Jan 27, 2020 12:00 AM
Dr. Nanci McLeskey was featured this past week in the End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) newsletter. It read:
An ELNEC Undergraduate Champion Highlight!
One of our Champions, University of Utah, under the dedicated, passionate leadership of Dr. Nanci McLeskey has continued to enroll students and ensure a great palliative care learning experience for them. During Fall semesters of 2018 and 2019, 18 of the 72 3 rd semester students who took Undergraduate were able to spend 2 days/3 weeks precepting with hospice nurses and were so thankful to have taken the course.
What Undergraduate students are saying about the curriculum:
"This will help me as I provide care to my dying patients and their families to ensure they are comfortable and feel spiritually, physically, and emotionally supported."
- Student from University of Utah, College of Nursing
"ELNEC has allowed me to develop effective communication strategies for patients in palliative care and has made me more comfortable in caring for terminally ill patients.”
-Student from University of Utah, College of Nursing
Dr. Ana Sanchez-Birkhead is Co-I / Community Organization Affiliation representing Community Faces of Utah. The PI is Dr. Anu Asnanni in the Department of Psychology and the sponsor is University of Utah CCTS. The title of their project is “Investigation of Community-Level Definitions of Mental Health, Mental Health Priority Areas, and Barriers to Care Across Diversity Communities: Development of a Framework for Culturally-Responsive, Evidence-Based Mental Health Intervention”. They were awarded $59,206 for this one year project.
Susanna Cohen and Jami Baayd:
Dr. Susanna Cohen and Jami Baayd presented at the International Meeting for Simulation in Health Care. They presented on three of their simulations projects and spread the word about their newly-formed LIFT Simulation Design Lab ( https://nursing.utah.edu/research/lift). Their presentations were titled:
- Super Divya: Using Superheroes to Support Simulation Facilitators
- Transfer Simulations: Interprofessional In-situ Hybrid Simulation
- Implicit Bias Training: Increase Workplace Relational Capacity
Dr. Sara Simonsen presented Grand Rounds for the International Institute for Restorative Reproductive Medicine last week. The title of her presentation was “Weight loss and lifestyle changes in women of reproductive age.” Her introduction read: “Dr. Simonsen’s background in public health and nurse midwifery has influenced her research focus on preventive women’s health, with specific emphasis on promoting health behavior change among reproductive-age women and approaches to help women space pregnancies and optimize preconception and interconception health. Dr. Simonsen teaches doctoral students in the College of Nursing and mentors undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students in research and quality improvement projects. She lives in Midway, Utah with her 2 daughters and husband, and enjoys spending time in Utah’s beautiful mountains.”
Clare Kranz, Jennifer Macali, and Linda Hofmann:
Drs Clare Kranz and Jennifer Macali are super stars in the Evidence-Based Practice course in the pre-licensure program. The overall course evaluation increased from 3.62 last fall to 5.73 this fall. Sample comments about Clare included “”… she really got me excited about EBP! I will make Clare proud by engaging in quality improvement projects in my nursing practice.” Student said this about Jennifer: “Jennifer was an outstanding professor. She had such a calming presence and exuded intelligence and professionalism.” Overall, students noted “This was a good class. The course content was very well organized week to week. I liked the visual of the journey board at the beginning of each class.
Admittedly it was hard to sit through a three hour class at the end of the day, but the fun and games made it better.”
In another course, Professional Roles 4500, the course evaluations went from 3.64 last fall to 5.55 this fall under the expertise and leadership of Drs. Linda Hofmann and Clare Kranz. A typical course comment: “ The information covered in this course felt very applicable to nursing. I enjoyed how engaging the lectures were, especially when there were activities included.”
“Linda is great at engaging the class and actively encourages participation. It is clear that she cares about the success of her students…”
“Clare is so inspiring. I loved how real she was with us and the fact that she made lectures interesting and interactive…”
Dr. Teresa Garrett and Comagine (formerly HealthInsight) leader Joan Gallegos will be presenting at Utah Valley University’s Nursing Research Forum. The title of their abstract is “Future of Utah Nursing.”
Post-Docs Katherine Bernier Carney and Amy Newman:
Publications involving current post-doc Katherine Bernier Carney
- Kim, K., Ramesh, D., Perry, M., Bernier, K. M., Young, E. E., Walsh, S., & Starkweather, A. (2020). Effects of physical activity on neurophysiological and gene expression profiles in chronic back pain: Study protocol. Nursing Research, 69, 74-81.
- Carney, K. B., Guite, J. W., Young, E., & Starkweather, A. (2019). A metasynthesis of experiences during childhood cancer survivorship. Cancer Nursing, epub ahead of print
Publications involving recent post-doc Amy Newman and CON Faculty Dr. Lauri Linder
- Newman, A. R., Linder, L., & Haglund, K. (2019). The nurse’s role in prognosis-related communication in pediatric oncology nursing practice. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, epub ahead of print
- Hinds, P. S., & Linder, L,. (2020). Pediatric oncology nursing: Defining care through science. Switzerland. Springer Nature.
Dr. Kathie Supiano:
Jensen, E. J., Supiano, K. P., Luptak, M., Anderson, T., & Beynon. C. (2020) Resilience in bereaved caregivers of persons with dementia. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 46(1), 30-36.
Drs. Michelle Litchman and Mardie Clayton:
Murray, J. A., Clayton, M. G., & Litchman, M. (2019). Health Care provider knowledge and perceptions of FDA-approved and do-it-yourself automated insulin delivery. Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology.