College Kudos - Week of May 25, 2020
May 25, 2020 9:00 AM
CON strolls . . . . week nine. Don’t forget - send your photos to Clare Kranz @ Clare.Kranz@nurs.utah.edu by Thursday afternoon.
Dr. Susanna Cohen’s proposal to the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation was funded in the amount of $299,735. Project ARIISE is an interprofessional student and trainee intervention that uses simulation and experiential learning to understand and address the multilayered dimensions of implicit bias in maternal healthcare. The Project fosters a shared understanding of the problem; and, uses that shared understanding to equip the next generation of providers with the tools to recognize and repair microaggressions. We believe this is one of the first times the University of Utah has received funding from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation – and to top that off, Dr. Cohen and her team had less than a week to submit this proposal!
Dr. Deb Penney was just announced as one of the 2020 Excellence in Global Engagement Awards recipients in recognition of her “exceptional contributions to developing the global dimension of the University of Utah.” Here is the announcement:
“Associate Clinical Professor and Certified Nurse-Midwife Dr. Debra Penney has dedicated her career to global healthcare of women. Specializing in International Health, Public Health and Refugee Health Service, she has been a valued member of our U community for nearly 20 years. Her reputation shows she has been “going global” long before it became a campus priority. Dr. Penney’s ongoing work with University Neighborhood Partners has fostered priceless learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduates alike. She stands out as a dedicated, compassionate mentor to students looking to expand their global perspective, whether through fostering supportive overseas experiences or initiating local projects with diverse groups. Her passion and dedication to our global community is evident in the way she serves her patients, our local refugee community, the U Nursing and School of Medicine community, and the field of global healthcare.“
Dr. Kara Dassel has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the Alzheimer’s Association for her application, End of Life Care Planning Intervention. Dr. Dassel’s grant begins funding in July 1 2020 and extends through June 30, 2023. Congratulations, Kara!
Linda Edelman and Nanci McLeskey
Drs. Corinna Tanner, BYU School of Nursing, Linda Edelman and Nanci McLeskey, University of Utah College of Nursing UGEC faculty, developed the “Utah Targeted Recommendations in Support of Long-term Care Facilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic”. The document outlines their recommendations for how the State of Utah can support nursing home staff, residents and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. The recommendations were sent to Governor Herbert on May 18, 2020.
Drs Linda Edelman and Jenny Alderden
Edelman, L.S., McConnell, E.S., Kennerly, S.M., Alderden, J., Horn, S.D. & Yap, T.L. (2020). Mitigating the effects of a pandemic: Facilitating improved nursing home care delivery through technology. Journal of Medical Internet Research Aging. [Epub ahead of print]. DOI: 10.2196/20110.https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32412909/
Dr Lauri Linder, former informatics student Sindy Chiu and Distinguished CON Alumni Dr. Susan Matney:
Linder, L. A., Chiu, Y.-S., & Matney, S. (2020). Supporting the future interoperability of a game-based symptom reporting app for children. American Medical Informatics Association Clinical Informatics Conference.
What a great time to highlight our teaching excellence, especially during the spring semester where many courses were suddenly flipped to an online format. While there would not be enough room to highlight all of the excellent students comments on our teaching faculty, we’ll use the next four weeks to spotlight a few:
Dr. Linda Hofmann:
NURS 6730 - Principles of Health Care Finance
“Clear and concise communication from the instructor made this course stress free. It was nice to have clear direction where to focus my efforts and time. I learned a great deal from this course.”
Dr. Rebecca Wilson:
NURS 6073 - Assessment and Feedback in Education
“Rebecca is always available when I have questions, and she creates a "classroom" setting that is helpful to students. We know we can count on her and that we will learn a lot”
“Great instructor! One of my favorites so far. Loved all the insights and experiences shared. As opposed to some of my other online classes, I really felt like Professor Wilson was present within the class. The videos/presentations that included her speaking made this course feel like less of the normally dreaded online format courses. Learned so much in this class!! Really makes me excited.”
Dr. Sara Webb:
NURS 6355 – Advanced Pathophysiology of Mental Illness
“Sara is such a fantastic instructor, She is one of my favorites in this program. She is knowledgeable and humorous which is greatly appreciated in a course like this. Hold on to her!”
Dr. Sharifa Al-Qaaydeh:
NURS 3450 - Principles of Clinical Management II
“Amazing. Sharifa is a wonderful instructor. She did a fabulous job transitioning to online and continuing to make her recorded lectures more than just reading the powerpoint. She does a great job of answering questions.”
“The experiences Sharifa shares make the material more applicable and realistic. Sharifa made herself readily available to help us, always giving office hours and time to talk to us. Very personable and helpful. I love her.
Dr. Jennifer Macali:
NURS 3410 – Acute Care Nursing Practicum
“The instructor was really helpful and really cared about the students success and went out of their way to help the students feel comfortable to create an effective learning environment. “
“I love Jennifer and cannot wait to work with her over the summer. She has such a calming yet vibrant personality that makes me feel competent and confident even when she is watching me do assessments. She teaches the value of self-care along with the important of nursing knowledge, and she creates an environment that feels positive for learning.”
Creative ideas during COVID 19:
Pre-licensure faculty Tamara Ekker has used this time to encourage her students to practice good self-care. She established a course discussion titled “Self-Care Highlights” for her students. Her instructions include, “Please add examples, pictures, thoughts, ideas, suggestions of personal or group self-care.” These efforts have allowed her to connect with her students as individual people and not just as students as they work through virtual simulations and other course assignments.
Dr. Rebecca Wilson has created several exceptional teaching seminars over the past couple of months to assist our faculty in their pursuit of teaching excellence in an online environment. Topics to date have been:
- Incorporating active learning in online environments
- Strategies to engage online learners
- Getting the most out of discussion boards
On this day, may we acknowledge the brave women and men who sacrificed much on our behalf to serve our country.
- “Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay.” Barak Obama
- “And if words cannot repay the debt we owe these men [and women], surely with our actions we must strive to keep faith with them and with the vision that led them to battle and to final sacrifice.” Ronald Reagan