2012 News Archives

June 2012

CWRU Nurse Researcher Surveys Infection Control Practices for Home Patients: Assistant Professor Irena Kenneley, PhD, APRN-BC, CIC reveals in the April issue of Home Healthcare Nurse about home healthcare workers who report about acquiring infections after visiting patients. Such events illustrate how bacteria from someone sick can infect others, she says. Read more.

Helping Adolescents Root Out Stigma Associated with Mental Illness: In the Journal of Nursing Measurement, Clinical Research Scholar and Instructor Melissa Pinto, PhD, RN explains that the lack of data regarding stigma in adolescents demonstrates the need for a reliable and valid way to measure the presence of stigma associated with mental illness among this age group. Read more.

Passing the Baton: After Seven Highly Successful Years, A New Start and A New Institute for QSEN: After seven years at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill School of Nursing, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) project transitions this summer to the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University, under the leadership of Associate Professor Mary A. Dolansky, PhD, RN. Read more.

May 2012

Man with Diabetes Determined to Help Others with the Disease Live Well: Tom Tobin, a Cleveland Heights resident, lost his vision at age 21 due to complications from diabetes; since then, he’s devoted himself to raising money for education programs focused on prevention. He and FPB nursing research associate Ann Williams, PhD, RN, CDE organized a Swim for Diabetes team called the VIPs—Visually Impaired Persons. Read more.

FPB Collaborates with AACN to Expand Access to Doctoral Education: FPB's partnership with the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), the world’s largest specialty nursing organization, will give AACN's more than 80,000 members eligibility for partial scholarships from FPB to explore becoming clinical leaders or researchers with an intensive FPB health policy course. Read more.

April 2012

How to Keep Diabetes from Affecting Your Hearing: Addressing NIH figures showing that hearing-loss rates double among people with diabetes, research associate Ann Williams discusses this connection on the website Everydayhealth.com. Read more Patch.com.

Stopping Workplace Bullying: Lucy Jo Atkinson Professor in Perioperative Nursing Rebecca M. Pattonaddresses how workplace bullying can adversely affect nursing staff dynamics and patient safety in a new publication by the American Nurses Association. Read more.

FPB Receives Prestigious Jonas Fellowship to Provide Leadership Development Support for PhD Candidates: Selected PhD students committed to careers in research receive $10,000 grants matched by the FPB School of Nursing; the awards help prepare them to address the needs of future patients.

A Global Commitment to Health: Visiting undergraduate nursing students from Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan took part in numerous educational and cultural activities at FPB throughout the spring semester, further advancing FPB's international health programs.

FPB Study Identifies the Point When Negative Thoughts Turn into Depression: A research survey tool called the Depression Cognition Scale (DCS), developed by Kate Hanna Harvey Professor in Community Health NursingJaclene Zauszniewski, is being used to determine when negative thinking establishes a pattern for the onset of clinical depression. Read more on Newswise.com.

March 2012

Five Questions with Brandon Pach, Ohio Nursing Students Association President: Brandon, a junior in FPB's BSN program, discusses some of his career goals and busy extracurricular activities around the Case Western Reserve University campus. Read more.

Diabetes Patients Benefit from Weight-Loss Surgery: Marla Evans, a department assistant at FPB, talked toNBC Nightly News with Brian Williams about her immediate drop in blood sugar after taking part as a volunteer in a recent study at the Cleveland Clinic focusing on the effects that weight loss surgery have on patients with type 2 diabetes. Read more on NBCNews.com.

High-Flying Nursing Professor Provides Life-Saving Support: Professor Elizabeth Madigan was on a red-eye flight from Bogota, Colombia to New York City when a fellow passenger required emergency assistance. Madigan stabilized him and stayed close until their plane arrived at its gate, where paramedics were waiting. Read more.

"Miracle Baby" Was Revived by Mother's Hug: Carl W. and Margaret Davis Walter Professor of Pediatric Nursing Susan Ludington speaks to The Today Show about the likely role kangaroo care played two years ago in the life of little Jamie Ogg, who had been born premature and declared dead. Read more.

Quality-of-Life Discussions Are Important for ICU Patients: Professor Barbara Daly and Associate ProfessorSara Douglas led a research study that emphasizes the importance of patients having discussions related to quality of life before they become chronically critically ill. Read more on MedicalXpress.

BSN Students Help Cleveland School Nurses Monitor Children’s Health: As part of a project funded by the Prentiss Foundation to combat child obesity and hypertension, BSN students measured heights and weights and read blood pressures of more than 75 fifth-graders at Harvey Rice School and George Washington Carver School. This aspect of the BSN program's ongoing community service learning requirement is set to reach 3,000 kids in 70 schools throughout Cleveland by mid-April.

February 2012

FPB Project Manager Meets with U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services: Jeanne Hitch, a project manager at FPB, was among a small group who gathered at a local home with Secretary of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Senator Sherrod Brown, and representatives from local health care organizations to hear experiences from area women about how the Affordable Care Act has already helped them.

FPB Students Work with Cleveland Youth in Music and Heart Program: Instructor Laurine Gajkowski's BSN students collaborated with Miles at Cranwood School teachers and administrators in a hands-on service learning experience to teach kids about heart health, blood pressure, and obesity. Read more.

In Time for American Heart Month, Dr. Shirley Moore Recommends Experimenting with Environmental Changes to Boost Heart Health: As you think about your special Valentine today—and the way he or she makes your heart flutter—it’s a good time to remember that a few changes in diet and exercise can improve heart health for people of all ages, Associate Dean for Research and Professor Shirley M. Moore says. Read more.

FPB Senior Erika Cheung Helps Treat and Prevent STIs in Alaska: As part of her senior year BSN Capstone project, Erika Cheung found herself on the Alaskan tundra spearheading community efforts to combat a major health problem among the area's youth: sexually transmitted infections. Read more.

Social Roles such as Motherhood or AIDS Advocacy Can Help Women Cope with HIV: A small research study conducted by Instructor Allison R. Webel suggests that the different roles played by HIV-positive women in society can influence how they manage their disease. Read more on AidsBeacon.com.

January 2012

FPB Study Finds the Love of a Dog or Cat Helps Women Cope with HIV/AIDS [video]: Instructor Allison R. Webel discusses her research, which appears as an article entitled "The Relationship Between Social Roles and Self-Management Behavior in Women Living with HIV/AIDS" in the online journal Women's Health Issues. Read more.

Focusing on Family Helps Mothers of Technology-Dependent Children Function: Assistant Professor Valerie Toly's research on mothers of technology-dependent children finds that successful integration of these children into life's day-to-day functions and events improves the overall cohesion of the family. Read more on MedicalXpress.com.