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Boise State Nursing Students Volunteer at Saint Alphonsus Annual Neonatal Intensive Care Anniversary Harvest Party

St. Alphonsus Harvest PartyKaren Godard, nursing faculty, along with seven junior Child and Family Nursing course students volunteered at the 12th annual Saint Alphonsus Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Graduate Anniversary Party at the Riverside Hotel’s ballroom on Oct. 20. The harvest party served as a chance for families to reunite with their former caregivers.

Families attended the party with their children dressed in Halloween costumes. More than 500 people attended the popular event. Students assisted with guest registration, child-themed games, arts and crafts, and interacting with children of all ages. The Saint Alphonsus staff greatly appreciated the students’ assistance and encouraged their attendance next year, as it allowed the professional nursing and medical staff much needed time to visit with the families and graduates.

School of Nursing Students Help to Protect St. Luke’s Employees from Flu

Students from Boise State’s School of Nursing were recruited to help with the influenza immunization campaign for Elks-Rehab and St. Luke’s employees in Boise. Over 30 seventh semester students along with Boise State clinical instructors, Cathy Deckys, Debbie Dobbs, Mark Siemon, and Lucy Zhao, vaccinated Elks-Rehab and St. Luke’s employees to ensure they remain healthy. As a result, their patients and co-workers are also at lower risk of influenza. Pam Foreman, St. Luke’s Employee Health Manager, helped to arrange the clinical experience for the students.

Nursing Faculty to be Co-Chair for Professional Issues Panel on Workplace Violence and Incivility

Dr. Cynthia Clark 2014 PhotoThe American Nurses Association (ANA) has selected Cynthia Clark, professor in the School of Nursing, as a co-chair for the Professional Issues Panel on Workplace Violence and Incivility. The goal of the panel is to develop a position statement on workplace violence and incivility and to provide evidence-based, detailed guidance for registered nurses and employers to promote healthy workplaces.

Two other co-chairs named to the committee include Deena Brecher, president of the Emergency Nurses Association, and Cole Edmonson, chief nursing officer at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Dallas. The co-chairs will convene the activities of the steering committee and advisory committee later this month and will complete its mission and goals in approximately nine months. For more information, visit

Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Program Receives Accreditation

The Master of Nursing Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) degree program at Boise State University received extended accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) in August. The Boise State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science programs are also accredited by ACEN.

An AGNP is an advanced practice nurse who specializes in the care and treatment of individuals from adolescence to death, excluding the care of pregnant women. Boise State’s AGNP program requires 50 credits and 700 supervised clinical hours for graduation and can be completed anywhere from three to seven years. Once licensed, an AGNP can, among other things, perform comprehensive and focused physical examinations, diagnose and treat common acute illnesses and injuries, and manage chronic health problems. (more…)

Nursing Faculty and Students Advocate for Peruvian Sheepherders’ Health

Surrounded by more than 2,000 sheep and a few dogs, two men, originally from Peru, alternate between caring for the sheep and tending to their base camp in the foothills and mountains of southwest Idaho. The sheep graze miles from civilization and the men have no form of transportation other than their own feet. If either man were to need urgent medical care, it would take hours for him to get to a hospital or urgent care clinic as the men also have no access to a phone.

Sheep Herding

Nursing Students in Quiroz’s Community and Population Health class experience herding life following a flock of sheep. Photo by Betzi Quiroz.

Though she is just starting her second year at Boise State, Betzi Quiroz, clinical assistant professor in the School of Nursing, has been working with Peruvian sheepherders in Idaho for more than 20 years. Quiroz emigrated to the U.S. from Peru after her father worked as a sheepherder in Idaho. He became a citizen and moved his family to Boise. Every weekend the Quiroz family would travel throughout Southwest Idaho, sometimes on horseback, to bring homemade food to the sheepherders.

“For the past 22 years, I have seen tremendous changes that have occurred within the sheep industry and especially the many injuries that these herders would suffer at work due to inclement weather, lack of potable water, wildlife, non-existent knowledge of gun use, and their semi-nomadic lifestyles,” said Quiroz. “The number of individuals suffering from diabetes and hypertension has more than doubled in the 22 years I have known them. There is genetic predisposition but their illness worsens at a faster pace due to limited choices for nutritionally-dense foods and almost non-existent medical supervision.” (more…)

Director of School of Nursing Named Transcultural Nursing Scholar

Ann HubbertAnn Hubbert, director of Boise State’s School of Nursing, has been named a Transcultural Nursing Scholar by the Transcultural Nursing Society. Hubbert was recognized during the society’s annual conference, held Oct. 22-25 in Charleston, S.C.

Hubbert’s career focus in nursing administration and education has been working with populations and cultural health issues. She has been a Certified Transcultural Nurse since 1999, and her expertise has been aimed at education, services, and research for underserved cultural populations to reduce health disparities and improve health status and access to care. Her work in these areas has received the annual recognitions of two national and international nursing societies: The American Holistic Nurses’ Association, as Nurse of the Year, and the Transcultural Nursing Society’s Leininger Leadership Award. In addition, the Catholic Health Association’s top honor was received by the international program she created in partnership with the Indian Health Service which is focused on spirituality and healing. She has also been sponsored as a member of the Comanche nation for her work with partnerships among tribal nations, Indian Health Services, and Western health care services. She is a national consultant for inter-professional programs, health care systems, and colleges on transcultural health. (more…)

Boise State Partners with Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center to Improve Patient Care

Boise State School of Nursing has partnered with Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise to provide a unique opportunity to nurses working for Saint Alphonsus.

Seven Registered Nurses with associate degrees who work for Saint Alphonsus are receiving a new scholarship to complete their bachelors degree in Boise State School of Nursing’s RN-BS Online/Distance Completion Track. The scholarship will cover tuition, electronic fees, and books for nursing courses for up to two years.

The RN-BS Online/Distance Completion Track was started in 2008 to help nurses with their associate degree earn their bachelor’s degree. The track currently has more than 700 students enrolled and has graduated more than 375 students. (more…)

Nursing Faculty Presents Research at International Rural Health Conference

Mark SiemonMark Siemon was given the opportunity to present his research on the difference in team climate between registered nurses (RNs) who work with state-certified community health workers (CHWs), and RNs who work with non-state-certified CHWs. His presentation, titled “State Certification of Community Health Workers and Nurses Perception of Team Climate”,  was on the first day of The International Rural Health and Rural Nursing Research Conference held at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana on July 29 – 31.

Siemon used SurveyMonkeyⓇ, an online survey development cloud, to develop an internet-based survey called Team Climate Inventory (TCI). The TCI was distributed nationally using a technique called snowball sampling where study subjects who received the survey directly can then recruit additional subjects from among their acquaintances. Study participants completed a questionnaire about their team’s climate and demographic questions about themselves and their organizations. (more…)

Technology Fund Provides State-of-the-Art Equipment for New Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Program

AGNP Students, Roxy and Addie, with SAM II

AGNP Students, Roxy and Addie, with SAM II

The first cohort of Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) students gathered on campus in July in the School of Nursing’s Practice Lab for the first summer session. The session was enhanced by technology made available by the Stemmler Technology Fund for Nursing Department Laboratories, which was created by Brandy and Bertram Stemmler.

With money from the Stemmler Technology Fund, the school was able to buy a Sam II Auscultation Manikin, a SimScope, and an OtoSim otoscopy training and simulation system.

The Sam II Auscultation Manikin is a cardiac respiratory trainer that allows faculty to control heart, lung and bowel sounds on a manikin head and torso. By working with Sam II, students become acquainted with uncommon sounds that may indicate disease or medicine complications. (more…)

College of Health Sciences Student Organizations Earn Three of Five Homecoming Parade Awards

  • Student Nurses Association Homecoming 2014 Float

    Student Nurses Association Award-Winning Float

    SNA sedates the Cajuns with giant needles on their float.

  • Student Association of Radiologic Technologies Homecoming 2014 Float

    Student Association of Radiologic Technologies Award-Winning Float

    SART uses their knowledge of imaging science to radiate the Cajuns on their float.

  • Student Association for Respiratory Care Homecoming 2014 Float

    Student Association for Respiratory Care Award-Winning Float

    SARC showcases the respiratory system on their float.

The College of Health Sciences did very well in the 2014 Homecoming Parade float competition. The parade took place on Saturday, Sept. 20 before the Broncos took on the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns. Students built floats with members of their group to compete and earn money for their organizations. Out of the five available awards, the College of Health Sciences student clubs earned three. The President’s Award- Best Overall and $500 went to the Student Nurses Association. The Student Association of Radiologic Technologists earned the $200 Grand Marshal’s Award, and the Student Association for Respiratory Care earned the $100 Creativity Award. Each of the student groups will have the awarded amount transferred into their organization’s account by the end of Oct.