Staff and Faculty earn Quality Matters Certification
School of Nursing staff and faculty successfully completed training and certification at the QM Works! Great Northwest Regional Conference 2014, held in Vancouver, Washington on April 25-16. Quality Matters is a faculty-centered, peer review process that is designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses. The conference provided opportunity for regional, and international faculty, administrators and instructional designers to meet, share and learn best practice standards, research findings, and instructional design principles to promote student learning and continuous quality improvement. Gaining certification in “Applying the Quality Matters Rubric” enhances the RN-BS Online/Distance Completion Track’s initiative of enhancing best practices related to universal design in online programming. Betty Miller, MS, adjunct faculty coordinator; Darcy Anderson, Rn, MS, remote special lecturer; and Mary Hereford, PhD, RN, CEN, associate professor, will also participate in QM’s training and certification for Addressing Accessibility in May.
Vivian Schrader and Jayne Josephsen Publish Article in Syllabus
Vivian Schrader and Jayne Josephsen had an article published in Syllabus vol 2 number 1, a peer reviewed journal. Title: Preparing RNs for the Online Learning Environment. Congratulations to these ladies for their scholarly work.
Betty Miller Nominated for 2012 Professional Staff of the Year
Each year the Professional Staff Senate recognizes an outstanding Professional Staff member who best exemplifies service to the university and the community. The recipient and nominees are recognized at the Professional Staff Association annual business meeting. Dr. Vivian Schrader, Director of the RN-BS Online/Degree Completion Track, nominated Betty for her outstanding work and service to the adjunct faculty in her role as adjunct faculty coordinator in the RN-BS Online/Degree Completion Track. Betty continually displays professionalism and efficiency in her work and is highly valued in the department!
Betty Miller Presents Paper at the 5th Annual Mentoring Institute Conference
Betty Miller, adjunct faculty coordinator of the RN-BS online option in the School of Nursing, presented her paper titled “Online Adjunct Faculty as the Customer: A Logic Model to Meet the Environmental Needs of Online Adjunct Faculty” to attendees of the 5th annual Mentoring Institute Conference held at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque on Oct. 24. The paper and presentation described the needs of online adjunct faculty and the RN-BS’s experiences of facilitating developmental relationships and a supportive environment for success.
Maura Rasmussen Graduates with Honors
Maura Rasmussen, Student Enrollment Coordinator and Advisor, graduated in December, 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Social Science with a Minor in Communications from Boise State University. Her hard work paid off, and she even received honors! Maura works with RN-BS students as an academic advisor, and can relate to students as they balance work, family and school. Way to go Maura!
Leonie Sutherland Receives Research Funding
Diabetes self-management is essential for the effective control of blood glucose levels, slowing disease progression, and minimizing the devastating complications resulting from poor glucose control. Self-management requires a basic understanding of diabetes pathophysiology, shared decision making between provider and patient, and a commitment to incorporate health strategies into everyday living.
Blue Cross is implementing the Diabetes Light Wellness Coaching program designed to provide health coaching for members whose diabetes falls within specific parameters. The goals of the program are to help members with behavior change and provide support as they make lifestyle changes. The Diabetes Light Wellness Coaching program offers an opportunity to examine some of the issues surrounding successful self-management as recommended by the current state of knowledge. A research extension of this program will further explore the self-management experiences of program participants. A better understanding of how the trajectory of self-management unfolds will be helpful to tailor interventions to the unique needs of patients wanting to take charge of their diabetes.
Certified Nurse Educators and The Value of Certification
Congratulations to RN-BS online adjunct faculty: Faith Chennette, RN and Crissy Hunter, RN (pictured below, left to right) who recently passed their CNE exams! The mission of the Academic Nurse Educator Certification Program is to recognize excellence in the advanced specialty role of the academic nurse educator.
Certification in any field is a mark of professionalism. For academic nurse educators, it establishes nursing education as a specialty area of practice and creates a means for faculty to demonstrate their expertise in this role. It communicates to students, peers, and the academic and health care communities that the highest standards of excellence are being met. Also, congratulations to Dr. Vivian Schrader who passed her CNE exam earlier in spring 2012!
Marilyn O’Mallon, Ph.D., RN earns eLearning Faculty Status
Dr. Marilyn O’Mallon completed the requirements for Armstrong’s Teaching Fellows Program for Online & Blended Learning during summer 2012 and has earned eLearning Faculty Status for her work. The Teaching Fellows Program at Armstrong Atlantic provides best practices for online teaching, learning, and assessment. Marilyn’s commitment to academic excellence across all course formats is to be commended.
Renae Dougal co-presents “Multi-Faceted Education Intervention to Overcome Perceived Beliefs and Barriers to Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)”
Renae Dougal, MSN, RN, CLNC, CCRP along with Jill Anderson, RN, MSN, APRN, CCNS presented their presentation entitled “Multi-Faceted Education Intervention to Overcome Perceived Beliefs and Barriers to Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)” to attendees of the 3rd Annual Nursing Research Day.
This year’s focus on the culture of evidence-based practice provided opportunities for local nurses and nursing student scholars to learn more about creating an evidence-based nursing practice culture in Boise, Idaho. The event was hosted by the Boise Veteran Affairs Medical Center.
Two School of Nursing faculty presented at the Idaho Nurse Educator Conference (INEC), held in Twin Falls, Idaho on March 13-14. The INEC provides opportunity for nurse educators across the state to meet, share and learn practices supporting nursing education.
Vivian Schrader, PhD, RN, director of the RN-BS Online/Distance Completion Track, presented a poster, “Preparing for the Online Learning Environment,” which was created in collaboration with Jayne Josephsen, MS, RN, CHPN, faculty in the School of Nursing, Maura Rasmussen, student enrollment coordinator for the Degree Completion Track, and Betty Miller, adjunct faculty coordinator for the Degree Completion Track.
Cecile B. Evans, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, and Rebecca M. Humphreys, BSN, RN, OCN, a nurse from St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center, presented their poster “A Simulation Scenario for Undergraduate Nurses to Gain Knowledge and Experience in Pain Management Nursing.”