Jan 13, 2020 12:00 AM
Dr. Caroline Stephens was officially honored on December 10, 2019 at the Alta Club for her new role as the Helen Lowe Bamberger Colby Presidential Endowed Chair. Caroline has dedicated her research and clinical career to the care of frail older adult across the healthcare continuum. She received her bachelor’s degree in biological psychology from UC Davis followed by both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania; and a PhD from UC San Francisco. Dr. Stephens taught at UCSF from 2008 until joining our team. Of note, she served on an American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) task force to develop geropsychiatric nursing curricula focused on the care of hospitalized older adults with acute confusion. And she spearheaded and secured National Institute on Aging funding for the first international, interdisciplinary “State of the Future” conference in 2017 which focused on global aging, dementia, and mental health. She states “I find great joy in building and mentoring the pipeline of future clinicians and scholars to improve the science and quality of care for our most vulnerable older adults.” Please join me in welcoming Caroline!
PhD and Gerontololgy Interdisciplinary Program (GIP) faculty and staff:
In December, we concluded our once-every-sever year internal and external review for both the PhD and GIP programs. While we won’t have the final report for several weeks, some of the commendations - among many - were:
- Highly responsive to previous recommendations noted at last review in 2012
- Our research goal of consistently being in the top 20 for NIH funding noted to be commendable and within our capabilities
- Diversity efforts with student recruitment
- Efforts for leadership succession planning
- Pre and post award support from the Emma Eccles Jones Nursing Research Center
- Excellent mentoring of students
- Biostatistics support for faculty – they couldn’t believe it!
- Quality distance education delivery – we were noted to be ‘leaders at the University of Utah and nationally.’ Special shout out went to Rebwar Baesmat and our IT team; and to our instructional designer, Jane Price
- Efforts to significantly increase student scholarship support
- Resources available to faculty and staff
- Leadership strengths
- Number of post-docs (4)
- Specific to GIP: dual PA/ GIP master’s degree, new outreach efforts, decreased redundancies in course work with recent curriculum mapping, interdisciplinary efforts and focus
Your strong work was evident – Mollie Cummins, Kristin Cloyes, Jackie Eaton and I were honored to represent the College.
Dr. Kimberly Garcia, our midwifery specialty track director, was selected in December for induction into the Lakewood High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. She was selected for her “lifetime record of professional achievements.” Dr. Garcia will be officially inducted on April 4, 2020. Congratulations, Kim!
Dr. Michelle Litchman recently published a paper on the underground exchange of insulin that is garnering a lot of national attention. She appeared on NPR Science Friday on Dec 13. 2019 and was featured in the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1932296819888215. From there, her story was picked up by US News and World Report, UPI, Drugs.com, Beyond Type 1, @TheU, Pharma Jobs, SciTech Daily, Doctors Lounge, Health Day, News Medical, Diario Libre (in Spanish), Vice, Medical Express, and Eureka Alert!. She was interviewed by KUER, Deseret News, Reuters, and others!
Our T32 post docs:
We’re on fire!
Post Doc Dr. Lorinda Coombs just got a first author paper accepted for publication
Coombs, L.A., Noonan, K., Barber, F.D., LeFebvre, K., Mackey, H.T., Peterson, M., Turner, T. (2019) Oncology Nurse Practitioner Competencies: Defining Best Practice in the Oncology Setting Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing Accepted for publication June 2020.
Post Doc Dr. Megan Hebdon
Hebdon, M. (2019) A Narrative Journal Intervention in Millennial Cancer Caregivers. Accepted for review at the Oncology Nursing Foundation’s Nurse Scientist Intensive in San Antonio, TX on April 28-29, 2020.
Hebdon, M., Coombs, L., Crane, T., Reed, P., & Badger, T. (2019). Self-efficacy state of the science in informal caregivers of adult cancer survivors. Accepted for Scholar Eposter Presentation at the AAHPM/HPNA Annual Assembly in San Diego, CA on March 18-21, 2020.
Hebdon, M., Crane, T., Reed, P., & Badger, T. (2019). A moderating model of self-efficacy in caregivers of Latina breast cancer survivors. Accepted for a RAPiD poster presentation at the AAHPM/HPNA State of the Science Meeting in San Diego, CA on March 20-22, 2020
Hebdon, M., Crane, T., Reed, P., & Badger, T. (2019). Structural equation modeling using secondary data in nursing and health research. Accepted for a poster presentation at the 53 rd Annual Western Institute of Nursing Research Conference in Portland, OR on April 15-18, 2020.
Post Doc Dr. Djin L. Tay
Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association ACP Resource Taskforce , Subject Matter Expert (August 2019 to current)
Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association Emerging Scholar Special Interest Group, Co-Chair Elect (March 2020 to March 2021)
Post Doc accepted abstracts with faculty mentors Drs Kathi Mooney, Kristin Cloyes, Lee Ellington, Kathie Supiano, Gail Towsley:
Tay, D. L., Thygessen, L. C., Kumar, R. G., Gronvold, M., Aldridge, M. D., & Ornstein, K. (March 2020). Family Composition of Cancer Decedents in Denmark Between 2009-2016. Poster session accepted for the 2020 State of the Science in Hospice and Palliative Care, San Diego, CA.
Cloyes, K. G., Porter, E., Reblin, M., Mooney, K., Tay, D. L., & Ellington, L. (2020, March). Hospice family caregivers’ use of audio diaries: Preliminary findings. Poster session accepted for the 2020 State of the Science in Hospice and Palliative Care, San Diego, CA.
Cloyes, K. G., Porter, E., Reblin, M., Mooney, K., Tay, D. L., & Ellington, L.. (2020, March). Hospice family caregivers’ use of audio diaries: Preliminary findings. Poster session accepted for the 2020 Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Care, San Diego, CA.
Tay, D. L., Ellington, L. E., Towsley, G. L., Supiano, K., & Berg, C. A. (March, 2020). Applying the Developmental-Contextual Model to Understand Shared Decision-Making During Advance Care Planning: A Qualitative Dyadic Analysis. Poster session accepted for the Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Care, San Diego, CA.
Dr. Deanna Kepka’s research about cervical cancer prevention efforts is noted in the following publication from Knowable Magazine titled “A preventable malignancy.” View the article here: https://www.knowablemagazine.org/article/health-disease/2019/cervical-cancer-in-hispanic-populations?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=originals
Katie Ward and Pam Phares were both highlighted in the TOP 10 Patient Comments in Health Sciences at the University of Utah, part of the Exceptional Patient Experience:
Dr. Katie Ward, Sugarhouse Health Center:
“ Dr. Ward was so amazing and patient with my severe anxiety around doctor’s appointments. The building was really slick and new, there were very many people to help me find the right department. I easily checked in at a kiosk and sat for less than five minutes and was called to my appointment even before my scheduled time. Really excellent desk staff and nurses, all very very patient and understanding and listened intently to my concerns. Amazing at listening and being patient and asking questions. We have a plan in place for my treatment and further concerns throughout next year. I was very included in discussing these things, Dr. Ward listened amazingly and really understood that I was anxious, and made me feel very at ease. She understands that the issues I have and the doctor in general make me very emotional, and she was great about making a plan that I was comfortable with. She really cares.”
Dr. Pam Phares, Diabetes and Endocrinology Center :
“ Pam was excellent. She listened to me, took the time to explain things or answer any questions I had, and helped me form a clear plan on how to proceed in my care. She was also compassionate in discussing some of the things that I am worried about. I also appreciated that she was willing to offer me suggestions, such as recommending possible antidepressants to help with my seasonal affective disorder, but ultimately wanted me to decide if that was right for me. I've had providers before who are apathetic, or, on the other end of the spectrum, have tried to strong-arm me into doing something I don't feel right about. Pam was neither of those - she gave me suggestions, gave me recommendations and her own opinions on the subject, but made it clear that she wanted me to feel right about any decisions made regarding my health and treatment.”
Tamara Ekker and John Nerges:
Tamara and John took and passed the CCRN-K exam from AACN on December 18, 2019. The CCRN-K (Adult) certification recognizes nurses who influence care in the acutely and critically ill adult patient. According to the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), the CCRN-K is for nurses working in clinical education, leadership or academia. Three cheers!
When reviewing the data from a recent textbook study Dr. Clare Kranz is conducting, she shared the following quote a student made about our prelicensure faculty: "... these professors are some of the most intelligent professors I’ve had. That sounds bad, but they clearly know what they’re talking about, and they’re available to go and ask ‘em a question. So before I go to a book, I’m gonna go ask the person who could’ve written the book." Clare noted that over and over, the students had wonderful things to say about the faculty, their knowledge and willingness to mentor, and the culture at the college. John Nerges and Chris Sneddon were also acknowledged for tremendous efforts in our NURS 2400 course, Introduction to Nursing. Students noted “…I feel even more confident in my choice of becoming a nurse after taking this course” ( John), and “…I have never felt so supported by an instructor at the U” ( Chris).
Dr. Susanna Cohen
Raney, J.H., Medvedev, M.M., Cohen, S.R. et al. Training and evaluating simulation debriefers in low-resource settings: lessons learned from Bihar, India. BMC Med Educ 20, 9 (2020) doi:10.1186/s12909-019-1906-2