College Kudos - Week of June 15, 2020
Jun 15, 2020 9:00 AM
CON strolls . . . . week twelve. Can you believe it – 3 months now! Don’t forget - send your photos to Clare Kranz @Clare.Kranz@nurs.utah.edu by Thursday afternoon.
What happened this week in the College of Nursing?
Martz, K. Alderden, J., Bassett, R, & Swick, D. (2020). Outcomes associated with a nurse-driven palliative care screening tool in the intensive care unit. Critical Care Nurse, 40(3), 23-29.
Lee Ellington and Mardie Clayton:
Ketcher, D, Ellington, L., Baucom, B. R. W., Clayton, M., & Reblin, M. (2020). “In eight minutes we talked more about our goals, relationship, than we have in years”: A pilot of patient-caregiver discussions in a neuro-oncology clinic. Journal of Family Nursing, 26(2), 126-137.
Dr. Kathie Supiano gave an invited webinar for ‘Faith and Hope Hospices’ in Pasadena, CA on Grief in the time of Covid-19” It can be accessed here: https://youtu.be/o_OxqGAqAKQ
What a great time to highlight our teaching excellence. I wish there was time, and space, to highlight all of the great comments, but here are a few from this week:
Deb Penney and Teresa Garrett:
NURS 6710 and 6711 – Health Systems I and II
“I was a student in your NURS 6710 and 6711 Health and Systems courses in the Fall and Spring of this last academic year as part of my DNP-FNP program. I wanted to let you know that this month I sent in my first ever letters to our Utah legislators. I sent letters in support of continuing funding for the Office of Health Disparities and the Health Clinics of Utah program. Thank you for reminding me of the importance of getting involved in legislative initiatives and policy.”
NURS 7054, Advanced Patho DNP II
- “Diane set the bar high for other instructors! She was organized, available, and made it obvious that she cared about our learning and success. I wish she taught more classes in our program.”
- “Diane is so organized and on top of her game! I love the structure of her class and I love that there isn’t anything that comes from out of the blue. I always know what to expect from her class, and what she expects from us as students, which is great! She’s the best.
NURS 2400: Introduction to Nursing
- “He was an amazing instructor. He supported students and was always available to the class at any time. He made the information easy to understand and he did great transitioning this into an online class.”
- “The instructor was very kind and knowledgeable about the nursing field and what is important to know about it. He also was very respectful of the fact that all students are taking other classes and have other obligations.”
- “This instructor was amazing. He made me love coming to class. He did a great job exposing us to the healthcare world. He had great presenters come in that helped me learn what I want for a career.”
NURS 3305: Foundations of Clinical Care
- “Christopher is probably the coolest instructor I have had. He made sure our group knew what was happening and brought insight to the subjects that were being taught. He made time for me when I had questions about a test. He is patient and caring”
- “Chris was thorough in demonstrating processes and having students demonstrate them as well. - Chris always encouraged the students and helped answer their questions”
- “Chris had the best examples to help the students connect to the work. He was always available for questions and even when he corrected us he made us feel empowered and excited to keep learning.”
NURS 3300 Professional Roles I
- “Ann is a very straight forward instructor that cares for her students. It was a great transition from my pre requisite courses to nursing school. Before nursing school I only got to know a few professors but now it is amazing that each professor including Ann goes out of their way to make sure we are doing well in every aspect of our lives even outside of nursing school.”
- “Ann always took the time to answer questions, but didn’t just give them to us. She wanted us to think about them and then we would walk through it. She gives great examples and really shows us how nursing is going to be with the content we learned.”
- “Ann has been great at encouraging us to think and act for ourselves, without giving us the answers when we struggled and has helped me to feel more confident in this profession as a result.”
- “She is great at engaging students and applying our practices to the real world. Very organized and responsive.”
NURS 3305 Foundations of Clinical Care
- “I just love Ann. I think she is great at teaching and disciplining us but isn’t unreasonable or unapproachable. I felt pushed to problem-solve but also safe to ask questions”
- “Nothing put the fear of god into you more than having Ann watch you do a skill! But it was helpful because it challenged you to do your best and it helped me learn a lot. It was also nice that Ann tried to incorporate information we learned in PR into the lab which helped everything connect.”
- “ Ann helped me gain skills in the field, was there to answer any questions, and made me feel confident in my skills.”
- “First and most importantly, Ann is an amazing instructor and mentor. She was knowledgeable, informative, supportive, kind, and understanding. She was ALWAYS happy to help and offer encouragement, advice, and practical knowledge to aid with my learning. She has made a lasting impact on my education and my future career as a nurse. I hope I will have the privilege of having Ann teach another course so that I may develop nursing skills that will continue to mold my abilities. I’m saddened to see this class end and actually wish I could participate in further simulations with Ann as my instructor. I cannot stress enough how amazingly supportive, and dedicated she is as a professor. I know she cared about my success and I truly thank her for all she did to help me learn, grow, and become more confident.”
In other news:
University of Utah College of Nursing ranked nationally for online learning excellence:
Our RN to BS program was ranked #4 in the nation for online learning excellence out of 7,700 accredited schools. To create the rankings, EduMed researched more than 7,700 regionally accredited schools using data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System and from the schools themselves –Schools with the best combinations of online learning opportunity, affordability, and student support earned top honors. https://www.edumed.org/online-schools/nursing-rn-programs/rn-to-bsn/
Our Family Nurse Practitioner program was ranked #3 for advanced practice programs offered in an online learning format by the same company, EduMed. Read about us here! https://www.edumed.org/online-schools/nurse-practitioner-programs/family-nursing/ Congratulations to our faculty and staff!
On behalf of the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Dr. Kathy Sward has been invited to serve as a member of the Biomedical Computing and Health Informatics Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, for a four year team (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2024). As noted by the NIH, “membership on a study section represents a major commitment of professional time and energy as well as a unique opportunity to contribute to the national biomedical research effort. Study sections review grant applications submitted to the NIH, make recommendations on the applications to the appropriate NIH national advisory council or board, and survey the status of research in their fields of science. . . .. You have been nominated because of your demonstrated competence and achievement in your scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of your research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific activities, achievements and honors. Service on a study section also requires mature judgment and objectivity as well as the ability to work effectively in a group, qualities we believe you will bring to this important task. “
Sincere congratulations to Kathy.
Dr. Teresa Garrett participated on a panel discussion for the PBS Utah’s Utah Insight titled “Solutions for the Silver Tsunami.” Check it out here: https://www.pbsutah.org/utah-insight/season-one
In her capacity as a member of the Board of Directors of Social work Hospice and Palliative Network, Dr. Kathie Supiano collaborated with other board members to create a call for a National Strategy for Grief https://swhpn.memberclicks.net/griefstrategy , aligning their efforts with colleagues in Canada to address the bereavement needs of those who are grieving COVID-19 deaths, and those who have had their grief experiences disrupted by the pandemic.