University of California, Davis Nursing Dean Steps Down to Pursue Research Role

University of California, Davis Nursing Dean Steps Down to Pursue Research Role

Heather M. Young, founding dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at the University of California, Davis, has announced plans to step down from her leadership position to pursue a research role at the school. After leaving the office in July, Young plans to take a sabbatical and return to UC Davis to pursue research in her areas of interest including family caregiving and healthy aging for older adults.

Young tells, “My heart is full of gratitude for the belief that the leaders at UC Davis and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation placed in me 10 years ago. I came here for the opportunity of a lifetime — to launch the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. It has been the most exciting and exhilarating experience of my life. I feel so grateful to our entire team and our many colleagues and supporters who share my vision for what health care should be.”

Young joined UC Davis in 2008 after the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation announced its $100 million commitment to launch a nursing school on the UC Davis Sacramento campus. During her tenure as dean, Young helped establish the school and its five graduate-degree programs, launched a research program, and oversaw the construction of the Betty Irene Moore Hall.

When Young returns to UC Davis as a researcher, her efforts will be focused on environments that promote healthy aging and formal health care systems for older adults. Young has spent two years working with AARP to develop solutions geared toward supporting family caregivers performing complex tasks at home.

To learn more about Heather Young and her decision to step down as dean to pursue a research role, visit here.

Storytelling, Culture, and Humanness: Finding Common Ground in the Nurse-Patient Relationship

Storytelling, Culture, and Humanness: Finding Common Ground in the Nurse-Patient Relationship

In an effort to find ways to minimize racial and cultural barriers in health care, a study published in the journal Creative Nursing explored the practice of storytelling to create a better understanding between cultures. Storytelling between nurse and patient can create a deeper understanding of transcultural differences and ultimately lead to better patient outcomes.

In her study titled “Diversity, Inclusion, and Storying: Connecting Across Cultures to Give Meaning to Patients’ Whole Health,” Tammy Sinkfield-Morey, DNP, RN, PHN, CCRN, explored the intentional use of storytelling by six nurses in a project called Story Care. The six nurses selected as Story Care representatives were working in a small urban not-for-profit pediatric specialty healthcare facility where they were asked to nurture trust, understanding, and new insights into the nurse-patient relationship. The goals of the project were to:

  • Enhance patient and family satisfaction
  • Enliven nurse–patient interactions to foster a genuine trusting relationship
  • Create engagement that promotes mutuality within the nurse–patient experience
  • Enable an environment that actualizes awareness of self and others
  • Encourage opportunities for recognizing the need to know more

The nurses were asked to keep a brief record of their interactions with patients and their results included an array of emotional and enlightening accounts. Study participants experienced nurse-patient interactions that conveyed appreciation for the nurse’s presence, stories that raised consciousness about biases and prejudice, and stories that discovered more similarities than differences between cultures.

Continued storytelling between nurse and patient offers the promise of consciousness of cultural needs and the opportunity to build more trusting relationships in the health care environment. Knowing stories of inequalities in health care among diverse populations can cultivate consciousness and trust within nurse-patient relationships.

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Nurse of the Week: Registered Nurse Pamela Assid Donates Portion of Liver to Young Girl with Rare Disease

Nurse of the Week: Registered Nurse Pamela Assid Donates Portion of Liver to Young Girl with Rare Disease

Our Nurse of the Week is Pamela Assid, registered nurse and director of emergency services at Sky Ridge Medical Center, who donated a portion of her liver to a young girl with a rare disease. As a nurse, Assid has devoted her life to helping others, but her dedication reaches far beyond her work.

Assid first learned about 7-year-old Addilyn Hawks’ need for a liver transplant from the girl’s uncle who Assid oversees in the emergency department. Hawks was diagnosed with a rare liver disease at 10 months old and her family knew early on that she would need a transplant in the future. When Hawks’ jaundice came back last year, her doctors realized her liver was failing and placed her on a donor list.

Hawks’ family began exploring the option of a live donor and when the parents were eliminated, they started asking family. Her uncle at Sky Ridge turned out to be the best candidate, which was when Assid discovered that she carried the same blood type and asked if she could be put on the list as a potential donor. The family jumped at the idea and Assid was determined to be the best fit for a liver donor.

Assid tells, “I guess I thought that if that was my daughter, I would want to give her every possible opportunity to have somebody that could potentially be a match…To have the opportunity to change somebody’s life while I’m still living, that’s incredible to me.”

Both patients are now well into recovery and Assid has become an honorary part of their family thanks to her lifesaving donation. To learn more about Assid’s decision to go beyond her normal nursing duties and volunteer to donate a portion of her liver to a young patient, visit here.

Indiana University Nursing and Dental Students Learn Clinical Skills Together in New Experiential Program

Indiana University Nursing and Dental Students Learn Clinical Skills Together in New Experiential Program

Students from the Indiana University School of Dentistry and School of Nursing are learning clinical skills together in a new experiential interprofessional education and practice program. The program was developed in response to dentists and nurse practitioners being asked to expand their scopes of practice.

Fourth-year dental students and final-year family and pediatric nurse practitioner students learned how to conduct assessments of the oral cavity and analyze blood pressure and body mass index in pediatric patients. By learning the relationship between oral and systemic health, students are taught how to diagnose chronic conditions like dental cavities, hypertension, and obesity in children.

The program currently includes 69 students who have been divided into pairs of one dental student and one nurse practitioner student working together to identify chronic conditions. Students came away from the experience reporting that they had gained new clinical skills and a better understanding of the work performed by the other profession. Many students also requested an expansion of the program, wanting it to be part of their formal curriculum.

To learn more about Indiana University’s experiential program allowing dentistry and nursing students to learn and practice clinical skills together, visit here.

UM-Flint Veterans Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program Receives $100,000 Grant

UM-Flint Veterans Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program Receives $100,000 Grant

The University of Michigan-Flint’s (UM-Flint) Veterans Bachelor of Science in Nursing (VBSN) program was recently awarded a $100,000 grant from Newman’s Own Foundation as part of its commitment to improve the lives of US military personnel, veterans, and their families. The grant will be used to develop and implement a Vet2Vet Support Specialist Program dedicated to providing peer support to veteran nursing students.

Dr. Beverly Jones, VBSN project director, tells, “The University of Michigan-Flint Vet2Vet Coaching Program will provide benefit for both students and coach specialists who are military veterans. The program is a two-way relationship that supports matriculation persistence and university engagement as veterans transition into student nurses and successfully complete the registered nurse licensure examination. By enhancing student morale, productivity, and reducing the sense of student isolation, the program paves the way for veterans to become bachelor-prepared registered nurses.”

UM-Flint is committed to providing a military-friendly environment to nursing students, ensuring that they receive the best education, supportive services, and tools necessary for academic success. The VBSN program is dedicated to building healthy communities through strengthening the healthcare workforce with recruitment efforts, licensure preparation, and employment of US veterans.

The VBSN program is an accelerated bachelor’s degree program that builds on prior military healthcare training for veterans who want to complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. The program focuses on reducing barriers to entry for veterans and awarding academic credit for military coursework and other health-oriented training.

To learn more about UM-Flint’s recent grant to fund the Veterans Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, visit here.

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