CON Faculty Accomplishments
Apr 29, 2019 12:00 AM
Kathie Supiano and our colleagues in Caring Connections, the Grief Support Group for those adjusting to the death of someone close, are now offering grief groups in South Jordan at the University of Utah Daybreak Clinic beginning June 6th. One of the groups they will be offering include persons grieving suicide loss. In addition, Caring Connections will be hosting the 2019 Seeds of Remembrance gathering on May 1, 2019 at 7:00pm. Guest speaker is Michelle Schmidt, author of the book Carried: How one mother’s trust in God helped her through the unthinkable. This event is free and open to the public; and will be held at the Annette Poulson Cumming College of Nursing Building.
Sheila Deyette and Gillian Tufts have both accepted new administrative appointments:
- Sheila will be the new specialty director in the Psych Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) track of the DNP program. In this role, Sheila will plan, implement, and evaluate program-specific outcomes and core DNP curriculum outcomes for PMHNP students. She will also oversee recruitment, advisement, admission and progression in collaboration with student services (Shelley Kern) and the assistant dean for the Master’s and DNP program, Gwen Latendresse.
- Gillian Tufts, specialty director of the MS to DNP specialty track and current interim director of the PMHNP program, has been offered the role of Executive Director for Nurse Practitioner Education, effective immediately. In this role, Gillian will ensure the College of Nursing maintains compliance with both the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) “Criteria for evaluation of nurse practitioner programs” and the accreditation standards for graduate nursing programs based on the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) criteria. Both Gillian and Sheila bring a wealth of experience to their new roles.
The American Association of Men in Nursing (AAMN) Utah Chapter located at the University of Utah College of Nursing held their first activity this past week, an NCLEX Club (NCLEX is the National Council Licensure Examination that must be passed before graduates can become licensed as a nurse). Every other Thursday, John Nerges and other members of AAMN will hold a 90-minute session where a volunteer speaker will talk about test-taking strategies, pathophysiology or pharmacology, etc., followed by a 30 minute Q&A using NCLEX practice questions. The first speaker was CON faculty Clare Callaway Kranz.
Every week, the Patient Experience team at the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics (UUHCs) sends out the top 10 Patient Experience Comments to the entire U Health team. Abby Rizk was recognized this week. The patient stated “I was impressed that Abby recognized me from my attendance at the Meet the Midwives event. Especially considering it was over three months ago, and I looked a bit different not being pregnant anymore. She was very thorough with her counsel, exam, and considerate of my schedule. I told her I had a job interview right after my appointment, and she made sure I was out of the office with plenty of time to make it.”
The Utah Geriatric Education Consortium led a Dementia Caregiver Conference in Roosevelt, Utah on Tuesday and in Monticello, UT on Thursday this past week. Over 100 people attended the Roosevelt event and 50 the Monticello event. Kara Dassel organized these events which were hosted by Uintah and San Juan County Aging Services at local senior centers. Kathie Supiano and Linda Edelman presented on dementia and caregiving, along with other colleagues from the School of Medicine and Utah Alzheimer’s Association. A link to an article from the Uintah Basin is attached: http://www.ubmedia.biz/ubstandard/news/article_ca4c0eb2-6613-11e9-ac8e-4fa3148a7fd5.html
Ann L. Butt contributed to a recently published book: Billings, D. M., & Hensen, D. (Ed.). (2020). Lippincott Q & A Review for NCLEX-RN (13th Edition). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer. This is a three-peat! Ann also contributed to the 11th and 12th editions.
Brenda Luther and Kathie Supiano were both invited guest lecturers at this year’s annual Utah Aging Alliance Conference held on April 18.
Lauren Clark just completed the year-long University of Utah Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution last week. Of the 60+ students in the program, Lauren and our own HR representative, Laura Hamilton, were selected as the ‘best overall mediators’.
Three cheers to the newly-elected members of the College of Nursing Executive Council: