News

2015–16

College of Nursing pledges to educate students on opioid abuse

Penn State has joined with 190 other schools of nursing in pledging to educate nurse practitioner students on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain.

(See also the Centre Daily Times story.)

World Campus dual major graduates with highest distinction

Michael Robinson of Great Falls, Montana, received his B.S. in Nursing through the online RN to B.S. program. A dual major in Nursing and Psychology, he graduated with highest distinction at spring 2016 commencement exercises.

D.N.P. students become first doctoral students to graduate from World Campus

Two students in the doctor of nursing practice (D.N.P.) program were the first Penn State students to complete their doctoral degrees online. Jennifer Barton and Jackie Gordon received their degrees at The Graduate School commencement exercises on May 8.

Give nurse practitioners in Pennsylvania full practice authority

During National Nurses Week, Dean Paula Milone-Nuzzo joined with the deans of two other Pennsylvania schools of nursing in supporting Pennsylvania Senate Bill 717 and House Bill 765, which would allow full practice authority for nurse practitioners.

Nursing, medical students travel to Panama for medical brigade

A group of students from the Colleges of Nursing and Medicine traveled to Yaviza, Panama, in March through Penn State Hershey's Global Brigades chapter.

Nurse practitioner students put education into practice at student-run clinic

LionCare Tyrone is a partnership between the College of Medicine, College of Nursing, and Tyrone Regional Health Network.

2016 Jean Vallance Lecture in Nursing Innovation scheduled for April 1

Dr. Therese Richmond from the University of Pennsylvania will be the guest lecturer for this year's Jean Vallance Lecture in Nursing Innovation.

Hartford Center to hold fourth annual Alumni and Friends Brunch

Dr. Heather Young from the University of California, Davis, will be the keynote speaker at the 2016 Hartford Center Alumni and Friends Brunch on April 3.

College of Nursing receives RWJF grant to support Ph.D. education

The Penn State College of Nursing is one of 32 schools of nursing to receive a Future of Nursing Scholars program grant through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The funds will be used to support two students pursuing their Ph.D. degrees in nursing.

College of Nursing receives PCORI funding to establish community-based research

The College of Nursing has received $250,000 from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to develop networks for community-based nursing research throughout Pennsylvania. The project is an extension of our Research Nurse Initiative, established in 2014 to train clinical nursing faculty to conduct research.

Palliative care important for prison population

Penn State researchers reported their findings on end-of-life care for prisoners in the February 26 issue of the American Journal of Nursing.

Penrod receives ELNEC Award

Professor Janice Penrod was one of seven individuals honored with a 2015 ELNEC Award from the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC), a national education initiative to improve palliative care.

Student nurses help keep THON dancers in top shape

Each year, students in the NURS 306 course (Nursing Care of Children and Adolescents) use their clinical skills to help dancers in Penn State's Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon stay healthy and make a difference for kids with cancer.

(Read the story on Onward State.)

SNAP wins Blood Cup for second year

For the second year in a row, Penn State's SNAP chapter took home the trophy for the large group (50+ members) division in the Blood Cup, an annual competition sponsored by the Penn State Student Red Cross Club and Alpha Epsilon Delta Health Preprofessional Honor Society.

Sex trafficking survivor visits Penn State

The College of Nursing is co-sponsoring a presentation to raise awareness of sex trafficking. "Love is Not for Sale: From Victim to Survivor" is being presented in collaboration with Penn State's Network on Child Protection and Well-Being.

Buck serves as panelist for eighth annual CIHDS workshop

Harleah Buck, assistant professor of nursing, was a panelist at the eighth annual workshop of the Center for Integrated Healthcare Delivery Systems (CIHDS), held Feb. 5 at University Park. The workshop brought together experts from industry and academia to discuss the linkages between precision medicine and precision health, with a focus on how health care delivery can become more efficient as a driver of innovation.

Anticholinergics may not be best choice for rehab patients with dementia

During rehabilitation following an acute hospital stay, medications that block neurotransmitters may be overprescribed to older patients suffering from delirium superimposed on dementia, according to an American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry study co-authored by Dr. Ann Kolanowski.

SNAP chapter sweeps awards at annual convention

Penn State's chapter of the Student Nurses' Association of Pennsylvania (SNAP) brought home an armful of awards from the association's annual convention and awards banquet in November.

Nursing students win big in mHealth Challenge

The College of Nursing teamed with students in the College of Information Sciences and Technology to take home first and third places in the 2015 mHealth Challenge. Both teams developed an idea for an app to help kids with diabetes or celiac disease learn about and manage their condition.

Kitko inducted as AHA Fellow

Assistant Professor Lisa Kitko was inducted as an International Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA) on Nov. 10 at the AHA's annual Scientific Sessions in Orlando, Florida.

Fick co-chairs panel for Beers Criteria update

Distinguished Professor Donna Fick co-chaired a panel of 13 experts convened by the American Geriatrics Society to update and expand the Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medicaion Use in Older Adults, one of the most frequently cited reference tools in the geriatrics field.

Third annual "Hospital of Horrors" stresses patient safety to students

For the third year, the College of Nursing took advantage of the Halloween season to teach students about patient and environmental safety issues using the facilities of the Nursing Simulation Laboratory.

Buck, Wolgast inducted into American Academy of Nursing

Assistant Professor Harleah Buck and alumna Kelly Ambrosi Wolgast '85 were among 163 nurse leaders selected for the 2015 cohort of AAN Fellows—a distinction reserved for nursing leaders who have made significant contributions to nursing education, management, practice, policy, and research.

Rayburn receives 2015 Novosel Award

Virginia L. (Smith) Rayburn '73 of Grove City, Ohio, was selected to receive the 2015 Shirley Novosel Distinguished Alumni Award, presented by the Penn State Nursing Alumni Society at the College of Nursing’s fifth annual Homecoming brunch on Oct. 11.

Nursing students join the #PSUFluFight

The College of Nursing is collaborating with University Health Services on the #PSUFluFight social media campaign to spread awareness about flu prevention and encourage students to get vaccinated.

New method could help nurses spot delirium quickly

Asking just two questions may be able to help nurses and doctors quickly and easily identify delirium in hospitalized older adults, according to a new study by Donna M. Fick, Distinguished Professor of Nursing and co-director of the Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence at Penn State.

Former College of Nursing student begins faculty career at Penn State

After completing four Penn State degrees and a postdoctoral fellowship, Nikki Hill is beginning her career as a faculty member in the College of Nursing.

College of Nursing building receives new name

The Nursing Sciences Building (formerly Health and Human Development East) was renamed in July 2015 to reflect the College of Nursing's growing presence at Penn State.

Laurie Gunter, former Nursing department head, dies

Dr. Laurie Martin Gunter, professor emeritus of nursing and human development and former head of the Department of Nursing, passed away June 15 in Seattle, Washington.

Kitko chosen as 2015 Macy Faculty Scholar

Lisa Kitko, assistant professor of nursing at Penn State, has been selected by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation for the 2015 class of Macy Faculty Scholars.

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