News

2014–15

Clear, strong stimulation may help prevent apathy in persons with dementia

Nursing home residents with dementia are less likely to be apathetic if they live in an appropriately stimulating environment, according to a new study by Assistant Professor Ying-Ling Jao, recently published in The Gerontologist.

Kitko receives Nursing Investigator Award from European Society of Cardiology

Assistant Professor Lisa Kitko was named second runner-up in the Nursing Investigator Awards session at Heart Failure 2015, presented by the European Society of Cardiology May 23 to 26 in Seville, Spain.

Mother, daughter receive Penn State nursing degrees at spring 2015 commencement

Student marshal Natalie Keil and her mother, Leslyn Keil, both received Penn State Nursing degrees during spring 2015 commencement.

Students get chance to Meet the Researcher

The Center for Nursing Research presented a "Meet the Researcher" event to give undergraduate students a chance to explore career possibilities in nursing science and research.

Trauma scenario provides hands-on training for Penn State Mont Alto students

Students in the Forest Technology and Nursing programs at Mont Alto worked with local agencies to rescue and treat patients injured in tree harvesting accidents.

World Campus graduates first class in online nursing master’s degree program

The first class in Penn State’s online master of science in nursing (M.S.N.) degree program graduated in the spring 2015 commencement ceremony May 10.

Donald Ford receives second annual Hartford Center Community Champion Award

Donald Ford, dean emeritus of Penn State's College of Health and Human Development, received the second annual Community Champion Award at the Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence’s third annual Alumni and Friends Brunch.

Demanding jobs may extend survival in some with young-onset dementia

A more intellectually demanding job may be the key to living longer after developing young-onset dementia, according to a study published in Neurology by postdoctoral Fellow Lauren Massimo.

Mock disaster drill gives nursing students training for emergencies

To gain a firsthand look at an emergency scene, junior Nursing students took part in a mock disaster drill, with local high school students playing the roles of bus accident victims.

Hartford Center hosts Change AGEnts mural

In April, the Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence hosted the Change AGEnts mural created by participants in the Change AGEnts Conference hosted by the Hartford Change AGEnts Initiative in Philadelphia.

My Day app could help older adults with memory loss

Postdoctoral Fellow Nikki Hill worked with researchers in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering to design an app to help older adults remember and keep track of important tasks.

Fick elected to AGS board of directors

Donna Fick, Distinguished Professor of Nursing, was elected to a three-year term on the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) board of directors beginning May 15.

Milone-Nuzzo assumes leadership role in Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action

On March 24, Dean Paula Milone-Nuzzo was elected chair of the advisory board for the Pennsylvania Action Coalition of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action—an organization with the goal of transforming the nursing profession to better meet the nation’s health needs.

2015 Jean Vallance Lecture in Nursing Innovation

Pamela R. Jeffries will be the guest lecturer at the 2015 Jean Vallance Lecture in Nursing Innovation on Friday, April 10. The lecture will start at 4:30 p.m. in Ruth Pike Auditorium, 22 Biobehavioral Health Building on the University Park campus of Penn State.

Penn State Behrend nursing course utilizes patient actor

Students in the spring 2015 Nursing 112 (Health Patterns/Nursing Interventions) class at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, were greeted with a surprise—an actor playing the role of an elderly patient in the simulation lab.

Students learn about traditional Chinese medicine in Hong Kong

Six students in the College of Nursing visited Hong Kong for two weeks in February to attend university classes and learn about traditional Chinese medicine.

College of Nursing presents The American Nurse

The Penn State College of Nursing is sponsoring a special public screening of the documentary film The American Nurse at 7:00 p.m. April 11 in the Galen and Nancy Dreibelbis Auditorium at Mount Nittany Medical Center, State College.

Nursing faculty join industrial engineering team to study health care delivery systems in France

Judith Hupcey and Alison Walsh were part of an interdisciplinary team of faculty and students who traveled to France in March to study systems approaches to health care coordination.

Buck featured as "Face of Palliative Care Nursing"

Harleah Buck, assistant professor of nursing and co-director of the Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence at Penn State, appears on the cover of the April issue of the Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing (JHPN) as a “Face of Hospice and Palliative Nursing.”

Fick's article named one of of 27 landmark articles in geriatrics

An article by Donna Fick, Distinguished Professor of Nursing, was named by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society as one of 27 “landmark articles for advancing the practice of geriatrics.”

Van Haitsma receives Donaghue grant

Kimberly Van Haitsma, associate professor of nursing and director of the Program for Person-Centered Living Systems of Care (PPCLSC), has received a grant from The Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation to advance understanding of how to deliver person-centered care.

Mastrian's textbook selected for 2014 Book of the Year Award

A nursing textbook co-edited by Penn State Shenango faculty member Kathleen Mastrian was awarded second place in the American Journal of Nursing's annual Book of the Year competition.

Nursing 350 explores "The Power of Money"

A Schreyer Honors College course enhancement grant will enable junior nursing students to explore "The Power of Money."

Nursing students from Sweden bring global perspective to University Park

Rojda Coskun and Karin Callenas from Jönköping University in Sweden were exchange students in Penn State's College of Nursing during the fall 2014 semester.

Sawyer encourages participation in new sleep research network

Assistant Professor Amy Sawyer is encouraging sleep apnea patients (and those at risk for the disorder) to participate in MyApnea.org, a new sharing and learning community aimed at identifying issues deemed important in treating sleep apnea. Read the Centre Daily Times article.

Barksdale wraps up 50th anniversary year Dec. 4

To mark the end of our 50th anniversary observance, the College of Nursing hosted Debra J. Barksdale, a faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who presented on patient-centered care December 4 at the University Park campus.

Alumni inducted as AAN Fellows

Three College of Nursing alumni—William McCool '88, '90g; Lorraine (Jemiola) Robbins '77; and Jo Ann (Krukar) Webb '70—were among 168 nurse leaders inducted as part of the 2014 cohort of American Academy of Nursing (AAN) Fellows.

Sabol receives 2014 Novosel Award

Valerie K. (Soyster) Sabol '91 was selected to receive the 2014 Shirley Novosel Distinguished Alumni Award, presented by the Penn State Nursing Alumni Affiliate Program Group at the college's fourth annual Homecoming brunch on September 28.

Program for Person-Centered Living Systems of Care established

The College of Nursing has partnered with the Polisher Research Institute to establish a Program for Person-Centered Living Systems of Care, expanding our focus on aging to include a model that seeks to improve quality of life. Read more.

Activities planned for 2014 Homecoming Weekend

Alumni are invited back to Penn State for Homecoming the weekend of September 27–28. For the first time, the College of Nursing will hold a tailgate during Saturday's football game in addition to the Novosel Award brunch on Sunday. For details, visit: www.nursing.psu.edu/homecoming

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