic Only Exacerbated the Dangerous Healthcare Inequity for Black & Brown Communities
March 17, 2022
Patricia Cummings, Walden MSN graduate, explains that African Americans are the highest group of individuals that suffer from one of the highest hitting diseases, diabetes, as well as hypertension and cardiac diseases. She also notes that the cost of insurance is rocket high and must be fixed from a legislative level.
Vaccine Hesitancy Dropped Faster Among Black People, Study Suggests
February 9, 2022
Dr. Deidra Thompson, faculty member in Walden’s MSN program, explains that a belief that COVID-19 vaccines are necessary for protection increased more among Black Americans than white Americans in a recent study. She notes that racism and past unethical studies caused some distrust in healthcare among many Black Americans, but that they are motivated to protect themselves and their communities from discrimination, once informed and educated.
What's a Subvariant? What You Should Know About Omicron BA.2
January 28, 2022
Dr. Sri Banerjee, faculty member in Walden’s PhD in Public Health program, explains that BA.2, a new COVID-19 subvariant, is a descendant of the original Omicron variant, BA.1. He says BA.2 is considered stealthier than BA.1 because it has certain genetic traits that make it harder to detect. Dr. Banerjee adds BA.2 is 1.5 times more infectious than BA.1 and has caused an increase in hospitalizations in Denmark.
7 Key Challenges Faced by Nurse Educators Today
January 11, 2022
Dr. Tony Anno and Dr. H. Eva Hvingelby, faculty members in Walden’s MSN Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program, discuss the nurse educator shortage and the challenges it has created. Dr. Hvingelby says higher educator pay and smaller teacher-to-student ratios will make training new nurses more attractive to clinicians. Dr. Anno notes both online and traditional classroom learning face challenges from restrictions and lack of access to clinical sites and preceptors due to the pandemic. He adds that Walden addressed this challenge by identifying areas where students could complete some or all their clinical hours using telehealth nursing services.
Should You Swab Your Throat When Taking a Rapid COVID Test?
January 7, 2022
Dr. Sri Banerjee, faculty member in Walden’s PhD in Public Health program, explains a small pre-print study found Omicron variant infections may be better detected by throat swabs because they provide more of a sample, which increases sensitivity for picking up the signal for the coronavirus.
Why 1,320 Therapists Are Worried About Mental Health in America Right Now
New York Times
December 17, 2021
Dr. Michelle Slater, core faculty in Walden’s MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, discusses the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on patients. In partnership with Psychology Today, the New York Times surveyed more than 1,300 mental health professionals. Dr. Slater, a licensed mental health counselor in Jacksonville, Florida, highlighted how “There is a general feeling of stuckness and stagnancy that is new.”
I'm an Epidemiologist and Here's What We Know About Omicron So Far
Well + Good
December 2, 2021
Dr. Sri Banerjee, faculty member in Walden’s PhD in Public Health program, notes that although we can’t control everything about how the virus is spreading, we can control our own actions. He says if people have access to COVID-19 vaccines, they need to do their due diligence and get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.
Changes COVID-19 Brought to the Nurse Practitioner's World
Minority Nurse/Daily Nurse
November 11, 2021
Dr. Alvin Cantero, a Walden Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and MSN-FNP graduate, says he’s seeing more patients each day – anywhere from 65 to 75 patients across a variety of demographics. He explains dealing with the pandemic has been like constantly working in an ER setting for most healthcare providers. Dr. Cantero notes he has been using telehealth more regularly to prevent overcrowding in his practice, and it has been an effective way to educate his patients about vaccinations and the importance of early detection and prevention of COVID-19.
The Value of Critical Thinking in Nursing
November 10, 2021
Dr. Crystal Slaughter, faculty member in Walden’s RN-BSN program, explains how she observed critical thinking during the pandemic as she watched intensive care nurses test the boundaries of previously held beliefs and master providing excellent care while preserving resources. She says nurses need to be able to gather the appropriate data from the patient to frame a concise problem statement or question for the physician or advanced practice provider.
How Many People Die of the Flu Each Year?
November 10, 2021
Dr. Robin Squellati, faculty member in Walden’s MSN program, provides information about the flu and how people can best protect themselves. Dr. Squellati explains that vaccination rates are crucial to fighting the flu and COVID-19. She adds the flu rate was extremely low during the 2020-2021 season, likely in part because many people were wearing masks, staying home more and social distancing.
Why You Should Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19 If You Take Statins
November 2, 2021
Dr. Sri Banerjee, faculty member in Walden’s PhD in Public Health program, examines recent research that reported statin use may lower a person’s risk of serious COVID-19 illness. Dr. Banerjee says there are often various factors at play, and it’s important to note people who use statins may also have other conditions that can worsen the severity of COVID-19 infection.
It's National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Survivors Are Being Heard
October 26, 2021
Pamela Glenn, academic coach for the College of Nursing’s Tempo programs, and Dr. Ann Kriebel-Gasparro, faculty member in Walden’s MSN program, recognize National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Glenn says many victims of domestic violence have had less opportunity to escape an abusive situation and reach out for assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Kriebel-Gasparro adds the mental health effects of domestic violence cannot be seen but are there, often for the rest of the survivor’s life.
Alternative Clinical Experience for Registered Nurses
October 18, 2021
Dr. Karen Ouzts, program director for Walden’s RN-BSN program, Dr. Robin Squellati, faculty member in Walden’s MSN program, and Dr. Crystal Slaughter, faculty member in Walden’s RN-BSN program, discuss alternative clinical experiences for registered nurses. Dr. Ouzts explains that mentorship can help support clinical experiences and notes Walden’s College of Nursing implemented a mentoring approach for practicums prior to COVID-19. Dr. Slaughter recommends virtual clinical simulations as one alternative experience. Dr. Squellati says students may also consider alternative locations such as nursing homes, urgent care centers and dialysis centers.
If You Think You May Have Already Had the Delta Variant, Here Are Some Signs That Might Confirm It
October 9, 2021
Dr. Vasileios Margaritis, faculty member in Walden’s Doctor of Public Health and PhD in Public Health programs, points out that many people, especially younger individuals, seem to be getting sicker more quickly when they contract the COVID-19 Delta variant. He adds it also seems that headaches, sore throats, runny noses and sneezing are becoming increasingly common with Delta, which varies a bit from the original COVID-19 strain.
An Open Letter to Nurse Leaders During COVID-19
October 4, 2021
Dr. Margaret Apara, a Walden MSN-FNP graduate, says nurse leaders are expected to do even more to support their teams now, including being present physically, morally, emotionally and sometimes spiritually. She notes the importance of self-care and says nurse leaders can help support their teams by ensuring flexibility in scheduling.
I'm a Virus Expert and Here's Proof You Have a Delta Infection
Eat This, Not That!
September 30, 2021
Dr. Sri Banerjee, faculty member in Walden’s PhD in Public Health program, discusses current symptoms of COVID-19 and the Delta variant. Dr. Banerjee references the ZOE COVID Symptom Study, which shows the main COVID-19 symptoms have changed over time. He notes traditional symptoms such as anosmia, fever and shortness of breath are no longer being seen as frequently.
Everything You Need to Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine
September 28, 2021
Dr. Aimee Ferraro, faculty member in Walden’s PhD in Public Health and Master of Public Health programs, addresses myths linking the vaccine to fertility, noting there are too many confounding factors to link any changes directly to the vaccine. She also discusses how COVID-19 booster shots may help protect against complications from emerging variants.
COVID-19, RSV, and the Flu Could Be a Triple Threat This Fall
September 27, 2021
Dr. Sri Banerjee, faculty member in Walden’s PhD in Public Health program, discusses COVID-19, influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which are all respiratory illnesses that will be circulating this fall. Dr. Banerjee notes it’s important to educate the public and provide accurate information about these illnesses, since symptoms can be similar, but treatments are not the same.
Will I Need a Booster Shot If I Got the J&J Vaccine?
September 23, 2021
Dr. Sri Banerjee, faculty member in Walden’s PhD in Public Health program, says while booster shots are likely, they should not be assumed. He notes from a public health standpoint, prioritizing unvaccinated people is still more important than boosters for the general population.
What Are the Most In-Demand Jobs in Health Science?
September 16, 2021
Dr. Amber Dessellier, faculty member in Walden’s Doctor of Public Health and PhD in Public Health programs, explains that demand is currently being seen within the nursing field, given the strain of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has also increased interest in veterinarians and public health, especially in epidemiology and research.
People Are Stressed: What It’s Like Teaching in a Florida Classroom Now
September 1, 2021
Dr. Crestie Smith, faculty member in Walden’s MS in Education program, currently teaches eighth grade social studies in Bradenton, Florida. She states that while her students are old enough to get vaccinated, only half of them wear masks. She also shares those teachers will have to help bring students back up to speed when they miss out on school due to quarantine.
The Best Ways to Store Your Vaccine Card and Keep the Document Safe
Better Homes & Gardens
August 27, 2021
Dr. Amber Dessellier, faculty member for Walden’s Doctor of Public Health and PhD in Public Health programs, discusses the best ways to store your COVID-19 vaccine card and keep the document safe. She says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests taking a picture of your vaccine card to have as a digital backup.
What to Know About IRS Unemployment Refunds
U.S. News & World Report
August 25, 2021
Dr. Salvador Gonzalez, faculty in Walden’s College of Management and Technology, says that calling the IRS directly is the best way to verify if you should expect a payment, but to expect a long wait time. He also advises taxpayers to be persistent to find out more information and get advice on possible next steps.
Burnout busters: 5 strategies to help school leaders combat pandemic fatigue
August 18, 2021
Dr. Sabreen Mutawally, a Walden PhD in Education graduate, advises teachers to set their phone and email accounts to ‘do not disturb’ outside of work hours to combat pandemic fatigue. She also speaks on how school leaders should honor themselves by separating work from home.
How to Navigate Large Gatherings During the Current COVID-19 Surge
August 17, 2021
Dr. Aimee Ferraro, faculty member in Walden’s PhD in Public Health and Master of Public Health programs, says that being in a large crowd poses a higher risk of infection, both indoors and outdoors. Dr. Ferraro mentions getting vaccinated against COVID-19 is the best way to protect yourself if you plan to attend a large event.
How the Costs of Child Care Have Increased Over the Course of the Pandemic
August 6, 2021
Dr. Tina Marshall-Bradley, academic coordinator for Walden’s MS in Education program, explains that childcare costs, which vary across the country, consistently outpace salary increases for most workers. She also states that the burden of these rising costs was evident over the past year, as families who worked remotely and did not need to pay for childcare were able to save enough money to buy houses.
How Does COVID-19 'Break Through' in Vaccinated People?
August 3, 2021
Dr. Sri Banerjee, faculty member in Walden’s PhD in Public Health program, explains how people who have been fully vaccinated can still get infected with COVID-19. Dr. Banerjee says this is known as a breakthrough infection because the virus breaks through the developed immune response.
National Teachers Share How They’re Preparing for the New School Year
July 26, 2021
Heather Kane, a Walden University MS in Education graduate, shares how she plans to address the social and emotional needs of her students, some of whom will be returning to in-person learning for the first time since March 2020. She also explains that she’s working with other educators to ensure her classroom will be culturally responsive.
If You're Vaccinated and Are Exposed to COVID-19, Here's What You Should Do
July 26, 2021
Dr. Vasileios Margaritis, faculty member in Walden’s Doctor of Public Health and PhD in Public Health programs, says anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should receive a viral test immediately, regardless of their vaccination status. He adds a follow-up test should also be taken five to seven days after exposure.
Comparing COVID-19 Shot to Well Known Shots May Increase Vaccine Trust
July 26, 2021
Dr. Deidra Thompson, faculty member in Walden’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, discusses a recent study that found awareness of COVID-19 vaccine efficacy may increase vaccine uptake. Dr. Thompson says receiving the COVID-19 vaccine is just as important as other routine vaccines, such as the annual flu vaccine. She encourages vaccine-hesitant individuals to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine with their healthcare provider.
Know Before You Go: Here's a Rundown of Other Countries' COVID-19 Travel Restrictions
July 4, 2021
Dr. Magdeline Aagard, residency coordinator for Walden’s College of Health Professions, notes every country has different COVID-19 requirements, so it’s critical to look these up before traveling. She adds there are some countries the CDC recommends Americans do not visit because of the high incidence of coronavirus cases. If you do decide to travel to one of these countries, Dr. Aagard says to make sure you are fully vaccinated.
Dr. Jeremy Enzor, clinical instructor for Walden’s Master of Science in Nursing, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (MSN-PMHNP) program and faculty member in Walden’s MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, says to keep in mind that it’s OK to take a break when you start feeling socially burnt out or overwhelmed. He adds you can cope with post-COVID-19 anxiety by finding a way to manage the anxiety or changing the way you work and live by implementing boundaries, changing careers, or relocating to a new environment.
What Are the Required Back-to-School Vaccinations? Nurses Explain Which Shots Your Kids Need
June 30, 2021
Dr. Melanie Wilhelm, faculty member in Walden’s Master of Science in Nursing, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (MSN-PNP) Primary Care program, says it’s important for students to be up to date on vaccines so they do not become ill or spread diseases in the classroom, at home or in their community. She adds that in public schools, inadequately vaccinated children may be sent home and not allowed to return to in-person classes until they have received and provided proof of the necessary vaccinations, with some exceptions.
COVID-19 Is Still Raging in Much of the World: Why that Matters to the U.S.
June 18, 2021
Dr. Aimee Ferraro, faculty member in Walden’s PhD in Public Health and Master of Public Health programs, explains that as long as COVID-19 is circulating in any country, it has the opportunity to mutate into a variant that is more transmissible, causes more severe disease, fails to respond to treatment, evades immune response, or fails to be diagnosed by standard tests. She adds that countries such as the U.S., United Kingdom, Australia and China have produced and used most of the early batches of vaccines, leaving many low- and middle-income countries without vaccines or using unapproved vaccines with lower efficacy.
Expert Advice on Mask Best Practices as More People are Vaccinated
June 7, 2021
Dr. Sri Banerjee, faculty member in Walden’s PhD in Public Health program, says in situations where a mix of fully vaccinated and unvaccinated people may be present, the use of face masks by everyone will reduce the risk to individuals who are not fully vaccinated. He recommends individuals err on the side of caution when thinking about protecting themselves and others, and he notes policy and common sense should be used together to guide decisions about whether and when to wear masks.
Pfizer Seeks FDA Full Approval for COVID Vaccine. What Does That Mean?
May 28, 2021
Dr. Sri Banerjee, faculty member in Walden’s PhD in Public Health program, explains the meaning of full FDA approval for COVID-19 vaccines and how this differs from emergency use authorization (EUA). Dr. Banerjee explains the full approval process can take months. He also highlights how the COVID-19 vaccines already underwent a rigorous review process prior to EUA, as it requires proof that the vaccine may be effective in preventing a serious or life-threatening condition and that the vaccine benefits can outweigh its risks.
How Immunocompromised People Are Navigating New CDC Mask Guidance
May 25, 2021
Dr. Sri Banerjee, faculty member in Walden’s PhD in Public Health program, recommends people who have weakened immune systems should continue to wear masks around people they do not know, even if they are considered fully vaccinated. He adds it could also still be helpful for people without underlying health issues to continue masking to protect those around them.
Even Mild COVID-19 Impacts Mental Health, Research Reveals
May 21, 2021
Dr. Deidra Thompson, faculty member in Walden’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, says it can be stressful to be diagnosed with an illness that has claimed the lives of millions and impacted many more. She adds the isolation and quarantine associated with COVID-19 can also trigger symptoms of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress, even for individuals who do not have a history of mental illness.
Debunking COVID-19 Vaccine Myths Spreading on Parent Facebook Groups
May 21, 2021
Dr. Vasileios Margaritis, faculty member in Walden’s Doctor of Public Health and PhD in Public Health programs, says the vaccines were developed quickly due in part to an unprecedented international scientific collaboration, as well as an enormous financial and human resources allocation. He explains it’s important to remember the 95 percent vaccine efficacy suggests that a vaccinated person has a 95 percent reduced risk of having a symptomatic disease.
How Do We Make Telehealth More Accessible and Inclusive?
Technology in the Arts
May 19, 2021
Dr. Virginia Moore, academic coordinator for Walden’s Master of Science in Nursing, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program, examines ways to make telehealth more accessible and inclusive. Dr. Moore believes providers need to maintain the focus on the delivery of telehealth in a hybrid format. She says it’s important to create space for telehealth sessions to occur, as not everyone has access to the internet.
Critical Care Nurses Are Experiencing Burnout at Alarming Rates
May 18, 2021
Dr. Alvin Cantero, a Walden Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) graduate, and Sabena Dorman, a Walden Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) student, discuss the burnout nurses are feeling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dorman says she became burned out about six months into the pandemic and started feeling anxious before every shift. Dr. Cantero says his prior experiences working as a physician in Cuba during epidemics such as dengue fever and cholera helped to prepare him to face the current pandemic, but he still feels mentally tapped.
2021’s Best & Worst Places to Start a Career
May 17, 2021
Dr. Hamid Kazeroony, faculty member in Walden’s PhD in Management program, advises young professionals to seize opportunities to develop their soft skills and emphasizes how lifelong learning is essential for professional development and boosting employability. He also offers tips for navigating internships and entry-level jobs during the pandemic.
What Type of Summer Travel Poses Greatest COVID Risk?
May 14, 2021
Dr. Sri Banerjee, faculty member in Walden’s PhD in Public Health program, says that all modes of travel pose a risk, but the safest way is by car with individuals from your household. He recommends checking the daily confirmed cases before planning your travel so you can avoid destinations that are COVID-19 hot spots.
6 Reasons to Use Your Company Vacation Time, Even If You’re Not Traveling
May 14, 2021
Dr. Wanda Gravett, academic coordinator for Walden’s MS in Human Resource Management program, discusses reasons to use your company vacation time. She offers ways people can utilize their personal time, including spending it with loved ones or volunteering.
How Communities Are Breaking Down COVID-19 Vaccine Language Barriers
May 6, 2021
Dr. Alvin Cantero, a Walden Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) graduate, says high levels of vaccine hesitancy and pandemic misinformation in the minority communities he works with can be attributed to a lack of access to appropriate COVID-19 information. He adds the lack of bilingual staff members at vaccine sites can be frustrating for individuals who don’t speak English.
COVID-19 Vaccination Hesitancy Among the Nursing Community
May 4, 2021
Dr. Margaret Apara, a Walden Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) graduate, says nurses are human just like everyone else in their communities and can sometimes be subject to the same misinformation as other individuals. As a nursing administrator, Dr. Apara organized town hall sessions to help educate her nursing staff about the vaccines and provide opportunities for them to ask questions.
Nurses: How Far We Have Come
May 3, 2021
Patricia Cummings, a Walden Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) student, discusses her experience inoculating Vice President Kamala Harris with her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and says she felt privileged to be representing nurses all over the world. She also believes, over time, the nursing profession has become more diversified in terms of gender, race, culture and specialties.
April 29, 2021
Dr. Amber Dessellier, faculty member in Walden’s PhD in Public Health program, says that while it’s a good idea to take a photo of your card for safekeeping, you should refrain from posting an image of the card on social media. She notes vaccine cards include identifying information that can potentially be used by identity thieves. Dr. Dessellier does not recommend laminating your card, as this prevents the capability of adding more information in the future, such as additional doses or boosters.
Best Life Online
April 28, 2021
Dr. Sri Banerjee, faculty member in Walden’s PhD in Public Health program, discusses the importance of hydrating before and after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. He says to start hydrating at least 24 hours before receiving the vaccine, as well as to continue proper hydration afterwards. Dr. Banerjee also recommends avoiding alcohol for at least 24 hours before the shot, since alcohol can further dehydrate a person.
April 24, 2021
Dr. Dorothy Dulko, faculty member in Walden’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, discusses the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on healthcare workers. She says the pandemic has caused emotional and physical exhaustion. Longer shifts and sleep disruptions have contributed to anxiety, depression and the worsening of existing mental health issues. Dr. Dulko adds that one of the biggest fears for healthcare workers is the safety of loved ones.
April 24, 2021
Dr. Todd Dickson, faculty member in Walden’s Master of Science in Nursing, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program, discusses the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the opioid epidemic. He says the CDC reported a 34% increase in opioid-related fatalities in the U.S. between September 2019 and September 2020. Dr. Dickson notes many opioid users also have co-occurring mental health issues that have been exacerbated by the pandemic.
April 20, 2021
Dr. Bruce Ragon, faculty member in Walden’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program, and Dr. Alvin Cantero, a Walden Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) graduate, discuss vaccine hesitancy and explore various questions about COVID-19 vaccinations. Dr. Ragon says approximately 25% of people are still hesitant to get the vaccine for a variety of reasons, including fear of side effects. Dr. Cantero notes the COVID-19 vaccine does not interfere with preexisting conditions and that patients with severe mental illness are at higher risk for COVID-19, so it’s especially important they receive the vaccine.
April 8, 2021
Patricia Cummings, a Walden Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) student, discusses her experience in inoculating Vice President Kamala Harris with her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. She says she was thrilled to be a key player in this historic event. Cummings believes Harris’ choice to receive her vaccine at United Medical Center in Washington, D.C., helped influence the community to follow suit.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 8, 2021
Dr. Margaret Apara, a Walden Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) graduate, says that even when nurses are at home, they are still dealing with the emotional and mental fatigue that has accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic. She notes that she has personally been struggling with insomnia and restlessness, as she thinks often about her patients and what they are going through.
April 7, 2021
Sabena Dorman, a Walden Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) student, is currently a travel nurse working in New York City. She explains that many assignments right now are considered crisis response assignments due to the influx of COVID-19 patients and insufficient staffing. She says the most challenging aspect of travel nursing during the COVID-19 pandemic has been being away from her family for so long.
April 6, 2021
Dr. Alvin Cantero, a Walden Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) graduate, and Patricia Cummings, a Walden Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) student, discuss vaccine obstacles among minority communities. Dr. Cantero explains the risks of vaccination disparities in these communities and what healthcare workers can do to close that gap. He says the main step he is taking at his clinic is to educate patients, families and community leaders about measures to prevent COVID-19 infection and vaccine benefits. Cummings discusses the impact of the longstanding distrust that some minorities have in the U.S. healthcare system, addressing such historical events as the Tuskegee Experiment.
April 5, 2021
Dr. Bob Castaneda, program director for Walden’s BS in Accounting, MS in Accounting and MS in Finance, discusses K-shaped recovery. He explains that this recession shape, which emerged in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic, further exacerbates wealth inequality. He also describes those who are negatively impacted by a K-shaped recovery, including minority groups and those who are new to the workforce.
April 2, 2021
Dr. Alvin Cantero, a Walden Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) graduate, discusses the significance of educating patients, especially those in underserved communities, about the importance of preventative care and how vaccines can keep them safe. Learning about vaccine hesitancy while completing his doctoral thesis at Walden helped shape how he approaches educational efforts with patients at his clinic, especially after the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines.
April 1, 2021
Dr. Jeremy Enzor, faculty member in Walden’s Master of Science in Nursing, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program, highlights strategies for managing stress associated with returning to a post-pandemic world. Dr. Enzor says to take it slow and start with the tasks you are most interested in returning to. He suggests integrating these tasks back into your normal routine one at a time.
March 30, 2021
Dr. Alberto Roldan-Lopez, academic coordinator for Walden’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program, recommends limiting Easter celebrations to virtual activities this year, for both financial and health reasons. He also explains why people who are vaccinated must still be cautious when celebrating holidays.
March 26, 2021
Dr. Alvin Cantero, a Walden Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN-FNP) graduate, discusses the program he created to assist people in his community who find it difficult to register for the COVID-19 vaccine, with a special focus on helping Spanish-speaking individuals and older patients. He notes that his Walden education helped to prepare him to provide these types of services to create change within his community.
March 24, 2021
Patricia Cummings, a Walden Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) student, discusses her experience inoculating Vice President Kamala Harris with the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. She explains some of the key challenges minorities are facing, including issues related to access and fear based on historical events such as the Tuskegee Experiment. She encourages nurses to provide factual information for their patients to help alleviate concerns.
Leading Higher Education with Empathy, Collaboration, and Social Advocacy
Illuminate Higher Education
March 22, 2021
Dr. Ward Ulmer, president of Walden University, explains how Walden is leading the way in a student-centric model, from its founding addressing the needs of adult learners to providing online learning options for working professionals. He highlights how social change is at the heart of Walden, covering how he’s addressed some recent social justice issues and how Walden is creating social change leaders to make progress in their professions and communities. Additionally, he talks about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected higher education. Listen to this podcast on Spotify and iTunes.
After a Year-Plus of COVID-19, Therapists Share 10 Ways Our Mental Health Has Changed
March 18, 2021
Dr. Jeremy Enzor, faculty member in Walden’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, discusses ways our mental health has changed after more than a year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Enzor explains that many people may be experiencing grief and having difficulty moving past it due to current circumstances. Additionally, he notes that the effects of the past year have been felt differently across gender, race, age and socioeconomic status.
March 18, 2021
Dr. Bob Castaneda, program director for Walden’s BS in Accounting, MS in Accounting and MS in Finance, discusses a study that explains lifestyle changes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Castaneda offers insights including that 45% of Americans have moved and 73% say their expenses decreased. He explains people are taking advantage of relocation opportunities because of remote work options and that factors such as saving on commuting fees and the heightened fear of job loss has reduced consumer spending.
March 18, 2021
Dr. Salvador Gonzalez, faculty member in Walden’s BS in Accounting program, discusses what you need to know about the 2021 tax deadline extension. Dr. Gonzalez recommends filing as soon as possible, especially considering how the pandemic delayed tax refunds last year.
March 14, 2021
Dr. Salvador Gonzalez, faculty member in Walden’s BS in Accounting program, discusses practical tips to make tax season less of a headache. Dr. Gonzalez recommends filing as soon as possible, especially considering how the pandemic delayed tax refunds last year. He also suggests hiring a tax preparer to figure out which of your expenses are deductible and to determine what documents need to be saved
6 Ways To Show Your Employees You Care, Even When You’re Remote
March 11, 2021
Dr. Hamid Kazeroony, faculty member in Walden’s PhD in Management program, and Dr. Dean Gualco, faculty member in Walden’s MS in Human Resource Management program, discuss ways to show your employees you care, even when you’re remote. Dr. Kazeroony suggests holding a virtual huddle meeting to recognize individual achievements in each department. Dr. Gualco advises sending out an email at the end of each week, highlighting accomplishments and star performers.
What You Can and Cannot Do After Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine
March 11, 2021
Dr. Sri Banerjee, core faculty in Walden’s PhD in Public Health program, explains there is a difference between public responsibility and personal choice regarding mask-wearing and socializing. New CDC guidelines state that vaccinated people can spend time together indoors in private spaces. People who are at high risk for severe disease, including those with diabetes, should be more careful. Dr. Banerjee urges vaccinated people to continue wearing masks in public since they can still transmit the virus to others.
Brands We Love That Are Making a Comeback
February 26, 2021
Dr. Janet Deskins, faculty member in Walden’s BS in Communication program, shares that Dickies, which has been designing apparel for manual laborers since 1922, is gaining popularity in the mainstream fashion industry. In addition to their durability, she explains that the brand’s loose-fitted style may be appealing to new consumers due to COVID-19 weight gain.
Iowa social worker reports increased anxiety in some children since last March
WQAD (ABC NW Illinois and SE Iowa)
February 25, 2021
Dr. Andrea Iavarone, core faculty in Walden’s Master of Social Work (MSW) program, says the isolation of social distancing and learning at home can be especially difficult for adolescents who struggle when they are separated from their friends. She says the children she works with have experienced uncertainty, loss and grief in the pandemic. Dr. Iavarone recommends parents talk to their kids about their strength and resilience in living through a completely unique experience in history.
Harvard Researchers Are Warning About These Severe COVID Symptoms
February 24, 2021
Dr. Sri Banerjee, core faculty in Walden’s PhD in Public Health program, describes the most severe COVID-19 symptoms and what to do if one experiences them. He explains that symptoms such as high fever and shortness of breath are considered more severe because they indicate that a patient may need a ventilator and admission to the ICU. The symptoms may also lead to further complications such as shock, organ damage and acute respiratory distress syndrome.
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Here's What You Should Know About Wearing Double Masks For Beauty Treatments
February 12, 2021
Dr. Sri Banerjee, core faculty in Walden’s PhD in Public Health program, discusses whether people should wear two masks at once, a practice called double masking, during hair or beauty appointments. Dr. Banerjee says double masking creates a better barrier to prevent COVID-19 viral particles from entering the nose, throat and lungs.
Everything You Need to Know About the COVID-19 Vaccines and MS
February 6, 2021
Dr. Sri Banerjee, core faculty in Walden’s PhD in Public Health program, highlights that although vaccine trials didn't study multiple sclerosis (MS) participants specifically, it doesn't mean the COVID-19 vaccine will be unsafe for them. He says MS patients are at a higher risk of severe COVID-19 symptoms and should get vaccinated as soon as possible.
Nurse Who Inoculated Vice President Kamala Harris Advocates for COVID-19 Vaccine
February 5, 2021
Patricia Cummings, a registered nurse and Walden Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) student, discusses her experience in inoculating Vice President Kamala Harris. She highlights how she is sharing her knowledge and passion for health promotion to build trust in the COVID-19 vaccine among minority communities.
Nurse Describes Battling COVID Crisis in NYC Hospital: "I Can't Even Adequately Express the Grief"
January 30, 2021
Anna Slayton, a Walden Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) student and RN-BSN graduate, shares the story of how she temporarily left her family and home in Texas to travel to New York City to help fight on the COVID-19 front lines as a relief nurse. She discusses some of the most difficult aspects of being a nurse during the pandemic, including managing significant levels of grief and anxiety. She urges other nurses and nursing students to remember the importance of self-care and to make time for it.
Why Double Masking Is More Protective Against COVID-19 — and How to Do It Effectively
January 29, 2021
Dr. Sri Banerjee, core faculty in Walden’s PhD in Public Health program, confirms that two masks are better than one, adding that this technique could help keep out new coronavirus variants that more easily bind to human cells. Dr. Banerjee explains that double masking creates a more complicated, thicker barrier for the virus to penetrate.
Tips for Giving Presentations in Your Online Nursing Class
January 28, 2021
Dr. Robin Squellati, faculty member for Walden’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, and Dr. Jamil Norman, faculty member for Walden’s RN-BSN program, provide nursing students with tips on giving presentations in online classes. Dr. Squellati advises students to tailor their presentations to their specific audience and avoid any jargon that even one person in the room might not understand. Dr. Norman notes that visual aids or other elements such as video or audio clips can be engaging assets in online presentations.
Nurse Patricia Cummings Administers COVID-19 Vaccine to Vice President Kamala Harris
Black Press USA's Let It Be Known
January 27, 2021
Patricia Cummings, a Walden Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) student, discusses some of the common concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine and encourages everyone to make sure they are getting information about it from reliable sources. She also notes that the Nurse Executive program at Walden has helped empower her to serve as a transformational leader for her staff and larger community during one of the most challenging times she has ever experienced as a nurse leader.
RN Who Inoculated Kamala Harris: We Can 'Potentially End' COVID-19
January 26, 2021
Patricia Cummings, a Walden Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) student, explains how she uses her Walden education to invoke positive change in her community and educate people about the COVID-19 vaccine. She shares her experience in inoculating Vice President Kamala Harris with the vaccine and believes that experience helped boost morale and trust in the efficacy of the vaccine in her community.
What Frustrates Nurses The Most Right Now In The COVID-19 Pandemic
January 26, 2021
Pamela Glenn, academic coach for the College of Nursing’s Tempo programs, and Dr. Crystal Slaughter, faculty member for Walden’s RN-BSN program, talk about the behaviors that frustrate nurses the most during the COVID-19 pandemic. Glenn says she finds it frustrating when people do not wear face masks in public settings. Dr. Slaughter says she doesn’t like seeing people brushing off COVID-related deaths because someone had preexisting conditions. Glenn adds that many nurses have been so overworked they have not had time to take in all the loss, grieve or deal with the trauma surrounding the pandemic.
Nurse Patricia Cummings Administers the COVID-19 Vaccine to Vice President Kamala Harris
WIN-TV - The Washington Informer
January 22, 2021
Patricia Cummings, a Walden Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) student, discusses her opportunity to inoculate Vice President Kamala Harris with the COVID-19 vaccine. She notes she has personally received both doses of the vaccine and did not experience any adverse side effects. Cummings encourages everyone to take advantage of the vaccine if they have the chance to receive it.
Is Sore Throat A Symptom of COVID-19?
January 21, 2021
Dr. Vasileios Margaritis, core faculty in Walden’s PhD in Public Health program, explains that the respiratory virus enters the body through the nose and throat, where it often causes swelling and pain. He says it’s possible to have coronavirus and exhibit no symptoms. Dr. Margaritis recommends people with sore throats should isolate at home and get tested for COVID-19.
Protect Your Sexual Health Safely and Discreetly with At-Home STD Testing
January 20, 2021
Dr. Richard Jimenez, core faculty in Walden’s PhD in Public Health program, says COVID-19 is causing closings or reduced hours at community clinics that conduct a lot of STD testing. He explains how patients and clinicians are looking for safer alternatives to in-person appointments, and at-home STD tests limit COVID-19 exposure and ensure people with STDs get prompt diagnosis and treatment.
Is Coughing A Symptom of COVID-19?
January 19, 2021
Dr. Sri Banerjee, core faculty in Walden’s PhD in Public Health program, explains that COVID-19 patients often present with a dry cough that tickles in the back of the throat. He cautions that a dry cough can occur with many conditions other than COVID-19, including the flu, asthma, acid reflux and heart failure. Dr. Banerjee says testing for the virus is the only way to be sure that a patient has COVID-19.
Nurse who vaccinated Kamala Harris working to solve vaccine disparities in DC
WUSA9 (CBS Washington, DC)
January 18, 2021
Patricia Cummings, a Walden Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) student, is helping to raise awareness about the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine in her community. Cummings, who administered the COVID-19 vaccine to Vice President Kamala Harris, says she believes that Harris’ decision to receive the vaccine was helpful in encouraging the southeast D.C. community to embrace the vaccine.
Push to Overcome Vaccine Hesitancy in Black Communities
January 15, 2021
Patricia Cummings, a Walden Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) student, talks about her efforts to overcome vaccine hesitancy in Black communities. She administered the COVID-19 vaccine to Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, in Washington, D.C. Cummings says it is imperative that all community members do their part by getting vaccinated when they have the opportunity to do so.
Can Immunocompromised People Safely Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine?
January 6, 2021
Dr. Sri Banerjee, core faculty in Walden’s PhD in Public Health program, explains that immunocompromised people may show a reduced immune response to the vaccines. For this reason, they should continue to take all recommended precautions against COVID-19, even after receiving the vaccine.
How the Public’s Attitude on COVID-19 Vaccines Is Shifting
January 4, 2021
Dr. Tony Anno, faculty member for Walden’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, notes that while there appears to be reluctance from some people toward receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, there are also some who have changed their stances after discussing the pros and cons with their healthcare providers.
How School Administrators Can Help Teachers, Staff, Parents and Students Adapt to Hybrid School Schedules
Class for Zoom
December 21, 2020
Dr. Michael Vinella, faculty member in Walden’s Doctor of Education (EdD) program, advises how hybrid environments require new approaches. This includes educators communicating in a more succinct manner, providing 24/7 access to materials and resources through an online classroom, and incorporating elements of the flipped classroom and blended learning into future lesson plans.
Rural Georgia faces major obstacles to access to vaccine
December 15, 2020
Dr. Bruce Ragon, core faculty in Walden’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program, discusses the challenges of distributing the COVID-19 vaccine in rural Georgia. Dr. Ragon notes that remote areas are among those most in need of the vaccine, but their access may be limited. The vaccine must be kept at extremely cold temperatures, making it difficult to ship and store in areas with few resources.
We asked nurses what they want most this holiday season. Here's what some said.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Pulse Magazine
December 11, 2020
Dr. Tony Anno, faculty member for Walden’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, says that social distancing and working extra hours to help care for COVID-19 patients have made it challenging for him to see his grandchildren. His number one wish would be for COVID-19 to finally be eradicated so that he can spend more time with them.
Study Identifies Safest Ways to Share a Car During COVID-19
December 10, 2020
Dr. Sri Banerjee, core faculty in Walden’s PhD in Public Health program, explains that vehicles can be risky for coronavirus transmission because the confined space prevents social distancing. He urges people who must ride in cars to wear a mask, bring hand sanitizer, stay as far apart from others as possible, and open the window.
Nurse of the Week Anna Slayton Spent 77 Days as a COVID-19 Relief Nurse in NYC
December 9, 2020
Anna Slayton, a Walden Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) student and RN-BSN graduate, shares how she temporarily left her family and home in Texas to travel to New York City to help fight on the COVID-19 front lines as a relief nurse. She discusses some of the biggest challenges she faced and the greatest rewards she received from her experience in NYC.
Real Talk with BELLA: Anna Slayton On Covid + Your Immune System
December 2, 2020
Anna Slayton, a Walden Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) student and RN-BSN graduate, shares how she temporarily left her family and home in Texas to travel to New York City to help fight on the COVID-19 front lines as a relief nurse. She discusses the challenges that nurses across the nation are facing in treating COVID-19 patients and talks about some of the precautions the general public can take to help protect themselves and their families.
Inspiring Mom and Nursing Student Volunteers on the COVID-19 Front Lines
November 18, 2020
Anna Slayton, a Walden Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) student and RN-BSN alumni, shares her story of how as a mom and student she temporarily left her family and home in Texas to travel to New York City to help fight on the COVID-19 front lines as a relief nurse. Slayton says that when she saw the USNS Comfort pull into the New York City harbor on the news, she knew it was her duty to travel to the city and use her unique skillset to help save lives.
“Coffee Talks” Help Former Prisoners Return to Society
October 26, 2020
Sara Thimmes, a Walden RN-BSN graduate and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) student, and Lisa Trogdon, a Walden MSN graduate, describe a health education volunteer initiative of Walden’s Signa Phi Nu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing®. In the program, called Coffee Talks, volunteer nurses and students present on health topics in a series of videoconferences with recently incarcerated women living in a halfway house in Washington D.C. The nurses say the program is a unique way for them to impact the community, especially when face-to-face interactions are rare in the pandemic. The Coffee Talks series was created by Dr. Avon Hart Johnson, faculty in Walden’s PhD in Human Services program.
Is It Safe to Go Trick-or-Treating During a Pandemic? Experts Have Recommendations
September 24, 2020
Dr. Aimee Ferraro, senior core faculty in Walden’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program, shares tips for parents who want to safely trick-or-treat with their children during the coronavirus pandemic.
Nearly 70% of IT & Security Pros Hone Their Cyber Skills Outside of Work
September 22, 2020
Dr. Jodine Burchell, academic research coordinator for Walden’s College of Management and Technology, explains that companies are now better positioned to focus on security and skills development since they have onboarded remote workers during COVID-19. She emphasizes the importance of developing these skills with current employees.
Do You Qualify for a Coronavirus Hardship Loan?
The Simple Dollar
August 27, 2020
Dr. JeFreda Brown, a Walden Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) graduate, explains what a coronavirus hardship loan is and offers advice for applicants.
The Relevance of an MBA During the COVID-19 Crisis
U.S. News & World Report
August 24, 2020
Dr. Rebecca Krysiak, program director for Walden’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program, discusses the relevance of an MBA during the COVID-19 crisis. Dr. Krysiak advises prospective MBA students to choose a program that teaches them how to manage all types of changes, which is constant in business.
11 TV Hill: Walden University providing tablets to Baltimore students
August 2, 2020
President Dr. Ward Ulmer highlights Walden University’s 50th anniversary and Mobilize for Good initiative. Walden continued its mission for positive social change by donating 650 tablets, 300 learning kits and 80 backpacks filled with food and hygiene products to Baltimore City Public Schools.
Empowering the Greater Good for 50 Years
Grace & Glory
August 1, 2020
President Dr. Ward Ulmer and Val Taylor, a 2018 Walden MS in Nonprofit Management and Leadership graduate and staff member, discuss Walden’s 50th anniversary, the Mobilize for Good initiative and Baltimore Acts for Good. Walden donated 650 tablets, 300 learning kits and 80 backpacks filled with food and hygiene products to Baltimore City Public Schools.
Woodbridge High School seniors receive surprised gifts for work during pandemic
Potomac Local News
July 24, 2020
Walden University surprised three Woodbridge High School students with gifts to help them further their educational interests, as part of the Mobilize for Good initiative. The university also donated $7,500 to the Black Lives Matter movement – a charitable cause selected by the Woodbridge High School Student Senior Board.
Why Reopening Schools Isn’t as Easy as Reopening Walmart
July 24, 2020
Dr. Sri Banerjee, core faculty in Walden’s PhD in Public Health program, explains how reopening schools in the pandemic is more complicated than opening retail stores and other businesses. Dr. Banerjee warns that schools pose a significant risk for creating more outbreaks since children in multigenerational households can bring home the virus and infect parents, grandparents and other relatives. He also highlights how children who can’t wear masks because of health conditions such as asthma or epilepsy have a high risk of infection.
Teacher Candidates in Online Programs Are Well Positioned to Teach Virtually During COVID-19
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
July 23, 2020
Dr. Steve Canipe, associate dean for Walden’s Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership, contributed a blog post that covers how teacher candidates in online programs are well suited to teach virtually during COVID-19. It also addresses how now is the perfect time for aspiring educators to pursue an online education degree or certificate program.
10 Ways to Enjoy Pools and Beaches While Staying Safe from COVID-19
July 21, 2020
Dr. Aimee Ferraro, senior core faculty in Walden’s Master of Public Health program, discusses how to safely enjoy pools and beaches during the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Ferraro advises swimmers to follow CDC guidelines by remaining six feet apart and wearing masks when not in the water. She also shares that private, outdoor pools are the safest location for swimming this summer.
Walden University donates 650 tablets to Baltimore City teachers and students
July 21, 2020
Walden’s Baltimore Acts for Good celebrates its 50-year history of empowering the greater good through its commitment to positive social change. A group of Baltimore City PreK-8 public school teachers and students were surprised by Walden University with 650 tablets and 300 custom learning kits.
Woodbridge High School Class of 2020, Three Seniors Receive Surprise Gifts
Prince William Living
July 20, 2020
Walden’s D.C.-area Acts for Good surprised three Woodbridge High School seniors and their parents with gifts to help advance the students’ passions and education. Some of these gifts include recording equipment for an aspiring musician, a new camera and editing software for an avid photographer, and gift cards and resources for a college-bound student. In addition to these gifts, Walden surprised the Class of 2020 with a $7,500 donation to Black Lives Matter on their behalf. The charity was chosen by the Woodbridge High School Student Senior Board.
Teachers and Students Surprised with Tablets in Baltimore
July 17, 2020
Val Taylor, a 2018 Walden MS in Nonprofit Management and Leadership graduate and staff member, highlighted Walden’s mission for positive social change. Walden donated 650 tablets, 300 learning kits and 80 backpacks filled with food and hygiene products to Baltimore City Public Schools. Taylor was instrumental in helping to coordinate the Baltimore Acts for Good, where she gathered all the supplies for the backpacks herself and filled them with her 14-year-old grandson.
Walden University Distributes Tablets to Baltimore Students
July 17, 2020
Walden donated 650 tablets, 300 learning kits and 80 backpacks filled with food and hygiene products to Baltimore City Public Schools. Walden is credited with stepping up to help students during the coronavirus pandemic.
How to Navigate Zoom Fatigue with Colleagues and Friends, According to Experts
July 16, 2020
Dr. Savitri Dixon-Saxon, vice provost of Walden’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, addresses how too many video meetings can lead to Zoom fatigue. Dr. Dixon-Saxon explains how people experience this unique kind of exhaustion and why it can occur. She also provides several tips to help combat Zoom fatigue, including turning the camera off once in a while, keeping a tight schedule for meetings, and reminding yourself on the positives of video chats.
How to Avoid Spreading (Or Getting) Coronavirus This Summer
July 13, 2020
Dr. Aimee Ferraro, senior core faculty in Walden’s Master of Public Health program, shares expert advice on safely engaging in ordinary activities this summer, in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Ferraro explains any activity outside the home in a pandemic involves a calculated risk. She shares techniques to reduce risk, including having the stylist visit your home for a haircut and keeping your towels and chairs at least six feet from others at the beach.
Leading and Managing a Company During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Becker’s Hospital Review
June 30, 2020
Dr. Bruce Huang, a core faculty member in Walden’s MBA program, discusses the best way to lead and manage a business during the COVID-19 pandemic. He says advice can be summed up in three words: resilience, speed and transparency. He suggests now is a good time to start thinking about the culture business leaders and managers want to cultivate.
Retiring Teacher Gets One Thoughtful Surprise After Another
Right This Minute
June 24, 2020
For Walden’s Houston Acts for Good, the university helps Beneke Elementary give a heartfelt sendoff to one of its retiring teachers, Trang LeQuang. Walden put together a video featuring heartwarming messages from LeQuang's students and colleagues and surprised her with a plaque in her honor that will hang in her classroom. Walden also donated 10,000 meals in her name to support families in need in the Spring Independent School District.
How Coronavirus Affects Nursing School Admissions
U.S. News & World Report
June 18, 2020
Dr. George Zangaro, dean for Walden’s College of Nursing, explores how nursing school enrollments will change as the public watches nurses play a critical role on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Zangaro highlights how media coverage has mostly focused on the hardships nurses have faced, including a lack of PPE and working long hours. He emphasizes the final impact on the profession remains to be seen, but nurses can use this time to bolster their credentials.
Summer School 101: A Parent's Guide for Kids' Education
June 17, 2020
Dr. Debra Chester, academic coordinator for Walden’s MS in Instructional Design and Technology program, offers tips to help parents survive summer school. Dr. Chester explains some of the reasons why students enroll in summer school. She also highlights how some summer school options may be offered online, in the wake of COVID-19, while others are still in a traditional format.
Meltdowns During Lockdown
June 11, 2020
Dr. Stacy Ness, program director for Walden’s Master of Arts in Teaching program, offers tips to help keep children calm during distance learning in the time of COVID-19. Her strategies include helping kids get into the right mindset first thing in the morning, as well as setting up a schedule that includes learning and reward-type activities.
Walden University Donates 650 Tablets, 300 Learning Kits to Public Schools
June 3, 2020
President Dr. Ward Ulmer talks about Walden’s mission for positive social change through the donation of 650 tablets, 300 learning kits and 80 backpacks filled with food and hygiene products to Baltimore City Public Schools. He explains how the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the severity of educational inequality, while shining a light on how passionate and determined teachers are to provide the best possible learning experience for their students.
The Real Impact of not Having Been Touched in Months
May 27, 2020
Dr. Mitchell Hicks, core faculty in Walden’s PhD in Clinical Psychology program, examines the mental health consequences of being unable to touch friends or loved ones during social distancing. Dr. Hicks explains that touch provides important visceral connections to other humans and missing that touch for months can intensify feelings of isolation.
How to Keep Your Patients Calm During the Pandemic
May 27, 2020
Dr. Judi Kuric, academic program coordinator for Walden’s MSN Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program, provides advice for nurses on how to ease patients’ worries during the pandemic. Her tips for nurses include being honest and open about treatment plans and setting simple goals for patients such as walking around the room daily or exercising their lungs.
New to Homeschooling
May 21, 2020
Dr. Kisha Walker, academic coordinator for Walden’s Master of Arts in Teaching program, discusses homeschooling via a video interview. Dr. Walker offers tips to parents on how to educate their children from home during the pandemic and addresses homeschooling myths.
It's OK to Take a Break from Trying to Teach Your Kids This Summer
May 18, 2020
Dr. Steve Canipe, associate dean for Walden’s Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership, says parents shouldn’t feel the need to put their kids through rigorous summer schooling to make up for a school's curriculum during quarantine. Dr. Canipe advises that overworking children is counterproductive. He recommends parents should expand the concept of learning beyond textbooks and highlights the importance of giving children unstructured time to support their interests.
Social Distancing and Loneliness
May 10, 2020
Dr. Sri Banerjee, core faculty in Walden’s PhD in Public Health program, expresses that the COVID-19 pandemic is causing a double epidemic in that it is not only fueling more infection but also an increase in loneliness. His team has created a model to better address loneliness using online gatherings where users can vent about feelings and focus on positive aspects of life.
Grace and Glory
WMAR (ABC Baltimore)
May 3, 2020
Dr. Stephanie J.W. Ford, senior core faculty in Walden's MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, provides viewers with COVID-19 mental health strategies and online learning tips for parents.
Running Resurgence as More People Enjoy Exercise Outdoors During Pandemic
April 22, 2020
Dr. Shelley Armstrong, academic program director for Walden’s School of Health Sciences undergraduate programs, describes her family’s commitment to running and biking which keeps them active while social distancing. She mentions that sports support the much-needed mood booster serotonin.
22 Things to Do Now to Land a Job in a Recession
April 20, 2020
Dr. Wanda Gravett, academic coordinator for Walden's MS in Human Resources Management program, discusses making yourself valuable to a prospective employer during a recession. She advises applicants use their cover letter as an opportunity to explain how they can help the hiring organization recover from the economic downturn caused by COVID-19.
What Everyone Wondering "Where's My Stimulus Check?" Needs to Know
April 17, 2020
Dr. Bob Castaneda, program director for Walden’s BS in Accounting, MS in Accounting and MS in Finance, discusses why some people have received their stimulus checks already and why some have not. Dr. Castaneda explains the income limits that dictate eligibility for the stimulus checks. He also shares advice on how non-filers can apply for a stimulus check, as well as when to expect your paper checks in the mail.
When Businesses Reopen, Be Ready to Hire Fast
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
April 16, 2020
Dr. Wanda Gravett, academic coordinator for Walden's MS in Human Resource Management program, recommends hiring recent retirees because they know the organization well and may welcome employment once pandemic restrictions start to ease.
No, Face Masks Do Not Replace Social Distancing. Here's Why.
April 16, 2020
Dr. Aimee Ferraro, senior core faculty member for Walden’s Master of Public Health program, highlights that although homemade masks don’t offer full protection from the coronavirus, it’s still better than no protection at all. She discusses the concept of harm reduction with infectious diseases and explains how in most cases the coronavirus is spread through larger respiratory droplets that can be partially blocked.
14 Ways to Stay Safe During the Coronavirus Pandemic
April 16, 2020
Dr. Aimee Ferraro, senior core faculty member for Walden’s Master of Public Health program, emphasizes it’s important to do everything possible to reduce our risk for transmission, including properly washing your hands, following stay-at-home orders, frequently disinfecting commonly shared surfaces and more.
20 Awesome Arts and Culture Diversions for Quarantine
April 16, 2020
To honor nurses on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, film distributor Kino Lorber is offering free streaming of the acclaimed documentary, The American Nurse, through the end of May. Nurses can receive one contact hour for watching the film and completing the evaluation, courtesy of Walden University.
12 questions to ask yourself to stay sane while stuck at home
April 16, 2020
Dr. Mitchell Hicks, core faculty in Walden's PhD in Clinical Psychology program, discusses questions you can ask yourself to stay sane while stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Hicks recommends exploring if you are asking too much of yourself and others so you can recalibrate your expectations. He also suggests thinking about how important are the things you are stressing about so you don’t get caught up in the small stuff.
10 Ways You Can Support Someone Grieving During the Coronavirus Crisis
April 15, 2020
Dr. Rebecca Cowan, core faculty member in Walden’s MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, explains it’s not only a loss of death but a loss of health, finances and special occasions that can lead to grief during the coronavirus crisis. To help support, Dr. Cowan recommends making an effort to reach out regularly via simple methods like email or text or through more personal methods like Skype or FaceTime calls. She also suggests helping them to find a therapist who can assist with their loss.
13 Doctoral Women of Color: Thriving Amid Missing Graduation Due To COVID-19
April 14, 2020
Xellex Rivera, a Walden PhD in Human and Social Services student and MS in Human and Social Services graduate, is highlighted as one of 13 doctoral women who are thriving amid missing graduation celebrations because of COVID-19. She is featured for her doctoral research on gaining a better understanding on the experiences of single, millennial adults (ages 25 to 34) that contribute to their need to stay in shelters longer than the allowed stay. Rivera attributes Walden’s online program format, doctoral coach and student adviser as part of the reason for her success.
As China Begins to Lift Restrictions, Fears Mount of 2nd Wave Virus Outbreak
The Epoch Times
April 13, 2020
Dr. Aimee Ferraro, senior core faculty member for Walden’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program, addresses the fears of a second wave for COVID-19 as China begins to lift quarantine restrictions. Dr. Ferraro believes China will experience a second wave, primarily due to asymptomatic cases and imported cases from outside.
Without Broadband Internet, Rural Towns Lack A Pandemic Lifeline
April 9, 2020
Dr. Tracy Scott, academic coordinator for Walden's Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, discusses the difficulties of accessing telemedicine services in rural America. Dr. Scott addresses the issue of how a lack of reliable broadband internet access is preventing people from seeking help and speaks on her own experiences with patients in Bennett, Colorado.
Turning the Tide on Online Learning
Inside Higher Ed
April 8, 2020
William G. Durden, a member of Walden's Board of Directors, authored an op-ed about how online learning must provide the full range of instructional connection points available in a traditional classroom. As traditional schools launch into online education for the first time, he believes there will be unprecedented turbulence for their faculty, students and families. He highlights Walden University as a leader in online learning, citing our 50 years of experience and digital intervention tools, such as the digital coach that analyzes classroom engagement patterns and connects a student one-on-one to an adviser.
Child abuse prevention in the shadow of COVID-19
13ABC (Toledo, Ohio)
April 8, 2020
Dr. Christie Jenkins, core faculty member for Walden’s MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, discusses the increase in child abuse cases during the pandemic on Wear Blue Day, a time to bring awareness to child abuse. Not only are cases increasing, she notes the severity of the cases are increasing as well.
Can a Homemade Face Mask Really Prevent Coronavirus? How to Make, Wear, and Clean One
April 7, 2020
Dr. Aimee Ferraro, senior core faculty member for Walden’s Master of Public Health program, discusses the benefits of wearing a fabric face mask, explains how it can reduce exposure to COVID-19 and offers tips on how to make one.
Children at risk of abuse during coronavirus pandemic
WTOL 11 / CBS (NW Ohio and SE Michigan)
April 7, 2020
Dr. Christie Jenkins, core faculty member for Walden’s MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, highlights the increased risk for physical and sexual abuse of children during the pandemic. Due to schools and other businesses closing, children don’t have the same access to report abuse. She provides tips for behaviors and actions to monitor during this time.
What Jihadists Are Saying About the Coronavirus
The Wall Street Journal
April 5, 2020
Steven Stalinsky, a student in Walden's PhD in Public Policy and Administration program, wrote an op-ed about how counterterrorism officials should monitor the communications of Jihadist groups, as they are using the coronavirus pandemic to spread their messages and threats.
How to Protect the Chronically Ill and Elderly from COVID-19
April 2, 2020
Dr. Aimee Ferraro, senior core faculty member for Walden’s Master of Public Health program, discusses how to protect the chronically ill and elderly from COVID-19. Dr. Ferraro explains that COVID-19 has been more fatal for the elderly and people with pre-existing conditions. She highlights how social distancing can reduce the spread of the coronavirus, as well as how physicians can help patients prepare for extended isolation.
Pentagon modifies 1,500 contracts in coronavirus, small business support effort
April 1, 2020
Research from an article in Walden's International Journal of Applied Management and Technology shows that small businesses, in particular, can be impacted by crises and a resulting decrease in cash flow. The research, “Strategies for Enhancing Small-Business Owners' Success Rates," was a collaboration with Dr. Susan Turner, in which Dr. Al Endres, core faculty in Walden's Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program, served as her dissertation chair.
Ankeny clinic diagnoses skin cancer through telehealth during COVID-19
ABC5 (Des Moines, Iowa)
April 1, 2020
Dr. Stefanie Gatica, academic coordinator and faculty in Walden’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, highlights how she is serving patients through virtual medicine. In one example, she diagnosed a patient’s mole as melanoma through a photo and took the necessary in-person steps to confirm the diagnosis and treat the patient. Dr. Gatica emphasize patients should not be afraid to seek medical attention during the pandemic.
Should My Family Wear Face Masks to Prevent the Coronavirus?
March 31, 2020
Dr. Aimee Ferraro, senior core faculty member for Walden’s Master of Public Health program, answers questions on whether your family should wear face masks to prevent the coronavirus. Dr. Ferraro talks about why face masks should be reserved for healthcare workers and those who are sick and covers the differences between surgical and N95 masks and how to properly wear them.
What to Do If a Family Member Might Have the Coronavirus
March 30, 2020
Dr. Aimee Ferraro, senior core faculty member for Walden’s Master of Public Health program, discusses what to do if a family member might have the coronavirus. Dr. Ferraro makes recommendations such as disinfecting common areas, designating a healthy family member to handle essential tasks in public, and appointing a contact person who is not in a high-risk group to help take care of the sick family member.
What it's like to live with someone who still doesn't take coronavirus seriously
March 30, 2020
Dr. Rebecca Cowan, core faculty member in Walden’s MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, provides advice to those living with people who do not take the coronavirus seriously. Dr. Cowan recommends having a conversation about your concerns, without pointing fingers at them. She advocates for having this conversation as soon as possible so everyone involved can come to a mutual agreement.
Time Is Running out for African Countries to Combat Coronavirus
March 28, 2020
Ngoy Nsenga, a Walden PhD in Public Health student, is the regional coordinator for the COVID-19 response in the 20 countries of East and Southern Africa.
Dr. Rebecca Cowan, core faculty member in Walden’s MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, discusses telemental health services while in quarantine and social distancing. Dr. Cowan provides a variety of tips on how to purse therapy and counseling services in a virtual environment and how to work with your therapist to best suit your needs.
The Effects of COVID-19 on Minority Mental Health
The Weekly Challenger
March 26, 2020
Dr. Brittany Peters, contributing faculty member in Walden's Doctor of Social Work (DSW) program, discusses the mental health effects of COVID-19 on minorities and those living in poverty. She also offers several tips on how to manage your mental health during this challenging time.
Fact from Fiction: COVID-19 Misconceptions
WGN Radio (Chicago)
March 25, 2020
Dr. Aimee Ferraro, senior core faculty member for Walden’s Master of Public Health (MPH), discusses COVID-19 and current health statistics, while also dispelling misconceptions about the virus.
12 Myths About Coronavirus
U.S. News & World Report
March 23, 2020
Dr. Rebecca Cowan, core faculty member in Walden’s MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, addresses the myth, “If I become infected with coronavirus, I'll die." Dr. Cowan explains only a small percentage of people who become ill with COVID-19 will die and most of those who are infected experience only a mild illness.
Coronavirus stimulus relief plea from self-employed to Washington: 'We need help now'
March 23, 2020
JeFreda Brown, student in Walden’s Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program, discusses how self-employed entrepreneurs are in need of help due to the coronavirus pandemic. She is working to highlight this issue among legislators while also offering discounted financial services and consultation to those in need. She was also featured on ABC’s Nightline (6:15 mark).
9 Changes to Make to Your Job Search to Get Hired Right Now
March 23, 2020
Dr. Wanda Gravett, academic coordinator for Walden’s MS in Human Resource Management program, discusses the changes job seekers should make in order to land the job they want during the COVID-19 crisis. Dr. Gravett advises job seekers to follow social distancing recommendations by creating digital or online portfolios and sending a virtual introduction of themselves, in lieu of face-to-face meetings. She also recommends that applicants keep their computer up to date with the latest video conferencing platforms for virtual interviews.
Coronavirus: The role of social distancing in senior care facilities
i Advance Senior Care
March 18, 2020
Dr. Aimee Ferraro, senior core faculty member in Walden’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program, discusses the importance of social distancing in senior care facilities and offers advice on protocols to protect residents. She also covers visitation policies, offering ideas for remote communication and recommending separate visitor policies for end-of-life situations.
Coronavirus Preparedness for Senior Care Facilities
i Advance Senior Care
March 18, 2020
Dr. Aimee Ferraro, senior core faculty member in Walden’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program, explains why the coronavirus is so deadly for seniors and offers senior care facilities advice on how to protect residents and staff.
How to Cope with Coronavirus Anxiety, According to the Experts
The Oprah Magazine
March 11, 2020
Dr. Rebecca Cowan, core faculty member for Walden’s MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, discusses anxiety related to the coronavirus and ways to cope with it. Dr. Cowan explains that uncertainty is one of the primary factors contributing to anxiety about coronavirus and provides suggestions on creative ways to burn off nervous energy.
So You’ve Been Asked to Self-Quarantine for Coronavirus: Now What?
March 9, 2020
Dr. Aimee Ferraro, senior core faculty member for Walden’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program, discusses some of the best ways to prevent coronavirus transmission, including washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and respiratory hygiene.
Coronavirus Doesn't Affect Children as Severely - And Experts Have No Idea Why
March 5, 2020
Dr. Aimee Ferraro, senior core faculty member for Walden’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program, discusses some of the theories behind why coronavirus doesn’t seem to affect children as severely as adults. Dr. Ferraro explains some of the common risk factors, such as pre-existing conditions that are more likely to be present in adults, and ways parents can help keep their children from being exposed to the coronavirus.
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