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Five Doctor of Nursing Practice Students Begin Preparations for Graduation in Spring 2016

Left to right: Pamela Fields, Jennifer Palagi, Cherno Bah, Claudia Miewald, Andrea Lambe

Left to right: Pamela Fields, Jennifer Palagi, Cherno Bah, Claudia Miewald, Andrea Lambe

This spring, the School of Nursing hosted two cohorts of doctoral students in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. The cohort was on campus to present their doctoral scholarly project proposals, and are expected to be back on campus to present their final scholarly projects in the spring of 2016.

Five students presented their project proposals and 13 students presented their topic ideas. The five students presenting project proposals are:

  • Cherno Bah. “The Development and Implementation of a Glycemic Management Protocol for Adult Diabetic and Pre-diabetic Patients at a Large Psychiatric Hospital”
  • Pamela Fields. “Prehabilitation: Impacts on Post-operative Outcomes”
  • Andrea Lambe. “Facilitating the Sustainability of Health Behaviors in the Phase III Cardiac Rehabilitation Population”
  • Claudia Miewald. “Process Evaluation on Crisis Center Implementation”
  • Jennifer Palagi. “Faith Community Nurse Care Transitions Intervention Feasibility Project”

These five students are eligible for graduation in May 2016 after successful presentation of their final projects next spring. They will be the first cohort of Doctor of Nursing Practice students to complete the program, which began in fall 2013.

Twenty Eight Boise State Students Attend 2015 Northwest Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Conference and Symposium

Twenty-eight students from the Kinesiology Athletic Training Program made a trip to Spokane, Wash. for the 2015 Northwest Athletic Trainers’ Association Annual Conference and Symposium on March 27-28. The showing of the student group was impressive and noticeable by the 500 attendees.

Several students presented and participated in the conference’s competition. Kristen Smith, first year student in the professional program, and Skye Hetherington, second year student, claimed the winning student poster presentation with their “Rationale for Implementing a Corrective Exercise Program in Collegiate Athletics.” Tyrel Nelson, third year student, and Todd Johnston, second year student, also presented their research, “Whole Body Vibration and Affect on Muscle Fiber Recruitment.” Riley Downing, Cody Hartz, and Allison Rowe, third year students, participated in the Jeopardy style quiz competition against 11 other athletic training education programs in the Northwest.

Not only was the current student group showing impressive, Boise State alumni also made an impact at the conference. The student forum keynote was presented by Tony Fitzpatrick, Boise State alumnus and current head athletic trainer and teacher at Timberline High School. Students were also able to discuss experiences and learn about the history of the profession from longtime Boise State athletic trainer and National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame member Gary Craner.

Kinesiology Welcomes Visiting Research Professor

Shigeru Asahina, Kinesiology’s current visiting research professor in athletic training from Hosei University in Tokyo, Japan, arrived on the Boise State campus on April 7. Asahina has been granted a one year sabbatical to study and conduct research at Boise State where he will most likely attend athletic training and other Kinesiology classes of interest, occasionally instruct in areas of specialization, and make rotations through some of the clinical education sites with athletic training students.

Kinesiology recently said goodbye to last year’s visiting research professor, Shigeki Izumi. While at Boise State, Izumi collected data for a research project on the differences between American and Japanese athletic training education programming.

The Hosei University relationship was formed through the College of Education and Bill Parrett,  Director of the Center for School Improvement and Policy Studies and Professor of Education. Professors from the Japanese university come to Boise State not only to perform research and contribute to the Kinesiology community, but also to learn. Hosei University football coaches even attend Boise State spring practices to learn from Bronco coaches about their program and American football.

College of Health Sciences Faculty Share Expertise at 2015 Idaho Nurse Educator Conference

Many College of Health Sciences faculty shared their expertise at the annual Idaho Nurse Educator Conference held in the Boise State Student Union Building on April 9.

Concurrent Session One presenters included:

  • Kelley Connor, School of Nursing, and Cara Gallegos, School of Nursing: “Does Gaming Improve Student Learning Outcomes?”
  • Jane Grassley, School of Nursing: “Easing the Transition from Expert Clinical to Novice Nurse Educator: A Mentoring Toolkit”
  • Kathy Reavy, School of Nursing: “Inquiry and Leadership: Adventures in Writing”

Concurrent Session Two presenters included:

  • Cathy Deckys, School of  Nursing: “Idaho Schools of Nursing Collaborate to Provide Meningitis Vaccine to College Students”
  • Molly Prengaman, School of Nursing, and Max Veltman, School of Nursing: “Nurse Practitioner Faculty Working with Victims of Violence: A New Dimension of the Faculty Practice Model”
  • Kelley Connor, School of Nursing, and Eldon Walker, School of Nursing: “Educational Technology Tools”

Concurrent Session Three presenters included:

  • Marty Downey, School of Nursing: “IDeas and Possibilities for Holistic Nursing Concepts: A Hybrid Course”
  • Pam Gehrke, School of Nursing: “Beyond Busywork: Designing Writing Assignments for Engaged Learning”
  • Mark Siemon, School of Nursing, and Jaime Sand, School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Community and Environmental Health: “Teaching the Triple Aim of Healthcare Reform in Interprofessional and Nursing Ed”
  • Janet Willhaus, School of Nursing: “Medications and Storytelling: Using the ACES Cases to Teach Pharmacology”

The keynote speech, “Best Practices in Nursing Education”, was given by Marilyn H. Oermann, the Thelma M. Ingles Professor of Nursing and Director of Evaluation and Educational Research at Duke University School of Nursing. Oermann is the Editor-in-Chief of Nurse Educator and the Journal of Nursing Care Quality. She is also the author/co-author of 17 books, 145 articles in peer reviewed journals, and many other types of publications. Oermann has written extensively on teaching and evaluation in nursing, and she lectures widely on nursing education topics. She is a member of the American Academy of Nursing and National League for Nursing (NLN) Academy of Nursing Education. She received the NLN Award for Excellence in Nursing Education Research and the Sigma Theta Tau International Elizabeth Russell Belford Award for Excellence in Education.

Inaugural Interprofessional Research Conference a Success

Students visit at Interprofessional Research ConferenceThe College of Health Sciences held its first Interprofessional Research Conference on April 7 in the Student Union. Eighteen student posters, representing the work of 44 student authors, were showcased.

Ron Pfeiffer, associate dean of the College of Health Sciences, gave a welcome address, celebrating the new tradition of the college and the student scholars.

“The College of Health Sciences has a bold mission to grow interprofessional education both within and outside the college,” said Pfeiffer. “Research and scholarship is a major part of the educational process. Many of the questions we are attempting to answer with research are extremely complex and require teams of researchers from multiple disciplines–this is the essence of interprofessional research.”

The participating students and their faculty mentors represent all areas within the College of Health Sciences. The room was filled with people and posters and buzzed with discussions as students, faculty and staff interacted with the student researchers.

“It was great to see students collaborating with faculty and engaging in innovative health research in our community,” said Nichole Lasich, clinical instructor for the School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Community and Environmental Health.

“The inaugural Interprofessional Research Conference was not only a success, but an inspiration and motivator for future interdisciplinary activities within the college and throughout the university and regional community,” said Dale Stephenson, director of the School of Allied Health Sciences. “The conference highlighted the fact the every discipline in the College of Health Sciences is based in health and that it really does takes a village to solve health-related issues in an integrated manner.”

“After asking questions to student researchers, I was able to connect more on what they do in each program,” said Keiko Knudson, administrative assistant for the School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Respiratory Care. “All of the student researchers were very professional and passionate about their research topics and I really enjoyed learning about their research.”

The following posters were presented:

  • “Ultraviolet Radiation Penetration Through Clothing.” Jordan Ramage, Health Science Studies major. Faculty mentor: Uwe Reischl, School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Community and Environmental Health.
  • “Biceps Tenodesis vs. Labrum Repair for SLAP Tear.” Todd Johnston and Heidi Leonard, Kinesiology majors. Faculty mentors: Dave Hammons and Phil Ford, School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Kinesiology.
  • “Mindfulness Intervention in the Classroom: Effects on Student Mindfulness and Anxiety.” Rachel Kaschmitter, Master of Social Work student. Faculty mentor: Michael Slagel and Donna Graybill, School of Social Work.
  • “Effects of Lyrical and Non-Lyrical Music on Performance of a Vertical Jump.” Acen Hansen, Kinesiology major; John Amos, engineering major; Kelsie Lambeth, engineering major; and Jessica Bottelberghe, kinesiology major. Faculty mentor: Jeffrey Eggleston, School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Kinesiology.
  • “A Brief Visit to Chiang Mai: Oral Public Health in Action in Northern Thailand.” Arthur Cooper, Pre-Dental Studies major. Faculty mentor: Uwe Reischl, School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Community and Environmental Health.
  • “Kamiah’s Kool Vests: Preventing Heat Stress in Service Dogs.” Recka Seward, Biology major. Faculty mentor: Uwe Reischl, School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Community and Environmental Health.
  • “Prevalence of Lead Shielding.” BreAnna Hall, Sierra White and Hayley Self, Diagnostic Radiology majors. Faculty mentor: Leslie Kendrick, School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Radiologic Sciences.
  • “ALARA versus Magnification of Thoracic Anatomy.” Dustin Peterson and April Howard, Diagnostic Radiology majors. Faculty mentor: Leslie Kendrick, School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Radiologic Sciences.
  • “Attenuation Capability of BLOX-R’s UltraBLOX.” Amy Thurston, Don Sanford and A’Lisa Moore, Diagnostic Radiology majors. Faculty mentor: Leslie Kendrick, School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Radiologic Sciences.
  • “How Degrading Effects Affect a Disposable Thyroid Collar.” Jessica Engel, Camarin Wood and Bailee Siepert, Diagnostic Radiology majors. Faculty mentor: Leslie Kendrick, School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Radiologic Sciences.
  • “Technologist Dose While Holding Patients at Various Distances from the Primary Beam.” Angela Herrara, Julia Schmidt and Miranda Stimpson, Diagnostic Radiology majors. Faculty mentor: Leslie Kendrick, School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Radiologic Sciences.
  • “Occupational Dose Dependent Upon Patient’s Bed Position in Exam Room.” Karissa Robinson, Taylor Marshall and Ashley Wattling, Diagnostic Radiology majors. Faculty mentor: Leslie Kendrick, School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Radiologic Sciences.
  • “Patient Exposure Received from Mobile X-Ray Units.” Beau Garmendia, Terry Morton and Stacey West, Diagnostic Radiology majors. Faculty mentor: Leslie Kendrick, School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Radiologic Sciences.
  • “Lead Eyeglasses: Essential Piece of Protective Equipment for Diagnostic Radiography Patients.” Jeanie McElroy, Mikayla Meyerholz and Mary Winter, Diagnostic Radiology majors. Faculty mentor: Leslie Kendrick, School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Radiologic Sciences.
  • “Manganese-based Pesticides and their Potential Adverse Health Effects in Idaho Agricultural Workers.” Jessica Porter, Environmental and Occupational Health major. Faculty mentor: Cynthia Curl, School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Community and Environmental Health.
  • “High Fidelity Simulation in BSN Nursing Programs: An Evidence Review.” Kristy Meyer, Autumn Pledger, Judy Richards, Tracy Roberts, and Paige Ziemer, Nursing majors. Faculty mentor: Cara Gallegos, School of Nursing.
  • “Evaluation of Molecular Sieve Oxygen Concentrators at Varying Flow Rates.” Grace Hofmann, Kelsey Braden and Leo Ivey, Respiratory Care majors. Faculty mentor: Lonny Ashworth, School of Allied Health Sciences Department of Respiratory Care.

Royce Hutson Presents at Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Royce HutsonOn Feb 21, Royce Hutson, assistant professor of the School of Social Work, spoke at Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) as part of a joint workshop on research methods in the Middle East.

The workshop was sponsored by Harvard CMES and The Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies at Northeastern University and was designed to strengthen graduate students’ research methods and analysis as they conduct fieldwork, data collection, and analysis through quantitative or qualitative methods. In total, 15 graduate students participated from a variety of Boston-area schools.

Hutson states, “It was a great experience talking with fellow colleagues working in Palestine, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon. It was very engaging. The students were, of course, brilliant and asked very insightful questions.” Hutson enjoyed reconnecting with old colleagues as well as meeting and exchanging ideas with new colleagues.


Three Health Sciences Students Named Top Ten Scholars

Three College of Health Sciences seniors are among the ten outstanding Boise State University graduating seniors who were recognized for their exceptional academic success at the annual Top Ten Scholars reception on  April 21.

The scholars, joined by their parents and teachers, gathered for a reception that recognized the students’ academic excellence and the tremendous influence specific faculty members have had on their success. It is a unique opportunity each year to bring together many of Boise State’s best and brightest students and faculty.

Presented by the Alumni Association in conjunction with the Honors College, the awards ceremony featured remarks from each student honoree as well as keynote speaker Andrew Finstuen, dean of the Honors College.

Students are nominated by their academic deans and are subject to rigorous review by a selection committee. To qualify for consideration, a student must have a 3.8 or higher grade point average. Nominees are then reviewed based on academic breadth of coursework, research, creative works and publications, presentations at professional meetings or conferences, and extracurricular community and campus service.

“Student recipients should feel extremely proud knowing that they are deemed the top of their graduating class,” said Lisa Gardner, interim executive director of the Alumni Association. “They have had extraordinary experiences through their undergraduate studies with Boise State University. We hope that they continue to share their wisdom and energy with their colleagues and with their alma mater as they move down their life and career paths as Boise State alumni and continue to represent the university’s highest standards.”

College of Health Sciences 2015 Top Ten Scholar Honorees

Amanda Erickson

Amanda EricksonDegree: Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Future Plans: Continue working for St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital as a nurse apprentice in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and apply to graduate school
Honored Faculty: Dr. Pam Strohfus, Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Doctor of Nursing Program, School of Nursing

Erickson is the recipient of several scholarships including the John F. Nagel Scholarship, Palmatier Nursing Scholarship, Osher Scholarship, Vahey, Clair & Zetz Scholarship, Trinity Health Scholarship, and the Helen Wright Nursing Award.

During her time at Boise State, Erickson served as a research assistant for the School of Nursing. In addition to leading a research study, she contributed to multiple publications including the Journal of Nursing Education. After completing a one-year fellowship with St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital, Erickson presented on neonatal abstinence syndrome at the Western Institute of Nursing Research Conference. In her senior year, she managed the school of nursing’s meningitis educational campaign and implementation of four vaccination clinics. She received “Best in Show” at the campus-wide undergraduate research conference for a HPV educational campaign to improve awareness and vaccine utilization on the Boise State campus.

As a first generation college student, Erickson was inspired to pursue nursing after the extraordinary and compassionate care received after the birth of her first child. She is passionate about improving neonatal outcomes by translating research into practice. Her drive to provide family-centered care is rooted in a deep commitment to nursing science and evidence based practice. In addition to her academic success, Erickson is the proud mother of four.

Justin Wyatt Gause

Justin Wyatt GauseDegree: Bachelor of Science in Biology, Health Science and Pre-Medical Studies
Future Plans: Attend University of Washington School of Medicine in the fall
Honored Faculty: Dr. Merlin White, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Throughout his time at Boise State University, Gause has had the privilege of working with several amazing individuals from many areas within academia and healthcare. While researching with Dr. White, he contributed as a second author to a published article, presented at research conferences, and participated in the IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence program under a funded fellowship.

In addition to his studies, Gause invested his time in community service and educational efforts. His passion for service led him to volunteer with several organizations including the Idaho Youth Ranch, Heart ‘N Home Hospice, and the Garden City Community Clinic. He coordinated the 2014 Primary Care Physician Workforce Summit with the Idaho Academy of Family Physicians and Idaho Primary Care Association, which served as a forum for discussion and solution orchestration regarding Idaho’s current physician shortage. Gause also helped organize the 2014 State Advocacy Day with the Idaho Alzheimer’s Association, during which Idaho’s legislators were educated concerning a state plan to increase research funding and supportive resources for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

Gause also had the privilege of composing, performing, and recording an original song, “Courage to Love,” for a public service announcement televised by the Idaho Epilepsy Foundation. Gause is currently an active board member of the Idaho Rural Health Association. Gause is from Boise, Idaho.

Kate Jette

Kate JetteDegree: Bachelor of Science in Biology and Health Science Studies with a minor in Biomedical Engineering
Future Plans: Attend Oregon State University to pursue her master’s in teaching
Honored Faculty: Dr. Trevor Lujan, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering

During her time at Boise State University, Jette has been involved in athletic and research activities both on and off campus. One of her most rewarding experiences has resulted from her participation as a scholarship student-athlete on the track and field and cross-country teams. Besides competing in athletics, Jette has participated in research through the chemistry and biochemistry departments to aid in developing pharmaceuticals for breast cancer through biomedical computational research. She presented her findings at the Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Conference.

Off campus, Jette volunteers her time in local schools and loves working with children. Specifically, she volunteers in a science classroom with middle school students. After school, she moderates a science bowl group where she quizzes students on science material and answers any questions they may have. She also participates in a walking club at a local elementary school to help inspire young students to be active.

Her dream is to become a high school biology teacher and inspire students, especially females, to become leaders in the science field. Jette is from Portland, Oregon.

Pre-Med Student Featured in University Advancement Student Profile

College of Health Sciences student, Edgar Sosa, is featured in an online student profile for Boise State University Advancement’s scholarship campaign.

Sosa will be the first of his family to attend and graduate from college. And yet, his dream is much larger — he dreams of one day working as a pediatrician to provide much-needed medical services to children in third-world countries.

Because of scholarships, Sosa is not only able to attend college, but also take advantage of every opportunity to excel. He is a triple major in biology, pre-medical studies and psychology, takes several leadership roles in the Honors College and interns at a local pediatrician’s office.

Read Sosa’s full profile and watch his video on the Advancement website.


College of Health Sciences Faculty and Staff Take Leadership Roles in Neighborhood Project


Mark Siemon

A number of Boise State University faculty and staff, including several from the College of Health Sciences, are lending their expertise to the City of Boise’s Energize our Neighborhoods initiative. Mark Siemon, assistant professor for the School of Nursing, is heading the children and youth section of the project while Sarah Toevs, director of the Center for the Study of Aging, along with Caile Spear, coordinator of the Health Promotion Program, are heading the housing portion of the project.

Energize our Neighborhoods is a partnership between the city and neighborhoods to increase economic activity, provide additional services and create more vibrant and connected neighborhoods. Data from multiple categories will be used to define success and develop a new model for duplication in other neighborhoods and cities.

Sarah Toevs

Sarah Toevs

“As a city that strives to be the most livable in the country, we believe that all of our neighborhoods should be safe, healthy, vibrant, connected and economically stable,” said Ben Quintana, co-chair of the Vista Neighborhood Project leadership team and a Boise State alumnus (BA, communication, 2003). “Our collective neighborhoods define us as a city; after all, we are only as livable as the sum of our parts.”

The first target area is the Vista Neighborhood, south of Overland Road and bordered by Federal Way, the New York Canal and Roosevelt Street. The area was chosen partly because of its existing resources, including the Whitney Community Center, and also because the neighborhood surrounding Whitney Elementary School qualifies for certain federal funds administered by the city. The neighborhood also includes Vista Avenue, an important economic catalyst for Boise.

Caile E. Spear, Kinesiology, Studio Portrait

Caile Spear

The Energize Our Neighborhoods Vista Neighborhood Project includes members from across the city, ranging from residents to educators, police officers, artists, local businesses, community leaders and more.

“Our involvement in this revitalization project demonstrates the university’s leadership in addressing issues in our city, taps into faculty and staff expertise, and generates ideas for potential student involvement and alignment with other campus initiatives and programs,” said Boise State President Bob Kustra.

The project focuses on expanding early childhood education and affordable housing, increasing housing values, enhancing transportation options, reducing crime and supporting arts and history development, with a goal to improve livability over the next two years.

“Thanks to the participation and brain power of Boise State’s talented faculty and staff, each of the Vista Neighborhood Project Teams will be well equipped to help deliver results,” said Quintana. “As a dedicated partner, Boise State continues to demonstrate a strong commitment to the community through its leadership, service and the advancement of Boise.”

The Vista Neighborhood recently received three neighborhood investment grants and a mini grant from the city to pay for a walking path at Hawthorne Elementary, better lighting and a picnic shelter at Shoshone Park, and neighborhood activities and communications. The national Urban Land Institute also awarded the local chapter an important technical assistance “Healthy Corridors” grant for Vista Avenue. Other cities that received assistance include Los Angeles, Denver and Nashville. Energize Our Neighborhoods was an important component in securing the grant.

Other Boise State Energize our Neighborhoods Vista Neighborhood Project team members include:

  • Leadership: Mary Andrews, Division of Research and Economic Development
  • Health and Community Services: Kara Brascia, Service-Learning
  • Crime and Safety: Tana Monroe, University Security
  • Economic Development: Jared Everett, Treasury and Real Estate Services
  • Placemaking, Arts and History: Leslie Durham, Department of Theatre Arts
  • Sustainability: Barbara Beagles, Environmental Health/Safety and Sustainability
  • Transportation: Eric Lindquist, Public Policy Research Center

Alyssa Reynolds Presents at 2015 Strengthening Families Training Institute

Alyssa ReynoldsAlyssa Reynolds, scholars coordinator for the School of Social Work, facilitated a cultural humility and ethics workshop at the 2015 Strengthening Families Training Institute on March 18 at the Boise Hotel and Convention Center.

Reynold’s 90 minute workshop introduced the concept of cultural humility by utilizing segments of the documentary film People, Principles, and Practices by Vivian Chavez. Through small and large group discussion, Reynolds facilitated the group to connect the principles of lifelong learning, critical self-reflection, and recognizing and changing power imbalances with the code of ethics principles and standards of the National Association of Social Workers and with the social workers code of professional conduct of the Idaho Bureau of Licenses.

The 16th Annual Statewide Training Event was presented by the Idaho Children’s Trust Fund and Prevent Child Abuse Idaho and was titled Two Days of Hope and Resilience. The goal of the event was to teach attendees how to overcome toxic stress in order to build familial resilience and foster growth and change.

Reynolds has been the contract IV-E Scholars Coordinator for the past three years through a contract between the School of Social Work and the State of Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW). She recruits and informs IDHW employees and non-employees who are passionate and highly invested in child welfare as their career about the opportunity to access a stipend while they are completing their bachelor or master of social work field practicum. As part of her coordinator role, Reynolds is an adjunct instructor and teaches a bachelor and masters of social work field practicum seminar for IV-E stipend recipients. In addition, she is their faculty field liaison which includes providing support to the student and their agency field instructors.