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Health Policy Conducts Fourth Year Evaluation of Juvenile Corrections Program

Tedd McDonald, PhD, is conducting a fourth-year evaluation of the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections’ Clinical Services Program. The Clinical Services Program provides for mental health and substance abuse screening and treatment planning for youth detained in one of Idaho’s 12 regional juvenile detention centers, and a statewide assessment of adults’ perceptions of issues related to underage drinking.

College of Health Sciences Student Club Assembles Prize-Winning Booth at Campus Fair

The Student Nurse’s Association booth was selected as a co-winner in the Spring 2012 Organization Fair. Boise State holds organization fairs at the beginning of each of the fall and spring semesters. The fairs allow students to meet with representatives from organizations on campus, who provide information and recruit new members.  The Anime Club booth also won the Spring 2012 Organization Fair.

Faculty Confirmed as Member of National Action Community

Linda OsgoodLinda Osgood, BS, MA, RHIT, professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Health, was confirmed to the Action Community for e-HIM® Excellence (ACE) by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

AHIMA, through its electronic health information management (e-HIM) initiative, is committed to accelerating the migration to a fully electronic health information practice. AHIMA believes that effective health information management can improve patient safety and the quality of care.

As an ACE member, Osgood will lead and influence e-HIM, making a difference at Boise State, around the Treasure Valley community and at the state and national levels. ACE members:

  • Participate in regional health information exchange activities
  • Lead data quality improvement efforts in their organizations
  • Speak at state or national HIM conferences
  • Inform and influence health IT discussions in their organizations
  • Contribute to the design of next-generation HIM applications
  • Collaborate in advancing HIM practice in their communities
  • Mentor students and new professionals, launching them into great careers

The ACE Challenge identifies, prepares, engages, mentors, and recognizes those working to transform HIM practice. ACE members join the challenge through recommendation or self-nomination. They match their skills and interests with volunteer and career-building opportunities.

ACE preparation includes self-assessment and educational offerings. Members form the preferred pool of experts and network of peers transforming HIM through mentoring, writing, speaking, and testifying for AHIMA and its 52 Component State Associations. ACE members attain personal recognition and will be acknowledged by peers, employers, and the healthcare industry.

Faculty Publishes and Presents on International Nursing Education

Karen BreitkreuzKaren Breitkreuz, MSN, Ed.D., RN, assistant professor in the School of Nursing, has published and presented three times this fall on international nursing education. She presented her poster with Virginia Adams on “Leadership in Academia: Engaged in International Nursing Education,” at the Sigma Theta Tau International Biennial Convention on Oct. 31-Nov. 2 in Grapevine, Texas.

Breitkreuz also published her article, “Nursing Students in a Developing Nation Using the Internet: A Phenomenological Study,” in the July-Dec. 2011 issue of the “International Journal of Nursing Education.”

Additionally, Breitkreuz published a book chapter, “Faculty Administration Partnerships: Vital for Learning,” with A. Bavier, E.C. Polifroni, and K. Hegedus in “Global Service Learning.”

Faculty Presents to National Audience at Development Institute

Dr. Cindy ClarkCynthia Clark, RN, PhD, ANEF, FAAN, professor in the School of Nursing, presented two faculty workshops to a national audience at the 2012 Mosby-Elsevier Faculty Development Institute in Las Vegas, Nev. One workshop was titled,“Building Leadership Capacity to Create Civility in Nursing Education,” and the other was titled, “Innovative Teaching Tools and Techniques to Foster Civility in Nursing Education.” These workshops emphasized the importance of creating and sustaining civil, safe teaching-learning environments and healthy workplaces.

Respiratory Care Grows Program, Focuses on Research

Students and faculty in the Department of Respiratory Care continue to expand research with presentations and publications in the national and international Respiratory Care communities. The department’s international presence has also led to several agreements and possible collaborations.

Michael Hahn, a December 2011 graduate in Respiratory Care, will have his article, “A Review of Palliative Sedation and it’s Distinction From Euthanasia and Lethal Injection,” published in the March 2012 issue of the nationally-refereed “Journal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy.” This paper was written as a course requirement for RESPCARE 498 Respiratory Care Senior Seminar. This is the second article Hahn has had accepted for publication since enrolling in the Respiratory Care Bachelor of Science Degree Completion Program.

Meanwhile, Boise State students and faculty continue to have a substantial presence at the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) International Congress. Three undergraduate Respiratory Care students presented four refereed, research poster presentations at the congress. The faculty continue to present refereed presentations at the Congress in additional to presenting international educational workshops.

Due to the faculty and student’s presence in the international respiratory care community and the quality of the department graduates, who continue to be highly respected and desired potential employees, the department has been contacted by administrators in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi about starting collaborative educational opportunities.

More locally, the department has established articulation agreements with two community colleges, with several more expressing interest in the department’s Self-Support, Online Bachelor’s Degree-Completion Program.

Additionally, the faculty are in the middle of five separate medical research projects in which they are designing and developing medical instruments in collaboration with the College of Engineering and the College of Business and Economics.

Iraqi Medical Facility Learns and Benefits from Boise State Respiratory Care Faculty

Megan Spurny holds a 16-day-old infant after he received the second-ever arterial switch operation in Iraq.

Megan Spurny holds a 16-day-old infant after he received the second-ever arterial switch operation in Iraq. While still in the ICU recovering from a wound infection, he has a good prognosis.

Megan Spurny, RRT, MHS, a Boise State University respiratory care faculty member and alumnus, completed an 18-day medical mission. Spurny had the privilege of changing the lives for 16 Iraqi children, educating the international medical team and the local Iraq medical practitioners about respiratory care practices and equipment, and improving the medical resources in Nasiriyah, Iraq with a generous donation from Norco Inc.

Spurny joined an International Children’s Heart Foundation (ICHF) team of international medical providers to spend Jan. 7-24 in Nasiriyah to perform medical procedures on children with congenital heart defects and to educate and support the local medical community in building a sustainable and functional cardiac care program.

A 4-year-old with Down syndrome and a complete AV canal, received a pulmonary artery band in order to help relieve some of her pulmonary hypertension.

A 4-year-old with Down syndrome and a complete AV canal, received a pulmonary artery band in order to help relieve some of her pulmonary hypertension. She was extubated shortly after this photograph was taken and is recovering very well without a ventilator.

Prior to her departure from the States, Spurny solicited Norco’s assistance in bringing much-needed supplies to Iraq. Some supplies that are common in the States are either absent or re-used, increasing the risk of infection, in developing countries. Norco generously sent Spurny with enough ventilator circuits and post-operative respiratory supplies so that each of the children operated on during the mission had clean supplies for their recovery. The Nasiriyah Cardiac Center will continue to use the supplies as they build their cardiac care program.

While Spurny had many medical duties during the mission, one of the most important responsibilities was to educate those responsible for respiratory care practices about ventilator management, acid-base management, patient assessment, and post-operative respiratory care. Through her role as an educator and mentor, Spurny sought to empower the Iraq team members to become self-sufficient health care practitioners. (more…)

Faculty Busy with Research, Writing, Professional Development and Service

Jaime SandJaime Sand, assistant professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Health, has been busy collaborating on research, writing and professional development. Sand and T.J. Wing, assistant professor in the Department of Respiratory Care, along with Patt Elison-Bowers and Rose Barlow, Department of Psychological Science, published an article, “Strategies for Managing Large Online Classes,” in “The International Journal of Learning.” It highlights lessons learned and best practices in the administration of online classes with as many as 150 students.

Sand attended the 83rd annual AHIMA Convention & Exhibit in October in Salt Lake City, Utah with Linda Osgood, assistant professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Health. This three-day session included such key topics as meaningful use and HITECH, ICD-10, the electronic health record (EHR), compliance and quality reporting, and clinical documentation improvement. Sand is an industry-approved trainer for the ICD-10 and conducts trainings periodically, most recently in October 2011.

In service to the College of Health Sciences’ Undergraduate Strategic Plan Team, Sand and Radiologic Sciences Associate Professor Leslie Kendrick attended the Third Biennial Interprofessional Educational Conference, Collaborating Across Borders III (CAB III), in November in Tucson, Ariz. It is a joint conference between the U.S. and Canada that focuses on issues of interprofessional education and practice. It featured best practices and lessons learned, highlighted outcomes, and provided valuable networking opportunities. As part of the college’s strategic plan, the college is developing and implementing an interprofessional capstone course.

Faculty Honored By Student Body for Outstanding Teaching

Amy BraunerAmy Brauner, MN, BSN, School of Nursing, was honored as the College of Health Sciences Golden Apple winner.  Each year, the Associated Students of Boise State University (ASBSU) nominate faculty each year for the Golden Apple award to recognize outstanding teaching.

Graduate Students Examine Health Care Reform with Health Insurance CEO in Unique Course

Ray Flachbart, President and CEO of Blue Cross of Idaho, is taking time from his very busy schedule to teach students from the College of Health Sciences and the College of Business and Economics. Boise State graduate students have a rare opportunity to explore one of the most discussed federal acts of legislation, the Affordable Care Act, with Flachbart.

Blue Cross of Idaho and Boise State’s COHS and COBE have teamed up to offer a spring 2012 graduate course on Health Care Reform: Impact of the Affordable Care Act. The course will be exploring strategies for controlling health care costs. In addition to a comprehensive review of the Affordable Care Act, Flachbart will teach students to identify critical issues in controlling health care costs and analyze the potential impact of the legislation on consumers, employers and health care and insurance industries.

“I am pleased to be instructing a course on health care reform at Boise State. The topic has been in the national spotlight for the past several years and it’s a subject I’m very familiar with because of my career in the health insurance and healthcare industry,” states Flachbart. “Health care reform is an extremely complex issue and stakeholders on all sides – from the public to lawmakers, to health insurance companies and healthcare providers – are tasked with some very difficult and complex decisions. Hopefully this class will shed some light on those complexities and allow for open discussion and thought that will allow students to better understand the situation.”

Sarah Toevs, Interim Director of the Master of Health Science program, explains that “Both the MHS and the MBA programs have a long history of engaging community-based experts in the classroom. Securing Mr. Flachbart’s participation is a real coup for the university; very few students have the opportunity to learn from front-line leaders at a time of such significant change.” (more…)