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A Celebration of the First Four Nursing Classes

School of Nursing Alumni Class of 1961Class of 1961, left to right, Barbara Ross, Horseshoe
Bend, ID;
 Francis Addy, Boise, ID; Barbara Eno
(faculty), Boise, ID; Newton States, Emmett, ID;
Edna Waldram, Twin
 Falls, ID

The School of Nursing anniversary event, held at the Norco Building on Oct. 19, 2011, celebrated alumni from 1958, 1959, 1960 and 1961. In 2010, the 50th anniversary of 1960 graduates was held and, in 2011, the 50th anniversary of 1961 graduates was held. The 2011 event also honored alumni from the first two nursing classes, 1958 and 1959, since their graduation years predated the inauguration of the annual event in 2010.

Alumni attendees were:
1958: Shirleen Linderer Erickson, Boise; and Janis Pierce Zimmerman, Garden City.

1959: Harriet Anderson Crosby, Caldwell; and Norma Deppe Jasperson Vermillion, Caldwell; Bonnie Lambert, Meridian; Karen Reid McMurtrie, Meridian; and Donna Schaefer Moriarity, Portland, Ore.

1960: Marvel Hosford Boydstun, Boise

1961: Barbara Hill Ross, Horseshoe Bend; Newton States and wife of 65 years, Esther, Emmett; Edna Waldrum and husband, Dick, Twin Falls; and Francis Storey Addy, Boise. Faculty member Barbara Eno, Boise, also attended. (more…)

Health Sciences and Engineering Faculty Partner to Prevent Injury and to Save Lives During Disasters

Lonny AshworthThis spring Department of Respiratory Care students will evaluate and modify their professor’s design of a mass casualty ventilator (MCV).  Lonny Ashworth, chair of the Department of Respiratory Care, is one of several Health Sciences faculty partnering with College of Engineering students and faculty member Michelle Sabick to develop health care devices.  The MCV is designed to provide basic ventilation of individuals involved in significant disasters or pandemics.  Two teams of engineering students have been working on the project with Ashworth and Sabick and have developed a design for the device. A prototype MCV should be completed by June 2012.

Sabick has also been collaborating with Joie Burns, MS, RT(R)(S), RDMS, RVT, faculty in the Department of Radiologic Sciences, and Seth Kuhlman, Research Associate, and Carly Gerard, Graduate Assistant, from the Center for Orthopaedic & Biomechanics Research, to develop a sonographer’s transducer grip that is ergonomically friendly for sonographers.  (more…)

Cindy Clark Twice Recognized as National Expert

Dr. Cindy ClarkWithin six months, Cindy Clark, RN, PhD, ANEF, professor in the School of Nursing, will be recognized twice at a national level for her civility research and outreach. Clark was awarded the National League for Nurses (NLN) Award for Excellence in Nursing Education Research in September. In October, Clark will be inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), one of the most prestigious honors in the field of nursing. Clark’s ground-breaking research on creating civility in nursing education and practice led to both honors.

In her nomination of Clark for the NLN research award, Pam Springer, associate dean of the College of Health Sciences and director of the School of Nursing, says, “Dr. Clark has explored the causes of incivility, (more…)

College Grants More Than $10,000 to Faculty-Student Research Teams

The College of Health Sciences Office of External Funding granted more than $10,000 in intramural grants to three faculty-student research teams this past spring. (more…)

Center for Health Policy Anticipates Record Year with More than 1.2 Million Dollars in Awards

The Center for Health Policy (CHP) will have a record year with ten grants and contracts adding up to more than $1.2 million dollars. Two of the largest projects include work on Medicaid costs and recruitment and retention of physicians.

The Medicaid Capitation Project is a four year contract from the Medicaid Division of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare will assist Medicaid in understanding the cost of service programs. The actual cost of delivering services will be analyzed so Medicaid can better design appropriate contract rates. Through a partnership with Milliman Inc. (A national Actuarial firm), the CHP will assist Medicaid to continue to provide quality services at a lower cost for Idahoans. (more…)

Faculty Expert on New Medical Classification System Helps Idaho Health Care Professionals

Jaime SandThe current international system to classify diseases, ICD-9-CM, has become outdated with no room for expansion. These limitations are impacting medical research, the cost and quality of services provided, and the management of electronic health records (EHRs).  In order to correct the situation, two new systems, the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) and the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-PCS), were adopted in January 2009.  The new systems require hospitals, clinics, and insurance companies among many other health care-oriented entities to change multiple systems, including billing, patient records, practice management and more.  All health care associated businesses must comply with by October 1, 2013. (more…)

Institute for the Study of Addiction Thrives with Faculty Participation from Across the University

By building on the existing infrastructure and current addictions-related initiatives at Boise State University, the Institute for the Study of Addiction received the 2010 Award for Outstanding National Program from the International Association for Addiction and Offender Counseling at the American Counseling Association’s international conference.  The institute is a joint effort by the College of Education and the College of Health Sciences, though the institute’s activities sometimes involve academic units from the College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Division of Extended Studies, and the Center for Professional Development.  The Institute has successfully incorporated the Idaho Regional Alcohol Drug Awareness Resource (RADAR) Network, which has hired a new director, Teri Carrigan, who will also serve on the institute’s leadership team with Ken Coll, College of Education, Diana Doumas, College of Education, and Susan Esp, College of Health Sciences. (more…)

Faculty Presents Research on Ethical Beliefs in Portugal

Vivian SchraderVivian Schrader, a professor in the School of Nursing, presented a research study this month titled “Influencers of Ethical Beliefs and the Impact on Moral Distress and Conscientious Objection among a Convenience Sample of Registered Nurses” at the 11th IberoAmerican Nursing Education and Research Conference in Coimbra, Portugal. Co-researchers were associate professor Shoni Davis and Marcia Belcheir, associate director of institutional analysis assessment and reporting. This study was funded by a School of Nursing research grant.


Faculty and COHS Simulation Center Featured in National Journal

Lutana HaanLutana Haan and her use of simulation as a teaching tool for the Respiratory Care students was featured in the Sept. 2011 issue of the AARC Times. The interview, titled “A Collaborative Effort” discussed the state-of-the-art College of Health Sciences Simulation Center, the inventory of mannequins and the way in which simulations are performed with Respiratory Care students. Simulation allows students to be in the drivers seat making decisions in a case study. This type of opportunity may not be available to all students in a clinical setting at the hospital. The simulations enable each student to experience and respond to specific clinical conditions created for the simulation lab. The article also reviewed the use of debriefing after each simulation scenario in order to provide an immediate reflection and discussion of what went well, what did not go so well, and what might be done differently.

College of Health Sciences Advisor Presentation Chosen as a Sponsored Program at National Conference

Olga SalinasOlga Salinas spoke at the Annual National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) conference, held in Denver, Oct. 2-5, on “Advising Using Outcomes Directed Thinking and Creativity in Student Development: Meeting Students at the Terminal and Preparing them for Flight.” Her presentation on transformative learning experiences for students was selected by the Peer Advising and Mentoring Commission as a Sponsored Program.