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University Health Services Features Profile of School of Nursing Staff Member in Employee Wellness Blog

Sherepta McLeodUniversity 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.

Faculty Members Participate in eCampus Quality Instruction Program

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 Presents at St. Luke’s Sixth Annual PACU/ENDO/MI Conference

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.

College of Health Sciences Faculty Publish Article in Journal of Forensic Nursing

Faye Carlson, assistant professor of the School of Nursing, Jane Grassley, faculty in the school of nursing, and Janet Reis, research professor and senior researcher for the Center of Health Policy, along with Kelley Davis, St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center, published an article in the Journal of Forensic Nursing January/March 2015 issue.

Characteristics of Child Sexual Assault within a Child Advocacy Center Client Population is a descriptive study that summarizes data from a child advocacy center to illustrate how such information might be used to profile the scope and character of child sexual abuse at the community level. Variables include victim demographics, type of sexual abuse and relationship to the perpetrator, and the person to whom the victim was most likely to disclose their sexual abuse. Those children most often seen at this child advocacy center were girls (73 percent); white (67 percent), and living with their mothers, with both parents, or with parent and stepparent (80 percent). The incidence of child sexual abuse increased for girls across age groups. However, boys aged 6-10 years comprised the greatest percentage of the male sample (56 percent) who experienced child sexual abuse. For all three age groups, over half of the perpetrators were identified as relatives and children often disclosed child sexual abuse to their mothers. Understanding patterns of child sexual abuse at the local level provides guidance beyond national and state data to forensic nurses regarding child and family needs within their communities.

New Online Healthcare Simulation Certificate Offered

Nursing student practicing on baby high fidelity manikinBoise State University’s College of Health Sciences has begun accepting applications for a new online Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Simulation. The program received Idaho State Board of Education approval and will begin in fall 2015.

This program is designed for health care educators working full-time and looking for educational opportunities in simulation teaching that fit into their busy life. The program will provide formal preparation for healthcare educators and operators using or desiring to use simulation pedagogy to teach learners in health professions programs and practice settings.

“The use of simulation has caught on quickly in health care but there is a lack of formal training and education about its best use with learners. Our program will offer an opportunity to learn the best practices and evidence-based methods in an interprofessional course environment,” said Janet Willhaus, simulation certificate program facilitator.

Students will complete the certificate in 12 months with one class offered each semester. The summer course has some content delivered online along with a three-day on-campus experience where students apply their newly acquired knowledge and skills within Boise State’s simulation center.

The Boise State University College of Health Sciences Simulation Center is one of only two accredited simulation centers in the Pacific Northwest. The center’s current faculty members have more than 90 combined years of teaching experience using simulation and many are certified simulation educators by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

A health care simulation lab is a physical location that replicates the settings where health care may be provided, such as a hospital, provider’s office or home. The lab is designed with features to mimic real health care settings, and includes functioning equipment and furniture. Both standardized patients and computerized mannequins offer opportunities for learners to provide patient care experiences without fear of harm to real patients.

Hospitals and academic health programs are increasingly using simulation pedagogy based on recommendations from national health, safety and educational organizations. Research is also emerging that shows that those trained using simulation contribute to better patient outcomes and reduced mortality. A 2014 study by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing indicates that students educated using differing doses of simulation performed as well both in school and when entering the workforce as those trained using traditional clinical methods. The advantage simulation offers is that the student experience can be better directed, poses less risk to live patients and includes a broader array of health care situations.

Faculty and staff involved with the program include:

  • Janet Willhaus, simulation certificate program facilitator/instructor, School of Nursing
  • Becky Bunderson, director, College of Health Sciences Simulation Center
  • Rosemary Macy, associate professor, School of Nursing
  • Kelley Connor, assistant professor, School of Nursing

Potential students can review the Admission Process webpage to learn how to apply for the program.

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With this program, Boise State will offer 21 online degrees or certificate programs at the graduate level starting fall 2015. The university’s online programs recently received national attention. The 2015 U.S. News Best Online Programs ranked Boise State University’s online graduate education programs at 47 out of 181 institutions that received a ranking placement. The online graduate nursing programs ranked 48 out of 97 institutions that received a ranking placement, and the online MBA program ranked 97 out of 147 institutions that received a ranking placement.

Students’ interest in Boise State’s programs also is noteworthy. The number of student enrollments in graduate-level online programs has grown 62 percent in the past five years. Enrollments in all online graduate courses has grown 61 percent during the same time frame.

Visit the eCampus website for more information about Boise State online programs.

School of Nursing Sends First Four Participants to American Association of Colleges of Nursing Student Policy Summit

The School of Nursing sponsored four graduate nursing students to attend the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Policy Summit on March 22-24 at Park Hyatt Washington in Washington DC.

Only 200 students were selected nationwide, and this was the first time for any Boise State students to be present. The sponsored graduate students were:

  • Kristy Schmidt: Masters of Population Health Program
  • Andrea Rashad: Doctorate of Nursing Program
  • Anquinette Cray: Doctorate of Nursing Program
  • Aliyya Behles: Doctorate of Nursing Program

The AACN Student Policy Summit is a three-day conference held in Washington DC and is open to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students enrolled at an AACN member institution. Students who attend the student policy summit are immersed in a program session focused on the federal policy process and nursing’s role in professional advocacy.

Rashad found the AACN Student Policy Summit to be “an amazing program which inspires nursing students to become policy minded nursing leaders.” The students were able to meet with Senator James Risch’s assistant chief of staff to discuss Idaho’s need for more nurses.

“I left the summit motivated to be a positive force within my local community,” said Rashad. I learned from the summit that the constituents really have a voice, but need to use it. I do not foresee myself relocating to DC, however I do see myself stepping up my responsibility locally by educating my community on the Affordable Care Act and teaching other nurses the power we have. I learned from the summit that we are the most trusted profession with over three million members, however we only have four members of Congress who are registered nurses and only 36 percent of nurses voted in the last election. These numbers I am motivated to help change. I am so thankful and grateful for this experience.”

Five Doctor of Nursing Practice Students Begin Preparations for Graduation in Spring 2016

This spring, the School of Nursing hosted two cohorts of doctoral students in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. The cohort was on campus to present their doctoral scholarly project proposals, and are expected to be back on campus to present their final scholarly projects in the spring of 2016.

Five students presented their project proposals and 13 students presented their topic ideas. The five students presenting project proposals are:

  • Cherno Bah. “The Development and Implementation of a Glycemic Management Protocol for Adult Diabetic and Pre-diabetic Patients at a Large Psychiatric Hospital”
  • Pamela Fields. “Prehabilitation: Impacts on Post-operative Outcomes”
  • Andrea Lambe. “Facilitating the Sustainability of Health Behaviors in the Phase III Cardiac Rehabilitation Population”
  • Claudia Miewald. “Process Evaluation on Crisis Center Implementation”
  • Jennifer Palagi. “Faith Community Nurse Care Transitions Intervention Feasibility Project”

These five students are eligible for graduation in May 2016 after successful presentation of their final projects next spring. They will be the first cohort of Doctor of Nursing Practice students to complete the program, which began in fall 2013.

College of Health Sciences Faculty Share Expertise at 2015 Idaho Nurse Educator Conference

Many College of Health Sciences faculty shared their expertise at the annual Idaho Nurse Educator Conference held in the Boise State Student Union Building on April 9.

Concurrent Session One presenters included:

  • Kelley Connor, School of Nursing, and Cara Gallegos, School of Nursing: “Does Gaming Improve Student Learning Outcomes?”
  • Jane Grassley, School of Nursing: “Easing the Transition from Expert Clinical to Novice Nurse Educator: A Mentoring Toolkit”
  • Kathy Reavy, School of Nursing: “Inquiry and Leadership: Adventures in Writing”

Concurrent Session Two presenters included:

  • Cathy Deckys, School of  Nursing: “Idaho Schools of Nursing Collaborate to Provide Meningitis Vaccine to College Students”
  • Molly Prengaman, School of Nursing, and Max Veltman, School of Nursing: “Nurse Practitioner Faculty Working with Victims of Violence: A New Dimension of the Faculty Practice Model”
  • Kelley Connor, School of Nursing, and Eldon Walker, School of Nursing: “Educational Technology Tools”

Concurrent Session Three presenters included:

  • Marty Downey, School of Nursing: “IDeas and Possibilities for Holistic Nursing Concepts: A Hybrid Course”
  • Pam Gehrke, School of Nursing: “Beyond Busywork: Designing Writing Assignments for Engaged Learning”
  • Mark Siemon, School of Nursing, and Jaime Sand, School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Community and Environmental Health: “Teaching the Triple Aim of Healthcare Reform in Interprofessional and Nursing Ed”
  • Janet Willhaus, School of Nursing: “Medications and Storytelling: Using the ACES Cases to Teach Pharmacology”

The keynote speech, “Best Practices in Nursing Education”, was given by Marilyn H. Oermann, the Thelma M. Ingles Professor of Nursing and Director of Evaluation and Educational Research at Duke University School of Nursing. Oermann is the Editor-in-Chief of Nurse Educator and the Journal of Nursing Care Quality. She is also the author/co-author of 17 books, 145 articles in peer reviewed journals, and many other types of publications. Oermann has written extensively on teaching and evaluation in nursing, and she lectures widely on nursing education topics. She is a member of the American Academy of Nursing and National League for Nursing (NLN) Academy of Nursing Education. She received the NLN Award for Excellence in Nursing Education Research and the Sigma Theta Tau International Elizabeth Russell Belford Award for Excellence in Education.

Nursing Students Fight Skin Cancer at Boise State

group-photo-(1)In early March, students in the course titled Community and Population Nursing Lab (NURS 417), partnered with Comprehensive Cancer Control of Idaho, a program of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, and University Health Services to spread the word about melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, across the Boise State campus.

The team agreed that a skin cancer campaign before the onset of spring break was high priority since it could have the biggest impact on students. The campaign’s importance was also stressed because Idaho has a higher prevalence of skin cancer compared to the rest of the country.

The team met with the marketing team at University Health Services and decided to spread the word through informational ads on digital screens around campus, large sidewalk chalk art, and a blog post, which was seen 257 times. Their pieces included information, education, and a call to action to change behaviors. The NURS 417  students also surveyed 1,000 students campus wide to gauge their understanding of melanoma and to give tips on how to prevent it and were able to schedule a skin cancer screening, available to all students, staff, and faculty, with Ada West Dermatology on March 12.protect-your-skin

The end goal of the project was to increase campus awareness of the dangers of skin cancer, and to ultimately give students the opportunity to receive a free screening. The two hour screening enabled the team to provide the service to  60 individuals. Of those 60, one person was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma and was referred to a dermatologist for evaluation and treatment. 38 patients needed referrals for further evaluation, 12 of which were recommended biopsies. Thirty-four of the referrals would not have have been screened for skin cancer if it was not for the free clinic.

The lab was instructed by Debora Dobbs and group members included Sarah Miles, Brandon Ward, Matt Eskelson, Bryce Campbell, Crissy Powell, Mellissa May, Amy Jacobson, Jason Novak, and Tracee Chapman.

The group also received recognition by the Arbiter, which can be read here.


Nursing Faculty and Undergraduate Students Publish in Journal of Nursing Education

Several faculty and undergraduate students in the School of Nursing published in the April edition of Journal of Nursing Education. Suzan Kardong-Edgren, the Jody DeMeyer Endowed Chair in Nursing, Ann Butt, clinical assistant professor, and Rosemary Macy, associate professor, along with students, Sarah Harding, Caleb J. Roberts, Alexandra Waddell, and Amanda Erickson published “Expert Modeling, Expert/Self-Modeling Versus Lecture: A Comparison of Learning, Retention, and Transfer of Rescue Skills in Health Professions Students.”

It is unclear whether traditional lecture followed by simulation leads to the best learning, knowledge and skill retention over time. A mixed design study used three modes of education- traditional lecture with self-guided learning, expert modeling/dual viewing with brief questioning, and expert plus self-modeling- measured at four time points, to compare knowledge, time to treat, and correct steps over time. No significant differences were found in knowledge or time to treat between training methods. The group using the education mode of expert modeling/dual viewing with brief questioning performed more steps correctly  than did the other two groups, which included a group that received a traditional lecture with self-guided learning and a group who received expert plus self-modeling. The team concluded that expert modeling may help students remember and perform a complex series of tasks in a scenario and recommended that further research is needed to explore expert modeling for novice learners.