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Healthy Times - Fall 2005

Faculty Notes

Joyce Conley, assistant professor, Nursing and Mary Serowoky, coordinator, McAuley Health Center, presented “Hypertension Outcomes in an Urban Nurse Managed Center” at the National Nursing Centers Consortium in Albuquerque, New Mexico in October.

Mike Dosch, associate professor, Nurse Anesthesiology, spoke on "Learning to love the new anesthesia gas machines" at the AANA National Meeting in Washington, D.C. in August.

Shirley Escamilla, assistant professor of Nursing, is co-author of the article, "Health Risk Assessment in an Urban Hispanic Community," published in The Clinical Nurse Specialist - The Journal for Advanced Nursing.

Rose Higgins and Mary Urbanek, clinical track instructors for the Physician Assistant program, are involved in a community project with Sinai Grace and the Heart Association for blood pressure screenings, as well as a May walk-a-thon.

Carla Groh, professor, Health Professions and Women's Studies was a co-presenter of the paper, "Constructing LGBTQ Discourse in a Catholic Context: Intersection of Theory, Theology, and Pedagogy" as part of "Out There: First National Conference of Scholars and Student Affairs Personnel Involved in LGBTQ Issues on Catholic Campuses," at Santa Clara University, Oct. 29. She also co-presented the paper, "Women and Mood Disorders: How biological gender differences may impact advanced practice prescriptive decisions," at the American Psychiatric Nurses Association 19th Annual Conference in Nashville, Tenn. in November. In addition, she was the keynote speaker at the Wayne State University College of Nursing annual conference, "Building Psychiatric-Mental Health Competencies: Mind-Body Connection," in October.

Suzanne Mellon, dean, College of Health Professions, has written the article, “Families’ communication and decision-making about inherited cancer risk information” for publication in Psycho-Oncology.

Sharon Moser, assistant professor, Physician Assistant, presented “Predictors of Success in PA Education” at the annual meeting of the Association of Physician Assistant Programs in November.

Pamela Nelson, assistant professor of Nursing, served on the planning committee for the state-wide Community Health workshop, “Power of Involvement: The Impact on Population Health,” held in November in Ann Arbor. Also, as part of an interdisciplinary team of faculty, Nelson discussed “Link between transit funding and obesity” at the Institute for Transportation Engineers in July. The research showed that physical activity of walking to bus stops promotes health. Judith Mouch, RSM, assistant professor of Nursing, also participated in the research.

Pat Rouen, assistant professor-clinical track, Nursing, co-researched the project, “Menopause Effects on the Adipokines and Insulin Resistance Risk: A Cross-sectional Pilot Study.” She also received a Nurse Practitioner Excellence Award from the North American Menopause Society.

Mitzi Saunders, assistant professor, Nursing and Maureen Anthony, assistant professor, Nursing, co-authored the article, "Homecare Nurses' Perception of Control over Pain" in Home Healthcare Nurse, October.

Joan Urbancic, professor, Nursing, serves as co-principal investigator on a research grant for depression in primary care patients. The project will investigate whether formal screening increases the identification of depressed patients in primary care settings, and study the differences in effectiveness of four interventions in achieving remission from depression. The two-year study will involve a sample of 220 primary care patients that screen positive for depression. In addition, she and Carla Groh, professor, Health Professions, presented the paper, "Collaborating with Psychiatric Mental Health NPs to Optimize Health Care Outcomes in Primary Care Settings," at the 4th annual National Nursing Center Consortium in Albuquerque, N.M. in October.

Suzanne York, associate professor and chair, Physician Assistant, was elected to the executive board of the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant in September. She will serve a two-year term as commission secretary.

New faculty who joined the CHP this fall include:

Joyce Conley, assistant professor, Nursing

Karen Burritt, instructor, Nursing

Suzanne Guzelaydin, coordinator, Simulation Practice and Technology Integration Center

Kristine Herrington, instructor, Nursing

Zorica Kauric-Klein, instructor, Nursing

Nutrena Tate, instructor, Nursing