CON Faculty Accomplishments
Nov 12, 2019 12:00 AM
This week is National Nurse Practitioner (NP) week! Sincere acknowledgement to the many NPs that are members of our faculty and faculty practice. You might not know these great facts about NPs:
- There are more than 270,000 nurse practitioners (NPs) licensed in the U.S.
- 22 states, the District of Columbia and two U.S. territories have granted full practice authority to NPs.
- 1% of NPs are certified in an area of primary care, and 72.6% of all NPs deliver primary care.
- 1% of NPs have graduate degrees, as well as advanced education and clinical training beyond their registered nurse preparation.
- More than 28,700 new NPs completed their academic programs in 2017–2018.
- The average age of NPs is 49.
- 9% of full-time NPs are accepting Medicare patients, and 80.2% are accepting Medicaid patients.
- 7% of full-time NPs hold hospital privileges; 11.7% have long term care privileges.
- NPs hold prescriptive privileges, including controlled substances, in all 50 states and D.C.
- NPs have been in practice an average of 10 years.
- 7% of NPs prescribe medications, and those in full-time practice write an average of 20 prescriptions per day.
- 4% of NPs see three or more patients per hour.
- NPs focus on health promotion, disease prevention and health education and counseling, guiding patients to make smarter health and lifestyle choices.
- Patients whose primary care providers are NPs have fewer emergency room visits and shorter hospital stays, resulting in lower out-of-pocket costs.
- NPs provide a full range of services, such as ordering, performing and interpreting diagnostic tests; diagnosing and treating acute and chronic conditions; prescribing medications and treatments; and managing overall patient care.
- In 2018, the mean, full-time base salary was $105,903.
- Malpractice rates remain low; only 1.1% have been named as primary defendant in a malpractice case.
- The confidence patients have in NP-provided care is demonstrated by more than one billion patient visits each year.
Three cheers to our NPs and the exceptional care they provide to patients, families, and communities.
And first place goes to . . . .
Kristin Cloyes, Eli Iacob, & Lee Ellington: Their poster “Hospice Interdisciplinary Team Members’ Attitudes Toward Sexual and Gender Minority Patients and Caregivers” (Cloyes, Tay, Iacob, Bilitterri, Reblin & Ellington) received the Best Poster out of over 700 posters at the International Conference on Communication in Healthcare held in San Diego recently. This award reflects a growing recognition in the importance of this area of research.
Nancy Allen & Michelle Litchman: Also first place poster winners for the American Association of Diabetes Educators Utah Conference
Poster title: “RT-CGM data sharing with care partners of older adults with and without cognitive decline: A feasibility study protocol. “
Nancy A. Allen, PhD, ANP-BC; Michelle L. Litchman, PhD, FNP-BC; Kacie Doyle-Delgado FNP-BC, Jim Chamberlain MD, Ernest Grigorian BS, Cynthia A. Berg; PhD. This poster is from data on their Center on Aging grant.
Two VPCATS in the house:
Two College of Nursing (CON) investigators received notification this week that they were accepted into the Vice President’s Clinical and Translational (VPCAT) Research Scholars Program, beginning January 2020 through December 2021. Jenny Alderden and Lisa Taylor-Swanson will join other early-career scholars from health sciences and main campus.
Christina Elmore has been appointed to the Division of Professional Licensing Midwifery Board, where she will serve with Jessica Ellis and Emily Hart Hayes.
Kathi Mooney received one of two grants from the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation’s Hillman Innovations In Care to support nursing-driven programs that seek to significantly improve care for vulnerable populations. A Hillman Innovations In Care grant will support expansion of the Huntsman Cancer Institute’s (HCI) Huntsman at Home program, allowing it to extend its service beyond the Salt Lake City area into three rural counties in eastern Utah using a combination of on-ground, remote monitoring, and telehealth strategies led by nurse practitioners.
The program, which is based on the Hospital at Home concept, is expected to decrease length of hospitalization, re-hospitalization, and emergency department visits, and improve patient outcomes and family caregiver wellbeing. Kathi Mooney is joined by co-investigators Karen Titchener and Anna Beck.
YouJeong Kang received $20,000 from the Greater Plains Collaborative Clinical Research Network for her project titled Developing predictive models using natural language processing for 30-day rehospitalization among Medicare beneficiaries with heart failure. This grant runs from November 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020.
Dr. Litchman (MPI with Dr. Cynthia Berg) and Dr. Nancy Allen (Co-I)’s seed grant titled “Family Involvement and Sharing Information Among Families with Multiple Members with Type 1 Diabetes“ has been funded by the University of Utah Driving Out Diabetes, a Larry H. Miller Wellness Initiative ($48,390).
On November 1, Dr. Litchman gave the keynote presentation at the 2019 Annual Nursing Research Symposium hosted by Intermountain Healthcare and Weber State University. The presentation was titled “Digital Management of Diabetes.”
Dr. Litchman gave the keynote panel at the Utah Chapter of the American Association of Diabetes Educator Annual Conference on November 8th. She discussed the current evidence related to the Do-It-Yourself Artificial Pancreas Systems.
Faculty member Lisa Taylor-Swanson and PhD Candidate Shelley White and their colleagues Eric Garland and Annie Budhathoki presented a poster at the 2nd annual Translational Research Trainee Symposium last week (November 7th) at the University of Utah Alumni House. The poster is titled Combined Mindfulness and Acupuncture in the Context of Chronic Pain: Pilot Feasibility and Acceptability Study Protocol.
The following faculty and staff are presenting this week at the Gerontology Society of American 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting in Austin, TX:
- Kara Dassel, Kathie Supiano, Rebecca Utz, PhD student Sara Bybee, and Eli Iacob: The LEAD guide: Life planning in early Alzheimer’s and Dementia
- Kara Dassel, Katarina Felsted, and Jackie Eaton: The influence of revising an online gerontology program on the student experience
- Kathie Supiano and PhD student Rebecca Perkins: Describing a concept of nurse intuition and implications for dementia care in nursing homes
- PhD student Rumei Yang, Linda Edelman, Kathy Sward, and Gary Donaldson: How are social isolation and loneliness related to cognitive functioning among Chinese older adults?
- YouJeong Kang: Pain experiences in older adults with heart failure in the home healthcare setting after hospital discharge
- Jackie Eaton: How to prepare physician assistants for the care of older adults? Partner with Gerontology
- Katarina Felsted: Teachings from trees: Generosity, gratitude, and growth in gerontological higher education
- Kathie Supiano and PhD student Rebecca Perkins: A pilot study to test methods for data collection on nurses caring for residents with dementia in the nursing home
- Kara Dassel, Kathie Supiano, Jacquie Telonidis, and Linda Edelman: Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program: Educational outcomes of dementia caregiver conferences in rural Utah
- Jackie Eaton: Harnessing the network of gerontology in higher education to improve recruitment strategies
- Rachel Hemmert, Linda Edelman, and student Gabby Dull: The opioid epidemic in long term care: A staff perspective
- Katarina Felsted: Long-term effects of mindfulness on urge urinary incontinence in older adult women: Analyzing RCT results at 6 months
In addition, Katarina Felsted is receiving the prestigious Rising Star Early Career Faculty Award
Litchman, M.L., Oser, T.K., Wawrzynski, S.E., Walker, H.R., Oser, S. The Underground Exchange of Diabetes Medications and Supplies: Donating, Trading, and Borrowing, Oh My! (In Press). Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology. (DIY Special Edition)
Warshaw, H., Hodgson, L., Heyman, M., Oser, T.K., Walker, H.R., Deroze, P., Rinker, J., Litchman, M.L., (2019). Perspectives in Practice: The Role and Value of Ongoing and Peer Support in Diabetes Care and Education. The Diabetes Educator. https://doi.org/10.1177/0145721719882007.