News at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

Located at the heart of University Circle, Cleveland's renowned health care and cultural district, Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing  is a globally recognized leader in nursing education & research.

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Gut feelings guide clinical decisions by nurse practitioners

Intuition—often described as a “gut feeling”—factors prominently in clinical reasoning and decision-making by health care professionals. But new research from Case Western Reserve University concludes there is no relationship between a nurse’s years of work experience or gender and his/her use of intuition.

The findings are contrary to previous research showing intuition as associated with nurses’ level of clinical experience.

“It has been accepted that experienced nurse practitioners can anticipate problems and outcomes better than one with less experience. Our results suggest that is not the complete picture,” said Deborah Lindell, co-author of the study and associate professor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

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Kangaroo care – why keeping baby close is better for everyone

A shortage of incubators and a hunch about marsupials inspired a Colombian doctor to try something radical to save premature babies’ lives: constant skin-to-skin contact with parents. It’s cheaper than high-tech neonatal care – and it may be better, too.

One early visitor to Bogotá was Susan M. Ludington, PhD, CNM, FAAN, the Carl W. and Margaret Davis Walter Professor of Pediatric Nursing from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She went to visit Charpak in 1988 after seeing a short video of KMC being practised, and later returned to the states to find support from the head of neonatology at the Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital. He agreed to let her do a study on KMC – the first ever in the US.

“We were trying to determine if it was safe and we found yes, it was safe, better than safe,” says Ludington.

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Improving health of grandparents taking on stresses of parenting aim of new $2 million NIH grant

As the number of grandparents caring for grandchildren full time continues to swell, so do the stress-induced health risks associated with such a demanding responsibility.

Now, a four-year, $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will allow researchers at Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing to refine and test a new approach to help grandmothers manage the stresses of the this new role—and hopefully reduce the emotional and physical fallout that often results.

In the study, grandmother caregivers will participate in a web-based program designed especially for their unique needs to improve coping skills to manage stressful situations.

“From the comfort of home, grandmothers can use an online tool that will aim to reduce depression and improve health, family functioning and overall well-being,” said Carol Musil, the Marvin E. & Ruth Durr Denekas Professor of Nursing, and leader of the study.

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Virtually Nursing: Emerging Technologies in Nursing Education

Augmented reality and virtual simulation technologies in nursing education are burgeoning. Technologies present opportunities to improve teaching efforts, better engage students, and transform nursing education. A video and article authored by Cynthia L. Foronda, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF presents newly emerged products and systems that nurse educators should know about. Celeste M. Alfes, DNP, MSN, RN, CNE associate professor in the School of Nursing and director of the Center for Nursing Education, Simulation, and Innovation is a co-author of the article along with others from around the country.  

The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing's helicopter simulator is included at 2:54.

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Class searches for the meaning of a “good death”

An elderly woman is laid on a stainless-steel table, her hands folded, with a white sheet covering her face. For many of the Case Western Reserve University students in this class—Perspectives on Dying and Death: Normalizing the Inevitable—it’s their first time seeing death up close.

In the weeks leading up to this field trip to the Busch Funeral and Crematory in Parma, these SAGES students prepared for the experience by writing their own obituaries and contemplating what a “good death” means to them, assuming there is such a thing.

“We are all born with the disease of mortality,” said Maryjo Prince-Paul, an associate professor at Case Western Reserve’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, who teaches the course. “In the class, we try to confront death as something more than an abstract possibility—it’s going to happen to all of us and our families and friends.”

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Case Western Reserve receives $2 million grant to study health of caregivers for relatives with bipolar disorder

With the help of a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, nurse scientists at Case Western Reserve University will study how people caring for loved ones with bipolar disorder can improve their own health.

The four-year grant from NIH's National Institute of Nursing Research supports one of the first studies to test how family members can maintain and improve their health, which often suffers from the demands of taking care of their loved ones.

"Often, family caregivers experience the unpredictable ups and downs of their relatives living with bipolar disorder," said Jaclene A. Zauszniewski, principal investigator on the NIH grant, in a statement. "At the same time, caregivers may also be raising their own families, holding down jobs and leading their own lives."

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Three Ways to Begin Talking About Advance Care Planning

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, families across the country will soon be coming together. This year, in between conversations about how relieved we are to be through with the 2016 election, or whether or not the Browns will win a game this year, consider making room for what is likely an overdue conversation around end of life decisions.

Yes, that conversation. But not the way you think.

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Children’s health screenings net nursing school national honor

A decade ago, undergraduate nursing students at Case Western Reserve University began a program that has since provided health screenings and tips on healthier living to thousands of Cleveland public school students.

This week, the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing will receive an Innovations in Baccalaureate Population Health Curriculum Award from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to acknowledge the program’s impact on so many children.

“This program confronts real issues and helps people in need while making our nursing students better citizens, clinicians, team players and teachers,” said Mary Terhaar, the Arline H. and Curtis F. Garvin Professor of Nursing and associate dean of academic affairs at the School of Nursing. “It’s an honor to receive this national recognition.”

Representatives from the nursing school will accept the award at the AACN’s annual conference in Anaheim, California, today (Nov. 18).

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No willpower required: Families adopt healthy behaviors through trial and error

Forgoing a reliance on motivation, families can adopt healthy behaviors—eating better and exercising more—by following a new approach that focuses on the redesign of family daily routines.

In a series of pilot tests of the approach—known as “SystemCHANGE”—by nursing scientists at Case Western Reserve University, families and individuals changed unhealthy habits by systematically manipulating their environments, despite wavering willpower.

“We’re not relying on individual motivation,” said Lenette Jones, a research postdoctoral fellow at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. “We take the onus off of people to change and, instead, focus on a set of strategies to change a family’s activities and routines.”

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Shared Decision Making in Adolescents and Young Adults With Cancer

Nearly 70,000 adolescents and young adults (AYA) aged 15 to 39 years are diagnosed with cancer each year in the United States. Compared with older adults, AYA cancer is rare, representing 2% of total cancer prevalence; however, the incidence of cancer is 2.7 times more common in the AYA population than in children who younger than 15.

While 5-year survivorship for younger children with cancer has steadily climbed in the last decade, the same has not been true for the AYA population.3 This survivorship gap is attributable to several factors, among them: delays in diagnosis or treatment, health insurance, biologic differences in AYA cancers, treatment adherence, and survivorship follow-up.4

Read more from Sarah Miano, MN, RN, a PhD in nursing student, and a pediatric hematology-oncology nurse at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital >


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Nursing’s Joyce Fitzpatrick receives rare Living Legend honor

Of the 3.5 million nurses in the United States, only 2,400 hold the distinction of membership in the American Academy of Nursing (AAN). More selective still is the academy’s designation of Living Legend—only a handful are chosen each year.

Now, count Joyce Fitzpatrick among their ranks.

An internationally renowned researcher, author, educator, leadership coach and icon in her field, Fitzpatrick, the Elizabeth Brooks Ford Professor of Nursing at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, will accept the Living Legend award on Oct. 20 at AAN’s annual conference in Washington, D.C.

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The Helene Fuld Health Trust granted ten recipients the three-year Helene Fuld Scholarship, an award that follows a previous $600,000 trust commitment for scholarships for undergraduates in nursing. Each year, half of the funds awarded will support current-year scholarships for students in the Graduate Entry Nursing Program; the other half will fund an endowment that will provide scholarships in future years. 

Pictured from bottom left: Ronnell Rhoden, Lyndsay Martinelli, Claire Hamp. 

Pictured from top left: Naomi Virnelson, Ronald Williams, Rachel Kulhanek, Elias Gebremariam, Lauren Myers.


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Taipei Medical University students visiting Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing for a Geriatric Nursing Education Program through August 20, 2016had the opportunity to meet Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson.


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Students from Taipei Medical University visited Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing for a Geriatric Nursing Education Program from July 25 to August 20, 2016.


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Faculty members from Wuhan University in China visited Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing in July and August. They attended the Flight Nursing Summer Camp, and also learned more about critical care nursing.


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Judson Services + FPB Create Joint Program

$1.2 Million Gift Provides Initial Funding

Judson Services, Inc. and the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University announce a collaboration to create an endowed position that will serve both organizations. The Phelps Collaborative for Older Adult and Family Engagement will be a faculty position at the School of Nursing that also includes a clinical appointment at Judson. The person selected from a national search will split his or her time between teaching nursing students about aging adults and interacting and learning more about that population and their families at Judson. 

Initial funding of $1.2 million is given by Charlene Phelps, a graduate and long-time supporter of the School of Nursing, retired chief nursing officer for University Hospitals Health System and resident at Judson’s South Franklin Circle retirement community in Chagrin Falls. Her commitment will be shared equally between the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and Judson to implement its part of the program. Future fundraising will focus on expanding the initiative.

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Patton Delivers Keynote Speech at Royal College of Nursing Congress in Glasgow

Former President of the American Nurses Association, Rebecca Patton, MSN, RN, CNOR, FAAN, instructor, calls on RCN members to "stay committed to an agenda, the long view pays off."

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State of Ohio awards Case Western Reserve, Cleveland Clinic $1 million grant for educational innovation

The state of Ohio has awarded Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic $1 million from its capital bill to support technology investments in their joint Health Education Campus, scheduled to open in the summer of 2019.

Leaders of the two institutions pursued the project as an opportunity to reimagine the preparation of health care professionals for an era of dynamic and dramatic change. An essential element of that vision involves providing students and faculty the most advanced teaching, learning and caregiving tools available.

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