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Jeff Anderson Shares Expertise with Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center Staff

Jeff AndersonJeff Anderson, associate professor and director of clinical education in the Department of Respiratory Care, presented a two hour lecture on June 4th to nurses at Saint Alphonsus who are enrolled in a course titled Essentials of Critical Care Orientation (ECCO).  

The ECCO course is for new intensive care unit nurses and covers a variety of respiratory care related topics including patient assessment, oxygen therapy, arterial blood gas and chest radiograph interpretation, and an introduction to mechanical ventilation.

Anderson also presented a one hour lecture on the interpretation of chest radiographs and computerized tomography (CT) scans for nurses on the medical response and code blue teams at Saint Alphonsus on Sept. 22. Medical response teams are made up primarily of registered nurses and respiratory therapists who are called to evaluate patients in distress, or who have had a sudden decrease in function. They may intervene and correct the situation, or transfer the patient to an area of the hospital in which they can receive higher level care such as an intensive care unit.

Terri Soelberg Works to Further the Profession of Research Development

Terri SoelbergTerri Soelberg, Director of the College of Health Sciences Office of Research, is the lead investigator for a salary survey conducted by the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP). This is a follow-up to a survey that was conducted in 2012, however this time it includes the calculation and inclusion of normalized salaries using the 2013 county-level cost-of-living index table from the Council for Community and Economic Research.

Information collected from this survey will help those in the newly emerging field of research development benchmark their position and compensation against similar positions, as well as assist organizations who are in the process of creating new research development offices to define roles and competitive compensation packages. Currently, research development positions are not classified within the College and University Professional Association (CUPA) for Human Resources, so no data is available to assist university human resources departments or unit administrators with these issues.

The survey also attempts to capture the most frequent research development duties performed by members, describe how research development positions and offices are structured, and document annual salary ranges and median salary across demographic, geographic, functional, and educational variables. Preliminary analysis has been completed and has been accepted for presentation at the Society for Research Administrators International annual conference in Las Vegas in October.

One exciting outcome of the survey is the development of a compensation calculator that NORDP members will be able to use to estimate salary based on key variables found to influence earnings. This model was developed in consultation with the wonderful people in the Penn State University Statistical Consulting Center.

Soelberg became a member of the Member Services Committee Metrics group, which is overseeing the survey, during the 2014 NORDP annual conference. Additional researchers involved with the project are Gretchen Kiser, University of California San Francisco; Lorraine Mulfinger, Pennsylvania State University; and Ann McGuigan, University of Arizona.

Research development professionals support the efforts of faculty to secure extramural research funding and initiate and nurture critical partnerships throughout the institutional research enterprise, among institutions, and with external stakeholders. With the goal of enabling competitive individual and team research and facilitating research excellence, the organization develops and shares best practices for attracting and managing research funding. Professionals in this field foster multi- and inter-disciplinary research excellence by building and implementing collaborative services and resources that span across disciplines, and cross administrative boundaries within organizations and beyond.

Caregiving in Idaho – Lifespan Respite Summit Registration Open

Registration for the Caregiving in Idaho – Lifespan Respite Summit on Thursday, Oct 22 has officially opened. The summit will take place from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Shilo Inn Suites in Idaho Falls and is free with a light breakfast and full lunch provided.

The summit will be held in Idaho Falls to provide an opportunity for caregivers, community leaders, representatives from public, non-profit and private programs, and other community members to explore creating networks of support for caregivers.

Family caregivers are an essential part of Idaho’s health care system, providing uncompensated, often complex, care and support to thousands of disabled and ill family members across the lifespan. Various perspectives are necessary as we work to identify synergies and solutions for family caregiver support.

With the passage of House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 24, Idaho’s legislators called for the creation of a caregiver work group to produce a report identifying resources available to Idaho’s caregivers and innovative solutions to identified issues. The results of the summit will guide the work of the caregiver work group developed in response to HCR 24.

The summit is hosted by the Idaho Caregiver Alliance (ICA), a consortium of state, regional, and local governmental, private, and non-profit organizations and individuals working together to improve community-based support for family caregivers. The ICA is coordinated by the Idaho Commission on Aging in partnership with the Center for the Study of Aging at Boise State University.

To register for this event go to:

New Faculty Brings Wealth of Experience in Social Work’s Role in the Health and Nutrition of Families

Nicole O'ReillyNicole O’Reilly brings knowledge and passion about aiding the health of families as a new assistant professor in Boise State’s School of Social Work.

O’Reilly graduated with her bachelor of social work from Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania and her master of science in social work from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She completed her doctorate at University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2015 with her dissertation, “Food Environment and Family Food Insecurity: Store Type and Availability with the Likelihood of Family Food Insecurity in Baltimore City.”

Her primary research interests lie in the health and nutrition of families, specifically examining the relationship between the food environment, food security, and health outcomes.

“Dr. O’Reilly will be a model for our bachelor’s students as one of the few faculty members who earned a BSW,” said Randy Magen, director of the School of Social Work. “In addition, Nicole brings both innovative methods and an original area of research to Boise State.”

While at University of Maryland, Baltimore, O’Reilly conducted research focused on the association between physical activity, food environment and health related behaviors among low-income adolescent girls as a graduate research assistant for the university’s School of Medicine. O’Reilly also worked on research related to involuntary mental health treatment and Title IV-E training efficacy as a graduate research assistant in the School of Social Work.

From 2009-2010, O’Reilly was a temporary full-time faculty member for her alma mater Shippensburg University’s social work program. She then spent five years as an adjunct faculty member for the university’s bachelor of social work foundation courses. In addition to her experience as a graduate research and teaching assistant at University of Maryland, Baltimore, O’Reilly was a pre-doctoral teaching fellow for the university’s Maternal Child and Health Leadership Development Program.

O’Reilly also brings a variety of social work practice experience with her to Boise State. In Lancaster, Pennsylvania, she was a neurofeedback specialist and program administrator for the Institute for Children and Families. She was also a part-time mobile therapist and behavioral specialist consultant for the Youth Advocate Program. In addition, O’Reilly served as a victim assistance officer and consultant for the Cumberland County District Attorney and Juvenile Probation Office in Carlisle, Pennsylvania for three years.

Boise State Alumnus Returns as Tenure-Track Faculty

Nathaniel WilliamsNathaniel Williams (’02 Bachelor of Arts in Social Science, ’04 Master of Social Work) returned to campus this fall as a tenure-track assistant professor for the School of Social Work.

“When the opportunity to join the faculty at Boise State arose, I jumped at the chance,” said Williams. “The School of Social Work at Boise State engenders exactly the type of innovative culture, high standards of excellence, and entrepreneurial spirit that make social work education and research exciting.”

His research areas of expertise are in children’s mental health services, implementation science, organizational interventions, and organizational culture and climate. These will add a focus on research and knowledge that improves the outcomes of children’s mental health and social service systems through the adoption and integration of high-yield, low-cost evidence-based practices and organizational strategies and innovations that support accountability and service effectiveness.

Williams completed his doctorate in social work, with a minor in statistics, in 2015 at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He received a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), individual pre-doctoral fellowship for $100,000 to study the impact of organizational implementation strategies on EBT use for three years.

In 2013, Williams received the QUEST Scholar Award from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Office of Research.

During his last two years in Tennessee, Williams worked in the university’s College of Social Work as a research assistant professor for the Children’s Mental Health Services Research Center.

Williams was the principal investigator from 2007-2011 on “Evaluating Youth Outcomes and Provider Fidelity in Psychosocial Rehabilitation for Youth” for CenterPointe, Inc., a clinic for child and family psychotherapy in Nampa, Idaho. He also served as a mental health clinician for CenterPointe from 2004 to 2011 and in 2006, he became the program director of its child psychosocial rehabilitation program.

While he was in Knoxville, Tennessee, Williams served as a research assistant on two NIMH grants and two William T. Grant Foundation grants. From 2012-2015, he worked with primary investigator Kimberly Hoagwood on a NIMH grant and sub-contract with New York University Medical Center, titled “Improving Family-to-Family Services in Children’s Mental Health.

From 2011-2015, Williams worked with primary investigator Charles Glisson on a NIMH grant on using organizational implementation strategy in children’s mental health. Glisson was also the primary investigator on the two William T. Grant Foundation grants with whom Williams worked. These projects were titled “Testing the ARC Organizational Intervention Strategy for Community and School-Based Youth Service Programs” and “Establishing National Child Welfare Agency Norms for the Organizational Social Context (OSC) Measurement System.”

Williams also served on the Task Force on Children’s Mental Health for the United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, based in McLean, Virginia. He currently serves as a referee for five academic journals: Implementation Science, Child Abuse and Neglect, Child Maltreatment, Children and Youth Services Review, and Social Work in Mental Health.

This fall, Williams is teaching two undergraduate courses for Boise State’s School of Social Work, Generalist Social Work Practice II: Families and Groups; and Foundations of Social Work Practice.

Free Fitness Class for People 50 and Up

The Department of Kinesiology is offering a free nine-week class for people aged 50 and older to help them improve their strength, mobility and balance. The class will be taught by kinesiology majors enrolled in a physical activity and aging class. At the end of the nine weeks, each participant will receive a home exercise program tailored to his or her physical needs.

The class will meet each Tuesday and Thursday from 5:15 – 6:10 p.m., Sept. 29 thru Dec. 10 in the Boise State University Bronco Gym room 215. Space is limited to 30 people.

The registration deadline is noon on Sept. 29. To register, contact Terry-Ann Spitzer Gibson at 426-1509 or email

School of Nursing Teams Up with University Health Services for Unique and Beneficial AGNP Summer Intensives

Vince Serio

Vince Serio

This summer, University Health Services (UHS) and the School of Nursing (SON) joined forces for two summer intensives of the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) Program. Vince Serio, Director of Medical Services and physician, Sandy Spear, nurse practitioner, Maya Schimpf, nurse practitioner, and Tracy Johnston, nurse practitioner, taught portions of the AGNP Procedures and Health Assessment courses.

Tracy Johnston

Tracy Johnston

AGNP intensives are distinctly different from the community clinicals, in which the students participate in their local area throughout the year. In a clinical, the students take part in a preceptorship where they are paired with a nurse practitioner or a physician to take care of patients in a clinical setting. The purpose of the clinical is to help further students’ learning with real people. In contrast, the summer intensives are on Boise State’s campus with faculty, standardized patient scenarios, and simulation equipment. The students are able to gain experience in scenarios they are less likely to encounter with real patients, but in a controlled environment. Having UHS nurse practitioners and doctors at the intensives not only allows for more knowledge and experience to be brought to the table, but it also offers a more tangible learning experience for the students. For example, Spear, specializing in women’s health, was able to teach the students how to correctly insert an intrauterine device.

Maya Schimpf

Maya Schimpf

Summer is a slower time for UHS since the majority of students vacate campus for the semester. When UHS made it known to Dawn Weiler, associate professor and program coordinator for the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner program that they had medical staff who were interested and willing to teach students, Weiler welcomed them with open arms. The School of Nursing agreed that UHS staff practices what their students learn on a daily basis, and that the staff would be great teachers and mentors to the AGNP students. Last year, two UHS nurse practitioners taught in the program and the partnership worked so well that both parties were committed to solidifying the collaboration.

Sandra Hellman

Sandra Spear

The first cohort to visit campus this summer was comprised of five first year acute care certificate students and 18 second year master’s students in both acute and primary care. The students were given the opportunity to use simulation equipment to practice procedures such as suturing and emergency airway management. They were also exposed to two separate standardized patient simulation scenarios where they performed x-rays, electrocardiograms, and labs; studied abnormal heart rhythms; and presented diagnosis.

The second cohort consisted of 17 first year nurse practitioner students. These students worked with simulation equipment to listen to abnormal heart rhythms and identify potential diagnoses. They were presented with two standardized patient simulations where they gathered patient history, performed an exam, and presented a diagnosis with faculty observation. On the last two days of this intensive, the students performed genital exams with help from Project Prepare, a California based sexual health education program where students perform genital exams on the program’s educators. The students performed exams one-on-one in the comfortable and fully equipped environment that UHS provided. This specific part of the intensive is a great example of the distinct advantage the UHS-SON collaboration provides. When talking to the Project Prepare educators, the faculty learned that the educators are often placed in rooms in the back of warehouses with only a curtain for privacy. Being able to utilize UHS’ examination rooms offered better privacy and more comfort for the Project Prepare educators.

Dawn Weiler

Dawn Weiler

Three more intensives are scheduled for next summer. While the intensives are mandatory and students from across the nation participate in the program, they are planned far in advance and offer the students unique opportunities. Because the students were physically on campus, they were able to take advantage of the simulation center, on-campus labs, and face-to-face instruction. The students provided positive feedback about the intensives saying that it was a good way to build a community of learning.

Collaborations between UHS and SON are easier and robust now that UHS and SON no longer report to separate administrative units. The partnership enhances student education opportunities not only for SON but for other departments and schools, such as the School of Social Work, as UHS provides services such as counseling. UHS shares the goals of the College of Health Sciences, so student expectations and learning objectives are mutual.

Boise State University has a unique opportunity that no other university has, and SON appreciates and is grateful for the opportunities UHS has provided them. There is hope to expand the partnership between UHS and other entities in the College.

Learn About BroncoFit Grant Opportunities Sept. 21

Faculty and students have the opportunity to design and receive funds for projects that benefit the physical, mental and financial health of the campus community. To realize the lofty goal of becoming America’s healthiest campus, the College of Health Sciences and the College of Business and Economics are creating intramural funding opportunities to drive innovation and fulfill the BroncoFit initiative.

Faculty and students are encouraged to bring questions, ideas and enthusiasm to the first campus-wide BroncoFit meeting from 3-5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, in the Student Union Bishop Barnwell Room. Here, grant opportunities – including how to apply for funding – will be discussed in further detail.

The goal of BroncoFit is to create a new model of health promotion and health care delivery that can be used to generate programs, courses, apps and policies that, in turn, will create more knowledgeable health consumers. Faculty and faculty/student teams are encouraged to apply for grants in areas such as:

  • Testing business models
  • Rethinking patient visits and education within an integrated health clinic
  • Achieving meaningful data utilization by integrating data systems within Boise State
  • Developing novel recruitment and retention strategies for health and/or wellness program interventions
  • Developing revolutionary tools to assess health behavior engagement and adherence using remote technology and data capturing systems
  • Developing innovative ways of promoting health promoting decisions and behaviors

Proposed projects should be realistic and executable within a one-year award period. Funding will vary based on project scope. The grants will not pay any indirect costs.

For more information, attend the Sept. 21 meeting or contact College of Health Sciences Dean Tim Dunnagan at

Faculty Promotes being a Director of Clinical Education as a Great Job

Jeff AndersonJeff Anderson, associate professor and director of clinical education in the Department of Respiratory Care, was featured in an article with the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC).

The purpose of Anderson’s article was to give advice for those exploring the idea of becoming a director of clinical education (DCE). In the interview, Anderson outlined the responsibilities he holds as a DCE which include generating the clinical schedules, identifying instructors for our sophomore students, and coordinating rotations as well as generating affiliation agreements. He explained that his experience at Gulf Coast Community College was invaluable in applying for the DCE position at Boise State and how generating the annual Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care reports gives him insight into how to add value to the clinical program. Anderson also revealed the biggest challenges and rewards he has experienced as a DCE and the advice he would give respiratory therapists seeking a position as a DCE. The entire article can be read here.
Anderson has been a respiratory care practitioner since graduating from Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wisconsin. After graduation he worked at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics for six years in the trauma and life support center, burn unit, cardiac surgery and medicine intensive care units, hematology, oncology, pediatrics, and pediatrics intensive care units. His interest in exercise testing led him to complete a bachelor degree in exercise physiology from the University of Wisconsin. After graduation he joined the faculty of Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City, Florida for three years before joining the Boise State Respiratory Care faculty in 1986. Anderson has been the DCE for Boise State’s Respiratory Care over 28 years, which made him the perfect interview candidate for the AARC.

Denise Seigart Named AACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Fellow

Denise Seigart

Denise Seigart, chair of the Undergraduate Nursing program and Master of Nursing Populations program, successfully completed the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)-Wharton Executive Leadership Program in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 10 -13.

Launched in 2012 in collaboration with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the program was designed exclusively for top academic leaders in schools of nursing. Using a competitive process, 40 academic nursing leaders were selected to participate in the program. Those selected represented a wide diversity of nursing programs, including large academic health centers, small liberal arts schools, public and private universities, rural and urban-based programs, and faith-based institutions.

The four-day program was taught by Wharton faculty who presented relevant and timely content designed to advance chief academic administrators to a higher level of leadership. Participants of the program left with tools to: manage and lead change at an enterprise level, strategically influence and negotiate, and skillfully strategize and innovate value with internal and external stakeholders.

Seigart thoroughly enjoyed her experience saying, “I think the Wharton Leadership program was excellent, rather like a mini MBA program. I was exposed to concepts and tools I’ve never been exposed to before, so well worth the time, and of course, the cohort consisted of highly intelligent, experienced, creative nursing leaders, a cohort to which I am honored to belong.”

“Leadership development is a lifelong journey and a critical step in preparing nurses at all levels to succeed as effective patient advocates, interprofessional partners, and change agents,” said Dr. Eileen Breslin, AACN President and a member of the AACN-Wharton Program Class of 2014.  “I applaud the latest cohort of executive leadership fellows for their commitment to strengthening the skills needed to influence and steer the future of nursing education and research, patient care delivery, and healthcare policy.”
The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania has now graduated 127 fellows from 41 states and the District of Columbia.