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Faculty Presents Pilot Study Findings at International Simulation Meeting

Karen Breitkreuz

Karen Breitkreuz

Karen Breitkreuz, faculty in the School of Nursing, and her co-researcher, Melanie Wright, program director for patient safety and research for Trinity Health and Saint Alphonsus Health System, presented at the International Meeting of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. Their presentation, “Improving Attention and Compliance with Risk Prevention Strategies through Simulated Error Experiences,” showcased their findings from their pilot study that is part of a two-year grant funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Following personal experience with errors or preventable adverse events, providers anecdotally report a greater sensitivity to risks. Adverse events are accidents and/or preventable errors, caused by distractions in the healthcare environment and/or shortcuts healthcare providers take in efforts to expedite patient care. Research has shown that the greater the perceived consequences associated with a preventable adverse event, the higher the likelihood that the event will be prevented. Higher perceived consequences are also associated with greater adoption of prevention strategies. (more…)

Prengaman Shares Research on the Nursing Community Apgar Questionnaire

Molly PrengamanNearly two years ago, Molly Vaughan Prengaman, assistant professor in the School of Nursing, completed the Nursing Community Apgar pilot project. The project created a tool, in the form of a questionnaire, that critical access hospitals can utilize to evaluate and enhance their rural nurse recruitment and retention. She is now publishing and presenting her work related to the Nursing Community Apgar Questionnaire.

Prengaman, along with co-authors: Jeri Bigbee, former Joanna “Jody” DeMeyer Endowed Chair in Nursing; Ed Baker, director and senior researcher for the Center for Health Policy; and David Schmitz, affiliate faculty and senior researcher for the Center for Health Policy, and associate director of Rural Family Medicine at the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho; published “Development of the Nursing Community Apgar Questionnaire: A Rural Nurse Recruitment and Retention Tool” in Rural and Remote Health. The full article is available online at

Additionally, Prengaman, Baker and Schmitz presented at the Western Institute of Nursing’s 47th Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference on April 9-12 in Seattle. “The Nursing Community Apgar Program” was a reviewed presentation.

School of Nursing Faculty Featured in Boise State’s Explore Magazine

Mark SiemonMark Siemon, assistant professor in School of Nursing, was featured in Boise State University’s 2014 edition of Explore magazine. Siemon appeared in an article, written by Janelle Brown, titled “Stretching Boundaries: Boise State’s Newest Faculty Bring Expertise, Experience and Passion to Their Work.

The article highlights the research interests of new Boise State faculty. Siemon joined the School of Nursing in fall 2013, returning to his alma mater. His research looks at how nurses and community health workers work together in community health care teams. He focuses on prevention of chronic diseases and how nurses can help communities change policies and local environments to increase healthy lifestyles. (more…)

Center for Health Policy Researchers To Evaluate Effectiveness of Suicide Prevention Project

Ed BakerSusan EspSusan Esp, researcher for the Center for Health Policy and assistant professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Health, and Ed Baker, director of the Center for Health Policy and professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Health, are involved with the 1.3 million dollar Idaho Lives Project, a collaboration among the Idaho State Department of Education (SDE), Suicide Prevention Action Network of Idaho (SPAN Idaho) and their partners: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act grant. The collaborative project strives to reduce suicide in Idaho, which has the sixth highest suicide rate in the nation, by targeting youth, ages 10-24, with a comprehensive approach for training mental health care providers and others who come in contact with this age group. This approach covers Sources of Strength, Shield of Care, community gatekeeper training and updated assessment and treatment training for health, mental health, and substance abuse professionals. Esp will serve as the primary investigator with Baker as co-primary investigator to evaluate The Idaho Lives Project. (more…)

Tedd McDonald: Improving Idaho Lives Through Research

Tedd McDonaldResearch keeps Tedd McDonald busy. McDonald is a senior researcher for the Center for Health Policy (CHP) and the director of the Master of Health Science (MHS) program. The two roles complement each other nicely because using current, real-life data in the classroom makes his courses about statistics and research more engaging while exposing students to current research initiatives. McDonald is also able to recommend graduate students for assistantships with the center, where the graduate assistants get much sought-after experience.

McDonald was first introduced to research as a psychology doctoral student when he was invited to participate in a research study by the Center for Urban Initiatives and Research at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. He was exposed to people and real-world research applications in inner-city Milwaukee. McDonald saw first hand poverty, discrimination, and people’s lack of access to services. He found that he felt good about doing research that could benefit people and became particularly interested in helping vulnerable populations. (more…)

Boise State University Radiologic Sciences Students Sweep National Research Competition

Three teams of Radiologic Sciences students placed first, second and third in the Royal Domingo Student Essay Competition at the Association of Collegiate Educators in Radiologic Technology annual conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, held Feb. 5-7. Thirty-three papers were accepted into the national competition, nine from Boise State University.

These student teams conducted primary research projects with the intent to disseminate the findings as a research paper. Papers were submitted and selected for the competition. Certificates and cash prizes were awarded to all three winning teams:

  • First place was awarded to Brooke Newhouse, Michelle Moon, and Kaitlyn Loveland for their paper titled, Cleanliness in the Radiology Department.
  • Second place was awarded to Ivy Edwards, Amanda Koslosky and Brandilyn Richner for their paper titled, Methods of Imaging Scholiosis to Reduce Breast Dose.
  • Third place was awarded to Scott Hartley, Arlen Longeteig and Allan Lloyd for their paper titled, The Utilization of Lead Equivalent Scatter Attenuation Drapes during Surgical Procedures.

“I am very proud of the students’ accomplishments! They worked so hard on their research,” stated Associate Clinical Professor Erica Wight, faculty advisor for the student teams.

Additionally, the Boise State Radiologic Sciences students were successful in the Student Challenge at the conference. Twenty-two Boise State students were among the 387 students participating in the challenge. Four Boise State students – Angela Herrera, Shilo Waltman, Rachel Mandeville, and Allan Lloyd – made it to the final 12 of the competition.

Center for Health Policy Continues Research and Service on Healthcare Providers in Rural Areas

Ed Baker, director of the Center for Health Policy, was recently elected the 2014 president of the Idaho Rural Health Association (IRHA). Baker’s research and work with Idaho rural communities on workforce issues will contribute to his efforts at the IRHA. Baker has been involved with the IRHA for several years and has served as the treasurer since 2010.

Baker continues to research and present on the center’s most popular tool, the Community Apgar Program (CAP). Community factors play a key role in the recruitment and retention of physicians to rural and underserved healthcare settings. The CAP, developed by researchers, educators and clinicians at Boise State University and the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho helps to organize these community factors for action. (more…)

Boise State Researchers Seek to Curb Underage Drinking

A team of Boise State and other researchers are working to reduce underage drinking by developing evidence-based programs that can be used by local school districts.

Boise State faculty and students involved in the research are:

  • Diana Doumas, professor and chair of the Department of Counselor Education and director of the Institute for the Study of Addiction
  • Susan Esp, assistant professor of the Department of Community and Environmental Health
  • Robin Hausheer, project director of DrugFree Idaho, Inc., and an education doctoral student
  • Courtney Cuffee, master’s student in counselor education

Others involved in the projects are:

  • Robert Turrisi, a professor of biobehavioral health at the Prevention Research Center at Pennsylvania State University and a former Boise State University faculty member
  • Beverly Glouser, transition counselor with the Boise School District

Their research involves two studies. Results of the first study conducted in 2012-2013 showed that ninth-grade students who used a web-based alcohol prevention program had a significant reduction in the frequency of drinking and alcohol-related consequences.

Additionally, parental disapproval of drinking and the quality of parent-teen communication were related to alcohol use, suggesting that the addition of a parent intervention may strengthen the effect of the web-based program. (more…)

Cindy Clark Wins American Journal of Nursing Book of Year Award

Dr. Cindy ClarkNursing professor Cindy Clark’s book “Creating and Sustaining Civility in Nursing Education” received the 2013 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year award for Professional Issues in Nursing.

Nancy Spector, director of regulatory innovations at the National Council of State Boards of Nursing described Clark’s book in this way: “This book immediately entices the reader with stories that are beautifully threaded throughout the research as well as other evidence that supports civility in nursing. The author integrates great teaching ideas and creative exercises. Tips on creating civility in the classroom are included throughout the book. The author provides an excellent mix of anecdotes, teaching strategies, and creative exercises while emphasizing research-­based recommendations.” (more…)

Janet Willhaus Presents Work Around the Country Throughout the Fall Term

Janet WillhausNursing faculty Janet Willhaus traveled around the country during the fall 2013 term to present her simulation work and research.

In September, Willhaus co-presented a four-hour post-conference with Katie Adamson on “Simulation Evaluation Methods” at the National League for Nursing (NLN) Education Summit in Washington, D.C. Willhaus also presented with Mary Anne Rizzolo on the ACE/V Veterans cases during the summit.

In October, Willhaus presented a plenary address at the NLN Technology Conference held in Philadelphia, Pa., titled “Simulation: New Ideas, New Evidence.” She also coordinated a Simulation “Unsession” and spoke on the new NLN Veterans cases at the conference in break-out sessions. (more…)