CCAC Nursing student invited to present abstract at prestigious conference

Article by: CCAC Public Relations

Nursing student Hollis LairdPITTSBURGH-Hollis Laird, a student in the Community College of Allegheny County Nursing program at Allegheny Campus, has been invited to present a poster on her abstract, "Postpartum Treatment for Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Among Women in Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder" at the upcoming 2019 Infectious Diseases Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology (IDSOG) Annual Meeting. The IDSOG Annual Meeting, which will be held next month in Big Sky, Montana, is a scientific and educational gathering for interested clinicians and investigators who care for and study the epidemiology, pathophysiology, prevention, management and impact of infectious diseases in women. 

The abstract is based on the work Laird does as research coordinator at Magee-Womens Research Institute, where she works full-time while attending CCAC. Laird, who holds a master's degree in public health from the University of Pittsburgh, will complete her Associate of Science in Nursing at CCAC in the fall. Her goal is to become a registered nurse so she can help pregnant women with opioid use disorder. In her research, while working among patients on the postpartum floors of the hospital, she sees how new mothers with addictions can be stigmatized.

"It made me want to do better for them," said Laird. "I'm interested in working more directly with people and doing more clinically."

Laird chose CCAC to pursue her goal of becoming a nurse because she learned that "it's one of the best programs" in the region while also being one of the most affordable. In addition, CCAC worked well with her schedule and enabled her to attend classes in the evenings and on weekends while working full time. As she completes her studies, she plans to transition to part-time research coordinator and then take on a second job as a patient care technician so she can get more clinical experience. Once she graduates, she hopes to work as a nurse in the emergency department at Magee so she can have a first line of contact with patients. She also hopes to put her research and clinical skills to good use by serving on committees in the hospital.

For more information about CCAC's Nursing program, visit ccac.edu/Nursing/.

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