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Delaying Decisions for Family Members in ICU can Lead to PTSDNurse Faculty Loan Program CWRU

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

-or-

ThirdPartyComments@aacn.nche.edu

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

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$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.


This Is Why You Can't Fall Asleep in the SummerSummer sleep

There's a scientific reason your body sleeps poorly in a hot bedroom. It's a smaller temperature gradient—or the difference between your core body temperature and the room temperature—that triggers a sleepless night. The optimal gradient is the difference between your core body temperature, 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, and about 68 degrees, the temperature sleep experts say provides an optimal sleep environment. As part of the body's natural rhythm, our core temperature drops about half a degree at night, signaling bedtime. And it seems that a cooler bedroom helps to make this dip happen.

But you don’t need to sacrifice a good night’s sleep just because you can't crank up the A/C. Michael Decker, Ph.D., a member of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and laboratory director at Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, and Philip Gehrman, Ph.D., from the Penn Sleep Center at the University of Pennsylvania, share their tips on the best ways to beat the heat and catch some Zzs.

Read more on Real Simple.


Researcher raises awareness of flame-retardant dangers in household productsScholarships

Parents might be surprised to learn their cellphones, living room sofas, baby carriers, bouncy baby chairs and even some pizza boxes may contain chemicals harmful to young children, according to Case Western Reserve University nursing school researcher Laura Distelhorst, MSN, RN, instructor.

Distelhorst plans to raise awareness about the dangers of exposure to chemical flame-retardants found in common household products that make babies and children vulnerable to cognitive and physical problems as they grow and develop. The pediatric nurse, pursuing her doctor of nurse practice degree, has launched the research project, “Pediatric Nurses’ Knowledge of Toxic Chemical Flame Retardants.”

Read more on think.


NIH grant supports training that could lead to better management of multiple chronic illnessesNIH grant

Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing will begin training predoctoral and postdoctoral researchers to study people with multiple chronic illnesses in hopes of discovering better methods for managing such a complex combination of illnesses.

The school of nursing received a five-year, $1.79 million training grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research at the National Institutes of Health for the program, which starts July 1.

The program was based on the need to research and better understand the complex health-care situations presented by patients with multiple chronic conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease, said Shirley M. Moore, the Edward J. and Louise Mellen Professor of Nursing, associate dean for research and director of the Self Management for the Advancement through Research and Translation (SMART) Center.

Read more in The Daily. To learn more about the program, contact Dr. Moore at shirley.moore@case.edu.


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  • 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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