Summertime and the Living Is Easy?

Summertime might mean vacations at the mountains, or the beach for some, but for the faculty of the School of Nursing, summer is anything but being laid back. In addition to their teaching responsibilities, they are engaged around the world expanding their knowledge and sharing their expertise.

We asked the classic question, “So what will you be doing during the summer break?” The following is just a snapshot of some of the answers we received about the activities keeping DUSON Faculty busy this summer:

Janet Prvu Bettger, ScD, FAHA – Associate ProfessorBettger traveled to Singapore earlier this summer to give a public lecture at the Duke NUS Graduate Medical School titled “Mind the Gap: Supporting Successful Care Transitions and Recovery after a Stroke.” Bettger was also invited to speak in Beijing China at the Tiantan International Stroke Conference regarding the use of mobile technology to support stroke rehabilitation and self-management after hospital discharge, as well as at the Training for International Insights, Stroke Careers in China Forum, where she was asked to speak on the comparative effectiveness of stroke rehabilitation.

Brigit Carter, PhD, MSN, RN, CCRN – Assistant ProfessorCarter was invited to speak at the 2014 American Association of Critical-Care Nurses National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition in Colorado in May. Her presentation, titled “Intraabdominal Pressure Monitoring to Identify Feeding Intolerance of ELBW Neonates,” was based on her clinical research funded by the AACN.

Penny L. Cooper, DNP, FNP-BC, ACNPC-BC – Assistant ProfessorKathryn J. Trotter, DNP, CNM, FNP-C – Assistant ProfessorCooper and Trotter, along with former DUSON professor William “Mike” Scott, presented at the fifth International Nurse Education Conference in Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands in June.

Diane Holditch-Davis, PhD, RN, FAAN – Marcus E. Hobbs Distinguished Professor of Nursing and Associate Dean for Research AffairsEarlier this summer, Holditch-Davis spent a week in China teaching neonatal nurses from Peking Union Medical College how to work with families. In July and August, Holditch-Davis will be teaching researchers about sleeping infants and how to score infant sleep-wake states. When not teaching, she is working on her study of late preterm infants.

Marilyn M. Lombardi, PhD – Center of Nursing Collaboration, Entrepreneurship, and Technology (CONCEPT) DirectorIn June, Lombardi launched the CONCEPT research program known as CHIEF (Continuous Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship). The program is funded by the Atlanta-based Marcus Foundation for the development of an organizational tool that academic medical centers can use to assess their current processes and improve their support for innovation and entrepreneurship. DUSON’s CONCEPT office is partnered with the Emory University School of Nursing in testing the CHIEF instrument at Emory Healthcare. Results will form the basis for a larger, multi-site trial proposal. The CHIEF research program is designed to raise the Duke School of Nursing's national visibility as a leader and cross-institutional collaborator in this important domain.

Melanie E. Mabrey, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, BC-ADM – Assistant ProfessorThis summer, Mabrey is teaching and presenting on Diabetes Management. She will be going from an elective on campus and workshops for Duke University Health System to specialty conferences in San Francisco, Las Vegas and Chicago.

Marilyn Oermann, Ph.D. – Thelma M. Ingles Professor of Nursing and Director of Evaluation and Educational ResearchOermann is teaching a course this summer on Clinical Teaching and Evaluation in the MSN program. She is also starting a new study to determine how much practice students need to maintain their competence in CPR. This study will involve collaborating with the U.S. Air Force to determine if an individualized training schedule can be set to maintain proficiency in CPR over time similar to how pilots maintain their proficiency. In addition to this work, Oermann gave the keynote address at the Drexel University Nursing Education Institute conference in South Carolina in June. She will also attend the INANE (International Academy of Nursing Editors) Conference in Portland, Maine in August.

Beth C. Phillips, MSN, RN, CNE – Assistant ProfessorTheresa M. Valiga, EdD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN – Professor and Director of the Institute for Educational ExcellencePhillips and Valiga gave the presentation “It’s Time we stop settling for mediocrity in nursing education and start expecting excellence” in July at the 2014 Nurse Educator Conference, which took place in Breckenridge Colorado.

Ryan J. Shaw, PhD, RN – Assistant ProfessorShaw is taking classes in Data Analytics at SAS in San Diego to receive certification in Predictive Modeling. This will be for the new online Informatics Data Analytics course beginning in summer 2015. This course will allow students to learn techniques for data analytics evaluation and visualization of clinical data. Additional specific topics include: big data, data marts, data security, business reporting, segmentation and hierarchical clustering.

Jane Blood-Siegfried DNSc, CPNP – ProfessorBrett T. Morgan, DNP, CRNA – Assistant ProfessorJennie DeGagne, PhD, BSN – FacultyBlood-Siegfried, DeGagne and Morgan are preparing to travel to Ghana in September to teach faculty how to put their course work online for a CRNA advanced education program. The trip to Ghana is through Bass connections, a university-wide initiative designed to engage faculty and students in teams working to tackle complex issues, as well as expose students to inquiry across disciplines.

Jane Blood-Siegfried, DNSc, CPNP – ProfessorKatherine C. Pereira, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, ADM-BC, FAANP – Assistant ProfessorBlood-Siegfried and Periera spent part of the summer at KCMC in Moshi Tanzania working on a consensus building conference and curriculum for the first Family Nurse Practitioner program in Tanzania.

Kathryn A. Wood, PhD, RNAssistant ProfessorWood has been involved in Duke Engage for more than three years and each summer takes a group of Duke University students to Beirut where they work with her on a community project. This work is done in conjunction with The American University in Beirut.

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