CON Faculty Accomplishments
Sep 3, 2019 12:00 AM
Join us in celebrating and acknowledging our friend and colleague, Ann Hutton who has been at the College of Nursing for 50 years this month! Ann began her career in psychiatric nursing at the VA hospital in Salt Lake where she developed her interest in mental illness while serving as a head nurse (nurse manager) for 8 years in various psychiatric units. Then in 1969, Ann joined the College of Nursing, first as an Associate Instructor, then Assistant Professor, and ultimately Director of our Psychiatric / Mental Health (PMH) NP program from 1991 to 2006. Ann has since remained on faculty as an Assistant Professor and still maintains a private practice as a PHMNP.
She received her BS in Nursing from Stanford; her MS in Psychiatric / Mental Health Nursing from the University of Utah; and a PhD in Health Psychology, also from the University of Utah. Some of Ann’s recent accomplishments include receiving the Utah HealthCare Heroes Award in 2018 and the Honors for Nursing Dare to Care Award in 2016. Our sincere thanks to Ann for her continued service and distinguished career.
Another R01 for the College of Nursing! Andrea Wallace, Chair of the Health Systems and Community Based Care Division, received notice this past week that she was awarded an R01 from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The title of Andrea’s grant is “Social needs and resources in the evaluation and enhancement of discharge support: The NEEDS study.” The objective of this $400,000, three year award is to provide inpatient health care teams with information about patients’ social needs and supportive resources, evaluating whether it facilitates clinical decision-making, impacts readiness for hospital discharge and, ultimately, reduces hospital readmission. Specifically, the aims of this study are to
- test the effect of assessing and communicating patients’ social needs and supportive resources on health team- patient- caregiver- outcomes;
- test the effect of social needs and supportive resources assessment on discharge planning processes; and
- examine provider and patient experiences of social needs and supportive resources assessment. Three cheers for Andrea!
Pam Hardin will be providing a workshop on September 9th as part of the Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence (CTLE) on “High impact practices in engaged teaching learning”. This workshop is one of two high-interest workshops offered by CTLE for Health Science educators this fall. Pam’s workshop will be held September 9, 1000-1130 in Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB) Room 2938.
Kudos to Kathy Sward and Julio Cesar Facelli, Professor in Biomedical Informatics. Their proposal for the creation of a Center of Excellence in Exposure Health Informatics, which will be located here in the College of Nursing, was approved by the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate last Monday. Now on to the Senate . . .
Clare Kranz has been elected as the chair-elect of the Executive Committee of College Council at the College of Nursing. She will follow Teresa Garrett, who will remain as chair for the upcoming Academic Year.
Speaking of Clare Kranz – Clare begins a joint appointment this week between the College of Nursing and Primary Children’s Hospital (PCH) as the Evidence-Based Quality Improvement Specialist. Her role will be to partner with PCH nurses in various service lines to identify, plan, and execute quality improvement initiatives. Clare will also work alongside leaders at PCH to create a bedside workforce of nurse change agents through the completion of the CORE (Changing Outcomes through Research and Evidence) Scholars and Fellowship programs.
Michelle Litchman has been accepted as a Fellow for the Minority Fellowship Program (Leadership and Education Advancement Program - LEAP) for diverse scholars. This program is hosted by the American Psychological Association and is an evidence-informed mentoring and leadership development program for early career social and behavioral scientists from underrepresented racial and ethnic populations who show promise in research related to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) mission but who have not yet received R01 funding. Sponsors included Mollie Cummins from the College of Nursing and Dean Cynthia Berg from Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Michelle Litchman also did a recently published podcast interview on the Scope Radio that focused on her research examining the death or debt dilemma some families affected with diabetes face due to the rising cost of diabetes medications and supplies. As a result, underground exchange is occurring, mostly with online strangers. The link to this important work is attached here: https://healthcare.utah.edu/the-scope/shows.php?shows=0_ord6nyhq
Kara Dassel, Kathie Supiano, Eli Iacob, and PhD student Sara Bybee, along with Rebecca Utz from Sociology, have finalized the LEAD (Life Planning in Early-Alzheimer’s Disease) Guide and the associated publication, a culmination of several years of work funded by the Center on Aging, the College of Nursing, and the Dick and Timmy Burton fund. The team is currently working on a R01 proposal to the National Institute on Aging to use the LEAD Guide as a dyadic intervention.
More information about the LEAD Guide: The LEAD (Life Planning in Early-Alzheimer’s Disease) Guide (Dassel, Utz, Supiano, Bybee, & Iacob, 2019) is the only psychometrically validated dementia-focused end-of-life planning tool. The LEAD Guide is a conversational guide between individuals with or concerned about their risk of ADRD and their families. The LEAD Guide facilitates communication and documentation of end-of-life values and preferences, specifically within a dementia context where decisional abilities are lost over time and reliance on a proxy decision maker becomes imperative. The LEAD Guide Intervention holds promise for improving caregiver self-efficacy and well-being as a future proxy decision maker.
Eden Bennett, Janzell Tutor, Rebecca Walsh, Kenzie Ezzell and the Dean’s office cordially invite you to mark your calendar for an epic Alumni Weekend October 24-26th. Check out all that Eden and her team have planned in the attachment!