2016 News Archives

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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."

Read more on Crain's Cleveland >

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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.

Read more from Maryjo Prince-Paul, associate professor >

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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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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.

Listen to the Podcast >

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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.
Learn more in May's podcast >

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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.
View the episode.

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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."

Read more on ClinicalAdvisor.com >

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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.

Read more on Huffington Post >

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.

Read more on The Daily >

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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.