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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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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Living with HIV

“Today, people living with HIV are going to college, working, volunteering, getting married and having children. They are not only having children, they also have grandchildren. One-quarter of people living with HIV in the United States are 55 or older. ”

On The Academic MinuteAllison Webel, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor discusses living with HIV.

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Amy Bieda, PhD, APRN, PNP-BC, NNP-BC, assistant professor and director of the BSN Program and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner program, gave a seminar on Evidence Based Practice in Nursing at Cairo University in Egypt May 3-7.


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School of Nursing’s Ronald Hickman Jr. wins 2016 John S. Diekhoff Mentoring Award

Stories of compassion and caring for his students are a pattern, not an exception. With that, Hickman, associate professor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and an acute care nurse practitioner, earned a 2016 John S. Diekhoff Mentoring Award.

Diekhoff awards, based on nominations and recommendations by a committee of graduate and professional students, are presented to four full-time faculty members who make exemplary contributions to the education and development of graduate students. Hickman, who will be recognized for his award Sunday, May 15, at commencement, regarded the acknowledgement as a matter of course.

“That’s the reason we’re here,” he said. “ To encourage our students, to mentor them, to help them pursue and achieve their ambitions.”

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CWRU Alumni Spotlight Podcast

May's podcast is in honor of National Nurses Week and focuses on Distance Caregiving. Our special guest for this podcast is Sara Douglas, PhD, RN, who is the Arline H. & Curtis F. Garvin Professor and Assistant Dean for Research at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at CWRU. She has conducted a lot of research on caregiving from afar and is personally a long-distance caregiver.
 
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Saving a Life in a Helicopter

Britt Miculka from Redbird Flight Simulations stops by the FPB Flight Simulator to learn more about what it takes to become a flight nurse.
 
The webcast, Winging It follows Brittney Miculka as she travels to ten locations across the country to learn new piloting techniques, sharpen her flying skills, and explore the unique corners of aviation.
 
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Transition from NICU to home care complicated by access to medical technology

The transition of neonates discharged from a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) dependent on medical technology may be complicated by the need for continued complex care and increased use of healthcare services, according to research presented at the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners' 37th National Conference in Atlanta.

Valerie Boebel Toly, PhD, RN, CPNP, assistant professor, and colleagues conducted a retrospective chart review of 71 neonates at a level III NICU and NICU transitional care center in Cleveland. The charts were reviewed at initial discharge, and descriptive analyses were performed; the researchers gathered data on infants' dependence on medical technology such as supplemental oxygen, feeding tubes, tracheostomy, and mechanical ventilation.

"Technology-dependent neonates require vigilant, complex care and treatment by their parents following discharge," concluded Dr Toly and colleagues. "The period of transition...is a particularly vulnerable period for neonates and their parents."

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Kathy Wright featured on The Best of Our Knowledge

As always, host Bob Barrett selects an Academic Minute to air during The Best of Our Knowledge. Each week this program examines some of the issues unique to college campuses, looks at the latest research, and invites commentary from experts and administrators from all levels of education. For this week‘s edition (#1330), Bob has selected Kathy Wright‘s segment that explores healthy housework. Kathy Wright is an instructor at Case Western Reserve University. Listen to The Best of Our Knowledge. >


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Scary Statistics About Women and HIV

Twenty-five percent of the people living with HIV in the United States are female. So are over 50 percent of people living with HIV/AIDS around the globe. In 1990 only 11 percent of all new AIDS cases were in women. The growth of the HIV epidemic in women has received less attention in the United States than that in men and it's easy to forget that women are still contracting HIV.

The good news is that there is promising evidence on a new female-controlled HIV prevention method, a vaginal ring that releases an antiretroviral drug . Released a few weeks ago, it has reignited the conversation about women and HIV. If it lives up to its promise, this new method should help to overcome many barriers that have led to HIV infection among women. However, it cannot overcome them all.

HIV prevention is different for women than for men. Deeply embedded social roles, culture, communication and power structures have far too often disadvantaged women, especially women of color.

As we commemorate National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on March 10th, we should reflect on these challenges and commit to finding better solutions to help overcome them.

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UCAH_AGHE Award 2016

The University Center on Aging and Health accepted the Clark Tibbits Award at the AGHE Annual Conference on March 4.

Pictured: Former Dean May L. Wykle, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA; Diana Lynn Morris, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA, the Florence Cellar Associate Professor of Gerontological Nursing and executive director of UCAH; and Camille Beckette Warner, PhD, associate professor.


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Nurse scientists win grant to study how videoconferencing helps family members provide long-distance care

Case Western Reserve University nurse scientists will use a $2.37 million federal grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research to explore how videoconferencing can help family members who are living apart from loved ones battling cancer become better involved in their treatment.

"Many distance caregivers become distressed over not receiving enough medical information or knowing when is best for them to come home for an in-person visit," said Sara L. Douglas, PhD, RN, assistant dean for research and the Arline H. and Curtis F. Garvin Professor in Nursing Excellence at Case Western Reserve’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, who will lead the study.

"Videoconferences that connect physicians, nurses, patients, and distant caregivers have the potential to address many of these problems," Douglas added.

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Wennerberg Claims UAA Athlete of the Week Honor

Case Western Reserve University junior Annie Wennerberg was named the University Athletic Association Pitcher of the Week for Softball the week of February 29, after helping the Spartans to four wins last weekend. Wennerberg went 3-0 during the weekend with 23 strikeouts in 21.1 innings and a 2.30 earned run average. She led the Spartans to an 2-1 extra-inning win over Marietta College on Saturday, allowing just one run on five hits and two walks, while striking out a career-high 10 batters over eight innings of work. She added a win against Emory and Henry on Sunday, striking out eight batters and allowing a pair of runs on six hits during the complete game victory, as the Spartans downed the Wasps 7-2. She earned her third victory of the week later in the day, throwing six innings in a 7-2 win over Marietta.

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FPB Welcomes Fulbright Scholar 2016

FPB Welcomes Fulbright Scholar

Fulbright Scholar Dr. Yu-Yun Hsu is visiting the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing from February to August 2016. Dr. Hsu is from Taiwan and her research focus is on neuroscience and sleep. Her mentors are Dr. Michael Decker and Dr. Lisa Damato.


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Helene Fuld Health Trust awards scholarship grant for nursing graduate students

During a 10-month teaching assignment in Cairo last year, recent college graduate Zoey Przekurat started to lose her hair. But it wasn’t from the stress of managing an elementary school classroom.

The pollution in the Egyptian capital was so pervasive, Przekurat explained, that it caused many people—even young ones—to begin balding.

Moved by her experiences, Przekurat aspired to a career in health care. She decided to pursue a nursing degree at Case Western Reserve University because of the experience—more than 1,000 hours—she would gain learning to care for patients in nearby facilities.

This new grant targets students pursuing advanced nursing studies after majoring in other disciplines as undergraduates. Przekurat, for example, majored in education at the University of Miami. She ultimately hopes to work in international public health or healthcare administration.

Min Liu, Rachael Garson and Jennifer McGowan also received the scholarship.

Like many students in the Graduate Entry Nursing Program, McGowan hopes to continue her education beyond her MN; she’d like to earn a degree that allows her to become a nurse anesthetist.

“I was very grateful for the help,” McGowan said of receiving the Helene Fuld Health Trust scholarship. “I would hope that what I do with my career and my education at [CWRU] would be something the donors would be proud of, that they could say, ‘I’m glad I contributed to providing an education for someone who became a great nurse.’ ”

The Helene Fuld Health Trust is scheduled to award the grant over three years. 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.

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CWRU scientist at nursing school to lead new gene-modifying cystic fibrosis research

A scientist at Case Western Reserve University Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing will lead a pair of studies to develop more effective treatment for symptoms of cystic fibrosis (CF), a life-threatening genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and progressively limits the ability to breathe.

Rebecca Darrah, assistant professor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and assistant director of Case Western Reserve’s Genetic Counseling Training Program, will direct two new studies to learn more about how gene-modifying treatment can be used to minimize the symptoms of CF.

Both research projects will begin in January.

“With these new studies,” Darrah said, “we are hoping to not only develop new treatment strategies that would benefit all CF patients, but also determine the ideal timing for other clinical interventions already in place to help patients with specific mutations.”

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Skin-to-skin 'kangaroo' infant care tied to better survival

Premature and underweight newborns may have better survival odds if they pass their days with their bare chests nestled directly against their mothers’ breasts, a research review suggests. Researchers focused on a practice known as “kangaroo care,” which the World Health Organization has long encouraged as a way to reduce infant mortality, particularly in developing countries.

Educating clinicians and women about kangaroo care, discouraging swaddling that gets in the way of skin-to-skin contact, and providing mothers with wraps designed to snuggle undressed infants against their chests might help increase the practice, said Susan Ludington, a researcher at Case Western Reserve University and executive director of the U.S. Institute for Kangaroo Care in Cleveland, Ohio.

“If an infant is well enough to be swaddled or dressed, he should be in kangaroo care,” Ludington added.

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How to create a sleep schedule

When was your last good night’s sleep? Has it been awhile? Dr. Michael Decker from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University stopped by New Day Cleveland on Fox 8 to talk about the importance of having a sleep schedule.

Watch the full video on Fox 8.


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How HIV became a treatable, chronic disease‌

It has been almost 35 years since the world was introduced to the term AIDS. In the 1980s, researchers and physicians were trying to understand what was causing waves of strange infections and discovered it was a new virus called the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV. Since that time, HIV has gone from a death sentence to a manageable chronic disease. Today, it is estimated that 1.2 million people living with HIV in the United States and 50,000 Americans are infected with HIV every year.

Thanks to treatment advances, people with HIV can and do live long and full lives. And that has led to a challenge that doctors and patients in the 1980s and early 1990s may not have imagined: the aging HIV patient.

Read more from Allison Webel, PhD on The Conversation.


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Prostate cancer radiation therapy without fatigue? Nursing researcher seeks answers to common side effect

Fatigue from prostate cancer and its treatment can be debilitating.

The symptom, which can’t be relieved with rest, can lead to increased depression, impaired cognitive function, sleep disturbance and health-related quality-of-life issues.

To treat—and ultimately prevent—cancer-related fatigue, Case Western Reserve University cancer researcher Chao-Pin Hsiao will develop and test a novel mechanism of mitochondrial bioenergetics and radiation-induced fatigue using molecular-genetic approaches. The research is supported with a $272,970 grant from National Institute of Nursing Research (K01NR015246).

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CWRU wins NIH grant to help families make health-care decisions with avatar-based software

A new $2.48 million federal grant will allow researchers at Case Western Reserve University to revise and test the effectiveness of an interactive avatar-based technology that helps users make end-of-life decisions well in advance of an emergency.

Each year, millions of Americans are admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU), which can trigger a cascade of difficult decisions about treatment and end-of-life care, especially for patients with chronic illnesses. But more than half of ICU patients haven’t documented their end-of-life preferences in any formal way, such as with a living will or medical power of attorney.

“What this does is put their loved ones in very uncomfortable positions,” said Ronald Hickman Jr., an associate professor at Case Western Reserve’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and an acute-care nurse practitioner. “It can be an intimidating situation, so people often default to clinicians and later regret doing so.”

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