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The Academic Minute: Kathy Wright on Healthy Housework Kathy Wright Housework

Don’t put away your dust pan just yet: Housework has health benefits.

Kathy D. Wright, PhD, RN, GCNS-BC, PMHCNS-BC, instructor at Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, touts the benefits of cleaning up.

Wright is a nurse researcher and KL2 scholar from the National Institute of Nursing Research/National Institute of Health-funded Center of Excellence to build the Science of Self-Management at the School of Nursing. Her primary research focus is designing self-management interventions to improve the physical and mental health of low income older adults. Her research interests include mental and physical health outcomes, chronic stress, prehypertension, and quality of life. Dr. Wright received her PhD in Nursing from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City Utah.

Listen to the podcast here.

How have midwifery, child birth changed throughout history? Find out at Dittrick Museum of Medical History event Active Learning Fellow

Join the Dittrick Museum of Medical History for the talk "Hard Labor"–Birth in the 19th Century and Today, Thursday, Sept. 24, at 6:30 p.m.

The discussion will feature Brandy Schillace, research associate at the museum, and Catherine Osborn, research assistant and graduate anthropology student. Leslie S. Kushner MSN, RN, CNM, instructor of nursing; Gretchen G. Mettler, PhD, CNM, assistant professor of midwifery; and Vanessa Hildebrand, assistant professor of anthropology, will be panelists for a Q&A session following the talk.

Join the conversation by registering online or email Schillace at bls10@case.edu.

Nursing faculty member awarded ITS Active Learning Fellowship Active Learning Fellow

What is the result when you combine cutting-edge technology, paradigm-shifting teaching and world-renowned faculty? Sixteen faculty members at Case Western Reserve University, including Kelly McConnell, DNP, AG-ACNP, MSN, RN, assistant professor, will find out, as they participate in the third annual Active Learning Fellowship.

The fellowship is coordinated by Information Technology Services (ITS) in partnership with the Office of the Provost and other campus organizations, such as the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education.

It provides faculty members at Case Western Reserve with a unique opportunity to enhance their instructional practices by leveraging technology and mandating the active involvement of both themselves and their students.

Read more on The Daily.

Moment of Truth: Student Wins ACNM Video Contest

Carly Koelsch (NUR '15) is the winner of the 8th Annual American College of Nurse-Midwives Video Contest, with her video, "Moment of Truth."

"There was no other option for me, than to go into midwifery," says Koelsch in the video, animated by Chris Koelsch. "I needed to re-empower women, one at a time."

Koelsch was honored with other award winners at the ACNM 60th Annual Meeting & Exhibition in National Harbor, Maryland.

View the video above, or here.

Delaying Decisions for Family Members in ICU can Lead to PTSDPTSD for Family Members

Family members who make major medical decisions for relatives in an intensive care unit (ICU) may suffer posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) if they cope by avoiding the situation, according to a new study by scientists at Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

The patient isn’t the only one affected by the long stay, according to Amy Petrinec, PhD, RN, from the school of nursing. Family members may suffer, especially if they’re required to make medical decisions with long-range consequences they may not understand, or are reluctant to question.

Family members tasked with the difficult and emotional role of decision-maker are better off health-wise dealing with the experience, advised Petrinec, a postdoctoral fellow and the study’s lead researcher.

Read more on The Hudson Hub-Times.

NOTICE: Opportunity for Public Comments

The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University is preparing to host an accreditation site visit from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) for the Bachelors of Science in Nursing, the Master of Nursing, the Masters of Science in Nursing, the Doctor of Nursing Practice and the Post Masters APRN programs. The visit is scheduled for November 18-20, 2015. CCNE is an autonomous agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accrediting body to accredit baccalaureate and graduate degree programs in nursing. As part of the voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing education programs and the continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education. As part of this process, written and signed third-party comments are sought from interested individuals (students, alumni, faculty, and practice community) and will be accepted by CCNE until October 27, 2015. The comments will be shared with the CCNE evaluation team; however, comments will not be shared with Case Western Reserve University faculty or staff.

Those desiring to do so, may submit written and signed comments to:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Attn: Third-Party Comments
1 Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036



Your comments will be welcomed as they relate to the BSN, MN, MSN, DNP and Post Masters APRN program.
Thank you.

Learn more about accreditation.

$2.9 million federal grant supports nurse educatorsNurse Faculty Loan Program CWRU

A new $2.9 million grant from the federal Health Resources and Service Administration for the 2015-16 academic year will support efforts at Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing to build a corps of professional nurse educators.

Combined with support from the nursing school, $3.26 million will be available for loans through the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) for 111 continuing students and 56 new graduate students pursing advance-nursing degrees.

The funds are available for both full- and part-time Master of Nursing (MSN), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing students. The loans will cover up to $35,500 in annual tuition, plus fees, a textbook and allowance for doctoral students for up to five years.

After graduation, NFLP recipients who become nurse faculty at any accredited university in the United States will have up to 85 percent of their loans forgiven.

Read more on The Daily.

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  • Chao-Pin Hsiao, PhD, RN, assistant professor, received an award from the National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health for her research, "Mitochondrial Bioenergetics Mechanism of Cancer-Related Fatigue."
  • Stephanie Steiner, MSN, RN, ACNP, director of the Dorothy Ebersbach Academic Center for Flight Nursing, received the 2015 Katz-Mason Award from the Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association. The award is for demonstrated excellence and significant contributions in transport nursing.
  • Nirmala Lekhak, BSN, RN, PhD student, won the Next Generation of Care Award at the Faces of Care Gala, hosted by Cleveland Magazine and the Greater Cleveland Nurse Association. The fifth annual Faces of Care Gala honored Northeast Ohio area nurses who are making a difference.
  • Isaac Martinez and Elizabeth Reyes, junior BSN students, received scholarships at Esperanza Inc.’s Fiesta of Hope event in June.
  • Sonya D. Moore, MSN, CRNA, director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program, received a Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship grant funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
  • Jaclene A. Zauszniewski, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN , Kate Hanna Harvey Professor in Community Health Nursing, and the director of the PhD in Nursing Program, received a Nurse Faculty Loan Program grant funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

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  • Motley, Cindy L. & Dolansky, Mary (2015, July). Five steps to providing effective feedback in the clinical setting: A new approach to promote teamwork and collaboration. Journal of Nursing Education, 54(7), 399-403. http://dx.doi.org/10.3928/01484834-20150617-08
  • Celeste M. Alfes, DNP, MSN, RN, Stephanie L. Steiner, MSN, ACNP-C, CPNP-AC, CFRN, Christopher F. Manacci, DNP, ACNP-C (2015). Critical Care Transport Training: New Strides in Simulating the Austere Environment. Air Medical Journal, 34(4), 186-187. doi:10.1016/j.amj.2015.03.006
  • Barsman, S., Dowling, D., Damato, E., & Czeck, P. (2015). Neonatal nurses' beliefs, knowledge, and practices in relation to sudden infant death syndrome risk-reduction recommendations. Advances in Neonatal Care, 15(3), 209-219.

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