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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 master 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 positions 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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Case Western Reserve and Cleveland Clinic expand education campus to include dentistry and nursingHealth Education Campus

Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic are expanding their health education collaboration to include dental and nursing students on the campus already planned for the institutions’ medical students.

The news comes as the university and hospital system submitted designs and renderings for the 485,000-square-foot quadrangle building to the Cleveland City Planning Commission in advance of meetings next week. The world-renowned architecture firm Foster + Partners designed the Health Education Campus to stand on the same 11-acre parcel originally designated for the medical education building. Located on East 93rd Street between Euclid and Chester Avenues, it will include even more of the cutting-edge technology and innovative learning spaces previously planned for medical education.

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Nursing school receives nation’s largest Nurse Faculty Loan Program grantJaclene

For many students at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, finding a way to pay for their advanced nursing degrees got easier this fall.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded the nursing school a $3.16 million Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) grant—the largest among 93 accredited college and nursing programs receiving grants for the current academic year.

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Nursing school receives grant to study how cancer patients make end-of-life decisionsDouglas

The choice to die at home surrounded by loved ones comes too late for some cancer patients. Why that happens and how to change the process so more patients may die as they wish is the focus of new research individuals at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing will pursue with a four-year, $2.06 million grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research.

The project, “Mapping Complex Influences of Aggressiveness of End of Life Cancer Care,” will contribute to NINR’s ongoing research to better understand the decision-making process for end-of-life (EOL) choices.

Traditionally, the EOL conversation primarily takes place between the physician and patient. “It isn’t working,” said Sara Douglas, PhD, RN, associate professor of nursing and the study’s lead investigator. “Missing are the caregivers and nurses, who also have a strong influence on what the patient does. This is a complex issue.”

Read more on The Daily.

Grant evaluates how families make health-care decisionsHickman

Ronald Hickman Jr., PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, assistant professor of nursing has received a $350,000 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars award to investigate how to help family decision-makers when considering life-sustaining treatments.

Hickman plans to interview 200 people who made medical decisions for a family member in an intensive care unit. He will evaluate how their emotions, personality traits and behaviors influenced their ability to process information and make a health-care decision for an ICU patient.

Read more on The Plain Dealer.

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  • 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.
  • Shanina Knighton, PhD student,, received first place in the Cleveland Clinic's Clinic Solutions – Mini Case Competition held November 13-14. It was a two day challenge that involved a randomized group of students from schools around the area to figure out a innovative way and vision for merging Akron General Hospital into the Cleveland Clinic system. She also took first place at the Girl Power Pitch Night event, as one of the female collegiate entrepreneurs representing the four Northeast Ohio Blackstone LaunchPad programs. She had 3 minutes to pitch her business/nonprofit followed by 2 minutes of Q/A from the judges. Learn more about Knighton's entrepreneurship in think.
  • Molly J. Jackson, MSN, APRN, NP-C, instructor in the School of Nursing, was selected as a 2014-2016 Jonas Scholar by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

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