School of Nursing: School of Nursing launches online RN-to-BSN
UIndy is taking one of its most popular nursing degree programs online, making it accessible to working nurses throughout the state who want to advance their careers. The School of Nursing first launched its RN-to-BSN program in the early 1990s to help registered nurses—licensed after two to three years of education—to complete their bachelor’s degrees, the level of preparation that is becoming the healthcare industry standard. The program is currently offered in an accelerated hybrid format of weekly class meetings and online content that can be completed in 12 months, and also in on-site formats designed for employees of the IU Health, Hendricks Regional, and Franciscan St. Francis health systems. Beginning this fall, the same UIndy curriculum will be available in an online format that also can be completed in 12 months. Now accepting applications, the online program is open to licensed nurses currently working in Indiana. Financial aid is available, and students will have the flexibility to move from the hybrid to online format, or vice versa, as their circumstances change.
“It opens the door for people who don’t have access to our campus or our partner locations,” says Professor Connie Wilson, director of UIndy’s RN-to-BSN program. Evolving standards among healthcare providers and nursing professional associations are making the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree more important than ever, Wilson says. The industry is bracing for a wave of nursing retirements. Enrollment in two-year associate’s degree programs is increasing, but those nurses typically will be expected to complete their bachelor’s degrees within five years of entering the field. And major hospital systems are now adopting the nursing associations’ recommendation that 80 percent of their nursing workforce should hold bachelor’s or advanced degrees by 2020.
“The thrust is coming now from the employers too,” Wilson says, noting that nurses who delay obtaining higher degrees may find their career options limited. More information about the UIndy School of Nursing’s online RN-to-BSN program is available at http://nursing.uindy.edu, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 1-800-232-8634.
School of Occupational Therapy: Learning from Belize
Candace Beitman and William Staples (Krannert School of Physical Therapy) led a summer service-learning and service-provision trip to Belize in July with entry-level DPT students and postprofessional OT and PT students and alumni. Beitman and Julie Gahimer ’85 (Krannert School of Physical Therapy) returned to Belize in October to begin a research study with students and international partnering agencies titled “Perceptions of Students and Community Partners following Brief Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy Service-Learning and Service-Provision in Belize.” Beitman and postprofessional OT student Rebecca Fielding and Indiana University OT student Kelly VanKoevering presented “Interdisciplinary Service-Learning in Belize” at the Indiana Occupational Therapy Association fall conference.
In November Beth Ann Walker ’01 presented “Acceptance and Use of Virtual Gaming as an Intervention Strategy with Older Adults in Occupational Therapy” at the Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Association of America in San Diego. Walker was also nominated for the American Society on Aging graduate student research award for her dissertation research on this topic.
In February Kate DeCleene and Stephanie P. Kelly ’91 ’92 (Krannert School of Physical Therapy) presented “Anatomy Teaching Strategies in Physical Therapist Education” at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Section Meeting in San Diego, Calif. The presentation was part of a larger research project exploring anatomy education in both occupational and physical therapy education. The research was completed as part of a master’s of occupational therapy student research project that included Julie Bernhardt ’11 ’12, Katelyn Williams ’12, Anne Bamidele ’12, Jennifer Bartlett ’12, and Kourtney Maddox ’10 ’12. Parts of this research will be presented in April at the American Occupational Therapy Association Conference & Expo in San Diego.
At the April AOTA Conference, students in the 2013 MOT cohort will present “The Influences of Emerging Practice Areas on Occupational Therapy Practitioners” based on their current research under the guidance of DeCleene. DeCleene and Jennifer Fogo ’85 ’87 will present a Technology Day Workshop on Integrating Innovative Online Patient Education into Everyday Practice at the conference. Kristi Hape will present a workshop on how to conduct handwriting camps as a summer project for occupational therapists. She will share strategies on how to develop a business plan for the project, samples of progress of students, lesson plans, and other resources.
In late April Colleen Sheehy will present “Transforming the Research Project with Technology: Making a Difference Through Social Bookmarking and Online Collaboration” at the International Reading Association annual convention in San Antonio, Tex.
School of Psychological Sciences: Researching the Rorschach
In August Aaron Kivisto completed his postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital. He published articles on the Rorschach measurement of aggression in the Journal of Personality Assessment and on domestic violence perpetration in the APA journal Psychology of Violence. Kivisto also co-authored a chapter in Paige Ouimette and Jennifer Read’s forthcoming text, New Directions in Trauma, PTSD, and Substance Abuse. He presented a paper on the status of the Rorschach Performance Assessment System in forensic contexts at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality Assessment in San Diego in March. Jacqueline Wall, along with Jeremy Davis ’06 ’09 and Krisinda Whitney, were co-authors of the article “Derivation and Clinical Validation of Consistency Indices on the Test of Memory Malingering” published in the Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology. This manuscript examined response consistency in free-standing performance validity measures as a method of measuring examinee effort in neuropsychological evaluations. This research was partially funded by a summer research grant and was a collaborative research effort, using data collected at UIndy and at the Richard Roudebush Veterans Administration Medical Center. Wall was lead author on a chapter in the book The Neuropsychology of Psychopathology. Her co-authors were Davis and Jennifer Mariner ’07.
Wall and S. M. Koch had their article “Collaborative benchmarking efforts and individual agency consultation” published in the Foster Family-based Treatment Association’s Practice Wisdom Guide: Wisdom from the Field on Managing Change in Treatment Foster Care Policy and Practice. This FFTA publication provided recommendations for agencies providing foster care services, and Wall and Koch’s chapter offered advice on the use of benchmarked data for service evaluation and quality improvement at the individual agency level. Wall was the lead author on an invited film review pub-lished in the American Psychological Association journal PsycCRITIQUES. She and collaborator David G. Wall reviewed the film Beasts of the Southern Wild. They are also in the process of reviewing Michael Haneke’s film Amour and Tom Hooper’s film Les Misérables for this journal.
In November Davis and J. Wall presented two research posters at the annual meeting of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, in Nashville, Tenn. Joseph Hansel was a co-author on one of these projects. The presentations examined the use of symptom validity and embedded tests to examine evaluate effort on neuropsychological evaluations. In February Wall and student Kara Shaneyfelt ’10 presented at the Conference of the International Neuro-psychological Society in Honolulu, Hawaii. The research presented examined classification accuracy in symptom validity measures in a simulated malingering design of non-clinical participants. Wall provided an invited address at the Brain Injury Association of Indiana’s 2012 Education Conference along with co-presenter Meredith Tumilty ’12, a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program. Wall presented on recent research in return-to-work programs designed to assist persons who have sustained traumatic brain injury.
Wall, Koch, and D. Wall, along with Crystal Cederna-Meko ’07 ’09 and Davis, and students Cynthia Ross ’93, Cara Pratt, Jay Hamm, and Dominic Letizia collaborated on nine different research submissions to the American Psychological Association.
In August Wall co-authored four student poster presentations at the American Psychological Association convention in Orlando, Fla. Cynthia Ross represented her work at the 2012 fall conference of the Indiana Psychological Association. Ross’s project examined risk factors present in youth who are diagnosed with intellectual disabilities and are placed in foster care. Wall serves as president of Psychologists in Public Service (Division 18 of the American Psychological Association), is a consultant reviewer on the editorial board of Psychological Services, is co-chair of the Continuing Education Committee for the Society of Industrial-Organizational Psychologists (APA Division 14), and is a research committee member for the Foster Family Treatment Association. She is a guest reviewer for the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation and has worked with Worth Publishers reviewing materials. She continues to consult with IARCCA and is now working with the Allen County Community Corrections conducting outcomes evaluations for both organizations.
Graduate student Emily Boshkoff Johnson ’11 received the 2013 Stephen A. Mitchell Memorial Essay Award from the editorial board of Psychoanalytic Psychology and the board of the Division of Psychoanalysis within the American Psychological Association. Her paper, “All the ‘Long-Gone Darlings’: Using Confessional Poetry as a Lens to View the Western-Cultural Symbolical Formations of the Female Body,” will be presented at the Division of Psychoanalysis 2013 Spring Meeting and will be printed in a subsequent publication of Psychoanalytic Psychology. Johnson also won the 2012 Student Essay Contest sponsored by the Section for Applied Clinical Psychoanalysis for her applied theoretical paper composed as a consequence of her solo sojourn to remote regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2011, titled, “Returning to the Heart of Darkness: The Global Politics of Starvation, Psychoanalysis, and the Starvation of Psychoanalysis.”
Social Sciences: Stressing service-learning
Phylis Lan Lin served as co-editor for the book Service-Learning in Higher Education: Connecting the Global to the Local by the University of Indianapolis Press, its fifth on the topic of service-learning. As the concept of community has grown, so have challenges and opportunities associated with the implementation of thoughtful and well-conceived service-learning experiences to support course and educational objectives. The book provides examples and best practice guidelines based on this expanding sense of community. The 45 contributors to this text are researchers, educators, and administrators of service-learning pedagogy, theory, and practice from many countries and diverse disciplines. This collection provides insights on some of the most pertinent issues and best practices in contemporary service-learning: institutionalization, the formation of international partnerships, service-learning pedagogy, and evaluation.