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Pam Strohfus Publishes guest opinion in the Idaho Statesman.

Strohfus_PamPam Strohfus, DNP Program Coordinator, published a guest opinion in the Idaho Statesman on Feb. 8 that offered first-person insight into the vaccine debate. She has provided care for people who have suffered from, and therefore been exposed to, preventable diseases.

Strohfus recognizes how far we have come as a society in preventing diseases through vaccines and notes how in recent years parents have decided not to vaccinate their children, risking exposing themselves and others to these preventable diseases. Lower vaccination rates have resulted in a number of outbreaks of more than one of these preventable diseases.

Currently, providing an updated vaccination history is not required when enrolling into Idaho universities and Strohfus is pushing for The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to recommend that meningitis vaccinations be routine for college students. She believes that “preventable disease protection of college students is important, and routine vaccines should be required upon college entry, including both meningitis vaccines.”

Online Nursing Program Recognized for Quality

The editors of Degree Scape, an online education guide for accredited programs, has recognized Boise State as a leader in the delivery of online education.

Boise State’s dedication to research, support of students and the convenience of online programs first caught the attention of the online educational review site when the editor’s profiled Boise State’s eCampus as an Editor’s Choice.

Pam Strohfus Publishes Article in the Journal of Applied Nursing Research.

Strohfus_PamPam Strohfus, coordinator for the doctor of nursing practice program in the School of Nursing, and a team of co-authors have published an article titled “Health Care Providers’ Knowledge Assessment of Measles, Mumps and Rubella Vaccine” in the Journal of Applied Nursing Research.

Strohfus’ co-authors include Teresa Collins, an immunizations program manager at Central District Health Department in Boise; Vanessa Phillips, a Boise State nursing alumna; and Richard Remington, a statistic and manuscript consultant with Quantified Inc.

The article assessed educational needs of health care personnel in vaccine storage and handling. The Immunization Knowledge Assessment Tool (IKAT) was used to evaluate knowledge related to delivery and storage of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine among healthcare personnel in Idaho. Using descriptive analysis, only 61 percent of respondents achieved a passing score of 80 percent. Knowledge deficits were revealed among health care personnel, physicians and other providers in immunization administration and handling of the MMR vaccine. Scores were highest among registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and medical assistants.

Staff and Faculty earn Quality Matters Certification

School of Nursing staff and faculty successfully completed training and certification at the QM Works! Great Northwest Regional Conference 2014, held in Vancouver, Washington on April 25-16. Quality Matters is a faculty-centered, peer review process that is designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses. The conference provided opportunity for regional, and international faculty, administrators and instructional designers to meet, share and learn best practice standards, research findings, and instructional design principles to promote student learning and continuous quality improvement. Gaining certification in “Applying the Quality Matters Rubric” enhances the RN-BS Online/Distance Completion Track’s initiative of enhancing best practices related to universal design in online programming. Betty Miller, MS, adjunct faculty coordinator; Darcy Anderson, Rn, MS, remote special lecturer; and Mary Hereford, PhD, RN, CEN, associate professor, will also participate in QM’s training and certification for Addressing Accessibility in May.

Photo of Betty Miller, Darcy Anderson, and Mary Hereford.

Betty Miller, Darcy Anderson, and Mary Hereford

Vivian Schrader and Jayne Josephsen Publish Article in Syllabus

Vivian SchraderJayne JosephsenVivian Schrader and Jayne Josephsen had an article published in Syllabus vol 2 number 1, a peer reviewed journal. Title: Preparing RNs for the Online Learning Environment. Congratulations to these ladies for their scholarly work.