School of Health Sciences Newsletter Summer 2021

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GRADUATE NURSING PROGRAM


Nurse Practitioner Residencies

Congratulations to the following Class of 2021 DNP graduates who will participate in local nurse practitioner residencies:

  • Jenifer Reyes, International Community Health Services family nurse practitioner residency
  • Kara Smith, Sollus Northwest family nurse practitioner residency

Premera Rural Nursing Health Initiative

In partnership with DNP programs in Washington state, the Premera Rural Nursing Health Initiative (RHNI) was created to enhance clinical placements and develop postgraduate fellowship programs for advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) students, to improve health outcomes and access in rural Washington communities.

SPU nursing faculty have eagerly participated in the administration of the RNHI and in Spring 2021 two SPU DNP students, Agata Millar and Kara Smith, were placed in RHNI sites for their DNP Immersion Practicum.

Agata was matched with a primary care clinic on Whidbey Island. “My clinical experience through the Premera Rural Nursing Health Initiative was extremely valuable,” she said. “After graduation, I always considered moving to a smaller community to raise my family and work as an NP in a smaller private practice.”

Primary care providers in rural communities are often responsible for treating more acute and complicated conditions independently, as they do not have access to some resources available in larger, more urban systems. The APRN students who participate in the Premera RNHI have the unique opportunity to work with patients with mental health conditions, severe chronic diseases, and acute injuries, making these rural placements rich learning experiences.

Kara wrote, “I had an incredible experience through the Premera Rural Nursing Health Initiative! I was placed at a small clinic in eastern Washington that is an hour away from any hospital or specialty care. Because of the remote location, the providers at this clinic manage a wide variety of chronic diseases, acute illnesses, and injuries. Training in a rural setting not only gave me a more diverse clinical experience, but taught me how to work with limited resources, approach patient care holistically, and be more independent. And the (RHNI) grant helped pay for my travel expenses and my tuition, which made this learning experience possible for me.”

Best wishes to Kara and Agata as they graduate and begin their practice as advanced registered nurse practitioners!

DNP Commissioning

On Saturday, June 12, the Doctor of Nursing Practice program joyously gathered in person for the first time in many months to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduates at the Seattle Pacific University Graduate Nursing Commissioning.

During the ceremony, 16 students completing their Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees were honored. The accomplishments of the graduates were recognized as they persevered through professional, academic, and personal challenges along the way to this goal.

In her welcome, Antwinett O. Lee, interim dean of the School of Health Sciences, congratulated the students in reaching or nearing the end of their educational journey and modeling fortitude and strength of character with courage. To their families and loved ones she offered her gratitude for supporting the graduates with unfailing encouragement and support.

Each graduate was recognized by faculty members Pamela Davies, Pat Giurgevich, Christine Hoyle, Melissa Hutchinson, Bethany Rolfe Witham, Bomin Shim, and Lorie Wild. Each was presented with their doctoral hood as a symbol of their achievement.

Following recognition of each student, Marie Holt shared a commissioning for the cohort to seek a better and more just world and Christine Hoyle concluded the program. Watch a recording of the 2021 Graduate Nursing Commissioning on the SPU DNP YouTube channel.

Congratulations to the SPU DNP Class of 2021

Amy Leanne Arino, Doctor of Nursing Practice Family Nurse Practitioner candidate. Amy completed a DNP scholarly project titled “Community-Based Approach to Chronic Disease Prevention in an Underserved Population.”

Ana-Irina Bologan, Doctor of Nursing Practice Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner candidate. AI completed a DNP scholarly project titled “Medication Management Education Program for Adult Learners Teaching Homeless Adults.”

Jen Casebeer, Doctor of Nursing Practice Family Nurse Practitioner candidate. Jen completed a DNP scholarly project titled “Cost-benefit and Utilization Evaluation of Onsite Medical Services in Supportive Housing for the Chronically Homeless.”

Bevan Marie Davis, Doctor of Nursing Practice Adult/Gerontology Nurse candidate. Bevan completed a DNP scholarly project titled “Health Education Program Development for Adults With Low Health Literacy.”

Harrison Strom Dellinger, Doctor of Nursing Practice Family Nurse Practitioner candidate. Harrison completed a DNP scholarly project titled “A Structural Approach to Successful Fundraising Though Social Context.”

Stacy Caye Henderson, Doctor of Nursing Practice Family Nurse Practitioner candidate. Stacy completed a DNP scholarly project titled “Community Paramedicine Toolkit: A Resource to Help Fire Department Agencies Accelerate the Development of Community Paramedicine Services.”

Donna Lee Kang, Doctor of Nursing Practice Clinical Nurse Specialist candidate. Donna completed a DNP scholarly project titled “Body Fluid Exposure Management: Improving Provider Adherence to Clinical Practice Guidelines.”

Jennifer Vananh Mac, Doctor of Nursing Practice Family Nurse Practitioner candidate. Jennifer completed a DNP scholarly project titled “Increasing Self-Efficacy in Volunteer Outpatient Registered Nurses Through Scope of Practice Education.”

Sarah Elizabeth Mehlmann, Doctor of Nursing Practice Family Nurse Practitioner candidate. Sarah completed a DNP scholarly project titled “Improving Pediatric Illness Management Through a Community Wellness Program.”

Agata I. Millar, Doctor of Nursing Practice Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner candidate. Agata completed a DNP scholarly project titled “Empowering Registered Nurse Clinical Decision-Making in a Patient-Centered Medical Home Using Inflammatory Bowel Disease Protocols and Standing Orders.”

Nicole Ngan Nguyen, Doctor of Nursing Practice Family Nurse Practitioner candidate. Nicole completed a DNP scholarly project titled “Confidence and Knowledge of Nurses in Vietnam Through Distance Learning.”

Jenifer Jamili Reyes, Doctor of Nursing Practice Family Nurse Practitioner candidate. Jen completed a DNP scholarly project titled “Learning Style Assessment and Education to Promote Adaptive Learning Strategies in NP Residents.”

Faith Rachelle Agduyeng Sairez, Doctor of Nursing Practice Family Nurse Practitioner candidate. Faith completed a DNP scholarly project titled “A Functional Needs Checklist for a Hospital to Housing (H2H) Program by Utilizing a Structured Approach.”

Kara Elizabeth Kozemzak Smith, Doctor of Nursing Practice Family Nurse Practitioner candidate. Kara completed a DNP scholarly project titled “Increasing Self-Efficacy in Volunteer Outpatient Registered Nurses Through Scope of Practice Education.”

Melyssa Ruth Waldner, Doctor of Nursing Practice Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner candidate. Melyssa completed a DNP scholarly project titled “Marketing Plan: A Sustainable Volunteer Workforce in Rural Washington State.”

Jessica Wu, Doctor of Nursing Practice Adult/Gerontology Nurse Practitioner candidate. Jen completed a DNP scholarly project titled “A Structured Approach to Assist Case Managers in Determining Appropriate Placement and Services for Homeless Veterans.”

Project Partners

Does your organization have a need for assistance with a project to improve health care outcomes, whether at the practice, patient population, or health system level? That project may be an ideal fit for students in the Seattle Pacific University Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program!

A crucial element of DNP programs is the DNP scholarly project. Students work in collaboration with a health care agency to assess a problem, develop a plan with the agency, then implement the project, evaluate the process, and disseminate their findings in consideration of sustainability.

Learn more about DNP Scholarly Projects here and submit project ideas through our Potential Collaborative Project form any time.

Precept a DNP Student

Are you a clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or physician? Would you be interested in guiding a student’s clinical learning experience as they gain knowledge, skills, and develop self-awareness and critical thinking? We invite you to consider precepting a SPU DNP student!

Preceptors are experts in their area of practice, with a minimum of two years of practice experience, current licensure, teaching skills, and willingness to precept students at various stages of learning. Preceptors for nurse practitioner students must be certified in their practice specialty and have a minimum master’s degree in the appropriate specialty.

Please contact shs@spu.edu to learn more.

ALUMNI UPDATES


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Megann Mitchell (SPU BSN, MSN, and DNP) welcomed twin daughters this past January. The twins join an older sister.

HEALTH AND HUMAN PERFORMANCE

HHP takes part in the 19th Annual Erickson Undergraduate Research Conference

Seven Health and Human Performance senior students participated on May 7 in the annual Erickson Research Conference. The annual conference showcases outstanding research and design contributions that SPU students are making in the fields of biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics, sociology, and this year the addition of health and human performance (HHP).

The conference began with a keynote address from Ryan Bebej, associate professor of biology at Calvin University, and an expert on marine mammal evolution. His research focuses on the evolution of aquatic mammals from terrestrial ancestors, including cetaceans (whales, dolphins, and porpoises) and pinnipeds (seals, sea lions, and walruses).

Following the keynote address student poster presentations were virtually on display. HHP students made a strong showing with five poster presentations. The research subjects varied, and findings were very interesting, as you will see in the list of presenters and titles:

Abril Rexach-Roure and Keyaira Corbray. “The Influence of Lifestyle, Posture and Muscle Imbalances on Low Back Pain.”

Jake Ferry and Nik Reierson. “Effects of stretching intervention on anterior pelvic tilt and range of motion in lower extremities among collegiate soccer players.”

Michaela Abueg. “The relationship between lifting experience and posterior pelvic tilt during a barbell back squat.”

Melissa Revere. “The impact of athlete identity and perfectionism on mental health in student athletes.”

Madison Simmons. “High School Sports Participation as a Predictor of College Activity Levels and Well-being.”

All student poster research projects were advised by Katie Butte (assistant professor of health and human performance) and/or Dale Cannavan (department chair and associate professor of exercise science).

The final portion of the conference featured oral presentations of student research work. Presentations were 12 minutes followed by a three-minute question-and-answer session. Three HHP research projects participated in the oral presentations.

“The Influence of Lifestyle, Posture and Muscle Imbalances on Low Back Pain”
Presented by Abril Rexach-Roure and Keyaira Corbray
Advised by: Dale Cannavan and Katie Butte

“Effects of stretching intervention on anterior pelvic tilt and range of motion in lower extremities among collegiate soccer players”
Presented by Jake Ferry and Nik Reierson
Advised by: Dale Cannavan

“The relationship between lifting experience and posterior pelvic tilt during a barbell back squat”
Presented by Michaela Abueg
Advised by: Dale Cannavan

Student presentations and findings were thought provoking and incited many comments and questions.

It was impressive to observe the work and research of students, especially with challenges presented by the pandemic and remote learning. The tenacity of the students to proceed with their research shined bright in the final presentations. The School of Health Sciences proudly supports HHP students and their participation in the conference. It was truly a celebration of their hard work and an opportunity to share the research among peers, loved ones, and the SPU community.

The Diversity Action Committee (DAC) led by HHP Assistant Professor Katie Thralls Butte has a web page and wiki for Health and Diversity Teaching plans/resources.

The Diversity Action Committee has done awesome work this academic year! Current committee members are: Bomin Shin (UG and GR Nursing faculty), Keyaira Corbray (HHP UG student), Rebeca González (SHS staff), Mya Davis (UG Nursing student), Jennifer Reyes (GR Nursing student), Glenda Shepard (GR Nursing student), and Jill Wang (GR Nursing student).

SHS Commitee

HHP students Nik Reierson and Jake Ferry received the vote for best oral presentation at the Erickson research conference, and their abstract was accepted to the European College of Sports Sciences 2021 Conference — a highly reputable international conference.

UNDERGRADUATE NURSING PROGRAM


On June 11, we graduated the first cohort — Cohort 0621 from the undergraduate concept-based curriculum in a very special pinning ceremony in person on campus.

Undergraduate Nursing student Emily Busha (cohort president) was featured on KOMO-4 TV “Eric’s Heroes.”

Faculty and students successfully participated in vaccine clinics at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), Kaiser Permanente, and Public Health-Seattle & King County. These agencies were so grateful for their service.

Filipinos are the largest share of migrant nurses, which is one of the reasons they have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We salute all Filipino and Filipino American nurses who have been serving tirelessly, especially in this difficult time.

DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Students
The Lydia Green Nursing program partnered with the DAISY Foundation to recognize nursing students who demonstrate commitment to compassionate care, as well as connection with patients and families by building trust and respect, and who advocate strongly for patients and families. Nominations were received from preceptors, faculty, and peers reviewed by the SHS DAISY Committee.

Two honorees were selected, one from each program: Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Congratulations to the following DAISY nominees:

BSN Program: Serina Dawa, Kyle Ebisu, Jenna Place, Katherine Spencer, Caitlyn Stoltzfus, Samantha Thompson

DNP Program: Ana-Irina Bologan, RN; Jennifer Casebeer, RN; Stacy Henderson, RN

Congratulations to the 2020–21 DAISY honorees:
BSN Program: Caitlyn Stoltzfus
DNP Program. Jennifer Casebeer, RN

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All nominees and honorees were recognized at their respective graduation ceremonies. Nominees received a recognition card and nominee pin and honorees received a DAISY Award certificate, pin, and a Healer's Touch sculpture, which is individually hand-carved by artists of the Shona tribe in Zimbabwe.

The DAISY Foundation was established in 1999 by members of the family of Patrick Barnes. He was 33 years old and died of complications of the auto-immune disease ITP. Like many families that go through this kind of horrific loss, the Barnes family wanted to do something positive to honor the very special man Patrick was. They came up with DAISY — an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.

As they brainstormed what the DAISY Foundation would actually do, they kept coming back to the one positive thing they held on to during Pat’s eight-week illness: the extraordinary care he and they received from Pat’s nurses. The family was very impressed by the clinical care Pat’s nurses provided, but what really overwhelmed them was the compassion and kindness that his nurses brought to Pat’s bedside day in and day out.

Pat’s family created The DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nurses to honor nurses who go above and beyond and make extraordinary differences in patients and families experiences in healthcare.

There are other ways the foundation says thank-you to nurses, including recognizing and celebrating nursing students who exemplify the delivery of clinical care in an extraordinary and compassionate way to patients and their families as they are learning. The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Students is designed to remind students, even on your toughest days in nursing school, why you want to be a nurse.

For more information, see www.daisyfoundation.org

Presenting at the Association of Public Health Nurses Annual Conference
Antwinett O. Lee (interim dean, School of Health Sciences), Shayla Holcomb (public health deputy chief nurse officer), Louise Peterson (public health nurse manager: ASSET Grant Training & Development), Kaylin Bolt (public health social research scientist), Mya Davis (ASSET fellow), and Caitlyn Stoltzfus (ASSET fellow), presented at the Association of Public Health Nurses Annual Conference in April 2021 and at the Northwest Regional Primary Care Association conference in May 2021. Their topic: An Innovative Approach to Nurse Education in a Public Health Primary Care Setting. Both conferences were afforded to us as part of a four-year HRSA NEPQR grant specifically as it pertains to community primary care. The aim of the grant is to grow a sustainable primary care nursing workforce that have the competencies to address pressing national public health issues. Academic-practice partnerships are a foundational aspect of this grant. We are currently in project year three of this four-year grant.

GENERAL UPDATES

Special thanks to Christine Hoyle for her many years of service to the graduate Nursing program. She retires at the end of June. Read more about her in SPU Stories.

Special thanks to the School of Health Sciences Leadership Team for their dedication and hard work: Katie Bennett (graduate programs manager), Dale Canavan (associate professor and Health and Human Performance chair), Julie Ann Harrington (manager, Budget and Business Operations), Christine Hoyle (associate dean for Graduate Nursing programs), Lena Hristova (interim associate dean for undergraduate Nursing), and Carol McFarland (assistant dean for strategic and community partnerships).

Special thanks to Lena Hristova for serving as the interim associate dean for undergraduate nursing during the 2020–21 academic year.

Special thanks to Antwinett O. Lee for serving as the interim dean for the School of Health Sciences during the 2020–21 academic year.

Special appreciation to all of our students, faculty, staff, and office assistants for their perseverance and dedication during a pandemic and multiple transitions.

Welcome, Tyra Dean-Ousley!


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Tyra Dean-Ousley, an accomplished educator, clinician, and health care administrator, has accepted Seattle Pacific University’s invitation to serve as the next dean of the School of Health Sciences, beginning in July 2021.

She has held a number of academic positions, including director of nursing programs, nursing professor, and dean of nursing — mainly in her native Chicago. Most recently, she served as interim dean in the College of Health Science at Chicago State University. She also brings a rich background in acute and ambulatory care, with a focus on maternal-child and medical surgical nursing. Beyond the nursing world, she is a popular speaker and Bible teacher, and is the founder of Leap4Joy Ministries, an outreach of encouragement in the Chicago area.

Read more about Tyra Dean-Ousley in SPU Stories, and be sure to welcome her to Seattle Pacific!

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