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Faculty Present Posters at State Educators Conference

Cecile Evans and Vivian Schrader with their posters at the Idaho Nurse Educator Conference

Cecile Evans and Vivian Schrader with their posters at the Idaho Nurse Educator Conference

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 Degree Completion Option, 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 Option, and Betty Miller, adjunct faculty coordinator for the Degree Completion Option.

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.”

Cindy Clark Presents Webinar Series on Academic Incivility

Cynthia Clark, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, faculty in the School of Nursing, presented a two-part webinar series sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) titled “Addressing Academic Incivility: Fostering Civility and Respect in Nursing Education.” The series was presented to an international audience focused on the causes and consequences of academic incivility and evidence-based strategies to create civil, safe learning environments. Part I occurred on March 21, 2012 and Part II took place on April 4, 2012. Both parts are archived on the web for AACN members.

Student Nurses Association Promotes Testicular Cancer Awareness Week

Members of the Boise State Student Nurses Association are promoting health by supporting Testicular Cancer Awareness Week April 1-7.

Are you, or do you know, a man between the ages of 15-34 years? Testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer in men of that age. It is more common in white men and men who have an undescended testicle. Early detection is important, as early treatment can be very effective (, 2010).

SNA supports Testicular Cancer Awareness Week and encourages you to spread the word to the men in your life and encourage them to learn about testicular self-examination.

More information is available at:

Contact University Health Services at 426-1459 for more information or a screening.

Faculty Studies the Effect of Educational Intervention on Breastfeeding Practices

Jane GrassleyJane S. Grassley, PhD, RN, IBCLC and Donna J. Sauls, PhD, RN published “Evaluation of the Supportive Needs of Adolescents during Childbirth Intrapartum Nursing Intervention on Adolescents’ Childbirth Satisfaction and Breastfeeding Rates” in the Jan./Feb. edition of the “Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing.” The article is an evaluation of the Supportive Needs of Adolescents during Childbirth (SNAC), intrapartum nursing intervention on adolescents’ childbirth satisfaction and breastfeeding rates. The results of this evaluation of SNAC© intervention seem to suggest that nurses can positively influence adolescents’ childbirth experience and timing of breastfeeding initiation. When intrapartum nurses provided adolescents with age-appropriate labor support and assistance with breastfeeding in the first hour, adolescents reported higher childbirth satisfaction and were more likely to initiate breastfeeding in the first hour. Read the full text article at

Grassley along with co-authors Becky S. Spencer, MSN, RN, IBCLC, and Becky Law, BSN, IBCLC, LCCE will also have an article published in the April 2012 edition of “The Journal of Perinatal Education.” Their article, “A Grandmothers’ Tea: Evaluation of a Breastfeeding Support Intervention,” focuses on a study to evaluate an intervention to facilitate grandmothers’ knowledge and support of breastfeeding. The intervention group had greater posttest knowledge scores than the control group but had no significant differences in attitudes or intent. However, a significant difference was evident between the attitude scores of grandmothers who breastfed their infants and of grandmothers who did not breastfeed their infants regardless of receiving the intervention.

OSHCON Co-Hosts Successful Safety Fest for a Thousand People

The Idaho Occupational Safety and Health Consultation Program (OSHCON) at Boise State University co-hosted the Safety Fest of The Great Northwest in Boise on Jan. 24-27 at the Washington Group Plaza. Safety Fest is a free safety and health training event for the education of the Northwest’s region’s front line workers, supervisors, and managers of all levels. Safety Fest is an effort to increase awareness of and reduce the hazards presently causing injuries, fatalities, and illnesses. The training emphasized construction, general industry, and mine safety and health. Spanish classes were available. Other hosts of the Safety Fest of The Great Northwest include:

  • URS Washington Division
  • OSHA – Boise area office
  • OSHA – Region 10 Office, Seattle
  • Idaho AGC
  • State of Idaho, Division of Professional Technical Education
  • University of Washington

In addition to hosting the event, the OSHCON program had a vendor booth to promote the program and help educate the public on safety and health matters. The program generated numerous requests for consultation visits during the four-day event.

Jeff Thompson, director of OSHCON, concluded that “The Safety Fest of The Great Northwest was a great success and allowed the OSHCON program to fulfill our mission of promoting employees safety and health to companies throughout Idaho. Being part of Safety Fest gave the OSHCON program a tremendous opportunity to affect a large number of people in a very short period of time.”

Statistics from the Safety Fest organizers revealed that approximately 965 people attended from six states (Idaho, Washington, California, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Alabama). Employees from 231 companies registered for 47 classes and 1,913 seats were filled.

OSHCON Conducts Successful Outreach Training

OSHCON Consultants Matt Wattles, Judy Tallent, Kelly Nottingham and Kip Edwards conducted an OSHA 10-hour General Industry Outreach Training course for approximately 40 participants. The 10-hour OSHA course covered safety regulations as they pertain to general industry. Topics included Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Blood Borne Pathogens, Hazard Communication, Means of Egress, Fire Protection, Electricity, Machine Guarding, and Tools. The courses were extremely well received and the OSHCON program received tremendous student feedback evaluations.

Faculty Presents at New Directions in Family Health in Idaho Conference

Max VeltmanOn April 2, Max Veltman, School of Nursing faculty, presented at the annual “New Directions in Family Health in Idaho” conference on “Hospital Discharge into Foster Care: The Challenge of Bridging Potential Gaps in Services.” This conference was sponsored by the Boise State Family Studies Initiative.

Boise State Students Successfully Organize Two Community Health Fairs

Attendees feeling a pair of pigs lungs affected by smoking

Attendees feeling a pair of pigs lungs affected by smoking

Students from clinical nursing course Community and Public Health Nursing Lab and a student intern from the Health Education and Promotion program in the Department of Kinesiology partnered with two Boise elementary schools to sponsor two health fairs this spring to promote health and safety to local families.  According to the National Safety Council, the months of March, April and May have more than thirty designated health and safety awareness months, weeks and days.

The students invited community organizations, including Drug Free Idaho, Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance, and the Boise Police, to assist the Boise State students in educating fair attendees about important health and safety topics, such as nutrition, eye care, poison prevention, safety while playing, and dental health.

Taft Elementary held a health fair in their gymnasium on Saturday, March 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pierce Park held a similar health fair in their gym on Saturday, April 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Staff from St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center were present at Pierce Park to give away bike helmets and offer free helmet fittings.

Both fairs were highly successful. Boise State students raised enough money to rent bounce houses and purchase food and door prizes, including bike helmets and several bicycles, for both fairs. Taft saw more than 200 attendees, while Pierce Park, a smaller school, had approximately 100 attendees. The students’ hard work was highly appreciated. The Taft Elementary staff praised the University students for their organization and execution of the fair.

Nursing student teaches student about proper technique for brushing teeth

A nursing student teaches an attendee about proper technique for brushing teeth

Faculty Active in Annual State Convention, Students Win Credentialing Scholarships

Linda Osgood and Jaime SandLinda Osgood and Jaime Sand attended the Idaho Health Information Management Association (IdHIMA) annual convention on March 15th and 16th in Boise, Idaho. Osgood served on the IdHIMA Board of Directors as a member of the nominating committee IdHIMA and assisted with the convention by coordinating student volunteers. Sand presented with Lorrie Kelley from Radiologic Sciences on “Recognizing and Describing Fractures of the Spine.”

Twenty-two Boise State students accompanied Osgood and Sand to the convention. Silent auction donations made by the program (faculty and students) raised $170 towards a credentialing scholarship fund. Students Brad Deteau, Nicole Mourning, and Tilina Sablan received three of five IdHIMA credentialing scholarships awarded at the convention.

The annual convention highlighted important HIM topics, including compliance, the electronic health record, ICD-10-CM/PCS, health information exchange, clinical documentation improvement, and meaningful use.

Two Groups of Boise State Student Researchers Place First and Second in Competitive Review for Research Papers

Patrick Anderson, Michelle Phelps, and Chris SchmiererTwo groups of student researchers in the Department of Radiologic Sciences were conferred the top awards at the National Association of Collegiate Educators in Radiologic Technology conference in Las Vegas, Nev. in February. There were 48 papers accepted from a national pool for competitive review.

Patrick Anderson, Michelle Phelps, and Chris Schmierer, seen at right, won first place for their research paper “Cutaneous Radiation Injury from Fluoroscopically Guided C-Arm Procedures.”

Hector Zamora, Taylor Spriggel and Olivas OtonielHector Zamora, Olivas Otoniel, and Taylor Spriggel, seen at left, took second place for their submission, “The Effectiveness of Shielding Against Secondary Radiation.”

Boise State had seven papers from twenty-two students, including the two winning papers and their researchers, accepted in the competitive review.  Other papers accepted include:

  • Grace Maritim, Kathryn Haun, and Kenzie Mabe. “The Effects of Metal on CR Reader Exposure Indicators.”
  • Leah Dobler, Dalonna Fannin, Shaneen Jensen, and Hailey Schiewe. “Effects of Technique Changes on Dose, Digital Exposure Index, and Image Quality.”
  • Betsy Olsen, Dan Iordanescu, and Katie Severson. “The Effects on Patient Dose When Opening Collimation Beyond a 14 x 17 Field Size.”
  • Tara Kenoyer, Hayley Tucker, and Misti Walker. “The Significance of Dose to Breast Tissue.”
  • Bryan Gibson, Kamri Sisson, and Kaylee Hirst. “Accurance of Recording Total Technologist Dose Based on TLD Location.”

Boise State Center Spearheads Development of Alzheimer’s State Plan

Idaho Alzheimer's Planning Group logoMembers of the Idaho Alzheimer’s Planning Group, housed in the Center for the Study of Aging at Boise State, have taken a step forward in battling Alzheimer’s disease in Idaho.

On March 27, Gov. C. L. “Butch” Otter signed Senate Concurrent Resolution 112, approved by the Idaho State Legislature, acknowledging the seriousness of the impact of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in Idaho and endorsing the efforts of the Idaho Alzheimer’s Planning Group in working to develop an Alzheimer’s state plan.

“Alzheimer’s and other dementias are a pressing public health issue, especially in Idaho,” said Sarah Toevs, professor of community and environmental health, who is a member of the Alzheimer’s Planning Group. “We must do everything in our power to fight this disease and this resolution is a big step toward the goal of creating an Alzheimer’s state plan.”

With the passage of the resolution, the planning group will continue to gather Idaho-specific information about existing needs and available resources, and will work toward expanding their network of partners. Currently, 27 states have some sort of plan that addresses Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s is a devastating and debilitating disease that has a tremendous impact on thousands of Idaho families. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 75,000 caregivers provided an estimated 85 million hours of unpaid care to those living with Alzheimer’s in Idaho. Idaho’s mortality rate from Alzheimer’s disease is higher than the national average and 41 percent of Idahoans in nursing homes are suffering from the disease.

The Idaho Alzheimer’s Planning Group is a volunteer task force that consists of members from the Center for the Study of Aging, Alzheimer’s Association, AARP Idaho, the Idaho Commission on Aging, service providers and other advocates.