College Kudos - Week of June 1, 2020
Jun 1, 2020 9:00 AM
CON strolls . . . . week ten. Don’t forget - send your photos to Clare Kranz @ Clare.Kranz@nurs.utah.edu by Thursday afternoon.
Another great week for the College of Nursing!
Our Midwives ROCK
The awards were announced this past weekend at the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) Annual Meeting.
- Dr. Jessica Ellis received the Excellent in Teaching Award. Jessica is an assistant professor teaching in our midwifery specialty track. She was nominated by our midwifery students, a special honor!
- Dr. Brandy “Dia” Brooks was awarded as the Outstanding Preceptor. Brandy is a graduate from our midwifery program and serves as a preceptor for our graduate students. She was nominated by our midwifery specialty track faculty.
- Dr. Leissa Roberts received the Distinguished Service Award. Leissa is the Associate Dean for faculty practice and was nominated by the Birthcare Healthcare clinical practice faculty.
Dr. Kimberly Garcia
Kimberly Garcia, specialty director of the Nurse Midwifery track, gave a podium presentation at ACNM:
Lived Experience of Lay Midwives’ Struggle with Obstetrical Emergencies in Urban Guatemala. 65th Annual Meeting of the American College of Nurse Midwives. Live virtual meeting, May 30-June 1.
PhD student Ryoko Pentecost and Dr. Gwen Latendresse had a poster presentation:
Pentecost, Ryoko & Latendresse, Gwen (2020). Poster presentation. ASSOCIATION BETWEEN PERINATAL SUBSTANCE USE AND DEPRESSION/ANXIETY: A SCOPING REVIEW. 65th Annual Meeting of the American College of Nurse Midwives. Live virtual meeting, May 30-June 1.
Congratulations, CON Midwives!
The Office of Undergraduate Research is pleased to announce the publication of the 2020 Undergraduate Research Journal, which features 12 current and past College of Nursing students whose contributions are featured in this issue. Congratulations to our students and their faculty mentors:
(A link to the journal can be found at: https://our.utah.edu/urj2020/)
- Dr. Laurie Linder (students Kaitlyn Fox , Makenna Terrell, and Mayra Rodriguez)
- Dr. Lee Ellington (student Kalen Gunter)
- Dr. Sara Simonsen (students Nene Maruta, Alexandria Pehrson, Camrey Tuttle, and Ashli Young)
- Dr. Ana Sanchez-Birkhead (student Laura Sofia Ortega-Flores)
- Dr. Gwen Latendresse (student Kristen Stucki)
- Dr. Sara Hart (student Keely VandenBerge)
- Dr. Lisa Taylor Swanson (student Annie Walton)
Dr. Marla DeJong:
- Stucky CH, De Jong MJ, Kabo FW, Kasper CE. A network analysis of perioperative communication patterns. AORN J. 2020;111:627-641.
- Stucky CH, De Jong MJ, Kabo FW. Military surgical team communication: implications for safety. AORN J. 2020;111:599. Received first place from the virtual Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses Global Surgical Conference & Expo
- Stucky CH, De Jong MJ. Surgical team familiarity: an integrative review. AORN J. 2020;111:597-598.* Received third place from the virtual Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses Global Surgical Conference & Expo
Drs Echo Warner (recent PhD graduate) and Deanna Kepka:
Warner, E. L., Lopez, P. L., Kepka, D. . . . Kirchhoff, A. C. (2020). Influence of provider recommendations to restart vaccines after childhood cancer on caregiver intention to vaccinate. Journal of Cancer Survivorship. Published May 26, 2020.
T32 Dr. Lorinda Coombs:
Coombs L.A., Noonan K., Diane Barber F., Mackey H., Peterson ME., Turner T., LeFebvre KB. (2020). Oncology Nurse Practitioner Competencies: Defining best practices in the oncology setting. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 24(3), 296-304.
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, here are this week’s highlights:
Dr. Katarina Felsted:
“I appreciated the fact that this instructor included comments on every single assignment. It was helpful to see where she was coming from, and what she thought of my work. I also liked how open and transparent she was. She would tell us when assignments would be back to us graded, and she would have them done by that time. And if something came up and she couldn’t get assignments back to us in a timely manner, she would send out an announcement telling us. It was just super helpful to know when we would be getting feedback on our assignments.”
“This instructor is one of the best instructors I’ve had during my time in higher education. She is involved enough to support the student, but not overly involved so the student still has room to learn and grow. She is incredibly knowledgeable and her teaching style and approach are refreshing. She has managed to create a balanced approach to teaching that fosters personal responsibility and educational instruction.”
Dr. Mike Caserta:
“Dr. Caserta, I just wanted to thank you again for such a good semester. I was hesitant in the beginning as I was the only undergraduate, but I found your course to be truly rewarding. I believe your work against simple rote memorization and having us apply learned concepts into our projects made for a better learning experience. I'll be honest that it was the first online course I've taken that allowed me to gain learning and growth for which I was comfortable putting myself into student debt for. I wish that other online classes and many other courses in general taught in your format. It made me curious and motivated for information/learning opportunities, and I gained learning habits in this course I will carry forward into my future education. Thank you very much! Also, I wasn't expecting to be as interested in further education in Gerontology as I found myself to be. I will consider looking into the MS program.”
Dr. Josh Wall:
“Josh is great! I think it is so important for us to hear real life stories and of course since he has seen so much he has the best stories. It helps us relate the content we are learning in class to the real world of nursing. I always enjoyed listening to his lectures and always learned a ton of great things. Like I said above I think him and Sharifa did a great job of keeping the course interactive and engaging with going online. Thank you!!”
“The experiences Josh shares make the material more applicable and realistic. Josh made himself readily available to help us, always giving office hours and time to talk to us. Very personable and helpful. Josh is a fantastic professor.”
Dr Erin Cole:
“Erin is an amazing instructor and I just love her. She works so hard for us- to make the course more engaging and organized, to make the lectures and guest speakers interesting and purposeful, and to make the assignments matter to us as future CNMs/WHNPs. I wish we had her for an instructor every semester. She really helps us learn the material.”
“The material was interactive, the assignments were purposeful and helped with retention, and I really like the teaching style Dr. Cole uses.”
“PP/NB class was so well organized, thanks to Erin. She completely revitalized it and it worked so well for our group. I learned so much from the group work as well as the lectures and guest speakers. Highly recommend this course.”
Dr. Nanci McLeskey:
“I always enjoy taking courses from Nanci. Her enthusiasm and vast knowledge of subject matter are inspiring. Nanci takes a genuine interest in her students and understands how to work with their different backgrounds. She is one of the reasons I am graduating with my MS degree- her encouragement and rational approach to accomplishing large projects has been paramount to me.”
“Nanci is very responsive and communicative. She makes herself available to students and works with individuals so they can succeed. My knowledge on health and aging has greatly improved. Her feedback on assignments helped me become a more proficient and professional writer.”
In other news:
Dr. Andrea Wallace is PI of a project submitted to AHRQ in April that was selected as a “winner” (one of only 5 national winners) for one of AHRQ’s Digital Solutions Challenges. Five teams are selected for 20K, and for the opportunity to give a big pitch in hopes of receiving additional funding to fully develop the technology. AHRQ the promotes it through EHR vendors etc.
Dr. Wallace and her team’s technology is the Going Home Toolkit app that Dr. Wallace has presented in its early form, and received intramural funding to refine last year. Three cheers to Andrea and her team, including BMI colleagues Ken Kawamoto an Guilherme Del Fiol.
Dr. Paige Miller made it into the top 10 Outpatient Comments of the week:
“The nurse assistant was so kind, she really listened to me and was reassuring. Paige was beyond incredible. She actually listened to me as a patient instead of looking at what I looked like on paper. I was relieved when she not only believed that I was struggling with strange symptoms, but that she ordered lab work to make sure nothing else was wrong. I'm impressed and forever grateful for the car she provided. We need more providers like her in this world! I was a little shocked (in a good way) at how many care providers had contacted me about test results and to discuss plans for my care. It was so nice to be heard and to know that I had healthcare professionals looking out for me and truly deciding what the best course of action might be and including me in that decision. Thank you so much. Really, you are incredible.” South Jordan Health Center/ Obstetrics and Gynecology
Please join me in congratulating our wonderful colleagues.