CON Faculty Accomplishments
Dec 17, 2018 12:00 AM
Claire Kranz: Clare earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Her project titled “The UAB Heart Failure Journey to Discharge” involved creating a discharge education tool that was based on a pediatric game-style journey board. The journey board guided nurses and adult patients with heart failure in the teaching of recommended self-care tools and information prior to discharge using teach-back methodology. Nurses reported improved communication with the discharge education process. Additionally, length of stay, cost, and readmissions decreased following implementation. Ultimately, Clare successfully modified a pediatric based discharge tool and successfully implemented it in an adult population
Carolyn Sheese: Carolyn published a book chapter in the new Certified Healthcare Simulation Education Review Manual
- Scheese, C.H. (2019). Chapter 22: Operations and management of environment, personnel and non-personnel resources. In Wilson, L. & Whittmann-Price, R. (Eds.). Certified Healthcare Simulation Education (CHSE) Review Manual. 2nd ed. New York: Springer Publishing.
Michelle Litchman had an investigator-initiated trial that has been funded by the Scientific Research Review Committee of Abbott Diabetes for $130,000. Michelle’s grant, “Combining flash glucose monitoring and online peer support to improve outcomes in Hispanic Spanish-speaking people with Type 2 diabetes” builds on a recent PCORI grant that Michelle participated in.
Michelle also had a recent publication on a project she led as an AANP Research Committee member. Co-author includes recent DNP graduate Thomas Rowley
- Litchman, M.L., Schlepko, T., Rowley, T., McFarland, M. & Fiander, M. (2018). A Scoping Review of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses Consensus Model Outcomes: Part Four of a Four-Part Series on Critical Topics Identified by the 2015 Nurse Practitioner Research Agenda. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 30(12).
Lauren Clark and colleagues are busy at work on a National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) R01 multi-year subcontract to study factors that influence screen media use in low-income Mexican American toddlers. Health disparities start early in life. More than 80% of Latino toddlers <3 years old use screen devices (like their parents’ cell phones, tablets, or TV). Screen time is a contributor to early childhood obesity and the disabling conditions that result. Yet we know very little about how low-income Mexican American families use screen time and child health outcomes. Darcy Thompson, a pediatrician at University of Colorado-Denver, partnered with Lauren three years ago, and together they designed the study. Dr. Clark will lead in-home interviews to learn about cultural beliefs and parenting practices related to screen use, socioeconomic factors, and child health outcomes such as obesity and poor sleep quality. Them they will construct a measurement scale to assess screen time, and analyze data on 300 preschoolers to assess associations of screen time with health indicators. Based on the data, policy guidelines for pediatric care can help parents and pediatric providers better manage screen time.
Lauren is also participating in a USDA funded study about low-income preschoolers and obesity in rural Colorado, which will lead to an app development to support healthy eating and activity. Current publications related to Lauren’s work include:
- McCloskey, M., Thompson, D.A. Chamberlin, B., Clark, L., Johnson, S.L., & Bellows, L.L. (2018). Mobile device use among rural, low-income families and the feasibility of an app to encourage preschooler’s physical activity: A qualitative study. JMIR Pediatrics and Parenting, 11(2), First published version available online doi:10.2196/11193h.
- Bekelman T.A., Bellows L.L., Clark L., Thompson D.A., Kemper G., McCloskey M., & Johnson, S. (2018). An ecocultural perspective on eating-related routines among low-income families with preschool-aged children. Qualitative Health Research. First published version available online doi: 10.1177/1049732318814540
- Bellows, L.L., McCloskey, M., Clark, L., Thompson, D.A., Bekelman, T.A., Chamberlin, B., & Johnson, S.L. (2018). HEROs: Design of a mixed-methods formative research phase for an ecocultural intervention to promote healthy eating and activity behaviors in rural families with preschoolers. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 50(7), 736-745. doi:10.1015.jneb.2018.02.012.
- McLoskey, M.L, Johnson, S.L., Benz, C., Thompson, D.A., Chamberlin, B., & Clark, L., Bellows, L. (2018). Parent perceptions of mobile device use among preschool-aged children in rural Head Start centers. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 50(1), 83-89. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2017.03.006.
- Nkoy, F., Hofmann, M., Stone, B., Poll, J., Clark, L., Fassl, B., & Murphy, N., (2018). Information Needs for Designing a Home Monitoring System for Children with Medical Complexity. International Journal of Medical Informatics, First published version available online 26-Nov-2018 doi: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2018.11.011
The College of Nursing was recently notified that Nursing Schools Almanac has just released its 2018 rankings of the top U.S. Nursing Schools. Data was collected on more than 3,000 nursing institutions, and only 3% made the list of the top 100 nursing schools in the nation! We ranked:
- #21 overall nursing school in the U.S. (which places us in the top 1% of all nursing schools)
- #11 among public nursing schools; and
- #4 overall in the West region, behind 1) UCFS, 2) University of WA; and 3) OHSU.
- Other state schools in the top 100 include BYU (#14), Westminster (#30), and Weber State (#31).