Twenty community health and leadership nursing students, working with School of Nursing faculty members Cathy Deckys and Pam Strohfus, recently developed and coordinated four meningitis clinics on campus. The clinics were in partnership with the Idaho Immunization Coalition and included assistance from several other volunteers from Boise State and the local community. Virginia Tech student Rayna DuBose also came to inaugurate the first clinic in March. DuBose was stricken with meningitis disease in 2001, losing all of her limbs to this disease. (more…)
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Students Host Meningitis Immunization Clinics
State Board of Nursing Approves Online Nursing Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Program at Boise State University
The Idaho State Board of Nursing has approved the start of a new online master of nursing, adult-gerontology nurse practitioner (AGNP) program at Boise State University. The program will provide nurses access to education as an advanced practice nurse, helping to meet the ever-increasing need for primary and acute care practitioners in the state.
The program received approval from Boise State’s Board of Trustees, the Idaho State Board of Education, in February and will begin in January 2014.
The AGNP program will include a master’s degree in adult-gerontology nursing and two new graduate certificates: adult-gerontology nurse practitioner in acute care and adult-gerontology nurse practitioner in primary care. The AGNP program is part of a broader set of existing and newly approved graduate programs in Boise State’s School of Nursing. They include an existing master of science in nursing and master of nursing and a new doctor of nursing practice. (more…)
Nursing Faculty Gives Interview to Wysing Arts Centre at the University of Cambridge
Cecile B. Evans, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, School of Nursing faculty, gave a Skype interview to Victoria Camblin, writer, editor of 032c magazine (Berlin) and a doctoral candidate at the University of Cambridge, as part of an art exhibition at the Wysing Arts Centre at the University of Cambridge.
The Wysing Arts Centre exhibit, “Relatively Absolute Day of Live Events” is a group exhibition consisting of newly commissioned work, as well as the source material that has informed it’s making, by the twelve artists, and the writer and musician who worked in the Wysing residency program. Central to the Relatively Absolute is the idea that hidden systems and structures can be used to uncover meaning, narrative and paradox. (more…)
Nursing Staff and Faculty Earn Quality Matters Certification
Betty Miller, MS, adjunct faculty coordinator for the RN-BS Online/Distance Completion Track, Darcy Anderson, RN, MS, remote special lecturer for the RN-BS Online/Distance Completion Track, and Mary Hereford, PhD, RN, CEN, associate professor for the School of Nursing, successfully completed training and certification at the QM Works! Great Northwest Regional Conference 2013, held in Vancouver Washington on April 25-26. (more…)
Nursing Students Assist Department of Health and Welfare in Health Screenings for Micron Employees
On April 23 and 25, nursing students volunteered to perform blood pressure screenings at Micron for employees. The Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention program (HDSP), a division of the Department of Health and Welfare, organized this event with Micron. Students took manual blood pressures and did education with employees.
Students valued the “repetitive practice” and employees enjoyed interacting with enthusiastic students. A total of 131 Micron employees were screened by seven students. The HDSP team is analyzing the data collected from these screenings. (more…)
Nine College of Health Sciences Students Present Research at Annual Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Conference
Nine College of Health Sciences students from the Department of Community and Environmental Health and the School of Nursing presented their research at the annual Boise State University Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Conference, held on April 15 in the Student Union.
“Research is central to the undergraduate experience here at Boise State,” said Sharon McGuire, vice provost for undergraduate studies. “The projects being presented at this conference demonstrate the scope and depth of undergraduate research being conducted at Boise State. We appreciate our faculty for creating these opportunities for students that facilitate engaged learning, critical thinking and application of knowledge.”
Boise State undergraduate students play a prominent role in research programs across various disciplines around the university. The 10th annual event, which will be a blend of podium, poster and performing arts presentations, allows the campus and greater community to meet students and learn about their meaningful explorations of everything from choreography to cancer treatment and alternative energy to marketing.
COHS Poster Presentations:
Current Research Assistant’s Learning Experience at Boise State University School of Nursing
Presenter: Wenyi Chen
Faculty Mentor: Cathy Deckys, MSN, RN, COHN-SNC – School of Nursing
Civility as a Learned And Essential Skill In Nursing Education
Presenter: Danh Nguyen, Lyn Ages
Faculty Sponsor: Cindy Clark, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN – School of Nursing
The Benefits of Undergraduate Research Assistantships in Nursing
Presenter: Ryoko Pentecost
Faculty Sponsor: Jane Grassley, PhD, RN, IBCLC – School of Nursing
Enhancing Access to Cultural Health Assessment Instruments for Refugees in Idaho
Presenter: Samantha Fundingsland
Faculty Sponsor: Karen Breitkreuz, MSN, ED.D., RN, CNE – School of Nursing
COHS Podium Presentations:
Survey of Health Care Attorneys Regarding Content of an Undergraduate Health Law and Ethics Course
Presenters: Connor Sheldon, Brandon Skenandore (Honors), Veronica Hollingshead, Liz Moorhead
Faculty Sponsor: Andy Hyer, JD, MHS – Department of Community and Environmental Health
The Idaho Smiles Medicaid Plan: Benefits, Issues, and Effects on Children’s Dental Care
Presenter: Brandon Skenandore (Honors)
Faculty Sponsor: Andy Hyer, JD, MHS – Department of Community and Environmental Health
Two Faculty Travel to Belize for Interdisciplinary, Service-Learning Course
Karen Breitkreuz, faculty in the School of Nursing, and Shawn Dunnagan, faculty in the Department of Community and Environmental Health, are helping students understand what it means to be a global citizen. Breitkreuz and Dunnagan are two of five Boise State faculty teaching an interdisciplinary course, “Global Citizenship and Social Responsibility,” which featured a field trip to Belize over spring break. This effort supports the College of Health Sciences’ interprofessional efforts to train students through interdisciplinary teams. Program director Tony Songer, chair of the Department of Construction Management, led this collaborative effort among Boise State University Colleges of Education, Engineering, Health Sciences and Honors. Twenty-two Boise State students from a variety of disciplines planned and implemented a variety of projects around the theme of “healthy lifestyles” in the village of Corozal, Belize in this unique project, which they called “the Boise State University Corozal, Belize 2013 Peace Village.” (more…)
Iconic Nursing Faculty Emeriti Passes Away
Dr. JoAnn Vahey, beloved faculty emeritus of the School of Nursing, passed away on March 23 at the age of 79 from natural causes. After working as a nurse in her home state of Pennsylvania, she returned to school to pursue a career in nursing education.
Dr. Vahey held a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from College Misericordia in Dallas, Pa, a Master’s Degree in Nursing from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and a doctorate from Columbia University in New York City, N.Y.
Following graduation from Columbia University, Dr. Vahey moved to Boise to become Chair of the Department of Nursing at Boise State University. She held a variety of teaching and administrative positions. One of her many accomplishments during her Boise State career included a major grant award to start a Baccalaureate Nursing program, which subsequently received accreditation from the National League for Nursing in 1991. Previously, only an associate’s degree was offered in nursing at Boise State. Dr. Vahey also started a Continuing Education Consortium located at Boise State University in collaboration with local hospitals to offer continuing education to all RNs in the Valley. (more…)
Cindy Clark Presents Plenary Address at Creating Healthy Work Environments Conference
Cynthia Clark, professor in the School of Nursing, presented the plenary address at the Creating Healthy Work Environments Conference in Indianapolis, Ind., on April 12. The conference was sponsored by Sigma Theta Tau International, the international honor society for nursing. Her presentation was titled “Creating and Sustaining Civility in Nursing Education and Practice” and focused on the causes and consequences of workplace incivility and evidence-based strategies to create and sustain organizational civility and healthy, collegial workplaces.
Help Celebrate the Retirement of Longtime School of Nursing Faculty Barb Allerton
The community is invited to celebrate with her and her colleagues for a farewell party from 3-5 p.m. on Thursday, May 2 in the Student Union Barnwell Room.
In honor of all of Barb’s international endeavors, we will be having a Dim Sum buffet with: egg rolls, potstickers, sweet and spicy boneless chicken wings, served with assorted dipping sauces, including sweet chile and cucumber vinaigrette, and gourmet dessert bars.