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CWRU nurse researchers work to debunk myth that getting flu shot will make you sickMadigan and Kenneley

The fear that getting a flu shot can make you sick is a common misperception.

But Elizabeth Madigan, PhD, RN, FAAN, and infectious disease control expert Irena Kenneley, PhD, APRN-BC, CIC, also from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, studied the myth and other barriers to getting immunizations.

Their findings were explained in an article, “Barriers and Facilitators to Provision of Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccines in Home Health Care Agencies,” published in Home Health Care Management & Practice.

Vaccinations are known to save lives, yet about 30 percent of Americans don’t get a flu vaccine, Madigan said. The CDC reported in 2011 that 53,826 people died in 2010 from the flu, and that older people already battling illnesses are especially susceptible.

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CWRU Doctor of Nursing Practice publishes first dermatology textbook for advance practice cliniciansMargaret Bobonich

Most health-care workers learn about diagnosing and treating skin disorders through on-the-job training, because there’s no standardized curriculum and few continuing education programs.

To help fill that gap, Margaret Bobonich, DNP, FNP-C, DNCP, FAANP, from Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, and Mary Nolen, BC, DCNP, a dermatology nurse at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Massachusetts, wrote and published Dermatology for Advanced Practice Clinician (LLW, 496 pages, 2014).

The book is intended as a resource for advanced practice nurses, midwives, general physicians and physician assistants with little training in the specialty, said Bobonich who holds faculty positions at the nursing school and Case Western Reserve School of Medicine.

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Nursing school develops how-to exercise pamphlet for people with MSMatthew Plow

Fatigue and pain, along with other symptoms, prevent many people with multiple sclerosis (MS) from exercising. But a new how-to guide for a home-based exercise program, tested by researchers at Case Western Reserve University’s nursing school and the Lerner Research Institute at Cleveland Clinic, offers a way for people with MS to stay more physically active.

The researchers developed a 24-week exercise program, based on a series of pamphlets, with varying levels of difficulty. The program helps inactive individuals start at a lower, shorter level of activity and gradually build to longer, more difficult exercise routines.

“The printed pamphlets have shown promise in helping people with multiple sclerosis engage in exercise and offset the disabling effects of multiple sclerosis,” said Matthew Plow, PhD, assistant professor at Case Western Reserve’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and an exercise trainer for people with MS.

Read more on The Daily.

University installs nation’s first critical-care transport helicopter simulator for flight nurse trainingSimulation Helicopter

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 nurseMN Students

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 graduate 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 posiMortions 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.

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  • Shanina Knighton, PhD student, was selected as a runner-up of the “Accelerate 2015: A new model for change” civic pitch event. She received funding for her pitch, "Clean Hands Means Quality of Life," which addresses the issue of hand hygiene in health-care facilities.
  • Mary A. Dolansky, PhD, RN, associate professor, received a grant award for Transforming Out-Patient Care (TOPC) Center of Excellence from the VA Office of Academic Affiliations
  • Heather Rice, PhD student, received the Top 25 under 35 Movers & Shakers Award from the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club
  • Allison Webel, PhD, RN, assistant professor, received a grant award for "Social Capital and Self-Management in HIV+ Women," from the Midwest Nursing Research Society
  • Mary A. Dolansky, PhD, RN, associate professor, and Gayle M. Petty, DNP, RN, assistant professor, received the Annual Scholarship in Teaching Award from the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University

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