Feb 10, 2020 12:00 AM
Kara Dassel, Kathie Supiano, and Eli Iacob:
Dr. Kara Dassel (PI) and her team, Co-I Dr. Kathie Supiano and Dr. Eli Iacob, along with collaborator Dr. Becky Utz (Associate Professor in Sociology), found out their three year, $150,000 grant titled “End of Life Care Planning Intervention” has been funded by the Alzheimer’s Association. Kara and her team will use their newly developed LEAD Guide (Life-Planning in Early Alzheimer’s and Dementia) as an advanced care planning intervention in community-based dyads where a partner is in the preclinical or early stages of dementia. Congratulations!
Dr Sara Simonsen was accepted into the competitive Society of Family Planning Wiki Scholars program. As a participant in this program, Sara will receive in-depth training on how to contribute to Wikipedia and will have the opportunity to create and edit Wikipedia content relevant to reproductive health and family planning.
1U4U funding recipients released:
Drs. Debra Penney, Mardie Clayton, and Kathie Supiano:
GSVPs Drs. Michael Good and Dan Reed announced the first recipients of the 1U4U grants. From the College of Nursing, here are our recipients:
- Deb Penney will collaborate with Lezlie Frye (School of Cultural and Social Transformation / Gender Studies, PI), Lisa Gren (SoM – Family and Preventative Medicine), Beth Jennings (SJ Quinney College of Law), Sharlene Kiuhara (College of Education) and Kristen Pagel (SoM – Psychiatry) to partner with community groups that serve refugee, immigrant, and Native populations to promote accessibility for students with disabilities in Utah. Their project will translate existing text and A/V materials into high-need languages such as Nepali, Vietnamese, Burmese, and Navajo. They will also develop a training and marketing plan for service providers to alert parents to these resources. By helping to ensure that all Utah children can access education, these youth will be enabled to achieve their best outcomes and participate fully in the community. Amount awarded: $30,000
- Mardie Clayton (PI) and Kathie Supiano along with Rebecca Utz (College of Social and Behavioral Science – Sociology) will use the Utah Population Database to conduct an analysis comparing end of life hospice and healthcare services of Dementia and Cancer patients. Hospice eligibility is currently benchmarked to Cancer trajectories and may not fit the realities of Dementia where prognostication and the disease trajectory is less clear. As a result, Dementia patients may experience delayed admission to hospice, defined as not enrolling until death is imminent, and/or live discharge from hospice, defined as outliving eligibility due to greater than expected patient life. Both of these events can be profoundly distressing to patients and families, and both minimize the benefit that comes from hospice use at the end-of-life. This study will inform national Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) policy, and address the U’s strategic goals. Amount awarded: $15,000
Dr. Caroling Stephens received the University of Utah Vice President for Research Seed Grant of $37,500 for her project “Rural ImPAcTT: Assessing the Feasibility and Acceptability of the Improving Palliative Care Access Through Technology (ImPAcTT).
Ann Butt and Sherri Kerney:
Dr. Ann Butt and Sim Operations Specialist Sherri Kerney received $1,410 from the University Teaching Committee for their proposal titled “Operation Escape Lab.” Operation Escape Lab will provide a unique, engaging, competitive, and fun educational opportunity for CON students enrolled in NURS 3305, Foundations of Clinical Nursing Care, with potential to expand to other courses.
Brent Vawdrey, Eric Kenney, and Sarah Brown:
Brent (Database Administrator), Eric (Senior IT Specialist in Student Services) and Sarah (Information Coordinator for Academic Programs) have spent the last nearly two years performing ‘CPR’ on our old dashboard system (used for faculty workload assignments, faculty contracts, assigning courses, tracking student enrollment, predicting course enrollment, etc.) The result of their work is FRED (Faculty Resources and Education Database, Version 1) that was officially rolled out on January 16, 2020. FRED was built on a SalesForce Platform and will be piloted this year during faculty workload assignment. Many thanks for the hundreds and hundreds of hours, team!
Certified Nurse Midwifery Specialty Track:
Our Nurse Midwifery Program had another year of 100% pass rates for their certification exams. 12 students tested and all passed. Three cheers to our specialty track directors, Drs. Kimberly Garcia and Katie Ward, for this great accomplishment; and to all faculty who teach in these programs.
Lisa Taylor-Swanson, Clare Kranz, and Jennifer Macali:
Drs Lisa Taylor-Swanson, Clare Kraz, and Jennifer Macali will be presenting at the Utah Organization of Nurse Leaders Academic Leadership Spring Conference on March 27, 2020 in Cedar City, at Southern Utah University. More out on their topics soon!
Three Cheers for our Research Efforts:
Once again, the University of Utah College of Nursing remains in the top 30 for NIH funding, according to Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research (BRIMR) 2019 rankings. We are currently at #27. Our goal is to get to and remain in the top 20. Sincere thanks to Dr. Mollie Cummins, Director Terri Pianki, and the entire staff of the Emma Eccles Jones Nursing Research Center for their support in these research grants and proposals; and for the creative and engaged faculty who submit them.
Sara Simonsen and her PhD student Shahpar Najmabadi:
Shahpar Najmabadi, K. Schliep, Sara E. Simonsen, C.A. Porucznik, M.J. Egger, J. B. Stanford. (2020). Menstrual bleeding, cycle length, and follicular and luteal phase lengths in women without known subfertility: A pooled analysis of three cohorts. Journal of Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology.