2013 News

December 2013

  • "CHOMP" pilot program offers one-stop oral and health care at CWRU clinic Patients at Case Western Reserve's dental clinic can now receive simultaneous dental and medical attention as part of a three-year pilot program called Collaborative Home for Oral Health, Medical Review and Health Promotion—or CHOMP, as it’s called. The program hopes to discover what benefits patients and students receive when two professions work together. Carol Savrin, who directs CHOMP and the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing’s MSN Graduate Program, and Kristin Victoroff, associate dean at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, launched the program in February with student dentist-nurse teams working in the admitting and pediatric clinics two full days a week. Faculty and students from each school trained to learn more about each other’s profession before the program began. Read more in The Daily.
  • FPB Alumni Act as Patients in Teaching Program. One of the biggest challenges nurses face in their everyday jobs is the constant patient interaction, which Alfes says many nursing students find intimidating, says Celeste Alfes, an assistant professor and the director of the Learning Resource Center at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. To combat this, Alfes, along with the dean of the school, Mary Kerr, and the professors of the psychiatric mental health course at the nursing school, have recently developed and implemented a standardized patient simulation program so that undergraduates may improve upon their communication skills. Alumni volunteers of the nursing school are being trained to play these roles in order to provide real-life scenarios for nursing students to address. Read more in The Observer.
  • Damato Receives NANN Distinguished Service Award The National Association of Neonatal Nurses announced their 2013 award winners. Elizabeth Damato, PhD, RN, associate professor in the school of nursing, received the Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes outstanding and dedicated service to NANN by honoring an individual who has advanced the mission of the association in a significant and lasting way. In the words of her nominator, “Lisa is a remarkable NANN member who has donated innumerable hours of service to the association.” Read the announcement.

November 2013

  • Stress and isolation take toll on those under 50 with HIV; older people fare better. Case Western Reserve University researchers were surprised to learn that people younger than 50 years old with HIV feel more isolated and stressed than older people with the disease. They expected their study to reveal just the opposite. “The younger, newly diagnosed individual may not know anyone in their peer group with a chronic illness, much less HIV,” said Allison Webel, PhD, RN, assistant professor at Case Western Reserve’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. Read more on Health Canal.
  • 5 questions with Arielle Dolezal. Arielle Dolezal will share her passion for dance at the semiannual Mather Dance Collective (MaDaCol) performance. Dolezal, a senior nursing major and dance minor, is co-president of MaDaCol, the undergraduate dance ensemble, which will hold its 30th anniversary performance Nov. 21-23 in Mather Dance Center. Read more in The Daily.
  • The Stages of Nursing. Sophomore nursing student Alexis Attinoto shares how she connects with a new audience in the Case Footlighters production of Merrily We Roll Along.
  • How Having a Conversation With Kids About Weight Talking to kids about their health, and not the way they look, tends to get better responses. Parents should also be taking their own habits into account when talking to their kids about weight issues. “Role modeling an active lifestyle and maintaining healthy food choices at home is important,” says Elizabeth Click, RN, an assistant professor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. Read more on Everyday Health.

October 2013

  • How Technology is Helping Nurses Build Patient Engagement. Engaging patients in their own health care and helping them work in tandem with the care team has become one of the key themes in modern medical practice. Ronald Hickman, associate professor at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, and his colleagues created an avatar-based simulation system that has helped people better manage their high blood pressure and symptoms of depression. He's now developing a software application that caregivers can use to help them become proactive in making health care decisions for loved ones who are unable to make those decisions. Read more from Nurse Zone.
  • 8 Habits Of Extremely Well-Rested People. Many of the most well-rested have some simple habits that help them achieve plenty of high-quality rest. Michael Decker, a sleep specialist and associate professor at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing shares some of the most common traits of the well-rested. Read more from The Huffington Post.
  • What A Constantly Plugged-In Life Is Doing To Kids' Bodies. The amount of time kids spend on screens can have a big impact on their health. Teens' sleep can be disrupted by screens because the bright lights that glow from the devices "wakes up the brain," Michael Decker, a sleep specialist and associate professor at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. Not getting enough sleep has a psychological effect on teens, and can lead to irritability and poor social skills. Read more from The Huffington Post.
  • FPB Alumni Help a Dying Dad to His Daughter's Wedding. University Hospital's nurse practitioners and Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing MSN graduates Julie Ray (NUR'11) and Jacky Uljanic (NUR'11) were part of the medical team that volunteered to help patient Scott Nagy, a terminal cancer patient, go to his daughter Sarah's wedding in Strongsville. Read more from The Plain Dealer.
  • Celebrate National Midwifery Week. Certified Nurse Midwives assist in the births of 10,000 Ohio babies each year. Help us celebrate 10,000 birthdays with free cupcakes at 11am Oct. 10, at Euclid & Adelbert. Cupcakes will be given to the first 1,000 people.

September 2013

August 2013

  • Not Filling Vacancies Poses Risks for Healthcare Employers. Even though many healthcare systems continue to hire, the time it takes to fill key nursing and other clinical positions can negatively affect the organization and patient care, according to a recent nationwide survey conducted for CareerBuilder. Rebecca Patton, MSN, RN, CNOR, FAAN, Instructor and Lucy Jo Atkinson Scholar in Perioperative Nursing, spoke about the process and issues involved. Read more from AMN Healthcare.
  • Women Who Care for Grandchildren are at Risk for Depression. The study by Carol Musil, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor of Nursing, included 240 Ohio grandmothers whose average age was 57. The women were followed for more than 6 years to see how caring for grandchildren aged 16 and younger affected their health. Read more from U.S. News and World Report.
  • Wykle Receives Lifetime Achievement Award. May Wykle, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA, Professor Emerita of Nursing, will be honored by Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing with its 2013 Nell J. Watts Lifetime Achievement in Nursing Award at its biennial convention in November.
  • Patton Receives Sigma Theta Tau Award. Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing will honor Rebecca Patton, MSN, RN, CNOR, FAAN, Instructor and Lucy Jo Atkinson Scholar in Perioperative Nursing, with its 2013 Recipient of the Dorothy Garrigus Adams Award for Excellence in Fostering Professional Standards at its biennial convention in November.
  • FPB Alumna and University Hospitals Nurse Helps Save Boy's Life at Lake Erie Beach. Kathy Halloway, BSN'07, dove into Lake Erie Saturday, August 24, after seeing a 4-year-old boy floating face down and the boy's mother screaming for help. Halloway and other bystanders were able to get the boy out of the water and perform CPR on him.
  • FPB Receives Nurse Faculty Loan Program Grant. Jaclene Zauszniewski, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, The Kate Hanna Harvey Professor of Community Health Nursing and Director, PhD Program, received $2.5 million from the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) for the Nurse Faculty Loan Program. News of this grant was recently featured in Crain’s Cleveland Business.
  • Hickman Receives Grant for Avatar Technology. Ronald L. Hickman, Jr., assistant professor of nursing, and a Case Western Reserve University team was awarded $475,476 for an R15 research grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health for his project, “Avatar-Based Decision Support Technology for Surrogate Decision Makers.” Read more

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