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Support Team Aiding Caregivers of Cancer Patients Shows SuccessDouglas Daly

Researchers from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing devised and tested an intervention that quickly integrates a cancer support team to guide caregivers and their patients through difficult end-of-life treatment and decisions.

In the study, funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research and the National Cancer Institute, caregivers reported a high degree of satisfaction from having a team comprised of an advance practice nurse, social worker, a spiritual advisor and the patient's oncologist explain what was happening and why during the dying process.

The intervention's support team got involved in end-of-life conversations with the patient and caregiver at the first diagnosis of a late-stage cancer.

"We owe it to the patients and caregivers to start earlier and think the choices through," said Sara Douglas, PhD, RN, associate professor at the School of Nursing and lead author. She conducted the research with colleague and principal investigator, Barbara Daly, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor of nursing.

Read more in The Plain Dealer and Science Daily.

Raising Grandchildren: When you’re a grandparent, childrearing brings extra challengesMusil

Carol Musil, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA, the Marvin E. and Ruth Durr Denekas Professor of Nursing at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, was recently featured in U Magazine for the study on grandmothers as primary caregivers to their grandchildren. She says grandmothers who are the primary caregivers are at higher risk for depression and stress than other grandmothers.

Read more about resourcefulness training, including tips in U Magazine.

Congratulations: NAMI Greater Cleveland Wins National AwardNAMI

The National Alliance on Mental Illness selected NAMI Greater Cleveland as the Outstanding NAMI Affiliate for 2014 by the NAMI Board of Directors. This celebrates on a national level the contributions of the many volunteers and families in Greater Cleveland.

Faye Gary, EdD, RN, FAAN, the Medical Mutual of Ohio Kent W. Clapp Chair & Professor of Nursing, is on the Board of Trustees and Evanne Juratovac, PhD, RN, GCNS-BC, assistant professor, is on the Medical Advisory Board.

Learn more about NAMI Greater Cleveland.

WJNR Featured Podcast: Research on Resourcefulnesszauszniewski

This podcast from the Western Journal of Nursing Research discusses two recently published papers. From the May 2014 issue of WJNR, “Psychometric Properties of the Resourcefulness Scale Among Caregivers of Persons With Autism Spectrum Disorder,” by Abir K. Bekhet and Jaclene A. Zauszniewski, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, the Kate Hanna Harvey Professor in Community Health Nursing; PhD Program Director. From the February 2014 issue, "Resourcefulness Training for Grandmothers Raising Grandchildren," by Jaclene A. Zauszniewski, Carol M. Musil, Christopher J. Burant, Theresa S. Standing, and Tsay-Yi Au. The podcast is a discussion between the paper authors, Dr. Bekhet and Dr. Zauszniewski, and Vicki Conn, editor of Western Journal of Nursing Research.

Listen to the full podcast.

5 questions with…infection prevention, control expert Irena KenneleyKenneley

Irena L. Kenneley, PhD, RN, APRN-BC, CIC, associate professor in the School of Nursing and an infectious disease expert, shares how a curiosity in the sciences led to a career in nursing.

This weekend, Kenneley will teach a microbiology workshop for the next generation of infection preventionists at APIC’s annual educational conference in California. Learn more about Kenneley in this week’s five questions.

Read more in The Daily

My Bugaboo: Lyme Disease -- Can you hit the bullseye?Lyme Disease chart

Irena L. Kenneley, PhD, RN, APRN-BC, CIC, associate professor in the School of Nursing and an infectious disease expert, sent out an alert about Lyme disease in her latest “My Bugaboo” column in the Association for Professionals in Infection Control (APIC) journal Prevention Strategist.

She reminds the public to be particularly cautious between May and July and in the woods or backyards where wild animals like deer and field mice have been.

These animals may be giving Lyme disease-infected ticks a ride from one place to another, spreading the disease. These animals can also include the family pets that might bring the ticks indoors.

Read more in the Hudson Hub Times and read Dr. Kenneley's column here

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  • A new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) will be offered this fall. The course, Take the Lead on Healthcare Quality Improvement, presents the concepts and processes of quality improvement (QI) and the importance of QI in improving patient outcomes. Its aim is to enhance the competence of working healthcare professionals to lead and participate in interprofessional healthcare teams that are focused on quality improvement. The instructors are Mary A. Dolansky, PhD, RN, associate Professor in the School of Nursing, and Shirley M. Moore, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Edward J. and Louise Mellen Professor of Nursing and associate dean for research.
  • Christopher Burant, PhD, MACTM, assistant professor, was selected as a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America.
  • Sonya Moore, MSN, CRNA, assistant program director, Nurse Anesthesia, received a grant funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for Nurse Anesthetist Traineeships.

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