Newsmakers-September 2016

Read recent media coverage of UW School of Nursing faculty, students, research and programs.

UW Nursing School Opens Center to Improve Sleep for People with Chronic Conditions: News of the newly-launched Center for Innovation in Sleep Self-Management, co-directed by Teresa Ward, Family and Child Nursing, and Margaret Heitkemper, Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics. Read more in the Puget Sound Business Journal.

How Dementia Makes it Harder to Offer End-of-Life Comfort: George Demiris, Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics, was interviewed by the Washington Post about his recent study and paper, Pain in Hospice Patients With Dementia: The Informal Caregiver Experience, published in the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias. The study describes the experience of informal caregivers in managing pain in hospice patients with dementia. Read the article in the Washington Post. The study was also highlighted in UW Health Sciences NewsBeat and Technology.org.

Catching Homelessness: A Nurse’s Store of Falling through the Safety Net: The recently published book by Josephine Ensign, Psychosocial and Community Health, has been selected by the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) as their January 2017 book selection for the NCCP Online Book Club. Dr. Ensign was also recently interviewed about her new book for CBS Radio Seattle. View the interview.

11 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became a Nurse: Josephine Ensign, Psychosocial and Community Health, shares some advice for those considering a profession in nursing on glassdoor.com.

Elder Friendly Futures Conference: UW Medicine Memory and Brain Wellness Center posted a story about featured speakers and exhibits at the September Elder Friendly Futures Conference. Read the articles. Barbara Cochrane, Family and Child Nursing, was the 2016 chair of the conference, which was co-sponsored by the School of Nursing De Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging.

SPEED Study Aims to Better Meet Adolescent HIV Care Needs: Global WACh posted an article about a study led by Pamela Kohler, Psychosocial and Community Health. The project is currently training actor patients in Nairobi, Kenya, who will provide simulated patient interactions for health workers to improve critical decision making, patient interaction, and communication skills. SPEED’s aim is to increase provider confidence to increase patient uptake and retention in adolescent HIV care. Read the article on Global WACh’s website.

DNP Students Undertake Capstone Projects at Organizations Serving Trafficked Youth: Sarah Gimbel, Family and Child Nursing, attended the StolenYouth Not on Our Watch Luncheon in April and saw an opportunity for nursing students and organizations serving trafficked youth to learn something from one another. As a result, this year six DNP nursing students will serve in internships at the Organization for Prostitution Survivors (OPS) and Spruce Street, a transitional home for at-risk youth in Seattle. See details about this partnership on the StolenYouth website.