School of Nursing News
Margaret Leahy, Boise State University School of Nursing emeritus faculty, was part of an Idaho Statesman article which profiled Saint Alphonsus’ No One Dies Alone program.
The No One Dies Alone program places volunteer companions with dying patients who would otherwise be alone. With the support of the nursing staff, the volunteer companions are able to help provide patients with a dignified death. Leahy volunteers with the No One Dies Alone program as a companion.
The Central District Health Department (CDHD), along with multiple emergency response partners, held an emergency exercise using mobile medical facilities and approximately 75 medical staff and volunteers on Wednesday, May 6. Cathy Deckys, School of Nursing faculty, helped plan the exercise and participated in the exercise as an evaluator. School of Nursing staff members Marian Graham and Sherepta McLeod volunteered as part of the Medical Reserve Corps. Approximately ten nursing students and alumni also participated in the exercise.
The exercise tested medical and emergency response plans and coordination among the partnering agencies, which included Boise State University, St. Luke’s Health Systems, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Ada County Paramedics, Boise Fire Department, Southwest Advanced Care Hospital and Ada County Emergency Services.
The exercise scenario began at Boise State University Health Services and moved to the Veterans Affairs (VA) campus, where multiple BluMed mobile medical facilities were located. The majority of the exercise took place on the VA campus and involved about 30 volunteer patients who presented the same communicable disease symptoms. However, each mock patient had a unique role — from disabilities to language barriers — to help represent the varying backgrounds and needs possible in a real-life situation. Under the exercise’s scenario, medical staff worked to check patients into the mobile medical facility practice donning and doffing Personal Protective Equipment and Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPR) to begin initial patient treatment.
“This was a successful full-scale exercise, which is mandatory for public health organizations to take part in each year,” said Deckys. “Multidisciplinary roles were assumed and practiced successfully.”
Two College of Health Sciences students were presented with the Spirit of Boise State awards at the Division of Student Affairs’ annual Campus Awards Ceremony on April 27. The blue carpet event recognizes students, faculty, staff and organizations for outstanding achievement, service and campus engagement.
Abby Lipschultz, student in the School of Nursing, and Christopher Bower, double major in the School of Social Work and the Department of Political Science, were among the five Spirit of Boise State honorees. The Spirit of Boise State award is presented to outstanding students who exemplify the Boise State University shared values of academic excellence, caring, citizenship, fairness, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness.
During the week of April 21-23, Christy Broam, Boise State nursing student and 2015 Foster Care Student Nurse Fellow, and Max Veltman, associate professor in the School of Nursing, presented a poster, “Nursing Students in Family Justice Centers: A Clinical Fellowship,” at the 15th Annual International Family Justice Conference in San Diego, Calif.
This presentation was the culmination of a year-long immersion experience involving clinical educational activities related to the promotion of health for children and families dealing with significant violence. During the fellowship, Broam assisted Idaho Department of Health and Welfare caseworkers with investigations and safety planning. She rode with Nampa City Police Officers as they responded to situations involving domestic violence and she worked with nurses and nurse practitioners who provide healthcare to families who are involved in violent situations or the foster care system through the Nampa Family Justice Center.
The culmination of Broam’s fellowship was the planning and organization of a daylong symposium discussing domestic violence and sexual assault. The symposium was held on March 9 at the Boise State University Student Union Building and aimed to give future professionals in the fields of nursing, social work, criminal justice or any profession that works with families a look inside the worlds of domestic violence and sexual assault. Speakers included experts from local law enforcement and local advocacy programs.
The National Family Justice Center Alliance’s annual conference was attended by about 500 professionals; the majority of attendees were law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and social workers. As the health issues of children who are victims of violence become more prevalent and complex, it is important for nurses to be able to work within multidisciplinary teams as they address the needs of victims and bring support and care to those in need.
The fellowship is sponsored by Theresa James, a Boise State nursing alumnae from 1970.
School of Nursing Student Wins Wallace G. Kay Writing Competition for College of Health Sciences Division
Each year an undergraduate student paper in each of the six academic colleges at Boise State University is awarded the Wallace G. Kay Writing Award by the Boise State chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. Each winner is given $200.
This year, nursing student Donna McKenzie won for the College of Health Sciences with her paper, “Smoke Free Home Rules.” McKenzie wrote her paper for the advocacy paper requirement in NURS 420: Policy, Power and Voice taught by Pamela Gehrke, associate professor in the School of Nursing. McKenzie received her award and cash prize at the Phi Kappa Phi Induction ceremony on April 26. McKenzie joins other former NURS 420 students who have previously won this prize.
Faculty evaluators within four colleges judged submissions on content, organization and flow, originality, and creativity, and also considered grammar, spelling and readability. Evaluators selected one winner per college. Papers written for Boise State classes during the spring, summer or fall semesters of 2014 were eligible for the 2015 award. A nomination from the faculty member for whom the student wrote the paper had to accompany each submission.
“Phi Kappa Phi is dedicated to promoting superior scholarship, and the Boise State chapter commends these students for their exemplary work,” said Russell Willerton, chapter president and associate professor of technical communication. “It is exciting to see students across many disciplines produce outstanding written work.”
“We are grateful for the financial support from the Office of the Provost that helps us recognize outstanding writers every year,” Willerton added.
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, most selective and most prestigious all-discipline honor society.
The annual writing competition honors the late Wallace G. Kay, who served Boise State University as assistant director and later as associate director of the Honors Program and as an English professor. He came to the university in 1986 from the University of Southern Mississippi and served until his death in 1996. Professor Kay was honored three times by Top Ten Scholars as “Most Influential Professor,” and he was a gifted poet and scholar.
Denise Seigart, chair of the undergraduate nursing program and Master of Nursing and Populations program in the School of Nursing, and Max Veltman, assistant professor in the School of Nursing, along with other pediatrics and community health faculty, will be participating in the Hilton Adolescent Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) learning collaborative.
SBIRT is a comprehensive, integrated, public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services for people with risky and dependent alcohol use, treatment and ongoing recovery supports. Screening quickly assesses for the presence of risky substance use, follows positive screens with further assessment of problem use, and identifies the appropriate level of treatment. Brief intervention focuses on increasing insight and awareness regarding substance use and motivation toward behavioral change. Referral to treatment provides those identified as needing more extensive treatment with access to medications, primary care counseling or specialty care as needed by the patient. Research has shown the SBIRT process works well with adults and that it is a highly promising approach for working with younger people. Despite its promise, the approach is not yet widely taught in nursing and social work programs.
The independent research organization NORC at the University of Chicago partnered with the Council on Social Work Education, the Center for Clinical Social Work, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, and Kognito, a leader in immersive learning experiences using virtual humans. They are engaging nursing and social work schools, and their accrediting bodies, in a learning collaborative to develop and evaluate interactive, competency-based substance use SBIRT curriculum. The project is funded by a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and is focused on encouraging the adoption of SBIRT by social work and nursing educators. The learning collaborative will work to infuse this curriculum in general survey, clinical, behavioral health, and maternal and child health coursework – not just specialty courses – in undergraduate and graduate social work and nursing schools.
The SBIRT learning collaborative consists of a wide variety of nursing and social work schools across the US. The purpose is to engage faculty to develop and evaluate interactive, competency-based substance use screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment curriculum. The participation in the learning collaborative is imperative to creating an effective and comprehensive curriculum that will be beneficial to integrating adolescent substance abuse screening, interventions and treatment into schools of social work and nursing.
The School of Nursing has the opportunity to network with other participating schools and to receive up to $10,000 to pilot the adolescent SBIRT online curriculum in existing undergraduate and graduate curricula. Through this grant, schools will receive technical assistance to aid in the implementation process and participate in evaluation.
Considerable evidence demonstrates the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of alcohol SBIRT for young adults and adults 15-19 and its effectiveness for reducing illicit or prescription drug use is promising. This project offers a scientifically-based approach based on the needs of future health professionals who are graduating into an ever-changing healthcare landscape. The team is comprised of the pre-eminent adolescent SBIRT researchers and educators who bridge the science of evidence-based practices, the practicalities of clinical practice across a wide range of field settings, and the capabilities of pre-professional training programs to infuse substance use education where it can most benefit future practitioners.
Eleven Boise State faculty and students spent their spring break participating in the Boise State–Corozal, Belize Peace Village initiative. The Peace Village initiative creates strategic partnerships that address root causes of poverty and disparity in emerging economies. The program, led by Tony Songer, professor in the Department of Construction Management, and Karen Breitkreuz, assistant professor in the School of Nursing, is a collaborative effort by the Colleges of Engineering and Health Sciences, the Honors College, and the University Foundations program. The collaborative effort provides Boise State students unmatched educational, cultural, and professional engagement and enrichment. This was the third year of participation by Boise State.
Students enrolled in the cross-listed service-learning course “Global Citizenship and Social Responsibility” spent their spring break in the small village of Chan Chen, Corozal District, Belize working in the Chan Chen primary school. Since the Chan Chen school was able to find funding for a school lunch program, the Boise State visitors built an addition to the Chan Chen school’s cantina, their little snack and lunch prep room. Now the children have an area, with a concrete floor and roof, for their cantina and food service.
The Boise State students also conducted a “Healthy Lifestyles” camp at the school and a Community Fair for the primary school children on the last day of their visit. Additionally, the five College of Health Sciences students enrolled in the course were able to tour the Corozal Community Hospital. The two nursing students were also able to spend one morning shadowing a nurse in the pediatric clinic of the hospital. A Corozal public health nurse also came and conducted a seminar with the Boise State students one evening, in order to help all the students in the course understand the health issues in the Corozal community.
Prior to the in-country experience, the class spent time studying global citizenship, social responsibility, cultural aspects specific to Belize, and designing and planning the healthy lifestyles camp, the cantina addition, and the community fair.
The Peace Village initiative creates a long term relationship with village partners. Anyone interested in more information on the Boise State University – Corozal, Belize Peace Village project should contact Tony Songer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
To read about and see pictures of the whole trip, visit http://belizeadventure2015.blogspot.com/. Of particular interest to the health sciences community is a blog entry by Master of Health Science student Beth Kotts.
Teaching Chan Chen students to line dance during P.E.
Vikki Nesbitt, Nursing major, helps child with his literacy
Dave McKerracher, Philosophy major, gathers students to learn to slack line
Dave McKerracher, Philosophy major, teaches children to slack line
Jessica Glassinger helps children decorate the walls of the new addition
Sophia Brasil, Health Science Studies major, and a child exchange thank yous
Natalie Zeigler, Biology major, gives a hug
University Health Services Features Profile of School of Nursing Staff Member in Employee Wellness Blog
University Health Services featured Sherepta McLeod, an administrative assistant in the School of Nursing, in a wellness spotlight in their April Employee Wellness blog.
McLeod is a Health Champion for the School of Nursing and the College of Health Sciences dean’s office. As a Health Champion she promotes employee wellness activities, including challenges, exercise classes, workshops and walking clubs, as well as wellness in general to her colleagues.
McLeod has been making wellness a top priority for herself and she has been encouraging others to do the same. Read the full profile on the Health Services website.
Seven College of Health Sciences faculty members participated in the eCampus Quality Instruction Program (eQIP) during the spring 2015 semester. The eCampus Center offers professional development opportunities several times a year – in fall, spring and summer – with an aim to help faculty build, teach and refine online courses.
eCampus Course Design and Development Seminar or eCampus Course Design Phase:
- Kelley Connor, associate professor in the School of Nursing – NSIM 503 Simulation Practicum and NSIM 501 Educational Simulation Methods
- Rosemary Macy, associate professor in the School of Nursing – NSIM 501 Educational Simulation Methods
- Molly Prengaman, associate professor in the School of Nursing – NURS 542/543 Primary Care Management of Adult/Geriatric Health and Illness I
- Janet Reis, senior research scientist in the College of Health Sciences Office of Research – IPE 321 Basics of Care Coordination
eCampus Teaching Online Seminar:
- Andy Hyer, assistant professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Health in the School of Allied Health Sciences – HLTHST 382 Research Methods in Health
- Omair Shamim, adjunct faculty in the Department of Community and Environmental Health in the School of Allied Health Sciences – HLTHST 300 Pathophysiology
Quality MattersTM Peer Review:
Heath Walters, site coordinator for the Coeur D’Alene MSW program in the School of Social Work – SOCWRK 526 Evaluation and Treatment of Mental Disorders
Marty Downey, associate professor of the School of Nursing, spoke at the 6th annual St. Luke’s Pre-post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)/ Endoscopy (ENDO)/ MedImaging (MI) Conference on April 4. Approximately 150 people attended the conference.
Downey’s presentation was titled “Guided Imagery and Visualization for the High Anxiety Patient” and described the uses of Guided Imagery, a powerful technique that guides the imagination through stimulation of the sense, for clients and patients pre and post-procedure and surgery to assist in relaxation and recovery. Downey emphasized using visualization and imagery to create calm and relaxation. She also provided techniques for guided imagery/visualization with interactive participation. The goal of the presentation was to introduce Guided Imagery and Visualization to PACU/ENDO/MI nurses, healthcare providers, and others interested in relaxing health practices that will promote healing and health.