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Julie Mooney Named to Jump25.com 2014 All-Star ClassicMooney

Jump25.com has released the rosters for the 2014 All-Star Classic, which will be played on Sunday, April 13 inside the Rike Center on the campus of Otterbein University. Amongst those named to the roster was Case Western Reserve University senior guard Julie Mooney, who concluded her Spartan career with All-University Athletic Association honors this winter. In the classroom, Julie is a three-time UAA All-Academic honoree as a nursing major.Read more.

Hickman LRP Success Stories: Imagine All that You Can Achieve in a Research Career

The NIH Loan Repayment Programs has had a major impact on the careers of thousands of research scientists. Ronald Hickman, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, assistant professor, was highlighted along with other current and former LRP recipients, and discusses his interest in medical research. Read more.

Douglas Video conferencing allows near and far caregivers to help loved ones

Of an estimated 65 million Americans who provide some type of care to an ill family member, about 7 million live at least an hour from the relative they’re caring for. The issue, then, is how to get these “distance caregivers” in the room when doctors meet with their patients and local, hands-on caregivers for exams and to discuss treatment. To combat this problem, Sara L. Douglas, PhD, RN, associate professor, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, recently directed a small pilot project that allowed long-distance relatives to be part of that conversation through real-time videoconferencing.

Read more in The Daily.

Moms of children on life-sustaining devices embrace tips for managing over-stressed livesCaregivers

Many mothers with children on life-sustaining medical devices, such as ventilators and breathing or feeding tubes, suffer physical and psychological distress from the stress of juggling treatments, appointments, therapies and daily family pressures. But researchers from Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing found that an intervention, called “Resourcefulness,” which teaches moms how to better cope, bolsters the mother’s well being and, in turn, benefits the whole family.

Valerie Boebel Toly, PhD, RN, CPNP Assistant Professor at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, directed the study with nursing school professors Carol Musil, PhD, RN, FAAN The Marvin E. and Ruth Durr Denekas Professor of Nursing, and Jaclene Zauszniewski, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN Kate Hanna Harvey Professor in Community Health Nursing.

Read more in The Daily

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Flight Nursing10 Best Practices for Addressing Ethical Issues and Moral Distress

Ethical conflicts are pervasive in today’s healthcare settings, where organizations are trying to do more with less and medical advances and life-extending treatments often cause suffering. When unable to do what they consider the correct action, clinicians--nurses and other healthcare providers--may experience moral distress.

“The nurse manager sets the tone, makes sure the nurses know the resources and provides the resources herself if the institution doesn’t have them,…and creates an environment that allows nurses to practice ethically,” said Barbara J. Daly, PhD, RN, FAAN, a professor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, and director of clinical ethics at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio.

Read more in AMN Healthcare News.

Researchers developing technology to link patient records between hospitals, medical flight crewsFlight Nursing

Although trauma, heart and stroke patients benefit from being transferred from a local hospital to a higher-level care facility, it’s unclear why patients transferred with non-urgent medical conditions show at least a 30 percent higher death rate than had they stayed put, according to researchers from Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.

“We think the answer is somewhere in the medical records,” said Andrew Reimer, KL2 Scholar instructor at the Dorothy Ebersbach Academic Center for Flight Nursing at the nursing school. Reimer, working with Elizabeth Madigan, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor of nursing and associate dean for academic affairs as well as Case Western Reserve engineering and biostatistics experts, is developing technology that overcomes the communication problems and mines information from patient charts.

Read more in The Daily.

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  • Elizabeth Madigan, PhD, RN, FAAN, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Independence Foundation Professor, received a $70,000 grant from the Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare for the Nurse Leaders Scholars and Veterans Healthcare Scholars program for 2014-2016.
  • Jane Suresky, DNP, RN, PMHCNS-BC, assistant professor in the school of nursing and director of the Family Systems Psychiatric Mental Health program, received the 2014 ISPN Education Award from the International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses.
  • Rebecca M. Patton, MSN, RN, CNOR, FAAN, the Lucy Jo Scholar in Perioperative Nursing, received the 2014 American Nurses Association Distinguished Membership Award.
  • Shanina Knighton, PhD student, received third place in the Galen - Brien Holden Vision 2014 Competition. Her presentation "Germs-Be-Off" focused on her business concept proposal, a device that is a patient-controlled hand sanitation dispenser that affixes to the hospital bed rail for patient use. This device will remind patients at specified meal times and every two hours to clean their hands, as well as have others clean their hands when they come within a 2 foot radius of the bed.

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