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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.

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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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CWRU nursing school awarded $2.35 million to study the link between the brain and health behavior changeMoore

A five-year, $2.35 million grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research will allow researchers from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University to study how brain activity motivates the chronically ill to manage their illnesses.

“Finding a way to change brain activity and its influence on healthy behavior would be like finding the Holy Grail,” said the study’s lead investigator Shirley Moore, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate dean of research at the nursing school and the Edward J. and Louise Mellen Professor of Nursing.

Moore is working with: Carol Musil, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Marvin E. and Ruth Durr Denekas Professor of Nursing; Michael Decker, PhD, RN, RRT, Diplomate ABSM, associate professor of nursing; and Patricia Higgins, PhD, RN, FGSA, associate professor of nursing. Anthony Jack, PhD, associate professor of cognitive science, and Vikas Gulani, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine and director of the Case Center for Imaging Research, are also involved in the research.

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  • Carol L. Savrin, DNP, RN, CPNP, FNP, BC, FAANP, associate professor and director of the MSN program, was named a Family Nurse Practitioner content expert for the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
  • Olivia Verhagen, BSN student, was the First Place Poster Award Winner for SOURCE 2014 with her poster, "Reducing Sodium Intake in Patients with Hypertension." Alexandra Morris, BSN student, received second place with her poster, "Increasing Immunization Awareness in Fairbanks, Alaska."
  • Diana Lynn Morris, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA, the Florence Cellar Associate Professor of Gerontological Nursing and Executive Director of the University Center on Aging & Health, received the Arnold L. Heller Memorial Award from the Menorah Park Foundation.
  • Susan M. Ludington, PhD, CNM, FAAN, the Carl W. and Margaret Davis Walter Professor of Pediatric Nursing, received the March of Dimes Distinguished Award, the 2014 Nurse of the Year.

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