Furthermore, Dr. Sherlock developed a self-directed, asynchronous NetLearning educational module "Sexual Health and Wellness for Spina Bifida Patients." This module allows nurses to access valuable resources and educational materials at their own pace, ensuring they are well-prepared to address the specific needs of their patients.
Rebecca Sherlock's passion for health advocacy and public policy serves as the driving force behind this pioneering project. By starting conversations and addressing uncomfortable topics, she aims to foster fearless dialogue and promote positive change within the healthcare community.
Reflecting on her experience as a Villanova DNP student, Dr. Sherlock praises the College's support and the strength of its online learning platform. As an adult learner with a full-time job, she found the flexibility of online classes to be instrumental in her academic journey. The virtual environment allowed her to connect with classmates and professors, fostering a sense of camaraderie and shared learning experiences.
Dr. Sherlock's commitment to making a difference in the lives of patients with Spina Bifida extends beyond her academic pursuits. She recently presented her findings and insights to parents at the Spina Bifida Association's Teen Empowerment Weekend, where she received overwhelming support and praise. One mother in attendance shared her feedback, stating, "Rebecca's presentation was clear, frank, compassionate, and, above all, empowering. She has tackled an issue that is too easily ignored."
With her project, Dr. Sherlock is not only empowering nurses to provide comprehensive sexual health education to patients with Spina Bifida but also advocating for the inclusion and equitable care of individuals with disabilities. Her dedication to advancing sexual health equity and promoting open, knowledgeable conversations will undoubtedly make a significant impact on the lives of adolescents with Spina Bifida.
As a Pitek Scholar, Dr. Sherlock exemplifies Villanova Nursing's commitment to fostering innovation, nursing leadership and positive change in healthcare.