School of Nursing News
In the second week of June, Max Veltman, associate professor in the School of Nursing, along with Boise State Nursing students John Dilgard, Jake Gere, and Rachel Bentley, and recent alumna Jenna Lindsay served as members of the volunteer staff of Camp HOPE Idaho. Camp HOPE Idaho is a specialized summer camp where children who suffer from physical and/or sexual abuse and those who are exposed to and witness domestic violence in the home can participate in a weeklong camp and engage in specialized activities to help them deal with some the of many issues with which they often struggle. This is the second year that Max, John and Jake have worked with this special summer camp; however this was the first summer that this camp was held outside of California.
Camp HOPE Idaho was based at Trinity Pines, near Cascade Idaho. Campers were recruited out of the Nampa Family Justice Center through the center’s connections with counselors and local domestic violence shelters throughout the Treasure Valley. Sixteen campers, ages 10-13, were able to participate in many activities seen in most residential summer camps, such as hiking, swimming, rafting on the Payette river, ropes courses and zip line activities. Additionally, Camp HOPE offers many specialized group and individual therapeutic activities for campers to help them cope with issues seen in this population. (more…)
In an effort to empower faculty to create and sustain interprofessional education projects and courses, the College of Health Sciences sponsored a two-day institute on June 9 and 10. Twenty-one faculty from Community and Environmental Health, Kinesiology, Nursing, Radiologic Sciences, Respiratory Care, Social Work and University Health Services participated in the institute.
Interprofessional education is a key initiative in the college’s 2012-2017 Strategic Plan. The World Health Organization defines interprofessional education as “students from one or more professions learning about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes.” The College of Health Sciences defines interprofessional education as “the collaboration of two or more professions that involves interaction and knowledge to improve safety and quality of systems impacting the healthcare environment.” The college sees interprofessional education as a way to understand issues, address problems and create new solutions that extend beyond the scope of a single profession through education, service, scholarship, and policy. (more…)
Marty Downey, faculty in the School of Nursing, and Alia Crandall, undergraduate nursing student, along with Heather Roberts, a nurse at St. Luke’s, presented research at the American Holistic Nurses’ Association (AHNA) 2014 conference in Portland, Ore. on June 5-8. The trio presented a total of three posters:
- Inspiring Action Through Research Mentorship Crandall and Downey
- Leading Holistic Nurses Through Evidence-Based Practice: The Effects of Aromatherapy on Anxiety and Nausea in Cancer Patients Undergoing Port Access Downey, Roberts, and Crandall
- The Hidden Potential of Holistic Nurse Leaders: Informal Leadership Marcia Smart and Downey
Marisa Howard, a seventh semester nursing student, won second place in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship 3000 meter Steeplechase. The Championship meet was held in Eugene, Oregon. By placing second, Howard also qualified for the USA Track and Field Championship meet, which was held June 29 in Sacramento, California.
Howard was profiled in the July 23 edition of The Arbiter. The profile focused on Howard’s dedication to overcoming a knee injury and her hope to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Read the full profile online at http://arbiteronline.com/2014/07/23/marisa-howard-overcomes-injury-place-2nd-ncaas/.
Cynthia Clark, a professor in the School of Nursing, was a featured speaker at the “Revolutionizing Nursing Education” conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, July 15-17. Clark presented a general session on “The Imperative of Civility in a Time of Technological Change and Transformation” and two break-out sessions titled “Tried and True Teaching Techniques to Foster Academic Civility and Learner Engagement” and “Combining the Power of Simulation and Cognitive Rehearsal to Foster Civility in Health Care — A Multi-Year Initiative.” The conference was sponsored by Elsevier Contemporary Forums.
In May, Suzie Kardong-Edgren, Joanna “Jody” DeMeyer Endowed Chair in Nursing, spoke at the grand re-opening of the Simulation Practice in Nursing (SPRING) Center for Simulation at Chung Ang University School of Nursing in Seoul, South Korea. The center had been closed for extensive remodeling.
The evening before the re-opening celebration, Kardong-Edgren had a special evening class with the nursing doctoral students of Chung Ang University to discuss research needs for nursing in simulation. The experience with the students was like no other Kardong-Edgren had seen before. Kardong-Edgren explains why the experience, and nursing education in Korea, was so unusual:
“The nursing students I witnessed in the simulation labs seemed very absorbed in their learning. Then I found out why!” said Kardong-Edgren. “In 2012, The Korean Board of Nursing passed a new directive. They can spot check any nursing program at any time. They can randomly select and check any student on any skill students have completed and been “checked off” on. If one student does not pass, the whole class can be held back from moving forward in the curriculum and the school be put on probation or can lose its accreditation. No students can graduate till the school is re-accredited.”
Kardong-Edgren is internationally recognized as an expert in health care simulation, was inducted as an Academy of Nursing Education Fellow in 2010 and has twice been the recipient of the Deborah Spunt Endowed Lectureship in Simulation for the National League for Nursing. Kardong-Edgren serves as the Research Advisor of the International Nursing Association of Clinical Simulation and Learning. She was awarded the National League for Nursing Excellence in Research Award for 2013, which recognizes outstanding nurse researchers who have made enduring contributions to the field of nursing education research. Her numerous grants, publications and presentations speak volumes about her expertise and dedication to effective nursing and health care education.
A unique educational clinical experience for an undergraduate nursing student has been created in the School of Nursing by faculty members Max Veltman and Karen Godard with a generous donation from Terry and Norm James from Spokane, Wash. Veltman and Godard have developed the Foster Care Student Nurse Fellowship, an immersion experience involving clinical educational experiences and a scholarly/service project centered around the health assessment and health promotion activities occurring at the Nampa Family Justice Center.
The Nampa Family Justice Center is a partnership of agencies dedicated to ending family violence and sexual assault through prevention and response by providing comprehensive, client-centered services in a single location. Clients now have the opportunity to reach needed resources in one centralized location. Advocates, counselors, clergy, legal aid, medical providers, law enforcement, and prosecutors are some of the many service providers located at the Nampa Family Justice Center. (more…)
Marty Downey, faculty in the School of Nursing, was nominated for two awards at the Campus Awards Ceremony, which was held on April 29. The Campus Awards Ceremony is an annual event hosted by the Division of Student Affairs that recognizes students, faculty, and staff who rise above the rest in making a difference for others and adding value to the university community. Downey was nominated for the Advisor of the Year Award and for the David S. Taylor Service to Students Award. The Advisor of the Year Award recognizes a student organization advisor who is dedicated to changing the lives of students involved in student organizations through mentoring, teaching and coaching. The David S. Taylor Service to Students Award recognizes an outstanding faculty or staff member who is committed to impacting the lives of students; extending student learning beyond the classroom; inspiring students to see what is possible; and seeking innovative ways to serve students in the 21st century, a whole new chapter of accelerated change.
Many nursing faculty and students presented papers and posters at the 2014 Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference, sponsored by the Western Institute of Nursing (WIN), on April 9-12 in Seattle, Wash. WIN exists to bring together a diverse community of nurses in a shared commitment to advance nursing science, education, and practice to improve health outcomes. The theme of the 2014 conference was “Taking It Global: Research, Practice and Education in Nursing.” (more…)
Rosemary Macy, associate professor for the School of Nursing, has recently become a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator. The certification is a new credentialing program offered by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.
Benefits of certification in healthcare simulation education accrue value to the individual, their organization and the community by:
- improving healthcare simulation education through the identification of best practices;
- strengthening patient safety efforts through support of simulation modalities;
- providing external validation of individual educator knowledge, skills, and abilities;
- strengthening organizational, community, and learner confidence in the quality of education;
- fostering a feedback loop between education and practice; and
- encouraging performance improvement and knowledge expansion of the individual educator.
Certification is a formal professional recognition of specialized knowledge, skills, abilities and accomplishments in simulation education. Certification:
- recognizes one’s commitment to continued professional development and lifelong learning.
- is a process that helps one reflect on one’s professional accomplishments and provides international recognition.
- meets the needs of employers, practitioners, and the public by identifying educators with specialized knowledge and skills in healthcare simulation education.