The National Association of Bariatric Nurses was formed in 2004 out of a recognized need for the nursing profession to dedicate resources, knowledge, and research towards improving the life and nursing care of people suffering from obesity.
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To advance the health and quality of life of individuals and families experiencing obesity and to promote best practices of holistic nursing care for bariatric patients and their families.
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Corporate Council Established
The Corporate Council is NABN’s link to the vendors who provide equipment and supplies for bariatric patients. The Council provides us with support in our conference activities and also advice regarding programs, marketing and business matters. We provide them with an opportunity to link with nurses across the country as they develop and market new products for our patient population. The Corporate Council chair is also an ex-officio member of the NABN Board of Directors. We have established a separate section of this website for our Corporate Council.
NABN Welcomes New Officers
New officers of the National Association of Bariatric Nurses were inaugurated at the fall meeting and conference.
Sharon Isenhour Sarvey, PhD, RN is the Dean of the School of Nursing and has oversight of the Department of Gerontology at Barton College located in Wilson, NC. Dr. Sarvey is a specialist in pediatric nursing and is recognized for her work with children who are overweight and obese. She has published and presented on various topics including childhood and adolescent obesity, residential weight loss camps and resources for parents and professionals managing children with weight issues. Dr. Sarvey serves on the Advisory Board of the Healthy Children’s Foundation and spends many summer hours as the camp nurse for Camp Shining Stars, a residential weight loss camp home-based at Barton College. Dr. Sarvey earned her BSN and MSN from East Carolina University and her PhD from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She previously served as a faculty member at Barton College (then Atlantic Christian College) from 1988-1994, Berea College in Berea, Kentucky from 1994-2000 and East Carolina University 2002-2010.
Dr. Mary Ann Rose
Graduate of Georgetown University School of Nursing (BSN), Case Western Reserve Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing (MSN), and North Carolina State University (EdD)
Current Position: Professor of Nursing and Chair, Department of Graduate Nursing Science
Teaches in the masters program in nursing
Leads the nursing research group, the Bariatric Nursing Consortium
NABN experience: Founding president of the National Association of Bariatric Nurses
Some goals for NABN:
- Expand our current nurse membership to become more geographically diversified
- Initiate pre or post-conference sessions focused on education in particular areas related to bariatric nursing
- Initiate a blog or some other method whereby nurse members of NABN can communicate concerning bariatric nursing
- Strengthen our relationships with our corporate council
- Develop a communication scheme that allows us to be visible to hospitals and other health care agencies that provide care to bariatric patients.
Kim graduated from UNC-Wilmington in 1984 and began an internship at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in the operating room. There, she found her life’s work. She served as a staff nurse in the OR until 1998. At that time, she became the General, Bariatric, Pediatric Coordinator in New Hanover’s surgical services; serving 18 operating room suites, 27 general surgeons, and 35 staff members. Kim witnessed the benefits of bariatric surgery via two close friends, four cousins, and one sister. In 2008, she chose to leave her beloved OR and build New Hanover’s bariatric program with New Hanover’s two bariatric surgeons, Jim Harris and David Miles. New Hanover is an ASMBS Center of Excellence, having recertified in August 2009. Kim has been a member of the NABN board of directors since its inception in 2004. Her passion for the bariatric population is recognized in her community. This passion will be her greatest asset in the role of Vice President of the National Association of Bariatric Nurses.
For NABN to be an ever evolving organization that swings where the obesity pendulum takes us; keeping holistic nursing care front and center for patients and families.
Shannon Reedy Idzik, DNP, CRNP is an assistant professor and co-director of the adult and gerontological nurse practitioner program at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She has worked clinically as a nurse practitioner for the Department of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism at Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland. In addition to her work in the Diabetes Center, she cared for patients in the Comprehensive Obesity Management Program by providing pre-surgical evaluations. She has also worked in primary care, aesthetics, pre-operative services and emergency medicine. For the past 3 years, she has focused on obesity for her doctoral work where she developed, delivered and evaluated an educational program for primary care providers on obesity clinical practice guidelines particularly bariatric surgery. In addition to her position as treasurer of NABN, she is currently the secretary of the Nurse Practitioner Association of Maryland and is an active member in many national organizations.
Kristen G. Barbee, PhD, RN, CNE is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Wingate University in Wingate, NC. She has completed bariatric research on the experience of the intimate couple after weight loss surgery. She has published in the Bariatric Nursing and Surgical Patient Care journal. She anticipates conducting more research in the future on stress and coping after bariatric surgery. She lives in Concord, NC.