CON Faculty Accomplishments
Feb 18, 2019 12:00 AM
Jackie Eaton and the Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program faculty:
Working collaboratively with faculty from the University of Utah’s PA program through the School of Medicine, Jackie and our GIP colleagues have developed the first dual MPAS/MS in Gerontology Program in the nation! This dual 30 month program culminates in two highly respected master’s degrees: a Physician’s Assistant and a Master’s in Gerontology. Based on strong student interest, this dual program will provide students the opportunity to achieve proficiency in the required competencies for both degree programs / professions. In this program there are 6 credits shared between the two degrees, 87 PA program credits, and 25 Master of Science in Gerontology credits. This program has been approved through both the School of Medicine and the College of Nursing and is now heading to the Graduate School. If approved through all levels up to and including the Board of Regents, the first dual cohort will be admitted to the PA program in Spring 2020.
Gwen Latendresse, our Assistant Dean of the Master’s and DNP Programs, delivered testimony to the Utah Legislature this last Tuesday regarding a maternal mental health appropriations request. Many of you know Gwen has been a champion for maternal mental health issues for many years, including advocacy, research, and practice. In addition, the governor signed a proclamation that February is now Maternal Mental Health Awareness Month. As Gwen noted, “we’re making progress for moms every day!” She has also conducted multiple interviews on this subject, so keep an eye out for additional coverage, and check out these links. You’ll see Gwen in both!
Savannah Manwill, the Academic Program Manager for the Nursing Early Assurance Program (NEAP), has been nominated for the 2019 UAAC Outstanding Academic Advisor Award by no less than three of her peers from around campus! Criteria for nomination include the advisor’s work with students and colleagues, their participation in the development of advising, their Advising Philosophy, and their contributions to a sense of belonging, inclusivity, and diversity with their advising unit. Savannah has been recognized for her dedication and persistence, her professional development as a graduate student in the Educational Leadership & Policy Department, and her diligence in building strong relationships with main campus to better serve students, all while providing excellent advising to a very high caseload of pre-nursing and NEAP students. Please join us in congratulating Savannah on this honor.
Jia-Wen Guo, Michelle Litchman, and PhD Student Djin Tay:
Jia Wen, Michelle, and Djin submitted a manuscript based on the event that occurred to University Hospital nurse Alex Wubbles (you’ll recall she was the nurse from the UU Burn Unit who was arrested for not allowing the police to draw blood on her unconscious patient). The intent of the manuscript was to examine perceptions of nursing by analyzing tweets that occurred subsequent to the event. The manuscript was recently accepted – here is where you can find it.
Guo, J., Tay, D. L., & Litchman, M. L. (2019). Hashtags and heroes: Perceptions of nursing on Twitter following a high profile nurse arrest. Journal of Professional Nursing. Doi: https//doi.org/10.1016/j.profnurs.2019.02.005
Time for a shout out to our SIMULATION CENTER:
Maddie Lassche, Executive Director of the Intermountain Simulation Learning Center at the University of Utah College of Nursing (“Sim Center”) and her colleagues from the Utah Simulation Coalition have created a 3-day Simulation Operations Specialist (SOS) Fundamentals course that will run during March Spring break in our Sim Center. This course was designed to meet the needs of our local simulation community and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare's (SSH) Certification for Simulation Operation Specialist's (CHSOS) certification requirements. This course includes fundamentals in essential job functions such as SOS roles and responsibilities, communication & customer service, set-up for simulation scenarios, healthcare audio/visual essentials, basics in mannequin operation and troubleshooting, and basics in moulage (movie make-up) for realistic patient scenarios. Special thanks to our SOS heroes: Moe, Patrick, Sherri, and Deb, who were instrumental in this effort.
Deb Boulter and Patrick Murphy: Simulation staff Deb Boulter and Patrick Murphy presented at the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) annual simulation conference in San Antonio Texas recently. This is an international and interprofessional healthcare conference attended by over 3,000 healthcare simulation specialists. Our faculty and staff gave the following presentations:
- Boulter, D., Murphy, P., & Lassche, M. Developing Simulation using Simulated Patients from Start to Finish. 19th Annual International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH); Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) sponsored.
Ann Butt and Maddie Lassche also presented at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH) with their education grant work on virtual reality.
Lassche, M. & Butt, A. Using Virtual Reality for Deliberate Practice and Mastery Learning. 19th Annual International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH); Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH) sponsored.