CON Faculty Accomplishments
Apr 22, 2019 12:00 AM
Due to the efforts of Nanci McLeskey, the University of Utah College of Nursing has been named into the 2019 ELNEC (End of Life Nursing Education Consortium) Hall of Fame. The ELNEC project is a national education initiative - originally developed and funded in 2000 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation - whose mission is to improve palliative care both within the United States and internationally. ELNEC is a partnership between the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the City of Hope. Nanci has facilitated the ELNEC education of our undergraduate nursing students for the past several years.
Deanna Kepka received two pilot awards from Huntsman Cancer Institute for her Women’s Cancers Center Pilot project. Her latest project is titled: Slipping through the cracks – what can the treatment journeys of rural gynecological cancer patients teach us about the challenges of early detection and referral of rural patients to specialty gynecological cancer care? Her co-investigators include Mia Hashibe, Anne Kirchhoff, Katherine Harris, and Charlene Weir.
Deanna also had an oral presentation at the Unite for Sight Global Health and Innovation Conference at Yale University on April 13 and 14. The title of her presentation was: Diverse caregivers’ HPV vaccine-related awareness and knowledge.
Nancy Allen was an invited speaker at the 2019 Generations Conference held last week in Salt Lake City. Her presentation was titled “Successful conversations with families and individuals with memory problems.”
Last week, Brenda Luther and Susanna Cohen were both inducted officially into the Academy of Health Science Educators in a ceremony held at the Alta Club.
Teresa Garrett was the keynote speaker recently at the Intermountain Nursing Professional Nursing Development Conference, where she presented “The Future of Utah Nursing.” This presentation focused on state and national progress toward achieving the goals and tactics of the landmark IOM Future of Nursing Report.
Teresa will be giving a podium presentation during the Utah Public Health Association’s annual meeting in Ogden later this month. Her presentation is titled “Letters & Conversation: Health Policy Dialogues that Change Hearts and Influence Votes.” Participants will learn communication best practices in reaching out to legislators and policymakers.
A team of faculty (Nancy Allen, Michelle Litchman, and Ana Sanchez-Birkhead), one of our PhD students (V. Colicchio), and community health partners just published the following manuscript based on Nancy Allen’s PCORI grant:
- Allen, N. A., Colicchio, V.D., Litchman, M., Gibson, B., Villalta, J., and Sanchez-Birkhead, A. (2019). Community partners as our teachers to improve diabetes self-management. Hispanic Health Care International
Pass rates from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC): We just received the most recent report from ANCC aggregate data for the Nurse Practitioner (NP) specialty tracks of Psych Mental Health NP (PMHNP) and Adult / Gerontology Acute Care NP (A/GACNP) for 2018 (January 1, 2018 through December 31 2018):
- A/G ACNP: 16 tested, 16 passed for 100% pass rate
- PMHNP: 16 tested, 16 passed for 100% pass rate
Many thanks to our graduate faculty and specialty track directors, Denise Ward and Gillian Tufts, as well as past PMHNP director ElLois Bailey, for this great accomplishment.
Our wonderful development / advancement team gave a recent keynote presentation at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Nursing Advancement Professionals (NAP) Conference in Phoenix, AZ.
Presenters included Barbara Wilson, Eden Bennett, Janzell Tutor, and Rebecca Walsh. The title of their presentation was “Don’t judge a book by its cover: Strategic Advancement Integration.”
In addition, Janzell Tutor served as on the NAP Steering Committee as marketing chair and presented twice. Her second presentation – “Integration brings opportunities to growing your alumni base,” was presented with our campus partner, Todd Andrews, University of Utah Executive Director of Alumni Relations and Constituent Engagement. Rebecca Walsh also served as a member of the program committee.
Andrea Wallace presented at the University of Utah Health Sciences Research Forum last week. Charged with giving an overview of her research program, she highlighted the multiple projects she has covering social determinants of Health. This particular presentation was titled “Social determinants of health: Implications for quality of assessment, clinical communication, and community connections.”
Katarina Felsted has been named the new national President-Elect for Sigma Phi Omega, the International Academic Honor and Professional Society in Gerontology. This is the launch of a four year term which officially began last week on April 15th. Katarina will serve as President-Elect for one year, President for two, and Past-President for one year.