It's All About Relationships
Nov 09, 2018

Distinguished and Young Alumni Award Recipients Credit Those Around Them

In many ways, nursing is all about the relationships—making connections with patients and their families; healthcare team members; and even between all the data collected in an electronic health record (EHR). At the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient Susan Matney and Young Alumni Award Recipient Danielle Pendergrass noted the importance of these links in their careers, and ultimately, in providing the best care to patients. ... Read More

Grief and the Holidays: Bearing One Another's Burdens
Nov 01, 2018

Turning the Fabric of a Life Into a Memory

Carrie Pike, creator of Carrie Bears, will speak about her experiences creating the cuddly keepsakes — “Bearing One Another’s Burdens” — at this year’s Grief and the Holidays, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. Songwriter and guitarist Peter Breinholt also will perform.... Read More

2018 Young Alumni Award Winner Driven to Provide Care for Rural Women
Oct 24, 2018

Women's Health Specialist Danielle Pendergrass Named 2018 Young Alumni Award Winner

In 2012, College of Nursing Young Alumni Award Winner Danielle Pendergrass returned to her hometown--Price, Utah--to open a clinic for women. Eastern Utah Women’s Health currently provides services to 6,000 women in the health provider designated shortage area of rural Carbon, Emery and Grand counties. Through Title X grants, other government subsidies and a sliding fee scale, Pendergrass offers care for those with health insurance and without. ... Read More

Data-Driven Nurse Devoted to Streamlining Patients' Medical Records
Oct 19, 2018

Nursing Informaticist Susan Matney Selected 2018 Distinguished Alum

Twenty years after graduating from the College of Nursing with a master’s of science in nursing informatics, Susan Matney, PhD, RN, Senior Medical Informaticist at Intermountain Healthcare, has emerged as an undisputed national leader in the effort to standardize electronic health records with clinical terminologies and information models.... Read More

Interim Dean Barbara Wilson's 30 Years of Leadership Recognized
Oct 05, 2018

Wilson Receives UONL's 2018 Nursing Leadership Award

Dean Barbara Wilson's 30 years of leadership were recognized at the Utah Hospital Association's award ceremony last week. Nominator Connie Madden, Assistant Dean for the Baccalaureate Program and Student Services, noted Dean Wilson's experience improving patient care, excellence in teaching, mentorship of faculty and students, and rigorous research into labor and delivery outcomes.... Read More

Grief Group Facilitators: Paying it Forward
Sep 14, 2018

Caring Connections Facilitators, Survivors of Sudden Loss, Help Others Along the Journey

University of Utah Health nominated 10 of Caring Connections' longtime grief group facilitators, including Assistant Professor Ann Hutton, who has been leading our grief groups for 20 years, for Utah Business magazine's 2018 Healthcare Heroes award. Hutton and 9 other group leaders are honored in the September issue of Utah Business magazine and will be recognized at a luncheon Sept. 20.... Read More

Using Social Media as a Research Tool
Sep 10, 2018

Tracking Twitter to Better Understand Diabetes Management

The diabetes online community is leading grassroots efforts focused on accelerating the development, access and adoption of diabetes-related tools to manage the disease. Assistant Professor Michelle Litchman's research team examined the community’s online Twitter conversation to understand their thoughts concerning open source artificial pancreas (OpenAPS) technology. The results of this study are available online in the Sept. 10 issue of the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology.... Read More

Former Patient Graduated from College in 2016
Jun 29, 2018

CON Midwife Inspired Future Nurse

The teen mother and child program at the south main clinic provided Hayli Acosta with a safe place where she received help and support from certified nurse midwife Celeste Thomas instead of judgement. This made a big impact and inspired her to become the nurse she is today. ... Read More

HRSA Grant Meant to Improve Workforce Diversity
Jun 26, 2018

CON Team Hopes to Recruit and Retain More Representative Nursing Student Body

College of Nursing Associate Professor Rebecca Wilson's $1.5 million grant from the Health Services and Resources Administration (HRSA) will develop a health workforce diversity study over the next three years. The project, Partnering for Success of Diverse Students: Investing in the Future of Nursing, will combine a student recruitment and retention program developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) along with holistic admissions practices, adaptive tutoring, culturally-aligned mentoring and tailored financial support for baccalaureate students.... Read More

2018 Insights Magazine
Jun 20, 2018

2018 Insights Magazine

Along with a new design and name, the College of Nursing's 2018 magazine features stories about caregivers, student hotspotting teams, a new Half Century Society and Young Alumni Award.... Read More

Going Back to Tried-and-True Nursing Values
Jun 15, 2018

New HRSA Grant Will Focus on Primary Care Education for RNs

The University of Utah College of Nursing has received a $2.8 million training grant that could transform the way undergraduate nursing students are prepared to work in healthcare. Over the next four years, Linda Edelman, PhD, MPhil, RN, and a team of College of Nursing faculty will use a Nursing Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR) grant from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) to weave primary care education and skills throughout the college’s BSN programs. ... Read More

Seeds of Remembrance
May 13, 2018

I Choose Love: Standing for Stockton

Alyson Deussen and her husband George Deussen will speak at Caring Connections’ Seeds of Remembrance program, “I Choose Love,” May 15 at 7 p.m. at the College of Nursing. Their story was featured along with Dan Reynolds and the band Imagine Dragons in the documentary “Believer” at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.... Read More

Student "Hotspotting"
Apr 19, 2018

College of Nursing Is Building Interdisciplinary Teams

Sometimes, the simplest healthcare interventions have less to do with blood draws and clinic visits and more to do with street smarts and practical solutions. Eight interdisciplinary teams of university students were dispatched this year to work with four residents of the Salt Lake County Housing Authority’s Grace Mary Manor and four other at-risk patients and their families, getting out of their healthcare training to really hone in on what their client needed.... Read More

Nitrous Oxide
Apr 11, 2018

Nitrous Oxide Now An Option For Laboring Moms

In the fall of 2017, University of Utah Labor and Delivery doctors and nurse midwives started offering nitrous oxide to laboring mothers. But labor and delivery nitrous oxide is different from the “laughing gas” dentists use. Laboring mothers administer the gas themselves, inhaling as needed from a mask. ... Read More

2018 Dare to Care Winner
Apr 05, 2018

Wubbels Named 2018 Dare to Care Winner

Alex Wubbels insists she did what any other nurse would have done when she blocked a Salt Lake City Police detective determined to get a blood sample from her patient last summer. Still, she's taken on responsibility--and a leadership role--as a spokesperson for nurse and patient safety. Wubbels will receive the 2018 Dare to Care Award at the Honors for Nursing gala May 11.... Read More

$1.8M Grant Will Advance Caregiver Research
Mar 21, 2018

NINR Renews College's Research Training Grant

Distinguished Professor Kathi Mooney’s and Professor Lee Ellington’s Interdisciplinary Training Grant in Cancer, Caregiving, and End-of-Life Care (T32) was renewed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for another five years in March. Ellington and Mooney’s team will receive $1.78 million to focus on training doctoral students while conducting research into caregiver communication and health impacts. ... Read More

Smart Phone App Keeps Meds on Track
Jan 30, 2018

App Helps Young Cancer Patients Remember to Take Medication

The 12-week-long study concluded most of young adults were willing to use a commercially available medication reminder app on their smartphones and found it helpful. The researchers believe electronic tools like smartphones may be part of a strategy to help patients in this age group take medication as prescribed, potentially improving cancer survival and quality of life.... Read More

Gerontology Program Recognized for Excellence
Jan 25, 2018

GIP named "Program of Merit"

The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) named the college’s master’s program one of 13 “programs of merit” this month. ... Read More

Nursing Faculty Stand Out With Ethics Education
Jan 18, 2018

Daniels Fund Honors Two Nursing Faculty

This year, two of the college’s educators—Associate Professors Sara Hart and Kathie Supiano--have been recognized by the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business.... Read More

Wellness Coaching Through Technology
Jan 10, 2018

Diabetes App Encourages Activity

A research team led by College of Nursing Assistant Professor Nancy Allen has developed an online interactive app to help motivate patients to be more physically active to manage their disease. The results are published in the January 9 issue of the Journal of Medical Internet Research.... Read More