Elizabeth Heavey grew up in Buffalo, New York and is the eldest of five children. She attended Canisius College and completed her Bachelor's Degree in Economics while simultaneously completing her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing at Niagara University. She earned the College of Nursing award and completed both degrees Summa Cum Laude. She accepted her first nursing position in high risk labor and delivery in Miami, Florida where she was able to see first hand the devastating effects lack of health care access has on a high risk population. She worked with a largely international population, many of whom were fleeing devastating political, social and economic situations. It made a lasting impression on her and she will never forget how much peanut butter sandwiches and some compassion can mean to a hungry and frightened family.
She moved to Rochester when her dream of attending midwifery school was realized and she completed her Master's Degree from the University of Rochester, graduating with the Eleanor Hall Outstanding Master's Student Award. She worked at Strong Memorial Hospital during this time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and High Risk Labor and Delivery. She also functioned as the HIV coordinator for the obstetrics service and received high accolades from the state for the program she developed which improved compliance and follow-up tremendously in the high risk populations. She then accepted a position as a Nurses-Midwife at the Family Birthplace at Parkridge Hospital where she loved "catching babies" and taking care of her patients for five years. She also continued her education during this time and completed her Ph.D. in Epidemiology, with high honors, at the University of Buffalo. In 2008, she completed a post-doc fellowship in adolescent medicine at the University of Rochester. Her research interests focus on adolescent reproductive issues and public health.
In her spare time, Beth is an avid reader, runner and gardener. She is frequently found at the playground playing with her children. Beth is very happy to be a part of the Brockport community and looks forward to sharing her love of nursing to create a lasting and positive experience for all of her students.
Most recent presentations:
National representative for the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine at the National Institute of Health’s Symposium for clinical treatment guideline development for cervical pathology in adolescents (2009)
4/8/10 Podium presentation: Heavey, E. Don’t miss an opportunity for preconception intervention: Ask teens about pregnancy desire, International meeting, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine
Most recent publications
Heavey, E. (2008). Arm your patients against whooping cough. Nursing 2008, 38(2), 22-23.
Heavey, E., Moysich, K., Hyland, A., Druschel, C., & Sill, M. (2008). Differences in contraceptive choice among female adolescents at a state-funded family planning clinic. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 53(1), 45-52.
Heavey, E. Moysich,K., Hyland, A., Druschel, C. & Sill, M. (2008) Differences in pregnancy desire among adolescents living in low socioeconomic environments. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 53(2), 130-137.
Heavey, E. (2008). Clinical challenge: Implementing the HPV vaccine in pediatric and family practice sites. Nursing 2008, 38(5), 62-63.
Heavey, E. Moysich, K., Hyland, A., Druschel, C., & Sill, M. (2008) The Impact of female adolescents perceptions’ of male partners’ pregnancy desire. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 53(4).
Heavey, E. (2008). Lead Poisoning in Children. Nursing 2008, (38)12.
Heavey, E. (2009) When your child asks unexpected questions. Adoptive Families Magazine. July/August issue.
Heavey, E. (2009). Media Review: Call the Midwife. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health, 54(5), e65.
Heavey, E. & Peterson-Sweeney, K. (2010). Caring for a young adult with Down’s Syndrome. Nursing 2010, June.
Heavey, E (2010). Don’t miss preconception care opportunities for adolescents. MCN: The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, July/August, p. 3-12.
Heavey, E. (2010). Statistics for Nurses: A practical approach. Boston, MA: Bartlett and Jones
Heavey, E. (2010). Meningococcal disease update. Nursing, 40(10), p. 61-62.
Heavey, E. (2011). Obesity in Pregnancy. Nursing, Continuing Education Feature Article in press for summer of 2011.
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