Spring 2011University Updates

School of Nursing, School of Occupational Therapy

School of Nursing: AMP earns 100 percent pass rate

The School of Nursing’s Accelerated Master’s Program is proud to announce that 100 percent of the students in Cohort I passed the NCLEX exam for RN licensure on the first attempt. The AMP program is for students who hold a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field who wish to pursue a master’s degree in nursing. This accelerated, full-time nursing program leads to an MSN degree specializing in Nursing and Health Systems Leadership in 27 months. This cohort of students started the program in May 2009.

Dean Anne Thomas is consulting with the Japanese Nurse Practitioner Association to develop the first nurse practitioner certification examination to be given in Japan. Thomas is providing the keynote presentation at the 2011 Forum on Aging hosted by the Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio in March. She also is the project director/lead representing the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties to coordinate a multi-organizational group to develop nurse practitioner competencies for pediatric, acute care, and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners.

In November, Connie Wilson was retained as a consultant by Catherine’s University in Minnesota for the nursing program’s curriculum revision and accreditation preparation.

Barbara Winningham presented “Implementing an Evidence-based Model of Prenatal Care and Birth Environment with a Federally Qualified Health Center” at the annual Nursing Research Conference at IU Health.

School of Occupational Therapy: OT researchers study burn disorders

Lucinda Dale and student researchers Heather Howearth ’09 ’10, Megan Painter ’09 ’10, Ashley Pickett ’11, and Jessica Small ’11, along with Elena Bolin ’98 ’99 and Rajiv Sood, had an abstract accepted to the annual meeting of the American Burn Association scheduled for March in Chicago. Their paper is titled “The Upper Limb Functional Index and the Quick Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand (QuickDASH) are Responsive Tools for Measuring Clinical Change after an Upper Extremity Burn Injury.”

In November the School of Occupational Therapy hosted the fall meeting of the INHand Education Group with 50 clinicians and students attending. Occupational therapy students Amy Spencer and Ashley Pickett, along with Lucinda Dale, presented research findings related to use of the QuickDASH and ULFI in clinical populations of upper-extremity burn and musculoskeletal disorders.

In March Beth Ann Walker ’01 will present “Development of a Rehabilitation Protocol for Replication in a Virtual Environment” at the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education’s annual meeting and educational leadership conference in Cincinnati. In April Kate DeCleene and Sarah Mellencamp ’11, Zachary Hoover ’11, Karissa Roberts ’09 ’10, and Tera Dewig ’09 ’10 will present a poster, “The Correlational Validity Between the Peabody Developmental Motor Scales-Second Edition (PDMS-2) and the Developmental Profile-3 (DP-3),” at the annual American Occupational Therapy Conference in Philadelphia.

DeCleene has been collaborating with Lara DePoy ’00 on a research project, “Can occupational therapists enhance a conductive education program with sensory integration for children with cerebral palsy?” The research advisors and students in the MOT Class of 2011 have been accepted to present their research in March 2010 at the 24th Annual Dean’s Occupational Therapy Research Conference at Saint Louis University.

In April, Julie Bednarski ’96 and Erin Cantrell ’08, Anthony Hautman ’11, Katherine Knight ’08 ’10, and Brent Surface ’08 ’10 will present a poster, “The Effectiveness of Using Sensory Integration Techniques During Occupational Therapy Groups to Improve Task Performance with Adult Day Center Clients” at the Annual American Occupational Therapy Conference in Philadelphia.

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