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A Kudos from Dean Marla De Jong

Explore the spotlight of achievement our weekly update, "College Kudos," curated by Dean Marla De Jong. Each week, we'll be updating this space to showcase the remarkable strides made by our faculty, staff, and students, showcasing their impactful research, prestigious awards, and inspiring contributions to healthcare. It's your go-to source for staying connected with what's happening in our college. 

 

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Recent Highlights at the CON

EVENTS

Dr. Valerie Flattes and Aarohi Drabu recently planned and held the annual Nursing Summer Camp from June 12-14, 2024 for 29 middle school and high school youth. These youth expressed interest in becoming a nurse, and some came from groups that have been historically marginalized, underrepresented, or excluded in nursing.

The idea was to inspire the campers to consider a nursing career, inform them about nursing specialties that they did not know existed, and introduce them to the student experience at the University of Utah. Attendees met with College of Nursing faculty to learn about the profession of nursing; met with nursing advisors from the College of Nursing Student Services and admissions advisors from the University of Utah Office of Admissions; listened to alumni describe their pathway to nursing and experience as a nursing student; actively participated in three hands-on activities in the College of Nursing Simulation Center; met with representatives from affinity groups; and toured the College of Nursing building, Kahlert Village, Kem Gardner Commons, A. Ray Olpin Student Union, Student Life Center, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, Marriott Library, and other areas of campus. Campers’ parents attended a dinner, toured the College of Nursing Simulation Center, and learned about a student’s pathway to nursing and experience as a nursing student, preparation for college, the admissions process, financial aid, and more.

This camp could not have been possible without the support and contribution of the following people, and Dr. Flattes and Aarohi much appreciate their help.

College of Nursing Simulation Center – the highlight of the camp!

  • Yvonne Bass
  • Debbie Boulter
  • Dr. Ann Butt
  • Bobby Cody
  • Lori Hanson
  • Sherri Kerney
  • Mandy Thomson
  • Henri Sasa

Panelists

  • Ryan Copeland
  • Dr. Cristi Creal
  • Dean Marla De Jong
  • Dr. Linda Edelman
  • Heather Hicken (RN-BS Student)
  • Dr. Cathy Lin (Alumna)
  • Kristen Mahoney
  • Alyssa Pham (MS Student)
  • Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson

Faculty Volunteer – Dr. Amanda Keddington

Administrative Support

  • Rafael Briones
  • Rachel Hamilton
  • Adryenne Huo
  • Sonja Jensen
  • Shelli King
  • Miriam Lovin
  • Gabriel Mayberry
  • Steve Seckinger
  • Shiver

Student Volunteers

  • Autumn Barker
  • Ruby Cook
  • Denise Crismon
  • Amanda Desjardins
  • Caitlin Gowey
  • Tatum Heiner
  • Geovanna Inguanzo
  • Jon Todd Mosier
  • Eloisa Marie Natalicio
  • LeAnn Nguy
  • Dan Price
  • Elle Santori
  • Brielle Simpson
  • Emily Thomas
  • Kelly Tran

The following University of Utah entities supported the camp:

  • Center for Equity and Student Belonging
  • Campus Tours
  • Commuter Services
  • Housing & Residential Education
  • Office of Admissions
  • Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
  • Youth Education

 

 

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RECOGNITION

Academic Promotion, Award of Tenure, and Reappointment:

Based on a formal review and accomplishments, the following individuals have been promoted, awarded tenure, reappointed, or retained in the College of Nursing, effective July 1, 2024:

 

Recognition

The American Academy of Nursing announced its 2024 Class of Fellows, including Dr. Linda Hofmann and Dr. Nancy Allen, and alumna Dr. Shelly Reed. Induction into the Academy is one of the most prestigious honors in nursing. Distinguished by their substantive and sustained contributions to health and health care, the inductees will be recognized at the Academy’s 2024 Health Policy Conference on October 31 – November 2, 2024. The theme of the conference is Courageous Transformations Towards an Equitable Future.

 

Endowed Chair

Dr. Cathy Maxwell has been appointed as the Robert L. and Joyce T. Rice Presidential Endowed Chair in Healthy Aging and begins her faculty appointment on July 1, 2024.

 

Grant Award

The Emma Eccles Jones Nursing Research Center Pilot Program awarded a $19,185 grant to Drs. Lynn Reinke, Lisa Taylor-Swanson, and Paula Meek to conduct a study titled Acupuncture or Self-Acupressure for Dyspnea and Dyspnea-Related Anxiety for Persons Diagnosed with Interstitial Lung Disease.

 

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Kelly Mansfield is recognized for her expertise in teaching and applying evidence-based practice (EBP) methodologies, a substantial process using critical appraisal, synthesis, translation, and outcomes measurement to make evidence-based practice changes and promote evidence-based quality improvement. As academic-practice partners, Intermountain Health (IH) leaders invited Kelly to co-teach PULSE, an evidence-based course that IH offers quarterly for nurses across its system.

 

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PRESENTATION

Drs. Ann Butt, Rebekah Perkins, and Nanci McLeskey presented a podium presentation titled Out of the Simulation Center and Into the Classroom: Using Simulation to Enhance Geriatric Care Competency-Based Education at INACSL24, the annual conference of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning, in Raleigh, NC.

Drs. Brenda Luther and Hailey Haffey presented Narrative Medicine and Simulation for OUD/SUD Care: An Interprofessional Collaboration to Address Priorities in Rural and Under-Resourced Health Settings at the 2024 Columbia Narrative Medicine ExCHANGE hosted by Columbia University Irving Medical Center. They described a successful interactive webinar designed last Fall, utilizing Narrative Medicine (NM) and Active Listening (AL) methods in a case-based simulation to empower interprofessional health care students with strategies to increase trust and reduce stigma during Substance Use Disorder (SUD) intake interviews. The ongoing, collaborative project included several stakeholder groups: the Utah Rural Opioid Healthcare Consortium-Collaborative Care Model (UROHC-CCM), the Utah Internal Medicine Pediatrics (Med-Peds) Rural Pathway, Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness (USARA), and Utah Area Health Education Centers (Utah AHEC). In addition, Brenda and Hailey outlined the value of narrative in training health care professions students to treat SUD, and the benefit of including peer recovery specialists in AL and NM simulations.

Four faculty members presented at the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research.

Poster Presentations:

  • Using Augmented Reality for Social Determinants of Health Education for Health Professions: A Scoping Review. Dr. Nancy Allen
  • Healthcare professionals’ experiences in assessing the needs of family caregivers during hospital discharge. Dr. Alycia Bristol
  • An Iterative Approach to Adapting the Readiness for Hospital Discharge Scale for Family Caregivers. Dr. Andrea Wallace

Podium Presentation:

  • Diverse Populations: Increasing Access to Diabetes Education in American Sign Language for Deaf Populations. Dr. Michelle Litchman

 

 

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PUBLICATIONS

Kaur A, Bourbeau J, Brighton L, Celli B, Crouch R, Demeyer H, Gerardi DA, Katsura H, Meek P, Morgan M, Paneroni M, Singh S, Stickland MK. Increasing exercise capacity and physical activity in the COPD patient. Breathe. 2024;20(2):230347. DOI: 10.1183/20734735.0347-2023

Gallagher ML, Brown JP, Clapp DB, Christensen SS. Promoting end-of-life care and healthcare worker well-being: Implementing the 3 Wishes Project in an oncology intensive care unit. Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2024;28(3):257-262. https://doi.org/10.1188/24.cjon.257-262

Iacob E, Caserta M, Donaldson G, Sparks C, Terrill A, Thompson A, Wong B, Utz RL. Evaluating the Efficacy of Time for Living and Caring: An online intervention to support dementia caregivers' use of respite. Innov Aging. 2024;8(5):igae043. doi: 10.1093/geroni/igae043

Solkowski L, Utz R, Dassel K. The association of religion with advance care planning. Death Stud. 2024. Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1080/07481187.2024.2361755

 

 

 

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IN THE MEDIA

The Family Caregiving Collaborative has been at the forefront of efforts to involve Utah at the national level. The National Alliance for Caregivinglaunched the Caregiver Nation Network, connecting and uniting leaders from 10 states – including Utah – and investing in leaders’ capacity to inform state and federal policy solutions regarding family caregiving. By fostering state leadership, the Network is building a movement to transform systems to better support family caregivers and those they care for, foster peer-to-peer learning regarding caregiving policy, and ensure that family caregiving is included on national and state policy agendas. Dr. Nancy Allen can be heard speaking at minute 1:02 of a 2:12-minute video that promotes theCaregiver Nation Network.

Dr. Natasha Ansari published Healing the Healers: Strategies to Reduce Moral Distress in Nursing in Accelerate. The article focuses on moral distress, a significant nursing issue exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting from nurses' perceived inability to ethically support patients due to external constraints. Traditional nursing programs have inadequately prepared students for real-world ethical challenges, often focusing on test preparation rather than equipping them with self-care and stress management skills. To address this, it is essential to revise nursing curricula to include training on mindfulness, ethical competence, self-care, and effective team dynamics, ultimately enhancing nurses' resilience and improving patient care quality.

 

 

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SERVICE

Dean Marla De Jong was appointed to the University of Utah Mental Health Alliance. Using a comprehensive whole-institution approach to mental health and substance use disorder, the Mental Health Alliance is designed to create an ecosystem that provides opportunities for novel training, cutting-edge research, and innovative treatment that produce new models of care. This Alliance is intended to build mutually beneficial relationships, evaluate possible partnerships, and recommend priorities to University of Utah President Taylor Randall to achieve a common goal – a national model for mental health, hope, and healing for all.

 

 

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    Kudos from 2024

    The College of Nursing will be well-represented at the 2024 Western Institute of Nursing Conference on April 17-20, 2024, in Salt Lake City. The conference theme is Health and Equity in Changing Environmental and Social Climates. More than 100 faculty, staff, pre- and post-doctoral fellows, and students will present.

    Recognition

    2024 Western Academy of Nurses Inductees: Dr. Lauri Linder and Dr. Perry Gee

    2024 WIN Award Recipient: Carol A. Lindeman Award for a New Researcher: Dr. Scott Christensen

    Podium Presentations

    Integrating Sustainability Concepts into Nursing Courses and Curricula. Dr. Jennifer Macali, Dr. Cheryl Armstrong, Marge Volkening

    When Water Use and Public Health Collide: The Human Health Implications of the Great Salt Lake’s Collapse. Ben Abbott, Dean Marla De Jong

    Moderating Podium Presentations at a Professional Conference. Cara Gallegos, Dr. Lauri Linder

    Women’s Health Across the Lifespan – Moderator: Dr. Lauren Clark

    • An Intersectional Exploration of Women’s Experiences during Menopause. Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson, Madison Maughan, ValentineMukundente, Lori Pacheco, Wendy Sanders, Fahina Tavake-Pasi, Jeannette Villalta, Heather Merkley, Camille Moreno
    • Using Female Reproductive System History in Cardiovascular Nursing Research. Mary Roberts Davis, Shirin Hiatt, Nandita Gupta, NathanDieckmann, Lissi Hansen, Quin Denfeld
    • Adapting an Integrative Group Medical Visit to Address a Gap in Menopause Care: Menogap. Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson, Jennie Leo, Zoee Perry, Camille Moreno, Luul Farah, Sara Farah, Julie Fritz, Cinneamon Geppelt, Doriena Lee, Heather Merkley, Valentine Mukundente, LoriPacheco, Wendy Sanders, Dr. Xiaoming Sheng, Kari Stoddard, Fahina Tavake-Pasi, Jeannette Villalta, Paula Gardiner

    State of the Science Address in Research: Climate Change and Nursing Research: Implications for Climate Justice. Moderator: Dr. Paula Meek

    Symposium: A Framework for Researching Women’s Health across the Lifespan.

    • Overview: A Framework for Researching Women’s Health across the Lifespan. Mary Roberts Davis, Quin Denfeld, Shirin Hiatt, Lyndsey Miller,Susan Rosenkranz, MinKyoung Song, Deanne Tibbitts, Ellen Tilden
    • Applying the WHRL Model to Understand Multimorbidity Challenges Among Women. Shirin Hiatt

    Symposium: Methods to Support the Inclusion of Children with Complex Health Conditions and Their Families in Research. Moderator: Dr. LauriLinde

    • Overview: Methods to Support the Inclusion of Children with Complex Health Conditions and Their Families in Research. Dr. Lauri Linder, Dr. Christine Platt, Dr. Kelly Mansfield, Leandra Bitterfeld
    • Engaging Children with Cancer and Their Parents in Instrument Development. Dr. Lauri Linder, Dr. Christine Platt, Dr. Jia-Wen Guo, Kristin Stegenga
    • Strategies for the Inclusion of Siblings to Children with Chronic Illnesses in Research. Dr. Christine Platt, Sally Martens, Dr. Lauri Linder
    • Participant-Centered Recruitment of Parents of Hospitalized Infants. Dr. Kelly Mansfield, Linda Lambert, Dr. Katherine Sward, ClaudiaDelgado-Corcoran, Dr. Kristin Cloyes

    Associate Deans and Directors for Research. Moderator: Dr. Paula Meek

    Child Health / Illness Session – Siblings as Caregivers for Children with Chronic Illness: A Qualitative Exploration. Dr. Christine Platt, Sally Martens

    Education: Focus on Equity and Diversity Session - Rural Health Disparities and Nursing Education: Using Simulation to Help Bridge the Gap. Dr. Ann Butt, Kristy Gauthier, Carly Bonfiglio

    Maternal Health Session. Moderator: Dr. Cheryl Armstrong

    Postpartum Health Behaviors and Weight Are Associated with the Social Environment. Jacqueline Kent-Marvick, Dr. Kristin Cloyes, Kayla de laHaye, Dr. Bob Wong, Michelle Debbink, Dr. Sara Simonsen

    Older Adult Health Session - Tailoring a Diabetes Tech Intervention for Care Partners of Older Adults with Dementia. Dr. Synneva Hagen-Lillevik, Dr. Alycia Bristol, Dr. Shinduk Lee, Dr. Nancy Allen

    Topics in Diversity and Inclusion Session - Non-Traditional Age Nursing Students’ Experiences: Implications for Education. Michaella Lawson, Dr. Rebekah Perkins, Dr. Katarina Friberg-Felsted, Dr. Kara Dassel, Dr. Jacqueline Eaton

    Biological Research in Nursing Session. Moderator: Dr. Christine Platt

    Chaotic Patient Trajectory and Risk Framework: Development of a Foundational Approach. Dr. Jace Johnny

    Symposium: Our Patients (And Our Students) As Our Teachers. Moderator: Dr. Shawna Sisle

    • Overview: Our Patients (and Our Students) As Our Teachers. Dr. Shawna Sisler, Dr. Rebekah Perkins, Danielle Bennett, Dr. Cynthia Garbett
    • Implementing Novel Formative Simulation-Based Education for Nursing Trainees. Dr. Shawna Sisler, Dr. Rebekah Perkins, Danielle Bennett,Dr. Cynthia Garbett
    • From Awareness to Action: Translating SDOH Competencies into DNP Curricula. Dr. Cynthia Garbett, Dr. Rebekah Perkins, Danielle Bennett, Dr. Shawna Sisler
    • Psychological Safety: An Antecedent to Critical Learning. Dr. Rebekah Perkins, Danielle Bennett, Dr. Cynthia Garbett, Dr. Shawna Sisler
    • Our Students as Our Teachers: An Autoethnography. Danielle Bennett, Dr. Cynthia Garbett, Dr. Shawna Sisler, Dr. Rebekah Perkins

    Topics in Clinical Education Session. Moderator: Dr. Ginette Pepper

    PhD/DN Collaboration and Clinical Networking Special Interest Group. Moderator: Dr. Perry Gee

    Mid-Career Connection to CANS. Moderator: Dr. Andrea Wallace

    Distinguished Research Lectureship: From There to Here and a Program of Research: I Had No Idea. Moderator: Dr. Paula Meek

    Chronic Illness Session. Two Distinct but Different Trajectories of Symptoms in End-Stage Liver Disease. Lissi Hansen, Michael Chang, Shirin Hiatt,Nathan Dieckmann, Christopher Lee

    Linguistic Markers of Stress and Coping in Cancer Dyads’ Diaries during COVID-19. Dr. Kristin Cloyes, Dr. Kelly Mansfield, Dr. Jia-Wen Guo

    Nurse Wellbeing Session. Nurse Reactions to Workplace Violence: Reporting and Safety Implications. Dr. Scott Christensen, Dr. Barbara Wilson

    Public Health Issues Session. Educational Activity with Guatemalan Comadronas about Helping Babies Breathe. Kimberly Garcia, Dr. Cheryl Armstrong, Emily Flynn

    Topics in Academic Education Session. Moderator: Amanda Keddington

    The Development of Family Caregiving Competencies for Nursing Education. Dr. Sara Hart, Kathryn Sexson, Andra Davis

    Poster Presentations

    External Urinary Catheters in Pediatric Females: A Quasi-Experimental Study Proposal. Kaylee Fauvell, Katreena Merrill, Dr. Perry Gee, Janine Roberts

    Parents Perceptions of Healthcare Team Support during an Acute Hospital Stay. Dr. Kelly Mansfield, Dr. Katherine Sward, Maija Reblin, Eric Jones,Claudia Delgado-Corcoran, Dr. Jia-Wen Guo, Linda Lambert, Dr. Kristin Cloyes

    Recruitment & Engagement of Emerging Adults with Type 1 Diabetes for a Peer Support Trial. Bruno Gonzales, Dr. Nancy Allen, Dr. Eli Iacob, JuliaBlanchette, Nazeen Shah, Porter Bischoff, Dr. Michelle Litchman

    Staff Views on Social Needs Screening: A Social Determination Perspective. Dr. Brenda Luther, Dr. Andrea Wallace

    Implementation of Nurse-Led Medication Titration to Improve Outcomes in Heart Failure. Aaron Bennion

    Skin Color Representation in Nurse Practitioner Education. Dr. Jennifer Hamilton, Dr. Robert Sylvester, Kari Weiss, Amy Dubuque, Annika Potter,Annabelle Huntsman, Dr. Valerie Flattes

    Bridging the Gap: Enhancing Rural Oncology Care with a Provider Toolkit. Angela Fausett, Dr. Rebekah Perkins, Kristin Barber, Dr. Tek Kilgore, Dr. Gillian Tufts, Dr. Lynn Reinke, Dr. Kathi Mooney

    Embedding Community Health Workers into an Integrated Healthcare System. Amanda Keddington, Janine S. Roberts, Dr. Perry Gee, Dr. Julie Peila Gee

    Adjusting Workload and Schedule Demands to Promote Nurse Leader Well-Being. Dr. Scott Christensen, Tracey Nixon

    Workplace Violence Trends in Oncology Nursing and Beyond: Strategies for Safety. Dr. Scott Christensen, Mary Jean Austria

    Enhancing Transitions of Care: The Heal at Home Program. Juan Manuel Hernandez, Michael Sanchez, Dr. Scott Christensen

    Hitting the Bullseye: Dismantling Racism in Nursing Education. Dr. Teresa Garrett, Joan Gallegos, Vernell DeWitty, Vivienne Pierce McDaniel

    Death with and without Dementia: Impact on Family Antidepressant Prescriptions. Dr. Eli Iacob, Michael Hollingshaus, Dr. Rebecca Utz, Dr. DjinTay, Katherine Ornstein, Pamela Barrientos, Mike Newman, Tom Belnap, Dr. Caroline Stephens

    Implementing Loneliness Screening at a University Student Health Center. Helena Bronte Reay, Jeremy Yorgason, Brad LeBaron, Dr. Cynthia Garbett

    A Cultural Humility Framework to Create a Virtual Reality for Health Professionals. Dr. Katherine Doyon, Malek Alnajar, Dr. Julie Peila Gee, Dr. Nancy Allen

    Feasibility of Web-Monitoring Software Methods to Measure Online Misinformation. Cindy Turner, Ida Tovar, Dr. Echo Warner

    Screening and Treatment of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea in Juvenile Corrections. Dr. Jennifer Clifton, Dr. Cara Leigh Wolf

    Exploring Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs of Sustainability in Nursing Education. Dr. Jennifer Macali, Dr. Cheryl Armstrong

    Identifying the Gaps in Teaching about Social Determinants of Health. Shaw Akutsu, Dr. Rebekah Perkins, Dr. Cynthia Garbett, Jake Hutchings, Dr. Shawna Sisler

    The Academic Nursing Educators Shortage: Stopping the Leak, Replenishing the Well. Dr. Jenneth Doria, Edwin-Nikko Kabigting, Edmund Pajarillo,Shellye Arlene Vardaman, Erica Sciarra, Laura Logan, Suja Davis, Sheryl Feeney, Jordan Baker, Susan Seibold-Simpson, Maria Bajwa

    Environmental Science in Nursing Education. Dr. Katherine Sward, Dr. Victoria Tiase

    Quality Improvement Project to Reduce Hemoglobin A1C in Native Americans with Diabetes. Leslie Crandall, Danielle Puri, Dr. Van Gip-Duran

    Addressing Language Barriers for Spanish-Speaking Patients at a Women’s Health Clinic. Erica Cristina Nelson, Dr. Teresa Garrett

    Developing Sex-Specific Nomogram Prediction Models for Low Bone Mineral Density Risk. Dr. Jia-Wen Guo, Yu-Hsu Chen, Shau-Kwaun Chen

    What Happens in Pregnancy Stays in Pregnancy: A Qualitative Analysis of Postpartum Care. Stephanie St. Clair, Jacqueline Kent-Marvick, Dr. Alycia Bristol, Dr. Sara Simonsen

    Using Evidence to Elevate Inpatient Hospice Nursing Care on a Medical/Oncology Unit. Bonnie Hoch, Dr. Scott Christensen

    Adult-Child Caregiver Health and Wellbeing by Proximity to the Care Recipient. Dr. Catherine Elmore, Soojung Ahn, Katherine Ornstein

    Improving Preoperative Communication from a Long-Term Care Facility. Catherine Ann Bowman, Dr. Teresa Garrett, Adam Marberger, Tyler DeHart

    Preconception Preparation: Qualitative Results from a Participatory Film Project. Emma C. Norris, Jacqueline Kent-Marvick, ValentineMukundente, Akkiko Kamimura, Amy Mahtre-Owens, Dr. Sara Simonsen

    Characteristics of Patients with Heart Failure with and without Caregivers. Youjeong Kang, Emily Knighton, Josef Stehlik, Meghana Nerusu, Dr. KathiMooney

    Improving Access and Timeliness of Employee Annual Exams. Dr. Katie Davis, Dr. Carrie Huntsman-Jones, Lyndsay Wixom, Dr. Joshua DeanTwitchell, Dr. Jennifer Clifton, Morgan West

    What Is a ‘Peaceful Death’ for Adults with Advanced Stage Cancer?: A Concept Analysis. Rachael Alexander, Dr. Caroline Stephens

    Addressing GAPs in Menopausal (MENOGAP) Healthcare for Latina/Hispanic Women. Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson, Dr. Ana Sanchez-Birkhead,Isabel Dulfano, Camille Moreno, Jeannette Villalta, Zurisadai Vasquez Bedolla, Johana Soto

    Core Outcome Sets for Acupuncture Trials in Women’s Health across the Lifespan. Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson, Wen Tu, Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell,Kate Levett, Claudia Citkovitz, Kathleen Lumiere, Sandro Graca, Belinda (Beau) Anderson, Lisa Conboy, Rosa Schnyer

    Research and Information Exchange Posters: Brigham Young University College of Nursing

    Recommendations to Address Repetitiveness in People Living in Long-Term Care. Jeana Olmo, Corinna Trujillo-Tanner, Jessica Allen, JessicaBarney, Emily Lewis, Madeline Hoyt, Carmen Bowen, Dr. Rebekah Perkins, Mitchel Holmes, Dr. Linda Edelman

    Recommendations to Address Combativeness in Long-Term Care Settings. Jessica Barney, Jessica Allen, Corinna Trujillo Tanner, Jeana Olmo, EmilyLewis, Maddy Hoyt, Carmen Bowen, Dr. Rebekah Perkins, Mitchel Holmes, Dr. Linda Edelman

    Recommendations to Preserve Autonomy and Dignity in Long-Term Care Settings: Bathing. Jessica Edwards, Corinna Trujillo Tanner, Jessica Allen,Jessica Barney, Jeana Olmo, Emily Lewis, Maddy Hoyt, Fabianna Stracuzzi, Carmen Bowen, Dr. Rebekah Perkins, Mitchel Holmes, Dr. Linda Edelman

    Recommendations for Addressing Depression in Long-Term Care Settings. Emily Lewis, Corinna Trujillo Tanner, Jessica Allen, Jessica Barney, JeanaOlmo, Maddy Hoyt, Fabianna Stracuzzi, Carmen Bowen, Dr. Rebekah Perkins, Mitchel Holmes, Dr. Linda Edelman

    Research and Information Exchange Posters (R&IE): University of Utah College of Nursing:

    Implementing Screening and a Resource List for Eating Disorders in Primary Care. Elise Anderson, Dr. Larry Curtis Garrett, Dr. Suzy Talken, Chelsea Edwards, Liz Joy, Dr. Tek Kilgore, Dr. Gillian Tufts

    Unplanned Rehospitalization of Unsheltered Adults Utilizing Medical Respite. Jaime Cross, Dr. Linda Edelman

    Palliative Care Utilization Among Advanced Cancer Patients Receiving Immunotherapy. Katie Feldner, Dr. Jia-Wen Guo, Natalya Alekhina, Dr. Lee Ellington, Dr. Djin Tay, Mia Hashibe

    Identifying the Gaps in Teaching About Social Determinants of Health. Shaw Akutsu, Dr. Rebekah Perkins, Dr. Cynthia Garbett, Jake Hutchings, Dr. Shawna Sisler

    The Caregiving Experience of Parents of School-Age Children with Cancer. Sofia Flowers, Dr. Lauri Linder

    Improving Primary Care: Intimate Partner Violence Screening as a Quality Initiative. Tahsha Spackman, Dr. Diane Chapman, Kelsey A. Bywater

    Improvement of Methamphetamine Use Disorder Treatment in Primary Care. Tania Oliveira, Dr. Jennifer Clifton

    Increasing Referrals to Diabetic Self-Management Education Programs. Amanda Murray, Dr. Lynn Reinke

    Ba Duan Jin for Vasomotor Symptoms in Menopausal Women: Scoping Review Protocol. Wen Tu, Lisa Taylor-Swanson, Caroline Sariah Howell,Lydia Howes

    Evaluation of Game Design in Gamified Online Learning of Telehealth. Wen Tu, Dr. Jia-Wen Guo, Dr. Sue Chase-Cantarini, Martin Chow

    Research and Information Exchange Posters (R&IE): University of Utah College of Nursing Reviewers:

    Dr. Jackie Eaton, Dr. Shinduk Lee, Dr. Alycia Bristol, Dr. Mollie Cummins, Dr. Echo Warner, Dr. Nancy Allen, Dr. Rebekah Perkins, Dr. Lauri Linder

    Exhibit and Reception at the 2024 WIN Conference

    Carrie Radmall, Ryan Copeland, Annastasia Beller, Mikayla Dalley, Erica Fearnley, Kristen Mahoney, Kristan Tunks, Shelley Kerns, Andrea Aguilar, Heather Clarkson, Sonja Jensen, Miriam Lovin, Mindy Francis, Mary Wheeler, and Jenna Hoff are supporting the WIN and College receptions, and/or representing the College at Exhibit Booth #9.  

    Ryan Copeland, Gabriel Mayberry, Adryenne Huo, and Aaron Lovell prepared banners, and marketing and digital images. Gabriel Mayberry wrote a press release about the event. Gabriel Mayberry and Adryenne Huo will photograph the event.

    Support to Faculty and Students:

    Colleen Neering prepared a comprehensive schedule of all College of Nursing presentations, and provided input for College Kudos.

    Ruby Hocker and Malinda Martinez supported faculty by coordinating poster printing with the J. Willard Marriott Library and managing WIN-related expenses.

    Heather Clarkson supported students by awarding conference travel scholarships.

    Service to the Western Institution of Nursing:

    Board of Governors – Governor Representative of Nursing Research: Dr. Paula Meek

    Program Committee: Dr. Linda S. Edelman, Dr. Lauri Linder, Dr. Paula Meek, and Dr. Perry Gee

    Abstract Reviewers: Dr. Cheryl Armstrong, Dr. Alycia Bristol, Dr. Scott Christensen, Dr. Linda Edelman, Dr. Teresa Garrett, Dr. Perry Gee, Dr. Lauri Linder, Dr. Paula Meek, and Dr. Ginette Pepper

    June

    Dr. Valerie Flattes and Aarohi Drabu recently planned and held the annual Nursing Summer Camp from June 12-14, 2024 for 29 middle school and high school youth. These youth expressed interest in becoming a nurse, and some came from groups that have been historically marginalized, underrepresented, or excluded in nursing.

    The idea was to inspire the campers to consider a nursing career, inform them about nursing specialties that they did not know existed, and introduce them to the student experience at the University of Utah. Attendees met with College of Nursing faculty to learn about the profession of nursing; met with nursing advisors from the College of Nursing Student Services and admissions advisors from the University of Utah Office of Admissions; listened to alumni describe their pathway to nursing and experience as a nursing student; actively participated in three hands-on activities in the College of Nursing Simulation Center; met with representatives from affinity groups; and toured the College of Nursing building, Kahlert Village, Kem Gardner Commons, A. Ray Olpin Student Union, Student Life Center, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, Marriott Library, and other areas of campus. Campers’ parents attended a dinner, toured the College of Nursing Simulation Center, and learned about a student’s pathway to nursing and experience as a nursing student, preparation for college, the admissions process, financial aid, and more.

    This camp could not have been possible without the support and contribution of the following people, and Dr. Flattes and Aarohi much appreciate their help.

    College of Nursing Simulation Center – the highlight of the camp!

    • Yvonne Bass
    • Debbie Boulter
    • Dr. Ann Butt
    • Bobby Cody
    • Lori Hanson
    • Sherri Kerney
    • Mandy Thomson
    • Henri Sasa

    Panelists

    • Ryan Copeland
    • Dr. Cristi Creal
    • Dean Marla De Jong
    • Dr. Linda Edelman
    • Heather Hicken (RN-BS Student)
    • Dr. Cathy Lin (Alumna)
    • Kristen Mahoney
    • Alyssa Pham (MS Student)
    • Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson

    Faculty Volunteer – Dr. Amanda Keddington

    Administrative Support

    • Rafael Briones
    • Rachel Hamilton
    • Adryenne Huo
    • Sonja Jensen
    • Shelli King
    • Miriam Lovin
    • Gabriel Mayberry
    • Steve Seckinger
    • Shiver

    Student Volunteers

    • Autumn Barker
    • Ruby Cook
    • Denise Crismon
    • Amanda Desjardins
    • Caitlin Gowey
    • Tatum Heiner
    • Geovanna Inguanzo
    • Jon Todd Mosier
    • Eloisa Marie Natalicio
    • LeAnn Nguy
    • Dan Price
    • Elle Santori
    • Brielle Simpson
    • Emily Thomas
    • Kelly Tran

    The following University of Utah entities supported the camp:

    • Center for Equity and Student Belonging
    • Campus Tours
    • Commuter Services
    • Housing & Residential Education
    • Office of Admissions
    • Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
    • Youth Education

     

    In addition to those mentioned in the last edition of Kudos, we recognize that Bobby Cody was part of the Simulation team that met with students who were participating in the REACH U2 program.

     

    Aarohi Drabu, Program Manager for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI), collaborated with the UHealth EDI team to host students participating in the REACH U2 program at the College of Nursing. Six undergraduate students from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, a public, historically black, land-grant research university, spent time in the Simulation Center with Dr. Ann Butt, Debbie Boulter, Henri Sasa, Yvonne Bass, and Mandy Thomson. In addition, they familiarized themselves with the graduate school, including application processes and tools to succeed. The REACH U2 program aims to offer a rigorous ten-week summer research opportunity for undergraduate students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities in North Carolina. The program pairs participants with faculty mentors to prepare them for competitive graduate programs. REACH U2 focuses on providing hands-on research experience in areas such as cancer research, public health, and bioinformatics, with a particular emphasis on health disparities.


     

     

    May

    Dr. Erin Cole planned for the College to host guests from the Nursing & Midwifery Development Centre (NMDC) in Erbil, Kurdistan. Attendees included 1) Eva Said, Executive Director of the NMDC and a Certified Global Nurse Consultant, 2) Eva’s assistant Barien Barzani, 3) Carolyn Melby, a board member of the NMDC and a nurse with a rich history of work in academia, global and public health, health policy, administration, and volunteer service, and 4) Michele Calderon, a board member of the NMDC. Guests

    • Met with representatives from Global Learning Committee – Dr. Schola Matovu, Dr. Deanna Kepka, and Dr. Josh Wall.
    • Met with neonatal nurse practitioner faculty members – Dr. Kim Friddle, Dr. Jenny Hearne, and Dr. Julieanne Schiefelbein.
    • Attended part of the NURS 6115 Gynecologic Management class, which Dr. Katie Ward taught.
    • Had a lunch meeting with Dean Marla De Jong, Dr. Valerie Flattes, Dr. Lauri Linder, Dr. Erin Cole, Dr. Jessica Ellis, Dr. Katie Ward, and Dr. Heidi Favero.
    • Met with nurse-midwifery, maternity and women’s health faculty members – Dr. Erin Cole, Dr. Jessica Ellis, Dr. Cheryl Armstrong, and Dr. Katie Ward
    • Toured the Simulation Center with Yvonne Bass, Debbie Boulter, and Dr. Ann Butt.
    • Discussed women’s health research with Dr. Sara Simonsen

    The University of Utah held a Faculty Retirement Brunch to honor faculty who retired or will retire during Academic Year 2023-2024. Honorees from the College of Nursing included Dr. Nanci McLeskey, Dr. Pam Phares, and Dr. Gillian Tufts.

    Seeds of Remembrance, presented by Caring Connections, is an opportunity for individuals to come together and cope with the loss of a family member or friend while honoring the memory of the person who died. This year's event featured speaker and performer Molly Bice-Jackson and performer Terence Hansen. Dr. Kathie Supiano, Caring Connections Director, and Adrienne Bott were instrumental in hosting the event.

    Vitae annually highlights exceptional investigators and their pioneering research programs. The program seeds new collaborations and development strategies by humanizing research through story. This event underscores the excellence of our departments, their chairs, and their faculty in recruiting and mentoring. Over the past ten years, Vitae speakers have included Pew Scholars, NIH Director's New Innovator awardees, Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellows, a TED Fellow, and recipients of other high-profile national awards. Dr. Andrea Wallace was featured in a Vitae Vignettes Video at this year's event. She is using her expertise in health services research to find ways to measure patients’ social needs and connect them to the resources they need most, so that recovery doesn’t stop once patients leave the clinic.

    The 29th Annual Utah Nurse Practitioners Pharmacology Conference was held on April 26-27, 2024 in Park City. 

    • Drs. Mandy Al-Khudairi and Kim Bayless were Co-Chairs.
    • Dr. Katie Davis and students Conner Ashton, Victory Heagy and Julia Paulson served on the Planning Committee. 
    • Dr. Diane Chapman delivered a podium presentation titled AANP Health Policy Update
    • Dr. Heidi Vawdrey delivered a podium presentation titled Insomnia and Sleep Disorders

     

    April

    2nd Annual Open House

    Mikayla Dalley and Annastasia Beller hosted the College of Nursing’s 2nd Annual Open House on April 15, where they greeted current and potential University of Utah pre-nursing students. Students and parents met with advisors, learned about prelicensure application and admission processes, and toured the Simulation Center, which was a big hit. Dr. Ann Butt, Yvonne Bass, Bobby Cody, and Debbie Boulter led the simulation tour and facilitated simulation experiences.

    Dean Marla De Jong, together with faculty, staff, and students, hosted a Delegation from Taiwan. The delegation includedDr. Bih-Ching Shu, Distinguished Professor, Department of Nursing, Institute of Allied Health Sciences, National Cheng Kung University; Dr. Ying-Hwa Su,Associate Professor and Director, School of Nursing, Yuan Ze University; andDr. Yun Chen, Professor, Graduate Institute of Medicine, Yuan Ze University. The delegation aimed to gain a comprehensive understanding of the College’s programs and curriculum, and explore opportunities for potential collaboration.

    More than 20 million jobs will be available in long-term care settings between 2021 and 2040. The Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program partnered with the College of Social Work to host the U’s annual Careers in Aging Month hybrid event. Dr. Gail Towsley served as lead faculty in organizing the event, which was held in the Goodwill Building. Faculty members, Drs. Katarina Friberg-Felsted and Cynthia Beynon, and gerontology students, Hailey Hansen, Jaime Cross, and Paige Corley, worked with Dr. Towsley to plan, market, and present the event titled Discovering Career Paths in Senior Living.

    Women in Health, Medicine, & Science (WiHMS) hosted an outreach event on March 25 at the College of Nursing. WiHMS invited Health Sciences LEAP students to visit the College to learn more about nursing as a profession, network with faculty, and ask in-depth questions about admissions and nursing specialties. The evening began with Yvonne Bass and Dr. Ann Butt leading a tour of the Simulation Center. Following dinner and a question and answer session with faculty and staff, Dr. Sheila Arlene Deyette and Dr. Cynthia Garbett shared their journeys as nurses and experiences as psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners. They also spoke with students about educational pathways and practice areas available in nursing. Students were immensely interested in the College and the profession. Dr. Sara Hart, Dr. Valerie Flattes, and Aarohi Drabu and University of Utah Health Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (UHEDI) helped plan the event, and Mandy Thomson and Shelli King provided administrative support.

    January

    The College of Nursing Lamp of Learning ceremony was held on January 25, 2024. The ceremony is a tradition in which we recognize incoming prelicensure students and acknowledge their decision to enter the profession of nursing. Erica Fearnley and Mikayla Dalley – Student Services Academic Advisors – planned and directed the ceremony. The Spring 2024 pre-licensure cohort and their invited family and friends met in the Student Union Ballroom for a meaningful evening that included hearing from Dr. Sharifa Al-Qaaydeh, Dean Marla De Jong, Dr. Valerie Flattes, Alyssa Pham, and Dr. Melody Krahulec. Dr. William Hull and Dr. Sue Chase Cantarini read the names of the pre-licensure students as they walked across the stage. A big thank you to the Advancement team for providing lanterns for each student. Staff members Sonja Jensen, Ben Jones, Annastasia Beller, Adryenne Huo, and Gabriel Mayberry also supported the event.

    The College of Nursing (CON) celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Week with several events January 13-19, 2024. Cristi Creal, along with the BIPOC group, set up a pop-up display on the second floor of the College. Additionally, the CON Simulation Center hosted an open house for community members. MLK Week emphasizes the significance of equal access to quality healthcare for all individuals, and the CON Simulation Center embodies this principle by providing an inclusive learning environment that fosters excellence in healthcare delivery. The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion team expresses gratitude to the Simulation Center team – Sherri Kerney, Yvonne Bass, Bobby Cody, and Debbie Boulter – for providing space and giving community members a tour of the center.

    Dr. Valerie Flattes, Aarohi Drabu, and Master of Science student Alyssa Pham organized the Saturday Academy session that was held on January 20, 2024 for 90 elementary, middle school, and high school youth. Saturday Academy is a collaboration among the Health Sciences Colleges and Schools and their offices of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. The Saturday Academy aims to create and promote an inclusive campus environment, and populate a strong applicant pool for admission into multiple health science fields. Focusing on those from historically marginalized and underrepresented populations in health care, the academy inspires students in grades 4-12 to pursue a career in nursing. Attendees engaged in hands-on activities in the CON Simulation Center, interacted with nurses and nursing students, and learned about the journey of a nursing student, including preparation for college, the admissions process, and more. The following contributed to and supported the success of the academy:

    • Simulation Center team – Dr. Ann Butt, Debbie Boulter, Lori Hanson, and Bobby Cody.
    • Administrative support – Kristan Tunks, Erica Fearnley, Gabriel Mayberry, Adryenne Huo, Shelli King, Mandy Thomson, and Deidre Schoenfeld
    • Students and alumni: Haley Gray, Nancy Astorga, Caroline Howell, Emma Plute, Taylor Nash, Madyson Hulse, Akira Oregel, Geovanna Inguanzo, Jacy Thomas, Carson Bohn, Courtney Eyler, Allie Stewart-Duke, Eloisa Marie Natalicio, Kate Wiseman, Ava Wronski, Sara Williams, Dayanara Zarate, Aynsley Silliman, Victoria Caroline Tompkins, Priscilla Santos, Brianna Aquilla, Salma Arrambide,AnneMarie Fougler, Denise Crismon, Lindsey Davis, Autumn Barker, and Daniela Cartwright.

    July

    Academic Promotion, Award of Tenure, and Reappointment:

    Based on a formal review and accomplishments, the following individuals have been promoted, awarded tenure, reappointed, or retained in the College of Nursing, effective July 1, 2024:

    The American Academy of Nursing announced its 2024 Class of Fellows, including Dr. Linda Hofmann and Dr. Nancy Allen, and alumna Dr. Shelly Reed. Induction into the Academy is one of the most prestigious honors in nursing. Distinguished by their substantive and sustained contributions to health and health care, the inductees will be recognized at the Academy’s 2024 Health Policy Conference on October 31 – November 2, 2024. The theme of the conference is Courageous Transformations Towards an Equitable Future.

    Dr. Cathy Maxwell has been appointed as the Robert L. and Joyce T. Rice Presidential Endowed Chair in Healthy Aging and begins her faculty appointment on July 1, 2024.

    Dr. Kelly Mansfield is recognized for her expertise in teaching and applying evidence-based practice (EBP) methodologies, a substantial process using critical appraisal, synthesis, translation, and outcomes measurement to make evidence-based practice changes and promote evidence-based quality improvement. As academic-practice partners, Intermountain Health (IH) leaders invited Kelly to co-teach PULSE, an evidence-based course that IH offers quarterly for nurses across its system.

     

    June

    Dr. Lauri Linder was appointed as Adjunct Professor to the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics.

    The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) selected Dr. Zoe Robbins to receive its 2024 American Association of Nurse Practitioners State Award for Excellence. Established in 1991 to recognize outstanding clinical quality, the AANP State Award for Excellence honors nurse practitioners for the lifesaving care they provide to patients. AANP will present the award to Dr. Robbins at the 2024 AANP Conference in Nashville, TN, on June 28, 2024.

    Dr. Schola Matovu is one of 16 nurse scientists accepted to the fifth cohort of the Betty Irene Moore Fellowship for Nurse Leaders and Innovators. The three-year fellowship recognizes early- to mid-career nursing scholars and innovators with a high potential to accelerate leadership in nursing research, practice, education, policy, and entrepreneurship. Fellows receive $450,000 to conduct an innovative project or study that has the potential to address a gap in knowledge, meet a vital need, alter care delivery, or design a new solution to advance health. Dr. Matovu will conduct a project to evaluate the effectiveness of a nurse-led telecoaching and support intervention for grandparent-caregivers with Type 2 diabetes in rural Utah and the greater Intermountain West.

     

    May

    Dr. Amy Pasmann achieved Nurse Executive (NE-BC) certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. This peer developed examination and awarded certification validates Dr. Pasmann's knowledge in the areas of 1) human resource management, including knowledge of employment law, critical communications, employee and team performance management; 2) quality and safety, including knowledge of change management frameworks, culture of safety, continuous process improvement, and research and evidence-based practice methods; 3) business management including reimbursement methods/payor systems, financial management/budgeting, hours per patient day, resource utilization and leadership styles; and 4) health care delivery, including ANA's Nursing Leadership: Scope and Standards of Practice, regulatory and compliance standards, emergency preparedness, patient experience, nurse sensitive indicators, core measures, and technology evaluation and integration of systems such as telehealth, predictive analysis, and remote monitoring.

    The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) selected Dr. Jia-Wen Guo to be inducted as a fellow (FAMIA). FAMIA recognizes AMIA member professionals who apply informatics skills and knowledge towards the goals of enhanced personal and population health, improved organizational performance and learning, and individual empowerment in healthcare. Fellows apply informatics skills and knowledge within their professional setting, demonstrate professional achievement and leadership, and contribute to the betterment of AMIA. The induction ceremony will occur at the AMIA 2024 Clinical Informatics Conference May 21-23 in Minneapolis.

    The Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS), a signature initiative of the American Academy of Nursing, announced it will honor Dr. Andrea Wallace with the inaugural Exemplary Mid-Career Researcher and Mentor Award at the CANS 2024 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research. This award recognizes a mid-career nurse scientist whose established and impactful program of research has significantly contributed to advancing nursing knowledge through interdisciplinary research teams and mentorship of nursing students.

    Carly Bonfiglio earned a Master of Science in Nursing degree, specializing as a family nurse practitioner, from Westminster University.

    Dr. Valois Feneziani earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, specializing in organizational leadership, from the University of Utah.

    Congratulations to all College of Nursing graduates who earned Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Doctor of Nursing Practice, or Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Nursing, a Master of Science degree in Gerontology, and/or a certificate in nursing or gerontology. We celebrate your academic accomplishments and look forward to hearing about your contributions as you promote wellness and prevent illness, reduce health disparities, shape the future of healthcare to be equitable, and improve health outcomes for persons and communities.

    Commendation to all faculty, staff, preceptors, and community partners who supported and positioned students for academic success during their programs of study.

    Dr. Natasha Ansari earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in nursing.

    Dr. Amanda Keddington earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, specializing in organizational leadership. She received the Outstanding Doctor of Nursing Practice Scholar Award. 

    Dr. Kelly Mansfield earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in nursing, and a Graduate Certificate in nursing education. 

    Dr. Erica Nelson earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, specializing in organizational leadership.

    Simulation Center staff and faculty organized several events for junior high and high school students from the Ascent Academy in West Jordan, the Canyons School District’s Nurse Assistant program, Granite Technical Institute, and the Alpine School District. Simulation Center staff and faculty, including Mandy Thompson, Debbie Boulter, Carly Bonfiglio, and Dr. Ann Butt worked hard to ensure a positive experience for all attendees.

    Eighty 7th graders from Ascent Academy, most of whom had not thought much about attending college or becoming a nurse, traveled by Trax to visit the Simulation Center. Their visit led to conversation in class about the fun they had in the Simulation Center, and that it would be cool to attend the University of Utah. Their thank you note is included in the collage above. 

    Tom Wood, Work-Based Director of the Alpine School District, sent a thank you message to Simulation Center staff and faculty.

    “… I just wanted to drop you all a massive thank you for putting together such an incredible day for the Alpine School District Medical Explorers visit. Seriously, you knocked it out of the park! The activities you organized were not only fun but also super informative. You made learning about medical exploration an absolute blast! Your hard work and dedication didn't go unnoticed, and we're all so grateful for the awesome experience you provided. Thank you all!!!”

    Bo Berry, Executive Director of the Western Institute of Nursing (WIN), sent a thank you message to Dean Marla De Jong.

    “Thank you and the University of Utah College of Nursing for the incredibly generous sponsorship of WIN’s 2024 conference and for the tremendous support you provided our annual meeting this year. What a great event!

    … feedback from the conference is overwhelmingly positive. We are so grateful to you and your team for making the meeting a success. It was a great pleasure to finally bring the conference back to Salt Lake City after 15 years. 

    As always, Carrie Radmall was delightful to work with and provided a great deal of support behind the scenes. We are also very grateful to Gabriel Mayberry for photographing our 2024 award recipients. I was able to send the photos to each honoree yesterday, and they are always so happy to receive them.

    Paula Meek, Linda Edelman, Perry Gee, Lauri Linder, Andrea Wallace, Jacqueline Kent-Marvick, and Cheryl Armstrong all worked so hard to support WIN this year and the conference. The University of Utah’s support means a great deal to our small organization (and to NEXus) and truly helps sustain us…”

     

     

    April

    The Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine Meaningful Use Committee awarded $25,250 to Drs. Lisa Taylor-Swanson and Camille Moreno for their project titled Delivering MENOGAP: A Group Medical Visit for Midlife Patients.

    The Veteran's Administration Pain/Opioid Consortium of Research (CORE) awarded $46,732 to Drs. Felice Indindoli (PI; Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, MA), Lisa Taylor-Swanson (Co-I), and Carolyn Gibson (Co-I; University of California, San Francisco) for their project titled Rapid Quality Improvement and Evaluation of an Acupuncture Therapy Clinic for Peri/Post-Menopausal Women Veterans with Chronic Pain (A-MVP).

    U.S. News & World Report ranks Midwifery programs. The College of Nursing is ranked #11 (tie; #9 publics) among 37 ranked schools and is the only ranked Midwifery program in Utah.

    U.S. News & World Report ranks Doctor of Nursing Practice programs. The College of Nursing is ranked #25 (#17 publics) among 156 ranked schools and is the only ranked Doctor of Nursing Practice program in Utah.

    The University of Utah Academy of Health Science Educators (AHSE) Selection Committee chose Dr. Jennifer Hamilton and Dr. Rebekah Perkins to be Fellows of the Academy. Recognized as outstanding educators in their field, Fellows advocate for excellent education in their Colleges and University of Utah Health, actively participate in Academy committees, and create a culture of collaboration and exceptional education within University of Utah Health. An Induction Ceremony to honor Drs. Hamilton and Perkins and other new Fellows was held on April 8, 2024.

    The Alpha Chi Chapter of Sigma Phi Omegaheld its Annual Spring Induction Ceremony. Gerontology students inducted into Sigma Phi Omega included: 


    • •Christopher Gravett
    • •Hailey Hansen
    • •Julie Kemeny
    • •Aline Lowenthal
    • •Sasha Perez
    • •Olivia Snyder

    Faculty member Dr. Cynthia Beynon also was inducted into Sigma Phi Omega. Those who planned and produced the ceremony included Chapter Co-Advisors Dr. Rebekah Perkins and Dr. Katarina Friberg-Felsted, Chapter President Jaime Cross, and Chapter Secretary Katelyn Rager. Dean Marla De Jong provided remarks about students’ success, Dr. Gail Towsley spoke about careers in aging, and Dr. Katarina Friberg-Felsted provided remarks about students' diligence and honors, gratitude for faculty, and appreciation for professional members. Rob Ence, Executive Director of the Utah Commission on Aging, was recognized as a distinguished guest.

    Cindy Turner achieved Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. PMP certification acknowledges candidates skilled at managing the people, processes, and business priorities of professional projects, and validates that certification holders are highly skilled in motivating people and teams through all phases of a successful project; using predictive, agile, and hybrid approaches to determine which way of working is best; and highlighting the success of a project and its impact on overall strategic organizational goals.

    Dr. Amanda Dailey-Hansen earned Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner (AOCNP) certification from the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation. AOCNP certification is for advanced practice nurses who possess a graduate degree from an accredited nurse practitioner program and who practice as a nurse practitioner in adult oncology.

    Austin Waters, Cindy Turner, Caleb Easterly, Ida Tovar, Megan Mulvaney, Matt Poquadeck, Hailey Johnston, Lauren Ghazal, Stephen Rains, Dr. Kristen Cloyes, Anne Kirchhoff, and Dr. Echo Warner authored a paper titled Exploring Online Crowdfunding for Cancer-Related Costs among LGBTQ+ Cancer Survivors: Integration of Community-Engaged and Technology-Based Methodologies that recently was published in JMIR Cancer. Their paper was awarded first place in the Cancer Leaders Like Us Health Disparities Student Paper and Poster Contest for Winter 2024, which the National LGT Cancer Network organized.

    March

    Dr. Sara Simonsen will receive the 2024 OUR Mentor Award at the annual OUR Awards Ceremony on April 1, 2024. The award criteria included a record of sustained commitment to undergraduate research mentoring, active participation in research-related activities on campus, and positive contributions to the research and teaching culture of the Department, College, and University. 

    Dr. Djin Tay received the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association New Investigator Award at the Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Carein Phoenix, presented by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and the Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association. Dr. Tay’sresearch focuses on the implications of emerging treatments on caregiving, decision-making, palliative care, and end-of-life in the context of the family. She leads the development of the Immunotherapy, Palliative, End-of-Life Treatment Utilization and Spousal Outcomes (ImmPETUS) cohort, a population-based cohort of Utah patients diagnosed between 2013 and 2019 with lung, colorectal, breast, melanoma, bladder, or head and neck cancer.

    Dr. Liz Sloss was competitively selected for the two-year Alliance of Nursing Informatics (ANI) Emerging Leaders program. Individuals are paired with a mentor for dialogue and coaching during the two-year program. Mentors are selected by a sub-set of the ANI Governing Directors based on the proposed leadership project and will provide feedback and guidance throughout the program.

    The Vice-President for Research Incentive Seed Grant Program awarded a 1-year, $27,022 research grant to Dr. Julie Valentine for her innovative study titled Toward trauma-informed care in dentistry: An evaluation of the impact of trauma on use and provision of dental care services. Dr. Valentine and Co-Investigator Dr. Brenda Heaton will explore the connection of trauma history in predominantly low-income/marginalized populations and survivors of sexual or gender-based violence with dental-related fear and utilization of dental care services. In addition, they will evaluate how the dental care workforce understands and applies trauma-informed care. After Drs. Valentine and Heaton merge findings from these distinct participant groups, they will design and conduct further research to develop best practice guidelines for trauma-informed care in dentistry.

    Dr. Amanda Dailey-Hansen was recognized by her clinical practice colleagues for her communication to support efficient patient care. “Amanda always emails to the inpatient team regarding incoming admits. Even if it's a scheduled chemo, she goes above and beyond to update on any current issues with the patient in the outpatient setting to ensure exceptional care! We are so grateful for Amanda's excellent communication with the inpatient team regarding admissions from the clinic.”

    Dr. Jenneth Doria: NURS 4140 Leadership and Management for Professional Nurses. “I wanted to extend my heartfelt appreciation for your patience and generosity in serving as my preceptor this semester. I am profoundly thankful for your understanding of my circumstances and for making my leadership practicum possible. Your prompt responses and meticulous attention to ensuring I had the necessary resources have not gone unnoticed. It has been a privilege to have you as my professor, and your admirable dedication to nursing and the impact of your work on individuals, including myself, have been truly inspiring. Your passion has sparked my interest in exploring projects beyond the hospital setting. Thank you again for everything you have done this semester. I express my gratitude and offer my best wishes for all your future endeavors."

    February

    At the end of each semester, students have the opportunity to provide feedback about each course they took, and the faculty who taught the course. The following unedited quotes are from students who took courses during Fall Semester 2023.

    • Anna Alder: NURS 3410 Acute Care Practicum. “I cannot sing the praises of Anna Alder enough. Anna was a fantastic course lead who I really respect. She is very evidenced based in her approach to how she teaches/answers questions. She was able to facilitate a safe and caring environment in ACD. My only complaint is that we didn't get to see her enough! The few times she filled instructors in post–conference was really lovely – she does a very good job of making room to share struggles of clinicals and also turn those hard clinical experiences into teaching moments.”
    • Dr. Nancy Allen: NURS 7702 DNP Scholarly Project II. “ Nancy does a great job in the canvas videos explaining content and assignments. Her knowledge of the research and writing process has been very valuable to us as students. I have a lot of respect for her and enjoy our interactions. She is well organized and provides a template for U DNP students to produce quality projects.
    • Dr. Cynthia Beynon: GERON 5001 Introduction to Aging. “Professor Beynon was incredibly kind and always responded to my emails. I love the way she had her course set up, and I felt like I genuinely learned from her course. Most courses like these, I remember the material long enough for each quiz; but I really learned in this class.”
    • Melissa Black: NURS 3410 Acute Care Practicum. "Melissa was great!! She was detailed at explaining everything before, during, and after our clinicals. She gave great feedback and was always there if we needed anything or got confused with some paperwork."
    • Dr. Sara Bybee: NURS 7101 Research Ethics & Protection of Human Subjects. “Dr. Bybee was very easy to approach and gave great feedback. Her lectures were well prepared and brought in important ethical issues that feel relevant to our lives.”
    • Dr. Sue Chase Cantarini: NURS 4650 Capstone Clinical. “Sue was very positive and supportive throughout the course. When I had to email her with some questions, she responded in a timely manner and was very willing to help. When I had some concerns about my capstone, Sue was very helpful and helped me explore all my options. She is great at advocating for her students and has a great energy.” 
    • Dr. Diane Chapman: NURS 7053 Advanced Pathophysiology for DNP Students I. “Excellent instructor who draws from her clinical experience to inform classroom discussions; I appreciate her honesty and straightforward manner. Thank you for an excellent semester!”
    • Dr. Katie Davis: NURS 7602 PCNP Practicum II. “There are no words to explain how unbelievably incredible Dr. Davis is. She is tough with her expectations, but this makes you learn more and provides more benefits in the long run, even when you feel like students outside of her group have it easier. Katie cares so much about her student's education and her students as individuals. She is encouraging, kind, inspiring, and an invaluable part of my education. I hope that she teaches more of our courses.”
    • Dr. Sheila Deyette: NURS 6301 Foundations of Psychotherapy: The Art & Science of Healing in Relationship. “Dr. Deyette, You possess significantly greater insight into each modality, and role, than the typical instructor. I feel this arrives as a benefit of the thirty–plus years you have helped others move toward resolution. I believe your teaching style offers the student an appropriately nuanced view of the role, client–provider alliance, and the therapies we will be using to assist our patients in a way that lays the onus on the individual, as learners, yet offers firm instruction and guidance along the way. That is the best available path, in my opinion. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.”
    • Angie Fenton: NURS 3305 Foundations of Clinical Nursing Care. “Angie always had great feedback and made sure to explain everything well. I learned a lot from her!”
    • Dr. Val Flattes: NURS 6603 Chronic Problems of Adults and Elders. “Val, YOU are an amazing teacher, and I LOVED your class. It was a safe place to learn and explore and you will always be one instructor I will not forget and always appreciate during my time at the university. I had a preceptor who took your class 7 years ago she also agreed you are one of the most comfortable and cherished instructors. Thank you for pointing out or showing us that although you are a guru on the mountain, you are still a learner at heart.”
    • Dr. Katarina Friberg Felsted: GERON 5370 Health and Optimal Aging. “Dr. Felsted is one of my favorite instructors at the university. She has high standards for achievement that she implements with fairness, compassion, and grace; this is a powerful combination that keeps me striving to do my best without added anxiety. Dr. Felsted is the embodiment of ethical leadership with responsible use of power.”
    • Amanda Keddington: NURS 4650 Capstone Clinical. “Mandi is a wonderful instructor. I couldn't have been happier with my capstone group/experience. Keep up the good work Mandi, you're an asset to the College of Nursing and your field!”
    • Dr. Nanci McLeskey: NURS 3430 Nursing Across the Lifespan. “Nanci is amazing and really makes the material engaging and unique!  I loved her section of the class.”
    • Erica Nelson: NURS 4600 Professional Roles IV. "Erica was very helpful throughout the course and was very attentive to student's mental health. I could tell that Erica cares about her students by making herself approachable through Canvas. She reached out for a mental wellness check–in halfway through the semester and that was very heartwarming as a nursing student."
    • Dr. Shawna Sisler: NURS 4110 Global Health Nursing. "Professor Sisler is the definition of excellent. She is very open to feedback and makes an effort not to let the fact that a class is online stop her from building relationships with students. She is also invested in their overall experience, not just their experience in her class.”
    • Jacqueline Telonidis: GERON 5235/6235 The Aging Mind. “I have really enjoyed this class. You seem to really care about your students and our success.”

    Dr. Julie Valentine was awarded Fellow designation in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). AAFS presented the award at its 76th Annual Conference, which was held February 19-24 in Denver, CO. Fellowship recognizes service to AAFS, the general area of forensic sciences, forensic science research

    The Alzheimer’s Association awarded a 3-year $199,964 research grant to Dr. Sara Bybee for her study titled Fostering Equitable Dementia Care for Hispanic/Latino Communities. Dr. Bybee aims to provide equitable dementia care by translating the LEAD Guide (Life-Planning in Early Alzheimer's & Other Dementias) into Spanish (S-LEAD). She will incorporate community-based participatory research practices within a cultural adaptation framework to refine S-LEAD, design an intervention, and evaluate its effects among Hispanic/Latino Alzheimer’s disease-related dementia dyads. Co-investigators include Drs. Kara Dassel and Eli Iacob.

    The College of Nursing is ranked #32 in National Institutes of Health funding to colleges of nursing. We commend our hard-working and innovative scientists, their collaborators and team members, and the Emma Eccles Jones Nursing Research Center staff who support them.

    The Utah Academy of Health Science Educators renewed Dr. Sue Chase-Cantarini as a Fellow of the Academy for five years, extending through April 2029. Involvement in the Academy is instrumental in creating a culture of collaboration and exceptional education within University of Utah Health.

    The Georgia Nurses Foundation announced the 2024 inductees for the Georgia Nursing Hall of Fame. These 10 individuals are exceptional registered nurses who have contributed or are contributing to the advancement of the nursing profession on a local, national, and/or international level. Mary Gullatte, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, AOCN LSSYB, FAAN, an alumna of the PhD program, is one of 10 inductees. The initiative honors nurses who have become legends in Georgia and brings them into the spotlight.

     

    January

    Dr. John Nerges facilitated the panel discussion. Recent graduate Emme Keizer (2023) emphasized that self-care and resilience are important to success. Four current students generously shared their experience, holding nothing back, but accentuating that success is not only possible but expected, and that students can access resources to help them along the way.

    NURS 3410 faculty and Dr. Sharifa Al-Qaaydeh thank Nicole Halenkamp, Riley Histon, Emme Keizer, Grace Poulsen, and Bailey Van Wagonerfor their generosity and selfless service to current students who will follow them into the nursing profession.

    Yvonne Bass recognized Kristy Gauthier for excellence, writing on Pulse, "Kristy always strives to make the lessons she teaches better every time. She is never stagnant. She expects the same level of effort from those around her, helping us strive for excellence with her."

    The National Institute on Aging’s IMPACT Collaboratory Health Care Scholars Program funded Dr. Alycia Bristol’s project titled Partnering with UHealth to Design ePCT non-pharmacological interventions for PLWD and CPs for $129,600. [Abbreviations: embedded pragmatic clinical trial (ePCT); persons living with dementia (PLWD); care partners (CP)].

    The Oncology Nursing Society funded post-doctoral fellow Dr. Sumin Park’s RE03 proposal titled The Impact of Multi-level Social Determinants of Health Outcomes for Lung Cancer Patients and Their Family Caregivers During the Transition from Cancer Treatment for $50,000. Dr. Andrea Wallace and Dr. Alycia Bristol mentor Dr. Park.

    July

    The Emma Eccles Jones Nursing Research Center Pilot Program awarded a $19,185 grant to Drs. Lynn Reinke, Lisa Taylor-Swanson, and Paula Meek to conduct a study titled Acupuncture or Self-Acupressure for Dyspnea and Dyspnea-Related Anxiety for Persons Diagnosed with Interstitial Lung Disease.

     

    May

    The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences awarded a $3.1 million, 5-year R24 grant to Multiple Principal Investigators Ramkiran Gouripeddi from the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine Department of Biomedical Informatics and Dr. Mollie Cummins for their project titled Community-Driven Sensor Metadata Ecosystem for Exposure Health. Co-Investigators are Dr. Kathy Sward and Julio Facelli (DBMI). To advance methods for exposure health research entailing sensors, the team will develop a logical model for representing diverse types of sensor metadata; discover and harmonize sensor and device metadata in a community-driven approach; design and evaluate a user-facing metadata repository; develop specifications, logical models, and the functions needed to transform any exposure health data into an event-based format, enhanced with spatial and temporal coordinates; and develop prototype workflows that research teams can use as models. Building on prior research and development efforts, and in conjunction with the University of Utah's Center of Excellence in Exposure Health Informatics, the team will engage the environmental exposure health research community through an expert panel, user-centered design, public comment, and a communications plan. The team expects to develop community-driven, shared, and generalizable tools for metadata and data management, supporting reproducible environmental exposure health research.

    The University of Utah Consortium for Families and Health Research (C-FAHR) awarded a $14,916 grant to Dr. Kara Dassel for her study titled Knowledge, Experience, and Attitudes of Health Care Providers Regarding VSED (voluntarily stopping eating and drinking) and MAID (medical assistance in dying) in Dementia. Co-Investigators include Dr. Tim Farrell from the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine, and Dr. Tenielle Brown from the College of Law.

    Dr. Nancy Allen, Dr. Julie Gee, Malek Alnajar, Dr. Ann Butt, Dr. Emily Barrows, and Dr. Katherine Doyon received a $14,791 College of Nursing Excellence in Education grant for a project titled Exploring the Impact of Virtual Reality Experience to Increase Empathy and Awareness.

     

    April

    The Emma Eccles Jones Nursing Research Centerawarded a $28,689 pilot grant to Dr. Sara Bybee for herstudy titled Hispanic/Latino Individuals’ Experiences of Housing Instability and Resilience. Dr. Bybee, along with co-investigators Dr. Andrea Wallaceand Sarah Canham from the College of Social Work, will conduct a mixed-methods pilot study to explore the lived experience of Hispanic individuals who have and have not received housing assistance when experiencing housing instability.

     

    March

    The Vice-President for Research Incentive Seed Grant Program awarded a 1-year, $27,022 research grant to Dr. Julie Valentine for her innovative study titled Toward trauma-informed care in dentistry: An evaluation of the impact of trauma on use and provision of dental care services. Dr. Valentine and Co-Investigator Dr. Brenda Heaton will explore the connection of trauma history in predominantly low-income/marginalized populations and survivors of sexual or gender-based violence with dental-related fear and utilization of dental care services. In addition, they will evaluate how the dental care workforce understands and applies trauma-informed care. After Drs. Valentine and Heaton merge findings from these distinct participant groups, they will design and conduct further research to develop best practice guidelines for trauma-informed care in dentistry.
     


    February

    The Alzheimer’s Association awarded a 3-year $199,964research grant to Dr. Sara Bybee for her study titled Fostering Equitable Dementia Care for Hispanic/Latino Communities. Dr. Bybee aims to provide equitable dementia care by translating the LEAD Guide (Life-Planning in Early Alzheimer's & Other Dementias) into Spanish (S-LEAD). She will incorporate community-based participatory research practices within a cultural adaptation framework to refine S-LEAD, design an intervention, and evaluate its effects among Hispanic/Latino Alzheimer’s disease-related dementia dyads. Co-investigators include Drs. Kara Dassel and Eli Iacob.

     

    January 
    The National Institute on Aging’s IMPACT Collaboratory Health Care Scholars Program funded Dr. Alycia Bristol’s project titled Partnering with UHealth to Design ePCT non-pharmacological interventions for PLWD and CPs for $129,600. [Abbreviations: embedded pragmatic clinical trial (ePCT); persons living with dementia (PLWD); care partners (CP)].

    The Oncology Nursing Society funded post-doctoral fellow Dr. Sumin Park’s RE03 proposal titled The Impact of Multi-level Social Determinants of Health Outcomes for Lung Cancer Patients and Their Family Caregivers During the Transition from Cancer Treatment for $50,000. Dr. Andrea Wallace and Dr. Alycia Bristol mentor Dr. Park

     

    May

    Morgan West, Patient Services Coordinator, was recognized on Pulse by a patient who visited RedMed. "Morgan made my visit to RedMed quick and efficient. I went in for a WellU visit. She identified other tasks that I needed to complete on my record AND completed them right there in the clinic."

    Twelve staff and faculty received a College of Nursing 2023-2024 Excellence Award! These individuals continually go above and beyond, contributing to the College’s reputation for excellence.

    • Staff Service Excellence Award: 
    • Nancy Aruscavage
    • Heather Clarkson
    • Shelley Kern
    • Malinda Martinez
    • Shiver
    • Morgan West
    • Faculty Mentoring Award: Dr. Amanda Al-Khudairi
    • Faculty Excellence in Service Award: Dr. Katie Davis
    • Faculty Practice Award: Dr. Liz Greene
    • Faculty Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award: Dr. Lauri Linder
    • Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award: Dr. Christopher Macintosh
    • Excellence in University Health Partnership Award: Denise Reeves


    Grant Awards

    The Alzheimer’s Association awarded a $200,000 grant to Dr. Sara Bybee (PI), Dr. Kara Dassel (Co-I), and Dr. Eli Iacob (Co-I) for their project titled Promoting Dementia Care Planning within Spanish-Speaking Latino Communities. The grant period is 2024 through 2027.

     

    April

    “Today, I want to recognize Adrienne Bott, Administrative Manager for the University of Utah College of Nursing Caring Connections, for her compassion, gentleness, keen sense of humor, attention to detail, and loving concern for others.” Cathy added details about a situation in which she was required to submit additional paperwork within a short time to the contracting department. “I am delighted to inform you that, thanks to Adrienne's swift action and expertise, our project has been approved... It is a privilege to work alongside someone of Adrienne's caliber.”The quick resolution will lead to a $70,000 contract.

    March

    Jane Price recently earned the complete set of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Credentials. Universal Design for Learning is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn. The credentials covered the key concepts of UDL, such as learner variability and barriers in online course design, and culminated in the development of a publicly-available course on accessibility following UDL principles. These credentials validate Jane’s expertise in concepts that are important for UDL, ability to analyze learning scenarios, and skill in using UDL to develop learning experiences.

    Kristen Tunks, Student Success Manager, collaborated with colleagues from across the University and within the College to plan the first College of Nursing Tax Clinic. Volunteers provided income tax assistance so that nursing students could file their taxes for free. Kristen also will host an Open House to highlight opportunities available to students who participate in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program and the Honors Program, and recruit new students into these programs. Later this semester, Kristan and colleagues will host “destress for finals” week for all Health Science students.

    April

    The Alpha Chi Chapter of Sigma Phi Omega held its Annual Spring Induction Ceremony. Gerontology students inducted into Sigma Phi Omega included:

    • Christopher Gravett
    • Hailey Hansen
    • Julie Kemeny
    • Aline Lowenthal
    • Sasha Perez
    • Olivia Snyder

    100% of baccalaureate graduates who took the NCLEX-Registered Nurse licensure exam during Quarter 1 of 2024 passed the exam. High praise for each faculty member, preceptor, and staff member who contributed to their education.

    March

    Michaella Halweg, nominated by Dr. Rebekah Perkins, Dr. Katarina Friberg-Felsted, Dr. Jacqueline Eaton, and Dr. Kara Dassel, will receive the 2024 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher (OUR) Award at the annual OUR Awards Ceremony on April 1, 2024. The award criteria included a record of sustained commitment to developing research skills and knowledge under the supervision of a faculty mentor, evidence of independent and critical thinking, active participation in research-related activities on campus, and positive contributions to the research culture of the Department, College, and University.

    February

    Ryan Jamora, a second-semester prelicensure student, was recognized for his exceptional critical thinking and clinical reasoning during his acute care clinicals at the George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. When making rounds on the Telemetry unit, the clinical instructor learned that the previous day Ryan had identified a serious medication-related adverse effect that others missed. A charge nurse described a patient who was experiencing visual changes. During rounds, when the provider asked if there were any questions, Ryan confidently asked, "Is there a chance the visual changes could be from his new Digoxin?" The provider admitted they had not considered that possibility, expressing gratitude for Ryan's insightful input. This experience demonstrates the impactful influence and dedicated efforts of prelicensure faculty. Prelicensure faculty are continually committed to foster clinical judgment in all students, which is reflected in Ryan's exemplary demonstration of critical thinking and proactive engagement in patient care.

    January

    On January 9, five talented students volunteered to participate in the orientation session for NURS 3410 Acute Care Nursing Practicum, sharing their wisdom and experience with incoming students. 

    June

    Drs. Ann Butt, Rebekah Perkins, and Nanci McLeskey presented a podium presentation titled Out of the Simulation Center and Into the Classroom: Using Simulation to Enhance Geriatric Care Competency-Based Education at INACSL24, the annual conference of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning, in Raleigh, NC.

    Drs. Brenda Luther and Hailey Haffey presented Narrative Medicine and Simulation for OUD/SUD Care: An Interprofessional Collaboration to Address Priorities in Rural and Under-Resourced Health Settings at the 2024 Columbia Narrative Medicine ExCHANGE hosted by Columbia University Irving Medical Center. They described a successful interactive webinar designed last Fall, utilizing Narrative Medicine (NM) and Active Listening (AL) methods in a case-based simulation to empower interprofessional health care students with strategies to increase trust and reduce stigma during Substance Use Disorder (SUD) intake interviews. The ongoing, collaborative project included several stakeholder groups: the Utah Rural Opioid Healthcare Consortium-Collaborative Care Model (UROHC-CCM), the Utah Internal Medicine Pediatrics (Med-Peds) Rural Pathway, Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness (USARA), and Utah Area Health Education Centers (Utah AHEC). In addition, Brenda and Hailey outlined the value of narrative in training health care professions students to treat SUD, and the benefit of including peer recovery specialists in AL and NM simulations.

    Four faculty members presented at the Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research.

    Poster Presentations:

    • Using Augmented Reality for Social Determinants of Health Education for Health Professions: A Scoping Review. Dr. Nancy Allen
    • Healthcare professionals’ experiences in assessing the needs of family caregivers during hospital discharge. Dr. Alycia Bristol
    • An Iterative Approach to Adapting the Readiness for Hospital Discharge Scale for Family Caregivers. Dr. Andrea Wallace

    Podium Presentation:

    • Diverse Populations: Increasing Access to Diabetes Education in American Sign Language for Deaf Populations. Dr. Michelle Litchman

    Dr. Valerie Flattes and Aarohi Drabu presented a poster titled Strategies for Recruitment & Retention of Underrepresented Students Amidst Evolving Policies at the National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in Higher Education in Honolulu.

    Drs. Angelo Volandes, Rebecca Sudore, Susan Hickman, and Kara Dassel facilitated a panel discussion titled Identify Gaps in ACP Research at the Advance Care Planning (ACP) in Primary Care Settings for People with Mild Cognitive Impairment or Alzheimer’s Disease/Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (AD/ADRD) virtual workshop, which the National Institute on Aging Division of Behavioral and Social Research sponsored.

    Laura Wandner, Dr. Kathy Sward, Lissette Saavadra, Megan Ghiroli, and moderator Cristina Murray-Krezan presented a panel discussion titled Common Data Elements: Experiences from the NIH HEAL initiative, the Effectiveness research network, the IMPOWR network, and the Harm Reduction research network at the 45th Annual Meeting of the Society for Clinical Trials in Boston. Dr. Sward focused on her work to develop common data elements for pain and opioid research. 

    Dr. Michelle Litchman, Karissa Mirus (Program Manager, Deaf Diabetes Can Together), Jeremy Quiroga (certified deaf interpreter), and Susan Layton (hearing interpreter) presented two sessions – Diabetes: An Overview of Basics, Nutrition, and Checking Glucose; and Overview of Diabetes-Related Medications and Technology – at the 2024 Deaf in Healthcare Summit for Interpreters, reaching 150+ American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters. Their sessions focused on teaching ASL interpreters diabetes concepts and how to effectively sign those concepts, using their grant-funded ASL glossary of diabetes terms, and improving patient-provider communication for individuals who are Deaf/ or hard-of-hearing. Some comments include:

    “Best workshop all day!!! Clearly explained diabetes AND provided practical application to the work we, as interpreters, do everyday!!! Gave concepts, signs, tips for management, gave on-going ideas for how to explain complicated concepts...if we needed it, this workshop provided it!!! I would definitely take another workshop from this speaker for sure!!! Please have her and her team back again!!! Fantastico workshop!!!”

    “Phenomenal presentation!!! Fantastic use of visuals, examples, mock scenarios, and collaboration among the presenters made this information VERY accessible (and stickable to my brain!). Thank you. :)”.

     

    May

    Laura Bradbury and Adrienne Bott presented a workshop titled Supporting Clients and Clinicians in the Grief of Overdose Death: An Important Component of Comprehensive Substance Abuse Treatment at the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD) Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

    Patti Powers and Dr. Julie Valentine presented a podium presentation titled Forensics at its Finest: Examining the SANE Approach for Effective Prosecution of Sexual Assault at the 19th Annual Conference on Crimes against Women in Dallas. 

    Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson was one of two invited speakers for the Research Roundtable: Focus on Complexity Science hosted by the Osher Collaborative Research Committee. She presented a talk titled Needles and Networks: Exploring Complexity in Acupuncture & East Asian Medicine.

    Dr. Shawna Sisler, Dr. Katarina Friberg-Felsted, Dr. Jennifer Macali, Dr. Jennifer Clifton, and Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson presented a poster titled Interdisciplinary Integrative Health Seminar Series at the UHealth-hosted Evidence Based Practice & Wellness Champions Poster Fair

    Faculty presented at the SAR (Society of Acupuncture Research) / RCMI (Research Centre for Chinese Medicine Innovation) POLYU Research Conference at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong. The conference theme was Bridging the Two Worlds: Engaging Traditional Chinese Medicine in Modern Healthcare.

    • Rosa Schnyer, Lisa Conboy, Sandro Graca, Kate Levett, Kathleen Lumiere, Belinda “Beau” Anderson, Claudia Citkovitz, and Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson presented a workshop titled Finding Harmony in Data Sets: TCM Practice-Based Common Outcomes in the West and the East.
    • Belinda “Beau” Anderson, Lisa Conboy, Spod Dutton, Sandro Graca, Bridgette Linder, Nicholas Lowe, Kathleen Lumiere, David Riley, and Dr.Lisa Taylor-Swanson presented a poster titled From Case to Evidence: A Secondary Analysis Approach to Acupuncture Reports

    Faculty and students presented at the University of Utah Health Women’s Health in the Cross Hairs Symposium:

    • Leslie Crandall, Claudia Charles, Dr. Jacqueline Kent-Marvick, Dr. Sara Simonsen, Sarai Negrete Macias, Lorna Khemchand, Madeline Maughan, Dr. Jessica Ellis, Sharon Austin, Ryan Ward, and Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson presented a poster titled Developing a Menopausal Transition Health Promotion Intervention with Indigenous, Integrative, and Biomedical Health Education: A Community-Based Approach with Urban American Indian/Alaska Native Women.
    • Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson, Madison Maughan, Valentine Mukundente, Lori Pacheco, Wendy Sanders, Fahina Tavake-Pasi, Jeannette Villalta, Heather Merkley, and Camille Moreno presented a poster titled An Intersectional Exploration of Women’s Experiences During Menopause.
    • Wen Tu, Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson, Caroline Howell, and Lydia Howes presented a poster titled Ba Duan Jin Exercise for Vasomotor Symptoms in Women Experiencing Peri- and Post-Menopause: A Scoping Review Protocol.

    Faculty presented posters at the UHealth-hosted Evidence Based Practice & Wellness Champions Poster Fair on May 13-17, 2024. The event included a Leadership Reception on May 15 in the hospital atrium and Level A bridge to the John A. Moran Eye Center.

    • Angie Fenton presented Calm Box: A Creative Way to Lower Nursing Student Stress Levels.
    • Dr. Katie Davis, Dr. Carrie Huntsman-Jones, Dr. Lyndsay Wixom, Dr. Joshua Twitchell, Dr. Jennifer Clifton, and Morgan West presentedImproving Access for Annual WellU Exams.
    • Dr. Cheryl Armstrong, Dr. Ann Butt, Dr. Jennifer Macali, and Angie Fenton presented Effect of a Faculty Cohort Mentoring Program on Prelicensure Baccalaureate Nursing Students’ Well-being and Resiliency.
    • Dr. Amanda Keddington, Janine Roberts, Dr. Perry Gee, and Dr. Julie Gee presented Hiring and Embedding Community Health Workers into an Integrated Health System: A Needs Assessment.
    • Dr. Scott Christensen, Chris Snyder, Eliza Parkin, and Mary Jane Austria presented Wellness Amid Workplace Violence: Strategies for Nurses in Oncology and Across Specialties.
    • Juan Hernandez, Michael Sanchez, Dr. Scott Christensen, Jared Huber, Steven Hayworth, Peter Weir, Allison Wood, Liza Johnson, Jaimi Ostergar, and Joel Macey presented Enhancing Transitions of Care: The Heal at Home Program.

    Dr. Cynthia Beynon and Angie Fenton delivered a podium presentation titled Innovative Approaches to Curriculum Development and Teaching Methodologies at the INPD (Intermountain Nursing Professional Development) Spring Conference. The conference theme was Advancing Healthcare Education: Integrating Evidence-Based Practice, Innovation, and Safety.

    Dr. Carolyn Scheese and Jessica Chavez-England presented an online podium presentation titled From Assignments to Rubrics: Strategies for Incorporating Generative AI into Teaching at College of Charleston's 8th Annual Teaching, Learning, and Technology Conference 2024.

    Faculty presented at the ATA (American Telemedicine Association) Nexus 2024 Conference.

    • Dr. Mollie Cummins, Sukrut Shishupal, Dr. Bob Wong, Neng Wan, J. Han, Ram Gouripeddi, Julia Ivanova, Triton Ong, Hiral Soni, Hattie Wilczewski, Brandon Welch, and Brian Bunnell delivered a podium presentation titled Observational Study of Telemedicine Travel Distance Indicates Annual U.S. Carbon Emissions Savings of 1.4 Million Metric Tons.
    • Julia Ivanova, Hattie Wilczewski, Farina Klocksieben, Dr. Mollie Cummins, Hiral Soni, Triton Ong, Janelle Barrera, Brian Bunnell, and Brandon Welch presented a poster titled Assessing Patient Telemedicine Preferences and Use: A Nationwide Survey.

    Drs. Caroline Stephens, Youjeong Kang, Lynn Reinke, Eli Iacob, and Paula Meek will present Older Adults with Heart Failure and COPD in the Last 2 Years of Life and their Family Caregivers: A Population-based Analysis for the Presidential EPoster session at the American Geriatrics Society 2024 Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting on May 9, 2024.

    Project ECHO connects community providers with health care resources and training, including continuing medication education, and features case-based learning. The U’s Project ECHO recently launched a midlife women’s health session. Dr. Katie Ward presented Managing Menopause Symptoms in Cancer Patients and Cancer Survivors.

    Jordana Clayton, Nancy Aruscavage, Dr. Kara Dassel, Dr. Katherine Supiano, Dr. Rebecca Utz, Dr. Sara Bybee, and Dr. Eli Iacob delivered a podium presentation titled Healthy Older Adults' Perceptions of the Wish to Hasten Death in Hypothetical Disease Scenarios at the 4th International Conference on End of Life: Law, Ethics, Policy, and Practice in Salt Lake City. 

    Dr. Schola Matovu presented Inclusion in Global Health: Global Nursing at the WomenLift Health Conference. The conference, held at the Julius Nyerere International Conference Center in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, brought together remarkable women leaders, politicians, policymakers, and scientists from 41 countries. Dr. Matovu participated as a delegate from the United States, and hosted a mentorship session that included a group of inspiring women leaders worldwide. 

    Dr. Schola Matovu, Dr. Deb Penney, Dr. Teresa Garrett, and Dr. Deanna Kepka presented a poster titled Creating Partnerships for a Collaborative Online Transcultural Education Training for Nurses at the 15th Annual Conference of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health in Los Angeles. The presentation highlighted the group's findings on the Collaborative Online Transcultural Education Training Pilot. 

    April

    Faculty and students presented at the 2024 Utah Public Health Association Conference on April 10-11, 2024. The conference theme was “ACT for Health.”

    • Dr. Ana Sanchez-Birkhead, Jeannette Villalta, Camille Moreno, Isabel Dulfano, and Lisa Taylor-Swanson presented Adapting an Integrative Group Medical Visit for Community Health Worker Delivery Among Latina Menopausal Women
    • Dr. Ana Sanchez-Birkhead, Heather Brown, Valentine Mukundente, Ivoni Nash, and Reverend Francis Davis presented Addressing Community Health Needs and Health Equity through Community Coalitions: CFU - A Model for Change.  

     

    Faculty and students will present at the Oncology Nursing Society Congress in Washington, DC, on April 24-28, 2024.

    • Rachael Alexander and Dr. Caroline Stephens will present a poster titled Palliative Care Stigma in Oncology: An Integrated Systematic Literature Review.
    • Angela Fausett, Dr. Rebekah Perkins, and Dr. Lynn Reinke will present a poster titled Rural Health Care Transformation: Enhancing Oncology Access to Care.

      Lori Minasian, Dr. Kathi Mooney, Deborah Mayer, and Anabella Aspiras will present a podium presentation titled National Cancer Initiatives: Igniting the Effort to End Cancer as We Know It.

       

    Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson presented an invited keynote titled Menopause: There’s So Much More to It than Hot Flashes and the Kidneys at the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture Annual Symposium in Minneapolis. The symposium theme was “Embracing the Diversity of Acupuncture: Connecting People and Paradigms.” Dr. Taylor-Swanson then presented two 2-hour workshops titled Menopause: A Workshop on Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine Techniques and Theories, providing hands-on demonstration of evidence-based acupuncture therapy for peri- and post-menopause symptoms and experiences.

     

    Facutly presented at the 2024 International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health in Cleveland.

    • Jessica Barnhill, Aisha Chilcoat, Paula Gardiner, Isabel Roth, and Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson presented a research panel discussion titled Adapting Evidence-Based Interventions for Diverse Patient Populations: Mindfulness Based Interventions Within Integrative Group Medical Visit.
    • In an oral abstract session regarding natural medicine therapies, Belinda Anderson, Melissa Zappa, Barbara Glickstein, and Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson presented Chinese Herbal Medicine and COVID-19: A Qualitative Analysis of Approaches to Evidence-Based Practice by Licensed Acupuncturists in the United States.

     

    Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson provided an online presentation titled Vasomotor Symptoms + Migraine = Increases the Relative Risk of Heart Disease & Stroke in Midlife Women for the White Pine Circle Research Study Group. White Pine Circle is an online resourcefor practicing acupuncturists, enabling them to continue learning, earn continuing education credit, and share best practices regarding the provision of East Asian medicine.

     

    Dean Marla De Jong presented Leadership Lessons Pertaining to Military Service to Air Force Reserve Officer Training CorpsCadets at the University of Utah.

    Dr. Elizabeth Sloss presented a webinar titled Streamlining Success: Implementing Documentation Burden Reduction with the AMIA 25x5 Toolkit. The American Medical Informatics Association hosted the webinar, which more than 300 persons attended.

    Faculty presented at the 2nd Annual Pediatric Health Equity Symposium at Primary Children's Hospital Eccles Outpatient Center.

    • Susanna Cohen, Dr. Cristina Creal, Candace Chow, and Karen Tao presented a workshop titled Cultivating Cultural Fortitude and Multicultural Orientation in Clinician-Patient Interactions and Language.
    • Caleb Hocutt, Cindy Turner, Katie Rogers, Douglas Fair, Joseph Letourneau, Anne Kirchhoff, and Dr. Echo Warner presented an abstract titled Equity and Accessibility of Fertility Preservation Services for Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Patients

    Faculty, staff, and students presented at the Society of Behavioral Medicine 2024 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA.

    • Cindy Turner, Dr. Jia-Wen Guo, Skyler Johnson, Andy King, Anne Kirchhoff, Margaret Raber, Dr. Xiaoming Sheng, Ida Tovar, Dr. Deanna Kepka, and Dr. Echo Warner presented a poster titled Filling the Gaps in Online Health (Mis)information Research: Feasibility of Web-monitoring Software Methodology.
    • Dr. Echo Warner, Cindy Turner, Skyler Johnson, Dr. Jia-Wen Guo, Dr. Xiaoming Sheng, Ida Tovar, Caleb Hocutt, J. Piccolo, Anne Kirchhoff, Dr. Deanna Kepka, and Andy King presented a poster titled Cancer Patients’ Use of the Internet and Social Media for Cancer Information and Perceived Exposure to Cancer Misinformation.  

    Faculty, staff, and students presented at the American Society of Preventive Oncology 2024 Annual Meeting in Chicago.

    • Cindy Turner, Austin Waters, Lauren Ghazal, Matt Poquadeck, Caleb Easterly, Anne Kirchhoff, Stephen Rains, Dr. Kristen Cloyes, Erin Kent, and Dr. Echo Warner presented a poster titled Go Fund Yourself: A Content Analysis of LGBTQ+ Cancer Crowdfunding.  
    • Dr. Echo Warner, Cindy Turner, Skyler Johnson, Dr. Jia-Wen Guo, Dr. Xiaoming Sheng, Ida Tovar, Caleb Hocutt, J. Piccolo, Anne Kirchhoff, Dr. Deanna Kepka, and Andy King presented a poster titled Cancer Patients’ Use of the Internet and Social Media for Cancer Information and Perceived Exposure to Cancer Misinformation.

    Caleb Hocutt, Cindy Turner, Katie Rogers, Douglas Fair, Joseph Letourneau, Anne Kirchhoff, and Dr. Echo Warner will present a poster titled Examining Equity in Fertility Preservation for Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Patients at the 2024 American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Conference in Seattle.

    The College of Nursing was well-represented at the Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium held on April 9, 2024. The following students presented posters:

    • Aidan Cheney: Understanding Sex Education for Women with Disabilities (Research Mentor, Dr. Sara Simonsen)
    • Sofia Flowers: The Parent Caregiving Experience of School-Aged Children Diagnosed With Cancer (Research Mentor, Dr. Lauri Linder)
    • Lorna Khemchand: American Native and Alaska Native Women in Menopause (Research Mentor, Dr. Sara Simonsen)
    • Jennie Leo: Midlife Women's Experiences of Participating in MENOGAP (Research Mentor, Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson)
    • Emma Norris: Using film to address reproductive health among Central African immigrantsrefugees resettled in Utah  (Research Mentor, Dr. Sara Simonsen)
    • Mia Sheneman: Improving Access to Naloxone and Opioid Resources through the Emergency Department (Research Mentor, Dr. Jacob Steenblick)
    • Anya Weglarz: Internalized HIV Stigma Among Women Giving Birth in Tanzania: A Mixed Methods Study (Research Mentor, Melissa Watt)

    Christopher Stucky, Felichism Kabo, Dean Marla De Jong, Sherita House, and Josh Wymer presented a poster titled Surgical Team Structure: How Familiarity and Team Size Influence Communication Effectiveness in Military Surgical Teams at the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses Global Surgical Conference & Expo in Nashville. They won second place for research posters.

    March

    Faculty, staff, and students presented at the Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Care and State of the Science in Hospice and Palliative Carein Phoenix, AZ, which the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) sponsored.

    • Mike Hollingshaus, Ken Smith, Huong Meeks, Katherine Ornstein, Dr. Eli Iacob, Dr. Djin Tay, Dr. Caroline Stephens, and Dr. Rebecca Utz presented a poster titled Mortality Risk Following End-of-Life Caregiving: A Population-Based Analysis of Hospice Users and Their Families.
    • Dr. Eli Iacob, Mike Hollingshaus, Dr. Rebecca Utz, Dr. Djin Tay, Katherine Ornstein, Pamela Barrientos, Mike Newman, Tom Belnap, and Dr. Caroline Stephens presented a poster titled Death With and Without Dementia: Impact on Family Antidepressant Prescriptions.
    • Holli Martinez co-led a pre-conference session titled Lessons in Leadership Using the Art of Poker.
    • Dr. Lynn Reinke facilitated the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association Membership Meeting.
    • Dr. Lynn Reinke and Holli Martinez were invited to co-present Developing an Advanced Practice Clinician Palliative Care Fellowship: A Leading-Edge Program Responding to Workforce Demands.
    • Dr. Caroline Stephens, Dr. Rebecca Utz, Dr. Djin Tay, Dr. Eli Iacob, Mike Hollingshaus, Dr. Rebecca Goodwin, Timothy Farrell, Erin Bouldin, Dr. Linda Edelman, Dr. Lynn Reinke, Dr. Ken Smith, Dr. Lee Ellington, and Katherine Ornstein presented a poster titled Dying with Dementia in a Nursing Home with and without Family: A Population-based Study.
    • Dr. Djin Tay, Kline Dubose, Huong Meeks, Dr. Jia-Wen Guo, Natalya Alekhina, Katie Feldner, Dr. Xiaoming Sheng, Jonathan Chipman, Dr. Lee Ellington, and Mia Hashibe presented a poster titled Inpatient and ED Use among Melanoma and Lung Cancer Patients Receiving Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors.

    Miriam Lovin and Mary Wheeler planned a College of Nursing exhibit, sharing information about the College’s education programs, faculty, and open faculty positions with those who attended the Assembly.

    Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson was invited to present a talk titled Alternative and Western Medicine During Menopause for Alternative and Western Medicine During Menopause for a Utah Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Lunch & Learn. The AHEC program enhances access to quality healthcare by improving the supply and distribution of healthcare professionals.

    Dean Marla De Jong and Linda McCauley facilitated the Academic Health Center Like Schools Focused Discussion at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) Deans Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, and presented themes to the AACN Board of Directors.

    Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson provided the inaugural presentation titled Menopause, Acupuncture, Research, Interoception and YOU! for the White Pine Circle Research Study Group. White Pine Circle is an online resource for practicing acupuncturists to continue learning, earn continuing education credit, and share best practices regarding provision of East Asian medicine.

    Faculty spoke at the University of Utah Health Women’s Leadership Day: Be a Champion of Change. Content focused on influencing change at the individual, team, and organizational levels.

    • Sara Lamb and Dr. Gwen Latendresse: Organizational Change
    • Brenda Heaton, Rachel Hess, and Dr. Andrea Wallace: Research Change
    • Kelly Tappenden, Sam Finlayson, and Dean Marla De Jong: Deans’ Visions of Organizational Change

    February

    First-semester prelicensure student Sofia Flowers (mentor Dr. Lauri Linder) presented her honors thesis research at the Huntsman Cancer Session at the Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research, which was held February 16 at Utah Valley University. Sofia’s presentation was titled The Parent Caregiving Experience of School-Age Children with Cancer.

    The Natural History Museum of Utah (NHMU) featuring Dr. Sara Bybee for its Scientist in the Spotlight: Social Scientist program. During her presentation – Detecting and Preventing Housing Injustice – she explored the impact of state eviction laws on the physical and mental health of the population. Dr. Bybee showcased the tools used to link data on evictions and health, described first-hand accounts from those who have experienced eviction, and provided ways in which people can have a positive impact on their community.

    January

    Dr. Ann Butt and Kristy Gauthier attended the International Meeting of Simulation in Healthcare and presented Imagine U: Using Simulation to Explore Careers in Nursing and Medicine, sharing how the College of Nursing Simulation Center supports Summer Camp, Imagine U!, and Saturday Academy.

    Dr. Julie Valentine and Dr. Nancy Downing presented a virtual Texas Teleforensic Remote Assistance Center ECHO-SAFE webinar titled Intersections of Mental Illness and Sexual Assault: Implications for Forensic Nursing.

    June

    Kaur A, Bourbeau J, Brighton L, Celli B, Crouch R, Demeyer H, Gerardi DA, Katsura H, Meek P, Morgan M, Paneroni M, Singh S, Stickland MK. Increasing exercise capacity and physical activity in the COPD patient. Breathe. 2024;20(2):230347. DOI: 10.1183/20734735.0347-2023

    Gallagher ML, Brown JP, Clapp DB, Christensen SS. Promoting end-of-life care and healthcare worker well-being: Implementing the 3 Wishes Project in an oncology intensive care unit. Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2024;28(3):257-262. https://doi.org/10.1188/24.cjon.257-262

    Iacob E, Caserta M, Donaldson G, Sparks C, Terrill A, Thompson A, Wong B, Utz RL. Evaluating the Efficacy of Time for Living and Caring: An online intervention to support dementia caregivers' use of respite. Innov Aging. 2024;8(5):igae043. doi: 10.1093/geroni/igae043

    Solkowski L, Utz R, Dassel K. The association of religion with advance care planning. Death Stud. 2024. Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1080/07481187.2024.2361755

     

    May

    Matovu SN, Watt M, Young HM, Nakasujja N, Ellington L. Using grounded theory to develop a substantive theory for grandparent-caregiving in Uganda: The GRACE Model. J. Transcult Nurs. 2024. Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1177/10436596241253

    Brady CJ, Looman WS, Hamilton JL, Dunitz J, Gilard T, Sender AI, George C. A national postgraduate nurse practitioner and physician assistant fellowship in cystic fibrosis: An innovative approach to the provider shortage in complex and rare disease. J Am Assoc Nurse Pract. Epub ahead of print. DOI: 10.1097/JXX.0000000000001021

    Bybee SG, Eaton J, Wong B. Dissemination innovation: Using found poetry to return study results to patients and partners facing cancer. PEC Innovation. 2024;4:100286. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pecinn.2024.100286

    Soni H, Ivanova J, Wilczewski H, Ong T, Ross N, Bailey A, Cummins M, Barerra J, Bunnell BE, Welch BM. Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap): A survey of user preferences and needs for health data collection. J Med Internet Res. In press.

    Carrico C, McKibbin C, Waters L, Thompson K, Graupner J, Cotton S, Faul A, Clark P, Telonidis J, Helm F, Caprio T, Bennett K. Growth and impact of Project ECHO® for workforce development in age-friendly care. J Am Geriatr Soc. Accepted.

    Clayton JL, Supiano KP, Aruscavage N, Bybee S, Utz RL, Iacob E, Dassel KB. Advance care planning in the context of dementia: Defining concordance. Gerontologist. Accepted. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnae029

    Cloyes KG, Mansfield KJ, Wawrzynski SE, Vega M, Kent-Marvick J, Guo J-W. Cancer survivors' and care partners' audio diaries on stress and social support resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. Semin Oncol Nurs. 2024;40(2):151623. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soncn.2024.151623    

    Gordon BA, Azer L, Bennett K, Edelman LS, Long M, Goroncy A, Alexander C, Lee J-A, Rosich R, Severance JJ. Agents of change: Geriatrics workforce programs addressing systemic racism and health equity. Gerontologist. Accepted. https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnae038  

    Sloss EA, McPherson JP, Beck AC, Guo J-W, Scheese CH, Flake NR, Chalkidis G, Staes CJ. Patient and caregiver perceptions of an interface design to communicate artificial intelligence-based prognosis for patients with advanced solid tumors. JCO Clin Cancer Inform. 2024;8:e2300187. https://doi.org/10.1200/CCI.23.00187

    Wolf C, Clifton J, Sheng X. Screening for chlamydia and gonorrhea in youth correctional facilities, Utah, USA. Emerg Infect Dis. 2024;30(13):62-67. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid3013.230712

     

    April

    Douglass B, Stager SL, Shaw K, Hite A, Solecki S, Stanik-Hutt J, Tufts G. Professional identity in nursing: Why it is important in graduate education. J Prof Nurs. 2024;52:50-55. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.profnurs.2024.03.004

    Farley J, Taylor-Swanson L, Koppenhaver S, Thackeray A, Magel J, Fritz JM. The effect of combining spinal manipulation and dry needling in individuals with nonspecific low back pain. J Pain. In press. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpain.2024.03.002   

    Goodwin RM, Utz RL, Elmore CE, Ornstein KA, Tay DL, Ellington L, Smith KR, Stephens CE. Leveraging existing datasets to advance family caregiving research: Opportunities to measure what matters. J Aging Soc Policy. Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1080/08959420.2024.2320043

    Linder B, Yang G-Y, Lumiere K, Taylor-Swanson L, Graca S, Armour M. Collaborative design of a Chinese herbal medicine case report guideline (CHM-CARE), Eur J Integr Med. In press. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eujim.2024.102364

    Allison TA, Stephens CE, Kotwal AA. Supporting technology access for older adults though in-home, intergenerational involvement: The case for ethnographic methods and student service-learning courses. Invited editorial for J Am Geriatr Soc. Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.18860

    Campbell KM, Ogbeide SA, Echiverri A, Guillaume G, Henderson JE, Jackson N, Marquez CM, Miranda C, Montoya M, Oni K, Pierre G, Semenya MA, Udezi V, Flattes VJ, Rodriquez JE, Washington JC. Are committee experiences of minoritized family medicine faculty part of the minority tax? A qualitative study. BMC Medical Education. 2023;23:862. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12909-023-04848-3
     

    March

    Allison TA, Stephens CE, Kotwal AA. Supporting technology access for older adults though in-home, intergenerational involvement: The case for ethnographic methods and student service-learning courses. Invited editorial for J Am Geriatr Soc. Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.18860

    Campbell KM, Ogbeide SA, Echiverri A, Guillaume G, Henderson JE, Jackson N, Marquez CM, Miranda C, Montoya M, Oni K, Pierre G, Semenya MA, Udezi V, Flattes VJ, Rodriquez JE, Washington JC. Are committee experiences of minoritized family medicine faculty part of the minority tax? A qualitative study. BMC Medical Education. 2023;23:862. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12909-023-04848-3

    Hollingshaus M, Smith KR, Meeks H, Ornstein K, Iacob E, Tay D, Stephens C, Utz RL. Mortality risk following end-of-life caregiving: A population-based analysis of hospice users and their families. Soc Sci Med. 2024. Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2024.116781

    Buller DB, Sussman AL, Thomson CA, Kepka D, Taren D, Henry KL, Warner EL, Walkosz BJ, Woodall WG, Nuss K, Blair CK, Guest DD, Borrayo EA, Gordon JS, Hatcher J, Wetter DW, Kinsey A, Jones CF, Yung AK, Christini K, Berteletti J, Torres JA, Barraza Perez EY, Small A. #4Corners4Health social media cancer prevention campaign for emerging adults: Protocol for a randomized stepped-wedge trial. JMIR Res Protoc. 2024;13:e50392. doi: 10.2196/50392

    Garcia K, Iacob E, Dean-Smith M, Royce E, Alvarez G, Kepka D. Low levels of lifetime pap test receipt among vulnerable Guatemalans. J Cancer Educ. 2024. Epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1007/s13187-024-02405-0

    Mayahara M, Tay DL, Kates J, Rosa WE. Palliating serious illness during disasters and public health emergencies. Am J Nurs. 2024;124(3):56-60. DOI: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0001008424.70710.ca

    O’Conner-Von S, Shlafer R, Galchutt P, Kettering S, Bouterse A, Freese R, Berry P. A survey of state correctional health care providers on advance care planning: Opportunity for collaboration with corrections. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. Epub ahead of press. doi:10.1177/10499091241226638

    Taylor-Swanson L, Wong B, Anderson BJ, Hullender Rubin L, Majd I, Altschuler D, Bensky D, Ma S, Mitchell C, Taromina K, Cohen M, Conboy L. Describing Chinese herbal medicine telehealth care for symptoms related to infectious diseases such as COVID-19: A prospective, longitudinal, descriptive cohort study protocol. Integr Med Rep. Epub ahead of press. doi.org/10.1089/imr.2023.0042

    February

    Allison TA, Stephens CE, Kotwal AA. Supporting technology access for older adults through in-home, intergenerational involvement: The case for ethnographic methods and student service-learning courses (invited editorial). J Am Geriatr Soc. In press.

    Alnajar M, Darawad M, Khater W, Alshahwan R, Mosleh S, Nofal B, Abdalrahim M. Exploring palliative care needs among patients with cancer and non-cancer serious chronic diseases: A comparison study. Am J Hosp Palliat Med. Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1177/10499091241235920

    Bybee SG, Waters AR, Smith K, Warner EL. Misalignment of social support in the social media posts of young adult cancer caregivers. Cancer Reports. 2024;7(2):e1998. doi:https://doi.org/10.1002/cnr2.1998

    Christensen S, Wilson BL, Cummins MR, Eaton JL, Iacob E, Hansen SD. Exploring nurses’ emotional reactions to and reporting of patient-on-nurse workplace violence: A mixed-methods study. Int J Nurs Stud. Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2024.104724

    Matovu SN, Whitley DM, Young HM. A global perspective on intersecting social and systemic barriers experienced by grandparent-caregivers: A qualitative systematic review. GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy. 2024;7(2):7-54.

    Nicholson B, Sloss EA, Fausett A, Davis C, Dumas K, Littledike M, Mooney K. Rural access to the cancer hospital at home care model. NEJM Catalyst. 2024;5(3). DOI:10./0/56/CAT.23.0336.

    Ong T, Wilczewski H, Soni H, Ivanova J, Barrera J, Cummins M, Welch B, Bunnell BE. Therapist perspectives on telehealth-based virtual reality exposure therapy. Virtual Reality. In press. doi:10.21203/rs.3.rs-3161151/v1

    Cummins M, Shishupal S, Wong B, Wan N, Johnny JD, Mhatre-Owens A, Gouripeddi R, Ivanova J, Ong T, Soni H, Barrera J, Wilczewski H, Welch BM, Bunnell BE. Observational study of travel distance between participants in U.S. telemedicine sessions with estimates of emissions savings. J Med Internet Res. In press. DOI: 10.2196/53437

    Cummins MR, Ivanova J, Ong T, Soni H, Barrera JF, Wilczewski H, Welch BM, Bunnell BE. Will the U.S. pass on telemedicine progress? JAMIA Open. In press.

    Cummins M, Soni H, Ivanova J, Ong T, Barrera J, Wilczewski H, Welch B, Bunnel, BE. Narrative review of telemedicine applications in decentralized research. Journal of Clinical & Translational Science. In press. doi:10.1017/cts.2024.3

    Anderson M, Taylor N, Rowley T, Owens C, Iacob E. Understanding factors influencing nursing faculty departure and intentions. Nurse Educ. Epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000001612

    Beck SL, Smith R, Mindes J, Beck K, Leah Kim J, Weitzman M, Stone JAM, Veleber S, Dudley WN. Feasibility and usability of EnergyPoints: A mobile health app to guide acupressure use for cancer symptom management. Integr Cancer Ther. 2024;23. 
    https://doi.org/10.1177/15347354231223965

    Bybee SG, Sharareh N, Guo J-W, Luther B, Grigorian E, Wang C-Y, Wong B, Wallace AS. A secondary data analysis of technology access as a determinant of health and impediment in social needs screening and referral processes. AJPM Focus. 2024;3(2):100189. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.focus.2024.100189 

    Kaiser J, Huntsman-Jones C, Woods L. Kinesiology tape in outpatient settings. J Nurse Life Care Plan. 2024;XXIV(1):15-19.

    Sisler S, Al-Khudairi M, Hart S. Rebranding “sick leave” to “health leave.” Utah Nurse. 2024;33(1):2.

    Unroe KT, Towsley GL. Learning from the experience of dementia care for nursing home residents during the pandemic. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2024. Epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1111/jgs.18771

    January

    Lim M, Rodgers G, Branch W, Simonsen S. Targeting a higher plasma VWF level at time of delivery in pregnant individuals with von Willebrand disease: Outcomes at a single-institution cohort study. Haemophilia. Accepted for publication.

    Waters AR, Easterly CW, Turner C, Ghazal L, Tovar I, Mulvaney M, Poquadeck M, Rains SA, Cloyes KG, Kirchhoff AC, Kent EE, Warner EL. LGBTQ+ inequity in crowdfunding cancer costs: The influence of online reach and LGBTQ+ state policy. Cancer Med. 2024. Epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1002/cam4.6926

    Miles LW, Valentine JL, Mabey LJ, Hopkins ES, Stodtmeister PJ, Rockwood RB, Moxley ANH. A syystematic review of evidence-based treatments for adolescent and adult sexual assault victimes. J Am Psychiatr Nurses Assoc. 2023; 0(0). doi:10.1177/10783903231216138

    St Clair S, Dearden S, Clark L, Simonsen SE. Some key questions: Pregnancy intention screening by community health workers. Womens Health (Lond). 2023;19. https://doi.org/10.1177/17455057231213735

    Stephens C, Utz R, Tay D, Iacob E, Hollingshaus M, Goodwin R, Farrell T, Bouldin E, Edelman L, Reinke LF, Smith K, Ellington L, Ornstein K. Dying with dementia in nursing homes: A population-based study of decedents and their families. J Am Geriatr Soc. In press. 

    Reinke LF, Tartaglione EV, Ruedebusch S, Smith PH, Sullivan DR. Nurse-led, telephone-based primary palliative care intervention for patients with lung cancer: Domains of quality care. J Hosp Palliat Nurs. Epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1097/NJH.0000000000001005

    July

    The Family Caregiving Collaborative has been at the forefront of efforts to involve Utah at the national level. The National Alliance for Caregivinglaunched the Caregiver Nation Network, connecting and uniting leaders from 10 states – including Utah – and investing in leaders’ capacity to inform state and federal policy solutions regarding family caregiving. By fostering state leadership, the Network is building a movement to transform systems to better support family caregivers and those they care for, foster peer-to-peer learning regarding caregiving policy, and ensure that family caregiving is included on national and state policy agendas. Dr. Nancy Allen can be heard speaking at minute 1:02 of a 2:12-minute video that promotes theCaregiver Nation Network.

     

     

    June

    Dr. Natasha Ansari published Healing the Healers: Strategies to Reduce Moral Distress in Nursing in Accelerate. The article focuses on moral distress, a significant nursing issue exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting from nurses' perceived inability to ethically support patients due to external constraints. Traditional nursing programs have inadequately prepared students for real-world ethical challenges, often focusing on test preparation rather than equipping them with self-care and stress management skills. To address this, it is essential to revise nursing curricula to include training on mindfulness, ethical competence, self-care, and effective team dynamics, ultimately enhancing nurses' resilience and improving patient care quality.

    Drs. Wendy Hobson-Rohrer, Joanne Rolls, and Rebecca Wilson published How to Master Education in the Health Professions in the May 17 edition of Accelerate. They described the Master of Education in Health Professions degree program – a post-graduate program intended for clinicians who have completed a Master’s or Doctoral degree in a health profession who are either currently responsible for education or aspire to an educator or faculty role.

     

    May

    Christine Fruhauf and Dr. Kara Dassel wrote a feature article for the Age Inclusivity in Higher Education Spring 2024 newsletter. The newsletter serves as a platform for educators, administrators, scholars, and community members to share updates about how colleges and universities accommodate aging populations and create more age-diverse campuses. The article titled Integrating Age-Inclusive Priorities in Careers in Aging Activities discussed how the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) expanded its Careers in Aging initiative to a month-long campaign emphasizing the importance of gerontological education. The expansion allows for a more comprehensive integration of teaching, research, and service opportunities to broaden students' exposure to careers in aging. Supported by GSA funding, several universities, including the University of Utah, organized various activities such as age-diverse panel discussions, intergenerational events, and social gatherings with older community members to promote age inclusivity and interest in aging-focused careers.

    Also, in the newsletter, Dr. Gail Towsley was congratulated for receiving a small grant award from the Gerontological Society of America Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education to support Careers in Aging Month activities, which were described in the April 8, 2024 edition of College Kudos.

    In honor of International Nurses Day, Dr. Schola Matovu wrote a blog titled Leadership is a Lifelong Journey, reflecting on her identity as a nurse, a woman, and a leader, and how her leadership journey inspired her to lead with authenticity and resilience.

     

    March

    OPENPediatrics™ is an interactive digital learning platform for healthcare clinicians sponsored by Boston Children's Hospital and in collaboration with the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies. It is designed to promote the exchange of knowledge between healthcare providers around the world caring for critically ill children in all resource settings. The content includes internationally recognized experts teaching the full range of topics on the care of critically ill children. All content is peer-reviewed and open access, thus free to users. In a Nursing World Shared Practice Forum video titled Leveraging Research to Address Social Determinants of Health, Julie Waitt spoke with Dr. Andrea Wallace, who shared the importance of implementing social determinants of health screening in healthcare delivery, recommended non-traditional strategies and resources nurses can use to participate in evidence-based practice activities, and discussed firsthand experiences with implementing evidence-based practice in the context of improving outcomes when social determinants of health exist. Kathryn Brodie and Michele De Grazia contributed to producing the video, which is available through three sites. 

    Julie Kiefer, host of the podcast U Rising, interviewed Dr. Linda Edelman for the Ageism: Here is What it is and How to Avoid Engaging in it episode. Dr. Edelman discussed the perceptions of aging, ageism, and the importance of creating age-friendly communities. Similarly, Julie and Dr. Edelman wrote Ageism: What it is and How to Avoid Engaging in it for Accelerate. They reviewed the World Health Organization's definition of ageism, and discussed the impact of ageism on social isolation, health outcomes, and disparities in access and treatment. They also described strategies to address ageism and create age-friendly communities, and emphasized the importance of adopting a positive attitude towards aging, reframing language, and working towards creating inclusive, supportive environments.

    February

    Aaron Tallent recently interviewed Dr. Sara Bybee for an article in Cancer Discovery News titled LGBTQ+ Individuals Vulnerable to Cancer Disparities. The article highlights that LGBTQ+ individuals are more at risk of cancer and face disparities in healthcare due to minority stress and discrimination. Mental health problems and substance misuse further worsen these disparities. The article emphasizes the importance of personalized care for LGBTQ+ patients, including training for healthcare providers and collecting sexual orientation and gender identity data in electronic health records to address disparities effectively. Dr. Bybee emphasizes the need for inclusive research and clinical guidelines to ensure equitable cancer care for LGBTQ+ individuals.

    Drs. Matthew Howard, Esther Chipps, and Dr. Perry Gee published The Collaborative Edge in Nursing Centered, Sigma's online resource center. The article emphasizes the pivotal role of nurse scientists in integrating research and evidence-based practice in healthcare organizations, highlighting their contributions to strategic planning, consulting, mentoring, and securing research funding. Despite facing challenges such as limited resources, ethical considerations, and diverse research demands, the authors proposed collaboration among nurse scientists across multiple health systems as a solution. Collaborative efforts offer benefits such as resource sharing, data pooling, interdisciplinary collaboration, and ethical guidance, ultimately enhancing research quality and relevance. By fostering collaboration, nurse scientists can overcome challenges, drive progress in healthcare research, and improve patient care outcomes, leading to a culture of innovation and satisfaction within the healthcare community.

    Cassidy Kotobalavu, Amanda Keddington, and Mary-Jean Austria published Recipe for Success: Decreasing Burnout in Nurse Educators in Accelerate. To tackle burnout risks among educators in the Clinical Staff Education Department at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, the authors devised a method that focused on improving professional support and team culture. The recipe for implementing an improvement project for a team included four ingredients – a dedicated team, data collection tools, leadership support, and a collaborative spirit. They assessed the baseline state and investigated the problem, provided group classes and team-building activities to foster professional growth, empowered team members to take ownership, monitored progress, and refined strategies based on results. As a result, burnout scores decreased from 35% to 24%. The authors attributed the success of the project to regularly assessing and refining their strategies, which helped reduce negativity and increase engagement.

    Drs. Shawna Sisler, Mandy Al-Khudairi, and Sara Hart published Rebranding “Sick Leave” to “Health Leave” in the Utah Nurse, the official publication of the Utah Nurses Association. They proposed changing terminology used in the state of Utah – renaming "sick leave" as "health leave." Drs. Sisler, Al-Khudairi, and Hart emphasized the importance of words and ideas, asserting that time and actions focused on health and healing are acts of wellness rather than sickness, that language can transform societal attitudes, organizational health cultures, and behaviors; and that terminology changes reflect commitment to holistic health and a departure from the disease-centered model traditionally used in human resources. Starting with the 2024 Utah legislative session, they encourage nurses to support legislation regarding “health leave,” asserting that nurses, informed by firsthand patient care experiences, can play a crucial role in advancing this initiative.

    Dr. Lynn Reinke was featured on the Palliative Perspective Podcast, where she spoke on mentoring, taking risks, and engaging in opportunities that led to her being elected as 2024 President of the Board of Directors for the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) and for the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation (HPNF). Dr. Reinke also shared her enthusiasm for HPNA Strategic Plan, and her focus on building a strong community of hospice and palliative care nurses.

    Dr. Sara Bybee published Opinion: Utah Will Only Achieve Housing Justice if We Prioritize People Over Profits in the Salt Lake Tribune. She underscores the need for a comprehensive strategy in Utah's housing policies, emphasizing housing justice that prioritizes people over profits. While acknowledging Gov. Spencer Cox's plan for 35,000 new starter homes, she recommended a multifaceted strategy, including a state-funded housing voucher program for extremely low-income households. Dr. Bybee called for addressing eviction policies that disadvantage vulnerable groups, and noted the influence of legislators involved in real estate. She stressed the urgency of changing housing policies, practices, and programs, which can prevent the negative consequences associated with forced displacement and evictions.

    January

    In an article titled Cancer Misinformation Puts Patients in Harm’s Way, that Brian Furlow published in The Lancet Oncology, Dr. Echo Warner was quoted saying, “Misinformation can disrupt effective cancer prevention, diagnosis, and care. But its potential to do harm does not stop there. The constant barrage of inaccurate claims and inconsistent information from different sources can be a source of anxiety and distress for individuals trying to understand a cancer diagnosis and can harm patients’ trust for and relationships with clinicians and caregivers.” The article addresses the rise of cancer misinformation, emphasizing its dangers to patients. Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo's unsupported claim linking mRNA COVID vaccines to cancer is highlighted. Cancer misinformation, often tied to political polarization, can lead patients to delay proven treatments or pursue unproven ones, increasing the risk of death. The spread of misleading claims on websites and social media, particularly from anti-vax movements, poses a significant threat. Improving communication and social media cooperation are suggested solutions, along with the need to provide education regarding critical thinking and conduct further research.

    Dr. Gwen Latendresse’s Maternal Mental Health Access study, also known as the "MaMa" Study, is a prevention program designed for women who are at risk for postpartum depression. Recently the study has gained attention in news outlets.

    Dr. Linda Edelman was a featured guest on the U Rising podcast, Ageism: Here is What it is and How to Avoid Engaging in it. In her interview with Dr. Edelman, Julie Kiefer, associate director of science communications at University of Utah Health, explored how age stereotypes can lead to prejudice and discrimination, with a focus on internal ageism. Dr. Edelman emphasized the World Health Organization's definition of ageism and discussed its impact on social isolation, health outcomes, and healthcare access. She also described benefits of aging, the age-friendly health system, and the importance of reframing language to combat age bias in both healthcare and everyday life.

    Dr. Kathi Mooney provided an interview to Brooke McCormick with the American Journal of Managed Care on Improving Patients' Quality of Life Through Technology, describing how her Symptom Care at Home and Huntsman at Home have improved the quality of life for patients with cancer. Symptom Care at Home is a patient-reported symptom platform where patients report symptoms at home daily, and receive automated self-management coaching tailored to their current symptoms' severity. This approach significantly reduced severe and moderate symptom days, increased mild and no symptom days, and decreased emergency department visits and rehospitalizations. The Huntsman at Home program offers acute-level care for symptoms that would typically lead to emergency department visits or hospitalizations. This program effectively halved emergency department visits and hospitalizations, leading to a nearly 50% reduction in costs while supporting patients at home and minimizing unplanned healthcare utilization.

    The National Commission on Correctional Health Care recognized the College’s Juvenile Justice and Youth Services (JJYS) clinical practice by reprinting three blogs from University of Utah Health GOOD NOTES: Voices of U of U Health in the last three editions of its CorrectCare Extra.

    July

    Dean Marla De Jong was appointed to the University of Utah Mental Health Alliance. Using a comprehensive whole-institution approach to mental health and substance use disorder, the Mental Health Alliance is designed to create an ecosystem that provides opportunities for novel training, cutting-edge research, and innovative treatment that produce new models of care. This Alliance is intended to build mutually beneficial relationships, evaluate possible partnerships, and recommend priorities to University of Utah President Taylor Randall to achieve a common goal – a national model for mental health, hope, and healing for all.

     

    June

    Dr. Bob Wong, Melissa Black, Jesika Chavez-England, Kristan Tunks, and Lynn Dixon volunteered at the Utah Food Bank on the Juneteenth holiday.

    The Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) Office of Programs to Enhance Diversity awarded a $1,800 stipend to Dr. Djin Tay. The Faculty Mentor Support Stipend is a pilot program designed to provide financial support to HCI faculty members who are actively engaged in mentoring summer trainees at the University of Utah, recognizing the role that mentorship plays in shaping the next generation of diverse leaders in cancer research. The funds are intended to support the professional development of summer trainees, and to recognize and offset the costs associated with the faculty members’ mentorship activities. By offsetting expenses, the pilot program aims to alleviate financial strain while supporting an environment that enhances mentorship. This summer, Dr. Tay and PhD student Malek Alnajar are mentoring four undergraduate students, including a Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) student, a former SPUR student, and two volunteers.

     

    Dr. Michelle Litchman will serve as a content expert for the 2025 American Diabetes Association Standards of Care. She will specifically provide expertise on supporting diabetes care in Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. Dr. Litchman also Co-Chairs the American Diabetes Association Health Disparities Committee.

    Dr. Katarina Felsted completed training to become a Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging Program Facilitator. Dr. Felsted will volunteer her time to facilitate the workshop Mind Over Matter: Healthy Bowels, Healthy Bladder at Salt Lake County Aging and Adult Services locations.

    Drs. Mark Supiano, Lena Makaroun, and Katherine Supiano, representing the American Geriatrics Society, participated in a crucial initiative at the White House on June 7, 2024 to promote gun violence prevention. The number one population that dies by suicide is older, unpartnered white men with access to firearms. Those in rural and very rural communities have the highest rates of suicide of all age cohorts. More than half of all suicides are completed with firearms. This was the first time that the White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention convened medical professionals – from physicians and nurses to social workers and emergency responders – to discuss public health solutions to gun violence. The event offered an unparalleled platform to spotlight proactive measures and support strategies, underscoring ongoing commitment to prevention and postvention efforts, particularly in Utah.

    Lynn Dixon, Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson, and five student members of the Taylor-Swanson Lab attended the 2nd Annual Summer for A Bolder Way Forward. The primary aim of A Bolder Way Forward is to help more Utah women and girls thrive. Utah women and girls thrive when all aspects of their safety, security, health, and wellbeing are met, allowing them to explore and pursue educational, professional, civic, leadership, and other opportunities according to their interests, and to feel abundant levels of support and a sense of belonging as they do so. Dr. Taylor-Swanson Co-Chairs the Midlife Women’s Health Sub-Spoke of the Health Across the Lifespan Spoke.

     

    May

    Dr. Liz Greene and Doctor of Nursing Practice students Israel Ortiz, Amber Dentino, and JT Mosier, who are specializing in Psychiatric-Mental Health, participated in NAMIWalks Utah, an event that the National Alliance on Mental Illness sponsors to promote mental health awareness and reduce stigma.

    The Behavioral Health Innovation and Dissemination Center (BHIDC) received a $15,000 gift from a local donor to fund trainee stipends. This generous donation will allow BHIDC, for the first time since its opening, to offer stipends to trainees in the fields of nursing, social work, psychiatry, and psychology. In addition, BHIDC received additional gifts to establish a mental health access fund to help cover the cost of services. In her role in development and community engagement at BHIDC, Dr. Liz Greene played a key part in securing these gifts.

    Dr. Rebekah Perkins and Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson will serve as University of Utah Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) mentors. UROP provides a $1,200 stipend and educational programming for students who assist with a faculty member’s research or creative project or who carry out a project of their own under the supervision of a faculty member. Dr. Perkins will mentor Joshua Seabury on research titled Promoting Age Inclusivity to Enhance Educational Excellence within the University of Utah College of Nursing (PAI-CON). Dr. Taylor-Swanson will mentor Stephanie Quist on research titled ACUAWARE. 

    Dr. Djin Tay and Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson will serve as University of Utah Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) mentors. The program provides undergraduate students with an intensive 10-week research experience under the mentorship of a University of Utah faculty member. SPUR mentors are University of Utah faculty members; scholars are comprised of students from throughout the United States. Dr. Tay will mentor Megan Rose, from the University of Utah, on research titled Economic Burden of Cancer Associated with Long-Term Treatment and at End of Life, and Dr. Taylor-Swanson will mentor Marge Dalseth, from Cornell University, on research titled MENOGAP: Engaging in Community-Led Development and Testing a Group Medical Visit Intervention.

    Dr. Sara Hart was elected to the Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Faculty Rights, where she will serve for a three-year term starting June 16, 2024. The committee is responsible for addressing issues related to academic freedom, faculty rights, and academic grievances in higher education. Its main duties include staying informed on the most important controversies regarding academic freedom and faculty rights in higher education, identifying and examining problems of academic freedom and faculty rights at the University of Utah, and providing an annual report to the Senate on these matters.

    Dr. Lauri Linder was elected to the Senate Faculty Review Standards Committee, where she will serve a four-year term starting June 16, 2024. The committee advises the Senate and University administration regarding Regulations and practices for regular, periodic reviews of University faculty members. Acting on behalf of the Senate, the Committee reviews and approves Statements that describe the University’s systems for reviewing individual faculty members.

    Dean Marla De Jong was elected by the Council of Academic Deans (CAD) to the Academic Senate for a two-year term beginning May 15, 2024. The Academic Senate is a legislative body where the major stakeholders at the University – faculty, students, and administrators – work together in setting educational policy and fulfilling the University’s three-part mission of teaching, research, and service. The Academic Senate plays an integral part in the shared governance of the University. More specifically, the Academic Senate has governing authority in all matters of educational policy, including the requirements for admissions, degrees, diplomas, curricular matters, and the creation of colleges, academic departments, interdisciplinary programs, Centers, and Institutes. The Senate also participates in and provides input on decisions relating to the general operations of the University, including budget decisions and administrative appointments.

    Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research selected Dr. Sara Bybee and Dr. Julie Valentine to serve as Ambassadors. Ambassadors commit to ongoing contact with and education of Congressional members and staff regarding the importance of nursing research and funding for the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). They also serve as a resource in supporting NINR’s mission at regional nursing research conferences, and with local policymakers and members of the media to enhance their understanding of the impact of NINR’s intramural and extramural research.

    Dr. Kara Dassel was selected as one of three volunteer delegates from Utah to attend the Alzheimer’s Association's Alzheimer's Impact Movement (AIM) Advocacy Forum in Washington, DC. During meetings with staff members who work with Senators Lee and Romney, and Representatives Curtis, Moore, and Maloy, she, as a citizen scientist, discussed her support of renewal legislation related to Alzheimer’s research and caregiver support funding.

    Dr. Schola Matovu was appointed to serve as a member of the American Nurses Association Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) National Advisory Committee. She also mentors MFP Fellows. 

    Dr. Schola Matovu was appointed to serve on the Selection Committee for WomenLift Health.

    The American Association of Colleges of Nursing reappointed Dean Marla De Jong to its Government Affairs Committee for a second term. 

    The Graduate School acknowledged Dr. Tek Kilgore's valuable service as an internal reviewer for the Graduate Council academic program review of the Physician Assistant Program. He made a vital and substantial contribution to the review, and, most meaningfully, to the quality of education and the overall academic excellence of the University of Utah. The Graduate School much appreciated Dr. Kilgore’s dedicated time and efforts.

    Dean Marla De Jong was appointed to the Search Committee for the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences. This will be a national search open to qualified candidates from within and outside the University of Utah community.

     

    April

    Angie Fenton was appointed Graduate Nursing Student Academy Liaison for the University of Utah.

    Dr. Julie Gee and Dr. Jenneth Doria were invited to serve on the Conference Planning Committee for the Transcultural Nursing Society’s 50th Annual Conference, which will be held in Salt Lake City on October 23-26, 2024. The conference theme is Envision the Future, Honor the Past: A Half-Century of Advancement in Transcultural Practice, Education, Research, and Administration.

    The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) released a caregiving report titled Policies and Practices for Supporting Family Caregivers Working in Science, Engineering, and Medicine, which addresses the under-supported and stigmatized issue of caregiving, and provides leaders in academia and government with evidence-based guidance on how to implement policies and programs to support the retention, re-entry, and advancement of students and professionals working in science, engineering, and medicine who have family caregiving responsibilities. In March 2023, Dr. Djin Tay presented Emotional and Health Impacts of End-of-Life Caregiving and Bereavement: Implications for Family Caregivers in Academia and STEM at the Policies and Practices for Supporting Family Caregivers Working in Science, Engineering, and Medicine: Symposium 2. Dr. Tay and other presenters provided expert guidance to an expert committee of NASEM who wrote the report.

    March

    Dr. Rebekah Perkins was selected to serve as Advisor for the Alpha Chi Chapter of Sigma Phi Omega!

    Dr. Schola Matovu was elected to serve a 3-year term on the Western Institute of Nursing’s Nominating Committee.

    Dean Marla De Jong was appointed to the University’s Operational Excellence Deans Taskforce. In an effort to modernize and enhance operations, University of Utah leaders are considering new shared service models and administrative structures. The taskforce will serve as a platform for gathering feedback, addressing challenges, aligning academic objectives, collaborating across academic units, and exploring opportunities for improvement.

    Angie Fenton was appointed Graduate Nursing Student Academy Liaison for the University of Utah.

    Dr. Julie Gee and Dr. Jenneth Doria were invited to serve on the Conference Planning Committee for the Transcultural Nursing Society’s 50th Annual Conference, which will be held in Salt Lake City on October 23-26, 2024. The conference theme is Envision the Future, Honor the Past: A Half-Century of Advancement in Transcultural Practice, Education, Research, and Administration.

    Angie Fenton has been selected as a member of the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses Governmental Affairs Strategic Work Team (SWT). The Governmental Affairs SWT monitors and reviews federal and state laws, regulations, and administrative actions affecting perianesthesia nursing and its practice. This position is a one-year term and includes serving as a liaison for local chapters.

    Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson co-leads the Menopause Study Group at White Pine Circle. Group members meet monthly and discuss difficult cases and current research on menopause. With more than 70 members, it is one of the largest study groups in White Pine Circle.

    February

    Amanda Keddington gave a guest lecture titled Stop the Bleed at the Career and Technical Education program in the Salt Lake School District. The lecture was intended for high school juniors pursuing a career in health science. Amanda partnered with Jamie Troyer, the U Health Trauma Education Outreach & Injury Prevention Coordinator, who provided materials for the class. It was a great experience for Amanda to share her knowledge and help students learn about this important topic.

    On February 9, 2024, Dr. John Nerges spoke to the students at Jordan High School about careers in healthcare and nursing. Mr. Jack Hyer sent the following message: “John came and spoke to our Latinos in Action class at Jordan High School today. He delivered an engaging presentation on his experience in his careers in the military and in nursing. The students were engaged and asked lots of questions about his experiences, and he was able to give great answers in response. There was a great discussion on college, programs offered, careers, etc. It was a great community connection with our high school for the University of Utah, and we would gladly welcome him back.”

    The Utah Nurses Association held Nurses Day at the Legislature 2024 on February 9, 2024. Speaking as nurses and not on behalf of the University of Utah, faculty summarized legislation. Schedules permitting, those who sponsored the Bills joined the conversation.

    • Dr. Zoe Robbins summarized HB 378 First Responder Mental Health Services (Representative Ryan Wilcox)
    • Dr. Teresa Garrett summarized HB 58 International Licensing Amendments (Representative A. Cory Maloy)
    • Dean Marla De Jong summarized HB 261 Equal Opportunity Initiatives (Representative Katy Hall)

    Drs. Diane Chapman, Mandy Al-Khudairi, Zoe Robbins, and Doctor of Nursing Practice students, Lisa Bell and Hailey Sommerfield, attended the 2024 AANP Health Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. Utah was formally recognized for its recent move to 'green,' meaning that Utah is a full-practice authority state in which nurse practitioners may practice to the full extent of their experience and education. The group met with staff in Senator Mitt Romney and Senator Mike Lee's offices, as well as district representatives.

    January

    Dr. Lee Ellington has been elected to represent the College of Nursing on the Academic Senate through May 15, 2024.

    Funded by a College of Nursing Global Health grant, Drs. Deanna Kepka, Lisa Taylor-Swanson, and Ivette Lopez traveled to Puerto Rico in December 2023. Their objective was to establish connections and gain insights into how their expertise could enhance women's health outcomes on the island. They are establishing relationships with faculty at the University of Puerto Rico, including the College of Nursing, the Centro Comprensivo de Cancer, and the University Sagrado Corazón. In addition, they are developing a community-academic relationship with Pro Familias. They will pilot test Sin Reglas (‘without periods, without limits’), which is MENOGAP in Spanish, and which Community Health Workers will deliver.

    Dr. Caroline Stephens – representing the Utah C-Pops (Caregiving Population Science) Group, including Dr. Eli Iacob, Dr. Michael Hollingshaus, Dr. Rebecca Utz, Dr. Djin Tay, Dr. Erin Bouldin, Dr. Ken Smith, Dr. Amy Cizik, Rebecca Goodwin, Pamela Barrientos, and Dr. Katherine Ornstein – has been invited to showcase innovative Utah Population Database end-of-life caregiving work to Dr. Susan Gregurick, the Director of the National Institutes of Health Office of Data Science Strategy.

      Kudos from 2023

      For the past 75 years, the College of Nursing has unified and inspired educators, scientists, clinicians, staff, and students to design, lead, and achieve improvements for the well-being of all. Mindy Francis led work to create a special College of Nursing exhibit that is on display on the first floor atrium of the J. Willard Marriott Library through October 9, 2023, as well as a digital exhibit. During hours in which the library is open to the public, the exhibit enables visitors to experience the evolution of the College through captivating images, from past and present. The following people contributed to designing, preparing, and publicizing the exhibit:  

      • Mary Wheeler and Miriam Lovin  
      • J. Willard Marriott Library faculty and staff, including Special Collections – Dallas Alder, Allison Allred, Gabriell Barker, Scott Bigler, Heidi Brett, Sara Davis, Ian Godfrey, Alex Goff, and Sadaf Rahimi 
      • Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library staff – Bryan Hull, Carmin Smoot, Peter Strohmeyer, Mike Thelin, and Elaine Thornton 
      • Vianney Alcala 
      • Debbie Boulter  
      • College of Nursing Professor Emeritus Dr. Beth Vaughan Cole 
      • Katie Cummock (editor) 
      • Sonja Jensen 
      • Ben Jones 
      • DeAnna Lynch 
      • Carrie Radmall 
      • Jacque Scheider 
      • Exhibit Contributors – Dr. Beth Vaughan Cole, doctor of nursing practice student McKenna Craig, prelicensure students Emily Izazaga and Jennifer Paxton, Dr. John Nerges, Carrie Pike, Caroline Twitchell on behalf of the late Rear Admiral Maxine Conder, Dean Marla De Jong, the College of Nursing Simulation Center, and Student Services 

      The College of Nursing held several events to celebrate its 75th Anniversary. 

      • Psychiatric Mental Health Reunion
      • College of Nursing Simulation Center Open House 
      • 75th Anniversary Gala
      • Laser Drone Show
      • Half Century Society Induction & Alumni Award Luncheon
      • Homecoming Alumni Tailgate Led by Miriam Lovin, Mindy Francis, and Mary Wheeler, many persons from the College of Nursing, University of Utah, University of Utah Health, and the community planned and carried out these events.

      College of Nursing 

      • Yvonne Bass, Will Biesinger, Debbie Boulter, Ann Butt, Bobby Cody, Beth Cole, Terese Cracroft, Lynn Dixon, Kenzie Fong, Adryenne Huo, Trisha Jensen, President, Sherri Kerney, Shelli King , Mike McIntosh, Lee Moss, Henri Sasa , Deidre Schoenfeld, Mandy Thomson, Annie Williams, Eren Yaman , Dean Marla De Jong.

      University of Utah

      • Brooke Abel, Assistant Director of Major Gifts, University of Utah Advancement, and University of Utah Athletics, Dallan Alder, J. Willard Marriott Library, Allison Allred, J. Willard Marriott Library, Jeff Bagley, Chief Creative Officer, University Marketing & Communications, Cate Baker, Private Events Coordinator, Ken Garff University Club, Scott Bigler, J. Willard Marriott Library, Michael Bigler, J. Willard Marriott Library, Joe Borgenicht, Senior Director, Strategic Communications, University of Utah Health, Kris Bosman, Chief Alumni Relations Officer, University of Utah Office of Alumni Relations, Heidi Brett, J. Willard Marriott Library, Sara Davis, J. Willard Marriott Library, Kendall Eisenberg, Events Manager, Rice-Eccles Stadium, Kellie Esters, Senior Executive Director of Advancement, University of Utah Health, Curt Garner, Poll Sound, Ian Godrey, J. Willard Marriott Library, Steve Griffin, Contract & Assignment Photography, Zack Gutierrez, Tech Services Manager, Rice-Eccles Stadium, Jeff Hanson, Executive Producer/Writer, University Marketing & Communications, Hillary Hettich, Account Executive/Copywriter, University Marketing & Communications, Ali Jackson, Event Sales Director, Ken Garff University Club, Kristan Jacobsen, Contract & Assignment Photography, Aaron Lovell, Associate Director, Marketing, University of Utah Health, Keaten McDonald, Associate Director of Events, Rice-Eccles Stadium, Cory Nelson, Senior Advancement Director, Alumni Engagement, University of Utah Office of Alumni Relations, Mary Neville, Advancement Officer, School of Dentistry, Eric Nhem, Executive Assistant, School of Dentistry, Open Sky Productions, Drone Company, Jessica Peterson, Senior Strategic Communications Manager, University of Utah Health, Lala Phunkang, Director of Marketing & Sales, Development, Sadaf Rahimi, J. Willard Marriott Library, James Swensen, Skymail, Carmin Smoot, Digital Publishing Coordinator, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, Anna Tibbitts, Director of Advancement, College of Health, Wesley Thomas, Owner, YUMI, Elaine Thorton, Assistant Director for the History of Health Sciences Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, Aaron White, Director, Stadium and Arena Events, Rice-Eccles Stadium, Cayley Wintch, Special Events Coordinator, Thomas S. Monson Center Generous Sponsors of the Gala and Laser Drone Show, Annette Cumming, Cumming Foundation, Claire Dumke-Ryberg and Steve Ryberg, Tim and Candace Dee.

       

      December

      The Family Caregiving Collaborative hosted its 2nd annual forum titled United for Those Who Care: Caregiver and Clinician Mental Health Forum on December 6. There was a special morning session for mental health clinicians in training; the afternoon session was open to the public. More than 140 attendees participated and learned from the following distinguished presenters:

      • Christine Crawford –Director of Medical Student Education and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine; adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist who practices at the Boston Medical Center Child & Adolescent Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic
      • Glen Kreiner –Chair of the Department of Management and L.S. Skaggs Presidential Chair of Business Ethics at the University of Utah; member of the national leadership team for Stop Stigma Together 
      • Utah State Senators Karen Kwan and Jen Plumb, Utah State Representative Steve Eliason, and former Utah State Senator Brian Shiozawa, and 
      • Most importantly, family caregiver panelists regarding the needs of family caregivers of persons with a mental health condition. 

      The Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI) and Behavioral Health Innovation and Dissemination Center (BHIDC) co-sponsored the event, along with community partner, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)-Utah. Program planning committee members included Dr. Lee Ellington (Chair), Dr. Lynn Reinke (Co-Chair), Dr. Liz Green (leader and presenter for the training session), Christine Moua (Event Coordinator), James Ashworth (HMHI), Brian Baucom (BHIDC),and Robin Holcomb (NAMI-Utah).Miriam Lovinand Mindy Francisalso supported the forum.

       

      November

      Those who planned and produced the Gamma Rho Chapter of Sigma induction ceremony included: Dr. Julie Gee(President), Dr. Frances Johnson, Dr. Cheryl Armstrong, Dr. John Nerges, Dr. Rebekah Perkins, Dr. Kelly Mansfield, Dr. Sue Chase-Cantarini, Dr. Anna Alder, Amanda Keddington, Dr. Shawna Sisler, and Bronwyn Himes. Dean Marla De Jong delivered opening remarks regarding Sigma’s theme –Be Bold. Dr. Nanci McLeskey delivered the keynote address.

       

      October

      Dr. Ally Spolsdoff, along with Mikayla Dalley and Annastasia Beller from Student Services, coordinated and organized a successful Halloween Movie Night event for Nursing Early Assurance Program (NEAP) students. Students enjoyed watching Hocus Pocus.
       

       

       

      September

      Dr. Jen Clifton, Morgan West, and Dr.Katie Davis participated in the Faculty Wellness Kickoff event on August29, 2023 at the J. Willard Marriott Library. Sponsored by the Office of Faculty and the Faculty Club, the kickoff highlighted programs that promote all aspects of faculty wellness, including affinity groups, exercise and physical wellness opportunities, mental and emotional resources, campus recreation and clubs, and campus leisure resources. College of Nursing faculty and staff took blood pressures and completed other health checks. 

       

      Dr. Jessica Ellis and Dr. Erin Cole planned and facilitated a soiree for Nurse-Midwifery and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner students, which was held on August 25, 2023. The event featured food, fun, and bonding, enabling three cohorts of students to meet each other and faculty associated with these tracks.

       

      August

      Caring Connections was the designated charity for the Annual Larkin Charity Classic Golf Tournament.The Larkin family presented proceeds of $15,000 to Caring Connections. The Larkin Mortuary has generously supported Caring Connections for more than a decade.Dr. Kathie Supiano, Adrienne Bott, Laura Bradbury, Anna Fetzer, Lynn Dixon, Miriam Lovin, Mindy Francis, and Mary Wheeler facilitated a successful event.

      The 2023 Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Boot Camp was held August 3-5 at the College of Nursing (CON) Simulation Center.

      • Carly Bonfiglio, CON Simulation Educator, worked last year with Andy Smith, MD, and Liz Quigley, MD, to create theBoot Camp, and revised it for this year. Andy and Liz are both Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (PCCM) attending at Primary Children’s Hospital. This team also collaborated with Vinay Nadkarni, MD,a Professor and Endowed Chair in Critical Care Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
      • The CON is one off our hosts nationwide for the bootcamp. In both classroom and simulation settings, the regional boot camps aim to provide collaborative training and educational opportunities for first-yearPCCM fellows.
      • First-year fellows attended the boot camp with two of their Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship Program Chair/Directors, who helped with classroom and simulation facilitation. Fellows came from Vanderbilt Medical Center(Nashville, TN), Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital (Grand Rapids, MI), Children’s Hospital and Medical Center (Omaha, NE), University of MinneapolisMedical Center(Minneapolis, MN), Phoenix Children’sHospital(Phoenix, AZ), Oregon Health & Science University Doernbecher Children’s Hospital (Portland, OR),Oklahoma Children’s Hospital (Oklahoma City, OK),and University of TexasSouthwestern Medical Center(Dallas, TX).
      • Faculty and staff facilitated simulation scenarios, which included difficult airway, pediatric advanced life support, shock, and traumatic brain injury. These scenarios required much preparation and set-up. Faculty and staff ran each scenario 3-4 times back-to-back, requiring resetting and trouble shootingalong the way. 
      • Carly enlisted Pediatric Intensive Care Unit colleagues to participate in scenarios, adding realism and opportunities to practice interprofessional communication.
      • Members of the Simulation Team–Carly Bonfiglio, Debbie Boulter, Sherri Kerney, Yvonne Bass, Lori Hanson, Bobby Cody,Mandy Thomson, and Dr. Ann Butt–worked hard to prepare for the 3-day event, gather and set up equipment, use moulage to enhance realism for participants, and ensure that it ran smoothly.

       

      July

      The Utah Simulation Coalition (USC) and the College of Nursing Simulation Center offered a Simulation Facilitator Course on July 14-15, 2023. The course provided opportunities for eight new simulation facilitators to learn and implement best practices, includinghow to build a simulation scenario, use simulation resources, practice psychological safety, and learn valuable skills in moulage and debriefing. Yvonne Bass, Lori Hanson, Kristy Gauthier (USC Secretary), and Dr. Ann Butt(USC President-Elect) planned the course, taught content, and facilitated simulation scenarios.

      Dr. Valerie Flattes and Aarohi Drabu recently planned and held the annual Nursing Summer Camp on June 20-23, 2023 for 17 middle school and high school youth. These youth expressed interest in becoming a nurse, and came from groups that have been historically marginalized, underrepresented, or excluded in nursing. 

      The idea was to inspire the campers to consider a nursing career, inform them about nursing specialties that they did not know existed, and introduce them to the student experience at the University of Utah. Attendees met with College of Nursing faculty to learn about the profession of nursing; met with nursing advisors from College of Nursing Student Services and admissions advisors from the University of Utah Office of Admissions; listened to alumni describe their pathway to nursing and experience as a nursing student; actively participated in three hands-on activities in the College of Nursing Simulation Center–the highlight of the camp; met with representatives from affinity groups; and toured the College of Nursing building, Kahlert Village, Carolyn and Kem Gardner Commons, A. Ray Olpin Student Union, Huntsman Cancer Institute, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, and other areas of campus. Campers’ parents attended a dinner, toured the College of Nursing Simulation Center, and learned about a student’s pathway to nursing and experience as a nursing student, preparation for college, the admissions process, financial aid, and more. 

      This camp could not have been possible without the support and contribution of the following people, and Dr. Flattes and Aarohi much appreciate their help. 

      College of Nursing Simulation Center

      • Yvonne Bass
      • Debbie Boulter
      • Dr.Ann Butt
      • Lori Hanson
      • Sherri Kerney
      • Mandy Thomson
      • Gracie 

      Panelists

      • Dr. Cristi Creal
      • Dr. Mollie Cummins
      • Dean Marla De Jong
      • Dr. Katarina Friberg Felsted
      • Dr. Youjeong Kang
      • Kristen Mahoney
      • Yumi Malik(alumni)
      • Dr. John Nerges
      • Carrie Radmall
      • Danielle Rubi (alumni)
      • Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson
      • Dr. Josh Wall
      • Dr. Rebecca Wilson

      Faculty and Staff Volunteers

      • Will Biesinger
      • Lynn Dixon
      • Dr. Sara Hart
      • Amanda Keddington
      • Megan Whittaker

      Administrative Support

      • Vianney Alcala
      • Dr. Amanda Al-Khudairi
      • Rafael Briones
      • Emilee Cluff
      • Rachel Hamilton
      • Ana Hernandez-Liquin
      • Sonja Jensen
      • Shelli King
      • Miriam Lovin
      • Henri Sasa
      • Deidre Schoenfeld
      • Dr. Gillian Tufts

      Student Volunteers

      • Samantha Bolton
      • Alexis Chappell
      • Ruby Cook
      • Jordan Williams
      • Shae Wright

      The following University of Utah entities supported the camp:

      • Center for Equity and Student Belonging
      • Campus Tours•Commuter Services
      • Housing & Residential Education
      • Huntsman Cancer Institute
      • Office of Admissions
      • Spencer S. EcclesHealth Sciences Librar
      • Youth Education 

      The University of Utah Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Office provided financial support for the Nursing Summer Camp, which was greatly appreciated. Parents and campers provided positive feedback about the Nursing Summer Camp. For example:

      • “Thank you for everything! My child had an amazing time and really has opened her eyes to the medical field, nursing in particular. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience for her.”
      • “At the Nursing camp, I made many friends, learned so many things and truly enjoyed myself. First,the SIM Lab was so engaging. I loved the team so much. My favorite College info session was when Alex told us how to get into college. Lastly, my counselors really made me feel special and included. This camp made me curious to go and explore more nursingoptions. I cannot wait to pursue my dreams and maybe even come back to be a counselor here in the future. Thank you to all the staff and professors.”

       

      June

      On May 11-12, 2023, the grant team for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funded Utah Rural Opioid Healthcare Consortium – Collaborative Care Model (UROHC-CCM): Building Interprofessional and Community-based Substance Use Disorder Recovery Teams in East Central Utah held their first student summit on the Utah State University Eastern campus in Price, UT. College of Nursing members of the UROHC-CCM team include Dr. Linda Edelman, Megan McClure, Christopher Hernandez, Dr. Zoe Robbins, Dr. Larry Garrett, and Dr. Brenda Luther. The keynote speaker was Rev. Michelle Mathis, cofounder and Executive Director of Olive Branch Ministry. Rev. Mathis is an expert in creating faith-based community initiatives in North Carolina and worldwide. Many community leaders provided presentations and group work:  

      • Association for Utah Community Health (AUCH) • Castleview Hospital’s Bridge Program  
      • Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness (USARA)  
      • Mountain Plains Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network 
      • Utah State University Tribal and Rural Opioid Initiative (TROI)  
      • University of Utah Division of Public Health  
      • Utah State University Health Extension: Advocacy, Research & Teaching (HEART)  

      Student attendees provided positive feedback about the event:  

      • “I learned how to change my view on SUD (substance use disorders) and that I had some bias I was not aware of. I look forward to applying topics to my own experiences.” 
      • “The summit provided me incredible content and taught me so much about SUD, harm reduction, and struggles that are frequently faced.”  
      • “Very informative for me to hear the ‘Voices of Recovery’! I learned about resources I can bring into my practice.” 

      Kristy Gauthier and Dr. Ann Butt attended INACSL23 – the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning annual conference – in Providence, RI on June 14-17, 2023. The conference theme was Imagining the Future of Simulation.  

      The College of Nursing Lamp of Learning ceremony was held on May 25, 2023. The ceremony is a tradition in which we recognize incoming prelicensure students and acknowledge their decision to enter the profession of nursing. Mikayla Dalley – Student Services Academic Advisor – planned and directed the ceremony. The Spring 2023 pre-licensure cohort and their invited family and friends met in the Student Union Ballroom for a meaningful evening that included hearing from Dr. Sharifa Al-Qaaydeh, Lisa Barry, Dean Marla De Jong, Dr. Valerie Flattes, Abbey Hafen, and Dr. Melody Krahulec. Staff members Vianney Alcala, Mindy Francis, Sonja Jensen, Ben Jones, Faye Leapai, and Miriam Lovin; and College Student Council leaders Anna Eldred, Ariana Marshall, and Lauren Russell supported Mikayla and the event.  

      Caring Connections team members Dr. Kathie Supiano, Adrienne Bott, Laura Bradbury, Anna Fetzer, and Kimberly Ponce Gonzalez recently held their annual Seeds of Remembrance event for the community. This year’s theme was “Just Keep Swimming: Lighthearted Lessons in Grief.” The event was supported by Dean Marla De Jong, Systems and Technology – Cole Wandler, and Office of Advancement – Mindy Francis from the College of Nursing, as well as by the Caring Connections Advisory Board, Larkin Mortuary, The Rose Shop, and Ruby Snap Cookies. The featured guest speakers were Anita Coyle and Mel Shore, creators of the podcast Widow We Do Now? Musical performances were provided by Cori Connors, Mark Robinette, and Mel Shore. 

       

      May

      Many planned and carried out the College of Nursing Lūʻau, enabling faculty, staff, students, preceptors, members of the Dean’s Advancement Board, alumni, and friends of the College to come together to kick off the College’s 75thanniversary festivities, celebrate the end of the academic year, thank preceptors, celebrate Nurses Week, and socialize. Special thanks to Miriam Lovin, Mindy Francis, Mary Wheeler, Eden Bennett, Deidre Schoenfeld, Vianney Alcala, Karen Fuller, Henri Sasa, Janzell and Ben Tutor, Mary Neville, Eric Nehm, Anna Tibbitts, Karen Bennett, Lynn Nguyen, Ashlee Rauzon, Claire Martinez, Kendall Eisenberg, Malialole Entertainment, and Meiers Catering.

       

      April

      The Gamma Rho(University of Utah) and Nu Nu(Weber State University) chapters of Sigma, and the Weber State University Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), in collaboration with the Cold War Medal Foundation and the Golden Spike Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, hosted Major General (Retired) Dr. Mari Eder, author of The Girls Who Stepped Out of Line, on April 3, 2023, at the College of Nursing. Dr. Eder shared stories of 15 inspiring and heroic civilian and military women whose actions during World War II paved the way for women to expand their roles–today and for future generations. Major General (Retired) Eder presented the Utah Cold War Victory Medal to Colonel (Retired) Dr. John Nerges, and Colonel(retired) Dean Marla De Jong. Mandi Keddington, Kelly Mansfield,Dr. Frances Johnson, Dr. Cheryl Armstrong, Dr. Rebekah Perkins, and Dr. Julie Gee were members of the Gamma Rho Planning Committee.

       

      March

      The Gamma Rho Chapter of Sigmaheld “Springboard to Success,” an annual eventfor pre-licensure nursing students.Keynote speaker, Dr. Perry Gee, presented Promoting Nurses' Joy and Wellness. Faculty members Dr. Rebekah Perkins and Tamara Ekker, alumni Rachelle Peltier and Jadea Hopes, and teaching assistantsAbbey Hafen and Ryanne Neville offered breakout sessions, includingNCLEX Review, New Registered NurseExperience Panel, andProfessional Growth and Development. Many CON faculty and staff, including Mandi Keddington, Dr. Julie Gee,Dr. Sue Chase-Cantarini, Dr. Frances Johnson, Kelly Mansfield,Dr. Rebekah Perkins, Dr. Shawna Sisler, Lisa Barry, all Gamma Rho board members, and Dean Marla De Jong planned for, hosted, and supported this successful event.

       

      January

      The College’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-fundedNurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention (NEPQR) program, directed by Dr. Linda Edelman, sponsored the seminar Quality Competency-basedNursing Education:Benchmarking for Success. Attendees learned competency-based education assessment strategies from American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) experts, and networked with peers.The seminar included the following presentations: 

      • Update on the 2021 AACN Essentials Implementation: What’s Happening Across the Country; Susan Corbridge, PhD, APRN, FAANP, FCCP, FAAN, and Chief Essentials Program Officer at AACN.
      • What is Competency-Based Education?Jacqui McMillian-Bohler, PhD, CNM, CNE, and Director of the Institute for Educational Excellence at Duke University School of Nursing.
      • Guiding Principles of CBE Assessment Strategies Across Settings of Care; Joan Stanley, PhD, NP, FAANP, FAAN, and Chief Academic Officer at AACN.

      Attendees also participated in a tabletop exercise that focused on benchmarking the 10 domains that comprise The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education, allowing them to set priorities and ask “burning questions” toAACN experts. In a combined effort, nursing faculty and staff from the University of Utah, Brigham Young University, Southern Utah University, and Westminster College planned the event. CON members who planned and supported the event included Dr. Linda Edelman, Harper Vander Hoek, Megan McClure, Christopher Hernandez, Hannah Moerk, Jacquie Telonidis, Mitchell Holmes, Dr. Melody Krahulec, Dr. Brenda Luther, Dr. Larry Garrett, Dr. Sharifa Al-Qaaydeh, Dr. Teresa Garrett, Dr. Gwen Latendresse, Dr. Sue Cantarini, Dr. Rebecca Wilson, Dr. Jennifer Macali, and Dean Marla De Jong. 

      The College of Nursing Lamp of Learning ceremony was held on January 23, 2023. The ceremony is a tradition in which we recognize incoming pre-licensure students and acknowledge their decision to enter the profession of nursing. Mikayla Dalley –Student Services Academic Advisor –planned and directed the ceremony. The Spring 2023 pre-licensure cohort and their invited family and friends met in the Student Union Ballroom for a meaningful evening that included hearing from Dean Marla De Jong, Dr. Sharifa Al-Qaaydeh, Dr. Valerie Flattes,Lisa Barry,Dr. Cara Wolf, and Dr. Melody Krahulec. Staff members Vianney Alcala, Mindy Francis,Ben Jones, Faye Leapai, Miriam Lovin, Kristen Mahoney, and Marissa Smith; and College Student Council leaders Anna Eldred, Autumn Hadley, and Ariana Marshall supported Mikayla and the event. 

      December

      Dr. Julie Valentine has been appointed as the Ida May "Dotty" Barnes, R.N. and D. Keith Barnes, M.D. Presidential Endowed Chair.

      The Presidential Scholar Award recognizes the extraordinary academic accomplishments and promise of associate professor faculty members, providing them with financial support to advance their research and teaching. Dr. Nancy Allen has been selected from an exceptional cadre of nominees from Colleges and Schools across the university for this impressive distinction. She will be recognized as a Presidential Scholar for three academic years: 2023-2024, 2024-2025, and 2025-2026.

      The Department of Family and Preventive Medicine awarded a $40,000 F. Marion Bishop Grant to Drs. Sharon Talboys (PI), Jennifer Coombs (Co-I) and Deanna Kepka (Co-I) to study prevention of cervical cancer in Guatemala. The team recently completed a 10-day trip to San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala to build local partnerships, experience cultural learning activities, and meet with key public health, medical, and community leaders to improve cervical cancer prevention and control among indigenous communities.

      The American Association of Colleges of Nursing Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) recognized Amanda Keddington as an Emerging Leader. Emerging leaders are students who demonstrate excellence in their graduate program and excitement for their nursing practice or research work, and who have the potential to greatly contribute to health care. Recognized as future leaders in health care, emerging leaders are featured in the GNSA Bulletin.

       

      November

      The George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center had a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation site visit for the Primary Care and Mental Health tracks of its post-graduate Nurse Practitioner Residency. Dr. Gillian Tufts, Dr. Tek Kilgore, and Dr. Sheila Deyette partnered with VA colleagues, advising about the structure and operation of the residency, recommending curriculum, contributing to residency activities, helping write the Self-Study Report, and meeting with members of the CCNE team. The evaluators reported that the VA’s Nurse Practitioner Residency Program met CCNE Standards I, II, III, and IV. During the exit meeting, CCNE evaluators provided a positive report, emphasizing evidence of a strong VA-College of Nursing academic partnership.

      At its annual induction ceremony, the Gamma Rho Chapter of Sigma presented awards to College of Nursing faculty. 

      • Excellence in Leadership – Dr. Linda Hofmann
      • Excellence in Mentorship – Dr. Rebekah Perkins
      • Excellence in Education – Dr. Shawna Sisler
      • Excellence in Research – Dr. Djin Tay
      • Excellence in Clinical Practice – Dr. Cara Wolf
      • Early Nurse Innovator – Dr. Anna Alder
      • Excellence in Scholarship – Dr. Sara Simonson

      Mandi Keddington has been selected as a Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) Advocacy Leader by the American Academy of Colleges of Nursing. As she represents the state of Utah in this role, Mandi will develop skills to engage in the advocacy process to advance priority nursing education initiatives.

      Dr. Jennifer Macali was appointed to the Utah Acupuncture Licensing Board for a 4-year term, which began on October 10, 2023.

      Dr. Katie Davis and Morgan West led the Flu Immunization Team. Student volunteers included Cassie Reyes, Samantha Scott (Allmacher),Hampton Butler, Isabel Barrera, Jennie Wilson, Paige Beno, Lexie Taylor-Allred, Emma Vernon, Tristan Smart, Brenna Hardy, Tehya Abrahams, Sean Robinson, Dema AL Qassy, Marina Howser, Madi Young, Nicole Halenkamp, Madison Blake, Colton Larsen, Katie Ercanbrack, Sage Migon, Jessie Beecroft, Tessa Cowley, Molly Sugrue, Eve Eversole, Sarah Robertson, Claire Pokorny, Alina Zhivkovich, Maren Speckhard, Jillian Phillips, Lily Prentice, Macy Wilkinson, Junwen Lai, Katherine Sardoni, Shawn Darrington, and Lindsey Vaillancourt. Staff and faculty volunteers included Donnie Benson, Nicole Wells, Dr. Jennifer Clifton, Dr. Theresa Garrett, Dr. Brenda Luther,Dr. Amanda Al-Khudairi, Dr. Sue Chase-Cantarini, Dr. Sharifa Al-Qaaydeh, Dr. Jennifer Hamilton, and Dr. Michelle Litchman. The immunization team organized and held 14 clinics around campus, including Employee Appreciation Day, and administered 1,795 flu shots. Including flu shots they administered at the RedMed Employee Health Clinic, they immunized 1,965 employees.

      During October 2023 the RedMed Employee Health Clinic team – Dr. Katie Davis, Morgan West, Dr. Lyndsay Wixom, Dr. Carrie Huntsman-Jones, and Dr. Josh Twitchell – had a three times higher provider utilization rate than in October 2022, while earning a Net Promoter Score of 100, the highest score possible. Net Promotor Score is a metric regarding how likely people are to recommend the clinic to others. The average score for the health care industry is 58. Patients provided the following feedback:

      • Everyone was friendly and knowledgeable.
      • Service was quick, professional, and friendly. Very happy with the healthcare provided and glad I got to show a med student something interesting.
      • Very clear explanation during the procedure. Loved the environment.
      • Everything was free. The nurses were very accommodating and made me feel super comfortable. Very quick, and totally painless even though it was my first-time getting stitches and I was quite nervous
      • He was so professional and showed empathy.

      The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) awarded Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education fellow status to Dr. Katarina Friberg Felsted. Fellow status – the highest class of membership within GSA – acknowledges outstanding and continuing work in the field of gerontology, and carries the distinction of FAGHE. As one of two FAGHE fellows selected worldwide this year, Katarina will be formally recognized at the annual scientific meeting, which will be held November 8-12, 2023, in Tampa, FL.

      Dr. Sara Bybee received the 2023 Carroll L. Estes Rising Star Award. Conferred by the Social Research, Policy, and Practice (SRPP) Section of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the award acknowledges outstanding early career contributions in social research, policy, and practice. The award was established in 2009 and honors Carroll L. Estes, a distinguished gerontological researcher, tireless advocate for older persons, former SRPP section chair, and former GSA president.

      The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) will present Leadership Awards during its 2023 Annual Symposium on November 12, 2023 in New Orleans, LA. Recipients being recognized for outstanding volunteer service advancing the vision, mission, and goals of AMIA 25x5 to reduce clinician documentation burden include Dr. Elizabeth Sloss, Instrumental Contributor and Champion, and Dr. Victoria Tiase, Policy Workstream Lead.

      Dr. Jennifer Clifton was awarded the Excellence in Practice award from Alpha Chapter of Sigma, her home chapter.

      Dr. Deanna Kepka and her team at Huntsman Cancer Institute received honorable mention for the Carol Friedman Excellence in Comprehensive Cancer Control Award for their Utah Cancer Action Network project titled Using Community-based Methods and Vaccine Registry Data to Improve HPV Vaccination Receipt in the Era of COVID-19. Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the award was established in 2011 to honor Dr. Carol Friedman for her exemplary leadership, outstanding mentorship, and extraordinary dedication and contributions to comprehensive cancer control.  

      University of Utah Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion selected Jacqueline Kent-Marvick to receive the 2023 Inclusive Excellence Award: Student. Jacqueline was recognized for her contributions and leadership at the Inclusive Excellence Awards Ceremony, which was part of the annual MEDiversity Week, on October 26, 2023.

      October

      Dr. John Nerges has earned Nurse Executive, Advanced certification (NEA-BC®) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). “The ANCC Nurse Executive Advanced board certification examination is a competency-based examination that provides a valid and reliable assessment of the entry level knowledge and skills of the nurses with system-wide or organization-wide influence. Typically, these nurses are accountable for multiple groups of nurses and may be accountable for non-nurse personnel and operations. They focus, in part, on strategy, high-level finance, resource management, and system integration. They make higher-level decisions and serve as external representatives of the organization.”

      University of Utah Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion selected Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson to receive the 2023 Leadership in Inclusive Excellence Award: Faculty. The selection committee was very impressed by Dr. Taylor-Swanson’s collaboration with and service to University of Utah faculty, staff, students, and community. Her support and commitment to inclusion and equity promote and enhance a culture of excellence and innovation across University of Utah Health. Dr. Taylor-Swanson will be recognized for her contributions and leadership at the Inclusive Excellence Awards Ceremony, which is part of the annual MEDiversity Week, on October 26, 2023.

      The National Commission on Correctional Health Care’s (NCCHC) Young Professionals Committee selected Dr. Cara Wolf to receive the NCCHC Young Professional Award. Presented at the opening ceremony of the National Conference on Correctional Health Care, the award recognizes new and upcoming leaders in the correctional health care field. Dr. Wolf was selected as the best representative of an outstanding correctional health care professional who leads by example, inspires professional growth, and commits to maintain quality health care. In addition, Dr. Wolf was invited to speak in a video about careers in correctional health care, and serve on the Young Professionals Committee, beginning January 1, 2024.

       

      September 

      Dr. Sara Bybee was accepted into the 2023-2024 Utah Health Equity Leadership & Mentoring (U-HELM) program. U-HELM provides mentoring and leadership development opportunities to junior faculty members and postdoctoral scholars from underrepresented populations in the health sciences or involved in health equity research and practice. A new cohort of approximately 14 U-HELM fellows is selected annually through an application process. U-HELM fellows complete a yearlong curriculum of monthly seminars and networking events that focus on traditional academic career development as well as topics related to cultural identity and challenges of systemic racism. In addition, fellows are matched with a senior-level faculty mentor to address issues of leadership and cultural identity. 

       

      August

      Dr. Catherine Elmore attended the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) and the National Study of Caregiving (NSOC) workshop from July 31 – August 1, 2023 hosted by the Michigan Center for the Demography of Aging at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. During the 3-day virtual workshop, NHATS/NSOC experts, including College of Nursing Visiting Scholar Dr. Katherine Ornstein, provided one-on-one mentoring to Dr. Elmore. By the end of the workshop, Dr. Elmore had created a complete dataset, and defined an analytic sample that she will use to advance understanding of the physical and mental health of caregivers who live at a distance from the care recipient. 

      Dr. Deanna Kepka was accepted into the inaugural cohort for the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) LEAD Program. The Leadership, Excellence, Advancement, and Development (LEAD) program advances the leadership culture at HCI. During the 11-week program, participants will gain a deep understanding of HCI’s mission, vision, values, and complexity; and learn how to better promote HCI’s mission. The program will foster a leadership culture centered around equity, diversity and inclusion, stewardship, sponsorship, wellness, and talent development. Through the program, participants will hone and strategically apply leadership competencies to cultivate excellence and promote a united effort. 

      Faculty who teach NURS 3410 Acute Care Nursing Practicum participated in an all-day course orientation. Kirsten Schmutz presented the Canvas page for the critical care and specialty rotation. Kirsten’s Canvas page was noted as among the best in the College of Nursing. Jane Price commented, “This is an excellent example of an accessible Canvas page using the College of Nursing page template. It contains just relevant information in clear, easy-to-digest chunks. The formatting works well on phones and tablets and is completely user-friendly! Kirsten did it 100% on her own, so you can also! I love this page, Kirsten.” Kirsten and all NURS 3410 faculty are striving to deliver high-quality education.  

      Academic Promotions:

      • Based on a formal review of her accomplishments, Melissa Black was promoted to the academic rank of Assistant Professor (Clinical) in the College of Nursing, effective July 1, 2023. 
      • Based on a formal review of her accomplishments, Dr. Amanda Al-Khudairi was promoted to the academic rank of Associate Professor (Clinical) in the College of Nursing, effective July 1, 2023. 
      • Based on a formal review of her accomplishments, Dr. Cheryl Armstrong was promoted to the academic rank of Associate Professor (Clinical) in the College of Nursing, effective July 1, 2023. 
      • Based on a formal review of her accomplishments, Dr. Erin Cole was promoted to the academic rank of Associate Professor (Clinical) in the College of Nursing, effective July 1, 2023. 
      • Based on a formal review of his accomplishments, Dr. Bob Wong was promoted to the academic rank of Research Professor in the College of Nursing, effective July 1, 2023. 
      • Based on a formal review of her accomplishments, Dr. Jennifer Clifton was promoted to the academic rank of Professor (Clinical) in the College of Nursing, effective July 1, 2023. 
      • Based on a formal review of her accomplishments, Dr. Katarina Friberg-Felsted was promoted to the academic rank of Professor (Clinical) in the College of Nursing, effective July 1, 2023. 

      Colleague Becky Sunde recognized Denise Reeves on Pulse for Making a Difference, writing "Thanks for teaching our mega class today – couldn't have done it without you and the other amazing teammates! :)" An instructor with the Clinical Staff Education Department at University of Utah Health, Denise taught the Advanced Endorsement course to third year pediatric residents from the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine. The course is part of the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Heart Association’s Neonatal Resuscitation Program, which equips healthcare providers and teams with an evidence-based, effective approach for care of newborns.   

      "Dr. Lyndsay Wixom was generous with her time, gave a thorough exam, and took the time to ask questions. I felt understood and like she genuinely cared about my appointment. The meds she prescribed gave me a lot of relief. She heard my concerns without judgment and put my mind at ease." 

      "Dr. Lyndsay Wixom was incredible to me. She was kind and considerate and provided compassionate care while still matching my joking energy. She heard my concerns, and her recommendations/prescriptions helped me enormously." 

      "Dr. Josh Twitchell had a good professional manner and offered helpful information. Since RedMed is an employee health service, I'm very likely to tell my colleagues that I had a positive experience there." 

      Dr. Carolyn Scheese was awarded the Reed M. Gardner Award for Faculty Excellence for 2023. An integral member of the informatics team within the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine’s Department of Biomedical Informatics, and of the Nursing Informatics specialty track within the College of Nursing’s Master’s Program, Dr. Scheese is a role model for incoming and current Master’s students, and has demonstrated substantial impact as a teacher and mentor. Students in the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Nursing Informatics specialty track created this award to acknowledge the achievements of faculty members in the areas of teaching, mentoring, and service to the department. The award is given annually after a competitive nomination and decision process supervised by a committee of students. The late Dr. Reed M. Gardner was Emeritus Professor and previous Chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics. A noted national leader in biomedical informatics, his primary academic and research interests were broad and groundbreaking, including hospital informatics systems, computerized medical decision-making, computerization of critical care, automation of clinical processes, medical informatics education, and public health informatics. He was one of the principal developers and evaluators of the medical expert system known as HELP (Health Evaluation through Logical Processing), and served as co-director of medical computing at LDS, Cottonwood, and Alta View Hospitals. 

      Dr. Ann Butt has accepted the position of Co-Director of Simulation Based Experiential Learning, reporting to Dr. Wendy Hobson-Rohrer, Associate Vice President for Health Sciences Education. In this role, which complements her role as Executive Director of Simulation and Experiential Learning in the College of Nursing, Dr. Butt will help plan and direct the Center for Interprofessional Simulation-Based Experiential Learning: Key responsibilities include, but are not limited, to: 

      • Defining and directing the strategic vision and mission for simulation and experiential learning. 
      • Providing health professional and simulation expertise in developing and designing simulation activities to support U Health’s professional education curriculum, and enable students to achieve professional competencies. 
      • Creating effective teamwork by leading, managing, training, and engaging with faculty, staff, and students. 
      • Liaising with faculty, advisors, administrators, and staff from Health Sciences colleges and schools, main campus, and community partners. 
      • Directing and leading special interdisciplinary projects, and participating on teams and committees that have an impact on the overall operation, strategic direction, and success of the Office.  

      Dr. Anna Alder completed a 5-day Evidence Based Practice Immersion Course – a foundational course for leading evidence-based practice and evidence-based quality improvement in practice and academia. The Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare offers the course to leaders, educators, and clinicians.  

      Dr. Sara Bybee was selected for the 2023 cohort of the Compass Leadership and Management Training and Mentoring Program. The NIH-funded program provides researchers with the training and mentoring that will help them be intentional about managing scientific projects, writing grant applications and papers, supervising people, and addressing other topics that will help them successfully launch their careers.  

       

      July

      The University of the Philippines Nursing Alumni Association International, Inc. (UPNAAI) has adjudged Dr. Jenneth Doria as the 2023 Julita Villaruel Sotejo Medallion of Honor Recipient. Chosen by peers, this is the highest recognition UPNAAI awards to alumni who embody the ideal espoused by Dean Sotejo. As the awardee, Dr. Doria will be the keynote speaker at the 44th Annual UPNAAI Convention in Garden Grove, CA on August 25, 2023.  

      Dr. Josh Wall has been selected to receive the 2023 Journal of Emergency Nursing Reviewer of the Year Award. Dr. Wall will be formally recognized as the recipient of this award at the Emergency Nursing 2023 Conference in San Diego, CA on September 21-23, 2023. 

      At a recent American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) meeting in Washington, D.C., Dr. Mollie Cummins was recognized for four years of service on AACN’s Health Policy Advisory Council. 

      Angie Fenton earned the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) credential, which the National League for Nursing’s (NLN) Academic Nurse Educator Certification Program administers. NLN created this academic nurse educator certification to establish nursing education as a specialty area of practice and create a means for faculty to demonstrate their expertise in this role. Angie Fenton met eligibility criteria for certification and passed a 130-question examination.  

      Dr. ElLois Bailey completed an intensive, year-long Integrative Psychiatry Fellowship Program and passed an exam, demonstrating competency in program material. Integrative Psychiatric treatment focuses on resolving the root causes of mental illness with evidence-based natural and pharmaceutical interventions – including ketamine, nutritional, psychedelic, and lifestyle-behavioral interventions – to treat psychiatric conditions. 

      Utah Coaching and Advancement Network (UCAN) administrators invited Dr. Sheila Deyette to participate in the Mid-Career Coaching Program. The Mid-Career Coaching Program provides coaching to University of Utah Health mid-career faculty to facilitate professional growth, career reinvention, and access to leadership roles. The program has three components: Senior Leadership Coaching, Peer Coaching, and Leadership Interviews. The Program pairs a senior faculty member in a coaching capacity with a mid-career faculty member to complete a systematic process of assessment and career planning over a three- to four-month period. 

      Upon the recommendations of colleagues and the dean of the College of Nursing, the University of Utah Board of Trustees designated Dr. Margaret Allen as Assistant Professor (Clinical) Emeritus, effective July 19, 2022. 

      Based on a formal review of her accomplishments, Dr. Lauri Linder was promoted to the academic rank of Full Professor in the College of Nursing, effective July 1, 2023.  

      Based on a formal review of her accomplishments, Dr. Michelle Litchman was promoted to the academic rank of Associate Professor and awarded tenure in the College of Nursing, effective July 1, 2023.  

      Based on a formal review of his accomplishments, Dr. Xiaoming Sheng was awarded tenure in the College of Nursing, effective July 1, 2023.  

      Based on a formal review of her accomplishments, Dr. Katherine Supiano was promoted to the academic rank of Full Professor in the College of Nursing, effective July 1, 2023.  

      Based on a formal review of her accomplishments, Dr. Gail Towsley was promoted to the academic rank of Full Professor in the College of Nursing, effective July 1, 2023.  

       

      June

      Dr. Kara Dassel was selected as a fellow in the 2023-2024 Class of the Dementia Palliative Care Clinical Trials Training Program (Dementia PCCT). Participation will be partially virtual and partially on-site in North Carolina, and includes a $1,400 travel award. The training directly addresses national priorities for dementia research and is grounded on the NIH Stage Model with a strong focus on research rigor, mechanisms, implementation, and scalability. Participants will develop competence in planning, designing, and executing randomized clinical trials in persons with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias.  

      Dr. Shawna Sisler was accepted into the Physician Well-being Director course via WellMD & WellPhD at Stanford. The WellMD & WellPhD Center offers this comprehensive six-week virtual leadership educational series designed to empower leaders within organizations and hospitals to create positive change at the local level. The training is centered around the Stanford Model of Professional Fulfillment, which serves as a guide for fostering a culture of wellness. Participants will: 

      • Learn about factors that contribute to provider well-being, and gain a deep understanding of the various elements that influence the well-being of healthcare professionals. 
      • Explore translational research in organizational science by learning about the latest research findings in organizational science that focus on strategies and practices that promote professional fulfillment. 
      • Learn how to apply meaningful and practical frameworks to address and track wellness culture, practice efficiency, and personal resilience; and how to systematically approach improving overall well-being within the workplace. 
      • Gain appreciation for the importance of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in workplace well-being, and learn how diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging contribute to overall professional fulfillment of healthcare providers. 

      Kirsten Schmutz passed her oral and written examinations, defended her proposal titled Barriers and Strategies to Patient Participation in Early Mobility in the CVICU, and has been recommended for PhD Candidacy. Kirsten’s dissertation committee members are Dr. Andrea Wallace (Co-Chair), Dr. Alycia Bristol (Co-Chair), Haley Bento, Jorie Butler, and Dr. Ann Butt 

      Kirsten Schmutz is a clinical instructor in Nursing 3410 Acute Care Nursing Practicum, the second-semester clinical practicum for prelicensure students. Like all programs, clinical placements are tight, especially in the Salt Lake Valley. Placements for Summer Semester are unusually tight. On short notice, Kirsten designed and implemented an “Alternative Clinical Day.” Instead of missing a clinical day, students meet with a clinical instructor for an hour and present topics, using a flipped classroom approach. In the second hour, clinical and content experts present about topics such as respiratory therapy, aviation medicine, and intravenous access. The day ends with students meeting with their clinical groups for post-conference and debriefing, facilitating continuity. Course Lead Dr. John Nerges wrote, “Kirsten’s vision turned a difficult situation into an exceptional learning experience for prelicensure students. Kirsten’s Alternative Clinical Day idea and implementation showed us how to think outside the classroom box.”  

      Dr. John Nerges wrote, “I want to take a moment to recognize four members of the search committee. Like most committees, the work ebbs and flows. However, the search committee business is booming and has been for months. Search Committee members Dr. Bob Wong, Dr. Jenneth Doria, Dr. Rebekah Perkins, and Dr. Sheila Deyette have gone above and beyond to make sure the College of Nursing hires and inspires great candidates. In addition to screening applicants, the search committee is responsible to sell our organization to the candidates, as candidates interview us as much as we interview them. Their efforts to improve our diversity and inclusion are stellar. Thank you for all you do.” 

       

      May

      Dr. Rebekah Perkins will serve as an Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) mentor to third semester
      prelicensure nursing student, Michaella Lawson, who was selected as a Summer 2023 UROP Scholar. Under Dr. Perkins'
      mentorship, Michaella will complete a supplementary project to Drs. Jacqueline Eaton, Katarina Friberg-Felsted, Rebekah
      Perkins, and Kara Dassel's College of Nursing Excellence in Education-funded project titled Promoting Age Inclusivity to
      Enhance Educational Excellence within the University of Utah College of Nursing. Michaella will conduct focus groups and collect qualitative data to understand the lived experience and perceived barriers that non-traditional-aged nursing students (those 24 years and older) face during their nursing program and at the University

      Dr. Carrie Huntsman-Jones earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, specializing in Population Health Leadership, from New Mexico State University.

      The Salt Lake Tribune recognized the 2023 Utah Top Nurses, including Althea Martinez – College of Nursing staff member and Lead Nurse at the Mill Creek Youth Center. Althea oversees the medical needs of the youth who are in custody for criminal offenses.College of Nursing alumna Lynette Clements –Nurse Manager for Infusion Services at Intermountain Medical Center, Alta View, Riverton, Heber, and Park City Hospitals –also was recognized.

      Brett Peterson, Director of the Utah Division of Juvenile Justice and Youth Services, wrote “Thank you CoN for the AMAZING partnership! We are so blessed to have y’all in the work with us!” Brett tweeted about a ceremony during which he thanked registered nurses Althea Martinez and Amy Miller for their excellent work at the Mill Creek Youth Center in Ogden.

      Twelve staff and faculty received a College of Nursing 2022-2023 Excellence Award! These individuals continually go above and beyond, contributing to the CON’s reputation for excellence. 

      • Staff Service Excellence Award: Kimberly Brown, Valois Feneziani, Shelli King, Heather McKenzie, Jane Price, and Cole Wandler 
      • Faculty Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award: Dr. Alycia Bristol 
      • Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award: Dr. Diane Chapman 
      • Faculty Excellence in Service Award: Dr. Schola Matovu 
      • Excellence in University Health Partnership Award: Dr. Zoe Robbins 
      • Faculty Practice Award: Dr. Tom Rowley 
      • Faculty Mentoring Award: Dr. Katherine Sward 

      U.S. News & World Report ranks Doctor of Nursing Practice programs. The College of Nursing is ranked #18 (tied; #12 among publics) among 169 ranked schools, and is the only ranked Doctor of Nursing Practice program in Utah. A #18 ranking is particularly noteworthy given that the College was ranked #25 last year.  

      A student who completed NURS 5905 Clinical Physiology praised course instructor, Angie Fenton. 

      • “Just finished the final. I can finally breathe now… But I wanted to tell you all thanks for an excellent course. It was the best online class I've taken: extremely organized, PowerPoint lectures and accompanying manuals were very helpful, the textbook was great, links to additional videos for modules were very helpful, and I really appreciated the midterm and final reviews, as well as the opportunity to learn from my mistakes on the quizzes. The study guides were a great way to learn as well. Thank you all for being very approachable and responsive. I loved the personal stories and experiences shared in test reviews – they helped as well. Thank you!” 

       

      April

      Dr. Jia-Wen Guo will travel to Taiwan to accept the Annual Outstanding Alumni Award from the National Tainan Junior College of
      Nursing (NTJCN). The award ceremony will occur during the college’s 70 th Anniversary on May 27, 2023.

      The American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) provides annual benchmarking of midwifery practices across the United States. Best practices highlight the top three practices in each category based on the volume of births per year. For calendar year 2021, ACNM recognized BirthCare HealthCare for being one of the top three practices for breastfeeding rate at 48 hours and 6 weeks postpartum, intact perineum rate, and spontaneous vaginal birth rate. The practice also earned the “Triple Aim” distinction, which recognizes practices that meet the Institute for Healthcare Improvement “Triple Aim” of improving the patient experience, reducing cost of care, and improving the health of populations. For ACNM, this is demonstrated by high breastfeeding rates, low preterm birth and cesarean rates, and reporting fiscal variables. These achievements were a result of the combined efforts of Dr. Erin Cole, Dr. Cristina Creal, Dr. Jessica Ellis, Dr. Katie Ward, Dr. Karlie Porter Masaga, Emily duBois Hollander, Dr. Erminia Martinez, Carlie Naval, Julie King, Claudia Gerard, Dr. Jocelyn Yale, Abigail Rizk, Dr. Paige Miller, Dr. Isabelle Armstrong, Dr. Christina Whiting, Dr. Danica Loveridge, Dr. Naima Mohamed, Christina Elmore, and Dr. Susanna Cohen.

      CON providers and staff, Carrie Huntsman-Jones, Dr. Lyndsay Wixom, Dr. Joshua Twitchell, and Dr. Katie Davis, and
      Patient Care Coordinator Morgan West received the following accolades for their work at the RedMed Employee Health Clinic:

      • “Easy to get in and great care! Awesome employee benefit!”
      • “The staff at the clinic were very positive, kind, and very understanding. I was nervous because of my situation, but the staff
        put me to ease. They answered my questions and treated me like a person.”
      • “Great experience. It was easy to schedule a visit. The clinic was conveniently located. The staff was friendly, attentive, and
        explained everything thoroughly.”
      • “Redmed and their team of providers are the best. Prompt, friendly, caring, and knowledgeable.”
      • “I received great attention, and was treated with a lot of respect and kindness”
      • “It was a positive environment. I loved the decorations, the staff, and how easy it was to set an appointment. I also enjoyed
        working with the student nurse.”

      The University of Utah Academy of Health Science Educators selected Dr. Timothy Farrell, Dr. Linda Edelman, and Dr. Kara
      Dassel to receive the 2023 Interprofessional Educational Team Award on behalf of the Utah Geriatrics Education Consortium
      (UGEC). The UGEC is a Health Resources and Services Administration funded Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program that
      aims “to improve health outcomes for older adults by developing a healthcare workforce that maximizes patient and family
      engagement, and by integrating geriatrics and primary care.” The UGEC interprofessional faculty team provides health professions students positive exposure to geriatrics and gerontology through training programs and activities that generate knowledge and enhance skills. Most programs are developed by interprofessional faculty and staff teams, and are appropriate for students from any health profession program. Programs include online courses or modules and interprofessional education courses. Activities include individual mentoring and graduate student advising.

      Dr. Rebekah Perkins was selected as a Career Champion of the Year. Her nomination included the following comment:
      “Rebekah has taken the time to help me identify my career passions and goals. She has guided me toward developing a plan of
      action to achieve those goals. Rebekah has provided me with the necessary support and guidance to succeed as a student and in my future nursing career.”

      Dr. Barbara Wilson, Professor Emeritus, was selected as a Career Champion of the Year. Her nomination included the following
      comment: “Dr. Barbara Wilson has gone above and beyond to support me with my career development. She cultivated my interest in becoming a nurse scientist and helped me receive an adjunct academic appointment at the College of Nursing. Her investment in me continues to positively impact health systems and nursing knowledge.

      The NURS 3410 Acute Care Nursing Practicum teaching team – Dr. John Nerges, Anna Alder, Chris Sneddon, Dr. Will Hull,
      Kirsten Schmutz, Jesika England, and Brittany Petersen – innovatively supported student learning in the midst of last week’s
      epic snowstorm. In light of dangerous driving conditions, faculty made the difficult decision to cancel in-hospital clinical
      experiences. Under the leadership of Dr. John Nerges, the team launched a plan to recapture some lost clinical time. Each
      faculty member identified a topic on which they could quickly develop and present a 1-hour teaching session. During 3-hour Zoom sessions held on Tuesday and Wednesday, students met with their assigned faculty member for a 1-hour clinical conference. During the next two hours, students attended presentations of their choice from among the following topics: respiratory physiology, adult sepsis, pediatric sepsis, hypotension, cardiac care, and emergency nursing. Kudos to the teaching team for creating meaningful learning opportunities for their students on what easily could have been lost clinical days.

      Dr. Sara Bybee was accepted to the Natural History Museum of Utah Science Communication Fellows Program. The program
      provides training to scientists and researchers to improve their science communication, especially in an informal science education setting. Fellows build their capacity for science communication by participating in four professional development workshops as well as three Natural History Museum of Utah public programs. The Science Communication Fellows Program operates in partnership with Portal to the Public, as a National Science Foundation funded program.

      Dr. Lauri Linder was selected as the recipient of the 2023 Outstanding Undergraduate Research (OUR) Mentor Award and will be honored at the OUR Awards Ceremony on April 3, 2023, at 10:30 AM. The award criteria included record of sustained commitment to undergraduate research mentoring, active participation in research-related activities on campus, and positive contributions to the research and teaching culture of the Department, College, and University.

      Sydney Gilliland, Dr. Lauri Linder’s mentee, will receive the 2023 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award at the annual OUR Awards Ceremony on April 3, 2023. The award criteria included record of sustained commitment to developing research skills and knowledge under the supervision of a faculty mentor, evidence of independent and critical thinking, active participation in research-related activities on campus, and positive contributions to the research culture of the Department, College, and University.  

       

      May

      The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) presented the Preceptor Gold Star Award, a competitive national honor bestowed upon one recipient annually, to Dr. Heidi Vawdrey. 

       

      March

      Dr. Janice Morse is one of 10 University of Utah scientists listed in the world’s top 2% rankings for citations, according to the Scientific Index 2023

      University President Dr. Taylor Randall appointed Dr. Debra Penney as Associate Professor (Clinical) Emeritus. Since her start at the College of Nursing in 2001, Dr. Penneymade sustained and impactful contributions to the nursing profession, the University of Utah, and the College of Nursing. Throughout her 43-year nursing career, her work informed and shaped nursing education, global health, health care for indigenous people and refugees, policy, research and scholarship, and interdisciplinary clinical practice.

       

      February

      Dr. Catherine Staes has been appointed Professor (Clinical) Emeritus in the College of Nursing, effective March 1, 2023. 

      Dr. Sheila Deyette – “Dear Dr. D., You were the right therapist for me. I’d been in therapy many times over the years, but this time was different. Who could have imagined where I would have ended up had it not been for the work we did together? I am finally truly me. I finally am whom I was meant to be. It proves it’s never too late to become whole. Thank you so much for helping me free myself from my internal prison. Hugs. (age 76). 

      Dr. Sara Hart achieved certification as a VTS@Work® Facilitator! Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a research-based methodology for facilitating discussions about complex, ambiguous materials, and is designed to deepen attentiveness, curiosity, critical thinking, self-awareness, and mutual appreciation within a group. The VTS@Work® program teaches persons to connect research and theory with cutting-edge topics from organizational behavior, metacognition, leadership and team development, inclusion and equity, patient care and/or user experience, innovation, and more. VTS@Work® Co-Founders commended Dr. Hart for deeply engaged reflective listening. “We are especially impressed by how you adeptly maintained a psychologically safe space. You are particularly skilled at creating and holding that space with warmth yet without judgment, one of the most difficult challenges of applying these techniques and mindsets in the workplace. Bravo!” 

      The College of Nursing is ranked #22 in National Institutes of Health funding to colleges of nursing. $4,059,547 in new funding during 2022 moved the College from #28 in 2021 to #22 in 2022. We commend our hard-working and innovative scientists, their collaborators and team members, and the amazing Emma Eccles Jones Nursing Research Center staff who support them. 

      Dr. Jia-Wen Guo was the College of Nursing’s Clean Air Champion in January. She uses public transportation five days per week. To make commuting easier, Jia-Wen uses the Utah Transit Authority’s GoRide and Transit apps to track bus and TRAX schedules. 

      The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) presented the HIMSS Most Influential Women in Health IT Award to adjunct assistant professor Dr. Victoria Tiase 

      Dr. Valerie Flattes was interviewed for the EDI Leadership Series 

      Dr. Jennifer Hamilton was present at Wasatch Canyons when a “code blue” was called for a person who experienced a life-threatening health emergency that required staff to immediately begin resuscitative measures. A person who was present sent the following email, praising Dr. Hamilton for her role during the emergency situation.  

      “Hello Jenny, I wanted to reach out and thank you for the effort you put into helping the pt and the caregivers yesterday on the Adol Day Treatment Unit. I talked with Jen Robins at length about the incident, and she kept coming back to how supportive and helpful you were. ‘If Jenny was not there, it would have just been me and one other RN, and I would have felt very alone in the decision making.’ I think that rings true to how your role is appreciated on these units. So, thank you for providing an extra layer of support and positivity to a difficult situation.” 

       

      January

      Beginning this fall, Dr. Sara Hart and other illustrious faculty from across the United States will teach a continuing medical education course titled Training our Eyes, Minds and Hearts: Visual Thinking Strategies for Health Care Professionals at Harvard Medical School. The course will teach healthcare professionals about facilitating and applying Visual Thinking Strategies techniques and mindsets in classrooms, meetings, clinics, and hospitals. The course may sound familiar to those who previously attended Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities events at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts.  

      U.S. News & World Report ranks online Master’s in Nursing programs. The College of Nursing now is ranked #24 (tied) among 185 ranked schools, and is the highest-ranked nursing Master’s program in Utah. High praise for leaders, faculty, staff, and preceptors who direct and support the MS program, and those who prepared and submitted data to U.S. News & World Report! A #24 ranking is particularly noteworthy given that the College was ranked #38 last year.  

      Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson recently completed the first onsite training of a competitively awarded fellowship at the University of Technology SydneyAustralian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine(ARCCIM).ARCCIM is leading an extensive program of empirical research focused upon a wide range of substantive issues around complementary and integrative medicine use and practice in Australia and internationally. As one of 12 international fellows, and one of two from theUnited States, who is mentored by senior faculty, she will lead several data-based manuscripts, and co-author an international state of the science paper in 2023. The ARCCIM Fellowship is a 4-year appointment, and funds annual international in-person training ($20,000 award).

      Saskia Prince, administrator at Juvenile Justice and Youth Services (JJYS)recognized Alex Hanson, Nurse Manager, and Drs. Tom Rowley and JenniferClifton. “I see you and CoN as an integral part of our team, and although you're officially contractors, you are a part of our JJYS family!!Your leadership, support, professionalism, and drive with the medical piece of our EHR (electronic health record) implementation has been invaluable and is so greatly appreciated. I know this is a HUGE lift for nursing...I'm so grateful Alex, Tom, and Jen are part of our team!”

      Kristy Gauthier achieved certification as a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator®(CHSE®)by meeting eligibility criteria and passing a 115-question exam. TheSociety for Simulation in Health care offers CHCS certification, noting that certification improves healthcare simulation education through the standardization and identification of best practices; strengthens patient safety efforts through support of simulation modalities; strengthens organizational, community, and learner confidence in the quality of education; recognizes expertise in simulation above and beyond domain expertise; provides external validation and recognition of individual educator knowledge, skills, and abilities; strengthens organizational, community, and learner confidence in the quality of education; garners local support, resources, and commitment; fosters a feedback loop between education and practice; encourages performance improvement and knowledge expansion of the individual educator; and provides a competitive edge in the community, program offerings, and grant funding
       

      November

      The Donaghue Foundation awarded a $192,938 grant to Dr. Caroline Stephens for her study titled Population Science Informs Rural Nursing Home (NH) Resident & Caregiver Health Initiatives. Team members include Drs. Linda Edelman, Djin Tay, Rebecca Utz, and Mike Hollingshaus. Funded from January 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025, the team will use their Utah C-PopS cohort, derived from the Utah Population Database, to examine how rural NH resident characteristics and the availability of first-degree family affect end of life healthcare utilization and outcomes, and how caring for a rural NH resident impacts subsequent family health. In consultation and collaboration with Comagine Health – their key partner and Utah’s Quality Improvement Organization – and an Advisory Board, comprised of rural community-based clinical, industry, and state policy leaders, the team will use research findings to develop, refine, and disseminate infographics and palliative care training materials for rural older adults and their families, rural NHs, primary care practices, and hospitals in Utah and other rural states – such as Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, and Oregon – within Comagine’s Network. Additional dissemination efforts will take place within the Utah Geriatric Education Consortium’s established interprofessional rural primary care and long-term-care workforce development programs, as well as via regional, state, and national conferences.

      PhD student Natasha Ansari received a research grant from the Gamma Rho Chapter of Sigma to help fund her dissertation research titled Moral Distress, Resilience, and Team Dynamics in Nursing: A Mixed Methods Study. Dr. Kathie Supiano is Chair of Natasha’s Dissertation Committee.

      Dr. Shawna Sisler, Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson, Dr. Katarina Friberg Felsted, Dr. Jennifer Macali, and Dr. Jennifer Clifton received a $1,000 University of Utah Wellness Seed Grant to develop and implement an innovative workshop about integrative health for CON faculty, staff, and students. The College of Nursing Wellness Committee is introducing an immersive workshop series on Interdisciplinary Integrative Health (IIH) and its role in modern healthcare and self-care. The series will be offered monthly, blending discussions and experiential curricula. Each month, a different modality will be explored in full – examining its evidence-base, treatment considerations, legal/ethical concerns in healthcare practice, and ending with an immersive experience. The College will partner with the Osher Center and its affiliates to bring in groundbreaking research and efforts in the greater UHealth Community within the IIH space.

       

      September

      Multiple Principal Investigators Drs. Jonathan Michael Dean, Jamie Dwyer, Dr. Katherine Sward, and Kevin Watt received a $2,081,355 supplement to their National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences grant for their project titled HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) ERN (Effectiveness Research Network): Data Coordinating Resource Center. The University of Utah Data Coordinating Center is serving as the data coordinating center for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) HEAL Initiative, HEAL ERN studies. The team will use the additional funding to conduct two new multi-center trials regarding managing sickle cell pain. In addition, Dr. Sward will lead collaborative work with the NIH on the HEAL Common Data Elements (CDE) Program, and Dr. Jia-Wen Guo will contribute as Co-Investigator. CDE are standardized data representations for trial data, and support data sharing and re-use. 

       

      August

      The Utah Department of Health and Human Services increased funding to Caring Connections from $67,000 to $107,000 to address grief literacy and foster compassionate communities in which all citizens support persons experiencing loss and bereavement. 

      Dr. Mollie Cummins received an additional $99,775 for her subcontract from Weill Medical College of Cornell University. These funds extend the project Researching COVID to Enhance Recovery (RECOVER) Initiative until October 31, 2023. 

      The American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education (2021) emphasizes competency-based education, and focuses on the concepts of clinical judgment, communication, compassionate care, ethics, social determinants of health, evidence-based practice, health policy, and diversity, equity and inclusion. The College of Nursing Excellence in Education (CONExEd) initiative awarded Intramural Scholarship Award funding to two teams who will integrate some of these concepts into College of Nursing course curriculum.   

      • Dr. Sue Chase-Cantarini (team lead), Dr. Jenneth Doria, Lisa Barry, and Dr. Rebekah Perkins received $21,600 for their project titled Integration and Evaluation of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity throughout the RN-BS Program. The team will advance diversity, equity, and inclusive design within the Registered Nurse to Baccalaureate Nurse (RN-BS) curriculum. Following AACN’s Guiding Principles for Competency-Based Education and Assessment, the team will map current content to 40 sub-competencies that pertain to diversity, equity, and inclusion; develop new learning activities that will enable students to achieve applicable sub-competencies; and evaluate redesigned activities across domains of learning and spheres of care. The goal is for students to demonstrate mastery of knowledge skills and attitudes toward health equity, diversity, equity, inclusion, and social determinants of health.  
      • Dr. Melody Krahulec (team lead), Dr. Will Hull, Dr. Sharifa Al-Qaaydeh, and Dr. Josh Wall received $18,740 for their project titled Integrating CBE Assessment Strategies through Unfolding Case Studies across Sequential Nursing Courses. The team will identify three common concepts that span the three Clinical Management (CM) courses, and generate a series of formative and summative assessments, utilizing video-based unfolding case studies. Faculty will scaffold the case studies from basic to advanced and tailor across settings, use standardized patients and confederates to play the patient and nurse, and integrate multiple sources of patient data. The goal is that this type of learning will enable prelicensure students to develop clinical reasoning and clinical judgement skills leveled across three courses with multiple contexts.

       

      July

      Dr. Gwen Latendresse (program director) received a $2,600,000 Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) grant. Faculty collaborators include Dr. Diane Chapman, Dr. Jessica Ellis, and Dr. Valerie Flattes. Somer Aly is Program Manager. During the 4-year project, the team will support Primary Care track Doctor of Nursing Practice students who live and work in rural and urban underserved communities, help build out the network of clinical preceptors (this benefits College of Nursing students, whether they’re enrolled in the ANEW traineeship or not), and continue to collaborate with Utah Area Health Education Centers, the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine, and other partners.   

      Dr. Michelle Litchman received a $450,000 G08 Information Resource Grant to Reduce Health Disparities from the National Library of Medicine. During the 3-year project titled Improving Access to Diabetes Information for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Populations, she will create a culturally relevant website that contains information about diabetes in American Sign Language. Team members include Dr. Kathy Sward, Dr. Eli Iacob, and Karissa Mirus, Project Manager. 

      Dr. Linda Edelman and the Utah Geriatric Education Consortium team received supplemental funding of $116,333 for their HRSA Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program grant. This funding will enable Dr. Rebekah Perkins to continue work providing nursing home education and training to nursing and certified nursing assistant students, and to support publishing a supplement for Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 

      The National Cancer Institute awarded a $2.4M R01 grant to Dr. Lauri Linder (site PI) and her multi-site team, including Drs. Suzanne Ameringer (PI), Kristin Stegenga, Fiona Macpherson, R. K. Elswick, and Roger Altizer for their project titled A Randomized Controlled Trial using a Heuristic Tool to Improve Symptom Self-Management in Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer. The purpose of their study is to test the effects of their innovative heuristics-based digital health resource, the Computerized Symptom Capture Tool (C-SCAT), versus usual care on self-efficacy for symptom self-management and symptom self-management behaviors. The investigators also will examine the effects of the C-SCAT versus usual care on symptom severity, symptom distress, social function, and satisfaction with social function immediately post-intervention and at follow-up. 

       

      May

      The National Cancer Institute awarded a $666,739 R01 grant to Dr. Deanna Kepka, Kaila Christini, Erin Rothwell, Ben Haaland, David Turok, and Dr. Echo Warner for their study titled PREVENT –Practice-based Approaches to Promote HPV Vaccination.

      The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute awarded a $52,794 supplement award to Dr. Youjeong Kang for her study titled Symptom Care at Home-Heart Failure: Developing and Piloting a Symptom Monitoring and Self-management Coaching System for Patients with Heart Failure. These funds will allow Dr. Kang to pilot the Symptom Care at Home Heart Failure mobile health tool.

      The National Institute on Aging Imbedded Pragmatic Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and AD-Related Dementias (AD/ADRD) Clinical Trials (IMPACT) Collaboratory announced Dr. Gail Towsley as a 2023 Health Care Systems (HCS) Scholars Programawardee. The HCS Scholars program offers investigators an opportunity to partner with HCS to develop embedded pragmatic clinical trials focused on improving the care provided to persons living with dementia, and their care partners. Dr. Towsley will receive $120,000 for her study titledBuilding an Academic Long-Term Care System Coalition to Improve Palliative Care. She will partner with Nexion Health to nurture a meaningful collaboration that blends research and clinical care expertise to better understand how palliative and end-of-life(EOL) care is implemented in the long-term care system. Together, theywill learn what needs to be done to conduct an embedded pragmatic clinical trial. Using community engagement approaches, they will identify 1) key details of how the HCS currently provides palliative and EOL care for people living with dementia, 2) essential elements of how the HCS would implement a new process, 3) outcomes that are important to all levels of the HCS related to palliative and EOL care, including how they are or can be integrated into the electronic health record, and 4)relevant data available via the Long-Term Care Data Cooperative.

       

      April

      Dr. Kathi Mooney and Dr. Elizabeth Sloss were awarded a $50,000 Digital Health Initiative Inspiring Digital Health Innovations
      Seed Grant for their project titled Broadening the Impact of Symptom Care at Home through EHR Integration and Implementation Science. They will integrate Symptom Care at Home into the electronic health record, and collaborate with Drs. J.D. Smith, Ken Kawamoto, and Guilherme Del Fiol

      Nearly 50 research teams submitted proposals for 1U4U Innovation Funding. With the support of Dr. Mike Good – Senior Vice
      President for Health Sciences, Dr. Mitzi Montoya – Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the Colleges, 29 projects were funded, which included five College of Nursing faculty:

      • Dr. Deanna Kepka, Simon Brewer, Dr. Echo Warner, Benjamin Haaland, and Naina Phadnis: Overcoming Vaccine
        Hesitancy and Preventing Cancer Through Adaptive Learning Artificial Intelligence and Refinement of Reminder
        Interventions and Campaigns, $15,000. Patient reminder and recall (RR) strategies have been proven successful in
        immunization uptake; however, the effectiveness of these strategies varies by geographic and sociodemographic factors.
        The current study will be among the first to use state-level vaccination registry data to systematically examine missed
        opportunities and identify spatial and temporal trends of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination. The work will inform
        creation of an adaptive learning artificial intelligence for refinement of interactive RR strategies and interventions. Solutions
        arising from this study are scalable, and can be tailored for diverse reminder campaigns, responsive to evolving
        landscapes, and designed to deliver cost-effective solutions. Both innovative and transformative, this cross-campus
        collaboration will address complex healthcare problems using precision public health strategies, optimized for decreasing
        vaccine hesitancy and increasing uptake, and provide preliminary results for high-impact National Institutes of Health and
        National Cancer Institute funding proposals.
      • Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson, Dr. Ana Sanchez-Birkhead, Camille Moreno Isabel Dulfano, and Jeannette Villalta: Addressing
        a GAP in MENOpausal Latinas’ Healthcare: Adapting MENOGAP for Community Health Worker Delivery in Hispanic/Latinx
        Communities. $30,000. Building upon Ms. Villalta and Drs. Taylor-Swanson and Moreno’s ongoing work to create an
        integrative group medical visit intervention (MENOGAP) for peri/menopausal women, the purpose of the study is to adapt a
        provider-delivered MENOGAP to a community health worker-delivered intervention in Spanish for Latinas. This work is
        greatly needed because research on racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare access and utilization consistently identifies
        Hispanic/Latinx as one of the most disadvantaged ethnic groups. Concerning midlife women, Latinx women enter
        menopause earlier and have longer-lasting and more intense symptoms than white women. A 2022 study proposed that
        some health disparities experienced by Latinx women are likely attributable to structural racism in the United States. The
        team aims to reduce these disparities for Latinas in Utah, and with time, outside the state as well.
      • Zhaoxia Pu, Dr. Xiaoming Sheng, and Paul Brooks: Understand and Predict the Severe Drought Events in the Western
        United States and their Influence on Water Resources and Human Health. $30,000. The investigators aim to better
        understand and predict severe drought events in the western United States and their impacts on water resources and
        human health, especially in Northern Utah. Seeking collaborations from climate, hydrological, ecosystem, and health
        science, the team’s objectives are to 1) develop improved drought metrics based on the historical records and current
        conditions of the atmosphere, land, and plant available water for an effective drought prediction method; and 2) assess the
        drought impacts on human health, such as lung health of toxic dust caused by a drought in Great Salt Lake. The ultimate
        goal is to provide effective drought prediction methods for the Western United States and identify significant issues, thus
        making suggestions for essential decision-making.

      Dr. Andrea Wallace was awarded a $50,000 Digital Health Initiative Inspiring Digital Health Innovations Seed Grant for work on
      electronic health record integration of the Going Home Toolkit, a patient-centered digital resource planner/application to assist with the social needs of patients during hospital to home transitions. To accomplish the work, Dr. Wallace will partner with the Digital Health Initiative team, the Therapeutic Games and Apps (GApp) Lab, and Ken Kawamoto

       

      March

      The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases awarded a $923,667 R01 grant to Dr. Nancy Allen, Dr. Michelle Litchman, Dr. Cynthia Berg, Dr. Eli Iacob, and Dr. Jonathon Butner for their project titled Share plus: Continuous Glucose Monitoring with Data Sharing in Older Adults with T1D and Their Care Partners. The purpose of their study is to test an intervention, called Share plus, aimed at improving the use of data sharing between persons with diabetes and their care partners in order to maximize the benefits of continuous glucose monitoring. The Share plus intervention provides instruction to current continuous glucose monitoring users about setting up the data sharing app, strengthening dyadic communication and problem solving, and establishing a data-sharing action plan for older adults with type 1 diabetes and their care partners. Dr. Echo Warner,Andy King, Skyler Johnson,and JaheeYi received a $35,000 Research Incentive Seed Grant from theCollege of Nursing and the Vice President for Research Office for their projecttitledOnline Cancer Misinformation (ONC-M) Framework Face Validity Testing. The team will focus on validity testing of two important tools for cancer misinformationresearch among the general population. Theirfirst aim is to validate a measure of online cancer misinformationsusceptibility,and identify predictors of an individual’s ability to identify cancer (mis)information through an onlinesurvey. With a subset of survey respondents, the second aim is to evaluate the face validity of the ONC-M conceptual framework, which they previously developed,to explain the process by whichonline cancer misinformation influences health behaviors and decision-making. This work will advance Dr. Warner’s program of research by 1) contributing methodological rigor and reproducibility of measuring cancer misinformation susceptibility, and 2) enhancing the representativeness of the ONC-M framework for informing future cancer misinformation mitigation interventions.

      Dr. Keisa Lynn and Melodie Weller were awarded a grant titled The Changing Landscape: HDV Reflex Testing and Linkage to Care in the Utah Population. They will assess the prevalence of hepatitis delta in Utah.

      Systems and Technology (SYSTECH) received $177,725.93for their FY24 Learning Spaces Proposal. All eight proposals were fully funded, which will enable SYSTECH toinstall new interactive video conferencing equipment,upgrade existing equipment in multiple classrooms, update the bedside and control room computer infrastructure in the College of Nursing Simulation Center, renew the Canvas Respondus license for the campus; and obtain a Grammarly site license for all College of Nursing students, faculty, and staff at the College. Rebwar Baesmat, Mike McIntosh, Steven Seal, and Brent Vawdrey created project scopes, gathered data to justify the projects, obtained required documents from vendors, and wrote the proposal.

      February

      The Merck Investigator Studies Program Review Committee (MISP-RC) awarded Dr. Deanna Kepka a $256,508.82 grant for her study titled Assessment of Adolescent and Young Adult Vaccine Confidence and Missed Opportunities for Vaccination in the Mountain West. 

      The Consortium for Families and Health Research (C-FAHR) awarded a $1,500 pilot program award to Dr. Christine Platt for her project titled Siblings as Caregivers: Exploring Support Provided by Siblings for Children with Chronic Illnesses. She and mentors Dr. Andrea Wallace and Dr. Lauri Linder will conduct a mixed-methods study to investigate how siblings of children with chronic illnesses are engaged in the caregiving process. The study will help lay the groundwork for future studies supporting children with complex medical needs. 

      Team members Dr. Jackie Eaton, Dr. Katarina Friberg-Felsted, Dr. Rebekah Perkins, and Dr. Kara Dassel, and College of Nursing Excellence in Education (CONExEd) mentor Dr. Sara Hart received a $30,000 Teaching Innovation Team (TITe) intramural grant for their project titled Promoting Age Inclusivity to Enhance Educational Excellence within the University of Utah College of Nursing. Age inclusivity is an important aspect of meeting the needs of an aging population. In higher education, age stratification is often reinforced in how faculty and staff view traditional vs. nontraditional students. Unfortunately, this reduces the ability of trainees to prepare to work with older adults upon graduation. Age inclusivity has positive outcomes for learning, including improving health, reducing social isolation, and decreasing ageism. The College of Nursing (CON) is an important setting to innovate age inclusivity because of longstanding collaborations across nursing and gerontology and the strong commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. The team will enhance educational excellence in the College by 1) conducting a needs assessment of age inclusivity, 2) developing training opportunities to improve age inclusivity, and 3) applying for Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program accreditation. 

      January

      Dr. Shawna Sisler, core team members – Dr. Cynthia Garbett, Emily Barrows, Dr. Andrea Wallace, Dr. Nancy Allen consultants – Dr. Jennifer Macali and Dr. Sara Bybee – and mentor Dr. Brenda Luther received a $30,000 Teaching Innovation Team (TITe) intramural grant for their project titled Our Patients as Our Teachers. The team will design, implement, and evaluate formative simulation training, including synchronous and asynchronous learning components, to 1) build nursing student competencies in addressing social determinants of health (SDOH) in clinical settings, and 2) identify gaps in current  undergraduate and graduate curricula regarding nurses’ preparation for assessing and addressing patient-client SDOH in clinical settings. Students also will learn the value of psychological safety in therapeutic relationships, and factors that may be unique or magnified in underserved settings. The results will help faculty understand how students identify, educate, and advocate for patients with social needs and highlight current gaps in curricula, promote a stronger practice of health humanism, and provide information about SDOH education that can be leveraged within and beyond the College of Nursing.  

      November

      Adrienne Bott completed the Project Management Fundamentals Program through University of Utah Professional Education.

       

      June

      Now in its third iteration, the Provost’s Banner Project highlights researchers from across campus who are impacting our world. We are proud of Dr. Kara Dassel for being one of the 24 faculty awardees. The banners, which were installed early in May, are displayed on South Temple, between 1300 East and 500 East, and on University Street between 400 South and 200 South and are listed at @THEU. From studying cognitive aging and discovering new ways to tap into sustainable energy to understanding what drives customer decision-making, the researchers of the University of Utah are exploring and developing solutions to issues that reach beyond campus into every aspect of our community. 

      Earlier this year, University of Utah Health presented Language of Care, an incredible story of how a community of Deaf patients are breaking barriers by co-designing their own care with Dr. Michelle Litchman, members of her research team – Dr. Murdock Henderson, Nic Miller, Dr. Nancy Allen, Dr. Eli Iacob, Dr. Shinduk Lee, and Zach Howes – and members of her Community Advisory Board – Lorne Farovitch, Jeremy Quiroga, Dianna Rivas, Tamiko Rafeek, and Michael Tyler. Language of Care premiered on January 23 during the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. The Telly Awards – now in its 44th annual season – honor excellence in video and television across all screens. This year, Telly focosued on “those who use their creativity and ingenuity to Break Through The Static of the ever-increasing ubiquity of video in our lives.Language of Care received three Telly Awards: Gold award class for General-Social Impact, Silver award class for General-Documentary: Short Form (under 40 minutes), and Bronze award class for General-Health & Safety.  

       

      May

      Hollie Fuhrmann completed the Leadership, Engagement, and Development (LEAD) program through the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP). The program creates opportunities for member development, engagement, and leadership. 

      Dr. Katie Davis praised Jane Price, writing: I look forward to reading Jane’s Canvas Corner each week. It comes with a similar anticipation I feel when I’m doing the New York Times Wordle or crossword. The way Jane weaves Canvas specialty tech into current world events or the local music scene, is literary brilliance as much as it is fun, informative, and engaging. I’ll learn something new and pertinent to teaching using Canvas, and I’m likely to enjoy a little extracurricular enrichment around music or craft hobbies. Aside from the Canvas Corner bits, every time I have asked Jane for Canvas help, even for the most mundane and obvious tasks for someone of her intelligence, she has been happy to help me and done so with a smile. Jane is a treasure to the College of Nursing! 

       

      March

      Members of the University of Utah Health Sciences Emergency Management team trained Donnie Benson, Debbie Boulter, Rafael Briones, Matthew Brixey, Lynn Dixon, Kristen Mahoney, and Steve Seckinger to use the Med Sled® to evacuate injured individuals from the College of Nursing building. These seven members of the Emergency Preparedness Committee practiced using the equipment to evacuate individuals down the stairs safely. In the future, they will provide emergency preparedness training for College of Nursing staff and faculty.  

       

      January

      Christine Moua, Program Manager of the Family Caregiving Collaborative,earned a Master of Education degree from Weber State University in December 2022. Her thesis was titled Family Caregiver Support: An Unmet Need for Family Caregivers. Christine cares for her mother, who, as shown in the photo, was very proud of her daughter who works full-time, attended graduate school full-time, and had her first baby, Noah, during school.

      November

      At its annual induction ceremony, the Gamma Rho Chapter of Sigma presented awards to College of Nursing Baccalaureate students inducted into Sigma included:

      • Eva Brown
      • Madison Callahan
      • Ava Foulke
      • Jane Haddock
      • Michaella Halweg
      • Amanda Holmes
      • Kendall Huguley
      • Averie Jacobs
      • Erik Johnson
      • Emme Keizer
      • Mia Knox
      • Nelson Kudilil
      • Junwen Lai
      • Franky Martinez
      • Sydney Mortensen
      • Pamela Muvunyi
      • Ashlee Nelson
      • Larene Orgill
      • Lillian Prentice
      • Sarah Robertson
      • Lauren Russell
      • Anna Spagnuolo
      • Nicholas Terry
      • Kaitlyn Walton
      • Jessica Wieser
      • Jordan Williams
      • Sophia Wong
      • Mia Woychick

      Master’s student inducted into Sigma included:

      • Phillip Dacruz

      Doctor of Nursing Practice students inducted into Sigma included:

      • Caroline Cobb
      • Kimberly Orton
      • Katy Foutz
      • Tahsha Spackman
      • Sara Williams
      • Kathy Wsol

       

      June

      Samantha Greenberg – PhD student – was selected as Reviewer of the Month for The Journal of Urology, and interviewed about her academic background, reasons for reviewing, tips for authors, recommendations for future research, and more.  

       

      May

      Students enrolled in NURS 3315 Maternal/Infant Health Nursing began their first clinical experiences at University of Utah Hospital and Intermountain Medical Center last week, and made a great first impression. ”I just wanted to brag to you about the 2 students who worked with us on WSC today! Kristen and Sydney were both AMAZING! It was their first clinical day, but they both were eager to learn and quick to find ways to help. They were engaged the entire day and asked thoughtful questions. I wish all students could be as great as these two! Please convince them to come work here after they are done with school!”

      First-year international nursing PhD students Malek Alnajar (Advisor: Dr. Kathie Supiano) and Wen Tu (Advisor: Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson) are breaking boundaries. Both received scholarships to attend quantitative methods courses at the University of Michigan Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research. Malek Alnajar received the Jerome M. Clubb Scholarship, which will allow him to further his understanding of measurement, item response theory, and regression models. Wen Tu received a diversity scholarship, and will attendmathematics courses, and introduction courses to Python, R, regression analyses, measurement, and machine learning.

      Congratulations to all College of Nursing graduates who earned Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Doctor of Nursing Practice, or Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Nursing, a Master of Science degree in Gerontology, and/or a certificate in nursing or gerontology. We celebrate your academic accomplishments and look forward to hearing about your contributions as you promote wellness and prevent illness, reduce health disparities, shape the future of healthcare to be equitable, and improve health outcomes for persons and communities. Commendation to all faculty, staff, preceptors, and community partners who supported and positioned students for academic success during their programs of study. 

      Dr. Anna Alder earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, specializing in organizational leadership. 

      Dr. Ben Bersick earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, specializing in organizational leadership. 

      Ashley Cadiz earned a Master of Science degree, specializing in gerontology. 

      Dr. Scott Christensen earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in nursing. 

      Dr. Mandi Vlam earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, specializing in adult gerontology primary care. 

      December

      Dr. Sara Hart led a podium presentation titled Family Caregiving Competencies for Nursing Education: Recommendations from a National Consortium at American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Transform 2023 conference. Co-presenters included National Consortium members Dr. Kathryn Sexson from the University of California, Davis; Dr. Nannette Cowen from Binghamton University in New York; Dr. Andra Davis from the University of Portland in Oregon; Jennifer Mongoven from the University of California, Davis; Dr. Connie Perkins from St. Bonaventure University in New York; Dr. Tanya Seward from the University of Providence in Montana; and Dr. Hui Zhao from James Madison University in Virginia.

      Dr. Julie Valentine and colleagues presented podium presentations at the American Society of Criminology, 78th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA.

      • Dr. Julie Valentine, Brooke Stacey, and Leslie Miles presented Non-fatal Strangulation and Sexual Assault.
      • Dr. Julie Valentine and Leslie Miles presented Sexual Assault of Victims Born with Male Genitalia.
      • Dr. Julie Valentine, Leslie Miles, and Sam Payne presented Sexual Assault Kits and Development of Uploaded CODIS STR DNA Profiles.

      Shelby-Jade Murdock, Jennifer Lloyd, Natalya Alekhina, Ramkiran Gouripeddi, Dr. Mollie Cummins, and Dr. Julio Facelli presented a poster titled A Domain Analysis of eIRB Applications to Identify Data Extraction Requests for Clinical Research at the American Medical Informatics Association 2023 Annual Symposium in New Orleans, LA.

      The Day of Disability & Neurodiversity, hosted in partnership with the Center for Disability and Access, Disability Studies, and the Universal Design and Access Committee, recognizes the year-round importance of promoting understanding and inclusivity on campus and facilitating discussions on ways to improve access for all. Audra Carlisle, Michael Bard, Jane Price, Jackie Warner, and Sherrá Watkins were panelists for a session titledCelebrating & Navigating Neurodiversity @ the U. Panelists described best practices and learner-focused strategies for creating classroom and campus spaces where neurodiversity is welcome and included.

       

      November

      In partnership with the Department of Biomedical Informatics and the Department of Population Health Sciences, University of Utah Health Digital Health Initiative is sponsoring a Digital Health Think Tank discussion titled Accelerating Virtual Care University of Utah Health on December 6, 2023. Panelists Mike Applegarth, Dr. Elizabeth Sloss, and Nate Gladwell will participate in an engaging panel discussion about what is happening around Virtual Care on campus.

      Dr. Linda Edelman, Dr. Larry Garrett, Christopher Hernandez, and Megan McClure of the Utah Rural Opioid Healthcare Consortium – Collaborative Care Model (UROHC-CCM) attended the 2023 Rural Opioid and Stimulant Wellness Summit, hosted by Utah State University Extension in Price. The UROHC-CCM grant sponsored 25 students from the University of Utah, Southern Utah University, and Weber State University to attend the summit in person. Students had the opportunity to assemble wound care kits, listen to experts who work with substance use disorders, hear the stories of those in recovery, and make connections with others in this line of work. During the summit, Dr. Linda Edelman gave a presentation on Farm Stress: Recognizing the Risk and Providing Resources for the Farmers and Ranchers in Our Communities that resonated with the attendees of rural communities.

      To prepare for the summit, Dr. Brenda Luther, along with Hailey Haffey from the School of Medicine, organized a webinar for students that focused on narrative medicine, active listening, and motivation. Students learned about the tools used in narrative medicine and active listening and then applied those in a simulation where they acted as a “provider” and talked with their new “patient” who had a substance use disorder.

      The Excellence in Education initiative (CONExEd) hosted a TEACHtalks conversation focusing on right-sizing courses.

      • Jane Price provided useful information on how to manage large classes, and use online grading tools.
      • Dr. Sue Chase-Cantarini led an open discussion about backward design, where faculty keep the ultimate goal(s) of the course in mind when preparing the syllabi, writing curriculum, and planning assignments.

      Dr. Deanna Kepka, Amanda Petrik, Emily McGough, Kaila Christini, and Gloria Coronado presented a poster titled PREVENT – Practice-based Approaches to Promote HPV Vaccination at the National Cancer Institute’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences New Grantee Workshop on October 30-31, 2023 in Shady Grove, MD.

      Dr. Rebekah Perkins, Dr. Nanci McLeskey, and Dr. Ann Butt delivered a presentation titled Promoting Competency-Based Education: An Innovative Undergraduate Nursing Course at the National Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence (NHCGNE) Leadership Conference. A unique segment of the course NURS 3430 Nursing Across the Lifespan stands out due to its integration of large-group simulation-based education within the classroom. The objective is to facilitate the development of students' skills and confidence in using the Age-Friendly Health Systems 4Ms Framework to assess older adults and form care plans. Students achieve learning objectives through collaborative work within peer groups, involving standardized patients and their family caregivers.

      As an invited speaker, Dr. Echo Warner provided a lightning talk titled Perceptions of Online Cancer Misinformation among Cancer Patients at the First Annual DELPHI Symposium.

      As an invited speaker, Dr. Echo Warner provided a talk titled Social Media Use among Young Cancer Patients and Caregivers at the Pediatric, Adolescent, & Young Adult Cancer Research Symposium.

      Dr. Cheryl Armstrong will deliver an oral presentation titled Educating Low-Literacy Lay Midwives in Guatemala about Breastfeeding Recommendations in the Era of COVID-19 at the Sigma 47th Biennial Convention in San Antonio, TX on November 14, 2023.

      Dr. Liz Sloss, Dr. Catherine Staes, Jordan McPherson, Dr. Carolyn Scheese, Teresa Taft, and Dr. Jia-Wen Guo presented a poster titled Information Needs When Deciding to Start a New Line of Therapy for Advanced Cancer: Are Patients, Caregivers, and Oncologists Aligned? at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Quality Care Symposium in Boston, MA on October 27, 2023.

      Dean Marla De Jong and Tammy Austin-Ketch facilitated the Academic Health Center Like Schools Focused Discussion at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) 2023 Academic Nursing Leadership Conference in Washington, DC, and presented themes to the AACN Board of Directors.

      Numerous faculty, staff, pre- and post-doctoral fellows, and students will represent the College of Nursing at the GSA 2023 on November 8-12, 2023 in Tampa, FL.

      Workshop: AGHE Program of Merit: Technical and Practical Application Information and Assistance. Dr. Marilyn Gugliucci, Dr. Donna Weinreich, and Dr. Katarina Friberg-Felsted

      Symposium: Addressing the Needs of African American Bereaved Dementia Caregivers. Dr. Zachary Baker, Ashley Millenbah, Sheryl Fairbanks, Robbin Frazier. Discussant: Dr. Katherine Supiano

      Symposium: Using Community Engagement to Develop, Test, and Implement Interventions for Dementia Care Partners. Chair: Dr. Jacqueline Eaton

      • A Community-Based Approach to Refining the Enhancing Active Caregiver Training (EnACT) Intervention. Dr. Jacqueline Eaton, Dr. Sara A. Neller, Moroni D. Fernandez Cajavilca, Dr. Julene K. Johnson, Dr. Lee Ellington
      • Using RE-AIM to Guide Intervention Development and Pilot Testing: Case Study of the TLC Intervention. Dr. Rebecca Utz, Amber Thompson, Cathi Sparks, Dr. Bob Wong, Dr. Eli Iacob, Dr. Alexandra L. Terrill, Dr. Mike Caserta
      • LEADing Advance Care Conversations: Development of an Intervention Platform. Dr. Kara B. Dassel, Nancy Aruscavage, Emily Nachtweih,Dr. Katherine P. Supiano, Dr. Rebecca Utz, Dr. Eli Iacob, Jordana L. Clayton
      • Engaging with Nursing Home Social Workers to Develop and Implement Clinical Intervention Training. Dr. Katherine P. Supiano, Dr. Troy C. Andersen, Laura Bradbury, Kimberly Ponce Gonzalez

      ESPO and Social Research, Policy, and Practice Section Symposium: Law as a Determinant of Health: A Social Justice Lens to Impactful Policy Engagement. Chair: Dr. Sara Bybee, Co-Chair: Dr. Kexin Yu

      • A Life Course Approach to Identifying Eviction Laws Affecting Older Adults and Historically Marginalized Groups. Dr. Sara Bybee, Dr. Sarah L. Canham, Nasser Sharareh, Dr. Fernando Wilson, Nathanael Player, Dr. Andrea Wallace

      Symposium: Embracing the Queer Art of Failure in Gerontological Research and Education. Chair: Dr. Sara Bybee, Co-Chair: Dr. Austin Oswald

      • Participants’ Perspectives on Receiving Results Using Found Poetry: A Mixed-Methods Study. Dr. Sara Bybee, Dr. Jacqueline Eaton, Dr. Bob Wong

      Symposium: Rural Health, Family Caregiving, and Dementia: Characteristics and Needs Across Populations. Chair: Dr. Caroline Stephens, Co-Chair: Rebecca Goodwin

      • Dying with Dementia in Nursing Homes: A Population-Based Perspective of Decedents and Their Families. Dr. Caroline Stephens, Rebecca Goodwin, Dr. Eli Iacob, Michael Hollingshaus, Dr. Ken R. Smith, Dr. Djin L. Tay, Dr. Rebecca Utz, Dr. Katherine Ornstein
      • Who Dies in a Rural Nursing Home With and Without Family? Evidence from the Utah Population Database. Rebecca Goodwin, Dr. Katherine Ornstein, Dr. Eli Iacob, Dr. Michael Hollingshaus, Dr. Ken R. Smith, Dr. Djin L. Tay, Dr. Rebecca Utz, Dr. Caroline Stephens

      Paper Session: Enhancing Caregiver Services and Supports. Developing a Conceptual Model to Assess Active Engagement within a Dementia Caregiver Intervention. Dr. Sara A. Neller, Moroni D. Fernandez Cajavilca, Dr. Julene K. Johnson, Dr. Lee Ellington, Dr. Jacqueline Eaton

      Paper Session: Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia. Chair: Dr. Kara B. Dassel

      • Feasibility and Efficacy of the LEAD Dementia Advance Care Planning Intervention. Dr. Kara B. Dassel, Dr. Eli Iacob, Jordana L. Clayton, Nancy Aruscavage, Dr. Katherine P. Supiano, Dr. Rebecca Utz

      Paper Session: Recommendations Regarding the Design of Pain Assessment and Management Tool for Older Adults with Heart Failure. Dr. Youjeong Kang, Dr. Yong K. Choi, Dr. Seung-Eun Oh

      Paper Session: Intergenerational Health Promotion Projects with College Students

      • Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Programs as AAA Age-Friendly Initiatives Partner. Dr. Jennifer J. Severance, Dr. Linda S. Edelman, Barbara Gordon, Susanna Luk-Jones, Jacqueline Telonidis, Jennifer Morgan

      Making an IMPACT: An Integrated Model to Reduce Ageism and Support Professional Identities. Amy N. Powell-Versteeg, Dr. Rebekah Perkins,Dr. Scott Ward, Dr. Linda S. Edelman, Dr. Katherine P. Supiano

      Conducting a Needs Assessment to Inform Age-Friendly Health Systems Initiative for University of Utah Health. Ashley D. Cadiz, Dr. Rebekah Perkins, Dr. Timothy Farrell, Dr. Linda S. Edelman

      Engagement During Post-Acute Care Transition: Perceptions and Experiences of Dementia Family Caregivers. Dr. Ruth S. Tadesse, Dr. Karen S. Lyons, Dr. Glenise McKenzie, Dr. Sara Hart, Dr. Lee Ellington, Dr. Kristin G. Cloyes

      The Impact of COVID-19: Identifying Wellness Strategies for Academic Gerontology and Nursing Faculty and Staff, in Physical and Mental Health Education and Interventions. Dr. Katarina Friberg-Felsted, Dr. Cheryl Armstrong, Dr. Jennifer Macali, Dr. Sara Simonsen, and Dr. Jennifer Clifton.

      Re-Imagining Dementia Family Caregiver Engagement for Post-Acute Care Transitions: Lessons Learned from COVID-19. Dr. Ruth S. Tadesse, Dr. Karen S. Lyons, Dr. Glenise McKenzie, Dr. Sara Hart, Dr. Lee Ellington, Dr. Kristin G. Cloyes

      CONTACT: An Online Coaching Tool to Empower Care Partners to Facilitate Conversations in Nursing Homes. Dr. Gail L. Towsley, Dr. Alexandra L. Terrill, Dr. Gregory N. Bayles

      Predictors of Financial Burden in Two Samples of Adults with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias. Jordana L. Clayton, Dr. Eli Iacob,Nancy Aruscavage, Dr. Rebecca Utz, Dr. Katherine P. Supiano, Dr. Sara Bybee, Dr. Kara B. Dassel

      Successful Care Conferences: Nursing Home Staff, Persons with Dementia and Caregiver Perspectives. Dr. Gail L. Towsley, Dr. Linda S. Edelman, Shelby Montez

       

      October

      Sponsored by the College of Nursing Excellence in Education (CONExEd) initiative, Dr. Ana Sanchez-Birkhead and Dr. Alycia Bristol presented Team Teaching at the inaugural TEACHtalks, sharing their story of successful team teaching, recommending practices, and facilitating a lively discussion. The recording and materials are available on the TEACHtalks Pulse page.  

      Several faculty will present as part of MEDiversity Week on October 23-27, 2023. The theme “Care-4-All Ages” draws attention to the importance of designing and delivering care that meets the needs of every person, regardless of age. Presentations will emphasize anti-ageism in health care and how to eliminate ageism, the designation of U Health as an Age-Friendly Health System, and the University’s membership in the Age-Friendly University Global Network.

      • Expert panelists Karen Gunning, Jamuna Jones, and Dr. Katie Ward will present a Women in Health, Medicine, and Science webinar titled Let’s Talk About Menopause!, focusing on perimenopausal, menopausal, and post-menopausal health. They will facilitate a discussion that breaks down the barriers associated with talking about menopause, normalizing the changes that happen to women’s bodies as they go through menopause, and becoming more empowered as patients, providers, and supporters.
      • The University of Utah is the newest member of the Age-Friendly University Global Network. Dean Marla De Jong, Dr. Jackie Eaton, Timothy Farrell, Dr. Katarina Friberg Felsted, Valerie Greer, and Ken Jameson will present AFU @ the U: What does the Age-Friendly University Designation Mean for You?
      • James Brown will moderate a panel discussion titled Aging Through an Intersectional Lens. Panelists Nick Brening, Sharlee Capes, and Dr. Valerie Flattes will highlight common challenges faced by older adults from a variety of backgrounds, demonstrate similar threads that all experience when aging, and introduce ways in which all can be anti-ageist to create the best care regardless of age.
      • The MEDiversity Week Town Hall will provide a chance for the community to ask panelists about their thoughts and expertise on health equity, diversity, and inclusion at the University of Utah. Dr. Jose Rodriguez will moderate the town hall with panelists Drs. Michael Good, Linda Edelman, Gina Hawley, and Mary Ann Villarreal.

      Integrating Social Risk Assessment and Communication During Inpatient Care: Effects on Discharge Processes, Patient Reported Outcomes, and 30-Day Readmissions. Dr. Andrea Wallace, Dr. Alycia Bristol, Erin Phinney Johnson, Dr. Catherine E. Elmore, Angela Presson, Kaleb Eppich, and Mackenzie Elliott.

      Effective Communication Interventions when Referring Patients to Community Services for Unmet Social Needs. Dr. Brenda Luther, Dr. Sara Bybee, Dr. Catherine Elmore, Ernest Grigorian, Samuel Wang, Jorie Butler, and Dr. Andrea Wallace.

      Opportunities for Improving Caregiver Involvement in Primary Care after Hospital Discharge: Caregiver and Primary Care Provider Perspectives. Dr. Catherine Elmore, Lisa Barry, Kirsten Schmutz, Mackenzie Elliott, Erin Johnson, Dr. Alycia Bristol, and Dr. Andrea Wallace. 

      Integrating Social Risk Assessment and Communication During Inpatient Care: Applying the Implementation Logic Model to Uncover Key Mechanisms and Needed Strategies. Dr. Andrea Wallace, Erin Phinney Johnson, Dr. Alycia Bristol, Dr. Catherine Elmore, and Mackenzie Elliott.

      Dr. Andrea Wallace will serve as the 8th Annual Keynote speaker for the Boston Children's Hospital Annual Evidence-Based Practice Mentorship Program Lecture on October 17. Her talk, Applying Evidenced-Based Practice-Related Implementation Strategies: Translating Social Health Care Priorities to Reduce Disparities, will be part of a charge by Boston Children's nurse scientists and leaders, who also hold appointments at Harvard Medical School, to advance the integration of best evidence to improve care and outcomes for patients, their families, and staff. Each year, a national expert is invited to present their work related to evidence-based practice. Dr. Wallace’s lecture also will include an interview in OPENPediatrics World Shared Practice Forum for Nursing. This high-fidelity webcast is used to connect international nursing experts with nurse leaders worldwide. The World Shared Practice Forum is offered in collaboration with the World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies.

      Dean Marla De Jong, Tracey Nixon, and Sandi Gulbransen were panelists for a session titled Elevating Employee Engagement: Creative Insights for Staff Retention, Satisfaction, and Shared Governance at the University of Utah Health Regional Network 9th Annual Affiliate Symposium. Dean De Jong described opportunities for partnership with the College of Nursing, Tracey focused on empowering nurses through nursing shared governance, and Sandi spoke about how leaders empower a value culture. Carrie Radmall and Shelley Kern tabled, sharing information about College of Nursing academic programs with symposium attendees.

      Several faculty, staff, and students will present at the 2023 International Conference on Communication in Healthcare in Puerto Rico on October 23-25, 2023.

      Dr. Cara Wolf presented The Fundamentals of LGBTQ+ Health Care at the National Conference on Correctional Health Care in Las Vegas. This session aimed at improving the basic cultural competency of health professionals who care for LGBTQ+ individuals experiencing incarceration.

      Dr. Jennifer Hamilton delivered two presentations at the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Pediatric Virtual Symposium

      • Genetics for the Pediatric-focused APRN
      • Pharmacogenetics for the Pediatric-focused APRN: Things You Vaguely Remember from Pharmacology

      Dr. Julie Valentine presented a poster titled Improving Submission Rates of Sexual Assault Kits at the American Academy of Nursing 2023 Health Policy Conference in Washington, DC.

      Faculty, staff, students, and alumni presented at the 2nd Second World Congress of Integrative Medicine and Health in Rome, Italy.

      • Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson, Julie Fritz, Belinda Anderson, Camille Moreno, and Paula Gardiner presented a podium and a poster presentation titled Designing and Delivering a Feminist Research-Informed Return of Results to Midlife Women: An Intersectionality Method to Understand and ‘Foreground’ Marginalized Voices.
      • Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson, Autumn Bear, Lauren Ziaks, Rhonda Taubin, Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell, and Melissa Cortez presented a poster titled Acupuncture Therapy for Autonomic Symptom Management: A Retrospective Case Series
      • Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson, Camille Moreno, Belinda Anderson, Melissa Cortez, Lisa Conboy, Luul Farah, Sara Farah, Julie Fritz, Cinnamon Geppelt, Dorina Lee, Heather Merkley, Lori Pacheco, Wendy Sanders, Dr. Xiaoming Sheng, Kari Stoddard, Fahina Tavake-Pasi, Jeannette Villalta, and Paula Gardiner presented a poster titled Addressing a Gap in Menopause Care (MENOGAP): Pilot Testing an Integrative Group Medical Visit.
      • Belinda Anderson, Melissa Zappa, Brent Leninger, and Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson presented a poster titled Evidence-based Medicine Analysis of Chinese Herbal Medicine Prescribing for COVID-19 Patients during the Pandemic in the United States: A Cross-sectional Survey.

      Two PhD students presented posters at The Science of Tai Chi & Qigong as Whole-Person Health in Boston. 

      • Wen Tu, mentored by Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson, presented Influence of the Transtheoretical Model-Based Ba Duan Jin Exercise on Glycemic Indicators and Psychological Discomfort of Menopausal Women with Type 2 Diabetes: A Literature Review
      • Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell, mentored by Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson, presented Somatic Movement as a Core Component in Social-Emotional Learning Curricula in Elementary Schools: A Conceptual Framework

      Dr. Scott Christensen delivered a talk titled Addressing Workplace Violence in Nursing: Trends and Safety Measures at the 2023 Healthcare Vendor Night for the Saint Louis Chapter of the American Society for Pain Management Nursing, and the St. Louis Oncology Nursing Society.

       

      September

      Sponsored by the Academy of Health Science Educators, the 10th Annual Education Symposium is September 18, 2023. Numerous faculty will present.  

      • Dr. Rebecca Wilson, Dr. Ann Butt, and Catherine Soehner, Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Eccles Health Science Library will moderate the event.  
      • Amanda Keddington and Dr. Cynthia Garbett will present a TED Talk titled Psychological Safety: The Key to Candid Classroom Conversation 
      • Dr. Ann Butt and Ken Johnson will present a TED Talk titled CISBEL: What is it and What Does it Mean for ME and MY Students? 
      • Brandon Patterson, Dr. Ann Butt, Chad McDonald, Matt Davis, Cole Benson, and Jonah Brooks will present a workshop titled Healthcare Innovation in Extended Reality 
      • Dr. Rebekah Perkins, Dr. Nanci McLeskey, and Dr. Ann Butt will present a workshop titled Designing a Simulation Workshop to Support Competency-Based Education through Experience-Based Learning in the Classroom 
      • Dr. Sara Hart and Dr. Jackie Eaton will present a workshop titled Integrating Family-Centered Care and Family Caregiving Competencies (FCG-C) in Health Professions Education: Small Steps for a Big Impact 
      • Dr. Katie Ward, Dr. Jennifer Macali, Megan Fix, Sarah Burton, Dr. Cheryl Armstrong, Dr. Sue Chase-Cantarini, Maija Holsti, Tony Tsai, Thunder Jalili, and Kristi Kleinschmit will present a workshop titled Mentoring & Coaching: Who’s Who and What’s What Across Health Sciences?! 
      • Dr. Jia-Wen Guo will present an e-Poster titled Development of an Asynchronous GENIE Module – Gamified Learning of IPE Telehealth 
      • Dr. Rebekah Perkins, Dr. Katarina Friberg-Felsted, Dr. Kara Dassel, and Dr. Jacqueline Eaton will present an e-Poster titled Promoting Age Inclusivity to Enhance Excellence within the University of Utah College of Nursing. 

      Dr. Chris Macintosh will present Mapping AACN Sub-Competencies to Course Learning Outcomes Using Semantic Similarity Scores at the American Medical Informatics Association Linking Informatics and Education Academic Forum (LIEAF) in November. 

      Faculty will present at the Utah Nurses Association 2023 Fall Conference on September 30, 2023 at Southern Utah University. The conference theme is Reimagining Care in a Post-COVID World. 

      • Dr. Scott Christensen and Dr. Barbara Wilson will present Finding Solutions in the Workplace – Promoting Healthy Workplace Environments by Exploring Why Nurses do not Report being the Victims of Workplace Violence.   
      • Dr. Perry Gee will present Thriving in the Workplace 

      Haley Bento, Emily Gherghel, and Kristy Gauthier will present Teaching Interprofessional Collaboration in Critical Care: Simulation Strategies for Enhancing Competencies in The Classroom and Beyond: Preparing Students for Collaborative Practice track at the Nexus Summit 2023 on September 27, 2023.

      Angie Fenton will present Keep Them: Supporting New Graduates and Preceptors in Perianesthesia at the Utah Society of Perianesthesia Nurses Fall Conference at Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah, on September 23, 2023. 

       

      August

      The CON was well represented August 9-11, 2023 at the 47th Annual PA/NP Conference at Snowbird. Speakers and their topics included: 

      • Dr. Tom RowleyAssessing Motivation for Lifestyle Change, Motivational Interviewing and Patient Compliance 
      • Dr. Zoe RobbinsAnxiety Concepts & Care in a Primary Care Setting 
      • Dr. Keisa LynchViral Hepatitis: Screening, Management, Treatment  
      • Dr. Jen Clifton, Matt Pierce, Joe Shuler, and Joshua Caless – Human Trafficking: An Overlooked Health Crises 

      Dr. Jen Clifton was a member of the conference planning committee. If interested in presenting at this state-level conference, please contact Dr. Clifton. 

       

      July

      The College of Nursing was well-represented at the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium held on August 3, 2023. The following students presented posters: 

      • Nestor Chavez: An Analysis of Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, and Resilience in Prelicensure Nursing Students During a Global Pandemic (Research mentor: Dr. Paula Meek) 
      • Alycia Colunga: Online Cancer Information Seeking and Feasibility of Web-Monitoring Among Cancer Patients (Research Mentor: Dr. Echo Warner) 
      • Danielle Gambino: Motivations to Participate in the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) Among Overweight and Obese Women Planning Pregnancy (Research Mentor: Dr. Sara Simonsen) 
      • Irene Liang: I'm at the Mercy of the Cost of Food: The Impact of Inflation on Financial Toxicity in Cancer Immunotherapy Patients (Research Mentor: Dr. Djin Tay) 
      • Rowan Neill: Primary Care Modules: An Effective Nursing Educational Model? (Research Mentor: Dr. Linda Edelman) 
      • Mya Thomas: Building Partnerships in Uganda to Improve Cervical Cancer Prevention (Research Mentor: Dr. Deanna Kepka) 

      Faculty presented at the 2023 Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists Conference (ADCES) in Houston, TX. 

      • Dr. Shinduk Lee, Dr. Sara Simonsen, and Bryan Gibson presented a poster titled Social Influence on Individual Decisions to Participate in a Diabetes Prevention Program.  
      • Dr. Michelle Litchman, Dr. Nancy Allen, Lorne Farovitch, Dr. Shinduk Lee, and Dawn Noe delivered an oral presentation titled How the Broken American Sign Language Interpreter System Impacts Diabetes Education. 
      • Michelle Boakye, Dr. Nancy Allen, and Kristen Yehl delivered an oral presentation titled Transitioning into Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support: Experiences of Adults Newly Diagnosed with T2D. 
      • Karissa Mirus, Dr. Michelle Litchman, Ryan Layton, Susan Layton, Dr. Shinduk Lee, and Dr. Nancy Allen presented a poster titled Developing Diabetes Education Videos for Deaf Populations Who Communicate Using American Sign Language. Accepted for the Distinguished Poster Showcase, team members also delivered a 10-minute oral presentation.  
      • Dr. Allyson Hughes, Dr. Michelle Litchman, and Dr. Lisa Golden participated on a panel presentation titled Employ Best Practices for Working with People with Diabetes and Disabilities. 
      • Jennifer Clements, Dr. Nancy Allen, Alexandra Kazaks, Kristina Naseman, Christina Whitehouse, Mayra Judith Cantazaro, Julia Blanchette, and James Fain facilitated Research Round Tables: A Speed Networking Opportunity with ADCES Research Experts (Part 1) 
      • Jennifer Clements, Alexandra Kazaks, Dr. Nancy Allen, Julia Blanchette, Kristina Naseman, Carla Cox, Michelle Boakye, Jennifer Rosselli, Gladys Ekong, James Fain, and Patricia Davidson facilitated Research Round Tables: A Speed Networking Opportunity with ADCES Research Experts (Part 2). 

      Dr. Anna Alder and Karen Stutzer will present Educating & Engaging the Multigenerational Workforce at the Intermountain Nursing Professional Development Summer 2023 Webinar on August 18, 2023.   

      Faculty, students, postdoctoral fellows, and alumni presented at the 34th International Nursing Research Congress in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. 

      • Dr. Jenneth Doria delivered an oral presentation titled Harnessing Nursing Leadership to Support Determinants of Health, moderated two sessions on simulation, and was selected for a focus group. 
      • Dr. Jake Steenblik, Dr. Larry Garrett, Alejandro Blitch, Andrew Jones, Gerrit Seymour, Marina Griffith, Sikoti Langi, Jonathan Crump, Carrie Gold, and Dr. Troy Madsen delivered an oral presentation titled Improving Opioid and Naloxone Education in the Emergency Department Through Nursing Education. 
      • Dr. Kimberly Garcia, Dr. Cheryl Armstrong, and Dr. Eli Iacob delivered an oral presentation titled Assessing Guatemalan Lay Midwives' Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices regarding COVID-19. 
      • Dr. Jennifer Macali and Dr. Cheryl Armstrong presented a poster titled Incorporating Sustainability Concepts in Nursing Education: Now is the Time to Act. 
      • Dr. Cheryl Armstrong, Dr. Jennifer Macali, Dr. Katarina Felsted, Dr. Jennifer Clifton, and Dr. Sara Simonsen delivered a Pecha Kucha presentation titled Leveraging Technology through Gaming to Increase Student Nurses Participation, Equity, and Knowledge Retention. 
      • Dr. Christine Platt, Jana Hunsley, Thaddeus Pace, Brennan Platt, Helena Morrison, and Sheila Gephart delivered a podium presentation titled Recognizing Children in the Caregiving Process: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial with Foster Families 

      Dr. Schola Matovu delivered several international presentations. 

      • Empowerment to 500 nursing students of Good Samaritan, International School of Nursing and Midwifery, and St. Mary’s Institute of Health Sciences in Lira, Uganda. 
      • Facilitators and Barriers to Sustainable Livelihoods for Ugandan Grandmother-Caregivers at the 3rd Global Carework Summit at the University of Costa Rica. 
      • Grandmother Caregiving Research at the Eastern Africa National Institute of Health Fogarty Fellows Research Workshop and Symposium at the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.  
      • Empowering Authentic Leaders through Identification of True Core Values at a workshop to train female faculty of MUHAS. This was a collaborative project between the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Global Cancer Program, Ethos, and the MUHAS Gender Unit. 
      • Empowering the Nurse Leaders at the UCSF Global Cancer Lecture series, which was held to celebrate International Nurses Day.   

      Faculty and staff presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC®) in Amsterdam on July 16-20, 2023. 

      • Dr. Kathie Supiano, Laura Bradbury, and Dr. Troy Anderson presented a poster titled Training Nursing Home Social Workers in the Pre-loss Group Support Intervention. 
      • Dr. Kathie Supiano, Jordana Clayton, and Nancy Aruscavage presented a poster titled LEADing Advance Care Conversations: Concordance amongst ADRD Dyads. 
      • Dr. Eli Iacob, Dr. Kara Dassel, Nancy Aruscavage, Jordana Clayton, Dr. Rebecca Utz, and Dr. Kathie Supiano presented a poster titled Feasibility and Efficacy of the LEAD Dementia Advance Care Planning Intervention. 

      The Natural History Museum of Utah (NHMU) is featuring Dr. Sara Bybee for its Scientist in the Spotlight: Social Scientist program on July 21. NHMU’s Scientist in the Spotlight program is held at the Museum twice a month. Local scientists share their research with museum visitors in an informal, open house format using conversation, pictures, microscopes, specimens, tools, hands-on activities, and demonstrations. 

      Julie Lucero, Linda Nguyen, Lilliam Pinzón, and Dr. Andrea Wallace delivered a panel presentation titled Setting Boundaries across Your Career at the University of Utah Health Women’s Leadership Day: The Art of Setting Boundaries on June 1, 2023.  

       

      June

      Faculty presented at the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses 2023 National Teaching Institute in Philadelphia, PA on May 22-24, 2023.  

      Faculty, a post-doctoral fellow, and a doctoral student presented at the 16th International Family Nursing Conference in Dublin, Ireland on June 21-23, 2023. The conference theme was Global Innovations in Family Nursing: Advancing Family Health.  

      • Eileen Engh and Dr. Kathy Sward presented a poster titled Parents Seeking Information about Rare Diseases – A Dynamic Sociotechnology Theory Scaffolds the Methods Used to Conduct a Study.  
      • Dr. Lauri Linder, Dr. Christine Platt, Dr. Jia-Wen Guo, and Kristin Stegenga presented a poster titled Evaluation of the Content Validity and Reading Level of Instruments to Measure Symptom Self-management Behaviors in School-age Children with Cancer and their Parents. 
      • Dr. Christine Platt, Thaddeus Pace, Sheila Gephart, Brennan Platt, Jana Hunsley, and Helena Morrison presented a podium presentation titled Salivary cortisol as a biomarker within foster family caregiving dyads: A pilot study 

      Drs. Linda Edelman, Brenda Luther, and Larry Garrett conducted a student summit on rural health and substance use disorders. The two-day summit was held in Price, Utah, and featured presentations from clinicians and community organizations from across the State. The summit was conducted as a part of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funded Utah Opioid Healthcare Consortium – Collaborative Care Model initiative that is focused on reducing opioid usage and dependence in Carbon, Emery, and Wayne counties.  

      Dr. Larry Garrett presented Building, Training, and Diversifying the SUD Workforce at the 2023 Summer Institute on Substance Use, Ethics, and Culture. The University of Alaska Anchorage sponsored the Summer Institute.  

       

      May

      College of Nursing faculty and students presented at the Society for Acupuncture International Research Conference on May 17-21, 2023 in New York City, NY. The conference theme was From Mechanism to Patient-Centered Care: Research in Acupuncture and Traditional East Asian Medicine.

      • Symposium: Measuring Patient-Centered Care: Common data sets for acupuncture trials across women’s lifespan. Kate
        Levett, Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson, Belinda “Beau” Anderson, Claudia Citkovitz, Lisa Conboy, Kathleen Lumiere, Rosa
        Schnyer.
      • Post-Conference Workshop: Building Consensus – Producing Core Outcome Sets for Acupuncture Trials in Women’s
        Health. Kate Levett, Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson, Belinda “Beau” Anderson, Debra Betts, Claudia Citkovitz, Lisa Conboy,
        Kathleen Lumiere, Rosa Schnyer. Wen Tu and Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell assisted with the workshop.
      • Oral Presentation: Volunteer Primary Care Providers' Experience with Referring Guatemalan Patients for Acupuncture
        Therapy. Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson, Buffy Taylor, Lisa Bell, Joan Boccino, Mindy Dillard, Caroline Sariah Howell,
        Cinnamon Geppelt, Ashlee Taft Nelson, Claudia Citkovitz, Gabby Alvarez, Wen Tu, Dr. Kimberly Garcia.
      • Poster Presentations:
      • Volunteer Primary Care Providers' Experience with Referring Guatemalan Patients for Acupuncture Therapy. Dr.
        Lisa Taylor-Swanson, Buffy Taylor, Lisa Bell, Joan Boccino, Mindy Dillard, Caroline Sariah Howell, Cinnamon
        Geppelt, Ashlee Taft Nelson, Claudia Citkovitz, Gabby Alvarez, Wen Tu, Dr. Kimberly Garcia.
      • Training Guatemalan Lay Midwives in Acupressure for Preterm and Post-term Labor. Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson,
        Buffy Taylor, Lisa Bell, Joan Boccino, Mindy Dillard, Caroline Sariah Howell, Cinnamon Geppelt, Ashlee Taft
        Nelson, Claudia Citkovitz, Gabby Alvarez, Wen Tu, Dr. Kimberly Garcia.
      • Delivering Acupuncture Therapy in Guatemala During a Medical Mission: Pilot Study Outcomes and Lessons
        Learned. Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson, Buffy Taylor, Lisa Bell, Joan Boccino, Mindy Dillard, Caroline Sariah
        Howell, Cinnamon Geppelt, Ashlee Taft Nelson, Claudia Citkovitz, Gabby Alvarez, Wen Tu, Dr. Kimberly Garcia.
      • Acupuncture Therapy for Autonomic Symptom Management: A Retrospective Case Series. Dr. Lisa Taylor-
        Swanson, Autumn Bear, Lauren Ziaks, Rhonda Taubin, Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell, and Melissa Cortez.
      • CARE – Health Research Reporting Guidelines for Case Reports. Lisa Conboy, Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson, Kathleen
        Lumiere, David Riley.

      College of Nursing faculty and students presented posters at the Women, Disrupted: Environmental, Endocrine, Emotional, Equity & Economic Impacts on Women’s Health on May 18, 2023 at the University of Utah.

      • Training Guatemalan Lay Midwives in Acupressure for Preterm and Post-term Labor. Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson, Lisa Bell,
        Mindy Dillard, Joan Boccino, Caroline Sariah Howell, Cinnamon Geppelt, Ashlee Taft Nelson, Buffy Taylor, Claudia
        Citkovitz, Wen Tu, Gabby Alvarez, Dr. Kimberly Garcia.
      • Addressing a Gap in Menopause Care (MENOGAP): Pilot Testing and Integrative Group Medical Visit. Dr. Lisa Taylor-
        Swanson, Camille Moreno, Belinda “Beau” Anderson, Melissa Cortez, Lisa Conboy, Luul Farah, Sara Farah, Julie Fritz,
        Cinnamon Geppelt, Dorina Lee, Heather Merkley, Lori Pacheco, Wendy Sanders, Dr. Xiaoming Sheng, Kari Stoddard,
        Fahina Tavake-Pasi, Jeannette Villalta, Paula Gardiner

      Star Jones, Alexia Harrist, Jay Middleton, Dr. Deanna Kepka, andCassandra Walkama were invited speakers for the HPV Panel at the Wyoming Immunization Conferencein Casper, WY

      Dr. Kara Dassel will co-facilitate a workshop titled What if? The importance of Planning Ahead at Lynden Legacy Foundation's Caregiver Seminar & Workshops 2023 on May 20, 2023.

      Faculty, students, and alumni presented at the American College of Nurse-Midwives 68th Annual Meeting & Exhibition on May 7-9, 2023, in Orlando, FL. The conference theme was Reimagine & Rebuild.

      • Dr. Gwen Latendresse, Dr. Eli Iacob, Dr. Ryoko Kausler, Uma Dorn, Dr.Sara Simonsen, Dr. Xiaoming Sheng, Marcela Smid, Marcia Williams, and Kristen Weissinger delivered apodium presentation titled Randomized Trial of Telehealth Group Intervention to Reduce Perinatal Depressive Symptoms in Diverse Populations
      • Dr. Ryoko Kausler, Dr.Gwen Latendresse, Dr. Eli Iacob, Dr. Marcela Smid, Jane Grassley, and Dr. Kathie Supiano presented a poster titled Feasibility andAcceptability of a Remote-Access Intervention among Women with Perinatal Depression/Anxiety and Substance Use Risk.

      Dr. Scott Christensen was invited to deliver a podium presentation titled Safety and Violence in the Clinical Workplace at the 18th Annual Hoag Embracing Excellence in Oncology Nursing Practice Conference on June 2-3, 2023 in Huntington Beach, CA. 

      Dr. Deanna Kepka presented a digital poster titled Higher Levels of HPV Vaccine Hesitancy Among Rural Hispanic Young Adults in The Western U.S. at the 35th International Papillomavirus Conference 

      Dr. Christina Wilson, Dr. Sara Bybee, and Land Gardinier presented a poster titled Good Cancer Care is Gender-affirming Care for Transgender Individuals with Gendered Cancers: A Scoping Review at Cleveland Clinic’s 18th Annual Clinical Nursing Research Conference. 

      Dean Marla De Jong delivered a presentation about the College of Nursing at University of Utah Alumni Luncheon in St. George, UT on April 18, 2023.  

      Faculty helped plan and presented at the Utah Nurse Practitioners (UNP) 28th Annual Pharmacology Conference in Park City, UT. 

      • Conference Co-Chairs: Dr. Mandy Al-Khudairi and Kim Bayless 
      • Conference Committee members include Dr. Katie Davis 
      • Dr. ElLois Bailey delivered a podium presentation titled Exploring an Integrative Medicine Approach to the Treatment of Mental Health Disorders 
      • Dr. Heidi Vawdrey delivered a podium presentation titled So, what else are you taking? Unraveling the Risks and Benefits of Common OTC Dietary Supplements 
      • Dr. Heidi Vawdrey delivered a podium presentation titled Workup and Management of Thyroid Disorders in Primary Care 

      Faculty presented at the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) 49th Annual Conference on April 26-30, 2023 in Orlando, FL. The conference theme was Momentum and Sustainability in Advancing NP Education. 

      • Dr. Diane Chapman, Dr. Debra Penney, and Dr. Jia-Wen Guo delivered a podium presentation titled Curricular Approaches to Support Refugee Health Mentoring in the Community Setting  
      • Dr. Tom Rowley, Dr. Diane Chapman, and Dr. Eli Iacob presented a poster titled Augmenting Course Curriculum with Online Health Learning Platforms: An Evaluation of Student Use, Satisfaction, Confidence and Application of Course Material 

      Faculty, students, and alumni will present at the American College of Nurse-Midwives 68th Annual Meeting & Exhibition on May 7-9, 2023, in Orlando, FL. The conference theme is Reimagine & Rebuild.  

      • DNP student Lisa Bell, Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson, and Dr. Kimberly Garcia will present a poster titled Pilot Study with Guatemalan Lay Midwives about Acupressure to Encourage or Discourage Labor 
      • Lisa Bell, Dr. Kimberly Garcia, Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson, and Dr. Buffy Taylor will present a poster titled Primary Care Providers' Experience with Referring Guatemalan Patients for Acupuncture Treatment 

      Faculty, staff, pre- and post-doctoral fellows, and students presented at the Society of Behavioral Medicine's 44th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions on April 26-29, 2023, in Phoenix, AZ. The conference theme was Translating Science into Impact.  

      Pre-Conference Course: What You Need to Know about NIH Fellowship Grants (F31, F32): How Trainees and Mentors Can Make the Most of this Funding Opportunity. Tamara Somers, Hannah Fisher, Caroline Dorfman, Felicity Harper, Dr. Lee Ellington 

      Poster Presentations: 

      • A Phenomenological Study of Lived Experiences of Individuals with Perinatal Depression and Telehealth Group Interventions. Marcela Smid, Marcia Williams, Kritzia Merced-Morales, Ryoko Pentecost Kausler, Dr. Gwen Latendresse 
      • Mixed Method Approach to Understanding Participation Barriers in a Perinatal Depression Group Telehealth Intervention Trial. Marcia Williams, Marcela Smid, Dr. Eli Iacob, Ryoko Pentecost Kausler, Dr. Sara Simonsen, Dr. Gwen Latendresse 
      • Vaccine Hesitancy and Effects of Rurality among Young Adults (YAs), Western US, 2020-2021. Ida Tovar, Kaila Christini, Rebecca Richardson, Hannah Aanderud-Tanner, Amanda Petrik, Gloria Coronado, Dr. Deanna Kepka  
      • Trial of Three Approaches to Promoting the DPP: Effects on Risk Perceptions, Self-Efficacy and Interest in Referral. Bryan Gibson, Dr. Sara Simonsen, David Wetter, Roger Altizer, Yue Zhang, Kelly Lundberg, Jon Barton, Marta Valadez, Nancy Valadez 

      Podium Presentations: 

      • Randomized Trial of a Group Telehealth Intervention to Reduce Perinatal Depressive Symptoms. Dr. Gwen Latendresse, Dr. ElLois Bailey, Uma Parameswaran Dorn, Carol Hogue, Dr. Eli Iacob, Ryoko Pentecost Kausler, Kritzia Merced-Morales, Dr. Xiaoming Sheng, Dr. Sara Simonsen, Marcela Smid, Nancy Thompson, Kirsten Weissinger, Marcia Williams 
      • Crowdfunding Cancer Costs Online and LGBTQ+ Equity. Dr. Echo Warner, Caleb Easterly, Austin Waters, Cindy Turner, Dr. Jia-Wen Guo, Dr. Anne Kirchhoff, Stephen Rains, Dr. Kristin Cloyes 
      • Concordance of Expected and Perceived Social Support among Cancer Survivors and Their Care Partners during COVID-19 Pandemic. Dr. Kristin Cloyes, Sarah Nowak, Dr. Jia-Wen Guo, Maija Reblin 
      • Using Human-centered Design Methods to Adapt an Ehealth Platform for a Young Adult Cancer Survivor Group Intervention. Rina Fox, Terry Badger, Emmanuel Katsanis, Stacy Sanford, David Victorson, Betina Yanez, John Salsman, Dr. Echo Warner, Frank J. Penedo, Michael Antoni, Laura Oswald 
      • Recorded Research Spotlight: Centering LGBTQ+ Perspectives in Cancer Financial Burden Research. Cindy Turner, Austin Waters, Caleb Easterly, Dr. Kristin Cloyes, Dr. Anne Kirchhoff, Stephen Rains, Dr. Echo Warner 

       

      April

      Rowan Neill – Honors and pre-licensure student and Dr. Linda Edelman’s mentee – presented a poster titled Primary Care
      Modules: An Effective Nursing Educational Model? at the 2023 Virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium.

      Dr. Youjeong Kang hosted a virtual research seminar titled Utilization of Data Science in Nursing Research for the American
      University of Beirut Rafic Hariri School of Nursing. 

      U Health will host the Evidence-Based Practice and Wellness Champions Poster Fair on April 10-13, 2023, and 26 teams of
      multidisciplinary faculty, staff, and students will present team-based improvement and wellness projects conducted throughout U Health. College of Nursing presenters are:

      • Dr. Cheryl Armstrong: Implementing Wellness Initiatives to Enhance Professional and Personal Well-being of Nursing
        Academia Faculty and Staff
      • Dr. Scott Christensen and Dr. Sue Chase-Cantarini: Newly Licensed Nurses’ Transition to Practice during Pandemic
        after Participating in Nurse Apprentice Program
      • Bernadette Kiraly and Dr. Frances Johnson: Building Trust, Fostering Growth: The Power of Core Values and
        Psychological Safety

      Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson, Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell, and Wen Tu presented a poster titled Women’s Interest in the
      Development of an Integrative Group Medical Visit for the Menopausal Transition at the 2023 Integrative Medicine & Health
      Symposium in Chicago, IL.

      Dr. Deanna Kepka delivered a podium presentation titled Improving HPV Vaccination Rates in the Mountain West at the
      Huntsman Cancer Institute Research Retreat: Discovery, Innovation, and Celebration.

      Dr. Djin Tay was invited to present a research talk about non-parental caregiving and its implications for caregivers working in academia. She presented Emotional and Health Impacts of End of Life Caregiving and Bereavement: Implications for Family Caregivers in Academia and STEM at Policies and Practices for Supporting Family Caregivers Working in Science, Engineering, and Medicine: Symposium 2. The symposium, part of a series, provided guidance to an expert committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) who will create a report to provide leaders in academia and government with evidence-based guidance on how to implement policies and programs to support the retention, re-entry, and advancement of students and professionals working in science, engineering, and medicine who have family caregiving responsibilities.

      Olivia Frazier, Eden Bennett, and Joshua Nay delivered a presentation about Transformational Gifts at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Nursing Advancement Professional Conference in Washington, DC.

      Dean Marla De Jong and Robin Newhouse facilitated the Academic Health Center Like Schools Focused Discussion at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) Deans Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, and presented themes to the AACN Board of Directors.

      Christopher Stucky, Felichism Kabo, and Dean Marla De Jong presented a poster titled Associations of Surgical Team Communication with the Layout of Physical Space: A Network Analysis of the Operating Room in a Military Medical Center at the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses Global Surgical Conference & Expo in San Antonio. They won third place for research posters.  

       

      March

      Dr. Mollie Cummins was a member of the Scientific Program Committee for the 2023 AMIA (American Medical Informatics Association) Informatics Summit.

      • Dr. Mollie Cummins Chaired the Social Determinants of Health: Addressing Disparities and Bias session.
      • Ram Gouripeddi, Dr. Mollie Cummins, and colleagues presented a poster titled Developing a Metadata Description for Publishing Research Data Resources for Promoting their Reuse.
      • Ram Gouripeddi, Jackson Barlocker, Natalya Alekhina, Jace Johnny, Jennifer Lloyd, Haddy Bah, Tina Greimes, and Dr. Mollie Cummins presented a poster titled Performance of Containerized Text De-identification (TiDE) for De-identification of RECOVER EHR Clinical Notes. The Nursing Informatics Conference Engagement Scholarship supported Natalya Alekhina, Jace Johnny, and Jennifer Lloyd’s participation.

      The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) invited Dr. Scott Christensen and Chris Snyder, University of Utah Chief of Police (Retired)to present Safety and Violence in Health care on April 26, 2023, at the 48th Annual ONS Congress.

      Dr. Shawna Sisler delivered two podium presentations at the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners 44th National Conference on Pediatric Health Care.

      • Stephanie Evans and Dr. Shawna Sisler presented Lethal Means Reduction: The What, Why and How of Means Reduction for the Pediatric-focused APRN.
      • Dr. Shawn Sisler presented Collaborative Parent-Teen Safety Planning for Suicidal Teens.

      Dr. Scott Christensen, Shaun Hansen, and Dr. Barbara Wilson presented Conceptualizing Nurse Emotions with Affective Events Theory: A Scoping Review at the Cleveland Clinic Nursing Institute’s 18th Annual ClinicalNursing Research Conference.

      Dr. Djin Tay, Mia Hashibe, and Dr. Lee Ellington presented When Hope is Not Enough: The Relationship between Optimism, Mental Health and Coping among Immunotherapy Patients and Caregivers at the Data Blitz session of the 2023 Palliative Care Research Cooperative Annual Investigator Meeting

      Dr. Erin Meyer will present a video poster titled Autism: A Parallel Life in a Three-Dimensional Spectrum, which was selected through a peer-reviewed, competitive process for publication on the YouTube channel for the Conference for Global Transformation, an annual international conference held virtually. If you are interested in attending this conference, contact Dr. Meyer to learn about conference prerequisites. The video stars Rachael Hamilton and will be available starting May 19, 2023.  

       

      February 

      Dr. Deanna Kepka presented an oral presentation titled Higher Levels of HPV Vaccine Hesitancy among Rural Hispanic Young Adults in the Western U.S. at EUROGIN 2023 

      Dr. Deanna Kepka was invited to offer introductory remarks at the National Cancer Institute’s Division of Cancer Control & Population Sciences’ HPV Cancer Center Consortium, which aims to reconnect cancer centers, researchers, and practitioners in a collaborative environment; discuss increasing uptake of the HPV vaccine and reducing HPV-related cancers, and highlight local issues surrounding HPV vaccination. 

      Brian Jack, Dr. Andrea Wallace, and Peter Yellowlees are featured speakers at the AHRQ National Webinar Leveraging Digital Technologies to Address the Needs of Underserved Populations panel discussion on February 28, 2023. These experts will share findings from their research on reducing health disparities and improving the quality of care for diverse patients through innovative digital health interventions. 

      Dr. Deanna Kepka was invited to deliver a presentation titled Successful Technology-based Rural Patient HPV Vaccination Reminder Intervention and Social Media Assessment of Strategies to Reduce HPV Vaccine Misinformation at EUROGIN 2023 in Bilbao, Spain.  

      Dr. Lauri Linder mentored five students who will present at the Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research (UCUR) on February 17, 2023.  

      • Sydney GillilandUsability of the Revised Color Me Healthy App for Children with Cancer 
      • Hakop Kardzhyan – Health Narratives of Children with Cancer Using an mHealth App 
      • Brianna Oliveros – Qualitative Usability Evaluation of the Revised Color Me Healthy App: Perceptions of Parents 
      • Minahil Usman – Pediatric Oncology Patients’ Conceptualization of Cancer Symptoms 
      • Haley Utendorfer – Qualitative Usability Evaluation of the Revised Color Me Healthy App: Perceptions of Children 

      In addition, Dr. Kimberly Garcia mentored Ella Baker who will present Improving Neonatal Resuscitation Curriculum Using Demographic Information and Preferred Learning Methods from Guatemalan Lay Midwives. 

       

      January

      Dr. Mollie Cummins, Ramkiran Gouripeddi, Jackson Barlocker, Sukrut Shishupal, and Mary Beth Scholand presented a poster titled Data Science and Teamwork for Understanding PASC: PCORnet™ RECOVER EHR at the Utah 2023 Data Science Day, which the Utah Center for Data Science and the One Utah Data Science Hub organized.  

      Dr. Mollie Cummins, Dr. Catherine Ivory, and Dr. Robert Lucero hosted a panel discussion titled Perspectives on Adoption of a Unique Identifier for Nurses at the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Annual Symposium in Washington D.C. Panel members discussed the following key points: People are hospitalized to receive nursing care, and some care outcomes are perceived to be sensitive to nursing care. Connecting the care provided by the individual nurse to the person receiving the care is rarely accomplished because nursing care is bundled into the person’s daily room charge. The nursing profession proposes adoption of a unique nurse identifier (UNI) that stays with the nurse throughout the nurse’s career. Adoption of a UNI is a necessary step in quantifying the unique contributions of the nurse (the value of nursing care). To maximize adoption of the UNI, associates from various perspectives must be engaged to assure standards for data governance related to the UNI are applied, and processes to mitigate discrimination and bias are implemented. Panel members explored perspectives on implementing a UNI, and proposed solutions.  

      Dr. Andrea Wallace, Natalie Tedford, and Carolyn Reynolds were panelists for a discussion titled Using the Health System to Address Social Determinants of Child Health at the Pediatric Health Equity Symposium. This conference was designed to share the work on child health equity happening at the University of Utah and Intermountain Healthcare.  

      Faculty, including faculty emeriti, presented at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Doctoral Education Conference.  

      • Dr. Jennifer Clifton and Dr. Leissa Roberts presented a poster titled Community Collaboration with Diverse Population Leads to Faculty Practice Expansion. 
      • Dean Marla De Jong moderated the Life-Schools Discussion for Public Colleges/Universities.  
      • Dr. Patricia Morton presented a Breakfast Forum titled Strategies to Promote Acceptance of a Manuscript. 
      • Dr. Rita Picker, Dr. Mary Beth Happ, and Dr. Lee Ellington presented a poster titled Partnerships for Educating Nursing Scientists. 

      December

      Garza-Levitt, SE, MacFarland MM, Ponce Gonzalez K, Supiano KP. Exploring the intersections of college student poverty, grief, and racial/ethnic identity: A scoping review protocol. Syst. Rev. 2023;12:235, https://doi.org/10.1186/s13643-023-02407-x

      Matovu SN, Ellington L, Watt M, Nakasujja N, Young HM. Grandmothers as primary caregivers for their grandchildren in Uganda: Challenges faced and potential for a sustainable livelihood intervention. Res Gerontol Nurs. 2023. Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.3928/19404921-20231013-02 

      Mooney KH, Coombs LA, Whisenant MS, Wilson CM, Moraitis AM, Steinbach MN, Sloss EA, Lloyd JLE, Alekhina N, Berry PH, Kang Y, Iacob E, Donaldson GW. Impact of an automated remote monitoring and coaching intervention in reducing hospice care family caregiver burden. Cancer. 2023. Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1002/cncr.35131

      Wall M, Shiver S, Partola S, Wilson Steffes N, Ojeda R. Racelighting in Utah education: Counterstories across contexts. Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. 2023. Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1108/EDI-11-2022-0328

      Cajavilca MF, Dassel K, Portugal-Bouza G, Utz R, Supiano K. Establishing a Spanish-focused advance care planning educational session for Latina breast cancer survivors. J Canc Educ. 2023. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13187-023-02387-5

      Cummins MR, Burr J, Young L, Yeatts SD, Ecklund DJ, Bunnell BE, Dwyer JP, VanBuren JM. Decentralized technology use in multicenter clinical research studies based at U.S. academic research centers. J Clin Transl Sci. In press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/cts.2023.678

      Nava M, Christini K, Kepka D, Kent-Marvick J, Digre KB, Stark LA, Davis FA, Lee D, Mukundente V, Napia E, Sanchez-Birkhead A, Tavake-Pasi OF, Villalta J, Brown H, Simonsen S. Do interventions targeting women impact children’s health behaviors? UWH Review. 2023. DOI: 10.26054/0d-jacn-53wd

      Razzaghi H, Forrest C, Hirabayashi K, Allen A, Wu Q, Rao S, Chen Y, Bunnell HT, Chrischilles EA, Cowell LG, Cummins MR, Hanauer DA, Higginbotham MJ, Horne BD, Horowitz CR, Jhaveri R, Kim S, Mishkin A, Muszynski JA, Naggie S, Pajor NM, Paranjape A, Schwenk HT, Sills MR, Tedla YG, Williams DA, Bailey C. (In press, 2023). Vaccine effectiveness against long COVID in children: A report from the RECOVER EHR cohort. Pediatrics. 2023. In press. DOI: 10.1101/2023.09.27.23296100

      Wallace AS, Raaum SE, Johnson EP, Presson AP, Allen CM, Elliott M, Bristol AA, Elmore CE. Impact of COVID-19 visitation policies and hospital capacity on discharge readiness in medicine patients. Discov Health Systems. 2023; 2:45. https://doi.org/10.1007/s44250-023-00060-8

       

      November

      Goodwin RM, Utz R, Elmore C, Ornstein K, Tay DL, Ellington L, Smith, K, Stephens C. Leveraging existing datasets to advance family caregiving research: opportunities to measure what matters. J Aging Soc Policy. In press. 

      Hashibe M, Wei M, Lee CJ, Tao R, Koric A, Wang J, Daud A, Tay D, Shen J, Lee Y-cA, Chang C-PE. Incident cardiovascular disease risk among older Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander breast cancer survivors. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2023;OF1–OF10. https://doi.org/10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-23-0679

      Linder LA, Challinor J. Pediatric oncology nurse-led research and evidence-based practice: Global exemplars to reduce disparity. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol Nurs. 2023;40(5):281-285. https://doi.org/10.1177/27527530231190371

      van Thiel Berghuijs KM, Kaddas HK, Warner EL, Fair DB, Fluchel M, Knackstedt ED, Verma A, Kepka D, Green AL, Smitherman AB, Draper L, Johnson RH, Kirchhoff AC. Vaccination practices of pediatric oncologists from eight states. BMC Health Serv Res. 2023;23(1):1215. doi: 10.1186/s12913-023-10160-z

      Hartsell J, Staes C, Allen K, Dunn A, Wilson F, Samore M, Shoaf K. Navigating the landscape: Barriers and facilitators in electronic case reporting implementation across public health agencies. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2023. Epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000001825     

      Stucky CH, Kabo FW, De Jong MJ, House SL, Wymer JA. Surgical team structure: how familiarity and team size influence communication effectiveness in military surgical teams. Mil Med. 2023;188(S6):232-239. https://doi.org/10.1093/milmed/usad098

      Valenti K, Bybee S, Nwakasi C, Kano M, Coats H. Palliative care professionals’ perceptions of communication with sexual and gender minority patients. Am J Hosp Palliat Med. 2023. Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049909123121266

      Amos V, LeBaron V, Chuong T, Elmore CE, Hamal PK, Paudel BD, Steen A, Chapagain S. Co-constructing collaboration: An evidence-based approach to advance and evaluate equitable global public health research partnerships. PLOS Glob Public Health. 2023;3(10):e0002481. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgph.0002481

      Huntsman-Jones CE, Melini J, Steans T. Starting a follow-up clinic for patients who experience sexual violence. J Nurse Pract. In press. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nurpra.2023.104817    

      Huntsman-Jones C, Igweobi L. The rise of serotonin syndrome. J Nurse Life Care Plan. 2023;XXIII(4):30-33.

      Staes CJ, Beck AC, Chalkidis G, Scheese CH, Taft T, Guo J-W, Newman MG, Kawamoto K, Sloss EA, McPherson JP. Design of an interface to communicate artificial intelligence-based prognosis for patients with advanced solid tumors: A user-centered approach. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2023; ocad201. https://doi.org/10.1093/jamia/ocad201

      Van Thiel Berghuijs KM, Kadas HK, Warner EL, Fair DB, Fluchel M, Knackstedt ED, Verma A, Kepka D, Green A, Smitherman AB, Draper L, Johnson R, Kirchhoff AC. Vaccination practices of pediatric oncologists from eight states. BMC Public Health. In press.

      Warner EL, Hebdon M, Lai D, Smith K, Xiaou J. Young adult cancer care partners: An emerging generation of millennial caregivers. Int J Environ Public Health. In press.

      Waters AR, Turner C, Easterly CW, Tovar I, Mulvaney M, Poquadeck M, Johnston H, Ghazal LV, Rains SA, Cloyes KG, Kirchhoff AC, Warner EL. Exploring online crowdfunding for cancer-related costs among LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Plus) cancer survivors: Integration of community-engaged and technology-based methodologies. JMIR Cancer. 2023;9:e51605. doi: 10.2196/51605

       

      October

      Scheese CH, Nerges J, Sneddon CS, Morton PG. Strategies for transitioning from a clinical position to a faculty role. J Prof Nurs. 2023. Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.profnurs.2023.09.003

      Wawrzynski SE, Cloyes KG, Arasteh K, Guo J-W, Linder L, Reblin M, Alderfer MA. Online experiences, internet-fostered connection, resilience, and adjustment among adolescent siblings of children with cancer. Cancer Nurs. Epub ahead of print. DOI: 10.1097/NCC.0000000000001284

      Utz RL, Caserta M, Iacob E, Sparks C, Stark L, Terrill A, Thompson A, Wong B. Maximizing the benefit of respite for dementia caregivers: A study protocol describing the development & evaluation of the time for living & caring (TLC) intervention. OBM Integr Compliment Med. 2023;8(4):040. doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2304040

       

      September

      Warner EL, Hebdon M, Tay DL, Smith K, Welling A, Xu J. Young adult cancer care partners: A theoretical description of an emerging population with unique needs. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2023;20(17):6646. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20176646 

      Kelly BC, Hanson HA, Hollingshaus MS, Meeks H, Tay D, Stephens C, Ornstein K, Ellington L, Utz R. Disparities and determinants of place of death: Insights from the Utah Population Database. Death Studies. In press. 

      Coaston A, Lee SJ, Johnson J, Hoffman T, Weiss S, Stephens CE. Factors associated with mobile medical clinic use: A retrospective cohort study. Int J Equity Health. In press. Dr. Angel Coaston will present the paper as a poster at the 19th Annual Mobile Health Clinics Conference in Pittsburgh, PA. 

      Stephens C, Tay D, Iacob E, Hollingshaus M, Goodwin R, Kelly B, Smith K, Ellington L, Utz R, Ornstein K. Family ties at end-of-life: Characteristics of nursing home decedents with and without family. Palliat Med Rep. In press. 

       

      August

      Sharareh N, Adesoba TP, Wallace AS, Bybee S, Potter LN, Seligman H, Wilson FA. Associations between food insecurity and other social risk factors among U.S. adults. J Gen Intern Med. 2023. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-023-08360-8  

      Alnajar MK, Abdalrahim MS, Mosleh SM, Farhan M, Amro K, and Darawad MW. The need of patients living with cancer for palliative care. Int J Palliat Nurs. 2023;29(5):236-245. doi: 10.12968/ijpn.2023.29.5.236 

      Mosleh SM, Alnajar MK, Darawad M. The impact of illness perception on delay in seeking medical help in patients with acute chest pain: A cross-sectional study in the United Arab Emirates. Open Nurs J. 2023;17. DOI: 10.2174/18744346-v17-e230407-2022-181 

      Nassar O, Alshahwan S, Alshahwan R, Halasa S, Alashhab S, Alnajar M. Determinants of parents’ knowledge, attitudes, and practice toward childhood vaccination: A national study. Open Nurs J. 2023;17. DOI: 10.2174/18744346-v17-230223-2022-88 

      Sharareh N, Bybee S, Goldstein E, Jones S, Hess R, Wallace A, Seligman H, Wilson FA. Disparities in food insecurity between sexual minority and heterosexual adults – A higher burden on bisexual individuals. Front Public Health. 2023;11.https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2023.1237091 

      In Other News: 

      Anderson BJ, Zappa M, Glickstein B, Taylor-Swanson L. "The history of Chinese medicine really is very detailed regarding pandemics": A qualitative analysis of evidence-based practice and the use of Chinese herbal medicine by licensed acupuncturists during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. J Integr Complement Med. 2023. Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1089/jicm.2023.0033 

      Bybee SG, Thomas Hebdon MC, Cloyes KG, Hiatt SO, Iacob E, Reblin M, Clayton MF, Ellington L. Cancer caregivers at the end-of-life: How much me vs. how much we? PEC Innovation. 2023;3:100193. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pecinn.2023.100193 

      Chalkidis G, McPherson JP, Beck A, Newman MG, Guo J-W, Sloss EA, Staes CJ. External validation of a machine learning model to predict 6-month mortality for patients with advanced solid tumors. JAMA Netw Open. 2023;6(8):e2327193. DOI:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.27193 

      Christensen SS, Chase-Cantarini S, Li H, Sheng X, Nixon TL, De Jong MJ. Newly licensed nurses’ transition during the pandemic after participating in nurse apprentice program. Collegian. In press. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.colegn.2023.07.002  

      Friberg-Felsted K, Caserta M. Essentials to improve the effectiveness of healthy aging programming: Consideration of social determinants and utilization of a theoretical model. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2023;20(15):6491. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20156491 

      Hunsaker S, Garrett L, Merrill K, Rhodes R. Meeting patients where they are: A nurse-driven quality improvement project to provide influenza vaccinations in the emergency department. J Emerg Nurs. 2023;49(4):553-563.e3. doi: 10.1016/j.jen.2023.02.002 

      McDonald J, Graca S, Citkovitz C, Taylor-Swanson L. Turning point: A review of key research and engagement in 2022. J Integr Complement Med. 2023. Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1089/jicm.2023.0283 

      Tay DL, Sheng X, Meeks HD, Guo J-W, Ornstein K, Mooney K, Varghese TK, Ellington L, Hashibe M. Risk of inpatient and emergency department visits among lung cancer patients receiving immunotherapies as first line treatment: Findings from a linked population dataset. J Clin Oncol. 2023;41(16_suppl):e18817. 10.1200/JCO.2023.41.16_suppl.e18817 

       

      July

      Wilczewski H, Ong T, Ivanova J, Soni H, Barrera JF, Cummins MR, Welch BM, Bunnell BE. Telemedicine from home or the office: Perceptions of mental health providers. Telemed J E Health. 2023. Epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2023.0141  

      Thaweethai T, Jolley SE, Karlson EW, et al. Development of a definition of postacute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection. JAMA. 2023;329(22):1934-1946. (Consortium collaborator, Cummins MR). doi:10.1001/jama.2023.8823  

      Dassel K, Utz R, Sanchez-Birkhead A, Carbajal-Salisbury S, Villalta J, Cajavilca M, Solkowski L, Aruscavage N, Supiano K, Iacob E. Health disparities in advance care planning: Development of a Spanish-language LEAD Guide (Life-Planning in Early Alzheimer's and Other Dementias). Health Equity. In press. 

      Olsen GH, Gee PM, Wolfe D, Winberg C, Carpenter L, Jones C, Jacobs JR, Leither L, Peltan ID, Singer SJ, Asch SM, Grissom CK, Srivastava R, Knighton AJ. Awakening and breathing coordination: A mixed-methods analysis of determinants of implementation. 2023. Ann Am Thorac Soc. Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1513/AnnalsATS.202212-1048OC    

      Stegenga K, Erickson J, Linder L, Macpherson CF, Elswick RK Jr, Ameringer S. Development, validity, and reliability of a new instrument to assess symptom self-management behaviors in adolescents/young adults with cancer. 2023. Palliat Support Care. Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1478951523000810  

      Tay DL, Reblin M, Iacob E, Cloyes KG, Thomas Hebdon MC, Reynaga M, Mooney K, Ellington L. Cancer hospice caregivers' self-care behaviors: The role of caregiving tasks, burden, and mental health. 2023. J Hosp Palliat Nurs. Epub ahead of print. DOI: 10.1097/NJH.0000000000000962 

      Winn M, Karra P, Freisling H, Gunter MJ, Haaland B, Litchman ML, Doherty JA, Playdon MC, Hardikar S. Metabolic obesity phenotypes and obesity-related cancer risk in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. 2023. Endocrinol Diab Metab. Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1002/edm2.433 

       

      June

      Allen NA, Litchman ML, Greenwood DA, Ng A, Sanchez-Birkhead A. (2023). Hispanic diabetes peer facilitator training needs and connections to Hispanics with type 2 diabetes. Hisp Health Care Int. 2023. Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1177/15404153231175998 

      Als A, Dassel KB, He Y, Allen NA. The association between Medicare annual wellness visits and diabetes outcomes among older adults. World Med Health Policy. In Press 

      Berg CA, Suchy Y, de Grey RGK, Allen NA, Campbell MS, Munion A, Butner J, Helgeson VS. Cognitive abilities and collaboration in couples in type 1 diabetes management. Diabetes Spectr. 2023;36(1):33-40. https://doi.org/10.2337/ds21-0057 

      Carroll AJ, Mohanty N, Wallace AS, Langman CB, Smith JD. Perspectives of primary care clinicians on the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric hypertension. Fam Community Health. 2023;46(2):123-127. DOI: 10.1097/FCH.0000000000000358 

      Helgeson VS, Allen NA, Tracy EL, Butner J, Berg CA. Diabetes stress contagion among romantic partners: A daily diary investigation. J Behav Med. 2022;45(5):716-727. DOI: 10.1007/s10865-022-00337-y 

      Scheese CH. Coming full circle: A transplant nurse on why tissue donation matters. Am J Nurs. 2023;123(6):64. DOI: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000938760.53953.63  

      Simonsen SE, Sunada GR, Digre K, Stark LA, Mukundente V, Napia E, Tavake-Pasi F, Villalta J, Lee D, Davis F, Sanchez-Birkhead A, Brown BH, Baron KG. Short sleep duration and interest in sleep improvement in a multi-ethnic cohort of diverse women participating in a community-based wellness intervention: An unmet need for improvement. BMC Women's Health. 2023;23:188. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12905-023-02341-z 

      Bybee SG, Wilson CM. Why good cancer care means gender-affirming care for transgender individuals with gendered cancers: Implications for research, policy, and practice. J Clin Oncol. 2023. Epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1200/JCO.22.01857 

      Chavez-Yenter D, Vagher J, Clayton MF, Rindler M, Shukovich M, Kaphingst KA. "Being proactive, not reactive": exploring perceptions of genetic testing among White, Latinx, and Pacific Islander Populations. J Community Genet. 2021;12(4):617-630. DOI: 10.1007/s12687-021-00542-3 

      Hiatt RA, Clayton MF, Collins KK, Gold HT, Laiyemo AO, Truesdale KP, Ritzwoller DP. The Pathways to Prevention (P2P) Program: Nutrition as Prevention for Improved Cancer Outcomes. J Natl Cancer Inst. Accepted. https://doi.org/10.1093/jnci/djad079 

      Johnson KB, Sharma A, Henry NL, Wei M, Bie B, Hershberger CE, Rhoades EE, Sen A, Johnson RE, Steenblik J, Hockings J, Budd GT, Eng C, Foss J, Rotroff DM. Genetic variations that influence paclitaxel pharmacokinetics and intracellular effects that may contribute to chemotherapy-induced neuropathy: A narrative review. Front Pain Res (Lausanne). 2023;4:1139883. doi: 10.3389/fpain.2023.1139883  

      Tjia J, Clayton MF, Fromme EK, McPherson ML, DeSanto-Madeya S. Shared Medication PLanning In (SIMPLIfy) home hospice: An educational program to enable goal-concordant prescribing in home hospice. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2021;62(5):1092-1099. DOI: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2021.05.015 

      Tjia J, Clayton MF, Chiriboga G, Staples B, Puerto G, Rappaport L, DeSanto-Madeya S. Stakeholder-engaged process for refining the design of a clinical trial in home hospice. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2021;21:92. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12874-021-01275-0  

       

      Eaton J, Neller S, Fernandez Cajavilca M, Johnson JK, Ellington L. Iterative review and revision of the Enhancing Active Caregiver Training (EnACT) intervention. J Alzheimers Dis Rep. 2023;7(1):461-467. https://doi.org/10.3233/ADR-220096 

      Platt C, Gephart S, Platt B. Middle-range theory of the adapting foster family: Mathematical modeling in nursing science. Nurs Sci Q. 2023;36(3):273-281. doi:10.1177/08943184231169750 

      Sharareh N, Seligman H, Adesoba TP, Wallace AS, Hess R, Wilson FA. Food Insecurity disparities among immigrants in the United States. AJPM Focus. 2023. Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.focus.2023.100113 

       

      May

      Cummins MR, Ong T, Ivanova J, Barrera JF, Wilczewski H, Soni H, Welch BM, Bunnell BE. 2023. Consensus guidelines for
      teledermatology: Scoping review. JMIR Dermatol. 2023;6:e46121. doi:10.2196/46121

      Guo J-W, Chow M, Amici J, Yu P, and Kuo C. Public opinions about an older adult playing a persuasive game: Based on social
      media messages. Aging Health Res. 2023. Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ahr.2023.100145

      Guo J-W, Tay D, Weinstein SM, Lyons A, Sward KA. Cancer pain trajectories in the last two years of life. Journal of Taiwan
      Association for Medical Informatics. 2023;32(1):41-58. https://www.airitilibrary.com/Publication/alDetailedMesh?DocID=10213155-N202305090006-00005&PublishTypeID=P001

      Waters AR, Weir C, Kramer HS, van Thiel Berghuijs KM, Wu Y, Kepka D, Kirchhoff AC. Implementation barriers and considerations for recommending and administering the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination in oncology settings. J Cancer Surviv. 2023. Epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1007/s11764-023-01391-4

      Miele K, Kim SY, Jones R, Rembert JH, Wachman EM, Shrestha H, Henninger ML, Kimes TM, Schneider PD, Deshmukh VG, Sivaloganathan V, Sward KA, Sanjuan PM, Maxwell JR, Seligman NS, Caveglia S, Louis JM, Wright T, Bennett CC, Green C, George N, Gosdin L, Tran E, Meaney-Delman D, Gilboa SM. Medication for opioid use disorder during pregnancy – Maternal and infant network to understand outcomes associated with use of medication for opioid use disorder during pregnancy (MAT-LINK), 2014-2021. MMWR Surveill Summ. 2023;72(No. SS-3):1-14. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.ss7203a1  

      Dr. Jacqueline Eaton wrote Portrait of a Caregiver, which was featured in Accelerate. Jacqueline shared an arts-based approach for engaging caregivers of people living with dementia. 

      Ou JY, Bennion N, Parker K, Fair D, Hanson HA, Kepka D, Warner EL, Ramsay JM, Kaddas HK, Kirchhoff AC. Risk factors and trends for HPV-associated subsequent malignant neoplasms among adolescent and young adult cancer survivors. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2023. Epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-22-0826 

      Kabo FW, Stucky MJ, De Jong MJ. Associations of surgical team communication with the layout of physical space: a network analysis of the operating room in a military medical center. Health Environments Research & Design Journal. 2023. Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1177/19375867231159130 

       

      April

      Ellis J, Ward K, Garrett K, Taylor E, Clark E, Baksh L, Simonsen S. Changes to birth plans due to COVID-19: A survey of Utah
      midwives and doulas. J Midwifery Womens Health. 2023. Epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1111/jmwh.13491

      Carroll AJ, Tedla YG, Padilla R, Jain A, Segovia E, Moin A, Wallace AS, Sanuade OA, Langman CB, Mohanty N, Smith JD.
      Adherence to the 2017 clinical practice guidelines for pediatric hypertension in safety-net clinics. JAMA Netw Open.
      2023;6(4):e237043. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.7043

      Sharareh N, Wang C-Y, Wallace AS, Butler J. Indications of food insecurity in the content of telephone calls to a community
      referral system. PLoS ONE. 2023;18(4):e0284624. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0284624

      Steenblik J, Jones A, Gold C, Seymour G, Garrett L, Griffith M, Blitch A, Langi S, Crump J, Madsen T. Improving access to
      naloxone and opioid resources through the emergency department. Am J Emerg Med. 2023. Epub ahead of print.
      https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajem.2023.04.004

      Gee PM, Clift A, Osteyee J, Katz R, Collingridge D. Fall risk instrument for pediatric behavioral health patients (BHFR-P©): A
      validity and reliability study. J Pediatr Nurs. 2023;69:118-120. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2023.02.011

      Starkweather A, Cohen B, Gray TF, Linder L, Zanville N. Cancer-specific health equity metrics in the United States of America: A
      scoping review. Cancer Med. 2023. Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1002/cam4.5881

       

      March

      Christensen SS, Nixon TL, Aguilar RL, Muhamedagic Z, Mahoney K. Using participatory management to empower nurses to identify and prioritize the drivers of their burnout. Int J Healthc Manag. 2023. Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1080/20479700.2023.2190251

      Dixon BE, StaesC, Acharya J, Allen KS, Hartsell J, Cullen T, Lenert L, Rucker DW, Lehmann H. Enhancing the nation’spublic health information infrastructure: A report from the ACMI symposium. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2023; ocad033. https://doi.org/10.1093/jamia/ocad033

      Mair CA, Thygesen LC, Aldridge M, Tay DL, Ornstein KA. End-of-life experiences among "kinless" older adults: A nationwide register-based study. J Palliat Med. 2023. Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1089/jpm.2022.0490

      Neller SA,CloyesKG, Edelman LS,Wong B, Baines B, Towsley GL. Preparing for the future while living in the present: Older adults’ experiences creating a legacy of values.Gerontologist. 2023. Accepted. https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnad019

      Reblin M, Tay DL,Iacob E, Cloyes KG, Hebdon MCT, Ellington L. Hospice caregivers’ perception of family and non-family social support and stress over time: Associations with reports of general support.Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2023;20(6):5009. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20065009

      Coats H, Doyon K, Isaacson M, Tay D, Rosa WE, Mayahara M, et al. The 2023-2026 Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association research agenda. J Hosp Palliat Nurs. 2023;25(2). DOI: 10.1097/NJH.0000000000000935 

       

      March

      Eaton J, Cloyes KG, Paulsen B, Madden C, Ellington L. The development of knowledgeable nursing assistants as creative
      caregivers (KNACC). Geriatr Nurs. 2023;51:95-101. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gerinurse.2023.02.015

      Eaton J, Cloyes KG, Paulsen B, Wong B, Madden C, Ellington L. Pilot testing the knowledgeable nursing assistants as
      creative caregivers (KNACC) guide. Geriatr Nurs. 2023;51:65-68. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gerinurse.2023.02.013

      Mooney K, Whisenant MS, Wilson CM, Coombs LA, Lloyd J, Alekhina N, Sloss EA, Steinbach M, Moraitis AM, Berry P,
      Iacob E, Donaldson G. Technology-assisted mHealth caregiver support to manage cancer patient symptoms: A randomized
      controlled trial. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2023. Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2023.02.320

      Waters AR, Kaddas HK, van Thiel Berghuijs KM, Vaca Lopez PL, Warner EL, Ou JY, Ramsay JM, Palmer A, Ray N, Tsukamoto
      T, Fair DB, Lewis MA, Linder L, Gill D, Kirchhoff AC. COVID-19 related employment disruptions and increased financial burden
      among survivors of adolescent and young adult cancer. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2023. Epub ahead of print.
      https://doi.org/10.1089/jayao.2022.0099

      Yang R, Jensen FB, Edelman LS, Cloyes KG, Donaldson GW, Sanders NA, Pepper GA. (2023). “Being careful”: How much
      caution is enough? The relational context of fear of older adult falling in older adult-family-caregiver dyads. Geriatr Nurs. 2023;51:129-135. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gerinurse.2023.03.001 

       

      February

      Brandt HM, Footman A, Adsul P, Ramanadhan S, Kepka D. Implementing interventions to start HPV vaccination at age 9: Using the evidence we have. Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2023. Epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1080/21645515.2023.2180250. 

      Coronado GD, Petrik AF, Slaughter M, Kepka D, Naleway AL. Adolescents who have undergone human papillomavirus vaccination are more likely to get a COVID-19 vaccine. J Adolesc Health. 2023. Epub ahead of print. DOI: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2022.12.022 

      Staes C, Yusuf S, Hambly M, Phengphoo S, Guo J-W. Safety risks and workflow implications associated with nursing-related free-text communication orders. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2023; ocad018. https://doi.org/10.1093/jamia/ocad018 

      Warner ZC, Gilbert-Gard K, Reid B, Joseph W, Kepka D, Auguste P, Warner EL. Knowledge and awareness of colorectal cancer among a predominantly Indigenous Caribbean community. BMC Public Health. 2023;23:243. DOI: 10.1186/s12889-022-14810-5   

      Warner EL, Wilson AR, Rainbow JG, Ellington L, Kirchhoff AC. Employment of young adult cancer caregivers, other disease caregivers, and non-caregiving adults. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021;18(14):7452. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18147452 

      Wawrzynski S, Alderfer M, Waters AR, Linder L, Reblin M, Guo J-W, Litchman M, Cloyes K. Technology-mediated support among siblings of children with cancer. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2023. Epub ahead of print.  https://doi.org/10.1089/jayao.2022.0151 

      As a part of the American Association of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) Nurse-Sensitive Indicator Special Interest Group, Dr. Brenda Luther, Honor Martin, and DNP student Krissa Hendricks Nordblad published Leading the Way to Health Equity in AAACN ViewPoint 

      Bybee S, Cloyes KG, Mooney K, Supiano K, Baucom BRW, Ellington L. Shoulder-to-shoulder: How cancer affects the intimate relationships of sexual and gender minority and non-SGM couples. Behav Ther. 2023;46(1). Available at https://services.abct.org/i4a/doclibrary/index.cfm?category_id=26. 

      Dr. Erin Meyer submitted a report titled ‘At Home,’ An Inquiry, that was selected through a peer-reviewed, competitive process for publication on the website for the Conference for Global Transformation, an annual international conference held virtually. If you are interested in attending this conference, contact Dr. Meyer to learn about conference prerequisites. The reports and proceedings will not be published on the website until the conference begins on May 19, 2023. 

      Waters AR, van Thiel Berghuijs KM, Kaddas HK, Vaca Lopez PL, Chevrier Am, Ray N, Tsukamoto T, Allen K, Fair DB, Lewis MA, Perez GK, Park ER, Kirchhoff AC, Warner EL. Sources of informal financial support among adolescent and young adult cancer survivors: A mixed methods analysis from the HIAYA CHAT study. Support Care Cancer. 2023;31(3):159. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00520-023-07626-5  

      Weidner M, Towsley GL. Meaningful connections: An education program to enhance resident-certified nursing assistant relationships. Gerontol Geriatr Educ. 2023. https://doi.org/10.1080/02701960.2023.2174116 

      Yi J, Younce B, Chung E, Kim MA, Bradbury L. Mothers' bereavement and evolving relationships with their dead child in South Korea. Fam Relat. 2023;1-16. https://doi.org/10.1111/fare.12841

      Meek PM, Schmiege SJ, Sood A, Petersen H, Vazquez-Guillamet R, Irshad H, McDonald J, and Tesfaigzi Y. Testing of a novel questionnaire of Household Exposure to Wood Smoke. PLOS Glob Public Health. 2023;3(1): e0001500. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgph.0001500 

       

      January

      Brenner R, Cole L, Towsley GL, Farrell TW. Adults without advocates and the unrepresented: A narrative review of terminology and settings. Gerontol Geriatr Med. 2023;9. https://doi.org/10.1177/23337214221142936  

      Chan GK, Cummins MR, Taylor CS, Rambur B, Auerbach DI, Meadows-Oliver M, Cooke C, Turek EA, Pittman P. An overview and policy implications of national nurse identifier systems: A call for unity and integration. Nurs Outlook. 2023. In press. DOI: 10.1016/j.outlook.2022.10.005  

      Charron E, Kent-Marvick J, Gibson T, Taylor E, Bouwman K, Sani GM, Simonsen SE, Stone RH, Kaiser JE, McFarland MM. Barriers to and facilitators of hormonal and long-acting reversible contraception access and use in the US among reproductive-aged women who use opioids: A scoping review. Prev Med Rep. 2023. In press. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2023.102111 

      Peterson J, Wilson TF, Watt MH, Gruhl J, Davis S, Olsen J, Parsons MW, Kann BH, Swire-Thompson B, Fagerlin A, Warner EL, King AJ, Chino F, Johnson SB. International medical tourism of US cancer patients for alternative cancer treatments: Financial, demographic, and clinical profiles of online crowdfunding campaigns. Cancer Med. 2023. Epub ahead of print.  https://doi.org/10.1002/cam4.5636 

      Chang C-P, Wilson CM, Rowe K, Snyder J, Dodson M, Deshmukh V, Newman M, Fraser A, Smith K, Date A, Stanford JB, Gaffney D, Mooney K, HashibeM. Sexual dysfunction among gynecologic cancer survivors in a population-based cohort study. Support Care Cancer. 2022;31:51. doi: 10.1007/s00520-022-07469-6

      DasselKB,IacobE, UtzRL,SupianoKP, FuhrmannH. Promoting advance care planning for persons with dementia: Study protocol for the LEAD (Life-Planning in Early Alzheimer’s and Dementia) clinical trial. OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine.2023;8(1):26. doi:10.21926/obm.icm.2301004

      Elmore CE, Acharya SC, Dulal S, Enneking-Norton F, Hamal PK, Kattel R, Maurer MA, Paudel D, Paudel BD, Shilpakar R, Shrestha DS, Thapa U, Wilson DT, LeBaron V. Building a 'Virtual Library': Continuing a global collaboration to strengthen research capacity within Nepal and other low-and middle-income countries. Glob Health Action. 2022;15(1):2112415. doi: 10.1080/16549716.2022.2112415
       

      December

      Phoebe Judge interviewed Dr. Julie Valentine and others for an episode on sexual assault kits for the podcast Criminal, Episode 246: The Kit. Criminal is an award-winning podcast about true crime, including stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.

      Dr. Lee Ellington wrote an article titled Family Caregiver Month in Utah Spotlights Unsung Heroes for GOOD NOTES Voices of U of U Health. The article discusses Utah's recognition of family caregivers during Family Caregiver Month in November 2023. Governor Spencer Cox declared November 2023 as Family Caregiver Month in Utah, acknowledging the significant contributions of more than 400,000 family caregivers in the state. The Family Caregiving Collaborative at the University of Utah actively supports caregivers by addressing their challenges and advocating for their needs. The collaborative is part of a nationwide effort to support family caregivers, and recently participated in the Caregiver Nation Summit in Washington, D.C. Dr. Ellington challenges Utah to become a national leader in supporting family caregivers.

      Dr. Kara Dassel published Opinion: Aging should be top of mind for everyone – especially our policymakers in the Salt Lake Tribune on November 25, 2023. The article urges policymakers to renew critical pieces of bipartisan legislation that continue the government’s focus on Alzheimer’s disease, healthy aging, dementia risk, and health disparities in underrepresented populations.  

       

      November

      Dr. Deanna Kepka and Dr. B.J. Rimel, members of the Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI), were nominated to represent AACI at the National Roundtable on Cervical Cancer. From their participation, they authored a commentary titled Collaborating to Reduce Disparities in Cervical Cancer, which discusses how lack of public understanding contributes to stigma about cervical cancer and inhibits vaccination and screening. The commentary describes self-sampling as a way to empower patients – particularly for members of historically marginalized groups, those who live in rural communities, and those who have experienced trauma – and stresses the importance of collaborating and leveraging cancer centers to eliminate cervical cancer.

      Lindsay Fischer featured Dr. Scott Christensen in the Oncology Nursing News article The Rate of Workplace Violence in Oncology Remains High. Dr. Christensen emphasized the importance of individual measures for nurses to decrease their risk, such as being aware of patient histories and recognizing signs of potential escalation. He highlighted the need for a culture of safety within healthcare institutions, including establishing a zero-tolerance policy for violence, offering regular training on patient de-escalation, implementing engineering controls, and creating efficient reporting processes and follow-up procedures.

      The College of Nursing Simulation Center was mentioned in Becker’s Hospital Review for 34 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Simulation and Education Programs 2023. Becker's named 34 hospitals and health systems with great simulation and education programs, providing students and professionals the opportunity to develop necessary skills in realistic yet controlled environments. Hospitals and health systems with simulation and education programs see improved patient outcomes, reduced healthcare costs, and enhanced patient safety. Programs mentioned offer cutting-edge technologies, lifelike scenarios, and safe environments that build provider confidence through practical application. The article notes that in 2022, the simulation team was nominated for the International Nursing Association of Clinical and Simulation Learning Frontline Simulation Champion Excellence Award.

      Dr. Katarina Friberg-Felsted and Dr. Jackie Eaton led work that resulted in the Age-Friendly University Global Network Secretariat designating the University of Utah as an Age-Friendly University. An @theU article titled U receives prestigious Age-Friendly University designation highlights the age-friendly distinction, the University’s commitment to age-friendly initiatives, and quotes Dr. Friberg-Felsted

      Science Friday host Ira Flatow spoke with Dr. Michelle Litchman and Tamiko Rafeek, a member of the Deaf Community Advisory Board, about how board members have provided input and guided development of diabetes education program that works for them. The episode titled How A Deaf Advisory Group Is Changing Healthcare aired on NPR and is available online.

      For The Grief of Overdose Death episode of their Addictions Files podcast, Drs. Darlene Peterson and Paula Cook interviewed Dr. Kathie Supiano regarding the grief of overdose death and how loss isolates those involved, including healthcare workers. 

       

      October

      Jeff Minerd, Contributing Writer for MedPage Today®, wrote Sara Bybee on Transgender Patients With Gendered Cancers, summarizing an interview Dr. Sara Bybee regarding the article Why good cancer care means gender-affirming care for transgender individuals with gendered cancers: implications for research, policy, and practice that she and Christina Wilson published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.


      Danielle Puri and Dr. Joshua Twitchell authored an article titled Providing Culturally Responsive Care for Native Patients for Accelerate. The article highlights the importance of cultural responsiveness in healthcare for Native patients, addresses challenges like healthcare access and health literacy, and shares strategies for building trust. Danielle and Joshua emphasize the need to understand and address to the unique needs of indigenous communities to bridge healthcare gaps and promote well-being.

       

      September

      Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson’s work developing MENOGAP in collaboration with a Community Advisory Board of racially and ethnically-diverse midlife women was spotlighted in an @theU article titled Illuminating Intersectionality 

      Shawna Sisler authored 988 -- THE FEDERAL 3-DIGIT EMERGENCY NUMBER FOR MENTAL HEALTH CRISES: 2023 Update for the National Association for Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Partners for Vulnerable Youth. 988 is built on a three-pillar foundation: 1) Someone to call – when experiencing mental health or substance use-related distress, 2) Someone to come – enhanced crisis response services within all communities to deescalate a crisis when a phone call isn't sufficient, and 3) Somewhere to go – connecting individuals who need additional resources or a higher level of care.

      Dr. Elizabeth Jacobs wrote Caring for At-Risk Youth in Utah Correctional Facilities – Part 2 for University of Utah Health GOOD NOTES: Voices of U of U Health. She shared her story and path that led her to adolescent correctional health and its impact on her career. Elizabeth notes, “The partnership between the College of Nursing and the JJYS is shaping health outcomes for this vulnerable community. And it’s developing providers who are dedicated to the field. It’s an honor to be part of a place that upholds these values. We’re fostering the care we want to give.”

       

      August

      Nena Schvaneveldt – Associate Librarian at the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, and Library Liaison to the College of Nursing – created a video that details how to identify information type and to cite in accordance with American Psychological Association (APA) style. Each semester Nena delivers a two-part lecture to prelicensure students enrolled in NURS 3300 Professional Roles I: Foundations of Professionalism. She consistently goes above and beyond in being available as a resource to College of Nursing students, staff, and faculty, and all find her contributions beneficial.  

      The 5 For The Fight Cancer Research Internship is a 10-week summer program that pairs rising freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors from Howard University with scientists at leading cancer research institutes. 2KUTV featured Mya Thomas, a rising senior Biology major with a chemistry minor at Howard University, and her mentor Dr. Deanna Kepka in Utah nonprofit sponsors 10 Black students to intern with Huntsman cancer researchers. 

      The University of Utah Health Office of Advancement held a special outdoor screening of the Academy Award-winning film CODA at Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre on August 10, 2023. The film was preceded by Language of Care, a short documentary that tells an amazing story of how Deaf patients are co-designing their own care with researchers Dr. Michelle Litchman, Dr. Murdock Henderson, Nic Miller, Dr. Nancy Allen, Dr. Eli Iacob, Dr. Shinduk Lee, and Zach Howes 

      Dr. Jen Clifton wrote Caring for At-Risk Youth in Utah Correctional Facilities – Part 1 for University of Utah Health GOOD NOTES: Voices of U of U Health. A team of CON registered nurses and nurse practitioners provide physical and mental health care for youth in eight Juvenile Justice and Youth Services (JJYS) facilities throughout Utah. Through the CON-JJYS partnership, youth in custody receive the same quality of care as youth in the general population, and nursing students experience a unique learning environment. In fact, youth often have better access to and receive better health care while in custody than they do on the “outs.” The article mentions CON nurses Althea Martinez, Amy Miller, Alex Hanson, and Dr. Kara Wolf. 

       

      June

      Dr. Deanna Kepka was featured in a Pulse News article titled Talking to Patients: HPV Vaccination Can Prevent Cancers Later in a Child’s Life. The article emphasizes that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is one of the important vaccines that a child should receive. The HPV can cause at least six types of cancer and genital warts. HPV vaccination rates have dropped nearly 20% in the past 20 months. 

      ABC4 Daily Dish, hosted by Sariah Farmer interviewed Dr. Joni Lybbert, psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner and 2023 College of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) graduate, about an upcoming event – Climb Out of the Darkness® – a Postpartum Support International (PSI) organized event that raises awareness about emotions that women experience during pregnancy and postpartum, and provides a platform for moms to come together, share their experiences, and find solace in the fact that they are not alone. Climb Out of the Darkness® will be held on June 24, 2023 at Wheeler Historic Farm in Salt Lake City. For her DNP scholarly project, Dr. Lybbert created The Sad Moms Club podcast to connect Utah perinatal women, and improve their awareness of, access to, and use of local perinatal mood and anxiety disorder resources. She found that the podcast was a useful, feasible, acceptable, and effective way to engage and reach perinatal mothers in Utah and overcome barriers to care. The podcast led Dr. Lybbert to network with the PSI Utah Chapter. Subsequently, PSI invited Dr. Lybbert to join its Board as Chair of Community Outreach. For the Daily Dish interview, she is working in her new capacity as Chair. Dr. Caroline Stephens served as Chair for Joni’s DNP Scholarly Project. 

      Dr. Sharifa Al-Qaaydeh was featured in the @THEU article What does anti-Muslim bias look like at the U? A Q&A with Sharifa Al-Qaaydeh” by Matilyn Mortensen in an ongoing series about discrimination and how to prevent it. Dr. Al-Qaaydeh described ways that people can be better allies to Muslim members of the campus community by, for example, asking questions about people rather than making assumptions, not always using students as examples of the underrepresented group they belong to, and realizing that the University has students from a wide variety of backgrounds and life experiences who are Muslim. 

       

      May

      Dr. Kara Dassel was interviewed for a Lynden Legacy Foundation The Long Goodbye Podcast.In episode 4 – Alzheimer’s Care: From Diagnosis to Daily Life, Here's What You Need to Know–Dr. Dassel shared valuable insights and practical tips on how to diagnose and care for those with Alzheimer's disease. Her advice can help improve the daily lives of those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

      In her Health Care Violence Trends And Prevention Strategies podcast, Keira Smith spoke with Dr. Scott Christensen about the Safety and Violence in Healthcare presentation that he delivered at the 48th Annual Oncology Nursing Society Congress in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Christensen outlined the unique safety hazards that nurses face and shares prevention strategies on both the national level and within institutions that can be carried out to protect nursing staff in the workplace. 

       

      April

      The Society for Women’s Health Research offered a travel award to Dr. Deanna Kepka, enabling her to travel to Washington, DC and help create the #SWHRtalksHPV Video Series. The 10 video series was produced so that experts could share facts about HPV immunization, and help parents and guardians learn about the HPV vaccine and cancer prevention.

      Dr. Deanna Kepka was highlighted in the Huntsman Cancer Institute Research Highlights for March 2023for receiving a Merck Investigator StudiesProgram (MISP) grant to study many domains of vaccine hesitancy and confidence in the Mountain West. Dr. Kepka also will use the Utah Statewide Immunization Information System to develop and examine an intervention to build confidence in vaccines with children and young adults enrolled in Utah’s Vaccines for Children Program.

      Dr. Kathie Supiano and Laura Bradbury recently completed filming for the Prolonged Grief Group Therapy: Clinician Training project. Caring Connections plans to launch this training in Fall 2023. Special thanks to Debbie Boulter and Sherri Kerney of the Simulation Center; to the project’s videographer and producer, Nate Wichlacz; and to actors Kathie, Laura, Pat, Jack, Elise, Bridger, Bobby, Tiff, Missy, Christa, Simon, and Jamie.

      Haley Weiss interviewed Dr. Kara Dassel for the TIME article Losing a Spouse Makes Men 70% More Likely to Die Within a Year. The article describes the widowhood effect – both members of a couple dying in short succession. Regarding reasons for the widowhood effect, Haley quoted Dr. Dassel, “it could be that bereavement at a younger age—since it’s more unusual to lose a spouse so young—creates added stress compared to later in life, when it may be more anticipated. 

       

      March

      Dr. Sara Bybee presented Bot Detection and Dyadic Surveys for Data Skeptic’s All About Surveys audio podcast. Dr. Bybee described how the threat of bots and individuals misrepresenting themselves in internet-mediated research pertains to her research about understanding LGBTQ couples facing cancer.
       

      The Winter 2023 issue of University of Utah Magazine included an article titled Training Utah’s Rural Nurses, which showcases the College’s Health Resources and Services Administration-funded Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention (NEPQR) program (Project Director Dr. Linda Edelman; Program Manager Harper Vander Hoek), and Josie Moosman, a Doctor of Nursing Practice student and registered nurse who works at the Wayne Community Health Center in Bicknell, Utah. Josie’s career path and leadership in the clinic and community epitomize rural nursing in Utah. Last year, Josie was featured in A Day in the Life of a Rural Nurse (available on the NEPQR website), a film that highlights the importance and varied roles of registered nurses who work in rural communities. College of Nursing faculty at the University of Utah and other nursing schools in the United States now include the film in their nursing curriculum.  

       

       

      February

      Dr. Deanna Kepka was featured on Talakoula 90.9FM KRCL radio, a public affairs show for Tongan and Pacific Islanders in Utah and worldwide. In a discussion with pharmacist Siu'ea Kupu from Tala Koula, Dr. Kepka spoke about human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer, and the importance of children receiving the HPV vaccine and adults being screened for cervical cancer.  

      Dr. Danna Kepka was featured in an article titled Teton County has 'room' to vaccinate more kids against cancer: HPV vaccine prevents cancer, particularly if it’s given before kids become sexually active by Billy Arnold in the Jackson Hole News & Guide. According to Dr. Kepka, “The most important demographic that should be getting this vaccine is our 9- to 12-year-olds.”  

      In her NBC Health News article titled The high cost of diabetes drugs has led to a flourishing black market, Kaitlin Sullivan described Dr. Michelle Litchman’s diabetes research about diabetes trading, and quoted Dr. Litchman, including, “People are priced out of being able to take care of themselves.” 

      Paula Span, New York Times reporter and New Old Age columnist, contacted Dr. Kathie Supiano, Director of Caring Connections about COVID-19 Grief Support Groups, and with participant permission, interviewed support group members about losing an older family member. In For Older Americans, the Pandemic Is Not Over, Paula quoted participant Vic Caretti who related the story of his 85 year-old father’s COVID death in the ICU.  

      Dr. Scott Christensen authored an article titled How Nurses and Administrators Can Respond to the Prevalence of Violence in Health Care, for Oncology Nursing Society’s web series ONS Voice 

       

      January

      As described in its press release, University of Utah Health proudly presented Language of Care, an incredible story of how a community of Deaf patients are breaking barriers by co-designing their own care with Dr. Michelle Litchman, members of her research team – Dr. Murdock Henderson, Nic Miller, Dr. Nancy Allen, Dr. Eli Iacob, Dr. Shinduk Lee, and Zach Howes – and members of her Community Advisory Board – Lorne Farovitch, Jeremy Quiroga, Dianna Rivas, Tamiko Rafeek, and Michael Tyler. Language of Care premiered on January 23, 2023 at a sponsored event at Filmmaker Lodge in Park City during the 2023 Sundance Film Festival. In the film, and during an accompanying panel discussion, Dr. Litchman described challenges that Deaf patients have navigating health care, and addressed ways to bridge the linguistic and cultural gaps needed to better care for them. An additional screening took place at Broadway Theater in Salt Lake City on January 25, 2023.  

      As a member of the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) Task Force, Dr. Jennifer Clifton helped revise the 2022 edition of Standards for Health Services in Juvenile Detention and Confinement Facilities. The task force of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, and mental health experts from throughout the United States worked for more than 18 months to update the 2015 Juvenile Standards. The revision brings juvenile standards up to date with best practices for evidence-based care of youths, and aligns with NCCHC’s 2018 Standards for Health Services. The American Association of Nurse Practitioners interviewed Dr. Clifton about the changes, how changes pertain to nurse practitioners caring for juveniles in detention and confinement facilities, and the importance of having nurse practitioners contribute to decision-making. 

      Jacqueline Scheider wrote The RedMed Employee Health Clinic Benefits All U Of U Employees and disseminated it throughout the University. Vianney Alcala provided the photos. RedMed, the University Employee Health Clinic, is located on the ground floor of the A. Ray Olpin University Union. College of Nursing faculty and staff provide urgent care, work injury, immunization, and occupational medicine services at no cost to University employees.  

      Dr. Nanci McLeskey and Dr. Rebekah Perkins wrote an article titled University of Utah (U of U) College of Nursing (CON) Launches an Innovative, 6-week Undergraduate Geriatric Nursing Course that was included in the January 2023 National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence Newsletter. The article highlighted a new 6-week hybrid Undergraduate Geriatric Nursing Course for second semester CON nursing students in an effort to better prepare them for future practice. Early feedback indicates that the course provides the necessary knowledge and testing practice skills required to successfully master NCLEX questions related to geriatric nursing principles. In addition, the course provide novice nurses the necessary knowledge and confidence to apply foundational nursing principles in caring for older adult clients.  

      December

      Jesika Chavez-England and Amanda Keddington have been appointed Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) Advocacy Leaders,representing the state of Utah. As advocacy leaders, they participate in quarterly conference calls to develop their advocacy skills and become informed on the latest health policy discussions. GNSA Advocacy Leaders create an impact by amplifying the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) policy and advocacy messaging, and provide feedback to AACN staff on policy issues that are important to graduate nursing students. 

      Dr. Kathie Supiano and Laura Bradbury of Caring Connections spent two days training and supporting behavioral health, health care, and first responders at the Duck Valley Reservation of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes in Nevada/Idaho, responding to a need for traumatic grief support.

      Dr. Deanna Kepka has been invited to serve a three-year term on the American Cancer Society’s Peer Review Committee for Etiology, Screening, and Early Detection   

      Erica Fischer-Cartlidge, Chief Clinical Officer of the Oncology Nursing Society, praised Dr. Lauri Linder, writing, “On behalf of the Oncology Nursing Society, I would like to thank you for sharing the talents of Lauri Linder with us as a member of the 2024-2027 Research Priority Setting Task Force. As an ONS volunteer, Lauri is helping us to further the mission and vision of our organization. Volunteers are incredibly important to our success. They are helping to shape the future of oncology nursing and its impact on professional practice and patient care. We rely on their insight and experience to help make everything we do the best it can be for nurses. We greatly appreciate their efforts and hope that you join us in commending her service.”

       

      November

      Dr. Lauri Linder was co-guest editor for the September/October 2023 special issue of the Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing. This special issue addresses global pediatric oncology nursing. Along with co-guest editor Dr. Julia Challinor, Dr. Linder mentored nurses from across the six World Health Organization regions to develop their manuscripts regarding topics ranging from preventing bloodstream infections and addressing care needs of parents, to developing culturally meaningful educational resources.

      Dr. Djin Tay and Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson were selected to be mentors for University of Utah Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR), which provides undergraduate students with an intensive 10-week research experience under the mentorship of a University of Utah faculty member. SPUR mentees receive a stipend, and have a robust summer experience, including hiring and onboarding, belonging to a cohort of scholars, receiving mentorship and advisement, attending educational programs, presenting research, and publishing their work. Students will work with Dr. Tay on her Economic Burden of Cancer Associated with Long-Term Treatment and at End-of-Life project and Dr. Taylor-Swanson on her MENOGAP: Engaging in Community-Led Development and Testing a Group Medical Visit Intervention project.

      Caring Connections team members Dr. Kathie Supiano, Adrienne Bott, Laura Bradbury, Anna Fetzer, and Kimberly Ponce Gonzalez, with support from Dean Marla De Jong, members of the Office of Advancement Mindy Francis and Miriam Lovin, Systems and Technology Cole Wandler, and Office Support – Shelli King, held the annual Grief and the Holidays event for the community. This year’s theme was “How the Light Comes.” The Caring Connections Advisory Board, Larkin Mortuary, and Ruby Snap Cookies supported the event. Taryn Hiatt, Utah and Nevada Area Director of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, was the featured guest speaker, and Peter Breinholt provided musical performances.

      Dr. Ann Butt was chosen as a panelist for the 2024 Educause Horizon Report/Teaching & Learning Edition. This report profiles key trends and emerging technologies and practices shaping the future of teaching and learning, and envisions a number of scenarios and implications for that future. It is based on the perspectives and expertise of a global panel of leaders from across the higher education landscape.

      Dr. Catherine Staes is an invited member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation Data Modernization Initiative Working Group focused on Improving Public Health System Interoperability. The working group includes 10 thought leaders from around the US with diverse experience concerning the public health data ecosystem, and will identify effective pathways to modernize public health information systems and use.

      A group of nursing professionals, including deans, chief nursing officers, and faculty members gathered at Brigham Young University for a Lunch & Learn surrounding The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education.

      • Dr. Rebecca Wilson opened the event by presenting Introduction to The Essentials
      • Dean Sheryl Steadman from Westminster School of Nursing and Health Sciences presented Academic Practice Partnerships.
      • Dr. Gwen Latendresse facilitated a Question & Answer Session.
      • Dr. Reinke Holman, Department Chair of the Annie Taylor Dee School of Nursing at Weber State University, presented Introduction to Competency-Based Assessment.
      • Dr. Julie Gee moderated a panel discussion regarding Work-Ready Graduates, which included panelists Maria Black, Amber Brennan, Benjamin Gawle, and Nicki Roderman.
      • Dean Marla De Jong concluded the event by facilitating the Wrap-up and Topics for the Future discussion.

      Given the Family Caregiving Collaborative’s impactful work in Utah, Utah was one of six states invited to the first Caregiver Nation Summit on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The National Alliance for Caregiving hosted the summit at which leaders in caregiving discussed the future of family caregiving, national and state strategies for supporting caregivers, and equity, innovation, and policy change for caregivers. Representatives from Utah included Dr. Becky Utz, Dr. Nancy Allen, and Rob Ence, Executive Director of the Utah Commission on Aging. As part of the summit, they met with Senators Mitt Romney and Mike Lee, Representatives Blake Moore and Burgess Owens, and White House staffers.

      Steve Seckinger and Emily Cluff medaled in their respective age categories at the Lauren McCluskey 2nd Annual Race for Campus Safety, an event led event that brought the community together to support campus safety. Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit the Lauren McCluskey Foundation.

      Dr. Deanna Kepka partnered with Alliance Community Services to facilitate College of Nursing faculty collaboration with leaders of community-based health organizations and advance the health of underserved communities. The Building Bridges, Transforming Lives: Nursing-Community Collaboration in Action half-day symposium at the WCF Insurance Utah Corporate Headquarters drew in 25 attendees, including Drs. Schola Matovu, Michelle Litchman, and Diane Chapman. By participating in interactive activities like group cafés and a panel discussion, leaders underscored their desire to partner with College of Nursing faculty, and elaborated on the best approaches to begin and maintain successful collaborations.

      Health care professionals, members of community organizations, researchers, health department representatives, and others participated in the Mountain West human papillomavirus (HPV) Stakeholder Meeting on October 9, 2023 to discuss the state of the science and latest strategies to prevent HPV cancers. Hosted by Dr. Deanna Kepka’s Mountain West HPV Vaccination Coalition and in partnership with the American Cancer Society, the meeting served as a space for participants to review and understand the latest trends for HPV vaccination, as well as to foster new, cross-sector partnerships for reducing cancers related to HPV. Forty participants attended in person at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, the first in-person Coalition meeting since 2018, and another 29 attended virtually.

       

      October

      Dr. Josh Wall was appointed to the Utah Board of Nursing for a 4-year term, which began on October 10, 2023.

      The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Graduate Nursing Student Academy (GNSA) recognized Amanda Keddington as the GNSA liaison for the University of Utah. The GNSA provides high-value programs, services, and resources to graduate nursing students enrolled in master's and doctoral programs at AACN member schools as they prepare for their future nursing careers.

      Dr. Josh Wall recently returned from a 3-week humanitarian deployment to eastern Ukraine. In conjunction with International Medical Corps and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Dr. Wall and others taught field trauma fundamentals to physicians, nurses, and combat medics who either work on the frontline or care for those injured on the frontline.

      September

      Dr. Liz Greene and students in the psychiatric-mental health track of the doctor of nursing practice program – Shelby Montez, Jenni Gonzalez, Nancy Dorny, Kara Ripplinger, Amber Dentino, Bronte Reay, Garrett Schwanke, JT Mosier, Jaricka Ash, and Dallin Bawden – joined Dr. Ann Hutton in volunteering on the compassion committee for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness Salt Lake City Walk on September 9, 2023. 

      RedMed Employee Health Clinic, the University Employee Health Clinic located in the A. Ray Olpin Student Union building, is staffed by CON faculty Dr. Katie Davis and CON staff Dr. Carrie Huntsman-Jones, Dr. Lyndsay Wixom, Dr. Joshua Twitchell, and Morgan West. During the past year, the team has been working to expand clinical services and increase utilization. Compared with the first two months of FY23, RedMed had a 95.75% increase in patient volume in the first two months of FY24. The increase is due, in part, to new clinical services such as annual wellness (WellU) exams, occupational hearing exams, and other new services, as well as new efforts to market the clinic.

       

      September

      Dr. Mollie Cummins has been appointed Chair of the External Advisory Board for Columbia University School of Nursing’s NINR-funded T32 Program, Reducing Health Disparities through Informatics (RHeaDI). 

       

      August

      Dr. Kathie Supiano was selected to serve as a key informant for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Interventions to Improve Care of Bereaved Persons evidence review. 

      Dr. Kathie Supiano was selected to serve on the Hospice & Palliative Credentialing Center Exam Development Committee for the Advanced Palliative Hospice Social Worker - Certified Examination. 

      Dr. Brenda Luther and Dr. Paula Meek learned about Namecoach at the Western Institute of Nursing conference. They shared information about it with Dr. Deborah Keyek-Franssen – Associate Vice President and Dean for University Connected Learning – and recommended that Namecoach be added to Canvas. Namecoach is a web-based tool that allows users to record, listen to, and learn name pronunciations, which promotes inclusion and a sense of belonging in the classroom and workplace. Namecoach is available to all University of Utah faculty, staff, and students in Canvas, and soon will be available as an add-on in Microsoft Outlook and Teams. A Faculty Guide contains instructions for using Namecoach, and faculty can invite students to record their name pronunciation in Canvas 

      Mike Brammer serves on the Executive Committee of the University of Utah Staff Council, and recently helped facilitate the Staff Excellence Awards for the Health Academics District. Mike also chairs the newly established New Staff Connections Committee, which serves as a point of contact and engagement for new university staff, including making connections, fostering belonging, increasing awareness of the broader university community, sharing best practices with similar employee groups, finding mentors, and accessing resources. 

      Dr. Linda Edelman was selected as a coach for the Mid-Career Coaching Program within the Utah Coaching and Advancement Network (UCAN). UCAN provides opportunities for trainees, faculty, and staff to promote professional effectiveness, career advancement, and a culture of caring and collegiality through coaching. Dr. Edelman will coach the Fall 2023 cohort of faculty who participate in the Mid-Career Coaching program, which is for faculty members who are interested in pursuing leadership roles or exploring a new direction, and structured around three conversations: 1) Who am I and who do I want to be?, 2) Where do I want to go?, and 3) How do I get there? What is the next step? 

      The 2023 Junior League of Salt Lake City Community Assistance and Resource Event (CARE) Fair was held at West High School on July 28-29, 2023. At the CARE Fair, families accessed routine medical, dental, and vision services, and learned about assistance available within the community. Numerous community agencies and medical service providers provided free care at one time and in one place. On both days, College of Nursing volunteers participated in various activities. Faculty volunteers included Dr. Valerie Flattes, Dr. Jennifer Hamilton, Dr. Frances Johnson, Dr. Brenda Luther, Dr. Jennifer Macali, Dr. Gillian Tufts, and Dr. Andrea Wallace. Prelicensure student volunteers included Emma Kelzer, Ashlee Nelson, Kaitlin Walton, and Annie Williams. 

      Students who participated in an Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake youth camp took a field trip to the College of Nursing Simulation Center on July 20, 2023. Dr. Van Gip-Duran, Simulation Center faculty and staff, and camp leaders provided an excellent experience for students. Donna Baluchi, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion librarian, provided a tour of the amazing study materials and exhibits that are available in the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library 

      The Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake held a Back-to-School Fair on July 29, 2023. Volunteers included Dr. Van Gip-Duran, Danielle Puri, and Doctor of Nursing Practice students Lesley Hemphill and Amber Schmidt. Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson provided information about pursuing a career in nursing, and informed the community about her University of Utah Vice President for Research funded study in which she is collaborating with midlife American Indian and Alaska Native women to adapt an integrative group medical visit intervention – MENOGAP – for peri/menopausal women.  

       

      July

      Dr. Deanna Kepka has been invited to serve on the ACS National Roundtable on Cervical Cancer (ACS NRTCC). The ACS NRTCC is a national coalition of member organizations that, through collective action, will tackle disparities in cervical cancer prevention, screening, and treatment in order to eliminate cervical cancer and reduce the harms caused by the disease. 

      Dr. Ann Butt has been selected to serve on the University Teaching Committee for a three-year term ending August 1, 2026. The committee encourages the efforts of faculty members, departments, and colleges to improve individual teaching skill, devises effective teaching techniques, recognizes and rewards superior achievements in teaching, suggests and encourages procedures through which students may improve effectiveness of the teaching process; makes recommendations concerning University Teaching Grants, the Calvin S. & JeNeal N. Hatch Prize in Teaching, John R. Park Teachers’ Fellowships, and Distinguished Teaching Awards; and reports to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. 

      Dr. Teresa Garrett has been selected to serve on the Conflict-of-Interest Committee for a three-year term ending August 1, 2026. The committee serves as an advisory body to the University administration on conflict of interest issues. Upon referral from the designated vice president, it reviews and recommends approval, disapproval, or approval with conditions regarding potential conflicts of interest; distinguishes among unacceptable conflicts of interest, potential conflicts, and actual conflicts that are acceptable without approval or oversight; and reports to the Vice President for Research. 

      Dr. Julie Gee has been appointed to the University Academic Centers and Institutes (UACI) Committee for a three-year term beginning July 10, 2023. In accordance with University Rule 6-001UACI, the committee reviews and makes recommendations on renewals, discontinuances, and establishment of new UACIs.   

      Provost Mitzi Montoya appointed Dean Marla De Jong and Holly Godsey as Co-Chairs of the University of Utah Ad Hoc Committee on Career-Line Faculty Matters. The committee will study and address various topics such as reappointment and promotion policies for Career-Line faculty – lecturer, clinical, and research, salary increases associated with academic promotion, workload policies, career advancement opportunities, and job security. 

      Dr. Van Gip and Leslie Crandall served food at the Family Field and Staff Appreciation Day at the Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake. 

      Sherri Kerney was appointed as a member of the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Committee for the Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE). ASPE is the international organization of educators dedicated to human simulation. The mission of the committee is to promote social justice within educational and healthcare professions and institutions to address systemic social inequities and acknowledge dignity in others, and to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas that can impact social change within healthcare education and practice. 

       

      June

      Since her retirement in 2021, Dr. Mardie Clayton (Professor Emerita) served as an invited panelist for the National Institutes of Health Pathways to Prevention (P2P) Workshop: Nutrition as Prevention for Improved Cancer Health Outcomes. After the workshop, she and other members of an independent panel wrote a report based on their assessment of the systematic evidence review, expert presentations, and public comments. The panel’s final report, recently accepted for publication in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, summarizes the workshop and outlines research gaps. In April 2023, the report was presented to the Federal Partners Meeting to begin to develop an action plan and implement the recommendations. The report also provides a conceptual framework to help researchers, funders, and policymakers move the field forward. 

       

      May

      Members of the Green Team – Donnie Benson, Dr. Eli Iacob, Dr. Youjeong Kang, and Dr. Brenda Luther – did yard and garden work at the Valor Apartments, a veteran transition program funded through Veterans Affairs. Given that working for hours next to a donut shop was more difficult than weeding and raking leaves, the team celebrated by enjoying donuts. Look for an invite in the Fall when they willreturn to plant bulbs.

      After a long and rigorous nomination review process, the Director of the Center for Scientific Review approved Dr. Kathy Swardas Chair of the Clinical Informatics and Digital Health (CIDH) Study Section. Her first CIDH meeting as Chair will be in September 2023.

      In June 2023, Dr. Kara Dassel will serve on two scientific review sections: 1) The National Institute on Aging Pragmatic Trials for Dementia Care and Caregiver Support Scientific Review Group, and 2) the Alzheimer's Association Research Grant to Promote Diversity Scientific Review Group.

       

      Dr. Linda Hofmann was elected to serve on the Senate Consolidated Hearing Committee for a term of 6 years beginning on June 16, 2023. This committee hears grievances and complaints brought against faculty members at the University of Utah or by faculty members asserting rights, including appeals from retention, promotion, and tenure decisions. It is the hearing body for matters initially considered but not resolved by other committees, offices, or individuals. 

      Members of the UNP Legislative Committee include Dr. Jennifer Clifton and Dr. Tom Rowley. Committee members contributed to legislation that resulted in Utah nurse practitioners receiving full practice authority. Members of the Leadership Committee include Family Nurse Practitioner students Mesa Starkey and Amanda Murray, and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner students Micaela Besser and Tahsha Spackman on the committee for leadership. Committee members led work to raise money for student scholarships. 

       

      April

      Dr. Diane Chapman was appointed as Utah State Liaison to the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

      The College of Nursing hosted Saturday Academies on Saturday, March 18, 2023. Saturday Academies develop and enhance diversity, build and promote an inclusive campus environment, and populate a strong applicant pool for admission into multiple health science fields with historically marginalized and underrepresented populations by providing a mentored pathway to higher education, and specifically focused on education in the health sciences. Grade 1-12 students from across Utah participate in interactive science activities that Health Sciences students from all disciplines organize and lead. College of Nursing baccalaureate students – Michael McCarthy, Emmah Cabca, Junwen Lai, Jordan Williams, Anna Spagnuolo, Janet Munoz, Emily Izazaga, Autumn Hadley, Erik Johnson, Emily Flynn, Carter Johnsen, Elise Huguley, Annie Coleman, and Angie Gamarra; and doctor of nursing practice students – Alex Truong, Molly Sirks, Emilia Gwen, Va Mounga, and Samantha Bolton planned interactive activities that students completed in the College of Nursing Simulation Center. Sherri Kerney, Debbie Boulter, Kristy Gauthier, Yvonne Bass, Vianney Alcala, Angie Fenton, Aarohi Drabu, Dr. Ann Butt, Dr. Valerie Flattes, and Dean Marla De Jong supported students.

      Katharine Ullman, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, recognized Dr. Ana Sanchez-Birkhead for contributing to the internal review of the Department of Family and Consumer Studies. “Internal reviewers make a vital contribution to the quality of graduate education and the overall excellence of the University. We recognize that undertaking these reviews represents substantial time commitments from the internal reviewers. The Graduate School acknowledges the significant contribution you have made to our community…”

      The National Commission on Correctional Health Care now offers the Certified Correctional Health Professional – Clinical Provider (CCHP-CP) credential, which recognizes the expertise of nurse practitioners, physician associates/assistants, and physicians who practice in the specialized field of correctional health care. Dr. Jennifer Clifton was a member of the task force that created the new certification. Correctional health care clinical providers require a unique set of skills to prescribe, diagnose, and treat patients in correctional environments. Those holding the CCHP-CP credential demonstrate that they understand the clinical needs of the incarcerated population, and know the unique challenges, legal context, and policies and procedures specific to clinical providers who practice in a correctional environment. 

      Kudos to more than 200 alumni, students, parents, staff, faculty, university leaders, members of the Dean’s Advancement Board, and friends of the College for donating more than $44,230 for student scholarships on U Giving Day! Special thanks to alumna Carol Stowell and her husband Jeff, alumni Dr. Heidi Favero and her husband Silvio, College of Nursing Faculty and Staff, Dr. Michael Good and his wife Danette, and Dean Marla De Jong for providing matching funds, and to Vianney Alcala, Mindy Francis, Mary Wheeler, Christine Moua, Heather Clarkson, Miriam Lovin, Jacque Scheider, and Eden Bennett for their work  to organize, publicize, and execute the campaign. Donors were from 11 states and allocated their contributions as follows: undergraduate scholarships 34%, graduate scholarships 7%, gerontology scholarships 6%, PhD scholarships 6%, caregiving scholarships 15%, and ripple/emergency scholarships 32%. 

       

      April

      Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson was appointed to the Cochrane Complementary Medicine Research Quality and Integrity Working
      Group.

      The Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health (ACIMH) hosted the 2023 Integrative Medicine & Health Symposium: Advancing Together: Meaningful Connection and Strategic Collaboration that was held in Chicago, IL. Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson served on the Scientific Review Committee. ACIMH is the international home for academic health centers and health systems with programs in integrative medicine and health.

      Dr. Deanna Kepka was invited to serve on St. Jude's HPV Cancer Prevention Program's Rural HPV Vaccination Think Tank.

      Dr. Deanna Kepka was a member of the planning committee for the Huntsman Cancer Institute Research Retreat: Discovery,
      Innovation, and Celebration that was held on April 4, 2023

       

      March

      Carrie Huntsman-Jones was elected Treasurer for the Utah Chapter of the International Association of Forensic Nursing. Carrie is a Family Nurse Practitioner, and works at the RedMed Health Clinic. 

       

      February

      The system-level Intermountain Health Research & Evidence-Based Council invited Anna Alder and Dr. Rebekah Perkins to be members. The intent is to build academic-practice partnerships in order to align evidence-based practice, knowledge, and culture. 

      Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson has been selected as a University of Utah Intersectional Research Fellow. The Transformative Intersectional Collective (TRIC), a Mellon Foundation-funded initiative, housed in the University of Utah School for Cultural and Social Transformation provides Fellows with $2,500 in funding. Dr. Taylor-Swanson will continue working with a community advisory board (CAB) with established shared governance and contribution to menopause research. The CAB will meet twice to discuss intersectionality and what it means to their lived experiences of peri/menopause, and how intersectionality might be included in biomedical menopause research. All CAB members who choose to do so will analyze data and co-author deliverables.  

      Aarohi Drabu, Mikayla Dalley, Emilee Cluff, and student Nelson Kudilil hosted a table at the Granite Technical Institute (GTI) Career and Technical Education Open House, and spoke with students who are interested in a career in nursing or health care. These staff members connected with certified nursing assistant and other students, including those from groups that have been historically excluded and underrepresented in nursing, and discussed pathways by which GTI students can pursue nursing education.

      Dr. Larry Garrett presented a daylong transitions of care seminar at the Southern Utah University Department of Nursing. Content featured students conducting home visits for patients recently discharged from the hospital, and learning coaching, Teach-Back methods, and other nursing skills based on the Care Transitions Intervention model. In partnership with Southern Utah University, Dr. Garrett has taught this seminar for each incoming class of nursing students for the past five years. To date, more than 500 nursing students have attended the seminar.  

      Dr. Djin Tay (CON assistant professor, and former post-doctoral fellow in the Ellington lab) and Dr. Katherine Doyon (CON adjunct instructor, CON alumna, former CON Interdisciplinary Training in Cancer, Aging, and End-of-Life Care T32 pre-doctoral fellow, and assistant professor at Boise State University) contributed to the Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association’s (HPNA) 2023-2026 Research Agenda. By consulting with HPNA’s members and assessing major trends in hospice and palliative nursing, they and other colleagues identified knowledge gaps and identified five priority areas that require further scientific inquiry: 1) equitable palliative care (led by Dr. Doyon); 2) local, national, and global disaster/emergency response in palliative and hospice care (led by Dr. Tay); 3) pediatric hospice and palliative care research; 4) well-being of hospice and palliative care clinicians: self-care and workforce development; and 5) transitions in care. Collectively, the contributions highlight how College of Nursing faculty are working to advance social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in palliative care research. 

       

      February

      Dr. Gwen Latendresse and Dr. Jessica Ellis traveled to the University of New Mexico (UNM) campus in Albuquerque, NM, where they worked with a test writing consortium, Southwest Area Educators in Midwifery, to update the College’s mock board exam for midwifery students, and toured the UNM campus. Dr. Ellis also toured Dar A Luz, a community birth center where Dr. Kate Jones, a 2020 graduate from the College’s nurse-midwifery track, works. 

      Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson and Dr. Camille Moreno hosted a menopause session with midlife and elder women from the Calvary Baptist Church. They shared “menopause 101” information about symptoms, stages during the menopausal transition and post-menopause, and integrative health self-care for symptom management. A question and answer session followed the presentation. Community members were overwhelmingly excited about the information, and a follow-up session will be scheduled with a community in the Ogden area

      Dr. Djin Tay (CON assistant professor, and former post-doctoral fellow in the Ellington lab) and Dr. Katherine Doyon (CON adjunct instructor, CON alumna, former CON Interdisciplinary Training in Cancer, Aging, and End-of-Life Care T32 pre-doctoral fellow, and assistant professor at Boise State University) contributed to the Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association’s (HPNA) 2023-2026 Research Agenda. By consulting with HPNA’s members and assessing major trends in hospice and palliative nursing, they and other colleagues identified knowledge gaps and identified five priority areas that require further scientific inquiry: 1) equitable palliative care (led by Dr. Doyon); 2) local, national, and global disaster/emergency response in palliative and hospice care (led by Dr. Tay); 3) pediatric hospice and palliative care research; 4) well-being of hospice and palliative care clinicians: self-care and workforce development; and 5) transitions in care. Collectively, the contributions highlight how College of Nursing faculty are working to advance social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in palliative care research. 

      As president of the Utah Chapter of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, Dr. Zoe Robbins organized the Utah Chapter Conference 2023, in which registered nurses and nurse practitioners learned about Utah legislation, E-cigarettes as smoking cessation pharmacotherapy, reproductive psychiatry, depression, suicide prevention, and transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy.   

      Dr. Zoe Robbins has recently completed a two-year term as Chair of the Utah Telehealth Network (UTN) Advisory Council, whose responsibilities include preparing strategic plans, reviewing budgets and fee structures, recommending policies, advising regarding network member services, and engaging in government relations. 

      January

      The Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), a section of The Gerontological Society of America, selected Dr. Kara Dassel to serve as Advancement Chair. The Advancement Committee supports and coordinates the revenue-generating initiatives of AGHE's committees and staff, creates short-term and enduring fiscal resources, and cultivates potential benefactors. 

      The Office of Undergraduate Studies convened its inaugural class of fellows in August 2022. This talented group of five faculty, includingDr. Cheryl Armstrong, is contributing to several important projects during this academic year, including updating and developing policies and procedures germane to undergraduate education, and shepherding these policies through the faculty governance process. This work will be particularly influential and impactful in advancing the mission of undergraduate education.All five fellows also are elected representatives to the Undergraduate Council.

      Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research(FNINR)selected Dr. Youjeong Kangto serve as Ambassador. Ambassadors commit to ongoing contact with and education of Congressional members and staff regarding the importance of nursing research and funding for the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR). They also serve as a resource in supporting NINR’s mission at regional nursing research conferences, and with local policy makers and media to enhance their understanding of the impact of NINR’s intramural and extramural research.

      Members of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association elected Dr. Lynn Reinke to serve as President-Elect during 2023, and President during 2024. The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association was established in 1986 and is the national professional organization that represents the specialty of palliative nursing, which includes hospice and palliative nurses. It supports the profession through education programs, research initiatives, and advocacy.

       

        Kudos from 2022

        November

        Caring Connections team members Dr. Kathie Supiano, Adrienne Bott, Laura Bradbury, Anna Fetzer, and Kimberly Ponce Gonzalez, with support from members of the Office of Advancement – Eden Bennett and Mindy Francis, Systems and Technology – Cole Wandler, and Communications – Jacqueline Scheider and Vianney Alcala, planned, publicized, and implemented Grief and the Holidays: Growing Through Loss. Guest speakers were Jennifer Morris and Todd Schofield. Cori Connors provided music. In addition, the Caring Connections Advisory Board, Kylene Metzger, Kathy Wilets, Larkin Mortuary, The Rose Shop, and Ruby Snap Cookies supported the event. Laura Bradbury and Dr. Kathie Supiano made media appearances regarding the event with PBS Utah – Contact in the Community, the Salt Lake Tribune, and other outlets.

        Dr. Jackie Eaton is a featured investigator for the 2022 Vitae Event, which highlights investigators and their pioneering research programs, and seeds new collaborations and development strategies by humanizing research through story. Presented by Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs and Development, Department of Internal Medicine, Dr. Michael Rubin, on behalf of the Office of the Associate Vice President for Research, the event will be December 1, 2022, from 3-5 PM in the S.J. Quinney College of Law Moot Courtroom.

        In collaboration with Association for Utah Community Health, members of the HRSA-funded NEPQR team held a workshop titled RN-Led Women’s Annual Well-Visits and Guideline Development in Ambulatory Settings at the Utah County Department of Health. The face-to-face workshop was open to all community partners, and 12 attendees represented theMoab Free Clinic, Carbon Medical Services, Utah County Health Department, Summit County Health Department, and Intermountain Health. Leslie DiVall and Dr. Kimberly Garcia led conversations about providing health care to women, primary care nurses practicing at the top of their skill and license, and increasing the capacity for students to complete contemporary clinical experiences at primary care settings. In addition, participants reviewed writing a guideline for RN-led care, and applied didactic content to an on-site simulation of women’s health physical exams. Dr. Brenda Luther served as Women’s Annual Well-Visit Curriculum and Simulation Liaison. Dr. Larry Garrett presented about RN-Led Guidelines in Ambulatory Care. Additional team members include research analyst Christopher Hernandez, administration program coordinator Hannah Moerk, program manager Harper Vander Hoek, and project director Dr. Linda Edelman.

        Those who planned and produced the Gamma Rho Chapter of Sigma induction ceremony included: Dr. Jenneth Doria (Chair), Dr. Cheryl Armstrong, Dr. Julie Gee, Dr. John Nerges, Denise Reeves, Dr. Frances Johnson, Dr. Rebekah Perkins, Dr. Nancy Allen, Kelly Mansfield, Amanda Keddington, and Dr. Sue Chase-Cantarini. Dean Marla De Jong delivered opening remarks regarding Sigma’s 100th anniversary theme – Show Love, Have Courage, and Uphold Honor. Dr. Barbara Wilson delivered a keynote address titled Nursing as a Science; Nursing Leadership as an Art. 

        At their first Utah Family Caregiving Forum, the Family Caregiving Collaborative (FCC) hosted 90 individuals. During this forum, caregivers, researchers, healthcare professionals, policy advocates, and service providers convened to share, learn, and discuss Utah data on family caregivers, as well as current and proposed caregiving policies. Attendees were excited to engage with individuals who represented broad caregiving interests such as disability, autism, aging, and dementia. Members of the FCC leadership and administrative team, especially Dr. Lee Ellington, Christine Moua, and Deidre Schoenfeld, contributed to the event’s success. 

        The University of Utah Alpha Chi chapter of Sigma Phi Omega, The International Academic Honor and Professional Society in Gerontology, and AARP Utah partnered to host a moderated focus group with College of Nursing and College of Pharmacy students. AARP Utah sought to understand students’ views on Social Security and retirement, and to provide information and data about Social Security’s history, present, and future. Students were relieved to receive non-biased information about various aspects of Social Security. Shanceline Tebo, a College of Pharmacy student who also is earning a long-term care certificate, is president of Sigma Phi Omega, and Dr. Katarina Felsted is chapter faculty advisor.  

         

        October

        Eden Bennett and Mindy Francis planned and organized a food truck lunch and tours of the College of Nursing Simulation Center to kick off the College’s 75th Anniversary celebrations. They also sponsored additional Alumni Weekend events, including the Half Century Society Induction Luncheon, Awards Ceremony, bowling, and swag giveaways. Alumni shared their stories, memories, and photos. Vianney Alcala, Yvonne Bass, Debbie Boulter, Sherri Kerney, Mary Neville, Eric Nhem, Jacqueline Scheider, Jeanne Schlater, Amanda Thomson, Janzell Tutor, and Cole Wandler helped plan and conduct the activities. 

        The College of Nursing Dean’s Advancement Board sponsored three awards.  

        • The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes College of Nursing alumni who graduated 15 or more years ago and have attained a high level of professional accomplishments and/or have advanced nursing or gerontology through practice, research, education, or administration. Dr. Susan VanBeuge received the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award.  
        • The Young Alumni Award recognizes College of Nursing alumni who graduated within the last 10 years and have attained a high level of professional accomplishments and/or has advanced nursing or gerontology through practice, research, education, or administration. Dr. Amanda Eckersley received the 2022 Young Alumni Award.  
        • The Distinguished Service Award recognizes both alumni and non-alumni who have dedicated personal time, talents, and energy to strengthen and improve the community in which they live. Terese Cracroft received the inaugural 2022 Distinguished Service Award.  

         

        July

        Dr. Nancy Allen, Emilee Cluff, and Dr. Valerie Flattes spearheaded planning of the first 3-day camp for middle school and high school youth who expressed specific interest in becoming a nurse, and who come from groups that have been historically marginalized, minoritized, underrepresented, or excluded in nursing. Funds from the Health Resources and Services Administration Nursing Workforce Diversity grant (PI, Dr. Nancy Allen) were used to offer the camp.

        Attendees met with College of Nursing faculty to learn about the profession of nursing; met with nursing advisors from College of Nursing Student Services and admissions advisors from the University of Utah Office of Admissions; met with current students to hear about their pathway to nursing and experience as a nursing student; actively participated in three hands-on activities in the College of Nursing Simulation Center; met with representatives from affinity groups; and toured the College of Nursing building, Kahlert Village, Carolyn and Kem Gardner Commons, A. Ray Olpin Student Union, and other areas of main campus. Their parents attended a dinner, toured the College of Nursing Simulation Center, and learned about a nursing student’s pathway to nursing and experience as a nursing student, preparation for college, the admissions process, financial aid, and more.

        Many College of Nursing faculty, staff, and students contributed to the success of the camp:

        • Vianney Alcala
        • Moe Arnes
        • Yvonne Bass
        • Carly Bonfiglio
        • Debbie Boulter
        • Dr. Ann Butt
        • Mikayla Dalley
        • Dean Marla De Jong
        • Dr. Jenneth Doria
        • Dr. Kathy Sward
        • Kristy Gauthier
        • Sherri Kerney
        • Melanie Hall
        • Rachel Hamilton
        • Dr. Sara Hart
        • Shelli King
        • Dr. Maddie Lassche
        • Kristen Mahoney
        • Yumi Malik
        • Maddie Marshall
        • Lexi Moratalla
        • Carrie Radmall
        • Dr. Ana Sanchez-Birkhead
        • Amber Schmidt
        • Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson
        • Mandy Thomson
        • Megan Whittaker
        • Dr. Rebecca Wilson
        • Mai See Xiong
        • Gracie, the College’s therapy dog

        The following University of Utah departments supported the camp:

        Beyond the University, those who contributed to the camp:

        A parent of one child e-mailed camp leaders, writing “I wanted to personally thank you and everyone who was involved in this amazing experience. My daughter…has come home each day with nothing but positive things to say about camp…Thank you for igniting a passion in her…College has always been [her] plan and something that we speak about with her regularly but now that dream has lifelike pictures and a beginning knowledge of what that path will look like. These pre-teen, early teen years can be rough. Our family is thankful for programs like this that provide beautiful background music to all of the noise that surrounds our kids. Thank you for giving her the confirmation that her dreams are attainable and although will require hard work, it will be worth it.”

        December

        Carrie Huntsman-Jones recognized Dr. Jennifer Clifton on the Pulse Employee Recognition page for Making a Difference and Respect. “Jen is one of the best bosses I have ever worked for. She is receptive to ideas & is a great resource for me as a new NP. She is very supportive and always willing to answer questions. Thanks!"

        Carrie Huntsman-Jones recognized Dr. Katie Davis on the Pulse Employee Recognition page for Making a Difference. “Katie has been working hard to meet the needs of the RedMed Clinic. She has been an amazing support and resource. She has been putting in extra time so that the clinic can run more smoothly. Thanks!”

        Dr. Cristi Creal spearheaded formation of the College of Nursing BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) student group. The group brings BIPOC students together to create an empowering and supportive environment. The group provides peer-to-peer support and mentoring about navigating college, connects students with opportunities to explore their identities and cultures, engages in community service projects, and collaborates with cultural- and identity-based organizations on campus.  

        Amanda Keddington, Janine Roberts, and Dr. Perry Gee presented a poster titled Community Health Worker Interventions for At-Risk Populations at the 2022 Rural Health Association of Utah (RHAU) conference, and won the RHAU Best of Conference Award. Also, Dr. Linda Edelman advised Amanda. The poster summarized the team’s literature review regarding the impact that Community Health Workers (CHWs) have on at-risk populations, including older and diverse adults who live in rural areas. Use of CHWs may lower readmission rates and emergency department visits, in addition to improving patient satisfaction and self-reported well-being. 

        Faculty Practice concluded flu shot clinics for 2022 after offering clinics at five locations: Employee Assistance Day, Huntsman Research Center, Comparative Medicine, President’s Cabinet, and the College of Nursing. In all, they gave 1,200 flu shots and 241 COVID vaccines, with faculty/staff and students volunteering 96 and 62 hours, respectively. This was an increase over past years – two clinics in 2020, and four in 2021. As stewards for University of Utah Human Resources, which offers flu shots to all University employees, the clinics provided valuable experiences for nursing students. Those instrumental in planning and conducting the events included Dr. Jennifer Clifton, Donnie Benson, Megan McClure, Dr. Teresa Garrett, Dr. Brenda Luther, Dr. Debra Penney, Dr. Sharifa Al-Qaaydeh, Dr. Carolyn Scheese, Anna Alder, Colleen Neering, Natasha Ansari, Dr. Catherine Staes, Keyna Oblab, Angie Fenton, and Dr. Kathryn Davis.

        Dr. Jessica Ann Ellis and Dr. Kimberly Garcia volunteered at a student recruitment outreach event on campus. On November 15, M.E.Ch.A., a national organization that promotes higher education, culture, and history among all Chicanx Latinx students, hosted 120 high school students at its 27th Annual High School Conference. Dr. Ellis and Dr. Garcia spoke about nursing, pathways to nursing, biases in nursing, applying to the College of Nursing, and resources available on campus and within the College of Nursing.

         

        November

        Dr. Kathi Mooney, co-leader of the Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute and Distinguished Professor in the College of Nursing, and representing the Huntsman at HomeTM team, was selected as one of three finalists for theCancer Community (C2) Catalyst for Care Award. This award is part of the YOUR Cancer Program, which AstraZeneca uses to spotlight new cancer research and exceptional patient care.

        Drs. Lisa Taylor-Swanson and Se-Hee Jung co-authored a paper that was a finalist for the American Medical Informatics Association’s Harriet H. Werley Award for Best Nursing Informatics Paper. The citation for the paper: Backonja U, Taylor-Swanson L, Miller AD, Jung S-H, Haldar S, Woods NF. "There's a problem, now what's the solution?": Suggestions for technologies to support the menopausal transition from individuals experiencing menopause and healthcare practitioners. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2021;28(2):209-221. https://doi.org/10.1093/jamia/ocaa178

        The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) is the nation's largest leadership honor society. Students are selected by their college for membership based on either academic standing or leadership potential. The University of Utah’s chapter of NSLS presented Impact Leader Awards to Dr. Sharifa Al-Qaaydeh, Melissa Black, Carly Bonfiglio, Tamara Ekker, and Dr. Rebekah Perkins. Impact Leader Awards recognize faculty members who teach with heart and passion, and motivate students in their pursuit of education.  

        At its annual induction ceremony, the Gamma Rho Chapter of Sigma presented awards to College of Nursing faculty.  

        • Excellence in Leadership – Dr. Cheryl Armstrong and Dr. Rebecca Wilson 
        • Clinical Educator Legacy Award – Tamara Ekker 
        • Excellence in Education – Dr. Julie Gee 
        • Excellence in Research/Scholarship – Dr. Perry Gee 
        • Excellence in Clinical Practice – Dr. Frances Johnson 
        • Early Career Nurse Innovator – Dr. Paige Miller 
        • Excellence in Mentorship – Dr. John Nerges 

        Drs. Zachary Warner, Rodrigo Alvarez, Juan Gallegos-Orozco, and Echo Warner presented a poster titled Financial Incentives Associated With Hepatitis B Misinformation on Instagram at the American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting & Postgraduate Course and received two awards – Best Poster Presentation and Newsworthy Abstract.  

        Christopher Stucky, Dean Marla De Jong, and Yuliang Liu presented a poster titled Surgical Team Performance: The Impact of Familiarity and Team Size in Military Surgical Tea

         

        October

        Dr. Ann Marie Moraitis was competitively accepted to attend the Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care's Research Methods in Supportive Oncology Workshop on January 22-27, 2023.

        The Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) andThe Gerontological Society of America (GSA) selected Dean Marla De Jong to receive the 2022 AGHE Administrative Leadership Honor. Each year, AGHE honors administrators on AGHE member campuses who have made exceptional efforts in support of gerontology and/or geriatrics education.

        Dr. Perry Gee, Emily Stirling, and Dr. Anne Pendo received the Best Overall Poster Award for a poster titled Health System Strategies for Employee Mental Wellbeing During the Persistent COVID-19 Pandemic that they presented at the Third National Summit on Promoting Well-being and Resilience in Healthcare Professionals at The Ohio State University. 

        Dr. Jia-Wen Guo, Dr. Djin Tay, Sharon Weinstein, Ann Lyons, and Dr. Kathy Sward received the Best Paper Award for a paper titled Cancer Pain Trajectories in the Last Two Years of Life that they presented at the APAMI (Asia-Pacific Association for Medical Informatics) 2022 12th Biennial Conference of the Asia Pacific Association for Medical Informatics. 

        Drs. Lesly Kelly, Perry Gee, and Richard Butler received the 2022 Excellence in Practice Award for their publication titled Impact of nurse burnout on organizational and position turnover. The Editorial Board for Nursing Outlook will present the award at the American Academy of Nursing 2022 Health Policy Conference – From Reflection to Impact: Positioning Nursing's Future on October 28, 2022.  

        Ching-Yu Wang, Laura Heermann Langford, Jim McClay, and Dr. Jia-Wen Guo received the Best Poster Award for a poster titled Identify Standard Data Elements in Social Determinants of Health for Emergency Departments that they presented at the APAMI 2022 12th Biennial Conference of the Asia Pacific Association for Medical Informatics. 

        The Center for Healthcare Innovation and Leadership at The Ohio State University College of Nursing accepted Dr. Michelle Litchman into its national Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fellowship. The 12-month fellowship is designed to amplify a culture of innovation, address burnout, and enhance well-being. Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fellows work on an innovation project while participating in monthly one-on-one and group coaching sessions with support from mentors. Fellows develop skills and knowledge in innovation competencies, design thinking, emotional intelligence, innovation leadership, creative funding ideas, and business case development.  

        Dr. Mandy Al-Khudairi supported her teaching colleagues by moving clinical assignments several times in a Family Primary Care practicum course, ensuring faculty availability to teach a didactic course. Mandy demonstrated true professionalism, intelligence, and logical problem-solving as she engaged to make the right thing happen and support students. 

        Dr. Katerina Friberg Felsted and Dr. Alycia Bristol each will be recognized as a Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing at the virtual National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence Leadership Conference on October 18-20, 2022. 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. Distinguished educators hold a masters or higher degree in gerontological nursing, have a minimum of 3 years of experience in gerontological nursing education, and are actively engaged in gerontological/geriatric nursing education.  

        In partnership with the Roseman University of Health Sciences, Utah Business honors Healthcare Heroes who have made it their mission to improve the state of health in Utah. Dr. Linda Edelman will be recognized in the category of Healthcare Educator at the Healthcare Heroes VIP Reception/Open House on October 17, 2022, and at the Healthcare Heroes Awards Luncheon on October 19, 2022. Utah Business wrote the following about Dr. Edelman: “Dr. Linda S. Edelman, PhD, RN, FAAN, grew up on a small farm in Kansas and is the first in her family to attend high school. Thanks to many mentors along the way, she became a nurse passionate about providing older adults, especially those living in rural areas, access to age-friendly care. Dr. Edelman leads Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funded workforce development programs providing education and training to health care students, providers, and staff across Utah. Under her guidance, the Utah Geriatric Education Consortium has formed academic-clinic-community partnerships to develop innovative online training for providers and staff working in long-term services. Recognizing the need for primary care nurses, she sought HRSA funding to recruit and train nursing students to work in rural and underserved primary care settings.” 

        Christopher Sneddon coached and helped prepare Anna Alder to have a difficult conversation with a student. As a result of Christopher advising Anna about how to navigate potential scenarios, Anna felt prepared, and the discussion led to a good student outcome. Anna is grateful that the U has a teaching model with amazing mentorship and support for new faculty. 

        Dr. Lauri Linder, former post-doctoral fellows, and current students Dr. Amy Newman, Dr. Katherine Bernier-Carney, Dr. Sarah Wawrzynski, Se-Hee Jung, Jennifer Farnsworth, Adam Otto, Hakop Kardzhyan, and Dr. Hailey Haffey received the Outstanding Nursing Research Abstract Award for their abstract Children’s Health Narratives Reflected through a Child-Centric mHealth App: A Secondary Analysis, which they presented orally at the International Society of Paediatric Oncology Annual Congress. 

        U.S. News & World Report ranked 681 Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs. The College of Nursing is ranked #29 (tied), and is the highest-ranked BSN program in Utah. 

         

        September

        Drs. Djin Tay and Echo Warner have been accepted into the 2022-2023 Utah Health Equity Leadership & Mentoring (U-HELM) program. U-HELM provides mentoring and leadership development opportunities to junior faculty members and postdoctoral scholars from underrepresented populations in the health sciences or involved in health equity research and practice. U-HELM fellows complete a yearlong curriculum of monthly seminars and networking events that focus on traditional academic career development as well as topics related to cultural identity and challenges of systemic racism. In addition, fellows are matched with a senior-level faculty mentor to address issues of leadership and cultural identity. 

        Dr. Lauri Linder is one of six nurses inducted as inaugural fellows in the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses. The FAPHON designation is for nurses who have promoted and advanced the specialty of pediatric hematology/oncology nursing and epitomize the mission of APHON by supporting and advancing nurses in optimizing outcomes for children, adolescents, young adults, and their families throughout the continuum of care for their blood disorders and cancers.   

        Dr. Lauri Linder received the APHON Counts Writing Award for her 2022 newsletter article titled Using evidence to create a new paradigm for CLABSI prevention in pediatric hematology, oncology, and stem cell transplant. 

         

        August

        FeedSpot ranked theUniversity of Utah College of Nursing Blog as #6 for the 40 Best Nursing Blogs for Students. Jacqueline Scheider and Vianney Alcala manage the blog and promote the posts.

        Dr. Lynn Reinke, the Claire Dumke Ryberg, R.N. Presidential Endowed Chair in End-of Life/Palliative Care, has been accepted into the Spring 2023 cohort of theUniversity of Utah Women in Leadership Certificate Programhosted by the David Eccles School of Business. The 7-session program is designed for women who seek the skills to be effective leaders, and business leaders committed to helping women be successful in leadership roles. Content includes conflict management and assertiveness, mindfulness and interpersonal effectiveness, the power of communication, authentic voice, mentoring, and executive presence.

        The 2022-2023 Mountain States Community-Engaged Dissemination & Implementation Science (MS-CEDI) Training Program commenced the first week of August in Midway, UT. Co-sponsored by the College of Nursing, MS-CEDI is a 9-month intensive program bringing together implementation scientists and trainees from the University of Utah and Arizona State University to develop and submit research proposals using dissemination and implementation methods. Dr. Andrea Wallace serves as a program mentor, and this year’s trainees include Drs. Nancy Allen, Shinduk Lee, and Sara Simonsen.

        The Presidential Scholar award recognizes the extraordinary academic accomplishments and promise of associate professor faculty members, providing them with financial support to advance their research and teaching. Dr. Lauri Linder has been selected from an exceptional cadre of nominees from Colleges and Schools across the university for this impressive distinction. She will be recognized as a Presidential Scholar for three academic years: 2022-2023, 2023-2024, and 2024-2025.

        Deidre Schoenfeld received a Health Academics District Staff Excellence Award, and will be considered for one of eight University-wide awards. Established in 1992, this awards program recognizes superior service and ongoing contributions by full-time staff employees.

        July

        Dr. Nancy Allen and Dr. Ana Sanchez-Birkhead attended the 2022 Summer Institute and completed the New Leadership Academy Fellows Program. The New Leadership Academy Program changes the expectations that surround leaders, leadership, and leadership development across higher education. Learning strategies are premised on a recognition that the demographic, democratic, and discursive foundations on which modern higher education has been built are changing. The NLA curriculum and learning objectives draw upon traditional leadership theory and contemporary scholarship that investigate the roles of leaders under highly contested and complex conditions. Drs. Allen and Sanchez-Birkhead participated in tailored programs and activities, which included online learning modules and discussions, an interactive case study simulation, written reflections, and coaching sessions.

        Based on a formal review of their accomplishments, faculty are being promoted and/or reappointed to the College of Nursing. Included are Career-Line faculty who were previously promoted and/or reappointed but not recognized.

        Promotion to Professor, effective July 1, 2022

        • Dr. Kristin Cloyes
        • Dr. Linda Edelman

        Promotion to Professor (Clinical) and Reappointment to the College of Nursing, effective July 1, 2022

        • Dr. Brenda Luther
        • Dr. Sara Hart
        • Dr. Katie Ward
        • Dr. Rebecca Wilson

        Promotion to Professor (Clinical), effective July 1, 2022

        • Dr. Kara Dassel

        Promotion to Associate Professor (Clinical)

        • Dr. Jenneth Doria, effective July 1, 2021
        • Dr. Jessica Ellis, effective July 1, 2021
        • Dr. Linda Hofmann, effective July 1, 2021
        • Dr. Keisha Lynch, effective July 1, 2020
        • Dr. Jennifer Macali, effective July 1, 2022
        • Dr. Allison Spolsdoff, effective July 1, 2022

        Promotion to Associate Professor (Clinical) and Reappointment to the College of Nursing

        • Dr. Valerie Flattes, effective July 1, 2021
        • Dr. Kim Friddle, effective July 1, 2022
        • Dr. Teresa Garrett, effective July 1, 2021
        • Dr. Denise Ward, effective July 1, 2022

        Reappointment to the College of Nursing as Associate Professor (Clinical)

        • Dr. Debra Penney, effective July 1, 2022
        • Dr. Gillian Tufts, effective July 1, 2021

        Promotion to Assistant Professor (Clinical)

        • Dr. John Nerges, effective July 1, 2022
        • Dr. Zoe Robbins, effective July 1, 2021
        • Dr. Sara Webb, effective July 1, 2021

        Promotion to Assistant Professor (Clinical) and Reappointment to the College of Nursing, effective July 1, 2022

        • Dr. ElLois Bailey

        Reappointment to the College of Nursing as Assistant Professor (Clinical)

        • Dr. Marilyn Rigby, effective July 1, 2021
        • Dr. Julianne Schiefelbein, effective July 1, 2022
        • Dr. Julie Steele, effective July 1, 2021

        Dr. Nancy Allen has been named a Fellow of the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists, and will use the distinction FADCES. Dr. Allen was recognized for her contributions to diabetes clinical practice, research, and health policy. There are fewer than 100 FADCES in the country.

         

        June

        The Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education’s AGHExchange newsletter highlighted the Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program and the College of Social Work hosting a “Music and Memory” seminar in honor of Careers in Aging Week.

         

        May

        Through the Behavioral and Social Science section, the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) named Dr. Jackie Eaton as one of its newest fellows. Through the Social Research, Policy, and Practice section, the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) named Dr. Caroline Stephens as one of its newest fellows. GSA chooses fellows from across its membership sections, and Fellow status is the highest category of membership within the Society, acknowledging outstanding and continuing work in gerontology. GSA will formally recognize Caroline and Jackie at the GSA 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting, which will be held November 2-6, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

        Camille Spute was nominated for Employee of the Month at Slate Canyon Youth Center. Although ineligible for the award as a College of Nursing rather than Juvenile Justice System employee, Camille was nominated because of her ongoing commitment to Slate Canyon. The person who nominated Camille, indicated that Camille works tirelessly to ensure that the medical needs of the youth are met. For example, she has gone into work on weekends and off-hours to assist with urgent medical concerns. Camille's knowledge and “get it done” attitude is admirable. She is the “defibrillator” for the Slate Canyon Youth Center, keeping the heart of the facility pumping. 

        Dr. Michelle Litchman was selected as a University of Utah Presidential Societal Impact Scholar. Recognized experts in their respective fields and disciplines, Impact Scholars share and translate their scholarship, research, creative activities, and ideas with opinion leaders, policy makers, the general public, and other audiences outside the university and in ways that can transform society. Their work has a positive impact on people and institutions, and help make our world a better, more equitable, and more enjoyable place in which to live.

        Dr. Schola Matovu received the prestigious The Jane Norbeck Distinguished Service Award. For more than three decades, this award has honored remarkable graduates of the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing who have demonstrated service and/or leadership that has contributed to the growth and development of the UCSF School of Nursing and/or the profession. The award is named for Dr. Jane Norbeck, an alumna of the Master's Class of 1971 and PhD Class of 1975, and the Dean of the School of Nursing from 1989 through 2000.

         

        April

        Dr. Linda Hofmann was accepted into theAACN-Wharton Executive Leadership Program. This competitive fellowship is designed to advance chief academic administrators to a higher level of leadership. The curriculum provides Fellows with the concepts and tools needed to enhance leadership capacity and hone skills that are essential to thrive and move forward strategically.

        Dr. Jennifer Macali was recently accepted as a Fellow in the 2022-2023 cohort of theJohns Hopkins University SOURCE Service -Learning Academy. The SOURCE Service-Learning Academy is a one-year, comprehensive program that equips Fellows with all the necessary tools and methods to develop critical service-learning partnerships and courses. Fellows learn how to become more effective teachers, work equitably with local communities, and advance the civic mission of higher education. In addition, Fellows engage with others on issues of justice, critical reflection, and the purpose of science, health, and education in our world.

        Thirteen staff and faculty received a College of Nursing 2021 -2022 Excellence Award! These individuals continually go above and beyond, contributing to the CON’s reputation for excellence.

        • Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award: Dr. Allison Spolsdoff
        • Faculty Excellence in Scholarship and Research Award: Dr. Jia-Wen Guo
        • Faculty Excellence in Service Award: Dr. Deanna Kepka
        • Excellence in University Health Partnership Award: Dr. John Nerges
        • Faculty Mentoring Award: Dr. Ann Butt
        • Faculty Practice Award: Dr. Tek Kilgore

        Dr. Caroline Stephens received the 2022 University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) PhD Mentor of the Year Award, which will be presented at the UCSF School of Nursing’s commencement ceremony on June 2, 2022, at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. 

        The University of Utah will soon display a new set of banners that recognize faculty who received University teaching awards in 2021 and 2022. When at 1300 East and South Temple, look for Dr. Ana Sanchez-Birkhead’s banner. The University of Utah Teaching Committee awarded the 2021 Community Engaged Teaching and Scholarship Award to Ana.

        Dr. Gwen Latendresse has been selected to participate in the 2022-2023 cohort of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's Elevating Leaders in Academic Nursing program.

        The Western Institute of Nursing (WIN) selected Dr. Linda Edelman for induction into the Western Academy of Nurses (WAN). WIN established WAN to recognize and honor nurses who have been actively engaged in WIN, and have demonstrated excellence in nursing research, practice, and/or education.

        TheUtah Organization of Nurse Leaders presented its Nurse Research Award to Dr. Gwen Latendresse.

        The Utah Organization of Nurse Leaders presented its Exemplary Nurse Leader Award – Academia to Dean Marla De Jong.

         

        March

        Editors at Healthcare Innovation chose Huntsman at Home™ as the winner of the publication’s Top Innovator Award for 2022. Dr. Kathleen Mooney pioneered development and evaluation of the University of Utah Health Huntsman Cancer Institute’s (HCI) Huntsman at Home™ program, the first hospital-at-home service that is oncology-specific. Bringing the high standard and excellence of care patients receive at HCI to their home, the service allows patients to avoid hospitalization or leave the hospital sooner. Huntsman at Home™ teams include HCI physicians and advanced practice registered nurses, and Community Nursing Services’ registered nurses, nursing aides, physical therapists, pharmacists, and social workers who visit patients in their home, and provide acute care, supportive care, and hospice and palliative care.

         

        February

        President Randall reappointed Dr. Kathi Mooney as holder of the Louis S. Peery, MD and Janet B. Peery Presidential Endowed Chair in Nursing.

        President Randall reappointed Dr. Sara Simonsen as holder of the Annette Poulson Cumming Presidential Endowed Chair in Women's and Reproductive Health.

        Kathi Mooney has been selected to receive the University of Utah Distinguished Research Award for 2022! The University began this award in 1965, and Kathi is the first nurse to receive it! This is a tremendous honor for Kathi, recognizing her as a prominent scientist whose sustained program of funded research has improved patient outcomes, lowered cost of care, improved well-being of family caregivers, and transformed models of patient care. Further, the award shines light on the importance and impact of nursing science.

        Dr. Erin Johnson Cole, Christina Elmore, Julie King, Peggy Rosati-Allen, Dr. Sara Simonsen, and Dr. Jocelyn Yale will be inducted as Fellows with the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) during a ceremony at the 67th Annual Meeting & Exhibition on May 22, 2022. The Fellowship in the American College of Nurse-Midwives (FACNM) is an honor bestowed upon midwives whose demonstrated leadership within ACNM, clinical excellence, outstanding scholarship, and professional achievement have merited special recognition both within and outside of the midwifery profession. FACNM represents the commitment of the ACNM to honor our own. In light of the vast wealth of expertise and collective wisdom represented within the body of Fellows, its mission is to serve the ACNM in a consultative and advisory capacity. The ACNM Fellowship program was established in 1994, and nearly 600 ACNM members have been inducted as Fellows. 

        The University of Utah Academy of Health Science Educators (AHSE) Selection Committee chose Drs. Cheryl Armstrong, Sheila Deyette, and Katarina Friberg Felsted to be Fellows of the Academy. Their involvement in the Academy will be instrumental in creating a culture of collaboration and exceptional education within the University of Utah Health. An Induction Ceremony to honor Jenneth, Jennifer, Gillian, Katie, and other new Fellows will be held on April 6, 2022. 

        The College of Nursing is ranked #28 in National Institutes of Health funding to colleges of nursing. We commend our hard-working and innovative researchers, their collaborators and team members, and the amazing Emma Eccles Jones Nursing Research Center staff who support them.  

        Tamara Ekker met with a Capstone student Emma Wells on the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Huntsman Cancer Hospital. Given that shift change was taking place, eight College of Nursing alumni who Tamara previously taught gathered for an impromptu and joyful reunion (see photo above). Tamara was delighted to hear about her former students’ ongoing and impactful work, and tell them how proud she is of them. In turn, students thanked Tamara for inspiring them to learn, and mentoring them for professional success.  

        Supported and nominated by Dr. Lee Ellington, Dr. Djin Tay has been accepted into the Junior Faculty Visiting Professor Program in Palliative Care. The program’s goals are to 1) advance the careers of early-career palliative care researchers and 2) create opportunities for cross-institutional collaborations that advance the science of geriatric palliative care. The program supports visiting professorships for early-career palliative care researchers from a range of disciplines at partner institutions with robust geriatric palliative care research programs. Traditionally reserved for more senior faculty, these visiting professorships provide opportunities for early-career palliative care researchers to learn about unique programs and projects at other institutions, meet individually with methodological and content experts in the field of geriatric palliative care, identify new collaborators, develop their presentation and networking skills, and increase the visibility of their work. Dr. Tay has been paired with Dr. Dio Kavalieratos and his colleagues at Emory University. 

         

        January

        U.S. News & World Report ranked online Master’s in Nursing programs. The College of Nursing is ranked #38 (tied) of 179 schools, and is the highest-ranked in Utah. High praise for faculty, staff, and preceptors who lead and support the MS program.  

        U.S. News & World Report ranked online Master’s in Nursing Education programs. The College of Nursing is ranked #9 (tied) of 14 schools, and is the only school in Utah ranked for nursing education. We commend all faculty, staff, and preceptors who lead and support the nursing education track.  

        The Gerontological Society of America’s Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education recently published the 7th edition of Gerontology and Geriatrics: Curricular Standards and Guidelines in Higher Education. Dr. Kara Dassel served on the Board of Reviewers and reviewed multiple content drafts. 

        As part of Cervical Health Awareness Month (January 2022), expertscape ranked Dr. Deanna Kepka in the top 0.53% of 19,416 published authors worldwide on papillomavirus vaccines.  

        Patients submitted comments regarding Dr. Pam Phares’ exceptional work.  

        “Dr. Phares is an excellent listener, educator, and is knowledgeable. She also is very kind and empathetic.” 

        “I love this doctor; not only did she talk to me about my diabetes, which is her specialty, but she also looked at my other tests for my heart and kidneys, which not even my PCP will do. She seemed concerned with my overall care, and I love her for it!” 

        “Pam was exceptional. She was able to tactfully provide information on a sensitive topic in a caring and informative way. She was empathetic to the challenges of the lifestyle changes and provided resources and information on how to succeed.” 

        “Pam Phares is amazing!” 

        The Academy of Health Science Educators’ (AHSE) Advancing Excellence in Education Committee selected Dr. Richmond Doxey, Theresa Dvorak, Dr. Amy Locke, Dr. Jennifer Macali, Dr. Tricia Petzold, and Jean Zancanella, members of the Culinary Medicine Team, to receive the 2022 Interprofessional Education Team Award. Members of the team worked to create an interdisciplinary course, incorporating food and medicine. The course presents the learners with evidence-based nutrition as it relates to cooking at home. Classes take place in the cooking kitchen on campus or in the home kitchen virtually. The course is open to graduate health-science students. The AHSE will recognize the team at its Induction Ceremony in April. 

        Sigma invited Drs. Sue Chase-Cantarini, Jia-Wen Guo, and Jackie Eaton to orally present an abstract titled Advancing Interprofessional Telemedicine Education: An Analysis of Student Knowledge, Beliefs, and Attitudes at its 33rd International Nursing Research Congress in Edinburgh, Scotland in July 2022. The reviewers indicated that their submitted abstract is an excellent reflection of current nursing trends and timely issues. 

        Dr. Kathy Sward was promoted to adjunct Professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics.  

        Due to her program of study with Guatemalan lay midwives, the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) selected Dr. Kimberly Garcia to receive the Jeanne Raisler International Award for Midwifery. This award, which honors the memory of Jeanne Raisler, CNM, DrPH, FACNM, and her commitment to midwifery and international women's health issues, supports ACNM members to become involved in global midwifery issues. It enables recipients to gain experience in international midwifery through participation in a project designed to improve the health of women in a developing country.  

        In the Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake (UICSL) January 2022 Newsletter, Maurice "Mo" Smith, Executive Director, praised College of Nursing faculty and staff members, writing “I personally am thankful for the strong working relationship with the dedicated and compassionate nurse providers from the University of Utah's College of Nursing. Our nurse providers are always thinking ahead and routinely go above and beyond to ensure that our American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) benefactors receive both the very best care and an outstanding patient experience. This collaboration and commitment of our entire UICSL team – from medical assistants, nurses, and behavioral health counselors to administrative professionals and environmental service employees – is the lifeblood of our organization and makes me extremely proud and grateful to be a part of it.” College of Nursing clinicians who work at UICSL include Dr. Van Gip, DNP, FNP-C, Danielle Puri, FNP-C, CIC, and Dr. Deven Jennings, DNP, PMHNP-BC. Leslie Crandall, MSN, RN is Nurse Care Manager.  

        December

        Dr. Michelle Litchman received an American Diabetes Association$200,000 grant ($600,000 over three years) for her project titled Deaf Diabetes Can Together (DEDICATE): A Pilot Study. The overarching goal is to increase access of the Deaf or hard of hearing populations (DHH) to diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES), and reduce disparities related to language access justice. The objective is to deliver a DSMES program that linguistically, culturally, and geographically meets the needs of DHH populations living in the United States.

        Dr. Djin Tay received an $30,000 American Cancer Society's Institutional Research Grant Award for her project titled A Real-World Examination of Health INequiTies in ImmunE-related adveRSe Events among Cancer paTients: The INTERSECT study. Dr. Tay will 1) Assess the moderating role of minoritized race on the relationship between anxiety and depression, and immune-related adverse events (IrAE) treatment discontinuation, and 2) assess the mediating role of insurance type on the relationship between anxiety and depression, and IrAE-related treatment discontinuation. This research will further understanding of drivers of inequities in health outcomes among patients receiving immunotherapy, and has implications to guide practice and policies to support equitable survivorship and palliative care delivery. Drs. Xiaoming Sheng, Jia-Wen Guo, Lee Ellington, and Mia Hashibe provided scientific mentorship to Dr. Tay.

         

        November

        Dr. Scott Christensen received a research grant from the Gamma Rho Chapter of Sigma to help fund his dissertation research titled Why Nurses Do Not Report: Understanding Nursing Victim Reactions, Attitudes, and Likelihood to Report Patient Aggression. 

         

        October

        Dr. Djin Tay and Dr. Jia-Wen Guo (MPIs), along with Dr. Xiaoming Sheng and Natalya Alekhina (co-Is) received a $25,000 Flatiron Academic Health Equity Research grant for their project titled Examining Health INequiTies in ImmunE-related adveRSe Events among Cancer paTients: The INTERSECT study. The investigators will leverage a national Flatiron Health electronic health record dataset and expand the existing Utah cancer patient population ImmPETUS (Immunotherapy, Palliative, and End-of-Life Treatment Utilization and Spousal Outcomes) dataset to: 1) identify groups of cancer patients receiving immune checkpoint inhibitors at greatest risk for moderate to severe immune-related adverse events during the last two years of life, and 2) assess the mediating role of immune-related adverse events on the relationship between clinical and social determinants of health and inpatient and emergency department visits during the last two years of life. The overall objective is to characterize the development of immune-related adverse events over time to provide insight into the timing of focused clinical management and supportive care. In addition, the focus on the social and structural drivers of immune-related adverse events outcomes may provide guidance for practice and policies to address inequities.  

        Dr. Nancy Allen, program director, received a $1,050,000 Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention (NEPQR)-Registered Nurse Training Program grant titled Advancing Acute Care Nurses to Address and Manage Social Determinants of Health, to be distributed at $350,000 each year for three years, providing fund availability and satisfactory progress. Team members include Dr. Ana Sanchez-Birkhead, EDI Director, Dr. Brenda Luther, Dr. Linda Edelman, Dr. Rebecca Wilson, Dr. Dina Drits, Dr. Sue Chase-Cantarini, and Dr. Melody Krahulec. During this 3-year project, the team will award scholarships to racially and ethnically diverse RN to BS students, and create learning modules about health equity, social determinants of health (SDOH), and cultural sensitivity that students will complete. Goals are to increase the number of racially/ethnically diverse undergraduate nurses to mirror the diversity of Utah’s patient population, and improve the competency of nursing students and the acute care nursing workforce in Utah to provide equitable health care that is culturally sensitive and addresses SDOH. 

        Alumna and adjunct faculty member, Dr. Kate Doyon, was awarded the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation Hillman Emergent Innovation: Serious Illness and End of Life grant titled A Community-Based, Collaboratively Designed Communication Guide for Clinicians Working with Refugees with Serious Illness. She will collaborate with refugees and clinicians to develop a communication guide to facilitate care for refugees with serious illness. Dr. Doyon will be interviewed on NPR Morning Edition about her work the week of October 10, 2022.  

        Principal Investigator Dr. Gwen Latendresse and Co-Investigators Dr. Sara Simonsen, Dr. Eli Iacob, Dr. Xiaoming Sheng, Dr. Marcela Smid, Dr. Uma Dorn, Dr. J.D. Smith, and Dr. Ryoko Pentecost (sub-contract with Boise State University) received a $1.9M National Institutes of Nursing Research R01 grant for their project titled Prevention of Perinatal Depression among at-risk Individuals through Integration of a Multimedia, Web-based Intervention within the Healthcare System. During this 3-year project, the team will evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of integrating a remote-access perinatal depression prevention program within a healthcare system and embedded in the existing web-based patient portal YoMingo®. For this type 1 hybrid effectiveness-implementation project, they will use the Implementation Research Logic Model to evaluate systems and strategies that link intervention determinants, including sociocultural determinants, with implementation outcomes in Latino, underserved (rural), and urban populations. In addition, they will use a randomized preference trial to assess the impact of patient preference and sociocultural factors – geographic residence, race/ethnicity, significant life events, mental health history, mental health stigma – on participation and preliminary outcomes.  

        Dr. Kathie Supiano (PI), and the Caring Connections team received a two-year extension with the Utah Department of Health and Human Services for $400,000. This contract will allow the team to train clinicians about the Grief of Overdose Death, and to implement the Overdose Grief Support Program in substance use disorder treatment programs and mental health service settings in Utah. 

        Two of Dr. Kathie Supiano’s mentees received Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation Hillman Emergent Innovation: Serious Illness and End of Life grants. 

        • Dr. Siobhan Aaron, a recent T-32 post-doctoral fellow and now Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve School of Nursing, received a grant for her project A Culturally Centered Complicated Grief Group Therapy Intervention for Black Americans. Bereaving Black communities are at heightened risk of Complicated Grief because of historical trauma, systemic racism, mistrust in the healthcare system, and a frequent reluctance to seek mental health care. Dr. Aaron will investigate the experience of Black grievers and use those findings to modify an existing intervention, Complicated Grief Group Therapy, into a culturally centered psychotherapeutic intervention.  
        • Dr. Abigail Latimer, Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, received a grant for her project Adapting the Serious Illness Conversation Guide for Older Adults Experiencing Homelessness. The population of homeless older people continues to grow rapidly, and their physical and mental burdens, combined with challenges in receiving adequate care, contribute to shorter life expectancies than their housing-secure peers. Dr. Latimer seeks to adapt the Serious Illness Conversation Guide, which is primarily used to drive values-based conversations between caregivers and oncology patients, for use with older adults experiencing homelessness to recognize and meet their serious illness needs. 

         

        September

        Dr. Kelley Newlin-Lew – Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut School of Nursing, Dr. Nancy Allen (Co-I), Dr. Ana Sanchez-Birkhead (Consultant), and Dr. Eli Iacob (Consultant) received a $1,669,850 National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases R01 grant for their project titled FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center) Intervention for CGM (continuous glucose monitoring) Uptake in Hispanic Adults with T1D (Type 1 diabetes). During this 4-year study, the investigators will aim to increase the number of Hispanics with Type 1 diabetes seen at FQHCs who use continuous glucose monitoring. 

        Multiple Principal Investigators Drs. Jonathan Michael Dean, Jamie Dwyer, Katherine Sward, and Kevin Watt received a $604,783 ($8,452,103 over 5 years) National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences grant for their project titled HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) ERN (Effectiveness Research Network): Data Coordinating Resource Center. The University of Utah Data Coordinating Center is serving as the data coordinating center for the National Institutes of Health HEAL Initiative, HEAL ERN studies. This multi-year project will encompass multiple studies. During year one, researchers will focus on the Optimizing the Use of Ketamine to Reduce Chronic Postsurgical Pain (KALPAS) study, examining the use of ketamine in the immediate post-operative period after mastectomy for breast cancer.  

        Dr. Sierra E. Carter (PI, Georgia State University), Dr. Vasiliki Michopoulos (Co-I, Emory University), Dr. Sheree Boulet (Co-I, Emory University), Dr. Rasheeta Chandler, (Co-I, Emory University), Dr. Elisabeth Conradt (Co-I, University of Utah College of Social & Behavioral Science), Dr. Sheila Crowell (Co-I, University of Utah College of Social & Behavioral Science), Dr. Anu Asnaani (Co-I, University of Utah College of Social & Behavioral Science) and Dr. Ana Sanchez-Birkhead (Consultant) received a $3,897,476 Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development R01 grant for their project titled Advancing Understanding of Racism-related Health Disparities Beginning before Birth: A Multisite Study with Black and Latina Pregnant Women. During this 5-year, multi-site, and longitudinal study, the investigators will aim to advance understanding of racism-related health disparities as well as modifiable stress-buffering factors in pregnant Black and Latina women and infants. 

        Multiple principal investigators Dr. Erin Rothwell – Interim Vice President for Research; Professor, University of Utah School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Dr. Aaron Goldenberg – Professor and Vice Chair, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Department of Bioethics, and co-I Dr. Andrea Wallace received a $3,620,821 National Institute of Child Health and Human Development R01 grant for their project titled Implementing a Novel Consent Process for Biospecimen Research after Newborn Screening in Hospitals Serving Diverse Patients. The investigators will identify determinants, strategies, mechanisms, barriers, and facilitators of consenting quality across hospitals serving diverse and underserved populations for the retention and research use of residual dried bloodspots for the Michigan Biotrust for Health; engage members of underrepresented and non-English speaking communities in Michigan to support implementation of an electronic informed consent intervention (EICI) in diverse hospital settings, and implement and evaluate the EICI consent approach within four major hospitals across the state of Michigan that serve underrepresented persons, Spanish and Arabic speaking participants, and the general population.  

        Dr. Linda Edelman (co-program director) received a $2,000,000 Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Mental and Behavioral Health grant. Additional CON faculty include Dr. Brenda Luther and Dr. Larry Garrett. Dr. Elizabeth Howell from Addiction Psychiatry is the School of Medicine lead. Kasey Shakespear from the Utah Center for Rural Health/Southern Utah Area Health Education Center is co-program director. During this 4-year project, the team will provide Collaborative Care Training for office-based addiction treatment in health clinics, and support community-based  programs for patients and families in Carbon, Emery, and Wayne counties.  

        Drs. Andrea Wallace and Alycia Bristol (MPIs), along with Drs. Paula Meek, Jia-Wen Guo, and Gary Donaldson (co-Is), received a $1,199,831 Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) R01 grant for their proposal titled Uncovering Caregiver Discharge Readiness for Patient Care Transitions from Hospital to Home: The UCare Study. During this 3-year study, their goal is to develop and test a measure that captures the unique factors important to caregivers’ feelings of readiness to engage in caregiving upon discharge from the hospital. Using a mixed-methods approach, the specific aims of this study are to 1) develop a theoretically grounded and psychometrically sound caregiver hospital discharge readiness scale (FamRHDS-R); 2) establish the psychometric properties and measurement invariance of the FamRHDS-R; and 3) establish whether and how the FamRHDS-R is associated with a range of caregiver and patient outcomes.  

        Drs. Deanna Kepka (subcontract PI) and Echo Warner (co-I) received a $580,364 National Cancer Institute subcontract award with Drs. David Buller of Klein Buendel, Inc. and Andrew Sussman of University of New Mexico (MPIs) for their proposal titled #4Corners4Health: A Social Media Cancer Prevention Program for Rural Emerging Adults. During this 5-year project, their goal is to decrease cancer risk factors among emerging adults aged 18-26 living in rural counties in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah (i.e., "Four Corners" states), using a social media campaign designed with community advisors.  

        Dr. Deanna Kepka (PI), along with Drs. Echo Warner, Michelle Litchman, Ben Haaland (co-Is), and Drs. Gloria Coronado and Wendy Birmingham (consultants) received a $305,717 Independent Investigator Award from Merck for their proposal titled Multi-component Assessment of HPV Vaccine Hesitancy in Utah. The purpose of this 2-year project is to uncover disparities in adolescent HPV vaccination hesitancy among rural and religious communities in Utah. They will elicit community feedback about HPV vaccination, social media use, and religiosity. They will also examine the penetration of HPV vaccination misinformation in selected rural and religious communities. These findings will inform HPV vaccination social media campaign messages that integrate local values and perspectives.  

        Dr. Lynn Reinke (PI) received a $250,000 Cambia Health Foundation grant for her proposal titled Advanced Practice Clinical Palliative Care Fellowship: A Leading Edge Program Responding to Workforce Demands, Underserved Populations, and Rural and Behavioral Health Needs. The goal of this 3-year project is to develop an Advanced Practice Clinical Palliative Care Fellowship, the first such program in the West, and support three fellows at the University of Utah.   

        Special thanks to members of the pre-award team who supported these scientists – Emily Bailey, Hollie Fuhrmann, Dr. Erin Meyer, and Terri Pianka.   

         

        August

        Hitachi, Ltd awarded $72,000 in additional funds to Dr. Catherine Staes and her team, including Dr. Caroline Scheese, to continue research about predicting end-of-life among patients with advanced cancer to support shared decision-making.

        Dr. Paula Meek received a $372,269 Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Nurse Faculty Loan Program award, which will provide loan repayment assistance to our graduate students who will serve as nurse faculty in an eligible school of nursing.

         

        June

        The Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists Foundation awarded a $20,000 grant to Dr. Michelle Litchman and co-investigators Dr. Nancy Allen and Dr. Shinduk Lee for their project Development of a Diabetes Training for ASL Interpreters. During the upcoming year, these faculty will develop and deliver diabetes training to American Sign Language interpreters to better equip them when translating for diabetes care and education specialists.

        The National Institutes of Health National Institute on Aging awarded a $3,070,390 R01 grant to Dr. Kara Dassel and Co-Investigators Dr. Kathie Supiano, Dr. Eli Iacob, and Dr. Rebecca Utz for their project LEADing End-of-Life Dementia Care Conversations. Hollie Fuhrmann was integral to the success of the application. Advance care planning (ACP) is the process that allows individuals to express their future health care values and preferences, so that these wishes can be enacted in the event that they become incapacitated and unable to participate in their own health care decisions. Often, families do not want to engage in these challenging conversations and wait too long, whereby the care recipient with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia (ADRD) no longer has decisional ability to participate in the advance care planning process. The team previously developed “The LEAD Guide” (Life-Planning in Early Alzheimer’s and Dementia) – a tool to help persons with preclinical awareness of ADRD risk and those with early-stage cognitive impairment to begin important conversations with a care partner. With funding from the National Alzheimer’s Association, the investigators created a preliminary interactive LEAD intervention that combines the LEAD Guide with educational materials about the importance of having conversations about, documenting (advance directive), and sharing ACP wishes with other family members and health care providers. During the next five years, the research team will conduct mixed method research to 1) evaluate the usability, acceptability, feasibility, and initial efficacy of the LEAD intervention as a self-administered, dementia-focused web-based tool that can be used to facilitate the ACP process for 60 diverse community-dwelling pairs, consisting of persons in the preclinical or early stage of ADRD and their care partner; 2) assess the initial efficacy of the LEAD intervention on decision-making confidence, relationship quality, subjective well-being, and anxiety in both the care recipient and care partner; and 3) examine the process of ACP congruence (shared understanding of the care recipients’ values and preferences regarding EOL care) as the primary factor related to changes observed during the LEAD intervention. Results have the potential to guide and accelerate the implementation of the LEAD intervention to community and health care practice, where a dementia-focused ACP process is needed.

        The Utah Cancer Action Network awarded a $50,000 Utah State Cancer Plan Implementation Opportunity grant to Dr. Deanna Kepka for her project Using Community-based Methods and Vaccine Registry Data to Improve HPV Vaccination Receipt in the Era of COVID-19.

         

        May

        Dr. Katarina Friberg Felsted was invited to attend the Consortium for Families and Health Research (C-FAHR)Writing Retreat, which will be held off campus in June 2022. Given high-quality quantitative data that Katarina compiled during a recent study, she will write a manuscript for publication.

        Dr. Katherine Doyon, Dr. Nancy Allen, and Dr. Julie Gee received the inaugural University of Utah VR4 Health Sciences Education grant for their proposal titled Using Cultural Humility Framework to address Social Determinants of Health (SDOH)through Virtual RealityThey will receive one year of development services worth $100,000 to build a next-generation training program that will be designed to provide clinicians first-person perspective on the challenges patients may face in seeking health care. Launched in February of 2022, VR4 Health Sciences Education is a collaborative program between the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library and The Therapeutic Games & Applications Lab (The GApp Lab) at the University of Utah, and is supported by the Spencer S. Eccles Family Endowment, a fund established in 1977 for the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library.

        Jacqueline Kent-Marvick, PhD student and T32 pre-doctoral fellow (2019-2021), received a three-year F31 fellowship from NIH National Institute of Nursing Research in the amount of $117,112 for her project titled Examining Associations between Social Network Characteristics, Obesity-Related Health Behaviors, and Weight Retention among Racially/Ethnically Diverse Postpartum Women. She will explore the associations between postpartum social networks and diet, activity, and postpartum weight retention (PPWR) by 1) quantitatively investigating how diet, activity, and PPWR at 1-year postpartum are associated with structural and functional features of social networks among a sample of racially/ethnically diverse women, 2) qualitatively exploring mothers’ perceptions about the influence of their social networks on weight-related health behaviors and PPWR, and 3) triangulating qualitative and quantitative data using an explanatory sequential mixed methods design. Jacqueline’s mentors include primary mentor Dr. Sara Simonsen, co-mentor Dr. Kayla de le Haye, sponsor Dr. Kristin Cloyes, and advisor Dr. Bob Wong.  

        The Caring Connections Team received a $10,000 Project grant from the Sorenson Legacy Foundation, and a $1,000 project grant from the Williamsen Family Foundation to fund development of a clinician training program in Prolonged Grief Group Therapy. 

        The University of Utah Vice-President for Research awarded an $8,447.56 Administrative Supplement to Promote a Diverse Research Community titled Supplement to the SINCERE Study to Retain a Diverse Workforce to Dr. Andrea Wallace. As a supplement to her National Institute of Nursing Research funded R01 research project titled Intensifying Community Referrals for Health: The SINCERE Intervention to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities, these additional funds will enable Dr. Wallace to maintain a study team that includes students from groups that have low representation in the research community.

        The Huntsman Cancer Institute Geographic Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program (GMaP) Region 6 Research Scholar Pilot Funds Program awarded a $20,000 grant to Dr. Echo Warner to support her research project titled “Cancer Care Crowdfunding among LGBTQ+ Cancer Survivors Study.” Dr. Kristin Cloyes is Echo’s mentor for this project.

         

        April

        Members of the Academic Leadership team selected two individuals for Intramural Scholarship Award funding. The College of Nursing developed this funding to support a scholarly project or research study that addresses a significant problem or issue in healthcare, and results in a determined deliverable. 

        • Dr. Kimberly Garcia will receive $10,000 for her project titled Educational Activity about COVID with Low-Literacy Guatemalan Comadronas in the Remote Peten 
        • Dr. Jessica Ellis will receive $10,000 for her project titled A Multi-site Prospective Exploratory Study of Water Birth. 

        Academic Programs selected three individuals for Global Health Intramural Scholarship funding. Academic Programs established this funding for a faculty scholarly project or research study that addresses a Global Health concern or topic, engages undergraduate and/or graduate students at the College of Nursing, and results in a pre-determined deliverable.  

        • Dr. Deanna Kepka will receive $30,000 for her project titled Assessment of University of Utah College of Nursing Community Based Partnerships in the Era of COVID-19. Collaborators include Dr. Debra Penney, Dr. Schola Matovu, Dr. Echo Warner, and Sara Carbajal Salisbury.  
        • Dr. Schola Matovu will receive $30,000 for her project titled Promoting Health Equity Through a Collaborative Transcultural Learning Experience and Leadership Development of Nurses. Collaborators include Dr. Deanna Kepka, Dr. Debra Penny, Linda Gregory, and Joseph Mwizerwa. 
        • Dr. Kimberly Garcia will receive $30,000 for her project titled One College of Nursing Supporting Guatemalan Women Throughout the Life Span. Collaborators include Dr. Julie Gee, Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson, and Dr. Keanna Kepka 

        The Huntsman Cancer Institute Supportive Oncology and Survivorship Center awarded a $10,000 grant to Dr. Djin Tay to support her pilot research project titled “Examining the Role of Palliative Care among Immunotherapy Cancer Patients and their Care Partners using a Multi-Method Approach.” Co-investigators include Drs. Lee Ellington, Mia Hashibe, Jaewhan Kim, and Thomas Varghese Jr.

        The College of Nursing’s Family Caregiving Collaborative ([FCC]; Director, Dr. Lee Ellington) was invited to submit a grant proposal to the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation/Grantmakers in Aging. On behalf of the FCC, FCC Senior Faculty Associates Dr. Debbie Scammon and Dr. Rebecca Utz (College of Nursing Adjunct Associate Professor) led development of the successful proposal titled Changing Conversations in Caregiving. The $15,000 in funding will be used to recruit and train 10 caregivers to serve on the Utah Family Caregiver Advisory Board. These board members will work alongside members of the FCC, and an FCC convened multi-stakeholder committee focused on advocacy for a Utah State Plan for Caregiving. Members of the advisory board will represent four forms of diversity – race-ethnicity, geography, relationship, and condition – and will provide input that contributes to developing policy priorities that meet the unique and shared needs of diverse groups of caregivers.

         

        March

        The Huntsman Cancer Institute Breast and Gynecologic Cancers Center (BGCC) awarded $29,779 to multiple principal investigators Drs. Elissa Ozanne, Deanna Kepka , and Tracy Onega to support their pilot research project titled “Intervening on Social Determinants of Health to Increase Breast Cancer Screening in a Mobile Mammography program.” Funding from the BGCC is provided with the goal of promoting transdisciplinary, collaborative research that will impact understanding, prevention, and/or treatment of breast cancer.

        Hitachi, Ltd awarded $120,000 in additional funds to Dr. Catherine Staes and her team, including Dr. Caroline Scheese, and collaborators from Biomedical Informatics and the Huntsman Cancer Institute, to continue research related to “Data Analytics to Improve End-of-Life Care.” The investigators developed a predictive survival model and visualization to support provider, patient, and caregiver decision making, and are assessing impact on information needs from these different perspectives.

        Drs. Michelle Litchman (PI) and Murdock Henderson (Research Associate) received the University of Utah Office of the Vice President for Research Administrative Supplement to Promote a Diverse Research Community award in the amount of $105,000. These funds will support work to 1) adapt, refine, and test a diabetes education program for Deaf and hard of hearing populations and their care partners; and 2) translate validated diabetes measures into American Sign Language. Collaborators include Drs. Nancy Allen, Shinduk Lee, and Eli Iacob. 

        The Huntsman Cancer Institute Breast and Gynecologic Cancers Center (BGCC) awarded $30,000 to Dr. Deanna Kepka to support her pilot research project titled “Multi-state Assessment of Attitudes about Vaccines for Primary Cancer Prevention in Adolescents and Young Adults with Inherited Cancer Predisposition.” Funding from the BGCC is provided with the goal of promoting transdisciplinary, collaborative research that will impact understanding, prevention, and/or treatment of breast cancer. Collaborators include Wendy Kohlmann, and Dr. Anne Kirchhoff.  

         

        February

        Dr. Elizabeth Sloss, Post-doctoral Fellow, was appointed to the Family Well-Being Research Network(FAM-NET) Scholar Corps, and awarded $4,000 for her project “Natural experimentation approaches to explore family well-being: A scoping review.” FAM-NET is a collaborative project to support and advance research on measurement of family well-being and pediatric quality of life and is supported by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. FAM-NET builds knowledge by funding new research, supporting and mentoring the next generation of scholars, and providing education and training. Under the mentorship of Drs. Kathy Sward (primary mentor), Djin Tay, Echo Warner, and Megan Thomas Hebdon, Elizabeth will conduct a scoping review focused on using natural experimentation to study family well-being. She will identify longitudinal, population-level datasets that can be used in natural experimentation studies, as well as measures that are collected in population-level datasets for quantification or measurement of family well-being. Elizabeth will build upon findings from this scoping review to conduct a pilot study using population-level data and natural experimentation methods to explore the impact of unexpected death on mental health outcomes of young family caregivers.

        Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson received $35,000 in seed funding from the University of Utah Research Incentive Seed Grant Program for her study titled “American Indian and Alaska Native Midlife Women's Symptom Experience and Access to Medical and Integrative Health Care: Developing a Culturally-Informed Integrative Group Medical Visit.” Co-investigators include Drs. Sharon Austin, Jessica Ellis, Sara Simonsen, Isabel Dulfano, Julie Fritz, Paula Gardiner, and Mary Koithan. The team will design and test an integrative medicine group visit for midlife American Indian and Alaska Native women, teaching integrative health self-care to decrease vasomotor symptoms, provide disease information and medical care, and screen for diabetes and heart disease, and breast, colorectal and ovarian cancers.

         

        January

        Huntsman Cancer Institute awarded a $30,000 American Cancer Society Investigator Research Grant to Dr. Echo Warner for her project titled “Cancer misinformation exposure measurement among cancer patients.” Echo will test automated website monitoring tools to document and record patient exposure to cancer misinformation. This will make it possible to accurately measure exposure using an existing Artificial Intelligence prototype to reduce the impact of cancer misinformation on cancer patients. The protype will be tested in a future randomized trial. 

        The Joan & Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University awarded a $273,801 subcontract award to Dr. Mollie Cummins for her project “Researching COVID to Enhance Recovery (RECOVER) Initiative.” This award is part of a NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute-funded consortium project – The RECOVER Post-Acute Sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 (PASC) Electronic Health Record (EHR) Cohort Study.  

        The Utah Department of Health awarded two sub-contracts for a total of $60,000 to Dr. Deanna Kepka 

        • Improving HPV Vaccination Rates in the Era of COVID-19 – Team members will use a multi-pronged approach to partner with a large healthcare system in Utah to assess, implement, and evaluate evidence-based HPV vaccination strategies.  
        • Utah School Nurse Providers Project for Improving HPV Vaccination Rates – Team members will conduct an environmental scan of school nurses to assess barriers to HPV vaccination in Utah, and partner with school nurses to test and evaluate the implementation of evidence-based strategies to improve HPV vaccination in school settings. 

        The Huntsman Cancer Institute Breast and Gynecologic Cancers Center awarded $20,000 to Dr. Deanna Kepka to support the Intermountain West HPV Vaccination Coalition during FY22. 

        Dr. Catherine Staes and Dr. Carolyn Scheese, in collaboration with Damian Borbolla from the Department of Biomedical Informatics secured, $50,000 in Utah Department of Health funding for a Graduate Assistant Special Project. They and team members will collaborate to build and document the Chronic Disease Surveillance System, and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the current electronic case reporting infrastructure for chronic disease reporting in Utah.  

        The University of Utah Academy of Health Science Educators awarded a $3,750 grant to Dr. Jia-Wen Guo and Dr. Sue Chase-Cantarini for their GENIE project. They will develop a Gamified Asynchronous LEarNing of IPE TElehealth course that will create an engaged learning environment by applying gamification concepts, and pilot it during Fall Semester 2022. The reviewers found the proposal to be a novel approach to interprofessional education, and were intrigued by its potential application to a broader context. 

        December

        Jeanne Schlater earned the Professional Administrative Certification of Excellence (PACE) through the American Society of Administrative Professionals (ASAP). Coursework covered interpersonal communication, task & project management, computer & internet technology, and management skills, enabling executive assistants to expand skillsets and navigate today’s evolving business climate. The opportunity was possible thanks to generous donors who provided funds for staff development.

         

        October

        Shelli King is the College of Nursing’s inaugural Clean Air Champion. Taking public transportation to work five days per week, Shelli travels 33 miles each day, eliminating more than 8,000 miles of auto traffic on the road. A Clean Air Champion is a College of Nursing community member who stewards sustainability and combats climate change through advocacy or a simple lifestyle routine.

         

        September

        Lynn Dixon received the Utah Association of CPAs and American Institute of CPAs Women to Watch: Experienced Leader Award for 2022. Three categories of Women to Watch awards highlight the accomplishments of women in the profession and demonstrates to emerging female leaders that success is not out of reach. Specifically, the Experienced Leader award honors a professional who has advanced to a high level or leadership position, including partners, owners, executives, and elected officials.   

        Hollie Fuhrmann was accepted, through a competitive selection process, to participate in the 2022-2023 Cohort of the Leadership, Engagement, and Development (LEAD) program offered through the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORPD). LEAD helps illuminate pathways for member engagement, service, and leadership throughout NORDP and within the research development profession. Programming will focus on helping participants understand different leadership strengths and styles; plan for professional growth; and learn about opportunities for advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in research development. Participants also will learn about NORDP’s operations and structure, serving on the NORDP or other non-profit boards, and opportunities for service throughout the organization. 

         

        April

        Thirteen staff and faculty received a College of Nursing 2021 -2022 Excellence Award! These individuals continually go above and beyond, contributing to the CON’s reputation for excellence.

        • Staff Excellence Award: Monica Lund, Adrienne Bott, Harper Vander Hoek, Hollie Fuhrmann, Alexandra Hanson, and Rachel Hamilton

         

        March

        Jane Price received a prestigious University of Utah Staff Excellence Award during an awards ceremony on March 4, 2022 at the Officers’ Club. Jane received the award specifically within the University of Utah Academic Health Sciences District. From her nomination letters of support: “Jane’s performance aligns well with two of the University’s major strategic goals, specifically ‘promote student success to transform lives’ and ‘ensure long-term viability of the University.’ Jane has moved the CON, and therefore the University, significantly forward in achieving those strategic goals, particularly through her stellar contributions to technology-assisted education in both synchronous and asynchronous courses. Jane receives frequent praise and gratitude from both students and course instructors on a regular basis.”

         

        January

        Faculty much appreciate Jane Price for her knowledge, incredible helpfulness, and willingness to take extra steps to support faculty that extend beyond course design. “Her abilities, collaborative relationship, and quick responses are of great help. Jane, we appreciate you!” 

        Village Book Builders focuses on empowering villages in disadvantaged communities worldwide to end the cycle of poverty through education. This non-profit organization builds libraries to create a space dedicated to learning. During the University-wide book drive, which Shelli King facilitated, College of Nursing faculty and staff donated more than 20 boxes of boxes, the largest number on campus.  

        November

        Baccalaureate students inducted into Sigma included: 

        • Saja Alsarrieh 
        • Ella Baker 
        • Elaina Briscoe 
        • Kendal Cervantes 
        • Melinda Dillard 
        • Ella Evans 
        • Gabriella Fagan 
        • Megan Fehn 
        • Selina Gao 
        • Sydney Gilliland 
        • Grace Green 
        • Jenna Griggs 
        • Kennadee Harris 
        • Caroline Howell 
        • Grace Kennedy 
        • Kenedee Le Prey 
        • Charis Mariger 
        • Alexa Mills 
        • Sarah Orme 
        • Olivia Paulsen 
        • Karina Perez-Rojas 
        • Alyssa Pham 
        • Bianca Porras Laura 
        • Heaven Rauch 
        • Julia Schoonover 
        • Tanmay Sheokand 
        • Jayne Smith 

        Master’s students inducted into Sigma included: 

        • Jessica Gomez 
        • William Patzke 

        Doctor of Nursing Practice students inducted into Sigma included: 

        • Rebecca Brim 
        • Merica Chapple 
        • Lesley Hemphill 
        • Cheryl Sherman 

        Doctor of Philosophy student inducted into Sigma included: 

        • Natasha Ansari 

         

        October

        Student members of the Sigma Alpha Pi – known as the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), and the nation’s largest leadership honor society – nominated Tamara Ekker as a faculty member who teaches with heart and passion, and who has motivated students in their pursuit of education. Tamara will be presented with an award at the NSLS Induction and Awards Ceremony on November 7, 2022.

         

        May

        Congratulations to all College of Nursing graduates who earned Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Doctor of Nursing Practice, or Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Nursing, a Master of Science degree in Gerontology, and/or a certificate in nursing or gerontology. We celebrate your academic accomplishments, and look forward to hearing about your contributions as you promote wellness and prevent illness, reduce health disparities, shape the future of healthcare to be equitable, and improve health outcomes for persons and communities.

        Commendation to all faculty, staff, preceptors, and community partners who supported and positioned students for academic success during their programs of study.

        Acclamation to all College of Nursing staff who prepared for and carried out Convocation. What a delight to celebrate the academic achievements of College of Nursing graduates in person!

        Dr. Jeff Atkinson earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, specializing in direct care, from the University of Utah.

        Dr. Christina Creal earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, specializing in nurse-midwifery, and a Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education from the University of Utah. In addition, she received the Outstanding Doctor of Nursing Practice Student Award. This award is presented to a student who was outstanding in their area of focus, contributed to new knowledge, or developed innovations to facilitate practice.

        Dr. William Hull earned a Doctor of Philosophy Degree from the University of Utah.

        Dr. Frances Johnson earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, specializing in direct care, from the University of Utah. In addition, she received the Outstanding Post-Masters to Doctor of Nursing Practice Student Award. This award is presented to a student who excelled in both academics and contributions to practice in their chosen specialty area.

        Dr. Shawna Sisler earned a Doctor of Philosophy Degree, and a Graduate Certificate in Informatics from the University of Utah.

        Dr. Sisler also is a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi .

         

        March

        Casey McFarland (Mentor: Dr. Jenny Alderden) was named as the 2022 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher for the Honors College.

        Kari Stoddard (Mentor: Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson) was named as the 2022 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher for the College of Nursing.

        December

        Dr. Valerie Flattes shared her personal and professional story, Being Black in America, with the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

        Dr. Sara Bybee, Nasser Sharareh, Ching-Yu (Samuel) Wang, Dr. Bob Wong, Ernest Grigorian, Dr. Jia-Wen Guo, Dr. Brenda Luther, and Dr. Andrea Wallace will present an abstract titled Social Needs Screening and Resource Referrals: A Temporary Dam to Upstream Issues? at the TL1 Visiting Scientist (William Schnaper Visiting Scientist Program) Mini Symposium: Circumventing Roadblocks in Clinical and Translational Science.

        Anna Alder and Karen Stutzerwith will deliver a presentation titled Healthy Work Environments and the Multigenerational Workforce: Trends, Gaps, and Opportunities at the Creating Healthy Work Environments 2023 Sigma event.

         

        November

        Dr. Scott Christensen, Dr. Sue Chase-Cantarini, Hui Li, Dr. Xiaoming Sheng, Tracey Nixon, and Dean Marla De Jong will deliver a presentation titled New Registered Nurse Experiences During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Comparing Nurse Apprenticeship to Traditional Graduates at the Creating Healthy Work Environments 2023 Sigma event. 

        Drs. Kimberly Garcia, Deanna Kepka, and Eli Jacob, and students Emily Holland Royce and Maria Dean Smith will deliver two podium presentations at the EUROGIN 2023. Presentation titles are Barriers to Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control in Guatemala, and Low Levels of Lifetime Pap Test Receipt Among Vulnerable Patient Populations in Guatemala.  

        Through a peer-reviewed, competitive process Dr. Erin Meyer was selected to present a workshop titled A Quirky Conversation: The Impact of Quirkiness in Life at the Conference for Global Transformation, an international conference that will be held virtually May 21-23, 2023. If you are interested in attending, contact Dr. Meyer.  

        Dr. Kara Dassel presented Care Across the Dementia Trajectory to 30 dementia caregivers at the Tooele Department of Health.  

        Dr. Sara Hart led a panel presentation titled Community Engagement at Academic Health Systems: Recent Challenges and Preparing for the Future at the 2022 Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities Annual Conference, The Essential Role of Urban and Metropolitan Universities. During the interactive session, Jennifer Elliott, Melissa Yack, Joseph Allen, Logan Vetrovec, and David Line highlighted several of the community-engaged partnerships shared in the Community Engagement at Academic Health Centers themed issue of Metropolitan Universities that Joseph Allen, Melissa Yack, and Dr. Sara Hart guest-edited.  

        University of Notre Dame Australia’s National School of Nursing, Midwifery, Health Sciences & Physiotherapy and National School of Medicine jointly sponsor a weekly Research Seminar Series. Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson delivered a talk titled Theory and Patient-Informed Development of an Integrative Group Medical Visit for the Menopausal Transition.  

        Faculty, students, and alumni will present at the American Public Health Association’s 2022 Annual Meeting & Expo and 150th anniversary celebration on November 6-9, 2022, in Boston, MA. 

        Faculty organized and led special interest group meetings at the Gerontological Society of America 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting in Indianapolis, IN.  

        • Dr. Sara Bybee – Rainbow Research Group 
        • Dr. Katarina Felsted – Fitness, Exercise, and Wellness 
        • Dr. Gail Towsley – Hospice, Palliative, and End-of-Life Care 

         

        October

        Dr. Jacob Steenblik presented The Importance of Opioid & Naloxone Education in the Emergency Department for High-Risk Age Groups, his Doctor of Nursing Practice scholarly project work, at the American College of Emergency Physicians ACEP22 Scientific Assembly in San Francisco. Colleagues who contributed to the project included Dr. Larry Garrett, Alejandro Blitch, Andrew Jones, Gerrit Seymour, Marina Griffith, Sikoti Langi, Jonathan Crump, Carrie Gold, and Troy Madsen.  

        Dr. Michelle Litchman presented Adapting and Assessing the Feasibility of a Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support Telehealth Intervention for Rural Populations to Reduce Disparities in Diabetes Care, her R56 work, at the NINR Rural Health Workshop on October 12, 2022. 

        Faculty will present at the upcoming AMIA 2022 Annual Symposium in Washington, DC on November 5-9, 2022.  

        • Dr. Kathy Sward, Dr. Jia-Wen Guo, and Dr. William Hull will present a poster titled Pain and Opioid Research Evidence Base: NIH Heal CDEs. 
        • Catherine Ivory, Dr. Mollie Cummins, and Robert Lucero will present a panel presentation titled Perspectives on Adoption of a Unique Identifier for Nurses. 
        • Brian Dixon, Dr. Catherine Staes, Jesse Goodell, and Harold Lehmann will present a panel presentation titled Rebuilding the Nation's Public Health Informatics Infrastructure: Recommendations from the 2022 ACMI Symposium. 

        Dr. Michelle Litchman was invited to present the body of her digital health research at the BioHive Summit on November 10, 2022. 

        Dr. Jackie Eaton’s research-based play, Portrait of a Caregiver, will be performed four times during October. Sponsored by the Utah Geriatric Education Consortium and the Utah Department of Health & Human Services, three performances will be at the Dementia Caregiver Conference offered during the Senior Expo in Sandy (October 6), Layton (October 12), and St. George (October 19). In addition, Utah State University is sponsoring a performance on October 7, 2022.  

        Faculty, students, and alumni will present at the North American Menopause Society Annual Scientific Meeting in Atlanta, GA. 

        • Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson, Dr. Ana Sanchez-Birkhead, Doctor of Nursing Practice student Cinnamon Geppelt, recent bachelor of science graduate Kari Stoddard, and 18 collaborators will present a poster titled Midlife Women’s Symptom Experience and Access to Medical and Integrative Health Care: Informing the Adaptations of an Integrative Medical Group Visit for Peri- and Post-Menopause. Collaborators include eight perimenopausal women who are members of a Community Advisory Board, and faculty from the University of Utah College of Health and School of Medicine, Pace University, UMass Chan Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Harvard Medical School. 
        • Drs. Lisa Taylor-Swanson, Julie Fritz, Belinda "Beau" Anderson, Camille Moreno, and Paula Gardiner will present a poster titled Designing and Delivering a Feminist Research-Informed Return of Results with Midlife Women: A Method to Understand and ‘Foreground’ Marginalized Voices. 

        Drs. Youjeong Kang, Xiangyang Ye, Josef Stehlik, Jincheng Shen, and Kathi Mooney presented a poster titled Charlson Co-morbidity Index Score and 30-day Rehospitalization in Heart Failure Patients at the Heart Failure Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting 2022 in Washington DC.  

        The Palliative Care: Building Communities, Expanding Boundaries symposium, to be held on October 5-6, will bring together individuals and communities of interest locally, statewide, and globally, to learn about approaches to improve access to palliative care. Aiming to create a blueprint that fosters palliative care collaborations across communities and cultures, the symposium will feature national palliative care leaders and emphasize engagement of all attendees – stakeholders of palliative care. Among those presenting, Dr. Lynn Reinke, Claire Dumke Ryberg, RN, Presidential Endowed Chair in End-of-Life/Palliative Care, will deliver a podium presentation titled Utah Frontier: A Vision for Building Communities and Expanding Boundaries for Palliative Care. Dr. Lynn Reinke will moderate a Utah Program Highlights, Revisiting Vision, & Next Steps panel discussion that includes Dr. Linda Edelman, Dr. Lee Ellington, Dr. Nancy McLeskey, Dr. Holli Martinez, and Dr. Kathi Mooney. Those who helped plan, organize, and support the two-day event include Dr. Gail Towsley, Dr. Lynn Reinke, Dr. Lee Ellington, Dr. Andrea Wallace, Christine Moua, Lynn Dixon, Mindy Francis, Vianney Alcala, Jacqueline Scheider, Colleen Neering, and members of College of Nursing Systems and Technology. 

         

        September

        Dr. Cara Wolf and Dr. Paula Braverman presented a National Commission on Correctional Health Care webinar titled STI Treatment Guidelines: Update on the 2021 Recommendations and Juvenile Considerations 

        Dr. Linda Edelman and Dr. Valerie Greer (Assistant Professor in the College of Architecture and Planning) co-hosted the Age Friendly Communities Symposium. More than 100 people – including researchers, clinicians, policymakers, architects and planners, state and local aging services administrators, and others – from 25 states attended the virtual symposium. Dr. Terry Fulmer from the John A. Hartford Foundation provided the keynote address Creating an Age-Friendly Ecosystem. National content experts on age friendly neighborhoods, campuses and health systems participated in panels. The symposium culminated in a World Café where attendees discussed barriers and opportunities to age-friendly communities in the Intermountain West. Dr. Katarina Felsted led panel discussions, Dr. Gail Towsley, Dr. Jackie Eaton, Jacqueline Telonidis, Andrea Harris, and Harper Vander Hoek facilitated breakout discussions, and Dr. Kara Dassel led World Café sessions. Ashley Cadiz, Academic Program Manager for the College of Nursing Master of Science Program and Gerontology Master’s student, led a student “Koi Pond” competition, in which 13 teams from a number of schools and colleges competed and proposed solutions to age friendly challenges. The Utah Geriatric Education Consortium supported the symposium, and its staff – Megan McClure, Christopher Hernandez, Harper Vander Hoek, Jacqueline Telonidis, and Andrea Harris – are credited for planning and delivering an amazing virtual experience.  

        Drs. Ken Jameson and Katarina Felsted presented The Age Friendly University Network and the University of Utah for an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute-sponsored Lunch & Learn Lecture.  

        Dr. Shipra Bansal, Dr. Richmond Doxey, Amy Reeder, and Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson were invited panelists at the Food is Medicine Conference 2022. Dr. Amy Locke moderated their panel discussion titled Facilitating Change with an SMA (Shared Medical Appointment) Panel. Hosted by the University of Utah Center for Community Nutrition, the continuing education conference was designed for healthcare professionals who want to better incorporate nutrition into patient care.  

        Dr. Rebecca Wilson moderated the Academy of Health Science Educators' (AHSE) 9th Annual Education Symposium. Dr. Mary Ann Villarreal, Vice President for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the University of Utah, was the keynote speaker. Several College of Nursing faculty and a PhD student also presented.  

        • Dr. Katarina Felsted and Dr. Jackie Eaton presented Path to Age-Friendly University Endorsement at the University of Utah and Beyond 
        • PhD Student, Samantha Greenberg, delivered a TED Talk entitled, How to Use the Silver Linings from COVID to Increase Engagement: Past, Present, and Future Approaches to Clinical Skills Education. 
        • Dr. Sue Chase-Cantarini, Dr. Jenneth Doria, Dr. Jennifer Macali, and Dr. Katie Ward, members of the AHSE Mentorship Committee, along with Dr. Megan Fix and Dr. Katherine Anderson, facilitated the workshop Don’t Reinvent the Wheel: Connecting Your Mentees with the Resources They Need to Succeed 

        Dr. Lauri Linder and colleagues Kristin Stegenga, Jeanne Erickson, Catherine Fiona Macpherson, and Suzanne Ameringer delivered an oral presentation titled Symptom Experience, Self-Efficacy, and Self-Management Behaviors Reported by Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer at the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses 46th Annual Conference 

        Dr. Lauri Linder presented a poster titled CLABSI prevention: A Multiple Case Report of Potentially Modifiable Risk Factors External to the Line at the Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses 46th Annual Conference. 

        Deans Elizabeth Kronk Warner and Marla De Jong moderated a panel discussion titled What Does the Dobbs Decision Mean for Medical Professionals? Panelists included Drs. Leslie Francis, Misha Pangasa, Jessica Sanders, and Sara Simonsen 

        College of Nursing faculty, a postdoctoral fellow, a PhD student, and staff will present at the 2022 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research: Social & Structural Determinants of Health in Washington, DC. 

        • Dr. Catherine Elmore, Katie Feldner, Mackenzie Elliott, Kristin Flores, Dr. Alycia Bristol, Dr. Erin Johnson, and Dr. Andrea Wallace will present a symposium.  
        • Exploring the Role of Social Needs and Support in Discharge Planning (Andrea Wallace) 
        • Associations Between Social Support, Readmission Risk and Patient Discharge Readiness: Exploratory Findings from Secondary Data (Catherine Elmore) 
        • Discharge Team Social Resource Determination: Association with Perceived Discharge Readiness (Katie Feldner) 
        • Social Resource Assessment and Discharge Destination (Alycia Bristol) 
        • Implementation of Social Needs Screening in Inpatient Care during COVID (Mackenzie Elliott) 
        • Dr. Nancy Allen will present Emotional/Social/Cultural Distress in the Era of COVID 19 among Hispanic Individuals with Chronic Illness. 
        • Dr. Youjeong Kang will present Social Determinants of Health and 30-day Rehospitalization in Medicare Beneficiaries with Heart Failure 
        • Samuel Wang will present Factors Associated with Patients Not Receiving Community Social Resources.   

         

        August

        Several CON Faculty members participated in the Martha Bradley Evans Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) Annual Teaching Symposium. CTE focuses on supporting and emphasizing cutting-edge pedagogical practices and strategies for teaching in higher education. Jane Price presented Easy Tips to Make Your Canvas Course Accessible and Dr. Rebecca Wilson presented Lesson Planning for Learning.

        Several faculty, staff, and previous postdoctoral fellows presented at the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists Conference in Baltimore

        • Litchman ML, Henderson M, Lee S, Iacob E, Miller N, Canela S, Allen NA. Experiences of Deaf People Receiving Diabetes Education: The Need for Language Access.
        • Litchman ML, Campbell MS, Porter M, Tracy E, Allen NA, Berg CA. Diabetes Education Needs When Multiple Family Members Have Type 1 Diabetes.
        • Allen NA, Litchman ML, Walker HR, Greenwood D, Ng A, Sanchez-Birkhead A. Hispanic Diabetes Peer Facilitator Training Needs and Connections to Hispanic with Type 2 Diabetes.
        • Blanchette JE, Litchman ML, Allen NA.A Financial and Health Insurance Education Toolkit for Emerging Adults with Type 1 Diabetes.

        Dr. Jennifer Clifton served on the Planning Committee for the 46th Annual Utah Physician Assistant/Nurse Practitioner Conference. Faculty presenters included:

        • Dr. Amanda Al-KhudairiPregnancy Considerations in Primary Care
        • Dr. Jennifer HamiltonAdvanced Practice Providers on Quality Improvement Committees
        • Dr. Keisa LynchNon-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

         

        July

        Dr. Djin Tay presented Examining the Impact of Novel Cancer Therapies on Palliative Care Needs and Utilization: Implication for Patient and Caregiver Outcomes for Research and Quality Grand Rounds at the Emory Palliative Care Center. She based the presentation on her current research for the University of Pittsburgh Palliative Research Center’s Junior Faculty Visiting Professor program.

        The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Thought Leaders Assembly invited Drs. Perry Gee, and Anne Pendo to lead an all-day panel on the Current Landscape of Well-being Within Clinical Practice. Drs. Gee and Pendo shared insight they have gained during the past three years, working as partners to support the mental well-being of caregivers of all disciplines. They described how practice and academic institutions can partner to promote nurse well-being, starting in the education setting and transitioning through to the practice environment. The discussion aligned with the concept of well-being as presented in The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education (AACN, 2021).

        June

        The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) team (Project Director: Dr. Gwen Latendresse) at the College of Nursing (CON), and the HRSA Utah Medical Education for Underserved Populations team (Project Director: Ty Dickerson) at the School of Medicine co-sponsored the first interprofessional Continuing Education for Community Clinicians Conference in Salt Lake City on June 3-5, 2022. The sponsors invited primary care clinical preceptors from rural, tribal, and underserved communities to attend, supporting their continuing education and showing appreciation for their valuable contributions to University of Utah Health HRSA trainees, and nurse practitioner, nurse-midwife, and medical students. Several CON faculty delivered presentations:

        • Robbins Z, Kilgore T, Tufts G. Advancing Behavioral Health in Primary Care: Depression, Anxiety, Substance Use. Podium presentation.
        • Robinson J, Sanseau E, Lassche M, Morgan M. Telesimulation: Advancing the Quality of Urgent & Emergency Care in Rural & Remote Settings. Podium presentation.
        • Wilson R. Giving Feedback in Difficult Situations. Podium presentation.
        • Flattes V, Marshall I, Backman R, Kieffer M, Bonilla M. Strategies for Clinicians in Resolving Problematic Interactions between Learners, Patients, & Preceptors. Panel discussion.
        • Latendresse G. None of us is Smarter than All of Us. Departing address.

        The Utah Navajo Health System sponsored the Women’s Health Fair “Catch the Wellness Wave” in Blanding, Utah, on May 13, 2022. The sponsors invited Dr. Gwen Latendresse to address and provide information about perinatal mental health and resources. This presentation was part of an outreach effort for her Utah Department of Health funded maternal mental health project for the state of Utah. A photo above includes Dr. Latendresse and Yikanee Sampson, a CON student in the dual midwifery/women’s health track of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program who lives in Montezuma Creek, and is an HRSA ANEW trainee.

        CON faculty, staff, and students presented at the American College of Nurse-Midwives ACNM 67th Annual Meeting & Exposition in Chicago, IL on May 20-25, 2022.

        • Induction of Labor: Navigating ACNM’s Clinical Bulletin – Nicole Carlson, Dr. Jessica Ellis, Alexis Dunn-Amore, Katie Paige, and Robyn Schafer. Podium presentation.
        • Creating Bonds to Break Bonds: The Implications of Human Trafficking and Women’s Health – Leah Moses, Quinta Johnson, and Dr. Jessica Ellis. Podium presentation.
        • Outpatient Cervical Ripening in an Academic Midwifery PracticeDr. Jessica Ellis and Abigail Rizk. Poster presentation.
        • Outcomes of a Multi-site Hospital-based Waterbirth StudyDr. Jessica Ellis, Angela Anderson, Alyssa Moxley, and Dr. Gwen Latendresse. Podium presentation.
        • Iron Deficiency Anemia in Pregnancy: Treatment and Monitoring with IV IronChristi Elmore and Dr. Jessica Ellis. Podium presentation.
        • Number of Significant Life Events & Perinatal Depression in a Diverse Rural Population. Dr. Gwen Latendresse, Dr. Eli Iacob, Ryoko Pentecost, Dr. Sara Simonsen, Marcia Williams, Marcela Smid, Uma Dorn, and Dr. Xiaoming Sheng. Poster presentation.

        CON faculty and alumni received American College of Nurse-Midwives awards at the ACNM 67th Annual Meeting & Exposition in Chicago, IL on May 20-25, 2022.

        • Excellence in Teaching Award: Christi Elmore
        • Excellence in Clinical Precepting: Dr. Dixie Rasmussen and Dr. Sadie Dahlsrud
        • Best Review Article of the Year Award: Carlson N, Ellis J, Page K, Dunn Amore A, Phillippi J. Review of evidence‐based methods for successful labor induction. J Midwifery Womens Health. 2021. https://doi.org/10.1111/jmwh.13238

        Dr. Kara Dassel delivered the keynote presentation Embracing the Present and Planning for the Future at the inaugural Lynden Legacy Caregiver Conference in Sandy, Utah.

        Dr. Kara Dassel presented Caregiving Stress: Preventing Burnout at the Cache County Caregiver Coalition Conference in Logan, Utah.

        Dr. Zoe Robbins participated in a panel discussion titled Our Future – Our Providers: What’s Happening in Post-Secondary Education? at the 6th Annual Addictions Update: Science, Policy, & Treatment in Salt Lake City, Utah.

        Faculty and recent graduates presented posters at the 2022 International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health in Phoenix, Arizona.

        • Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson, Paula Gardiner, Julie Fritz, Kari Denae Stoddard, and Nancy Fugate Woods presented Diverse Perimenopausal Women’s Attitudes About and Interest in an Integrative Group Medical Visit.
        • Belinda J. Anderson, Melissa Zappa, Brent D. Leininger, and Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson presented Licensed Acupuncturists’ Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in the US: Sources and Use of Evidence to Guide Treatment With Chinese Herbal Medicine.
        • Dr. Shelley White, Dr. Gary Donaldson, Debra Burns, Dr. Lee Ellington, Jared Rawlings, and Dr. Kathi Mooney presented A Pilot Feasibility Study of a Virtual Group Drumming Intervention for Cancer-related Fatigue and Anxiety.

        Faculty, staff, a student, and alumni presented at the 2022 ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology) in Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois.

        Several faculty and students presented at the 2022 U Center on Aging Research Retreat.

        Dr. Caroline Stephens moderated the Caregiving session during which the following faculty presented:

        • Dr. Kara DasselThe Intersectionality of Decision-Making and Dementia Advance Care Planning.
        • Dr. Jackie EatonEnhancing Active Caregiver Training.
        • Dr. Caroline StephensFrom Secondary Data to Clinical Interventions: Supporting Formal & Informal Caregivers of Palliative Care Eligible Nursing Home Residents.
        • Dr. Katherine SupianoPre Loss Grief Support for Dementia Family Care Partners at Risk for Problematic Grief.
        • Dr. Rebecca UtzSupporting Families at End of Life through Intervention, Data, and Policy.

        Ponce Gonzalez K, Supiano K. Nursing Home Administrators Perceptions of the Emotional Care Needs of Dementia Family Care Partners.

        Savage K, Chow MC, Butler J, Towsley GL, Edelman LS. Another Blow to LTSS Nursing Workforce Challenges.

        Stephens C, Flint L, Baraldi C, Utz R, Mooney K, Rajeev D, McClure M, Barrientos P, Edelman LS. What a Difference A Pandemic Makes! Nursing Home Stakeholder Telehealth Utilization & Perceptions during the COVID-19 Pandemic Informs Palliative Care Telehealth Intervention Development.

        Stephens C, McClure M, Edelman LS, Barrientos P. "Your heart goes black:” The Emotional Toll of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Nursing Home Staff.

        As members of the plenary panel, Dean Marla De Jong and Dr. Valerie Flattes presented Leading as Your Authentic Self at the University of Utah Health Women’s Leadership Day.

         

        May

        The 2022 Utah Geriatric Education Consortium (UGEC)virtual caregiver conference and retreat, Surviving and Thriving During COVID, was held May 19 and 21, with support from the Family Caregiving Collaborative. UGEC faculty and staff – Dr. Linda Edelman, Dr. Kara Dassel, Cherie Brunker, Dr. Nanci McLeskey, Dr. Lee Ellington, Megan McClure, Jacquie Telonidis, Christopher Hernandez and Harper Vander Hoek – planned and hosted the retreat. During the caregiving conference, which Dr. Kara Dassel facilitated, Dr. Kathie Supiano and Dr. Heather Snyder, Vice President of Medical & Scientific Relations at the Alzheimer’s Association, showcased the impact of COVID-19 on caregivers, and the resilience tools of getting past COVID. In addition, attendees shared their COVID-19 stories on a Jamboard. During the UGEC Retreat, Dr. Linda Edelman delivered opening and closing remarks. Dr. Kathie Supiano facilitated a panel discussion titled Post-Acute COVID Sequelae Discussion with Experts from Cardiology/Pulmonary, Neuropsychology, Geriatrics, and Patient Perspectives with Dr. Jeanette Brown, Dr. Kelly Davis Garrett, and Jose Stone RN. Dr. Susan Butterworth led panelists Andrea Harris, a College of Nursing alumna, Amy Hartman, a College of Nursing alumna and member of the Dean’s Advancement Board, Dr. Cameron Petersen, and Scott Monson to explore workforce stories in primary care and long-term services and supports settings. The retreat ended with a presentation on how Cascades Health Care is building the workforce since COVID. Recordings of the presentations will be available on the UGEC website.

        Anna Alder presented at the National Teaching Institute (NTI) 2022 in Houston, Texas.

        • She was a panelist for a concurrent session titled Creating Healthy Work Environments: The Multigenerational Workforce.
        • She presented a concurrent session titled Power of Poop: Fecal Transplants and the Future of Medicine.

        Dr. Carma Miller, Department Head of Nursing at Utah State University, invited Dr. Katarina Friberg Felsted to speak at the Department of Nursing’s end-of-year Faculty Retreat on May 9, 2022. Katarina’s presentation was titled Where Did I Go? Finding Ways to Return to Wellness.

        Marcia Potter, Cindy Garrett, Faith Jones, Annette Hamlin, and Dr. Brenda Luther presented The Fundamentals of Nursing-Sensitive Indicators: "What Nurses Know or Need to Know" at the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing 47th Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

        Utah Geriatric Education Consortium faculty and staff presented at the American Geriatrics Society 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting in Orlando, Florida.  

        • Stephens C, Flint L, Baraldi C, Utz R, Mooney K, Rajeev D, McClure M, Barrientos P, Goodwin R, Edelman L. What a Difference A Pandemic Makes! Nursing Home Stakeholder Telehealth Utilization & Perceptions During the COVID-19 Pandemic Informs Palliative Care Telehealth Intervention Development. Poster presentation. 
        • Stephens C, McClure M, Barrientos P, Goodwin R, Edelman L. "Your heart goes black:” The Emotional Toll of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Nursing Home Staff. Poster presentation. 
        • Savage K, Chow MC, Butler J, Towsley GL, Edelman LS. COVID – Another Blow to LTSS Nursing Workforce Challenges. Poster presentation.  
        • Carrico C, McKibbin C, Bennett K, Brunker C, Thompson K, Caprio TV, Faul A. ECHO in Action: Impact, Barriers, and Lessons Learned Across Six Age-Friendly Geriatric ECHOs. Paper and poster presentation. The Utah Geriatric Education Consortium (UGEC) was a contributing Extension for Community HealthCare Outcomes site, and Jacqueline Telonidis represented the UGEC for these presentations.  

        College of Nursing faculty presented at the 2022 Symposium: A To Z Equity & Inclusion in Sex, Gender, & Women's Health. Dr. Sara Simonsen Introduced the Equity and Inclusion session, which included the following presentations: 

        • Dr. Deanna Kepka presented Vaccine Access and Hesitancy. 
        • Dr. Andrea Wallace  presented Social Determinants, Risks, and Needs – Implications for Promoting Health, Equity, and Inclusion 
        • Dr. Valerie Flattes presented Disproportionate Impact of a Pandemic on Women and Underserved Communities 

        Dr. Kathy Sward, Jeri Burr of the Utah Trial Innovation Center, and Ann Johnson of the Institutional Review Board and Human Research Protection Program presented a panel presentation titled eSolutions to Improve Informed Consenat the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) conference in Orlando.

        Dr. Kathie Supiano and Troy Andersen delivered the Keynote Address Holding the Liminal Space: Balancing Uncertainty and Rejuvenation at the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Network 2022 General Assembly in Santa Fe.

        Dr. Kathie Supiano and Cathy Davis of the Utah State Board of Education delivered the podium presentation Suicide Grief Support Training for School Mental Health Clinicians at the AAS22, the American Association of Suicidology’s 55th Annual Conference, in Chicago.

         

        April

        Dr. Scott Christensen was invited to present Responding to Crisis: Examples and Advice for Working with Aggressive Patients at the Tandem Meetings: Transplantation & Cellular Therapy Meetings of ASTCT™ (American Society for Transplantation and Cellular Therapy) and CIBMTR® (Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research).

        Dr. Mollie Cummins was a featured speaker at the UHealth Immunology, Inflammation, & Infectious Disease (3i) Initiative Community Research Event. Her presentation was titled Big Data and Teamwork for Insight into Long COVID: PCORnet RECOVER EHR.

        Dr. Deanna Kepka, along with colleagues Kaila Christini, Amy Chai, Esther Chang, Anne C. Kirchhoff, Austin Waters, Sara Mann, Jacob Lipscomb, Katherine Harris, and Mia Hashibe, recently presented Intention to Receive COVID-19 Vaccination Relates to HPV Vaccination Receipt among Young Adults Ages 18-26 Years in the Western Region of the USA at EUROGIN 2022in Düsseldorf, Germany.

        The College of Nursing was well-represented at the Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium held on April 5, 2022. The following students presented posters:

        • Alejandra Tellez-Montenegro: Breast Cancer Experiences in Hispanic Women (faculty mentor: Dr. Ana Sanchez-Birkhead)
        • Kari Stoddard: Racially and Ethnically Diverse Midlife Women’s Health Needs and Symptom Experience during the Menopausal Transition (faculty mentor: Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson)
        • Kimberly Ponce-Gonzalez: Nursing Home Administrators Perceptions of the Emotional Care Needs of Dementia Family Care Partners (faculty mentor: Dr. Kathie Supiano)

        The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) held its Graduate Nursing Admissions Professional (GNAP) Conference on April 4-6, 2022 in Salt Lake City. GNAP provides a platform for members to share best practices and expert advice, and discuss innovations and practical solutions to everyday challenges that nursing admissions professionals encounter.

        • As a member of the GNAP Steering Committee, Carrie Radmall planned the GNAP Conference. According to Beth Aronson, Director of Membership and Business Development for AACN, “Carrie has led AACN’s Graduate Nursing Admissions Professionals Leadership Network, by example, through her hard work, dedication, and never-ending kindness. The energy and professionalism Carrie brings to the table has sparked unique ideas and more diverse conversations, engaged the newest members, and helped to unify both the steering committee and the membership at large.”
        • Dr. Valerie Flattes presented Setting the Tone for Applicants: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in Nursing .
        • Dean Marla De Jong presented Future of Nursing: Leadership, Excellence, and Inclusion.

        Numerous faculty, pre- and post-doctoral fellows, and students presented at the 43rd Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

        Dr. Ann Marie Moraitis, Memnun Seven, John Siraard, Rachel K Walker. Expert Consensus on Physical Activity Use in Young Adult Cancer Survivors’ Biopsychosocial Health: A Modified Delphi Study

        Sarah Wawrzynski, Melissa A. Alderfer Wil, Dr. Kristin G. Cloyes, Dr. Jia-Wen Guo, Dr. Lauri Linder, Dr. Michelle L. Litchman, Maija Reblin, Austin R. Waters. Prevalence of Social Media Use and Technology-Mediated Support within the Social Networks of Siblings of Children with Cancer

        Dr. Jia-Wen Guo, Eric C. Jones, Kelly J. Mansfield, Sarah E. Wawrzynski, Dr. Kristin G. Cloyes. Effects of Social Network Size and Heterogeneity on Support for Cancer Survivors and Caregivers during the COVID-19 Pandemic

        Dr. Sara Bybee, Brian R. W. Baucom, Dr. Kristin G. Cloyes, Dr. Lee Ellington, Dr. Kathi Mooney, Dr. Katherine Supiano. The Role of Life Course Stress and Posttraumatic Growth on Wellbeing among Couples Facing Cancer

        Dr. Sara Bybee, Keely K. Smith, Austin R. Waters, Dr. Echo L. Warner. When Prevailing, Supplications, & Platitudes Fall Flat: Toxic Positivity in Young Adult Cancer Caregivers’ Social Media Posts

        Austin R. Waters, Dr. Sara Bybee, Heydon K. Kaddas, Erin E. Kent, Anne C Kirchhoff, Dr. Echo L. Warner. Financial Burden and Psychological Distress among LGBTQIA+ Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivors during COVID -19

        Nathan Caines, Dr. Lee Ellington, Jordan Muehlberger, Dr. Djin Tay. Collaborative Communication between Patients and Caregivers for End of Life Decisions

        Dr. Linda Hofmann is Board Member of the Utah Organization of Nurse Leaders (UONL). As Chair of the Leadership Cultivation Committee, she planned the UONL Virtual Spring Conference, at which two College of Nursing faculty presented.

        • Future of Nursing Report & Utah Action Coalition. Dr. Teresa Garrett, Joan Gallegos
        • Women Leading Self, Women Leading With Others, Women Leading Change. Dr. Schola Matovu

        Numerous faculty, staff, pre- and post-doctoral fellows, and students will present at the 2022 Western Institute of Nursing Conference on April 6-9, 2022. The conference theme is Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI): Creating a Nursing Forcefor Change.

        Preconference – Strategies to Reduce Burnout among Nursing Academia Faculty and Staff: Reflecting on Lessons Learned during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Dr. Sara Simonsen, Dr. Cheryl Armstrong, Dr. Jennifer Macali, Dr. Katarina Felsted, Dr. Jennifer Clifton

        Preconference – Writing a WINning Abstract and Delivering a 10-Minute Presentation. Moderator: Dr. Paula M. Meek

        Preconference – Moderating Podium Presentations at a Professional Conference: Nuts and Bolts. Moderator: Dr. Linda S.

        Edelman

        Advances in Pediatric Health Session. Moderator: Dr. Cheryl Armstrong

        Social Networks and Resources Session

        • Hospital Discharge during COVID-19: The Role of Social Resources. Dr. Kirsten Schmutz, Dr. Andrea Wallace, Dr. Alycia A. Bristol, Dr. Erin Phinney Johnson, Dr. Sonja Raaum
        • Facilitators and Barriers to Implementation of a Social Needs Assessment Screener. Robyn Haynes, Dr. Rebekah Perkins, Dr. Brenda Luther, Dr. Erin P. Johnson, Dr. Andrea Wallace

        State of the Science Address in Research. Moderator: Dr. Paula M. Meek Topics in Education Session

        • Primary Care Experiences for Baccalaureate Nursing Students in Rural Communities. Dr. Larry Garrett, Dr. Brenda Luther, Dr. Linda S. Edelman
        • Using Virtual Reality for Urinary Catheter Insertion Mastery Learning. Dr. Madeline L. Lassche, Dr. Ann L. Butt

        Associate Deans and Directors for Research Session. Moderator: Dr. Paula Meek

        2022 Distinguished Research Lectureship. Moderator: Dr. Paula Meek

        DNP/PhD Collaboration and Clinical Networking Special Interest Group. Moderator: Dr. Perry Gee

        Symposium – Building Primary Care Nursing Capacity: The Nurse, Education, Practice, Quality and Retention Program. Moderator: Dr. Linda S. Edelman

        • Overview: Building Primary Care Nursing Capacity through Education. Dr. Linda S. Edelman, Susan Moyer, Dr. Mayumi Willgerodt, Dr. Laura S. Larsson, Dr. Patricia Ann Barfield
        • Enhancing Primary Care Nursing in Rural and Underserved Areas of Utah. Dr. Linda S. Edelman, Dr. Brenda Luther, Dr. Larry Garrett, Harper Vander Hoek, Kirstie Savage, Dr. Jorie Butler

        Impact of COVID-19 on Nursing Session

        • Strategies to Reduce Burnout among Nursing Faculty and Staff Affected By COVID-19.Dr. Cheryl Armstrong, Dr. Sara Simonsen, Dr. Jennifer Macali, Dr. Jennifer Clifton, Dr. Katarina Felsted

        Topics in Adult and Elder Care Session

        • An Interpretive Description of Older Adults’ Experience Creating a Legacy of Values.Sarah A. Neller, Dr. Kristin G. Cloyes, Dr. Gail L. Towsley
        • Time to First Rehospitalization in Medicare Recipients with Heart Failure. Dr. Youjeong Kang, Dr. Kathryn Bowles

        Focus on LGBTQ+ Health Session. Moderator: Natasha Ansari

        Perspectives in Adult Health & Wellness Session

        • Midlife Women’s Health and Wellness: A Descriptive Middle Range Theory.Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson Poster Presentations:

        Take a Breath: Partnering with Cambodian People to Reduce Neonatal Mortality.Dr. Julie Peila Gee, Julie Rhodes, Janelle Gardiner, Kris Bouwhuis, Chhour Seng, Tressa Quayle, Dr. Perry Gee

        A Sustainable Multifaceted Approach to Improve Incentive Spirometry Use. Dr. Kirsten Schmutz

        Care Partner Attendance in Diabetes Education & Support Depends on Program Length.Linda Sossenheimer, Xuechen Wang, Dr. Alistair Thorpe, Julie Neuberger, Dr. Michelle L. Litchman

        Improving Referral Rates of Hispanics with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus to the Ideas Program. Anastasia Roundy, Dr. Kimberly Susanne Garcia

        End-Stage Liver Disease Patient-Caregiver Dyad Perceptions of Symptoms. Susan J. Rosenkranz, Lissi Hansen, Shirin O. Hiatt, Debora Burger, Sally Sutton

        Using Digital Badges to Engage Baccalaureate Students in Primary Care Nursing. Dr. Brenda Luther, Dr. Linda S. Edelman, Dr. Larry Garrett

        Effects of Multimorbidity on Caregivers of Patients with End-Stage Liver Disease.Shirin O. Hiatt, Dr. Paula Meek, Lissi Hansen This Is the Place: Expanding Diversity in Nursing through Holistic Admissions. Denise Reeves

        The Lived Experience of Lay Midwives’ Experience with Preeclampsia in Urban Guatemala. Dr. Kimberly Susanne Garcia

        Improving Diabetes Education for Native Hawaiian/Pacific Island Patients. Tumu (Jeremy) Asuao, Adonica I. Kauwe Tuitama, Dr. Katherine Doyon, Dr. Michelle L. Litchman

        Palliative Care Referrals in Patients with Advanced Gastrointestinal Cancer. Valkyria Bayer, Dr. Julie P. Gee

        Improving Referrals to Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs. Jessica M. McCulloch, Dr. Nancy A. Allen, Julie Neuberger, Dr. Michelle L. Litchman

        Development of a Mentorship Framework for New Nurse Practitioners in Utah. Shauna Olsen, Dr. Sara E. Hart, Julie Balk

        Factors Associated with Patients Not Receiving Community Social Resources. Ching-Yu (Samuel) Wang, Dr. Jia-Wen Guo, Dr. Andrea S. Wallace, Dr. Bob Wong, Ernest Grigorian

        Online Experiences and Stress Symptoms in Siblings of Children with Cancer. Sarah E. Wawrzynski, Dr. Jia-Wen Guo, Melissa A. Alderfer, Dr. Lauri Linder, Maija Reblin, Dr. Kristin G. Cloyes

        Development and Evaluation of a Toolkit for Caregivers of Children with PANS.Samantha Whitehead, Dr. Gillian Tufts, Dr. Heidi Vawdrey, Dr. Julie Peila Gee

        Endorsed and Anticipated Stigma Inventory in Rural Agricultural Childbearing Women.Marcia R. Williams, Dr. Jia-Wen Guo, Dr. Gwen Latendresse

         

        March

        As part of St. Jude HPV Cancer Prevention Program International HPV Awareness Day 2022, Drs. Ronny Bell, Marvella Ford, Deanna Kepka, and Jesse Nodora spoke at a seminar titled Addressing Inequities in HPV Vaccination Coverage and HPV Cancers. The seminar featured an in-depth conversation that addressed the disparities associated with human papillomavirus vaccination coverage across Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and rural communities.

        Dr. Deanna Kepka was keynote speaker and judge for the University of Utah School of Medicine Fifth Annual Global Health Case Competition. The title of her presentation was Vaccines, the Solution; Vaccine Access & Hesitancy, the Challenge.

        Drs. Andrea Wallace and Alycia Bristol spoke at the 2022 National Nursing Research Roundtable. Dr. Wallace presented “Implementing a Social Determinants Screening and Referral Infrastructure During Routine Emergency Department Visits,” and Dr. Bristol presented “Care Transitions in the Emergency Department: Assessing Social Needs and Involving Caregivers”. The virtual meeting, “From Context to Care: Understanding the Convergence of Social Factors and Emergency Department Care,” brought together individuals representing nursing organizations – spanning science, education, and practice – to discuss and disseminate research findings relevant to nursing science and practice that are designed to improve client outcomes.  

         

        February

        College of Nursing faculty and colleagues presented at the virtual State of the Science in Hospice and Palliative Care Conference.

        • Kates J, Whitehead PB, Frechman EL, Johnstone-Petty M, Tay DL, DeSanto K, Fink R. A Scoping-Review of Nurse-Led Research to Improve Advance Care Planning: A Call to Action. Poster presentation.
        • Mair C, Thygesen LC, Aldridge M, Tay DL, Ornstein K. End-of-Life Experiences among “Kinless” Older Adults: The Case of Denmark. Paper session.
        • Mayahara M, Tay DL, Kates K, Rosa W. “No More Blah Blah Blah”: The Impact of Climate Change on Hospice and Palliative Care is Happening Now. Poster presentation.
        • Tay D L, Iacob E, Reblin Ma, Thomas Hebdon MC, Cloyes KG, Jones M, Beck AC, Mooney K, Ellington L. Cancer Hospice Caregivers’ Self-care Behaviors: The Role of Mental Health, Burden, and Perceptions of Competency. Poster presentation.
        • Xu J, Thomas Hebdon MC, Beck AC, Cloyes KG, Mooney KM, Tay DL, Ellington L. Hospice Family Caregiver Burden and Well-being: Employment as a Moderator. Poster presentation.

        Tay DL, Iacob E, Reblin M, Cloyes KG, Thomas Hebdon MC, Jones M, Beck AC, Mooney K, Ellington L. Cancer Hospice Caregivers’ Self-Care Behaviors: The Role of Mental Health, Burden, and Perceptions of Competency. Virtual Annual Assembly of Hospice and Palliative Care. On-demand paper session.

        Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson is one of three speakers for a Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR) 5-hour distance learning course about interoception. This is the first in a series of SAR-sponsored courses in which participants can earn continuing education credits. Interoception is a new area of research for NIH, and may be a mechanism of acupuncture action.

        Dr. Caroline Stephens, Dr. Kathi Mooney, Megan McClure, Pamela Barrientos, and Dr. Linda Edelman will present a poster titled What a Difference a Pandemic Makes! Nursing Home Stakeholder Telehealth Utilization & Perceptions During the Covid-19 Pandemic Informs Palliative Care Telehealth Intervention Development at the American Geriatrics Society 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting in Orlando, FL.  

        Dr. Caroline Stephens, Megan McClure, Pamela Barrientos, and Dr. Linda Edelman will present a poster titled “Your Heart Goes Black”: The Emotional Toll of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Nursing Home Staff at the American Geriatrics Society 2022 Annual Scientific Meeting in Orlando, FL.  

        Dr. Scott Christensen will deliver an invited virtual presentation titled Ideas and Examples for Advancing Nurse Careers, Practice, and Dissemination at the 2022 Spring Summit (Virtual): Diverse Perspectives of Holistic Nursing, which the Omega Omicron Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN is sponsoring.  

         

        January

        Dr. Kimberly Garcia will present three data-based posters at the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) 67th Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Chicago, IL. 

        • Anti-racism Toolkit for Midwifery Education 
        • Factors Influencing HPV Self-collection and Cervical Cancer Follow Up in Urban Guatemala 
        • Teaching Lay Midwives about Preeclampsia in Urban Guatemala 

        Dr. Kimberly Garcia will present a data-based. oral virtual presentation titled Developing a Program of Study Abroad at the Physician Assistants for Global Health Annual Conference on March 31, 2022. 

        Frances Johnson, Family Nurse Practitioner and DNP Student, and Dr. Julie Gee will present a poster titled Diabetic Bundle Implementation to Improve Clinical Quality Measures and Patient Outcomes at the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine conference in Indianapolis, IN.  

        Dr. Deanna Kepka presented an e-poster titled Successful Multi-Level HPV Vaccination Intervention at a Rural Healthcare Center in the Era of COVID-19 at the 34th International Papillomavirus Conference - IPVC 2021 that took place virtually on November 15-19, 2021. 

        Dr. Deanna Kepka will present a poster titled COVID-19 Vaccination Intent, HPV Vaccination Receipt, and Dimensions of Vaccine Hesitancy at the American Society of Preventive Oncology 46th Annual Meeting, which will be held on March 13-15, 2022 in Tucson, AZ. 

        Dr. Deanna Kepka will deliver a podium presentation titled Intention to Receive COVID-19 Vaccination Relates to HPV Vaccination Receipt among Young Adults Ages 18-26 Years in the Western Region of the United States at the EUROGIN (EUropean Research Organisation on Genital Infection and Neoplasia) International Multidisciplinary HPV Congress, which will be held on April 10-12, 2022, in Düsseldorf, Germany. 

        December 

        Cloyes KG, Thomas Hebdon MC, Vega M, Rosenkranz SJ, Tay D, Reblin M, Mooney K, Ellington L. Home hospice family caregivers' use of audio diaries and reported prevalence of patient and caregiver symptoms. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2022. Epub ahead of print. DOI: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2022.11.023

        Coombs LA, Neller S, Wilson C, Mihas P, Reuland D, Muss H, Mooney K. Treatment decision conversations, symptoms, and functional status in older adults with advanced cancer: An exploratory study utilizing mixed methods. J Geriatr Oncol. 2022. Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jgo.2022.12.002

        Ou JY, Bennion N, Parker K, Fair D, Hanson HA, Kepka D, Warner EL, Ramsay JM, Kaddas HK, Kirchhoff AC, Risk factors for HPV-associated subsequent malignant neoplasms among adolescent and young adult survivors. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. In press.

        Rangel TL, Saul T, Bindler R, Roney JK, Penders RA, Faulkner R, Miller L, Sperry M, James L, Wilson ML. Exercise, diet, and sleep habits of nurses working full-time during the COVID-19 pandemic: An observational study. Appl Nurs Res. 2023;69:151665. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apnr.2022.151665

        Sanft T, Day A, Peterson L, Rodriguez MA, Ansbaugh S, Armenian S, Baker KS, Ballinger T, Broderick G, Demark-Wahnefried W, Dickinson K, Fairman NP, Friedman DL, Goldman M, Henry NL, Hill-Kayser C, Hudson M, Khakpour N, Koura D, McDonough AL, Melisko M, Mooney K, Moore HCF, Moryl N, Neuman H, O’Connor T, Overholser L, Paskett ED, Patel C, Pirl W, Porpiglia A, Ruddy KJ, Schapira L, Shockney L, Smith S, Syrjala KL, Tevaarwerk A, Yang EH, Zee P, McMillian NR, Freedman-Cass DA. NCCN Guidelines® Insights: Survivorship, Version 1.2022. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2022;20(10):1080-1090. https://doi.org/10.6004/jnccn.2022.0052

        Tracy EL, Berg CA, Butner JE, de Grey RGK, Allen NA, Porter ME, Helgeson VS. Relationship satisfaction moderates links between poor sleep quality and psychological distress among couples coping with type 1 diabetes. Sleep Health. 2022;8(6):705-713 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sleh.2022.09.004

        Vaca Lopez PL, Warner EL, Waters AR, Mann K, Anderson JS, Fair DB, Lewis MA, Ray N, Tsukamoto T, Perez GK., Yancey J, Park ER, Kirchhoff AC. Adaptation and development of a health insurance education program for adolescent and young adult cancer patients. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. In press.

        Warner ZC, Reid B, Auguste P, Kepka D, Warner EL. Colorectal cancer screening opportunities and barriers in an Indigenous Caribbean community. BMC Public Health. In Press.

        Umberfield EE, Staes CJ, Morgan TP, Mamlin BW, Grout RW, Dixon BE. Syntactic interoperability and the role of syntactic standards in health information exchange. In Dixon BE, ed. Health Information Exchange: Navigating and Managing a Network of Health Information Systems, 2nd ed. San Diego: Elsevier Science & Technology. 2022.

         

        November

        Editor Jacqueline Scheider published the College of Nursing insights magazine. Key collaborators included Vianney Alcala, Eden Bennett, Mindy Francis, Dean Marla De Jong, and many donors, alumni, students, staff, and faculty.

        Linder LA, Gerdy C, Jo Y, Stark C, and Wilson A. Changes in central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) rates following implementation of levofloxacin prophylaxis for children and adolescents with high-risk leukemia. 2022. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol Nurs. Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1177/27527530221122683 

        Linder LA. Cancer in children. In Rogers JL, Brashers VL, eds. McCance & Huether’s Pathophysiology: The Biologic Basis for Disease in Adults and Children. 9th ed. St. Louis: Elsevier, 2023:430-440.  

        Linder LA, Harvey A. Alterations of hematologic function in children. In Rogers JL, Brashers VL, eds. McCance & Huether’s Pathophysiology: The Biologic Basis for Disease in Adults and Children. 9th ed. St. Louis: Elsevier, 2023:987-1019.  

         

        October

        Moraitis AM, Seven M, Sirard J, Walker R. Clinical relevance and implementation considerations of physical activity in young adult cancer survivorship: An expert consensus study. 2022. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1089/jayao.2022.0044

        Taylor-Swanson L, Levett K. Leveraging interprofessional collaboration to collect agreed common outcomes in everyday clinical practice. 2022. J Integr Complement Med. Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1089/jicm.2022.0733

        Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson served as Guest Editor for a special issue of Medical Acupuncture regarding women in acupuncture. She co-authored one paper: Taylor-Swanson L, Stone JA. Women in acupuncture research: Interviews with leaders of the field. Med Acupunct. 2022;34(5):285-293. https://doi.org/10.1089/acu.2022.29217.int

        Kaddas HK, Ramsay JM, Ou JY, Fair D, Kepka D, Kirchhoff AC. HPV vaccination initiation and completion among pediatric, adolescent, and young adult cancer survivors and a comparison population sample receiving primary care. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2022. Epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1097/MPH.0000000000002484 

        Reeve BB, Hernandez A, Freyer DR, Linder LA, Embry L, Leahy AB, Baker JN, Mack JW, McFatrich M, Henke DM, Mowbray C, Jacobs SS, Maurer SH, Gold SH, Hinds PS. Capturing the young child’s reports of cancer treatment tolerability: Does our practice reflect an assumption that they cannot report? Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2022. Epub ahead of print. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/pbc.30028  

        Sharareh N, Wallace AS, Brintz BJ, Wan N, Guo J-W, Wong B. Associated factors with patient-reported unmet food needs among emergency department adult patients – A social need perspective. Prev Med Rep. 2022;29:101974. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2022.101974  

        Garcia K. Observational study of teaching methods with low-literacy comadronas in urban Guatemala. CJMRP. In press. 

        Horvat CM, Fabio A, Nagin DS, Banks RK, Qin Y, Park H-J, Kernan KF, Canna SW, Berg RA, Wessel D, Pollack MM, Meert K, Hall M, Newth C, Lin JC, Doctor A, Shanley T, Cornell T, Harrison RE, Zuppa AF, Reeder RW, Sward K, Holubkov R, Notterman DA, Dean JM, Carcillo JA on behalf of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network. Mortality risk in pediatric sepsis based on C-reactive protein and ferritin levels. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2022. Epub ahead of print. DOI: 10.1097/PCC.0000000000003074  

        Penney D. Iraqi Muslim women and primary healthcare providers’ perspectives and experiences in the clinic visit in the Western United States. Qual Health Res. 2022. Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1177/10497323221130843 

        Sullivan DR, Iyer AS, Enguidanos S, Cox CE, Farquhar M, Janssen DJA, Lindell KO, Mularski RA, Smallwood N, Turnbull AE, Wilkinson AM, Courtright KR, Maddocks M, McPherson ML, Thornton JD, Campbell ML, Fasolino TK, Fogelman PM, Gershon L, Gershon T, Hartog C, Luther J, Meier DE, Nelson JE, Rabinowitz E, Rushton CH, Sloan DH, Kross EK, Reinke LF on behalf of the American Thoracic Society, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, and Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network. Palliative care early in the care continuum among patients with serious respiratory illness: An Official ATS/AAHPM/HPNA/SWHPN Policy Statement. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2022;206(6):e44-e69. DOI: 10.1164/rccm.202207-1262ST  

        Bybee S, Cloyes KG, Mooney K, Supiano KP, Baucom BRW, Ellington L. Posttraumatic growth and life course stress predict dyadic wellbeing among sexual and gender minority (SGM) and non-SGM couples facing cancer. Psycho-ooncology. 2022. Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1002/pon.6036 

         

        September

        Tay DL, Thygesen LC, Kozlov E, Ornstein KA. Serious mental illness exacerbation post-bereavement: A population-based study of partners and adult children. Clin Epidemiol. 2022;14:1065-1077. https://doi.org/10.2147/CLEP.S372936 

        Bristol AA, Elmore CE, Weiss ME, Barry LA, Iacob E, Johnson EP, Wallace AS. Mixed-methods study examining family carers' perceptions of the relationship between intrahospital transitions and patient readiness for discharge. BMJ Quality & Safety. 2022. Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjqs-2022-015120 

        Engh EP, Freedenberg V, Ring LM, Lafond DA, Agazio J, Geiger-Brown J, Hinds PS. Creating interdisciplinary engagement through a hospital-based endowed chair in nursing research: The "Conway Chair Conversations." Nurs. Adm Q. 2022;46(4):324-332. DOI: 10.1097/naq.0000000000000511 

        Bromley FA, Taylor-Swanson LJ, Chao MT. Room for all: Inclusive diversity, equity, and access in acupuncture practice, education, and research. EXPLORE. 2022. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.explore.2022.08.013  

        Kent-Marvick J, Simonsen S, Pentecost R, Taylor E, McFarland MM. Loneliness in pregnant and postpartum people and parents of children aged 5 years or younger: A scoping review. Sys Rev. 2022;11:196. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13643-022-02065-5  

         

        August

        Blanchette JE, Aaron SP, Allen NA, Litchman ML. Equity in the provision of diabetes self-management and support. Diabetes Spectr. 2022;35(3):284-294. https://doi.org/10.2337/dsi22-0005

        Elmore CE, Blackstone SR, Carpenter EL, Ivey de Cortez P, O’Donnell C, Uhlmann E, Vesser J, Hauck FR. Advancing COVID-19 vaccination equity among the refugee community: An innovative multi-sector collaborative outreach program. J Health Care Poor Underserved. In press – expected to be published in the November 2022 supplement issue on public-private partnerships and health equity. Dr. Andrea Wallace mentors T32 Post-doctoral Fellow Catherine Elmore.

        Litchman ML, Kwan BM, Zittleman L, Simonetti J, Iacob E, Curcija K, Neuberger J, Latendresse G, Oser TK. A telehealth diabetes intervention for rural populations: Protocol for a randomized control trial. JMIR Res Protoc. 2022;11(6):e34255. doi: 10.2196/34255

        Mansfield KJ, Colicchio VD, Kauwe Tuitama AI, Tracey EL, Neuberger JD, Litchman ML. Care partner support following a diabetes self-management education and support intervention. The Science of Diabetes Self-Management and Care. 2022;48(4):235-246. https://doi.org/10.1177/26350106221099872

        Stephens CE, Allison TA, Flint LA, David D, Wertz V, Halifax E, Barrientos P, Ritchie CS. Assessing technical feasibility and acceptability of telehealth palliative care in nursing homes. PMR. 2022; 3(1):181-185. http://doi.org/10.1089/pmr.2022.0002

        Winn M, Karra P, Haaland B, Doherty JA, Summers SA, Litchman ML, Gunter MJ, Playdon MC, Hardikar S. Metabolic dysfunction and obesity-related cancer: Results from a cross-sectional national health and nutrition examination survey. Cancer Med. 2022. Epub ahead of print. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/cam4.4912

        Elmore CE, Mitchell EM, Debnam K, Keim-Malpass J, Laughon K, Tanabe KO, Hauck FR. Predictors of cervical cancer screening for refugee women attending an international family medicine clinic in the United States. Cancer Causes Control. Doi: 10.1007/s10552-022-01612-8. In press.

        Elmore CE, Keim-Malpass J, Mitchell EM. Health inequity in cervical cancer control among refugee women in the United States by country of origin. Health Equity. 2021;5(1):119-123. doi: 10.1089/heq.2020.0108

        Elmore CE, Laughon K, Mitchell EM. Self-collection of samples for HPV testing to increase participation in cervical cancer screening by immigrant women: An integrative review. Public Health Nurs. 2020;37(5):677-695.doi: 10.1111/phn.12782

        Reinke LF, Sullivan DR, Slatore C, Dransfield MT, Ruedebusch S, Smith P, Rise PJ, Tartaglione EV, Vig EK, Au DH. A randomized trial of a nurse-led palliative care intervention for patients with newly diagnosed lung cancer. J Palliat Med. 2022. Epub ahead of print. DOI: 10.1089/jpm.2022.0008

        Okang EN, Aaron S, Supiano K, Osman A. Aging services workers in the pandemic: Voiced experience of senior center staff and case workers. J Gerontol Geriatr. 2022;8:1-5. https://doi.org/10.1177/23337214221116470

        Sward KA, Enriquez R, Burr J, Ozier J, Roebuck M, Elliott C, Dean JM. Consent Builder: An innovative tool for creating research informed consent documents. JAMIA Open. 2022;5(3):ooac069. https://doi.org/10.1093/jamiaopen/ooac069

         

        July

        Reynaga M, Bybee S, Gettens C, Tay DL, Reblin M, Ellington L, Cloyes KG. "We Treat Everyone Equally": Hospice care team members' language use regarding sexual and gender minority patients and caregivers. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2022 doi: 10.1177/10499091221116634. Epub ahead of print.

        Hernandez JM, Danielson MD, Sanchez ML, Christensen SS. Frontline nurse leader development program: Keys to success. In Latimer K, Oinonen M. Unite 2020NE–Respect, Inspire, Serve: The 2021 Vizient Connections Summit Report. Am J Med Qual. 2022;37(Suppl 3S):S76-S77. https://doi.org/10.1097/jmq.0000000000000056

         

        June

        Drs. Joseph Allen, Melissa Yack, and Sara Hart guest edited a Special Issue of Metropolitan Universities titled Community Engagement at Academic Health Centers. Dr. Hart and colleagues wrote an editorial and a paper for the Special Issue.

        • Allen JA, Yack M, Hart SE. Community engagement at academic health centers: An introduction to this special issue Metropolitan Universities. 2022;33(3):3-9. DOI: 10.18060/26312
        • Kuttner P, Antunes A, Cachelin A, Fitisemanu L, Folau M, Hart S, Salcedo A. Establishing principles for community-based research: Story & power in the community research collaborative. Metropolitan Universities. 2022;33(3):52-68. DOI: 10.18060/25819

        Cloyes KG, Jones M, Gettens C, Wawrzynski SE, Bybee S, Tay DL, Reblin M, Ellington L. Providing home hospice care for LGBTQ+ patients and caregivers: Perceptions and opinions of hospice interdisciplinary care team providers. Palliat Support Care. 2022. Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1478951522000657

        Reblin M, Iacob E, Tay DL, Li H, Thomas Hebdon MC, Beck A, Donaldson G, Cloyes KG, Ellington L. Family caregiver reports of their own and patient symptoms in cancer home hospice approaching end-of-life. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2022. Epub ahead of print.https://doi.org/10.1177/10499091221108119

        Nielsen A, Dusek JA, Taylor-Swanson L, Tick H. Acupuncture therapy as an evidence-based nonpharmacologic strategy for comprehensive acute pain care: The Academic Consortium Pain Task Force white paper update.Pain Med. 2022; pnac056. doi.org/10.1093/pm/pnac056

        Mann S, Christini K, Chai A, Chang C-P, Hashibe M, Kepka D. Vaccine hesitancy and COVID-19 immunization among rural young adults. Prev Med Rep. 2022; 28:101845.doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2022.101845

        Supiano KP, Boudreaux J. Palliative and hospice care for incarcerated persons. In Altilio T, Otis-Green S, Cagle JG, eds. The Oxford Textbook of Palliative Care Social Work. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2022:404-413.

        Topham EW, Bristol A, Luther B, Elmore CE, Johnson E, Wallace AS. Caregiver inclusion in IDEAL discharge teaching: Implications for transitions from hospital to home. Prof Case Manag. 2022;27(4):181-193. doi: 10.1097/NCM.0000000000000563

        Towsley GL, Wittenberg G, Reddy A, Baier RR. Me & My Wishes: An efficacy trial of long-term care residents with Alzheimer's disease using videos to communicate care preferences with caregivers. Issue Brief #6. 2022. Brown University School of Public Health, Center for Long-term Care Quality and Innovation.

        Christensen SS, Wilson BL, Hansen SD. Using affective events theory to conceptualise nurses’ emotional behaviour: A scoping review. Collegianhttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.colegn.2022.05.010 In press.

        Clifton J, Maruca AT, Loeb SJ, Zucker DM, Muse M, Shelton D. Nurse academic-practice partnerships in justice systems: Building upon the evidence. J Prof Nurs. 2022;40:20-27. doi: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2022.02.006

        Ko LK, Scarinci IC, Bouchard EG, Drake BF, Rodriguez EM, Chen MS, Kepka D, Kruse-Diehr AJ, Befort C, Shannon J, Farris PE, Trentham-Dietz A, Onega T. A framework for equitable partnerships to promote cancer prevention and control in rural settings. JNCI Cancer Spectr. 2022;6(2):pkac017. doi: 10.1093/jncics/pkac017

        Lyons AM, Dimas J, Richardson SJ, Sward K. Assessing EHR data for use in clinical improvement and research. Am J Nurs. 2022;122(6):32-41. doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000832728.09164.3f

        Zucker DM, Reagan L, Clifton J, Abdulhamed A, Roscoe LE, Wright RM, Penix D, Shelton D, Loeb SJ. NPs caring for people who are incarcerated and negatively impacted by social determinants of health. Nurse Pract. 2022;47(6):38-46. doi: 10.1097/01.NPR.0000829804.16627.7b

         

        May

        Warner ZC, Reid B, Auguste P, Joseph W, Kepka D, Warner EL. Awareness and knowledge of HPV, HPV vaccination, and cervical cancer among an Indigenous Caribbean Community. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022;19(9):5694. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19095694

        Ou JY, Waters AR, Kaddas HK, Warner EL, Perla L, Vaca Lopez PL, Mann K, Anderson JS, Ray N, Tsukamoto T, Gill D, Linder L, Fair D, Kirchhoff AC. Financial and employment factors related to healthcare utilization disruption among survivors of adolescent and young adult cancers during COVID-19. J Cancer Survivhttps://doi.org/10.1007/s11764-022-01214-y

        Farrell TW, Butler JM, Towsley GL, Telonidis JS, Supiano KP, Stephens CE, Nelson NM, May AL, Edelman LS.

        Communication disparities between nursing home team members. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022;19(10):5975. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19105975

        Seven M, Moraitis AM. Community-based interventions designed to optimize health behaviors among cancer survivors: An integrative systematic review. Support Care Cancer. 2022. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00520-022-07097-0

        Gonzales BR, Litchman ML, Wawrzynski SE, Gomez Hoyos M, Ferrer M, Sun Y. Salud Latina: feasibility of a synchronous online chat for Latinos at risk for type 2 diabetes. Inform Health Soc Care. 2022. Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1080/17538157.2022.2069029

        Linder LA, Lulloff AJ. Using evidence to create a new paradigm for CLABSI prevention in pediatric hematology, oncology, and stem cell transplant. APHON Counts. Spring 2022.

        Linder LA, Newman A, Bernier Carney K, Wawrzynski S, Stegenga K, Chiu Y-S, Jung S-H, Iacob E, Lewis M, Linder C, Fox K, Altizer R. Symptoms and daily experiences reported by children with cancer using a game-based app. J Pediatr Nurs. 2022;65:33-43.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2022.04.013

        Tanner CT, Clayton MF, Llanque S, Utley M, DiDonna K, Christenson J. With all due respect: Paving the way for nursing students with disabilities. J Prof Nurs. 2021;37(6):A3-A5. DOI: 10.1016/j.profnurs.2021.09.001

        Wilson CM, Gee A, Mooney K. Clinician and patient communication on body image, sexuality, and sexual function in gynecologic cancer: An integrative review. Sex Disabil. 2022. Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11195-022-09736-0

         

        April

        Christensen SS, Wilson BL. Why nurses do not report patient aggression: A review and appraisal of the literature. J Nurs Manag. 2022. Epub ahead of print. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jonm.13618

        Cummins M, Turcotte C, McFarland MM, Staes C. Research outcomes of linked prescription drug monitoring program data: A scoping review protocol. BMJ Open. 2022; 12(4):e055290. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-055290.

        Elmore C, Ellis J. Screening, treatment, and monitoring of peripartum iron deficiency anemia. J Midwifery Womens Health. DOI:10.1111/jmwh.13370. In press.

        Hughes R, Hooper V, Kennedy R, Cummins M, Lake E, Carrington J. Interoperability explained. American Nurse Journal. 2022;17(4):56-58.

        Ansari N, Wilson CM, Heneghan MB, Supiano K, Mooney K. (2022). How technology can improve communication and health outcomes in patients with advanced cancer: an integrative review. Support Care Cancer. 2022. Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00520-022-07037-y 

        Drury Z, Kotobalavu C, Hofmann L, Austria M-J. Examining the effects of a structured mentorship program on the nurse mentor: A pilot study engaging oncology nurses. Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2022;26(1):27-30. DOI: 10.1188/22.CJON.27-30  

        Felsted KF, Supiano KP, Guo J-W. Designing rigorous methods in integrative research: Comparing Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction with the Health Enhancement Program in the treatment of urge urinary incontinence in older adult women. British Journal of Healthcare and Medical Research. 2022;9(2):31-43. https://doi.org/10.14738/jbemi.92.11949  

        Bybee S, Supiano K, Wilson R. Utility and acceptability of a peer assessment rubric to improve interprofessional learning. J Nurs Educ. 2022;61(4):213-216. doi: 10.3928/01484834-20211128-07.

        Cloyes KG, Guo J-W, Tennant KE, McCormick R, Mansfield KJ, Wawrzynski SE, Classen SC, Jones EC, Reblin M. Exploring social support networks and interactions of young adult and LGBTQIA+ cancer survivors and care partners. Front Oncol. 2022;12. https://doi.org/10.3389/fonc.2022.852267

        Radloff CL, Bennett H, Staes CJ. Utility of poison control center data for automated opioid overdose surveillance. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2022;28(3):272-281. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000001494

        Blanchette JE, Aaron SP, Allen NA, Litchman ML. Health equity in diabetes: Equity in the provision of diabetes self-management education and support. Diabetes Spectr. In press.

        Blanchette JE, Tran MJ, Grigorian E, Iacob E, Edelman L, Oser T, Litchman ML. “GoFundMe isn’t a medical plan”: An ecological study of crowdfunding insulin success. JMIR Diabetes. In press.

        Litchman ML, Allen NA, Sanchez-Birkhead A, Ng AH, Rodriguez-Gonzales B, Iacob E, Greenwood DA. A continuous glucose monitor + online peer support community reinforces healthy behaviors in Hispanic adults with T2D. Diabetes Spectr. In press.

        Litchman ML, Kwan BM, Zittleman L, Simonetti J, Iacob E, Curcija K, Neuberger J, Latendresse G, Oser TK. A telehealth diabetes intervention for rural populations: Protocol for a randomized control trial. JMIR Protocols. In press.

        Litchman ML, Moreland C, Fagerlin A, Kushalnagar P. Limited diabetes education in American sign language. Diabetes Spectr. In press.

        Oser TK, Zittleman L, Curcija K, Kwan BM, Burke S, Gonzalez S, Huss K, Johnson M, Sanchez N, Neuberger J, Iacob E, Simonetti J, Litchman ML. Adaptation of a diabetes self-management education and support intervention to inform a randomized control trial in rural populations. JMIR Diabetes. In press.

        Waters AR, Anderson JS, Mann K, Lopez PLV, Kepka D, Kirchhoff AC, Warner EL. Drivers of COVID-19 vaccine intent among survivors of adolescent and young adult cancer: A mixed method study. J Cancer Educ. 2022; Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13187-022-02155-x

        The Editorial Board for Orthopaedic Nursing and the current and incoming president of the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses (NAON) coordinated a special issue for Orthopaedic Nursing that focused on health equity, bias, and disparities in orthopaedic care. Members of the board invited national experts in disparity, inclusion, bias, and social determinants to author papers, and wrote papers themselves. Dr. Brenda Luther, Dr. Valeria Flattes, and Dr. Andrea Wallace authored the following papers:

        • Luther B, Flattes V. Bias and the psychological safety in healthcare teams. Orthop Nurs. 2022;41(2):118-122. doi: 10.1097/NOR.0000000000000831
        • Johnson CB, Luther B, Wallace AS, Kulesa MG. Social determinants of health: What are they and how do we screen. Orthop Nurs. 2022;41(2):88-100. doi: 10.1097/NOR.0000000000000829
        • Sedlak CA, Kujath AS, Luther B. The future of nursing: Application of health equity in orthopaedics. Orthop Nurs. 2022;41(2):160-169. doi: 10.1097/NOR.0000000000000835

        As a follow-up to this special issue, Susan Salmond, Mary Rodts, Amber Kujath, and Dr. Brenda Luther will deliver a podium presentation at the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses 42nd Annual Congress in Reno in May, outlining highlights of the articles.

         

        March

        Allen NA, Bristol A, Grigorian EG, Iacob E, Berg CA, Litchman ML. SHARE plus: Delivering a telehealth CGM data-sharing intervention to older adults and their care partners. Diabetes Spectr. 2022;35(1):16–25. doi.org/10.2337/dsi21-0016

        Allen NA, Litchman ML, Chamberlain J, Grigorian EG, Iacob E, Berg CA. Continuous glucose monitoring data sharing in older adults with type 1 diabetes: Pilot intervention study. JMIR Diabetes. 2022;7(1):e35687. doi:10.2196/35687

        Chalkidis G, McPherson J, Beck A, Newman M, Yui S, Staes C. Development of a machine learning model using limited features to predict 6-month mortality at treatment decision points for patients with advanced solid tumors. JCO Clin Cancer Inform2022; Epub ahead of print.

        Johnson CB, Luther B, Wallace AS, Kulesa M. Social determinants of health: An overview.Orthop Nurs. In press.

        Pinzon LM, Velazquez A, Rutkoski H, Tay DL, Martel L, Drury C, Ayres S, Dixon B, Winkler JR, Kepka D. Cross-cultural adaptation of a Spanish version of a previously validated HPV survey that evaluates dental students’ knowledge, perception and clinical practices in Latin America. BMC Oral Health. 2022. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12903-022-02108-2

        Schmutz KE, Wallace AS, Bristol AA, Johnson EP, Raaum SE. Hospital discharge during COVID-19: The role of social resources. Clin Nurs Res. 2022. Epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1177/10547738221075760

        Sharareh N, Wallace AS. Applying a health access framework to understand and address food insecurity. Healthcare. 2022;10(2):380. doi: 10.3390/healthcare10020380

        Steele JS, Gargaro E, Hines L. Foster care. Medical Home Portal.

        Topham E, Bristol A, Luther B, Elmore C, Johnson E, Wallace AS. Caregiver inclusion in IDEAL discharge teaching: Implications for transitions from hospital to home. Prof Case Manag. In press.

        Utz RL, Warner EL. Caregiver burden among diverse caregivers. Cancer. 2022. Epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1002/cncr.34171

        Wallace AS, Wang C-Y, Flake N, Bristol AA, Altizer R. Feasibility and usefulness of the going home toolkit, an mhealth app, during hospital discharge: Patient and clinician perspectives. Inform Health Soc Care. 2022. Epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1080/17538157.2022.2043330

        Eaton J. Let us progress! Implementing professionally led arts-based programming in senior centers. Educ Gerontol. 2022; Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1080/03601277.2022.2045536 

         

        February

        Gee PM, Weston MJ, Harshman T, Kelly LA. Beyond burnout and resilience: The disillusionment phase of COVID-19. AACN Adv Crit Care. 2022; e1-e9. https://doi.org/10.4037/aacnacc2022248

        Ko LK, Scarini IC, Bouchard EG, Drake BF, Rodriguez EM, Chen MS, Kepka D, Kruse-Diehr AJ, Befort C, Shannon J, Farris PE, Trentham-Dietz A, Onega T. A framework for equitable partnerships to promote cancer prevention and control in rural settings. JNCI Cancer Spectrum. 2022. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbi.2022.104014

        Kukhareva PV, Weir C, Del Fiol G, Aarons GA, Taft TY, Schlechter CR, Reese TJ, Curran RL, Nanjo C, Borbolla D, Staes CJ, Morgan KL, Kramer HS, Stipelman CH, Shakib JH, Flynn MC, Kawamoto K. Evaluation in Life Cycle of Information Technology (ELICIT) framework: Supporting the innovation life cycle from business case assessment to summative evaluation. J Biomed Inform. 2022; Epub ahead of print. DOI: 10.1016/j.jbi.2022.104014

        Pruitt SL, Tiro JA, Kepka D, Henry K. Missed vaccination opportunities among U.S. adolescents by area characteristics. Am J Prev Med. 2022; Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2021.10.014  

        Taylor-Swanson L, Altschuler D, Taromina K, Anderson B, Bensky D, Cohen M, Huang H, Ma S, Majd I, Mitchell C, Schnyer RN, Conboy L (2022). SEAttle-based research of Chinese herbs for COVID-19 study: A whole health perspective on Chinese herbal medicine for symptoms that may be related to COVID-19. Glob Adv Health Med. 2022;11, 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1177/21649561211070483   

        Coaston A, Lee SJ, Johnson J, Hardy-Peterson MH, Weiss S, Stephens C. Mobile medical clinics in the United States post-Affordable Care Act: An integrative review. Popul Health Manag. In press. 

        Egger MJ, Sanchez-Birkhead AC, Clark L, Curiel R, Garcia G, Fernandez C, Nygaard IE. Pelvic floor sensations after the first vaginal delivery: A qualitative study. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2021;27(1), e234–e246. https://doi.org/10.1097/SPV.0000000000000742    

        Oser TK, Litchman ML, Allen NA, Kwan BM, Fisher L, Jortberg BT, Polonsky WH, Oser SM. Personal continuous glucose monitoring use among adults with type 2 diabetes: Clinical efficacy and economic impacts. Curr Diab Rep. 2021;21,49. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11892-021-01408-1 

        Pentecost R, Latendresse G, Smid M. Scoping review of the associations between perinatal substance use and perinatal depression and anxiety. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2021;50(4):382-391. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jogn.2021.02.008  

        Tevaarwerk A, Denlinger CS, Sanft T, … Mooney K, Moore HCF… Survivorship, Version 1.2021. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2021;19(6):676-685. https://doi.org/10.6004/jnccn.2021.0028  

         

        January

        Waters AR, Mann K, Warner EL, Vaca Lopez PL, Kaddas HK, Ray N, Tsukamoto T, Fair DB, Lewis MA, Perez GK, Park ER, Kirchhoff AC. “I thought there would be more I understood:” Health insurance literacy among adolescent and young adult cancer survivors. Support Care Cancer. In press. 

        Gee JP, Palmer M, Friel BA, Collingridge DS. Challenging tradition: Nurses' attitudes toward single checking of subcutaneous insulin. Nursing2022. 2022;52(1):52-57. DOI: 10.1097/01.NURSE.0000803528.94354.6d   

        Guo J-W, Kimmel J, Linder L. Text analysis of suicide risk in adolescents and young adults. J Am Psychiatr Nurses Assoc. Accepted.    

        Kang Y, Topaz M, Dunbar SB, Stehlik J, Hurdle J. The utility of nursing notes among Medicare patients with heart failure to predict 30-day rehospitalization: a pilot study. J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2021; Epub ahead of print. DOI: 10.1097/JCN.0000000000000871 

        Ramsay JM, Kaddas HK, Ou JY, Kepka D, Kirchhoff AC. Missed opportunities for concomitant HPV vaccination among childhood cancer survivors. Cancer Med. 2022;00:1-11. DOI: 10.1002/cam4.4492 

        Reblin M, McCormick R, Mansfield KJ, Wawrzynski SE, Ketcher D, Tennant KE, Guo J-W, Jones EC, Cloyes KG. Feasibility, usability, and acceptability of a personalized web-based assessment of social network and daily social support interactions over time. J Cancer Surviv. 2022. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11764-021-01083-x. 

        Umberfield EE, Staes CJ, Morgan TP, Mamlin BW, Grout RW, Dixon BE. Syntactic interoperability and the role of syntactic standards in health information exchange. In Dixon BE, ed. Health Information Exchange: Navigating and Managing a Network of Health Information Systems. 2nd ed. Elsevier; 2022.  

        Wawrzynski SE, Alderfer MA, Kvistad W, Linder L, Reblin M, Guo J-W, Cloyes KG. The social networks and social support of siblings of children with cancer. Children. 2022;9(1). doi.org/10.3390/children9010113 

        Stucky CH, De Jong MJ, Kabo FW. The paradox of network inequality: differential impacts of status and influence on surgical team communication. Med J. 2022; Jan-Mar:56-63. PMID: 34940969 

        Friel BA, Sieradzan R, Jones C, Katz RA, Smith CM, Trenery A, Gee J. Leveraging partnerships to reduce insulin needlestick injuries: Nurse-led system-wide quality improvement project. J Nurs Care Qual. 2022;37(1):14-20. DOI: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000592 

        Van De Graaff M, Hopkins RO, Gee J, Beesley SJ, Butler J, Richards T, Crowley A, Lappe D, Brown SM. Partners in Healing: Redesign and expansion of family involvement in inpatient nursing care. Nursing. 2021;51(11):64-68. DOI: 10.1097/01.NURSE.0000795328.29869.94 

        Moraitis AM, Seven M, Sirard J, Walker R. Expert consensus on physical activity use for young adult cancer survivors' biopsychosocial health: A modified Delphi study. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2021; Epub ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1089/jayao.2021.0109 

        Towsley GL, Neller S, Baier RR, Wong B. Me & My Wishes: Concordance of end-of-life preferences between residents with dementia, family, and staff. J Palliat Med. 2021; Epub ahead of print. DOI: 10.1089/jpm.2021.0111  

        November

        Dr. Joanne Montepare, the editor of the Gerontological Society of America’s Advancing Age Inclusivity in Higher Education newsletter invited Dr. Katarina Friberg Felsted and Dr. Jackie Eaton to write a feature article titled Enhancing age-friendly initiatives through the intersection of university, community, and health systems at the University of Utah. Co-authors include Dr. Linda Edelman and Valerie Greer.

        Dr. Deanna Kepka’s research and policy work focuses on improving the quality of primary health care services for cancer prevention and control among underserved populations, locally and globally. A health services researcher with expertise in HPV vaccination, HPV-related cancer prevention, and health equity research; and founder and director of the Intermountain West HPV Vaccination Coalition, Dr. Kepka has been working to improve HPV vaccination rates. Recent, HPV vaccination rates for adolescents who live in Utah have increased markedly. Members of the media interviewed and quoted Dr. Kepka in the following news stories: 

        Qiological features podcast discussions that reveal and examine the landscape of East Asian medicine as it unfolds in modern days. When interviewed for a podcast titled Interoceptive Awareness, Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson, Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell, and Nick Lowe discussed the ability to attend to bodily sensations, and use cutting-edge technologies to track clinical outcomes in practice settings.  

         

        October

        On behalf of the Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake, Danielle Puri attended an event with First Lady Abby Cox and Tammy Snyder Murphy, the First Lady of New Jersey. As part of the National Governor’s Association conference, the first ladies hosted a listening session with officials from Sacred Circle Healthcare to hear how governors across the United States can improve policy to support maternal and infant health, particularly for the Native American population. KSL.com summarized the event, and included Danielle in a photo. According to Danielle, the discussion was incredibly powerful and moving, and a highlight of her year.  

        The American Nurses Foundation, through the generous support of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s Disaster Recovery Fund, sponsored the Derek Bell Wellness podcast titled American Nurses Foundation Gratitude Podcast – Creating a Culture of Self-care and Gratitude. Derek Bell and Dr. Perry Gee described the value of self-compassion as a pathway to discovering how persons can improve gratitude practices, and how this translates into a culture of self-care and gratitude at work and in life. 

         

        September

        Dr. Schola Matovu was interviewed for Mental Health Trailblazers – Psychiatric Nurses Speak Up! – the American Nurses Association’s Minority Fellowship Program’s podcast, which features the groundbreaking journeys of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color psychiatric mental health nurses in their quest to meet the urgent and unmet needs of under-represented communities in America.  

        In its September 2022 newsletter, Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake featured registered nurse Leslie Crandall in a photo, and provided information about obtaining free COVID-19 test kits.  

         

        August

        Dr. Jennifer Clifton authored a blog titled Moving from “What’s Wrong with Them?” to “What Happened to Them?” regarding National Commission on Correctional Health Care's position statement Trauma-Responsive Care for Youths in Correctional Facilities.

        Dr. Linda Edelman, Dr. Larry Garrett, Dr. Brenda Luther, Dr. Jennifer Macali, and Harper Vander Hoek, and Bicknell, Utah-based Wayne Community Health Center created the film Day in the Life of a Rural Nurse, which features Josie Moosman, BSN, RN. A registered nurse at Wayne Community Health Center, Josie and her team were the #1 Nurse Education, Practice, Quality & Retention (NEPQR) preceptors for the last four years, and worked closely with College of Nursing faculty on monthly webinars. During Fall Semester 2022, and as an Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) trainee, Josie will begin the College of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice Program, and specialize in primary care.

        On its news website and using an Ask an Expert approach, Huntsman Cancer Institute featured Drs. Catherine Staes, Anna Beck, and Jordan McPherson’s ongoing work to support decision-making for providers and patients with advanced cancer.

        Dr. Echo Warner and Dr. Skyler Johnson were featured in OncLive.com. In their article titled Fellows Can Join the Fight Against Cancer Misinformation Onlinethey discuss that although organizations acknowledge a need for innovative uses of social technology to improve cancer-related support and provide information, there is much cancer misinformation on the internet. In addition, they provide strategies to mitigate online cancer misinformation.

         

        July

        Dr. Kathi Mooney presented an Oncology Data Advisor podcast titled Managing Cancer Care at Home.

         

        June

        SAGE for Nursing and Other Health Specialties offers a free podcast site. In JAG Podcast 2022 – EP2, Dr. Kara Dassel discussed the article “I worry about this patient EVERY day:” Geriatrics clinicians’ challenges in caring for unrepresented older adults, which she, Dr. Linda Edelman, Jennifer Moye, Casey Catlin, and Timothy Farrell authored.

         

        May

        In her Verywell health article Beware of Misleading Cancer Nutrition Claims on Pinterest, Researchers SayStephanie Brown cited Dr. Echo Warner, “We were surprised to find out that even though social media can be a source of support and encouragement, a lot of the information about cancer online is misleading and incorrect, which can be pretty distressing to cancer patients and care partners.”

        Forbes named the University of Utah Health one of the best employers for diversity in 2022. U of U Health ranks 41st out of 500 recognized organizations in the nation—up from 98th in 2021—and is also the only health care provider from the state of Utah to receive the designation. “We know that to provide the highest quality of care for everyone, we must value a workplace that is diverse, with people from diverse backgrounds and lived experiences who can contribute to the most comprehensive care for our patients,” said José Rodríguez, Associate Vice President for Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at U of U Health. “Even with this recognition, we know we have employees from underrepresented backgrounds who still don’t feel seen or heard, and we will never stop our work until everyone in our organization feels valued,” Rodríguez added.   

        Overcoming difficult circumstances, Dr. Annette Klinger earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, specializing in direct care, from the University of Utah. Her scholarly project was titled The Families Resilience Toolkit: Promoting Family Resiliency After Homelessness, and Dr. Julie Gee Chaired her committee. KSL featured Dr. Klinger’s remarkable story through broadcast and online news stories titled Crash survivor beats odds, graduates with doctorate.

         

        April

        Mary Dickson from PBS Utah interviewed Dr. Kathie Supiano regarding Caring Connections: A Hope in Comfort and Grief Program’s Seeds of Remembrance 2022 event, which will be held on May 10, 2022, at 6:30 PM at the College of Nursing. The theme of this year’s event is “When the Sun Comes Out,” and it will address COVID grief and the difficulties that all grievers faced during the pandemic. 

        The media covered the College of Nursing’s plans to increase enrollment in its baccalaureate program.  

         

        March

        In an Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists sponsored The Huddle podcast titled “Identifying Gaps in Your Diabetes Services to Improve Reach and Impact,” Drs. Nancy Allen and Ana Sanchez-Birkhead shared their expertise and perspectives on identifying gaps in diabetes services, and bridging these gaps using innovative solutions and new members of the care team, like peer facilitators.

        Funded by a 1U4U grant, Dr. Sara Simonsen and Dr. Akiko Kamimura (Sociology) produced two films: one about preconception healthcare, and one about intimate partner violence for members of the Central African Immigrant/Refugee community. Members of the community helped write the scripts and performed as actors and actresses. Playing the role of a healthcare provider who was counseling a couple about optimizing their health to prepare for pregnancy, Julie King was the only actress from outside the African community. Julie generously shared her expertise, dedicated an entire Saturday to filming, and was an excellent actress! Sara’s team will share the films with the community at an upcoming event and assess their impact on persons’ knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes about preconception care and intimate partner violence. In addition, the team will submit the films to the American Public Health Association film festival.

        Drs. Caroline Stephens, Joan Carpenter, Ruth Palan Lopez, and Lauren Hunt produced a GeriPal Podcast titled “Understanding the Variability in Care of Nursing Home Residents with Advanced Dementia.” They highlighted an article that Ruth Palan Lopez published in JAMA Intern Med titled Association of Nursing Home Organizational Culture and Staff Perspectives With Variability in Advanced Dementia Care: The ADVANCE Study, and had a panel discussion that Lauren Hunt moderated. The podcast has been edited, transcribed, and posted onGeriPal, Libsyn,YouTube, FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. In addition, the episode has been propagated to Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Podcasts, and Stitcher.

         

        February

        Dr. Kathie Supiano, in collaboration with the College of Nursing Simulation Center staff and standardized patient actors Sherri Kerney, Debbie Boulter, Elle Oldfield, and Maddie Lassche, and videographer Nathan Wichlacz, and with support from Adrienne Bott, Gloria Hammond, and co-I Troy Andersen, recorded a training video for the PreLoss Grief Support intervention for dementia family caregivers at risk for complicated grief, a project funded by theAlzheimer’s Association.

        In her article As Covid Slogs On, Seniors Find Fortitude Waning and Malaise GrowingJudith Graham of Kaiser Health News quoted Dr. Kathie Supiano saying that older adults’ ability to bounce back from setbacks shouldn’t be discounted. “This isn’t their first rodeo. Many people remember polio and the AIDs epidemic. They’ve been through a lot and know how to put things in perspective.”

        In its Digital Healthcare Research bulletin, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality included the Impact Story Low-Cost Screening in the Emergency Department Helps Address Social Determinants of Health, which features Dr. Andrea Wallace and her team. The article describes members of the research team, which includes community partners, using low-cost technology to develop a 10-item electronic social needs screener, and integrating it into the emergency department workflow. Food, housing, utilities, and household items were the most common reasons for referrals.

        Dr. Andra Davis, Associate Professor at the University of Portland School of Nursing and University of Utah College of Nursing alumna (PhD 2014), interviewed Dr. Nanci McLeskey regarding the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) project, a national and international education initiative to improve palliative care. Consortium leaders have begun spotlighting faculty who have incorporated the six Undergraduate ELNEC modules – 1) Introduction to Palliative Nursing, 2) Communication in Palliative Care, 3) Pain Management in Palliative Care, 4) Symptom Management in Palliative Care, 5) Loss, Grief, and Bereavement, and 6) Final Hours of Life – into their nursing programs. The purpose of the interviews is to share information that will help other colleges add the modules to their curriculum. During the interview, Nanci described leading work to fully integrate the ELNEC modules into an existing course – NURS 3305 Foundations of Clinical Nursing Care, a required course for first semester pre-licensure students. Faculty sequenced the ELNEC modules to align with and supplement content that students already learned, and students complete a simulation to apply the principles of what they learned.  

         

        January

        In her contribution to Good Notes: Voices of U of U Health, Dr. Wendy Hobson-Rohrer wrote about the enjoyment of living and working in Utah, and highlighted two College of Nursing faculty members. As Dr. Valerie Flattes reflected on living and working in Utah, she indicated that she “… had no intention to stay in Utah after I became a nurse practitioner, but because of the strong support and mentoring I received, I stayed here and have no regrets. An added bonus for me is that, as faculty, I have found great joy in teaching. My students give me the inspiration to continue to develop as a master teacher ...” Dr. Michelle Litchman underscored that “… At the University of Utah, ‘One U’ isn’t just a tagline. Scientists of many disciplines are working together to find cross-cutting answers to scientific problems. To enable the translation of research to benefit a wide range of people, we are breaking down typical organizational silos, working alongside citizen scientists and community organizations.” 

        December

        Drs. Deanna Kepka, Schola Matovu, and Debra Penney hosted a Human Papillomavirus Vaccination and Cervical Cancer Prevention Bootcamp Training Workshop at Clarke International University in Kampala, Uganda for approximately 100 persons. Participants attended in person and by zoom. Engaging discussions focused on potential strategies to eliminate cervical cancer in Uganda, where, among women, cervical cancer has the highest cancer-related incidence and mortality. Numerous faculty, nursing students, and clinical medicine students were highly engaged and motivated to learn more and become involved. The team facilitated three interactive small group discussions, and collected data using pre-training and post-training surveys.

        Alumna Chelsea Gamero invited Marissa Smith, Kristen Mahoney, Sonja Jensen, Dr. Sue Chase-Cantarini, and Dean Marla De Jong to brief nursing and education representatives from the University of Utah Health Affiliate Network about topics such as, but not limited to, the College of Nursing’s academic programs, programs of study for the pre-licensure and RN-BS tracks, pathways to nursing, the Acute Care RN-BS Diversity Scholars Program, admission requirements, tuition rates, availability of scholarships and financial support, and tracks that the College offers online. In addition, Dr. Sue Chase-Cantarini described the College’s inaugural summer camp for racially and ethnically diverse middle schoolers.  

        The University of Utah and the University of Utah Health welcomed a delegation from Perú, including Utah’s Peruvian Counselor, Perú’s Minister of Health, five members of Peru’s Congress, five Peruvian university presidents, and six Peruvian business leaders. The Office for Global Engagement invited Dr. Kimberly Garcia to participate in a round table discussion about potentially establishing partnerships among the University of Utah and Peruvian universities, offering faculty exchanges and educational mentoring, conducting and publishing academic studies, and working on public health projects such as self-testing for human papillomavirus in Perú. Attendees from the University of Utah included Dr. Brian Gibson, Juan Carlos Negrette, Emma Huston, Dr. Martell Teasley, and Dr. José Rodriguez. 

         

        November

        Dr. Djin Tay was selected to be a mentor for University of Utah Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR), which provides undergraduate students with an intensive 10-week research experience under the mentorship of a University of Utah faculty member. SPUR mentees receive a stipend, and have a robust summer experience, including hiring and onboarding, belonging to a cohort of scholars, receiving mentorship and advisement, attending educational programs, presenting research, and publishing their work. Students will work with Dr. Tay on her The Impact of Immunotherapy on Palliative Care Needs for Patients and their Caregivers project.

        The University of Utah Alpha Chi chapter of Sigma Phi Omega, The International Academic Honor and Professional Society in Gerontology, and AARP Utah partnered to host a moderated focus group with College of Nursing and College of Pharmacy students. AARP Utah sought to understand students’ views on Social Security and retirement, and to provide information and data about Social Security’s history, present, and future. Students were relieved to receive non-biased information about various aspects of Social Security. Shanceline Tebo, a College of Pharmacy student who also is earning a Pharmacy Long-Term Services and Support Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program Graduate Certificate, is president of Sigma Phi Omega, and Dr. Katarina Felsted is chapter faculty advisor.

        Alumna Kalin Organ teaches in the Jordan Academy for Technology and Careers Medical Assistant Program and arranged for the College of Nursing Simulation Center to host 110 high school seniors who are considering a career in health sciences. Moe Arnes, Yvonne Bass, Carly Bonfiglio, Sherri Kerney, Mandy Thomson, Debbie Boulter, and Dr. Ann Butt made a “tour” into an “experience” for the students. Students met patients, used moulage to create bruises, learned how to safely transfer patients, and practiced cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Members of the simulation team collaborated with Dr. Allison Spolsdoff, Sonja Jensen, and Marissa Smith to arrange a question and answer session with current students Caroline Howell, Elaina Briscoe, Karina Perez, and with Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library librarians Brandon Patterson and Donna Baluchi who shared information and showcased resources that are available to College of Nursing students.

        To help community partners expand access to care, and at the request of rural clinic partners, members of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-funded Nurse Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention (NEPQR) team (project director Dr. Linda Edelman) developed a four-module course titled RN-Led Women’s Well Visit Training. Content experts in women’s health – Leslie DiVall and Kellie Morrow – wrote the modules, which include simulation and provide nursing contact hours.

        Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson was invited to serve as a Review Editor on the Editorial Board of Menopause, a specialty section of Frontiers in Reproductive Health. 

        Dr. Victoria Tiase was elected to a 2nd term on the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Board of Directors. AMIA is a community committed to the vision of a world where informatics transforms people’s care. 

        Danielle Puri, Leslie Crandall, Dr. Van Gip, and student volunteers – BSN student Elaina Briscoe and DNP student Emily Royce – administered shots at the annual Boo to the Flu Clinic. 

        Dean Marla De Jong was invited to Co-Chair the American Academy of Nursing Fellow Selection Committee. She will serve as Co-Chair in 2023, Chair in 2024, and Advisor in 2025. 

         

        October

        On October 27, 2022, Dr. Deanna Kepka served on theSt. Jude Children’s Research Hospital HPV Cancer Prevention Program’s Expert Panel regarding HPV vaccination policy recommendations.

        Dr. Deanna Kepka was invited to serve on the Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR) HPV Vaccine Education Working Group. SWHR is a national nonprofit organization and recognized leader with a mission to promote research on biological sex differences and improve women’s health through science, policy, and education.

        Dr. Renée Mulder, senior scientist and guideline specialist, invited Dr. Ann Marie Moraitis to serve on the International Late Effects of Childhood Cancer Guideline Harmonization Group guideline panel related to health promotion.

        Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson was invited to join the Advisory Board of EXPLORE: The Journal of Science & Healing as Associate Editor. EXPLORE is an interdisciplinary journal that publishes papers about conventional, alternative, and cross-cultural medicine.

        Dean Marla De Jong and Dr. Edmund Fong are Co-Chairing the Search Committee for a new Dean for the University of Utah School for Cultural and Social Transformation.  

        Dr. Sharifa Al-Quaaydeh was elected First Vice President, and Dr. Josh Wall was elected Director at Large for the Utah Nurses Association (UNA) Board of Directors. 

        Dr. Kara Dassel was selected to serve as a Delegate of the Utah Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association at the Alzheimer's Community Leaders Summit, which will be held on January 26-28, 2023, in San Diego. “The Alzheimer’s Association Community Leaders Summit convenes community leaders to experience and be inspired by our shared vision of a world without Alzheimer's and all other dementia. Attending leadership volunteers and staff delegates will understand the Association’s role in communities and as the leader in Alzheimer’s care, support, advocacy, and research. Delegates will be educated and empowered to play an important role in delivering locally on the mission and leading others to help the Association increase impact within their communities and for the overall Association.” 

        Faculty, staff, and students administered 956 flu shots and 150 COVID booster vaccines at the University of Utah Employee Appreciation Day. Those who organized the clinic and administered immunizations included Dr. Sharifa Al-Qaaydeh, Dr. Anna Alder, Donnie Benson, Dr. Jennifer Clifton, Dr. Teressa Garrett, Dr. Brenda Luther, Dr. Debra Penney, Dr. Carolyn Scheese, Dr. Catherine Staes, and many College of Nursing Students. An employee wrote, “I wanted to write and thank you for putting on EAD. This year I especially appreciated being able to get my flu shot and covid booster (and have them reported to work wellness). Both of the people who gave me a shot were great! There’s a range of how physically comfortable shots are to get, and I really appreciate the skilled and (very nearly) painless delivery.” Wendy Poppleton, Director of Benefits at the University of Utah wrote, “It was a fabulous day and everything went so smoothly and quickly! I heard from several people that the flu clinic is really the reason they come to EAD – it’s so easy. Thanks everyone!!!” Dr. Brenda Luther and students also administered flu shots at Huntsman Cancer Research.  

        Moniqa Arnes provided a tour of the College of Nursing Simulation Center for Dr. Aghadeer Jheiwan. Dr. Jheiwan is the founder and General Director of the Princess Taghrid institute for Development and Training in Jordan, a non-governmental organization established in 2010 to rehabilitate, educate, and employ orphaned and abandoned youth, especially young women in abusive situations. During her visit to University of Utah Health’s Global Health Office, Dr. Jheiwan wanted to visit the College of Nursing and its Simulation Center. Dr. Jenneth Doria, Dr. Debra Penney, and Dr. Jennifer Macali met with Dr. Jheiwan and guided her group.  

        Dr. Jenneth Doria, Dr. Debra Penney, and Dean Marla De Jong led a tour for Dr. Freddy Elbaiady, founder and CEO of the Salam Medical Center in Egypt, and elected member of the Egyptian Parliament (House of Representatives). Dr. Ann Butt provided a tour of the College of Nursing Simulation Center. Salam Medical Center is a unique health care delivery system with peacemaking at its core, promoting and building positive relations among people of different faiths while providing high-quality health care to the people who live in and near El-Qanatir Elkhaireya, Egypt. Dr. Elbaiady is interested in finding ways to improve training for nurses and nurse assistants who work at Salam Medical Center. 

         

        September

        The Utah Department of Health and Human Services appointed Dr. Teresa Garrett as a member of the Health Workforce Advisory Council. Dr. Garrett was selected for a 4-year term based on her knowledge of and experience in the healthcare workforce, and much-needed perspective that will enable the council to make recommendations and modifications to improve and strengthen Utah’s healthcare workforce. 

        The National Academies’ Standing Committee on Evidence Synthesis and Communications in Diet and Chronic Disease Relationships will hold an open public meeting on best practices for effective nutrition communications on September 21, 2022. The webinar will explore key considerations about effective science and nutrition communications as they pertain to the message, messenger, mode, and audience. Dr. Echo Warner will serve on the social media panel.  

        Leaders from Juvenile Justice and Youth Services (JJYS) contacted Dr. Jennifer Clifton asking to help the Department of Corrections (DOC) staff at the adult prison when the prison electronic health record (EHR) inaccurately transcribed medications from the previous EHR, resulting in many persons missing doses of medications. Chase Roberts quickly drafted a Memo of Understanding, and Alex Hanson, Nurse Manager, immediately recruited nurses from the College’s team who work at JJYS facilities to help at the adult prison. Providing this administrative assistance eased the burden on DOC staff, and helped restore correct administration of medications to individuals incarcerated at the new jail. Dr. Clifton received the following email: 

        • “I just want to express an extra thank you to our CoN partners for helping out with this project. I know it was an extraordinary effort that ensured people who need medication get it. I am proud to be partner with such great people. Be well, Reg Garff, UDHHS Program Director, Office of Operational Policy & Special Projects” 

        Dr. Kimberly Garcia, in partnership with the local Ministry of Health (MOH) and with support from a CON Intramural grant, spent two weeks in a remote region of Guatemala educating lay midwives about COVID. More than 200 lay midwives, who attend the majority of births at home in their country, participated in educational sessions in 11 locations throughout the Petén Department. Dr. Garcia taught low-literacy lay midwives signs and symptoms of COVID, what to do if a pregnant patient has COVID, the risks of the virus to the pregnant patient and fetus, the benefits of the vaccine for the pregnant patient and fetus, and the timing of vaccines. She gave lay midwives necessary birth supplies, such as fetoscopes, exam gloves, umbilical cord tape, scissors, measuring tapes, chux, cleansers, KN95 face masks, and bulb syringes. Lay midwives and MOH nurses were abundantly grateful for the support from their colleagues at the University of Utah College of Nursing. 

         

        August

        Dr. Jennifer Clifton and Dr. Kristen Stucki authored the position statement Trauma-Responsive Care for Youths in Correctional Facilities, which the National Commission on Correctional Health Care adopted in the interest of improved health, safety, and satisfaction for all youth and staff.

        Dr. Julie Gee accepted a Board Member position at Neonatal Rescue, a Utah-based nonprofit social and medical venture that developed low cost, easy to use continuous positive airway pressure and pressure control ventilators for low resource countries. In the developing world, nearly 25% of neonatal mortality could be eliminated if healthcare providers had access to ventilators and proper training. Neonatal Rescue partners with developing countries (e.g., Cambodia, Zambia, Madagascar, Guatemala) to change healthcare systems, distribute NeoLife and AdultLife ventilators, educate healthcare providers, empower patients and healthcare providers, and improve health outcomes.

        Dr. Gwen Latendresse was invited to serve on a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Telehealth Strategies for the Delivery of Maternal Health Care Technical Expert Panel. Outcomes included a 158-page report, andpaper published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

        Four faculty members and an alumna are working in Guatemala to improve women's health across the lifespan. With support from two College of Nursing intramural grants, Drs. Kimberly Garcia, Julie Gee, Deanna Kepka, and Lisa Taylor-Swanson conducted three studies in San Raymundo.

        • Drs. Garcia and Gee taught lay midwives and firefighters about neonatal resuscitation.
        • Drs. Kepka and Garcia conducted focus groups on cervical cancer screening, including self-testing for human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV causes cervical cancer, the leading cause of female death in Latin America.
        • Drs. Garcia and Taylor-Swanson taught lay midwives about acupressure for labor promotion, and for support during threatened preterm labor.

        Dr. Garcia is conducting an additional study in Petén, teaching 250 lay midwives about COVID. Dr. Garcia, co-founder of Madre y Niño, collaborates with the Guatemalan Ministry of Health regarding her studies with lay midwives.

        Faculty and alumna Dr. Buffy Taylor (Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, 2022; Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner) provided direct patient care, educated patients, and conducted studies during a Refuge International health clinic. A first for the clinic, Drs. Taylor-Swanson and Taylor provided acupuncture services. Team members transported and distributed supplies such as KN95 masks from the College of Nursing, herbal sitz baths from BirthCare HealthCare, bags and masks from Refuge International, and neonatal mannequins from Neonatal Resuscitation.

        During Spring Semester 2022, nearly 20 College of Nursing students, including then student Buffy Taylor, collaborated with faculty to design and plan the studies.

        The 2022 Junior League of Salt Lake City Community Assistance and Resource Event (CARE) Fair was held at the Horizonte Instruction and Learning Center on July 29-30. At the CARE Fair, families accessed routine medical, dental, and vision services, and learned about assistance available within the community. Numerous community agencies and medical service providers provided free care at one time and in one place. On July 29, Dr. Valerie Flattes precepted University of Utah Health Sciences students who provided care.

         

        July

        Dr. Paula Meek was selected to represent the College of Nursing on the University of Utah Graduate Council. The Graduate Council, composed of faculty from all colleges on campus as well as student representatives, establishes policy and procedures for graduate students, reviews proposals for new programs, and evaluates existing degree programs.

        Dr. Gillian Tufts was elected Secretary of the Board of Directors for the University of Utah Faculty Club. The Faculty Club at the University of Utah is a longstanding tradition that allows faculty from across campus to meet, mingle, and enjoy a variety of social activities. It's a great way for faculty to broaden their social circle, learn about other faculty members' research interests, discuss issues, and get involved in the University.

        Dean Marla De Jong has been selected to Chair, the Center on Aging Board. The Center on Agingprovides educational and research programs in gerontology at the University of Utah. It sponsors undergraduate and graduate gerontology certificate programs as well as a Master’s degree program in Gerontology. In addition to its strengths in gerontology education, it is recognized for well-established interdisciplinary research focused on bereavement, coping with loss of a spouse, and caregiving.

        As part of the shared governance structure at the University, there are a host of University Committees that are created and appointed by the President of the University to address an array of campus-wide functions and issues. The following CON faculty have been appointed to University Committees.

        • Dr. Diane Chapman has been selected to serve on the University Student Behavior Committee for a term of 3 years ending on August 1, 2025.
        • Dr. Erin Johnson Cole has been selected to serve on the University Teaching Committee, and the Senate Advisory Committee on Student Course Feedback, both for a term of 3 years ending on August 1, 2025.
        • Dr. Sheila Deyette has been selected to serve on the University Studies Committee for a term of 3 years ending on August 1, 2025.
        • Dr. Katarina Felsted has been selected to serve on the University Interdisciplinary Teaching Committee for a term of 3 years ending on August 1, 2025.
        • Dr. Brenda Luther has been selected to serve on the University Academic Appeals and Misconduct Committee for a term of 3 years ending on August 1, 2025.
        • Dr. Xiaoming Sheng has been selected to serve on the University Parking Violations Appeals Committee for a term of 3 years ending on August 1, 2025.
        • Dr. Gail Towsley has been selected to serve on the University Research Committee, and the University Conflict of Interest Committee, both for a term of 3 years ending on August 1, 2025.

         

        June

        The College Student Council held a "Cookies and Community Service" event on June 22, 2022. While students assembled more than 70 hygiene kits for donation to the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake, they enjoyed each other's company, and delicious cookies.

         

        May

        Jefferson Clark, Elementary Counseling Specialist for the Alpine School District, wrote Dean Marla De Jong to commend Dr. Kathie Supiano, Adrienne Bott, and Gloria Hammond. “I work with the counselors and other service providers here in Alpine School District. I just wanted to tell you how much we appreciate the materials and resources you help provide for us. It is so helpful for us and the work we do in our community. I just wanted to let you know how great Adrienne Bott and Gloria were to work with as well. They helped us get the Dealing with Sudden and Unexpected Death Handbooks for our service providers and crisis team members. It is a tremendous resource.”

        During the Academic Senate meeting on May 2, 2022, Dr. Sara Hart was elected to serve on the Senate Executive Committee for one year, beginning on May 15, 2022.

        The American Association of Colleges of Nursing appointed Dean Marla De Jong to its Government Affairs Committee.

        During the Academic Senate elections in April 2022, College of Nursing faculty were elected to serve on the following committees:

        Dr. Catherine Staes co-chaired the 3-day 2022 ACMI (American Medical Informatics Association) Symposium. The theme of the symposium was “Rebuilding the Nation's Public Health Informatics Infrastructure, and the objective was to “Leverage the experience and expertise of public health as well as informatics leaders and researchers and to formulate initiatives and strategies that will strengthen the U.S. public health informatics infrastructure post-pandemic.”

         

        April

        Dr. Kara Dassel has been invited to serve on the National Institutes of Health Neurological, Aging and Musculoskeletal Epidemiology (NAME) Study Section that will meet in June 2022. This study section reviews applications on epidemiologic research on neurological disorders, conditions related to aging, musculoskeletal conditions, and communication and visual disorders.   

        Dr. Katharine Ullman, Associate Dean of the Graduate School, commended Dr. Sara Hart for contributing to review of the Department of Nutrition & Integrative Physiology. “Internal reviewers make a vital contribution to the quality of graduate education and the overall excellence of the University. We recognize that undertaking these reviews represents substantial time commitments from the internal reviewers. The Graduate School acknowledges the significant contribution you have made to our community and, in thanking you, would like to bring this important service to the attention of your College Dean as well. 

        Given her expertise in nursing informatics, Dr. Mollie Cummins was invited to join the working group for the DELPHI (Data Exploration and Learning for Precision Health Intelligence) initiative.

        Dr. Catherine Staes was a member on an expert panel to achieve consensus for public health reporting measures for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Promoting Interoperability Program. MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare and The Pew Charitable Trusts collaborated to convene the panel.

         

        March

        Dr. Kimberly Garcia accepted an invitation to be an assistant editor for Birth: Issues in Perinatal Carea multidisciplinary, refereed journal devoted to issues and practices in the care of childbearing women, infants, and families across the world. It is written by and for professionals in maternal and neonatal health, nurses, midwives, physicians, public health workers, doulas, social scientists, childbirth educators, lactation counselors, epidemiologists, and other health caregivers and policymakers in perinatal care.

        Dr. Deanna Kepka accepted an invitation to be an Associate Editor for Connected Health, a specialty section ofFrontiers in Digital Health.

        Dr. Bob Wong accepted President Taylor Randall’s invitation to serve on the University of Utah Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Search Committee, representing the College of Nursing.

        Kudos to 238 alumni, students, parents, staff, faculty, university leaders, members of the Dean’s Advancement Board, and friends of the College for donating more than $42,220 for student scholarships on U Giving Day! Special thanks to alumna Carol Stowell and her husband Jeff, Dr. Michael Good and his wife Danette, alumns Dr. Heidi Favero and her husband Silvio, and Dean Marla De Jong for providing matching funds, and to Korinne Pickett, Vianney Alcala, Jacque Scheider, Mindy Francis, and Eden Bennett for their work to organize, publicize, and execute the campaign. Donors were from 17 states. As compared to Giving Day 2021, there was a 343% increase in student donors, 66% increase in alumni donors, 57% increase in total donors, and 26% increase in total funds raised during Giving Day 2022. Donors allocated their contributions as follows: undergraduate 47%, hardship/emergency funding 33%, graduate 10%, and PhD 100%.  

         

        February

        Dr. Kara Dassel has been invited to serve on a National Institutes of Health review committee. She will participate on the Center for Scientific Review Special Emphasis Panel covering topics related to mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease.

        Dr. Paula Meek has been re-elected as the Governor Representative of Nursing Research for the Western Institute of Nursing.

        Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson has been named an Associate Editor for the journal Explore: The Journal of Science & Healing. Explore, an Elsevier journal, addresses the scientific principles behind, and applications of, evidence-based healing practices from a wide variety of sources, including conventional, alternative, and cross-cultural medicine. It is an interdisciplinary journal that explores the healing arts, consciousness, spirituality, eco-environmental issues, and basic science as all these fields relate tohealth.

        Lynn Livingood Dixon serves as treasurer on the board of the new nonprofit, Clean Slate Utah. The mission of Clean Slate Utah is to help people clear old criminal records and access opportunities for employment, housing, and education, providing Utahns with the meaningful second chances they deserve to rebuild their lives, take care of their families, and contribute to their communities. @THEU recently described Utah’s Clean Slate Law. 

        Zoë Robbins is the newest member of the Impact Mental Health Board. The mission of Impact Mental Health is to provide rapid, transformational whole-person psychiatric care to uninsured, low-income Utahns with serious mental illnesses. Its co-equal mission is to provide state-of-the-art integrative community-oriented clinical education for future mental health clinicians who can sustain the impact for future generations. 

         

        January

        McKinley Withers, Ed.D., M.Ed. from Health and Wellness at the Jordan School District wrote Dean Marla De Jong to commend  Dr. Kathie Supiano and Caring Connections 

        “I just wanted to reach out to thank you for supporting Kathie Supiano's work in supporting our schools through the amazing grief training she has been doing in partnership with USBE [Utah State Board of Education]. It has healed many hearts. She has taken the time to train all of our school-based mental health staff on grief and we have received so much positive feedback about the healing that this will allow. 

        Today, at South Hills Middle School, Kathie did an amazing job helping that school heal… I am so grateful that we have been able to lean on Caring Connections through very difficult circumstances… For those of us working in the schools, we hope that this support and partnership will be able to continue.”  

        Adrienne Bott provides tremendous administrative support for Caring Connections, giving Kathie the flexibility to rapidly respond to acute situations. Lynn Dixon helped quickly generate budgets and plans when the state provided additional funding, enabling Kathie to continue work with community health workers and schools. 

        During orientation for NURS 3410 Acute Care Nursing Practicum, fourth semester pre-licensure students Cathryn Boyle, Eliana Crabtree, Stephen Lander, and Ben Paxman spent 45 minutes offering guidance and advice to second semester pre-licensure students. The second semester students are raving about the experience. Course faculty include Dr. John Nerges (course lead), Melissa Black, Tamara Ekker, Lynn Parker, Eryka Pawlak, Christopher Sneddon, and Dr. Jacob Steenblik, and teaching assistant Jenifer Cosentino, a 3rd year DNP student.    

          Kudos from 2021

          December

          The American Association of Colleges of Nursing accepted Dr. Valerie Flattes as a participant in the 2022 AACN Diversity Leadership Institute. The central focus of the Diversity Leadership Institute is to provide an overview of the evolution of diversity and inclusion and the role of Diversity Officers in academic nursing and nursing practice. It frames diversity within the context of higher education and academic nursing while presenting high-involvement diversity practices in teams and leaders. As a participant, Val will develop a diversity plan designed to drive excellence specifically tailored to the College of Nursing. 

           

          September

          The Lamp of Learning ceremony was held on August 31. The ceremony is a tradition in which we recognize incoming pre-licensure students and acknowledge their decision to enter the profession of nursing. Maddie Marshall – Student Services Pre-Licensure Program Manager – planned and directed the ceremony. Our Fall 2021 pre-licensure cohort and their invited family and friends met in the Student Union Ballroom for a meaningful evening that included hearing from Dean Marla De Jong, Dr. Sharifa Al-Qaaydeh, Dr. Valerie Flattes, Dr. Amanda Eckersley (President of the Alumni Association; Member of the Dean’s Advancement Board), Chris Sneddon, and Dr. Melody Krahulec. Carrie Radmall, Angel Burton, Kristen Mahoney, Mike McIntosh, Korinne Pickett, Mindy Francis, and Vianney Alcala supported Maddie and the event.  

          The University Sophomore Rise Celebration was held on the J. Willard Marriott Library Plaza. Carrie Radmall, Savannah Manwill, and Dean Marla De Jong were there congratulating students on their return to campus, and speaking with pre-nursing students about the pre-licensure and nursing early assurance tracks, pre-requisite courses, and the application process. Students also enjoyed free lunch and received a T-shirt. 

           

          March

          Kudos to 152 alumni, students, parents, staff, faculty, university leaders, members of the Dean’s Advancement Board, and other friends of the College for donating more than $33,400 for student scholarships on U Giving Day! Of the 72 campaigns, the CON ranked 7 for the most money raised. Special thanks to alumna Carol Stowell and her husband Jeff, Coach Larry Krystkowiak, Dr. Good and his wife Danette, and Dr. Heidi Favero and her husband Silvio for providing matching funds, and to Eden Bennett, Janzell Tutor, Jacque Scheider, and DNP students Jen Cosentino and Heather Barney for their work to organize, publicize, and execute the campaign 

           

          February

          Kudos for U Giving Day and student scholarships. U Giving Day 2021 is a 1,850-minute fundraising and celebration effort that will be held on February 23-24, 2021. The 3rd annual university-wide giving event challenges students, alumni, staff, faculty, parents, patients, and friends to imagine more for the University of Utah and the programs dear to their hearts. Please consider donating to the Imagine More Nurses, Fund the Future campaign in which contributions will directly support undergraduate, graduate, PhD, nursing alumni, and ripple (hardship/emergency funding) scholarships, making programs accessible to students and positioning them for academic success. Thank you for your support! 

          December

          Dr. Sheila Deyette was a shining star in my graduate school experience; "As I reflect on what obtaining my Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Psychiatry means to me, the overarching theme is how grateful I feel. I have the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with my clients and explore their unique personal growth. I’m not sure there is a better career than that. Being a psychiatric provider, for me, has been an incredible growth-promoting experience. A little over a year after graduation, I left the clinical setting and started my own private practice. One year! I sometimes have a hard time believing it myself. This endeavor is possible because of the DNP degree I obtained at the University of Utah. The confidence I needed to strike out on my own, well, that was planted in me by the wonderful professors that assisted me along the way and the first-class education they provided. I feel more effective and creative as an autonomous provider—I can be myself." 

          The College of Nursing submitted a Continuous Improvement Progress Report for the Doctor of Nursing Practice and Post-Graduate Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Certificate programs to its accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Special thanks to Dr. Gillian Tufts and Dr. Gwen Latendresse for leading the work, and to Sarah Brown, Dr. Erin Cole, Dr. Sheila Deyette, Jesse Diener, Dr. Jessica Ellis, Dr. Valerie Flattes, Dr. Kim Friddle, Dr. Teresa Garrett, Shelley Kern, Dr. Tek Kilgore, Dr. Robert Sylvester, Brent Vawdrey, and Dr. Denise Ward for making substantial contributions to the report.   

          The Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health (JMWH), the official journal of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, which presents new research and current knowledge across a broad range of clinical and interdisciplinary topics, including maternity care, gynecology, primary care for women and newborns, public health, health care policy, and global health, has created a new Outstanding Peer Reviewer Award. Dr. Debra Penney is one of 16 inaugural awardees who were recognized for providing the highest quality and quantity of reviews during the past decade (2011-2020). 

           

          November

          During the first day of orientation at the People’s Health Clinic, Carrie Huntsman, a Family Nurse Practitioner within the College of Nursing Faculty Practice, managed the patient caseload of a provider who was urgently called away from clinic. “Carrie didn’t miss a beat,” according to the nurse practitioner orienting her. Thanks to Carrie, patient care was not disrupted. Leaders of People’s Health Clinic were extremely grateful, and are eager to have Carrie back in clinic!   

          Elizabeth Jacobsen, a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner with the College of Nursing Faculty Practice, impressed her patient. "Thank you, Elizabeth. You have the best bed-side manner I have ever seen. You should be on the clinic's all-star team." 

          College of Nursing Education: 

          The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education Board of Commissioners granted accreditation to the College of Nursing Baccalaureate and Master’s Programs in Nursing for 10 years, extending to December 31, 2031. 

          Best Accredited Colleges ranked the College of Nursing's Master of Science in Nursing Informatics track #2 in the United States.

          University Connected Learning approved the College of Nursing's Master of Science in Nursing Informatics track as an official UOnline program. 

          The Vice President’s Clinical & Translational (VPCAT) Research Scholars Program accepted Dr. Schola Matovu and Dr. Echo Warner as VPCAT Scholars for January 1, 2022 – December 31, 2023. Dr. Lisa Aspinwall and Dr. Lee Ellington will serve as Dr. Matovu’s Scientific Mentor and VPCAT Senior Mentor, respectively. Dr. Michael Varner and Dr. Kristin Cloyes will serve as Dr. Warner’s Scientific Mentor and VPCAT Senior Mentor, respectively. A key objective of the program is to provide a cohesive learning experience that will expand scholars’ research knowledge and skills, and prepare them for transition to independence. The VPCAT curriculum, delivered in multiple formats, offers training that aligns with three key mission themes – scientific career development, grant writing and management, and leadership. 

          A patient commended Emily Dubois Hollande for providing exceptional care. “The first time that I met Emily Dubois Hollande was during the labor of my first baby. I didn't have the chance to meet with her during my previous appointments at the clinic and after meeting her I wished I had more time with her during my pregnancy. She is definitely amazing! After giving birth I saw her in every appointment and she helped me more than I believe she knows. My recovery was great and I felt listened to every single time… It feels so good to see her every appointment now. Even now I know a little bit more of what to expect, it still is a rollercoaster of emotions being pregnant and Emily understands that better than anyone, even myself. The conversation is always light, she is always super friendly, a loving person and genuinely interested about my overall life, not just specifically about the new baby. I wish all my pregnant friends could have the opportunity to work with Emily throughout their pregnancies. I couldn't recommend a better person! Now I'm just hoping that I'll be lucky enough to have her with me for this second birth. Fingers crossed!” 

          Dr. Ann Butt worked with Ashley Farmer at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts to organize an "Art of Nursing" field trip. Undergraduate nursing students sketched (communication, listening), learned, and practiced the "Visual Thinking Strategy" of slow looking (assessment, communication/SBAR [Situation, Background, Assessment, Recommendation]), and found a piece of art in the gallery that relates to their developing professional identity. Students made connections between art and nursing, and shared the piece of art that they chose in the class gallery. The class incorporated a “mindfulness moment” and self-care while walking to the gallery on main campus, and had a great discussion about what they saw and learned.  

          At its annual induction ceremony, the Gamma Rho Chapter of Sigma presented excellence awards to College of Nursing faculty.  

          • Excellence in Clinical Practice – Dr. Erin Johnson Cole 
          • Excellence in Education – Dr. Nancy Allen and Dr. Ann Butt 
          • Excellence in Leadership – Dr. Jennifer Macali  
          • Excellence in Mentorship – Dr. Brenda Luther  
          • Excellence in Research and Scholarship – Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson 

          In partnership with the Roseman University of Health Sciences, Utah Business honored those who have made it their mission to improve the state of health in Utah. During the annual Healthcare Heroes event, Dr. Andrea Wallace was honored for her work that focuses on implementing patient-centered strategies for assessing social resources during health care visits, empowers health teams to incorporate patients’ social resources in their decision-making processes, and connects patients with social resource needs to services in their home communities. 

           

          October

          The Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON) Evidence-Based Practice/Research Committee selected Dr. Laurie Linder as the recipient of the 2021 Distinguished Researcher Award. This award was created to recognize an APHON member who has excelled as a nurse scientist. In addition, APHON leadership chose Dr. Lauri Linder to receive the Dr. Patricia Greene Leadership Award. Dr. Linder will receive her awards on October 29, 2021 at the 45th Annual Conference and Exhibit: A Virtual Experience 

          Dr. Paula Meek was elected to serve a 3-year term on the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) Fellow Selection Committee. The Fellow Selection Committee disseminates information to potential candidates and sponsors regarding procedure and qualifications; reviews applications and selects new fellows in accordance with the Academy bylaws; and reviews the application forms, selection criteria, and selection procedures and recommends changes to the board of directors. 

          Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson was invited to join the Executive Committee of the Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR) as Secretary. SAR is the leading international acupuncture research organization. This leadership position will allow Dr. Taylor-Swanson to provide input regarding the organization's future direction and initiatives.   

          Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson was invited to serve as Guest Editor of a special issue of Medical Acupuncture tentatively titled Special Focus: Women in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. Articles will highlight, among other notable scientific and clinical leaders, the careers of Dr. Helene Langevin, Director of the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Health, and whose pioneering work elucidated the roles of connective tissue in chronic musculoskeletal pain, effects of stretching connective tissue on inflammation, and mechanisms of acupuncture needle effects, and Dr. Tu Youyou, who received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2015. Dr. Tu reviewed classical texts of Chinese herbal medicine to identify Qing Hao (artemisia annua), from which she extracted artemisinin, a compound that has saved millions of lives from malaria as a first-line intervention. She is the first mainland Chinese scientist to have received a Nobel Prize in a scientific category. She did so without a doctorate, a medical degree, or training abroad.  

          Drs. Timothy Farrell, Director of the University of Utah Health Interprofessional Education (IPE) Program, and Sarah Canham, Associate Director of the IPE Program, wrote a letter of appreciation, expressing deep appreciation for Tamara Ekker’s outstanding contributions to the IPE Program’s Ambulatory Diabetes course. Health professions students from the Colleges of Health, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Social Work, as well as the Physician Assistant Program take the course. As faculty lead, Tamara implemented a course redesign process to facilitate conversion from an in-person format to a synchronous online format. She worked with IPE Program and Clinical Center staff to record a standardized patient interaction that is foundational to the course, and directed implementation of updates to the course pre-work and the core diabetes content included in the case scenario. The change in course delivery format maintained essential course content, while reducing costs for standardized patients. Initial student and faculty facilitator feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. 

          Drs. Timothy Farrell, Director of the University of Utah Health Interprofessional Education (IPE) Program, and Sarah Canham, Associate Director of the IPE Program, wrote a letter of appreciation, expressing deep appreciation for Dr. Madeline Lassche’s outstanding contributions to the IPE Program’s Disaster Preparedness course. Health professions students from the School of Medicine, Physician Assistant Program, and the Colleges of Health, Nursing, and Pharmacy take the course. Making significant contributions to planning and implementing a complete course redesign, Dr. Lassche’s extensive knowledge of simulation education was integral to creating a curriculum that directly emphasizes communication among health professionals in the aftermath of a disaster. Initial student and faculty facilitator feedback has been outstanding. Dr. Lassche’s efforts will make it possible for University of Utah Health to be considered as a national leader in IPE regarding disaster preparedness, a topic with ever-increasing relevance to the health sciences community and the nation. 

          Members of the BirthCare HealthCare (BCHC) faculty practice achieved outstanding outcomes! The American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) provides annual benchmarking of midwifery practices across the United States. Practices are compared based on number of births per year. BCHC is considered a high-volume practice, having greater than 500 births per year. For calendar year 2020, ACNM recognized BCHC for being one of the top three practices for a high rate of women who attended their 6-week postpartum visit, and for low 3rd and 4th degree laceration rates. The practice also earned the “Triple Aim” distinction, which recognizes practices that meet the Institute for Healthcare Improvement “Triple Aim” of improving the patient experience, reducing cost of care, and improving the health of populations. For ACNM, this is demonstrated by high breastfeeding rates, low preterm birth and cesarean rates, and reporting fiscal variables.  

          Dr. Jennifer Hamilton has been accepted into the TIGER - Translation and Integration of Genomics is Essential in Doctoral NuRsing training program. The goal of the program is to equip doctoral nursing faculty with foundational knowledge in genetics and genomics. The program will allow Jennifer to deepen her understanding of genetics and best practices, refine her skills so that she can enhance student engagement and teach genetics in an accessible manner, and expand her knowledge about genomic issues that affect racial and ethnic minority groups. 

           

          September

          Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) selected the Gamma Rho Chapter to receive the 2021 Ethel Palmer Clarke Founders Award for Chapter Excellence. The award recognizes extraordinary chapter excellence. Chapters must demonstrate superior achievement in leadership, knowledge, service, community, and sustainability. STTI will present the award to Gamma Rho President Dr. Cheryl Armstrong during the Opening Plenary Session at the 46th Biennial Convention on November 6, 2021. 

          The American Heart Association recognized the University of Utah Health Cardiology team, including Dr. Youjeong Kang, with the Get With The Guidelines® - Heart Failure Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award (zoom group photo above). The Gold Plus award is the highest level of Get with the Guidelines® award that a hospital can receive. 

          Presentations: 

          For the first time, U.S. News & World Report ranked 694 BSN programs. The College of Nursing is ranked #31 (tied), and is the highest-ranking BSN program in Utah. 

          Dr. Catherine Staes, Director of the Nursing Informatics specialty track, was awarded the Reed M. Gardner Award for Faculty Excellence for 2021. Students in the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Nursing Informatics specialty track created this award to acknowledge the achievements of faculty members in the areas of teaching, mentoring, and service to the departments. The award is given annually after a competitive nomination and decision process supervised by a committee of students. The late Dr. Reed M. Gardner was Emeritus Professor, and previous Chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics. A noted national leader in biomedical informatics, his primary academic and research interests were broad and groundbreaking, including hospital informatics systems, computerized medical decision-making, computerization of critical care, automation of clinical processes, medical informatics education, and public health informatics. He was one of the principal developers and evaluators of the medical expert system known as HELP (Health Evaluation through Logical Processing), and served as co-director of medical computing at LDS, Cottonwood, and Alta View Hospitals.

          Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) selected the Gamma Rho Chapter to receive the 2021 Chapter Key Award. According to STTI President Dr. Richard Ricciardi, “This is recognized as quite an accomplishment given the extraordinary circumstances of the biennium. Additionally, as one of the highest scoring Chapter Key Award entries, Gamma Rho Chapter is being considered for the Ethel Palmer Clarke Founders Award for Chapter Excellence.” The Chapter Key Award, established in 1991, honors STTI chapters that excel in chapter-related activities such as membership recruitment and retention, publicity and programming, professional and leadership development; and local, national, and international collaboration.  

          Graduates of the 2020-2021 Utah Health Equity Leadership & Mentoring (U-HELM) cohort include Drs. Siobhan Aaron, Kimberley Garcia, Youjeong Kang, and Maddie Lassche. The year-long U-HELM program provides mentoring and leadership development opportunities to junior faculty members and postdoctoral scholars from underrepresented populations in the health sciences, or who are involved in health equity research and practice. 

          Peter Lichtenberg, 2022 President of the Gerontological Society of America, appointed Dr. Kara Dassel to serve on the GSA Program, Publications, and Products Committee. Beginning in January 2022, Dr. Dassel will serve a 2-year term. The role of the committee is to 1) organize and oversee the scientific and professional program for meetings of the Society; 2) assist the Society and its staff with advancing the Society’s publications program; 3) build new products and/or services to improve the value of current membership and attract new markets; and 4) support the strategic plan by recommending strategies and policies to strengthen the Society’s programs, publications, and products. 

           

          August

          Abby Rizk has been accepted to the Midwives LEAD (Learn, Engage, Ascend, Deliver) Leadership Development Program. The American College of Nurse Midwives offers this year-long program, which is designed to engage midwives in a unique professional development experience that frames leadership as the ability to enhance personal and professional performance, build relationships, cultivate excellence, and sustain energy for productive influence, agency, and motivation to enact positive change.  

          Drs. Nancy Allen and Ana Sanchez-Birkhead have been accepted into the 2021-2022 New Leadership Academy (NLA) Fellows Program. The NLA Fellows Program seeks to transform the expectations that surround leaders, leadership, and leadership development across higher education with a specific focus on the challenges associated with leading for equity, diversity, and inclusion. The learning strategies informing the fellowship experience challenge each cohort of Fellows to accept greater accountability for their own leadership choices, the influence they have on those they lead, the success of their institutions, and the integrity of the system of higher education. 

          The American Academy of Nursing selected 225 distinguished nurse leaders to be inducted into the 2021 Class of Fellows. Induction into the Academy is one of the most prestigious honors in nursing. Distinguished by their substantive and sustained contributions to health and health care, the inductees will be recognized at the Academy’s annual Health Policy Conference on October 7-9, 2021. The 2021 Class of Fellows includes five College of Nursing faculty and three alumni, which is a testament to our faculty’s accomplishments within the profession of nursing, and exceptional and impactful leadership in national and global health care.  

          Faculty: 

          • Dr. Linda Edelman, Associate Professor 
          • Dr. Perry Gee, Adjunct Assistant Professor 
          • Dr. Lauri Linder, Associate Professor 
          • Dr. Michelle Litchman, Assistant Professor 
          • Lee Moss, Adjunct Instructor 

          Alumni: 

          • Dr. Emma Kurnat-Thoma, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies 
          • Dr. Virginia LeBaron, Associate Professor, University of Virginia School of Nursing 
          • Dr. Susan VanBeuge, Associate Professor in Residence, University of Nevada Las Vegas 

          The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) selected Dr. Rebecca Wilson to participate in the 2021 Digital Academy. Through a collaboration between AACN and Apple, this event will take place on November 30-December 2, 2021. One of only 30 individuals selected from AACN member institutions, Rebecca will learn from Apple development executives and Apple distinguished educators, receive training and tools to sharpen her skills as a digital content creator, and develop a digital project that aligns with one of the 10 Domains delineated in the new Essentials. The Digital Academy also offers a unique experience for participants to network with colleagues from schools nationwide. 

          The Presidential Scholar award recognizes the extraordinary academic accomplishments and promise of associate professor faculty members, providing them with financial support to advance their research and teaching. Dr. Andrea Wallace has been selected from an exceptional cadre of nominees from Colleges and Schools across the university for this impressive distinction. She will be recognized as a Presidential Scholar for three academic years: 2021-2022, 2022-2023, and 2023-2024.   

           

          July

          Dr. Djin Tay was selected for the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing’s 2021 Interprofessional Summer Research Scholars Program, a week-long, intensive, summer seminar held virtually through the New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing. This professional development opportunity features scientific discourse about each scholar’s program of research, grantsmanship training, and in-depth mentoring from nationally recognized geriatric researchers.

          Dr. Lauri Linder has been appointed as the Disease Committee Nurse (DCN) for the Cancer Control and Supportive Care Committee of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG). DCNs represent the nursing discipline on COG disease steering committees, providing nursing expertise in the assigned disease group; and mentor and evaluate Core Nurses. Dr. Linder will participate in protocol development within the Cancer Control and Supportive Care Committee, prepare and update family protocol summaries, develop return of results lay summaries, attend COG meetings, participate in study conference calls, and disseminate protocol and guideline updates to nurse members by presenting at national meetings and writing articles. The COG is supported by the National Cancer Institute and is the world’s largest clinical trials organization devoted exclusively to pediatric cancer research.

          The following were elected to leadership roles for the Gamma Rho Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International:

          • Co-President: Dr. Jenneth Doria
          • Past President: Dr. Cheryl Armstrong
          • Treasurer: Dr. John Nerges
          • Secretary: Dr. Nanci McLeskey
          • Awards Chair: Dr. Allison Spolsdoff
          • Convention Delegate: Dr. Sue Chase-Cantarini
          • Governance Chair: Dr. Sue Chase-Cantarini
          • Leadership Succession Committee Chair: Dr. Sue Chase-Cantarini
          • Faculty Counselor: Denise Reeves
          • Newsletter Co-Chair: Dr. Rebecca Wilson
          • Research/Scholarship: Dr. Nancy Allen
          • Baccalaureate Student Leadership Interns: Kris Carlile and Eliana Crabtree

          During the COVID-19 pandemic, College of Nursing providers who work in the Summit County Health Department Women’s Clinic were redeployed. Rather than providing cancer screening, birth control, and sexually transmitted infection testing, they responded to the crisis and helped vaccinate Summit County residents. A big thank you to Dr. Jennifer Clifton, Dr. Sara Simonson, Elizabeth Jacobson, Dr. Erin Cole and Erminia Martinez for their efforts at the Summit County Health Department and People’s Health Clinic. The Summit County Health Department Mass Vaccination Clinic at the Utah Film Studio was deemed the most efficient mass vaccination clinic in Utah.

          Each week, U Health identifies the top 10 positive patient comments that it receives from throughout the entire system. Comments regarding Dr. Danica Loveridge and Dr. Pamela Phares made the Top 10 two weeks ago:

          • I love my Dr. Loveridge. She is such a professional and brilliant person. Oh, I'm so lucky to be her patient. She called me personally and explained my test results, plus she was so kind. She prescribed me an antibiotic (Rx was sent to pharmacy of my choice). I'm truly happy and grateful!!! Her assistant was so nice and cute. After meeting such a caring healthcare provider, I can say with 100% confidence – I love U of U and will be their patient/customer forever!
          • If I could give a higher rating than 5-Very Good, I would. From the beginning, Dr. Phares was interested in hearing about my history with Type 2 diabetes and the way it has affected my body. We had an in-depth discussion about my situation and my concerns. She listened well and asked clarifying questions. She also took the time to explain research, outcomes, pharmaceuticals, my particular data markers, etc., to assist us both to collaborate on solutions that could potentially help my particular body and organ health situation. She prescribed a drug that not only had the probability of helping my original concern (persistent high blood sugar readings), but could also have a beneficial effect on other organs.

          The BirthCare HealthCare (BCHC) practice had a record-breaking 77 births during June, with 7 babies birthed in the last 17 hours of the month. During FY21, BCHC Certified Nurse Midwives attended 702 births, a 15% increase from FY20! Although paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic, BCHC midwives have resumed flying to Elko, Nevada twice monthly to provide routine obstetric and gynecologic care to Nevada residents.

          The American Diabetes Association’s Behavioral Medicine & Psychology Interest Group selected Dr. Nancy Allen, Dr. Michelle Litchman, Dr. James Chamberlain, Ernest Grigorian, Dr. Eli Iacob, and Dr. Cynthia Berg as recipients of the 2021 Abstract Award in the Category of Innovative Research in Behavioral Medicine and Psychology in Diabetes for their abstract titled Continuous Glucose Monitoring Data Sharing in Older Adults with Type 1 Diabetes and Their Care Partners. The Behavioral Medicine & Psychology Interest Group recognized the team on June 27, 2021 during a networking event.

           

          June

          Dr. Ana Sanchez-Birkhead graduated as a scholar from the inaugural and prestigious AACN Diversity Leadership Institute. The central focus of the Diversity Leadership Institute is to provide an overview of the evolution of diversity and inclusion and the role of Diversity Officers in academic nursing and nursing practice. It frames diversity within the context of higher education and academic nursing while presenting high-involvement diversity practices in teams and leaders.

          Dr. Michelle Litchman has been named a Fellow of the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists, and will use the distinction FADCES. There are less than 100 FADCES in the country. Dr. Litchman was recognized for her contributions to diabetes clinical practice, research, and health policy.

          Dr. Youjeong Kang has been accepted for participation in the Early Career Reviewer (ECR) Program at the National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review (CSR). The ECR Program aims to help early career scientists become more competitive as grant applicants through first-hand experience with peer review, and enrich and diversify CSR’s pool of trained reviewers.

          The American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Technology Interest Group selected Dr. Michelle Litchman, Ashley Ng, Bruno Gonzales, Dr. Ana Sanchez-Birkhead, Dr. Nancy Allen, Dr. Eli Iacob, and Deborah Greenwood as recipients of the 2021 Abstract Award in the Category of Clinical Therapeutics/New Technology – Glucose Monitoring and Sensing. The abstract is titled Using a CGM plus Online Peer Support Community Intervention to Address Health Disparities. The Diabetes Technology Interest Group will recognize the team on June 28, 2021 during a networking event.

          Based on a formal review of her accomplishments, Dr. Gwen Latendresse has been promoted to the academic rank of Full Professor in the College of Nursing, effective July 1, 2021.

          Based on a formal review of her accomplishments, Dr. Sara Simonsen has been awarded tenure in the College of Nursing, effective July 1, 2021.

          Dr. Sue Chase-Cantarini and Dr. Michelle Litchman were both nominated for The Deborah LaMarche Telehealth Excellence Award, which is presented annually to an individual or organization in Utah that has accomplished outstanding work in the field of telehealth, including the areas of policy development, innovative programs and activities, technology, patient and or provider support, education, and training.

          Dr. Zoe Robbins has been named chair of the Utah Telehealth Network Advisory Council. Zoe is one of 15 Advisory Council members who are selected to reflect Utah's diverse health care community. The Council provides advice and guidance to the Utah Telehealth Network in support of its mission and operations. Its responsibilities include strategic planning, review of budgets and fee structures, recommendation on policies, advice of network member services, and government relations. Dr. Linda Edelman also is a member of the advisory council.

          Each week, U Health identifies the top 10 positive patient comments that it receives from throughout the entire system. The #2 comment reflects a patient’s high satisfaction with Dr. Deborah Morgan’s care. “It was such a good experience meeting with Deb Morgan virtually. I am new to the state, and I dreaded having to find professional help in mental health. But I really lucked out connecting with Deb. I immediately felt comfortable and able to share my challenges and fears and needs. Deb showed her concern for me and demonstrated her knowledge and experience was more than adequate for my mental illness. By the end of our meeting, I had no problem trusting her with my care. Since then I have had occasion to write her in the midst of crisis, and she responded quickly and pointed out additional sources of help. I am very grateful for the chance to work with her. As I wrote earlier, this was a very good experience. After this meeting, I was able to assure my adult children that I am in good care.”

          Through the Social Research, Policy, and Practice section, theGerontological Society of America (GSA) named Dr. Linda Edelman as one of its newest fellows. GSA chooses fellows from across its membership sections, and Fellow status is the highest category of membership within the Society, acknowledging outstanding and continuing work in gerontology. GSA will formally recognize Linda at the GSA’s 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting, which will be held November 10-14, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona.

          The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) presented the2021 AANP Nurse Practitioner State Award for Excellencefor Utah, Region 8, to Dr. Michelle Litchman. AANP presents this award to an NP in each state who has demonstrated excellence in clinical practice.

           

          May

          The American College of Nurse-Midwives presented the Outstanding Preceptor Award to Julie King. This award honors a preceptor of student certified nurse-midwives or certified midwives who has shown outstanding qualities for leadership and teaching, been a mentor for multiple students, and repeatedly promoted high standards of midwifery education.

          Dr. Michelle Litchman is one of ten nurse scientists accepted to the second cohort of the Betty Irene Moore Fellowship for Nurse Leaders and Innovators. Led by Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis, the three-year fellowship recognizes early- to mid-career nursing scholars and innovators with a high potential to accelerate leadership in nursing research, practice, education, policy and entrepreneurship. Fellows receive $450,000 to conduct an innovative project or study with the potential to address a gap in knowledge, meet a vital need, alter care delivery, or design a new solution to advance health. Michelle’s project is titled Improving Access to Diabetes Education and Care for Deaf Populations, and will involve co-designing a deaf accessible diabetes one-day program, and testing it with a national sample of deaf and hard of hearing people living with diabetes.

          Praise from a student to Dr. Youjeong Kang: “Dr. Kang, I just want to email you personally to let you know that I appreciated all the help, support, and time that you spent teaching me and the other students throughout the semester. I am very grateful for your help and the long office hours that you spent coaching and helping me learn the material. I appreciate all of your help and support!!!”

          The National Institute of Nursing Research funded Dr. Andrea Wallace’s R01 Research Project Grant titled Intensifying Community Referrals for Health: The SINCERE Intervention to Address COVID -19 Health Disparities. Dr. Wallace was awarded $2,710,921 for a 4-year period. This real-world efficacy study (NIH stage 3) will determine the benefit of social needs (e.g., housing, food, and transportation) screening, community-based service referrals, and telephonic follow-up as a scalable, sustainable strategy for preventing COVID-19 transmission, and for addressing the secondary health effects of the social, behavioral, and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Results of this study will provide much needed information regarding whether social needs screening and community service referrals improve health outcomes of vulnerable and socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, an NIH-designated health disparity population, and whether intensive follow-up and collaborative goal-setting help overcome barriers to community service use by patients who are seen in the emergency department and seek COVID testing at community-based and mobile clinic locations. Co-Investigators include Drs. Jia-Wen Guo, Bob Wong, Brenda Luther, Angie Fagerlin, and Erin Rothwell. Research Assistants include Ernest Grigorian, and PhD student Samuel Wang. In addition, clinical teams at the U Health Emergency Department, Primary Children’s Hospital Emergency Department, 211 of Utah, and the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems will contribute to the work. Hollie Fuhrmann and Dr. Erin Johnson provided pre-award support.

          The Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program awarded Dr. Deanna Kepka a small grant award for her research project titled PREVENT – Practice-based Approaches to Promote HPV Vaccination in the Era of COVID-19.

          Faculty are committed to academic governance at the University of Utah.

          The chairs of the 13 basic science departments at U of U Health selected and summarized the top 52 discoveries from the past five years. These discoveries are featured in Discovery and Innovation at University of Utah Health, a digital collection. Dr. Kathy Sward’s interdisciplinary work to identify environmental sources that trigger pediatric asthma is featured in the collection.  

          John Nerges earned a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Utah and will graduate this week. Within the Post-Master’s to DNP track, he specialized in organizational leadership.  

          Dr. Denise Ward earned a graduate certificate in Nursing Education from the University of Utah.  

          Sigma Phi Omega (SPO), the International Academic Honor and Professional Society in Gerontology, awarded Ashley Cadiz, Program Manager, and Dr. Jackie Eaton the 2021 international Video Contest Award, for their submission, MS in Gerontology. Only two awards were chosen from SPO’s 55 chapters world-wide, and Ashley and Jackie’s was one of those two! 

           

          April

          Twelve staff and faculty received a College of Nursing 2021 Excellence Award! These individuals continually go above and beyond, contributing to the CON’s reputation for excellence.

          • Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award: Dr. Sheila Deyette 
          • Faculty Excellence in Scholarship and Research Award: Dr. Brenda Luther 
          • Faculty Excellence in Service Award: Dr. Julie Steele 
          • Excellence in University Health Partnership Award: Dr. Madeline Lassche 
          • Faculty Mentoring Award: Dr. Nancy Allen 
          • Faculty Practice Award: Dr. Robert Sylvester  

          John Nerges passed the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Nurse Executive certification examination, and was granted the credential NE-BC (Nurse Executive Board Certified). The ANCC Nurse Executive board certification examination is competency based and provides a valid and reliable assessment of the entry level knowledge and skills of nurses with unit, team, service line, department, or program influence. 

          Dr. Sara Hart was appointed to the inaugural Center for Business, Health, and Prosperity’s steering committee. The committee is comprised of faculty members from across the University of Utah who will work to develop new projects and relationships that will integrate the fields of business and health to promote prosperity.

          Kristin Flores used her Dick Burton Professional Development award to pay for study materials and take the Association of Clinical Research Professionals Clinical Research Coordinator Certification Exam. She passed the exam and was awarded the CCRC® credential.

          Melanie Wolcott was appointed to the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing’s (AAACN) RN Role/Value Proposition Task Force. Members of the task force are developing a toolkit for new ambulatory care leaders that will include a business case description and a return on investment template, talking points, and exemplars that support AAACN members as they advocate for implementing and expanding the registered nurse role in ambulatory care. 

          Dr. Brenda Luther was appointed to the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing’s (AAACN) Nurse Sensitive Indicators (NSI) team. The NSI team is developing and disseminating foundational measures and benchmarks for ambulatory and primary care nursing practice, which are critical to AAACN’s mission and vision, and essential for role acceptance and utilization. These indicators articulate the value of nursing’s contributions by measuring elements of patient care and patient outcomes that are directly affected by nursing practice. The identification and measurement of NSIs is critical in describing the contributions and value of registered nurses in ambulatory care settings.  

          The Utah Department of Health awarded a $42,716 contract to Dr. Catherine Staes for the project “Opioid-related Interoperability Training and Research Questions.” Dr. Staes will develop and deliver two webinars, and help the Health Informatics Office identify 5 to 10 key research questions that can be derived from a linked prescription drug monitoring program dataset. 

          Dr. Sara Simonsen has been selected as a Family Planning Elevated Family Planning Specialist. In this role, she will receive advanced family training, and use this knowledge to provide contraceptive training to others, including online training via webinar or Project Echo, and in-person training within the region. 

          Dr. Sheila Deyette, I just wanted to follow up with you after our Zoom visit the other evening. First off, you need to know you are making a difference in this world. You have helped save a drowning soul, and I thank you! I know this will be a slow process but thanks for your back up! I did start a gratitude journal and of course my family was number 1 but you are in there. Thank you for your help!” 

           

          March

          Dr. Lisa Taylor-Swanson serves as co-editor for Turning Points, which are quarterly opinion articles crafted by the Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR) and published in the field's leading journal, Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine. SAR is an international society, and Lisa recently was invited to join the Board of Directors.  

          The University of Utah Graduate School announced that Dr. Lee Ellington will receive the 2021 Distinguished Mentor Award. Lee has demonstrated exceptional commitment to mentoring graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and others across campus and beyond. She has gone above and beyond to foster an inclusive and welcoming community, and to instill a culture of outstanding mentorship in the College of Nursing.  

          The Green Office encourages colleges and departments to engage employees in the University of Utah's sustainability mission by evaluating and changing everyday office practices, such as energy used, supplies purchased, and trainings offered. Colleges and departments have the opportunity to earn Green Office certification. Dr. Jennifer Macali facilitated the certification process for the College of Nursing, and the College of Nursing was first on campus to earn Green Office certification since the Green Office launched a new version of its program. The team worked hard during the past year to earn the designation. Team members include Jennifer Macali, Donnie Benson, Ann Butt, Erin Johnson Cole, Lynn Dixon, Emily Donaldson, Jessica Ellis, Eli Iacob, Youjeong Kang, Brenda Luther, Sara McCormick, John Nerges, Heather Saldivar, Kathy Sward, Megan Whittaker, and Melanie Wolcott 

          The Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) committee announced that PhD student Ching-Yu Wang has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Stan Huff Education Award. This award was named in honor of one of LOINC’s pioneers and steadfast champions of the standard. The committee noted that Ching-Yu’s project to develop a Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources-based app for emergency departments to screen for LOINC coded social determinants has tremendous potential to advance interoperability. Drs. Jia-Wen Guo and Andrea Wallace mentor Ching-Yu.  

          Dr. Zoe Robbins has been invited to chair the Utah Telehealth Network (UTN) Advisory Council. The Advisory Council advises UTN regarding its mission and operations. Its responsibilities include strategic planning, review of budgets and fee structures, recommendation on policies, advice of network member services, and government relations. The Advisory Council is made up of 15 members, selected to reflect Utah's diverse health care community, including representation from rural Utah; member hospitals, clinics and health departments; the University of Utah; education and research; and other health organizations, as well as at-large members.

          The President of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) appointed Dr. Kristin Cloyes to serve on the GSA Diversity and Justice Working Group beginning March 1, 2021. This Group is charged with soliciting input from Society members and stakeholders, and developing and facilitating implementation of policies and practices that proactively advance GSA’s stated goal of freeing itself from conscious and unconscious discrimination and bias that undermine the Society’s well-being.

          In its News Watch weekly digest, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing mentioned the DeseretNews article titled What COVID-19 has revealed about the nursing profession that was described in kudos last week. Dr. Teresa Garrett was quoted in the article.  

          Dr. Kara Dassel accepted an invitation to serve on the editorial board of the Journal of the Academy of Health Science Educators of the University of Utah. 

          Dr. Robert Simpson and the State of Utah invited Dr. Zoe Robbins to join the Utah Professionals Health Program Clinical Advisory Committee. For challenging cases in which medical providers have a substance use disorder, this committee advises the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing regarding recovery and alternatives to public disciplinary action.  

          Although preventable, nearly 2,000 Nepali women die annually from cervical cancer. The Sorenson Legacy Foundation awarded Principal Investigator Dr. Kate Harris and Co-Investigator Dr. Deanna Kepka $66,905 for their project titled Comparing the Efficacy, Cost, Feasibility and Acceptability of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Self-Testing to Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid (VIA) In Rural Nepal. Kate and Deanna aim to find a socio-culturally acceptable, effective, low-cost cervical cancer screening method, which can be successfully implemented in remote and low resource areas in Nepal. 

          Phi Kappa Phi awarded a Dissertation Fellowship for 2021 and $10,000 to PhD Candidate Shawna Sisler. Dr. Jia-Wen Guo mentors Shawna. Shawna Sisler accepted a post-doctoral Fellowship at the University of Utah School of Medicine, Office of the Dean. Shawna will build a formalized U of U Health wellness program from the ground up that will focus on trainees who are at risk for mental health issues or program incompletion. In time, she hopes to bring the programming to the CON, building a transdisciplinary model. 

          Kudos to all College of Nursing leaders, faculty, staff, students, and alumni; university leaders, preceptors, those from the university who support nursing students, and members of our community of interest for contributing to a successful Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation visit. 

          Teaching Recognition: 

          • Dr. Sue Chase-Cantarini: “Thank you for working so diligently to ensure our capstones! I appreciate you taking the time to speak with each of us and working to get our top choices.” “Sue! You’re incredible. I could tell how much you care about your students. I remember I was nervous to call you back in the summer about my capstone questions but that was such a great conversation! I felt your excitement for me and you were so supportive. Thank you so much!” “Sue works so hard for us, and I know that our cohort has been even more difficult than usual due to the pandemic. I am so excited for my capstone, and I know that Sue really put in a lot of work to place us where we are meant to be.” 
          • Dr. Katie Davis: “Thank you for always being so willing to help answer my questions! I will always appreciate the time you let me go to the Neuro ICU and I learned so much because of it!” “Katie is so cool! She is an amazing teacher, especially when it comes to explaining the pathophysiology. She made clinicals so much fun!” “We strive to be you! Thank you for helping us see the real world of nursing…” 
          • Alicia Donaldson: “Thank you for all your help in our Peds rotations! You explain everything so clearly and it helped me love Peds all the more!” “Thank you so much for all your hard work and kind help this semester, including prompt replies to emails/texts and prompt feedback on assignments.” 
          • Dr. Jennifer Macali: “Thank you so much for all your hard work, efforts and kind help over the summer in helping us succeed in public health! I'm sure it wasn't easy teaching two different cohorts simultaneously but you guys did a wonderful job at making yourself available for questions weekly and teaching the course.” “Jennifer cares about her students. When she hears about an event, facility, conference, or individual that we might be interested in attending, visiting, or connecting with, she will let us know. She encourages her students to find and do what they love. Thank you Jennifer!” “Jennifer’s class really helped me develop my passion for community health and inspired me to purse this area for my capstone and future career.” 
          • Denise Reeves: “Denise, I was never interested in the maternal/infant world before taking your class. It was amazing and one of my favorite classes.” “Denise!!! You are such a genuine person and I’m so glad we had the opportunity to have class together. I looked forward to our zoom debrief during the summer. You were so positive and the teaching style you use is incredible. Thank you for always helping me with my needs and being