College Kudos - Week of November 9, 2020
Nov 9, 2020 9:00 AM
What happened this last week in the CON?
Outstanding Licensure News:
Shouts of acclamation to baccalaureate graduates as well as their faculty and staff who provide a world-class education at the CON. During April – September 2020, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program had a first time National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX® examination) pass rate of 94%, surpassing state and national averages!
Celebrating Nurse Practitioners:
November 8-14, 2020 is National Nurse Practitioner (NP) Week! This year's theme is NPs Moving Forward: Today, Tomorrow, Together. Please join the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the College of Nursing in celebrating the rich history of the NP role, marking advancements in NP practice and looking forward to what the future holds for NPs and their patients. The College of Nursing’s faculty practice and practice sites are essential to the college’s academic, clinical and research missions. Faculty Practice demonstrates excellence in advanced practice nursing, provides scholarship opportunities, and supplies clinical sites for student placements. The CON has 13.35 FTE of Advance Practice Nurses who practice in multiple community settings. Each day this week, Dr. Leissa Roberts, Associate Dean for Faculty Practice, will highlight the CON’s practices via social media.
Dr. Victoria Tiase – PhD graduate (2020), Director of Research Science at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, and Lecturer in Healthcare Policy and Research in the Division of Health Informatics at Weill Cornell Medicine – was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.
The [nhcgne.org]National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE) recognized Dr. Jenny Alderden as a Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing. Jenny received a Certificate of Recognition at the Distinguished Educator Award Ceremony during NHCGNE’s Virtual Leadership Conference. Given the rapidly growing older adult population and the urgent need to prepare the future nurse workforce to care for an aging population, it is imperative to have well-prepared nurse educators not only with knowledge and skills in care of older adults, but also with teaching competence so that they can foster positive attitudes toward older adults and actively engage learners at all levels. The Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing Program is a Hartford initiative that aims to recognize the leadership of nurse educators working with students, faculty, providers, and older people in diverse settings. This recognition is not given lightly. Awardees were required to complete a rigorous application and were required to provide evidence of success in their careers. You can watch the video of the award ceremony. Jenny is introduced at minute 27.
The Vice President’s Clinical & Translational (VPCAT) Research Scholars Program accepted Dr. Alycia Bristol as VPCAT Scholar for January 1, 2021-December 31, 2022. Drs. Andrea Wallace and Benjamin Brooke will serve as her Scientific Mentor and VPCAT Senior Mentor, respectively. Dr. Bristol studies intra-hospital transitions. Frequent intra-hospital transitions may limit and delay discharge planning. She will seek to explore the connection between intra-hospital transitions and discharge readiness for persons living with dementia and their caregivers. This unique consideration will support future interventions targeting patient and caregiver experiences and outcomes during hospital stays and transitions to community settings.
The VPCAT Research Scholars Program accepted Dr. Djin Tay as VPCAT Scholar for January 1, 2021-December 31, 2022. Drs. Lee Ellington, Mia Hashibe, and Adam Hersh will serve as her Scientific Mentor, scientific co-mentor, and VPCAT Senior Mentor, respectively. The title of her project is Leveraging the Utah population database to examine palliative care and caregiving outcomes associated with immunotherapy receipt. Dr. Tay is interested in how patients and caregivers make decisions for serious illness. In the past decade, cancer treatment has rapidly evolved with immunotherapies and other targeted therapies that have dramatically improved cancer survival. However, little research has examined the ripple effects of this paradigm shift in cancer treatment on end of life, decision making, caregiving, and bereavement outcomes. She is working to develop a dataset of immunotherapy patients and their spouses in Utah to better understand the end of life, decision making, and bereavement impact associated with immunotherapy receipt among four common cancer diagnoses – colon, lung, melanoma, and breast cancer. Understanding the cost, benefits, and spillover effects related to immunotherapy can provide insight on ways to improve the quality of care of patients and families with advanced cancer.
Utah Health Equity Leadership & Mentoring (U-HELM) accepted Drs. Kimberly Garcia and Madeline Lassche into their 2020-2021 cohort. The goal of U-HELM is to enhance the academic excellence and leadership capacity of faculty and post-doctoral fellows from underrepresented populations in the health sciences as well as health equity researchers at the University of Utah.
Everyday Exceptional Work Being Commended:
Recent praise for Certified Nurse-Midwives, included patient comments for Emily duBois Hollander, “Emily is so wonderful!!!” and “Very friendly and easy to discuss my issues with,” and Dr. Erin Cole, “Probably one of the best experiences I've had with a provider, I felt included in her decision making, she explained all of the labs and tests she wanted to run well.”
Dr. Jenny Alderden, Dr. Linda J. Cowan, Jonathan B. Dimas, Danli Chen, Dr. Yue Zhang, Dr. Mollie Cummins, and Dr. Tracey L. Yap published a paper titled Risk factors for hospital-acquired pressure injury in surgical critical care patients in the American Journal of Critical Care. This study demonstrates the power of using informatics to analyze the vast amounts of data in electronic health records, and was already mentioned in News Medical and Rehab Management.
Lauren Kane, Dr. Margaret Clayton, Dr. Brian Baucom, Dr. Lee Ellington, and Dr. Maija Reblin published an article titled Measuring communication similarity between hospice nurses and cancer caregivers using latent semantic analysis in the November/December 2020 issue of Cancer Nursing.
Dr. Barbara Wilson delivered a keynote presentation titled Beyond the Crisis: Using technology to deliver high quality remote graduate education at the 11th Annual NPSMA (National Professional Science Master’s Association) 2020 Virtual National Conference. Presenting with Dr. Judy Brown, Director of Health Care Genetics at the University of Connecticut; and Dr. Kristin Kuter, MS Data Science Director at St. Mary’s College, their session focused on the motivation, technical challenges, and successes in delivering highly experiential learning, and best practices for developing and managing a fully online program.
CON faculty, students, and staff had a resounding presence at the Gerontological Society of America 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting where 21 faculty, two staff members, two post-doctoral fellows, and six students or alumni presented. In addition, Ashley Cadiz, Academic Program Manager, exhibited virtually to showcase CON nursing and interdisciplinary gerontology education programs. Symposium presentations included:
- Arts, Narrative, and Creativity: Enhancing Connection, Communication, and Health. Chair – Jacqueline Eaton
- Age-Friendly Online Training Programs for Long-Term Services and Supports Staff to Improve Care for Older Adults. Chair – Linda Edelman; Co-Chair – Kara B. Dassel
Oral Presentations included:
- 3D Team Care Management Trial for Cognitively Vulnerable Older Adults: Who Participates and How Does the Team Work? Presenter – Caroline Stephens
- Me & My Wishes Videos: Congruence of End-of-Life Preferences Between Residents with Dementia, Family, and Staff. Presenters – Sarah Neller, Gail L. Towsley, Bob Wong
- Pre-Loss Group Therapy for Family Caregivers of Persons with Dementia: Translation into Practice. Presenters – Katherine P. Supiano, Troy C. Andersen, Marilyn Luptak, Cynthia Beynon, Eli Iacob, Hui Li
- The Development and Testing of KNACC: Knowledgeable Nursing Assistants as Creative Caregivers. Presenters – Jacqueline Eaton, Kristin Cloyes, Brooke Paulsen, Connie Madden, Lee Ellington
- Live Discharge from Hospice: Experiences of Patients, Families, and Staff. Presenters –Rebecca L. Utz, Margaret F. Clayton, Katherine P. Supiano
- Using Stories to Integrate Gerontology Content Into an Introductory Design (Architecture) Course. Presenters – Gail L. Towsley, Jim Agutter, Antonius Tsai, Jareth Archer, Sarah Sovereen, Molly Hanrahan
- Advocacy Through Partnerships: Data, Demographics, and Decisions. Presenters – Briana Sisofo, Anne R. Asman
- The Positive Legacy of Vision Loss: Pathways to Posttraumatic Growth. Presenters – Corinna M. Tanner, Michael S. Caserta, Jia-Wen Guo, Margaret F. Clayton, Paul S. Bernstein, Julia J. Kleinschmidt
- Development of Dementia Best Care Practices in Long-Term Care Settings Online Modules. Presenters – Kara B. Dassel, Larry S. Garrett, Troy C. Andersen, James Ballard, Martin Freimer, Jorie Butler, Linda Edelman
- Online Opioid Stewardship Training for Long-Term Care Staff. Presenters – Linda Edelman, Troy C. Andersen, Cherie Brunker, Nicholas W. Cox, Jorie Butler, Miguel S. Galindo, Larry S. Garrett, Susan W. Butterwork
- Successes and Challenges of Fostering Age-Friendly Health Systems through a Long-Term Services and Supports ECHO. Presenters – Cherie Brunker, Jorie Butler, Jacqueline Telonidis, Yin-Shun Chiu
- The Utah Experience: Our Secret Sauce for Long-Term Care Nurse Residency Programs. Presenters – Nanci McLeskey, Joan Gallegos, Jacqueline Telonidis
Poster Presentations included:
- Nimble Gerontological Interprofessional Education during a Pandemic. Presenters – Megan C. Thomas Hebdon, Christina M. Wilson, Katherine Bernier Carney, Jacqueline Telonidis, Sue Chase-Cantarini
- Licensed Nurse/Certified Nurse Aide Collaboration in the Care of Nursing Home Residents. Presenter – Cynthia Beynon
- Hospice Family Caregivers’ Use of Audio Diaries. Presenters – Kristin G. Cloyes, Elizabeth Porter, Maija Reblin, Kathi Mooney, Djin L. Tay, Lee Ellington
- Fireside Chats During COVID-19: Caregiver Community-Based Education. Presenters – Kara B. Dassel, Rand Rupper, Jorie Butler, Jacqueline Telonidis, Catherine Witt, Linda Edelman
- Unsung Heroes: Caregiver Experiences During COVID-19. Presenters – Aaron Mata, Melody Mickens, Kara B. Dassel, Rebecca Utz
- Mindfulness Intervention Benefits Older Adults Receiving Rehabilitation Services in Long Term Care. Presenters – Katarina F. Felsted, Katherine P. Supiano, Trinh T. Mai, Anthony Muradas
- Development of an Educational Intervention and Patient-Family Facing Materials for Deprescribing in Home Hospice. Presenters – Jennifer Tjia, Mardie Clayton, Vennesa Duodu, Geraldine Puerto, Lynley Rappaport, Susan DeSanto-Madeya
- A Moderating Model of Self-Efficacy in Caregivers of Latina Breast Cancer Survivors. Presenters – Megan C. Thomas Hebdon, Tracy E. Crane, Pamela G. Reed, Terry A. Badger
- Shared Decision Making Between Older Adult Home Health Patients and their Caregivers: A Dyadic Coping Perspective. Presenters – Djin L. Tay, Lee Ellington, Gail L. Towsley, Katherine P. Supiano, Cynthia Berg
Kudos to all who have familiarized themselves with State Public Health Order 2020-21 Temporary Statewide COVID-19 Restrictions, and are adhering to it. The order remains in effect through November 23, 2020.