2014 News

December 2014

  • University installs nation’s first critical-care transport helicopter simulator for flight nurse training. Acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP) students, specializing in flight nursing at Case Western Reserve University, will soon be training in the nation’s first state-of-the-art simulator built in an actual helicopter. The simulator creates the sense of treating critically injured patients from takeoff to landing. The helicopter simulator was installed last week at the university’s Cedar Avenue Service Center, 10620 Cedar Rd., Cleveland, in a new classroom designed for the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing’s Dorothy Ebersbach Academic Center for Flight Nursing Program. The helicopter will feature some of the most advanced medical equipment with authentic aerial views projected within the windows and movement that mimics changing altitudes and weather conditions throughout the flight.Read more on The Daily and Vertical magazine.
  • CWRU finds more men arriving for class to receive an education to become a nurse. While the number of men in nursing has increased in recent years, Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing has seen a huge jump in men enrolling in its master entry-nursing program this year. Roughly one-third of the entering Master of Nursing class—11 of the 30 students—is male. Traditionally, the share of men in nursing has hovered around 9 to 10 percent, with an interest in pursuing the higher-paying positions such as nurse anesthetist and flight nurse positions, said Mary E. Kerr, dean of the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve. 30 percent is "unprecedented," she said. Read more on think and The Daily

November 2014

  • Case Western Reserve and Cleveland Clinic expand education campus to include dentistry and nursing. Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic are expanding their health education collaboration to include dental and nursing students on the campus already planned for the institutions’ medical students. The news comes as the university and hospital system submitted designs and renderings for the 485,000-square-foot quadrangle building to the Cleveland City Planning Commission in advance of meetings next week. The world-renowned architecture firm Foster + Partners designed the Health Education Campus to stand on the same 11-acre parcel originally designated for the medical education building. Located on East 93rd Street between Euclid and Chester Avenues, it will include even more of the cutting-edge technology and innovative learning spaces previously planned for medical education. Read more on The Daily
  • New book, Nurses Making Policy, urges nursing profession to speak up. The new book Nurses Making Policy: From Bedside to Boardroom (Springer Publishing, 2014) implores nurses to speak up and be heard, from the hospital corridors to the floors of Congress. Be the voice for change, advised Rebecca M. Patton, the Atkinson Scholar in Perioperative Nursing at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, the past two-term president of the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the book’s co-editor. The Daily
  • CWRU nursing school awarded $2.35 million to study the link between the brain and health behavior change. A five-year, $2.35 million grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research will allow researchers from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University to study how brain activity motivates the chronically ill to manage their illnesses. Lead investigator Shirley Moore, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate dean of research at the nursing school and the Edward J. and Louise Mellen Professor of Nursing, is working with a team investigators led by: Carol Musil, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Marvin E. and Ruth Durr Denekas Professor of Nursing; Michael Decker, PhD, RN, RRT, Diplomate ABSM, associate professor of nursing; and Patricia Higgins, PhD, RN, FGSA, associate professor of nursing. Anthony Jack, PhD, associate professor of cognitive science, and Vikas Gulani, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine and director of the Case Center for Imaging Research, are also involved in the research. Read more on think and The Daily.

October 2014

  • Nursing school receives nation’s largest Nurse Faculty Loan Program grant. For many students at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University, finding a way to pay for their advanced nursing degrees got easier this fall. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded the nursing school a $3.16 million Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) grant—the largest among 93 accredited college and nursing programs receiving grants for the current academic year. Read more on The Daily.
  • Nursing school receives grant to study how cancer patients make end-of-life decisions. The choice to die at home surrounded by loved ones comes too late for some cancer patients. Why that happens and how to change the process so more patients may die as they wish is the focus of new research individuals at Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing will pursue with a four-year, $2.06 million grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research. The project, “Mapping Complex Influences of Aggressiveness of End of Life Cancer Care,” will contribute to NINR’s ongoing research to better understand the decision-making process for end-of-life (EOL) choices. Traditionally, the EOL conversation primarily takes place between the physician and patient. “It isn’t working,” said Sara Douglas, PhD, RN, associate professor of nursing and the study’s lead investigator. “Missing are the caregivers and nurses, who also have a strong influence on what the patient does. This is a complex issue.” Read more on The Daily
  • Grant evaluates how families make health-care decisions. Ronald Hickman Jr., PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, assistant professor of nursing has received a $350,000 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars award to investigate how to help family decision-makers when considering life-sustaining treatments. Hickman plans to interview 200 people who made medical decisions for a family member in an intensive care unit. He will evaluate how their emotions, personality traits and behaviors influenced their ability to process information and make a health-care decision for an ICU patient. Read more on The Plain Dealer
  • Dads of newborn twins shorted almost as much sleep as moms, study finds. Mothers of twins struggle to get sufficient, uninterrupted sleep, what with double feedings and all. But a recent study by Lisa Damato, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC, associate professor in the School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University, finds that fathers don’t fare much better. Damato was lead investigator on the study, “Sleep Pattern Gender Differences and Fragmentation in Postpartum Parents of Twins,” and among the first to analyze the impact of twin births on the fathers’ sleep. The findings were presented at the 28th annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS) in Minneapolis. Read more on The Daily
  • Kenneley weighs in on Ebola discussion. With Ebola fears growing, Irena Kenneley, PhD, RN, APRN-BC, CIC, associate professor of nursing, said fear of the unknown is understandable, but that it needs to be managed. "We do have the opportunity right now to stop the spread of this infection," said Kenneley. Kenneley likens this Ebola scare to the AIDS pandemic in the 80s. She says health care professionals learned the importance of using protective gear at all times when dealing with patients exposed to that virus and this scenario will also provide plenty of lessons. Read and watch more on NewsNet5

September 2014

  • Nursing school to launch new MOOC on health care quality improvement. “Take the Lead on Health Care Quality Improvement”—a new free massive open online course (MOOC) offered this fall by Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing—targets ways frontline health care workers can deliver safer and better care to patients. The principles to be explored can also apply to medicine, dentistry, social work, nonprofits, health care professionals and home health care professionals. Quality improvement has become an international concern in the health field, said Mary Dolansky, PhD, RN, associate professor of nursing and director of the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Institute, which provides resources to improve quality and safety in health care. Read more on The Daily
  • Does The Sound Of Your Alarm Have An Effect On Your Morning?. It's not exactly a well-researched question, according to sleep expert Michael J. Decker, Ph.D., associate professor in the school of nursing at Case Western Reserve University. But it is an interesting one, as many of us (at least anecdotally) suspect that a more pleasant alarm sound leads to a more pleasant awakening. What have been studied, he says, are dawn-simulating alarm clocks that gently brighten the bedroom as wake time approaches. In a small 2003 study, a team of UK researchers noted that the use of these lamps increased cortisol levels in the morning. This reaction in the body is what's called the awakening cortisol response, and it "prepares our brain and body for the stressors of the day," says Decker. Although the lamps deal in light rather than sound, this suggests that "sensory input does create a physiologic response," he says. Read more on The Huffington Post.

August 2014

  • Understanding Baby Sleep Patterns. Where and how your baby sleeps are just as important as how much sleep he gets. During the first weeks of life, having your baby sleep in a bassinet or crib in your bedroom may make nighttime feedings easier. But don’t be tempted to put the baby in bed with you, says Michael Decker, PhD, RN, an associate professor and a sleep disorder specialist at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing in Cleveland. There’s a real risk of the baby suffocating by getting tangled in the bedding, or others sleeping on the bed could accidentally roll over on the baby. Read more on Everyday Health

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