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Idaho Statesman Publishes Article Praising Nursing Research

An article, titled “Nursing Research Being Done at Boise State Leads to Better Outcomes, Care,” by Mark Rudin, vice president for research and economic development at Boise State, was published in the Idaho Statesman on Nov. 7. The article discusses the new health care service model focusing on patient outcomes and quality of care.
Read the entire article here.

Scrap Metal Transforms into Scholarship Money

How can you turn scrap metal into scholarships? The answer is to give your scrap metal to the John William Jackson Foundation.

For the past several years, Boise State has partnered with the Idaho Youth Education Recycling Partnership (iYERP) and its umbrella organization, the John William Jackson Foundation, to collect scrap metal. The scrap metal is  taken to Pacific Steel and Recycling and “recycled” into scholarship funds for students.

The John William Jackson Foundation awards gifts or grants to many community projects including Boise State. Approximately 25 percent of all the money the John William Jackson Foundation donates to the university goes to College of Health Sciences scholarships in areas such as kinesiology, nursing, pre-occupational therapy, radiologic sciences, and respiratory care.

Have some scrap metal that you’d like to put to good use? Consider donating your metal to the John William Jackson Foundation by:

  • Reviewing whether or not your scrap will be able to be recycled;
  • Dropping your scrap metal off at an iYERP container, three of which are located on the Boise State campus;
  • Contacting the program to arrange a pick up of your scrap metal, including construction materials, junk cars, and copper wire;
  • Take your recycling material to Pacific Steel and Recycling and tell them you’d like to donate to the John William Jackson Fund.

Boise State and Saint Alphonsus – Partners in Educating a Dynamic Workforce

Rodney Reider, president and CEO of Saint Alphonsus, stands with Boise State nursing students.

Rodney Reider, president and CEO of Saint Alphonsus, stands with Boise State nursing students.

The College of Health Sciences celebrated Boise State’s extensive partnership with Saint Alphonsus at a reception on Thursday, Sept. 24 in the Stueckle Sky Center at Albertsons Stadium.

In addition to providing student clinical experiences for most programs in the College of Health Sciences, Saint Alphonsus also participates on multiple boards and committees across the university and has a long history of partnership with Boise State. Saint Alphonsus, through its parent company Trinity Health, has provided significant financial support to Boise State as well through this long partnership. Financial support ranges from student scholarships to buildings, equipment, faculty development and joint appointments with nursing faculty and more. Most importantly, Saint Alphonsus hires 50-100 Boise State graduates per year, proving the value of our degree programs.

Kirsten Coughlin was also honored for her 25 years of dedicated support to both Boise State and Saint Alphonsus. Coughlin’s comments included how she “loved being a nurse,” how she was “recruited to volunteer through the Friends of Nursing” by an extremely voracious nurse educator by the name of Joanna “Jody” DeMeyer, then chair of the nursing department, how much she enjoyed her many years of service to both Boise State and to Saint Alphonsus, and how “if she can do it, anyone can do it.”

In addition to Coughlin, speakers included Tim Dunngan, dean of Boise State’s College of Health Sciences; Rodney Reider, president and CEO of Saint Alphonsus; and Jill Aldape, director of Saint Alphonsus Foundation.

School of Nursing Faculty Conduct Poverty Simulation

Poverty simulationKelley Connor, assistant professor for the School of Nursing, and Cathy Deckys, clinical assistant professor for the School of Nursing, conducted a poverty simulation through the Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) kit with 74 students from their Health Science Studies (HLTHST) 400 interprofessional capstone course on Sept 26.

“CAPS enables participants to look at poverty from a variety of agencies and then to recognize and discuss the potential for change within their local communities,” said Elaine West, executive director of the Missouri Association for Community Action, which made the simulation available nationwide.  The simulation was designed to sensitize those who frequently deal with low income families as well as to create a broader awareness of poverty among policymakers, community leaders, and others.

Using the simulation kit, students role-played the lives of low-income families. Some were Temporary Assistance for Needy Families recipients, some were disabled, and others were senior citizens on Social Security. They had the stressful task of providing for basic necessities and shelter on a limited budget during the course of four 15-minute “weeks.” They interacted with volunteers who played people in human service agencies, grocers, pawnbrokers, bill collectors, job interviewers, police officers, and others. Participants included staff members of various human service agencies and local civic and community leaders.

“This program helps people understand the complexities and frustrations of living in poverty day to day,” said Deckys. “With a greater awareness of its impact, we can more effectively address the poverty issues in our community.”

The HLTHST 400 course explored the impact of poverty on the HealthyPeople 2020 goals. HealthyPeople, part of the US Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. They strive to:

  • identify nationwide health improvement priorities;
  • increase public awareness and understanding of the determinants of health, disease, and disability and the opportunities for progress;
  • provide measurable objectives and goals that are applicable at many levels;
  • and identify critical research, evaluation, and data collection needs.

Bachelor of Science in Public Health to Be Offered at Boise State

BeBroncoHealthyThe School of Allied Health Sciences’ Department of Community and Environmental Health will soon offer a Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) degree beginning fall 2016. The university’s Board of Trustees, the Idaho State Board of Education, approved the new degree program in Sept. 2015.

The implementation of the Affordable Care Act is shifting the national focus of health care from treatment to prevention and the demand for prevention-focused occupations is rising throughout the healthcare community. The new public health program will focus on individual and population-based prevention factors that impact optimal health.

The BSPH program will seek accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health, an independent accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education. This nationally recognized accreditation will ensure the public health program is of high quality, recognizable, and relevant to Boise State graduates.

The curriculum of the new BSPH program takes advantage of existing academic courses within several disciplines throughout the university, but primarily within the Departments of Kinesiology and Community and Environmental Health in the School of Allied Health Sciences. This integration among programs and academic disciplines will maximize resources and increase capacity in this new degree.

“Accreditation of the BSPH degree will enhance the learning outcomes of the program and better equip graduates for their careers or for graduate school” says Nichole Lasich, a public health faculty member in the Department of Community and Environmental Health. Contact the Department of Community and Environmental Health with questions regarding this new degree.

Influential Sports Medicine Practitioners Honored with Endowed Scholarship

A new athletic training scholarship will honor two local, influential sports medicine practitioners. The Craner-Wade Athletic Training Scholarship will honor both Gary E. Craner, founding head athletic trainer at Boise State University, and George Wade, M.D., founder of Idaho Sports Medicine Institute and a Boise State Broncos team physician.

Gary Craner

Gary Craner

George Wade

George Wade

Craner and Wade have cared for thousands of Boise State athletes through their careers as well as mentoring and inspiring many students in the Athletic Training Program, Department of Kinesiology, School of Allied Health Sciences.

“These two men have meant so much to so many students of the Athletic Training program, staff athletic trainers and, of course, the student-athletes they cared for,” said Dave Hammons, director of the Athletic Training program in the Department of Kinesiology, School of Allied Health Sciences. “I continue to hear of their influences from posts by our alumni on our Facebook page. The Athletic Training program, along with so many past and present students, expresses a great deal of admiration for the time and knowledge that Gary and George have invested through countless learning opportunities. What’s great is that both of them continue to impart their wisdom on current students and staff. Their legend is still very much a part of this program.”

The Craner-Wade Athletic Training Scholarship is established to recognize their dedication, passion and accomplishments as educators and mentors. Craner and Wade were instrumental in creating the comprehensive Sports Medicine program serving Boise State athletes today and they passed on their knowledge and passion to hundreds of athletic trainers along the way. Craner and Wade dedicated their professional careers to translating classroom learning into practical application for athletic training students for over three decades; teaching both the science and the art of athletic training and sports medicine.

Craner was the first athletic trainer in Idaho to be certified by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. He served as the head athletic trainer at Boise State from 1972 to 2008. He founded the Idaho Athletic Training Association in 1985 and served as its first president. Craner also helped develop legislative measures for athletic training registration which was the first step in later gaining licensure for athletic trainers in Idaho.

Wade became the second Boise State University team physician in 1979. That same year he created the Idaho Sports Medicine Institute, a specialized orthopedic care facility for athletes and active people of all ages and abilities. In 1984, Boise State’s athletic administration requested that the Idaho Sports Medicine Institute clinic move to the Boise State football stadium, now Albertsons Stadium. The move created the first privately owned medical facility on a state-owned university campus in the United States. Wade helped with Craner’s work for legislative measures for professional licensure for athletic trainers in Idaho by providing both testimony and financial support.

“Wade was one of the first physicians that understood and believed in a multidisciplinary approach to sports medicine,” said Tamara Pascoe, M.D., Boise State alumnus (BS, athletic training, ‘90 and MS, exercise and sports studies, ‘99) and creator and donor of this scholarship. “He hired and supported athletic trainers before many other clinics in the Treasure Valley.”

“This scholarship is my way of paying it forward. George and Gary were my mentors; they believed in me and ultimately pushed me to go beyond the world of Boise State to become a physician and follow my dreams,” said Pascoe. “I am one of hundreds of students that they have inspired, supported and taught in the past thirty-plus years. I want future students to know and understand who the individuals were that paved the way for the current status of athletic training and sports medicine at Boise State and in Idaho.”

If you would like to contribute to the Craner-Wade Athletic Training Scholarship fund, contact Jon Larkin at 208-426-2124 or

Lutana Haan Presents at 2015 Annual Idaho Sleep Professionals Association Meeting

Lutana HaanLutana Haan, assistant professor in the Department of Respiratory Care, spoke at the 2015 Annual Idaho Sleep Professionals Association Meeting on Oct. 4 in Hailey, Idaho.

Lutana presentation was titled, “Sleep and Obesity” and focused on the effect of hormones on both sleep and obesity, the effect of short duration on obesity, and the role of emotional stress.

The meeting was attended primarily by sleep technologists, physicians, and nurse practitioners in Idaho who work with individuals with sleep disorders.

The Idaho Sleep Professionals Association, formerly known as the Idaho Sleep Disorders Association, provides an ideal setting for healthcare professionals to discuss the hot topics related to sleep, and a forum to view new and existing products and services.

Sarah Toevs Collaborates with Boise State Faculty and Staff to Support Learning Outcome Achievements in Foundational Studies Classes

Sarah Toevs

Sarah Toevs

Sarah Toevs, professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Health and director of the Center for the Study of Aging, along with Shari Ellertson, director of the Office of Institutional Research, Kristen Mitchell, associate professor of biological sciences, and Carrie Seymour, lecturer in English, attended the 2015 Assessment Institute in Indiana at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis.

The Assessment Institute is the nation’s oldest and largest event focused exclusively on outcomes assessment in higher education.

The team of faculty and staff will be applying the insights they gained to Boise State’s ongoing efforts to support university learning outcome achievements in Foundational Studies classes as well as program learning outcomes in academic majors.

Travel for the team was supported by Institutional Research and Foundational Studies.

College of Health Sciences Helps Rock For Money for March of Dime

Dean Tim Dunnagan in the College of Health Sciences Rocking Chair

Dean Tim Dunnagan in the College of Health Sciences Rocking Chair

The College of Health Sciences sponsored a rocking chair during the March of Dimes “Rock-a-thon,” which was organized and monitored by Scentsy.

Seventy rocking chairs lined Eagle Road near Scentsy’s Meridian complex and people volunteered to rock in the chairs between 6:00 AM and 5:00 PM on Sept. 11. For every hour that a volunteer rocked in one of the chairs, Scentsy donated $275 to the local March of Dimes chapter.

The goal of the event was to raise $230,000. Between the volunteers and donations and pledges, the event surpassed their goal and also collected diapers and sleep sacks for the charity.

College of Health Sciences faculty and staff volunteered for thirty minute shifts in the college’s Boise State decorated chair. Together the college chair, with the addition of student volunteers, raised more than $4,000.

The March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality through education and the funding of applicable research.

Two New Endowed Respiratory Care Scholarships Honor Influential Health Care Practitioners

Respiratory Care students will benefit from two new endowed scholarships: the Dr. Conrad Colby Respiratory Care Scholarship and the Thomas Raymond Gable Respiratory Care Scholarship.

The Dr. Conrad Colby Respiratory Care Scholarship was named in honor of Conrad Colby who began his tenure as program director and chair of Boise State’s Department of Respiratory Care in 1974. For the next 30 years, he provided leadership, vision, a strong commitment to academic excellence and student-focused education, and built the program into one of the best in the United States. Colby has a doctorate in biology from the University of Montana.

Colby believed strongly in community partnerships and the value of “giving back” in as many ways as possible. Colby also provided leadership to Boise State in his specialty of medical ethics. He believed that research was critical and endeavored to instill a love for research in faculty and students. One of Colby’s greatest achievements was his emphasis on student-focused education which created an educational climate in the Department of Respiratory Care where students knew that they were the faculty’s number one priority.

Because of Colby’s influence, the Department of Respiratory Care has continued to grow and remain one of the top respiratory care programs in the United States. This scholarship honors Colby, now professor emeritus, for all that he has given to the healthcare community in the Treasure Valley.

The Thomas Raymond Gable Respiratory Care Scholarship was named in honor of the late Tom Gable, a friend of the university who passed away in October 2014. Gable was a key pulmonary function technologist in the State of Idaho. During his career, he developed the Samuel Bloom Pulmonary Function Laboratory at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center and taught the Pulmonary Function Lecture and Laboratory course to respiratory care students at Boise State for more than 40 years.

Gable was also very active in the state and national respiratory care societies. His team was retired after, for three years straight, winning the National Sputum Bowl Championship, a knowledge contest that is similar to the game show “Jeopardy” held during the American Association for Respiratory Care annual conference. Gable is frequently referred to by respiratory therapists and pulmonologists as “the smartest person they ever knew.” Gable’s love for learning and advancing respiratory care will never be forgotten. This scholarship honors his memory and keeps his name a part of the Department of Respiratory Care forever.

The two scholarships will each be awarded annually based on a four percent payout of the initial investment of $25,000 each. Recipients will be respiratory care students who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and who are enrolled full time at Boise State. The Department of Respiratory Care resides in the School of Allied Health Sciences.