Nursing DNP students present research

On April 4, 16 students enrolled in the California State University Northern California Consortium Doctor of Nursing Practice program took to a podium in a conference room in Martin Luther King, Jr. Library at San José State University with each student presenting the results of nearly two years of research.

The students, who are enrolled in the joint program between the College of Applied Sciences and Arts’ Valley Foundation School of Nursing and Fresno State University’s nursing program, presented a summary of their research and fielded questions from those who were present in the audience.

Mercy Egbujor said her faculty advisers along with her project chair Tamara McKinnon helped her to narrow the focus of her research project that looked at what knowledge, attitudes and skills are necessary to make a backpack homeless healthcare program successful.

Egbujor works with Santa Clara Valley Homeless Healthcare, a program that goes directly to homeless residents in Santa Clara County to treat them with the medical supplies team members can carry in a backpack. During her presentation, Egbujor gave a summary of the teams work and explained the methods she used to survey members of the multidisciplinary team on what knowledge, skills and attitudes are important to make the program successful. Some of the attitudes included being respectful, compassionate, open minded and non-judgmental. Egbujor said more research is needed to see if programs such as this are effective through measures such as lowering the number of emergency room trips in the population.

Susan Herman, with her advisers and project chair Mary Gish, completed an analysis of nursing transformational leadership practices. To conduct her research, Herman sent a survey to members of the Association of California Nurse Leaders to gather their ideas of what principles are most important in leadership. She based her survey questions on The Leadership Challenge, created by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner that highlights five practices of exemplary leadership. Her results from the self-reporting survey were in line with previous research. Some of the key practices nurse leaders identified as important were enabling others to act, modeling the way to do things, inspiring a shared vision and challenging standard practices.

Other DNP students presented throughout the day, with a second set of students from the cohort presenting their research at Fresno State University on April 11.

The cohort includes 31 students from across Northern California in a legislatively mandated pilot program that offers online education to post-master’s prepared nurses who have extensive work experience in healthcare. For the first cohort, 31 students will graduate on May 24. At least 90 percent of the students reported they have been working 30 or more hours since enrolling in the full-time program. Their average age is 49 years old and average time in practice is 20 years.

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UPDATED: Nursing students to showcase 2013-14 research

Written by Tracy Lobramonte Santos

 Editor’s Note: The topic of guest speaker Susan Herman’s speech has been updated.

The Valley Foundation School of Nursing Class of Spring 2014 will showcase the extensive research they have conducted in a specific area or field of specialty in their assigned hospital unit or department on May 9, in Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, in room 225-229, from 2:30-5:30 p.m.

The showcase will emphasize the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s Quality and Safety Education for Nurses Competencies with a variety of activities, and light refreshments served. The school is part of the College of Applied Sciences and Arts at San José State University

Student research will be presented through audiovisual means with the BSN graduating students in attendance to provide additional information in regards to the research they have conducted. A variety of health care issues are being examined, from “Infection Control” to “Improving Patient Care Quality and Satisfaction,” to more specific topics such as “Nitrous Oxide Use in Labor” and “Medical Grade Honey Usage in Wound Management.” Each topic is analyzed and nursing implications are recommended for the improvement of Patient-Centered Care and Safety, the promotion of Quality Improvement and Teamwork and Collaboration, and the use of Informatics and Evidence-Based Practice.

The event will also showcase the importance of simulation in the nursing curriculum in preparing student nurses and enhancing their critical thinking and nursing skills for real-life scenarios in a controlled setting. Dr. Colleen O’Leary-Kelley, a professor at SJSU, Director of the Clinical Simulation Program in the School of Nursing since 2004, and Operating Committee Chair of the Bay Area Simulation Collaborative from 2006 to 2009, will be the keynote speaker. Dr. O’Leary-Kelley will be discussing the progression and success of the School of Nursing’s Simulation Program as it is integrated and mandated in each semester of the nursing curriculum. She will discuss goals for the future of Nursing, in regards to the collaborative technological advancement and involvement in the success of building a more solid foundation for future nurses. Guests will be invited to tour parts of the simulation lab.

The second speaker at the event will be a student from the Northern California CSU DNP Consortium, Susan Herman, MSN, RN. Susan Herman is the Magnet Program Director at Lucile Packard, co-founder of the Association of California Nurse Leaders South Bay Chapter, Liaison for the California Nursing Students’ Association, and Patient Care Director of the Bass Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Diseases. She will speak on her DNP project entitled “An Analysis of Nursing Transformational Leadership Practices. ”

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Nursing students share projects

College of Applied Sciences and Arts Valley Foundation School of Nursing seniors presented their semester projects Dec. 4 in the Student Union at San Jose State University. Professor Lori Rodriguez and Dean Charles Bullock paused for a photo with some of the students. The graduating seniors will celebrate their convocation Friday, Dec. 20, at the San Jose Civic Auditorium.


Nursing DNP student treats homeless residents

Mercy Egbujor, a nurse practitioner of the Valley Homeless Healthcare Program and a member of the first cohort of doctor of nursing practice students at San José State University’s Valley Foundation School of Nursing, was featured in a front page article of the San Jose Mercury News ( Dec. 14 for her work with homeless residents in Silicon Valley.

Egbujor was interviewed, along with other healthcare workers, on the challenges of getting treatment to homeless residents, while they visited an encampment known as “the jungle” along Coyote Creek. During the visit reported on by the Mercury News, Egbujor oversaw a makeshift waiting room near a mobile clinic while other doctors went directly to the patients who were unable or unwilling to come the few hundred yards to the mobile clinic.

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Money can be funny – see the Stand-Up Economist

With the economy still slow to recover some people might not find money to be a laughing matter, but Yoram Bauman finds plenty to joke about in his presentation as the “Stand-Up Economist.” Bauman will be on campus Oct. 21, from 4 to 5 p.m., in the Barrett Ballroom of the Student Union at San Jose State University for a free event that will include free Little Brother’s Kettle Corn, a magic show and a comedy act focused on economics.

Bauman has a degree in economics, is a published author and started down the road to comedy when he wrote a parody of the ten principles of economics from Greg Mankiw’s textbook, according to his website. His piece was published in a science humor journal. He was then invited him to present his paper at an annual meeting. From there, he started going to open mic nights at a comedy club in Seattle, where he lives with his wife.

He says the goals of his show are to “spread joy to the world through economics comedy; to reform economics education; and to implement carbon pricing, preferably through a revenue-neutral tax shift involving lower taxes on things we like (working, saving, investing) and higher taxes on things we don’t like (e.g., carbon.)”

The show is hosted by The Green Ninja Project, with sponsors including the College of Applied Sciences and Arts Valley Foundation School of Nursing and Public Health Nursing Club along with the SJSU’s departments of Meterology/Climate Science and Economics.

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