CON Faculty Accomplishments
Jul 15, 2019 12:00 AM
On Friday and Saturday last week, Sara Hart, Director of Student and Community Engagement for the College of Nursing (CON), facilitated our participation at the Junior League Community Assistance and Resource Event (CARE) Fair, held at the Horizonte Instructional Training Center. The CARE Fair is an annual two day event organized and directed by the Junior League of Salt Lake City for families needing routine dental, medical, and vision services in addition to providing community assistance information. Services are provided free of charge, and the CARE Fair is committed to help those in need. Our nursing students as well as Physician Students from the University of Utah assessed vital signs, plotted growth charts, and estimated Body Mass Index (BMI) for participants. Faculty volunteers who joined Sara included Carolyn Scheese, Brenda Luther, Connie Madden, and Barb Wilson.
Sara Simonsen received some great news! Based on an application she wrote, the Summit County Health Department is now a member of the Family Planning Elevated Contraceptive Access Program, which will help provide free contraceptives to underinsured and uninsured women at Summit County Health Department for 2 years, beginning January 2020. Sara and her team received $100,000 plus the costs of all contraceptive visit fees for eligible patients.
Faculty member and nurse practitioner Keisa Lynch was highlighted this past week in ‘Medicine Elevated,’ an internal publication in the University of Utah Department of Internal Medicine. One of her clients at Redwood Clinic made the following comment: “I cannot use enough wonderful adjectives to describe Dr. Keisa Lynch. She was supportive of my decisions, engaged me in discussing options, provided valuable information, and encouraging and positive about my future, and gave me confidence that I am on the right treatment path. Besides all of that, she is a delight and caring human.”
Three cheers are in order for Maddie Lassche, who received word this past week that she has successfully passed the Nurse Executive, Advanced Certification (NEA-BC) examination through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The ANCC Nurse Executive board certification is a competency based examination that “provides a valid and reliable assessment of the entry-level clinical knowledge and skills of the nurse charged with managing the daily operations of a unit or service line” (AACN, retrieved @ https://www.nursingworld.org/our-certifications/nurse-executive-advanced/).
The University of Utah College of Nursing is featured as one of the best RN to BSN degree programs on TheBestSchools,org for 2019. This organization reviewed all accredited online RN to BSN degree programs in the U. S. to select the Top 50 in the Nation. We ranked 10th out of 800 nursing programs. Congratulations to specialty director of the RN to BS track Sue Cantarini, Connie Madden (Assistant Dean of Student Services and the Baccalaureate Program), and all faculty who teach in our RN to BS program (offered in an asynchronous online format).
Deanna Kepka: Deanna received supplemental funding for a P30 Cancer Center Support Grant to advance rural cancer control research capacity in clinical settings. The proposed project will strengthen Huntsman Cancer Institutes’ partnerships with rural primary care clinics in the Mountain West with a focus on HPV vaccination and cancer survivorship. PI is Dr. Cornelia (Neli) Ulrich; and Deanna is one of two Project Leaders.
Kathy Sward and PhD student Rumei Yang:
Demiris, G., Iribarren, S. J., Sward, K., Lee, S., & Yang, R. (2019). Patient generated health data use in clinical practice: A systematic review. Nursing Outlook.
Rutkoski, H., Tay, D. L., Dixon, B. L., Pinzon, L. M., Mooney, R., Winkler, J. R., 7 Kepka, D. (in press). A multi-state evaluation of oral health students’ knowledge of Human Papillomavirus-related oropharyngeal cancer and HPV vaccination. Journal of Cancer Education.
Kirchhoff, A. C., Mann, K., Warner, E. L., Kaddas, . K., Fair, D., . . . Kepka, D. (in press).
HPV vaccination knowledge, intentions, and practices among caregivers of childhood cancer survivors. Human Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics.
LaManna, J., Litchman, M. L., Dickinson, J. K., Todd, A., Julius, M. M. et al. (in press). Diabetes education impact on hypoglycemia outcomes: A systematic review of evidence and gaps in the literature. Diabetes Educator.