The College of Health Sciences, Human Performance Lab (HPL) was a room filled with excitement and laughter on Feb. 27, while it occupied 17 kindergarten students from the Foothills School of Arts and Sciences. Shawn Simonson, professor and director of the HPL for the Department of Kinesiology, and four Kinesiology students were able to provide an introduction to fitness testing of the human body.
The HPL is a facility that measures the physiological and fitness parameters of the human body through a number of various tests. The lab is designed to teach, conduct research, and provide service to faculty, staff, students, and individuals in the community. Some of the measurements that take place in the lab include body composition, metabolic testing, flexibility testing, exercise stress tests and more.
Catie Wardwell, kindergarten teacher at the Foothills School of Arts and Sciences, brought her students to Boise State’s HPL to further her classes’ understanding on how bodies function as a part of their project based learning unit on the human body.
Upon arrival to the HPL, the kindergarten students were split into five groups and got to experience testing at five different stations. The stations included climbing into the Bod Pod, taking a sit and reach test, performing a distance jump test, executing situps and pushups, and talking about mental health. After each student in the group was able to experience some extent of these tests, they were then taught the importance and impacts of the specific test and how it affects the human body. Allowing these kindergarteners to experience the different parts of the HPL enabled them to receive demonstrations of what ways human performance can be tested and understand the importance of taking care of their bodies.
Learn more about the Human Performance Lab, including tests and measurements that are available for a nominal fee to the public.
Eric Martin, assistant professor for the School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Kinesiology, recently worked with the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) organization to co-author the second annual report, “The Athlete’s Quest for Social Justice: An Examination of 2017 Goals and Impact.” Martin has worked closely with RISE on research articles and projects at the collegiate and professional level. In this project, Martin worked alongside the RISE team to help with coding and analyzing data (described below) for the report.
RISE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to harnessing the unifying power of sports to improve race relations and drive social progress. Led by a remarkable alliance of professional sports leagues, organizations, educators, media networks, sports professionals, and athletes, RISE uses sports as a vehicle to bring people together to promote understanding, respect, and equality. The organization aims to spark enduring action through educational programing and public awareness campaigns.
The “Athlete’s Quest for Social Justice: An Examination of 2017 Goals and Impact” outlines actions taken by athletes and other stakeholders in sports to raise awareness about social injustice throughout 2017. It reviewed over 1,100 actions nationwide which were classified as collective actions, community outreach, financial contribution, protest, public statement, or special apparel. Additionally, each of the actions were categorized into what the primary goals were and included raising awareness about inequality, protecting human rights, empowering individuals, encouraging civic participation and advocacy, and increasing access to resources. Some examples of these actions consisted of athletes raising money for Houston flood relief, kneeling during the national anthem as various symbols of protest, and providing free football camps for minority and underserved youth. The report then provided several recommendations for athletes and other stakeholders to increase the effectiveness of these efforts. The RISE report evaluates the impacts of these efforts through athlete activism and assesses the goals that athletes worked toward during the year as they promoted social justice.
“It is critical to understand how athletes are actually engaging in their communities,” said Martin. “Sport has the power to change society, and these athletes have a unique platform to enact this change. They are engaged in a number of actions that benefit society and they should be recognized as such.”
Students and others can get involved with RISE to drive social progress by attending events, signing up for collegiate leadership programs, and taking the RISE pledge to treat everyone with respect and dignity to help end racism.
To learn more about how to get involved visit, http://www.risetowin.org/
To view the full report visit, http://www.risetowin.org/the-athletes-quest-for-social-justice-an-examination-of-2017-goals-and-impact/
The School of Nursing is partnering with the College of Innovation and Design, Department of Gaming, Interactive Media and Mobile Technology (GIMM) to create a virtual reality game and tool for nursing students.
Nursing students may soon have the opportunity to practice how to properly insert a sterile urinary catheter through virtual reality simulation. Karen Breitkreuz, associate professor for the School of Nursing, and Anthony Ellertson, program director of GIMM, have collaborated to create and test a virtual reality game that allows more hands on learning for future nurses.
“The game we have developed so far would allow students the opportunity to practice an important skill with sterile urinary catheterization as much as the student desired until they reach a competent level of proficiency,” said Breitkreuz.
The College of Health Sciences Simulation Center currently provides nursing students with the opportunity to work in full patient hospital rooms on manikins to practice using oxygen equipment, hospital beds, IV pumps, feeding pumps, etc. With the creation of this virtual reality game, students would be able to further their hands on learning with another way to practice and assess how to keep this procedure sterile. The games would also allow for a more affordable option compared to manikins in the Simulation Center.
“The advantage of the game is that it tells students when they make mistakes and how they can correct their own performance,” said Breitkreuz, “The thing we are trying to teach with this game, is how to prevent a sterile field from being contaminated and the basic steps to complete the procedure. In the game, the students see germs they don’t see in the practice lab and errors are pointed out in sterile technique the students make that can sometimes be missed.”
“The simulation ability and freedom of exploration will make virtual reality tools essential in higher education in the upcoming years,” said Mike Wilson, GIMM student. “I think virtual reality will become a part of every department here on campus, from nursing to physics. It offers functions that professors can use to evaluate their instruction.”
Cynthia Curl, assistant professor for the School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Community and Environmental Health was quoted in a New York Times article titled “These Goldfish Are 70 Percent Organic.” In the article Curl noted that when we eat organically, we reduce our pesticide exposure. “Observational studies, while not conclusive, are consistent with the idea that there may be health benefits from reducing pesticide exposure, particularly during pregnancy. But the science simply isn’t there to say for sure,” she said.
Doctor of Nursing Practice Professor and Graduate Collaborate to Publish Manuscript on Faculty Retention
Teresa Serratt, associate professor for the School of Nursing and Karen Theis, alumnae of the School of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Leadership program, recently celebrated the publication of their manuscript: “Evaluating Association Degree Nursing Faculty Job Satisfaction” in the April 2018 peer-reviewed journal, Teaching and Learning in Nursing.
Theis graduated from the DNP in Leadership program in May 2017 and this manuscript served as her final scholarly project. The DNP in Leadership program prepares nurses to transform practice environments, lead change in complex health systems, and evaluate and implement strategies that optimize health outcomes. Serratt served as the committee chair for Theis’s scholarly project and continues to serve as a professional mentor.
“DNP graduates are expected to take a leadership role in crafting meaningful changes that improve health and health care delivery,” said Serratt. “Part of being a leader is sharing the impact of these changes and ‘lessons learned’ so that others may benefit from these experiences. Most of our graduates have never submitted a manuscript for publication so one of our key goals is to mentor them through the publication process in order to enhance these abilities and help them become more confident.”
Serratt and Theis’ manuscript outlines a scholarly project that identifies factors affecting the retention of faculty in Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) programs. Theis conducted a nation-wide survey of part-time and full-time ADN faculty. The survey identified the factors of dissatisfaction such as salary, organizational policies, and workload and those of satisfaction such as interactions, professional status, and autonomy. The manuscript then offers informative and advanced solutions to retain current faculty.
Read the full manuscript, Evaluating Association Degree Nursing Faculty Job Satisfaction.
Read the scholarly project, Evaluating ADN Faculty Job Satisfaction.
Students who are interested in expanding their network should know that a majority of jobs are found through networking. For a chance to do just that, College of Health Sciences students are invited to attend the ninth semiannual Meet-N-Greet, Wednesday, Mar. 14 from 3:30-6:00 pm in the Simplot Ballroom of the Student Union Building.
Hosted by the School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Community and Environmental Health and Eta Sigma Gamma, health education honorary, this event is a great chance for students to expand their network by connecting with health professionals in their career of interest from 26 local health-related agencies.
This network event enables students to learn more about the different agencies, expand connections, and grow their network in search of possible volunteer, internship, and job opportunities.
The event includes agency introductions, four, eight-minute rounds of separate networking with an agency of choice, and an hour of open networking. Students do not have to attend the entire event, only what their schedule allows and are encouraged to bring their resumes and dress business casual. Free food will also be provided at the event.
To sign up for the Meet-N-Greet, fill out this form by Friday, Mar. 9. Signing up will also allow you to receive email updates prior to the event.
For any further questions, contact Caile Spear at (208) 426-3656 or email@example.com
With recent approval from the Idaho State Board of Education, Boise State University is launching a new, online-only bachelor of arts degree in public health.
The program will begin accepting applications in early March and enroll its first students in fall 2018.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer a rigorous program that will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively serve as public health advocates,” said Lillian Smith, head of the Department of Community and Environmental Health. “Public health addresses issues that are timely, important and relevant. Having this degree offered exclusively online also ensures that students anywhere can complete the program while remaining in and contributing to their home communities.”
Boise State’s program will educate students about the cause and effect components of public health, thereby preparing them to advocate for social change and address community health-related challenges. Professionals with degrees in public health often work in both traditional public health and service-focused organizations, as well as new practice settings and nonprofit organizations.
Students will need to meet several key academic requirements before being accepted to the program. Once enrolled, full-time students can expect to complete their degree in five semesters (including summer coursework.)
“Public health is a rapidly growing field that needs well-educated, well-trained leaders who know how to serve and advance the health and welfare of their communities,” said Tim Dunnagan, dean of the College of Health Sciences. “This new degree is the perfect example of how our faculty and staff are dedicated to creating high-caliber, accessible and affordable programs. Offering this program online also presents an exciting way for us to work directly with individual students while developing leaders who will graduate and contribute to the larger social good.”
To learn more about the bachelor of arts degree in public health, please visit online.boisestate.edu/public-health. To learn more about all of Boise State University’s online offerings, visit online.boisestate.edu.
A large group representing Boise State’s School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Radiologic Sciences, traveled to Las Vegas the first week of February to attend the 43rd annual Association of Collegiate Educator in Radiologic Technology (ACERT) conference. The conference is dedicated to improving the quality of education at the collegiate level in radiologic technology. This year over 800 educators, students, and vendors from across the country attended the conference.
Over the course of three days, experts in the field gave presentations on a wide variety of subjects related to medical imaging. In addition to the presentations, there were a number of student competitions such as an essay and research poster contest. The opportunity to share best practices, learn new trends in medical imaging and education programs, as well as meet faculty and students from across the country was invaluable for educators and students alike.
College of Health Sciences faculty Leslie Kendrick and Travis Armstrong joined twenty-one members of the Boise State Student Association of Radiologic Technology (SART) in attending the conference. The conference allowed for the promotion of Boise State’s online Imaging Sciences A.S. to B.S. and Kendrick also served as a judge for the poster competition.
Continuing the long tradition of Boise State students performing well in the competitions, the top two places in the student essay competition were claimed by Boise State. This is the eleventh year in a row that at least one student or student group has placed in the top three of the competition. In first place was Melisa Dick, James Tamarra, and Amy Woolley with their essay, “Effects of Hand Washing Versus Hand Sanitizing on Various Pathogenic Organisms in the Hospital.” In second place was Alyssa Canegaly, Taylor Sievers, and Ingred Stokes with their essay, “The Differences in Dose to the Thyroid in a Stationary X-ray Unit Versus a Portable Unit.”