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    Congratulations to Amy Mundy and Pauline Fisher, 2017 Recipients of the Betsy Love McClung, RN, MN Travel Grants!

    Date: August 23, 2017

    Since 2012 Amy Mundy (pictured left) has worked as an endocrine nurse practitioner at the McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, VA working with patients with diabetes, osteoporosis, osteopenia, Paget’s Disease, hyperparathyroidism, and other rarer bone disorders.  She mentors nurse practitioner and medical students, residents, and fellows who rotate through the clinic.  Amy has independently organized a separate clinic for patients receiving injectable therapies for their osteoporosis, which has led to an improvement in continuity of and access to care. For the last four years, Amy has served on the Endocrine Nurses Society (ENS) board of directors as Membership Chair.  She presented breakout sessions on the topic of osteoporosis at the ENS Annual Symposium for 3 years in a row.  The topics included osteoporosis prevention, osteoporosis management, and common issues in treatment of osteoporosis. 

    Pauline Fisher (pictured right) is a master’s prepared Clinical Nurse Specialist with a certification in Geriatric Nursing at Hamilton Health Sciences in Ontario, Canada, with a focus on osteoporosis and fracture prevention.  In her role she has worked to develop the "Fracture?, Think Osteoporosis Program" (FTOP).  Over the years this program has been successful in going from 20% of hip fracture patients being on treatment for osteoporosis to a 67% treatment rate and she plans to improve this further. Pauline collected data on hip fracture patients and found that patients who did not know what osteoporosis was, or had never been told that they had osteoporosis, were much less likely to follow up and get further bone mineral density testing and treatment for osteoporosis.  Through this evaluation, she demonstrated that nurses must emphasize treatment and education in the hospital before discharge and Pauline then helped to implement these interventions in her hospital.  Pauline presented this study at the Canadian Gerontological Nurses Association Conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada in May 2017.