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Nursing Alumna Honored with National Award for Certified Perinatal Loss Care Professionals

Jennifer JonelyJennifer Jonely, a spring 2014 graduate of the Master of Science in Nursing program at Boise State, will be awarded the 2015 Certified in Perinatal Loss Care of the Year Award. This annual award recognizes the exceptional work of perinatal loss care professionals from across the country who have made contributions in one or more of the following areas of hospice and palliative care: clinical practice, education, leadership, and research.

“Jennifer passionately serves our community through her work caring for families who experienced the loss of a baby during pregnancy or at birth,” said Jane Grassley, School of Nursing faculty and Jonely’s advisor. “She was an outstanding student in our Nursing of Populations Masters program and we are very proud of Jennifer’s achievement.”

Jonely will receive the award during the National Board of Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses Annual Certification Recognition Event on February 26 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during the 2015 American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association Annual Assembly.

School of Nursing Welcomes New Chair Denise Seigart

Denise SeigartDenise Seigart has joined Boise State University’s School of Nursing as the chair of the undergraduate nursing and masters of nursing of populations programs.

Seigart previously served as the associate dean for nursing education at Stevenson University in Baltimore, Maryland and as a professor and administrator at Mansfield University in Mansfield, Pennsylvania. She has also served as a visiting professor at Volograd University in Russia.

Seigart earned her bachelors in nursing from Niagara University, her masters in Community Health Nursing at Binghamton University, and her doctorate in Human Service Studies at Cornell University. (more…)

Nursing Faculty Delivers Loewenberg School of Nursing Distinguished Lecture

Dr. Cindy ClarkSchool of Nursing professor Cynthia Clark will deliver the Loewenberg School of Nursing Distinguished Lecture at the University of Memphis on Sept. 26.

She will discuss “Igniting the Power of Civility in Nursing: Fostering Healthy Workplaces.”

Clark, founder of Civility Matters, has won awards for her groundbreaking work in civility. Her theory-driven interventions, empirical measurements, theoretical models and reflective assessments provide methods to prevent, measure and address uncivil behavior and create healthy workplaces.

Her book, “Creating and Sustaining Civility in Nursing Education,” received the 2013 American Journal Book of the Year Award for Professional Issues in Nursing. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the recipient of numerous teaching, research and service awards.

Nursing Faculty Presents on Wellness and Civility at Ohio State

Cindy Clark, left, with Bernadette Melnyk.

Cindy Clark, left, with Bernadette Melnyk.

School of Nursing professor Cynthia Clark presented at Ohio State University’s Transformation Day on Aug. 21. Clark was the featured presenter for the third annual event at Ohio State University. Her presentation, titled “Civility Rising! Strategies to Inspire Healthy Academic Workplaces,” enhanced the OSU College of Nursing’s ongoing focus on wellness and civility. Building on the visionary work of Bernadette Melnyk, associate vice president for health promotion, university chief wellness officer, and dean and professor in the College of Nursing, Clark’s keynote address and interactive workshop reinforced OSU’s LIVE WELL initiative. LIVE WELL is an acronym for Lead, Innovate, Vision, Execute, and to be Wellness-focused, Evidence-based, Lifelong learners and Lights for the world.

Nursing Faculty and Students Serve as Staff for Inaugural Camp HOPE Idaho

Boise State Alumni Volunteers

At Camp HOPE Idaho, Paul McPherson, MD , the medical director of St. Luke’s CARES (Children at Risk Evaluation Services); John Dilgard, RN, recent Boise State Alumnus; Jake Gere, RN, recent Boise State Alumnus; Jenna Lindsay, RN, Boise State Alumna; and Rachel Bentley, RN, current Boise State RN-BS student. All are employed by St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital.

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…)

Faculty Collaborate to Create Innovative Interprofessional Projects and Courses

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…)

Nursing Faculty and Student Present Research at American Holistic Nurses’ Association Conference

Alia Crandall and Marty DowneyMarty 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


Nursing Student Places Second at National Track and Field Championship

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

Cindy Clark Presented on Civility at “Revolutionizing Nursing Education” Conference

Cindy ClarkCynthia 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.

Endowed Chair Speaks at Simulation Center Re-Opening in Korea

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.