Hands-on experience by pengxuezhi


									                                                 Winter 2008

 Hands-on experience
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New nursing doctorate begins · p 4
Miller Clinic expands bilingual reach · p 5
Kinesiology professor impacts community · p 16
                                               Message from the Dean
                                                                                                                                                      Nursing programs aim to

                                                   Welcome to the inaugural issue of the Harris College Magazine, the official magazine of

                                                                                                                                                      counter nursing shortage
                                               the TCU Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences. As you read about our accomplishments
                                               and initiatives in this issue you will notice the themes of growth and change. The College
                                               is experiencing tremendous growth in our numbers of undergraduate and graduate
                                               students, new academic programs to meet nursing, health care, and education workforce
                                               demands, and new Centers that focus on timely, urgent health concerns of the nation.                   Focus is on getting educators and practitioners in the field as quickly as possible
                                                   This is a very exciting time in academia and health care as new ways to solve old

                                               problems are emerging. Our new doctor of nursing practice degree is designed to
                                                                                                                                                               one-million-person shortage of nurses is expected by the year 2020, due to an aging workforce
                                               prepare advanced practice nurses at the highest level of clinical practice and leadership
                                                                                                                                                               and a lack of nursing faculty. The Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences is addressing the
                                               so they can address critical health-care issues. Our graduate program in bilingual speech                       shortage with the implementation of a graduate program specializing in nursing education, as
                                               pathology is preparing graduates to meet a critical need across age and population                     well as by focusing on student retention in the college, and creating new degree pathways such as the
                                               groups. Our graduate programs in nursing and nurse anesthesia graduate clinical nurse                                                      accelerated BSN program.
                                               specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists and nurse educators-all recognized as                                                         Nursing is on the verge of a crisis-level shortage of practitioners.
                                               critical workforce shortage roles. Our physical education majors focus on engaging K-12                                                    “With the generation of baby boomers reaching its 60s, there will be
                                               students in fitness programs designed to promote fitness for life - one strategy to combat                                                 an increased need for nurses prepared in gerontological studies and
  Winter 2008 | Volume 1, No. 1                                                                                                                                                           nurses to replace those retiring,” said Donna Tilley, associate professor
                                               our national obesity epidemic among children.
                                                   Harris College recently launched the Center for Healthy Aging, the Center for Evidence                                                 and director of the nursing program in Harris College.
  Learning to make a difference
                                               Based Practice and Research, the Center for Oncology Nursing, and a Center for Obesity                                                             “Other major causes of the shortage include fewer nursing
                                               Research is underway. Each of the Centers addresses important issues and involves faculty,                                                 faculty and an increased need for better healthcare,” Tilley said. Nursing
                                                                                                                                                                                          programs around the country have been forced to decline admission to
                                               students, and community partners.
                                                                                                                                                                                          qualified applicants because of the lack of nursing faculty. According to
                                                   I am very proud of the Harris College and our contributions and dedication to making
                                                                                                                                                                                          the American Association of College Nursing’s Web site, 73 percent of
                                               a difference. I hope you enjoy and learn more about us in this first edition.
                                                                                                                                                                                          nursing programs showed a need for nursing faculty. The lack of nursing
                                                                                                                                                                                          educators leads to a shortage of nurses at the bedside and other areas.
                                               Paulette Burns, RN, Ph.D.
                                               Dean, Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences                                                                                                  Harris College has created a graduate studies program
                                               Texas Christian University                                                                                                                 specifically for preparing faculty for nursing education. “The reason for
                                                                                                                                                                                          the new program is the need for nurse educators and we are trying to
                                                                                                                                                                                          be part of the solution,” said Dr. Paulette Burns, dean of the college.
                                               Contents                                                                                                                                           The TCU program, which began in fall 2006 with two students
                                                                                                                                                                                          who are on track to graduate in spring 2008, was established as an online
                                               From the Dean                                                                                  2                                           program in order to accommodate working nurses returning to school.
                                               News                                                                                         3-6                                           Students have the convenience of online courses and the accessibility
                                               Profiles                                                                                    7-13                                           of education while remaining in the workforce.
                                               Community                                                                                  14-15                                                   Also, Harris College recently created the Academic Excellence
                                               Research                                                                                   16-18                                           Program (ACE) to help with retention of undergraduate nursing
                                               Accolades                                                                                     19                                           students. “The program helps students with resources such as tutoring,
                                                                                                                                                                                          test-taking skills and study skills to help retain nursing students,” nursing
                                                                                                                                                                                          professor Dennis Cheek said.
Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences publishes the Harris College Magazine annually.    Texas Christian University is a private,                    Other strategies to increase the number of graduates include admitting more nursing majors into the
We welcome your comments, suggestions, and story ideas. E-mail comments to name@tcu.edu.       coeducational university located in Fort Worth,        traditional BSN program and creating an accelerated BSN option. Harris College initiated an accelerated
                                                                                               Texas. TCU is affiliated, but not governed by, the     baccalaureate nursing program that allows persons with a college degree in another field to get a nursing
Dr. Paulette Burns, Associate Professor and Dean                                               Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). TCU’s Harris   degree in just over a year. The accelerated BSN program admits 40 students per year. The total number of
Dr. William J. Ryan, Associate Professor and Chair of Department of Communications Sciences                                                           BSN majors at TCU increased from 267 in 2001 to 520 in 2007.
                                                                                               College of Nursing & Health Sciences is vibrant
and Disorders
                                                                                               and thriving with new programs, innovative                  Recruiting for the nursing profession nation-wide has been impacted positively by a media campaign
Dr. Joel B. Mitchell, Professor and Chair of Department of Kinesiology
Dr. David Jenkins, Associate Professor and Chair of Department of Social Work
                                                                                               curricula, and students and faculty who are            supported by Johnson & Johnson Co. that used nurses of both genders as well as various ethnicities to
Kay Sanders, Clinical Professor and Director of School of Nurse Anesthesia                     making a difference for others. The Harris College     show how nursing is not just a profession for Caucasian women. Hospitals have marketed nursing as a
Dr. Donna Scott Tilley, Associate Professor and Director of TCU Nursing                        houses Nursing, Social Work, Communication             respectable job with good pay, flexible hours and plenty of opportunity in the future, but according to
Dr. Linda Harrington, Associate Professor and Director of Doctor of Nursing Practice           Sciences and Disorders, Kinesiology, and               a report in November 2006, U.S. nursing schools had to turn away more than 41,000 applicants in 2005
                                                                                               Nurse Anesthesia, and is home to over 920              because of limited faculty, space and budget.
Editor: Shawn Kornegay                                                                         undergraduate students, 278 graduate students,              “Programs like the online graduate program, ACE, and the accelerated BSN at TCU are an attempt
Contributing writers: Nancy Allison, Cacy Bernard ’06, Rachel Stowe Master ’91                 65 full time faculty, 19 staff, and numerous part      to get educators and practitioners into the field as quickly as possible,” Burns said. By producing nurse
Hannah Mathews, Dylan Taylor-Smith, Rick Waters ’95                                            time field and clinical faculty.                       educators and increasing the number of graduating nurses, Harris College is helping to meet the nursing
                                                                                                                                                      workforce needs. - HM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The Harris College Magazine - Winter 2008 · 3
          TCU leading the way in improving health care by offering new degree:

          Doctor of Nursing Practice

                CU is leading the way in addressing the many issues in                                     Dean Paulette Burns said, “This is extremely important as
                health care through a new degree in nursing, the Doctor                               the complexity and rapid change of the health care system
                of Nursing Practice. Health care today demands change in                              are moving many disciplines to the doctoral level such as
          order to produce better outcomes for patients as well as those                              pharmacy, audiology, and physical therapy. The practice
          professionals who dedicate themselves to caring for others. The                             doctorate in nursing prepares nurses to practice at the highest
          complexity of the current system and its patients require that                              level of leadership in nursing practice.”
          nurses, particularly those in specialty positions, have the highest                              TCU’s Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences
          level of scientific knowledge and practice expertise possible.                              welcomed the DNP inaugural class on August 18; the class of
               Research from Drs. Linda Aiken, Carole Estabrooks and                                  38 includes 28 full-time and 10 part-time students. The new
          others have established a clear link between higher levels of                               doctoral students hail mostly from across Texas, but also from
          nursing education and better patient outcomes. According                                    Oklahoma, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina and
          to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, “Factors                                Louisiana. Five of the students are TCU alumni, including two
          emerging to build momentum for doctoral education for                                       BSNs and three MSNAs. The types of advanced practice nurses
          practice include: the rapid expansion of knowledge underlying                               admitted include 19 certified registered nurse anesthetists, 14
          practice; increased complexity of patient care; national concerns                           nurse practitioners and five clinical nurse specialists.
          about the quality of care and patient safety; shortages of                                       “These are highly qualified students. Some are academic
          nursing personnel which demands a higher level of preparation                               leaders; others own their own business. Some are published,
          for leaders who can design and assess care; shortages of                                    and some speak nationally,” said Dr. Harrington. “The inaugural
          doctorally prepared nursing faculty, and increasing educational                             class represents some of the most talented advanced practice
          expectations for the preparation of other health professionals.”
          (source: www.aacn.nche.edu)
               “The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is beneficial to Harris
                                                                                                      nurses across the country. We are prepared to provide them
                                                                                                      with new knowledge and new inspiration that will enable them
                                                                                                      to make an even bigger contribution to health care.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Miller Clinic expands bilingual reach across full lifespan
          College because it opens the door to doctoral education for all                                  For more information about the online Doctor of Nursing                                Bilingual training sets TCU students apart
          advanced practice nurses (nurse practitioners, clinical nurse                               Practice at TCU, visit www.harriscollege.tcu.edu/dnp.asp. - SK

          specialists, nurse anesthetists, and nurse midwives),” said Dr.                                                                                                                                he minority population is expanding — and so is              “Having her here makes a huge difference,” he said,             Timing couldn’t be better. Texas is now one of
          Linda Harrington, director of the DNP program.                                                                                                                                                 TCU’s Miller Speech and Hearing Clinic. Long known    noting that previously, bilingual students’ work with            four states — along with Washington, D.C. — that
                                                                                                                                                                                                         for its speech-language pathology work with           Spanish-speaking clients was concentrated mostly on              is “majority-minority.” In 2006, the state’s population
                                                                                                                                                                                                  bilingual children, the clinic is now setting itself apart   children. “Dr. Muñoz’s expertise is working with adults          was 52 percent minority, according to the U.S. Census
                                                                                                                                                                                                  with bilingual speech-language pathology training for        who have had strokes and who have communication                  Bureau, and it accounted for the second largest Hispanic
          Miller Speech and Hearing Clinic                                                            Harris College launches oncology                                                            the full lifespan.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         “We really are looking at a lifespan perspective,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               problems resulting from those strokes — especially
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               people who are Spanish speaking or bilingual. Having
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                population among states with 8.4 million.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Census Bureau estimates 23.9 percent of the
          benefits from grant                                                                         education and research center                                                               preparing students to work with non-English speakers
                                                                                                                                                                                                  and bilinguals from birth to old age — and that’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               her here, we can now cover all the way from very young
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               children to elderly patients, and that allows our bilingual
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tarrant County and 36.4 percent of the Dallas County
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                populations were Hispanic or Latino in 2005. Some 29
                TCU received a $15,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation                 TCU’s Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences has been awarded a $1,000,000       not something that’s offered at many other programs          students to get training across the entire lifespan.”            percent of Texas residents speak Spanish at home —
          to benefit the Miller Speech and Hearing Clinic, a part of the Communication Sciences       five-year grant from UT Southwestern Moncrief Cancer Foundation. The grant will             nationwide,” said Maria L. Muñoz, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, who               Miller Clinic continues to work with bilingual children   leading all states — and a whopping 78 percent of
          and Disorders program at TCU. With the help of the Bank of America grant, the Clinic        enable the start of a highly productive partnership between TCU and UT Southwestern
                                                                                                                                                                                                  joined the department in 2006 as an associate professor.     through local Head Start programs. During fall ’06 to spring     Hispanics age 5 and up speak a language other than
          will have the ability to expand its services and provide more care to the surrounding       Medical Center that will result in significantly improved education for nurses in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                  “We are one of the oldest bilingual programs, one of the     ’07, the clinic completed 129 child screenings at four Head      English at home, according to the 2005 American
          community.                                                                                  area of oncology, as well as significantly improved cancer patient care in Tarrant County
                                                              “The Bank’s gift will enable the        and all of North Texas.                                                                     most longstanding, and I think we have tremendous            Start daycare centers, 17 full evaluations and 110 hours of      Community Survey.
                                                           Clinic to continue providing quality             “We are thrilled to collaborate with the TCU Harris College of Nursing & Health       loyalty from the bilingual speech-language pathology         therapy for 14 different students, Ryan noted.                         But for all the hurdles they must clear, the language
                                                           speech and hearing services to             Sciences on this exciting new program,” said Kim Pollock, associate vice president for      community in the area.”                                             “We haven’t changed too much, but the goal is to          barrier won’t be one of them for Spanish-speaking
                                                           people in our community, many of           cancer programs at UT Southwestern. “The student rotation in the Harold C. Simmons                 The Miller Speech and Hearing Clinic — the training   develop an on-site adult bilingual clinic,” Muñoz said.          speech-language pathology clients at the Miller Clinic —
                                                           whom do not have ability to pay for        Comprehensive Cancer Center will highlight the valued role our oncology nurses have         site for upper level undergraduate and graduate students     “So I’ve been working more on networking with the                where students are truly bilingually trained.
                                                           such services,” said Chancellor Victor     on the multidisciplinary team caring for cancer patients.”                                  in TCU’s communication sciences and disorders program in     community. I’ll be giving a talk for community speech                  “There are bilingual speech pathologists, but
                                                           Boschini.                                        The grant will focus on enhancing oncology education and research in three            the Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences — offers     pathologists on aphasia in Spanish speakers as a way to          then there are those who are bilingual and bilingually
                                                              The Miller Speech and Hearing Clinic    areas: 1) undergraduate and graduate curriculum at TCU, 2) research by TCU nursing          a variety of speech, language and hearing screening,         connect with the community to encourage referrals of             trained — trained in the unique needs of individuals
          offers a wide variety of services to people in Fort Worth and the surrounding area.         faculty, and 3) strengthening the relationship between UT Southwestern, TCU and             evaluation and therapy services to the local community.      patients to our clinic.”                                         who are bilingual or non-English speakers,” Muñoz said.
          Services are offered to English- and Spanish-speaking individuals, and include speech/      area Tarrant County hospitals.                                                              Undergraduate and graduate students provide the                     Muñoz hopes to get one or two bilingual adult             “Our students are coming out bilingually trained. They
          language evaluations and therapy, audiological evaluations, hearing aid evaluations,              “This will offer opportunities in oncology nursing for undergraduate and
                                                                                                                                                                                                  services under the direction of faculty members.             patients by spring and by fall have a more established           have an understanding of the unique diagnostic features,
          aural habilitation, speech and hearing screening programs, information and referral.        graduate students that would not be possible without this generous gift,” said
                                                                                                                                                                                                         William J. Ryan, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, chair of the         program that could see six to 10 patients a semester,            developmental issues and treatment options that are
                “At Bank of America, we believe healthy communities are wonderful places to           Dr. Paulette Burns, dean of the Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences. “The
          live and do business,” said Mike Pavell, president for Bank of America in Fort Worth        undergraduate students will have the option for additional coursework in oncology           communication sciences and disorders department              depending on patients’ needs. “I’ll focus more on the            specific to non-English speakers and bilinguals. And that’s
          and a TCU alumnus. “We applaud TCU and the Miller Speech and Hearing Clinic, and            nursing and graduate students will be able to specialize as clinical nurse specialists in   and director of the Miller Clinic, credits Muñoz with the    adults with aphasia, but the other faculty members are           an important distinction.” - RSM
          we are proud to support their efforts in removing the financial barriers that often exist   oncology nursing.” - SK                                                                     expanded services for bilingual adults.                      also interested in providing services to bilingual adults,”
          between our residents and the opportunity to receive quality healthcare.” - SK                                                                                                                                                                       she said.
       4 · Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Harris College Magazine - Winter 2008 · 5
          Searching for health care solutions                                                                                                       Dr. William Ryan: A reflection of a quiet leader

          Fresh answers to continuing problems are sought

              he nation’s health care system
              — as we know it — is in a state
              of crisis. Delivery is fragmented,
         communication is often lacking, and
                                                                                                        Alyce Schultz, who spoke on campus
                                                                                                        and at five Dallas-Fort Worth area
                                                                                                        hospitals — presenting to more than
                                                                                                        500 nurses.
                                                                                                                                                                         F        or 10 years, Dr. William Ryan has quietly and unassumingly
                                                                                                                                                                                  presided over the Miller Speech and Hearing Clinic at TCU. In
                                                                                                                                                                                  addition to overseeing the clinic, Ryan is an associate professor
                                                                                                                                                                         and chair of TCU’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
                                                                                                                                                                         (COSD). Under Ryan’s direction, the clinic and the department have made
         limited resources can’t meet increasing                                                           In June, the CEBPR expanded
                                                                                                                                                                         huge strides in keeping up with the advances in technology and in the
         needs. The most viable solutions may                                                           its reach by establishing the TCU
         come from nursing.                                                                             Evidence-Based Practice & Research
                                                                                                                                                                              Ryan began at TCU in the COSD department in 1996 and at the end
              “I truly believe that nurses as the                                                       Collaborative, bringing together nurse
                                                                                                                                                                         of this academic year, Ryan plans to retire. “It’s time for the department to
         health care professionals most closely                                                         leaders engaged in evidence-based
         linked to the point of care hold the                                                           practice from area hospitals.                                    have someone else step in,” Ryan explained. “A new and younger person
         answers to many health care issues,”                                                              “That collaborative has now grown                             can bring new ideas and energize the faculty and students to new levels.”
         said Susan Mace Weeks, MS, RN, an instructor in TCU’s Harris         to include more than 25 hospitals and three area universities,”                                 Ever since Ryan earned his doctorate degree from Purdue University
         College of Nursing & Health Sciences. “We need to create an          Weeks said. The collaborative is also planning an education and                            in 1971, there have been great changes in the field of speech-language
         atmosphere where practicing nurses have the ability to seek out      mentoring program to help direct-care nurses implement EBPR                                pathology. Sophisticated technology and advancement in knowledge of
         and/or create the answers to everyday care dilemmas.”                in their practice settings. The national health care system needs                          the human throat and mouth have led the way to a huge expansion in
              In June 2006, Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences       fresh answers to continuing problems.                                                      specializations and treatment options.
         established the Center for Evidence Based Practice and Research.           The work of the center to create and share nursing best                                   In fact, medical advancements in prolonging life after strokes and
         Initially funded by a TCU Vision in Action grant, the program is     practices across health care settings is a significant step forward                        accidents have increased the need for rehabilitating those patients either
         now supported by Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences.        in improving the system,” said Paulette Burns, dean of Harris                              to speak or make use of an alternative communication device. The Clinic’s
              “The CEBPR is committed to helping address the numerous         College of Nursing & Health Sciences. “Nursing is the backbone                             other areas of specialization include childhood language disorders and
         challenges in our health care system,” Weeks said.                   of the health care industry with over 2.2 million registered nurses                        speech sound disorders.
              In addition to EBPR consultation with several area hospitals,   in the national workforce. Innovations such as the center will                                  The Miller Speech and Hearing Clinic, under the direction of Ryan,
         the center is working on a variety of projects for schools and       have a major impact on patient care. That is good news for all as                          provides such bilingual services to many children and families, but also
         community agencies. This April, the center hosted internationally    we search for new ways to transform the current system.” - RSM                             provides experience for its undergraduate and graduate students who
         recognized evidence-based practice and research expert Dr.                                                                                                      are supervised by certified clinical instructors and faculty.
                                                                                                                                                                              The unique therapy sessions that serve approximately 100 clients
                                                                                                                                                                         each semester are possible because of the department’s bilingual-
         School of Nurse Anesthesia achieves national accreditation on its first try                                                                                     emphasis master’s program in speech-language pathology. The bilingual
                                                                                                                                                                         graduate program offered at TCU is one of approximately 15 at universities
         Program is one of the largest in the nation                                                                                                                     nationwide. Roughly 30 percent of TCU graduate students working in the
             TCU’s School of Nurse Anesthesia                                                     2005, and the council sent on-site reviewers                           clinic are bilingual. Thanks to Ryan’s expertise, the COSD program, with
         exceeded national accreditation standards                                                to look at the school in April 2006. The                               help from the clinic, helps train a substantial number of the bilingual
         on the first try and received 10 years of                                                school was required to submit a written self-                          speech-language pathologists in Tarrant County.
         accreditation, the maximum amount of years                                               study addressing the required examples                                      In 2007, Ryan was recognized as a Fort Worth Business Press Healthcare
         a program can be accredited.                                                             for accreditation with specific examples of                            Hero, an honor that recognizes his expertise in the healthcare community
             “We have been very excited about our                                                 how the school had met them.                                           as well as his commitment to research and education in Tarrant County.
         accredited nurse anesthesia program at TCU,                                                 The standards addressed included how                                     Jokingly, Ryan believes his greatest accomplishment throughout his
         with its strong history of nursing education,”                                           the school fits with the vision and goals of                           career is “surviving this long,” but his truly outstanding achievement is
         said Kay Sanders, director of the School                                                 TCU, the quality of faculty and students                               facilitating the progression of students throughout the COSD program
         of Nurse Anesthesia. “This program was                                                   and the demographics of the clinical sites                             that leads them to success. After all, graduate students of the TCU program
         desperately needed because there is a critical                                           where students are registered nurses.                                  have an exceptionally high pass rate of approximately 96 percent on
         shortage of nurse anesthetists, especially in                                               “I’m proud of the school’s accreditation                            the national examination required for all certified speech-language
         rural areas where hospitals depend on nurse                                              and it will help me in the professional world                          pathologists. The national average pass rate for all students is roughly 78
         anesthetists for surgery and obstetrics.”                                                after graduation,” said Bryan Keller, a first-                         percent.
             “It is my pleasure to congratulate                                                   year graduate student of nurse anesthesia.                                  Ryan said that the program’s excellence could be attributed to TCU’s
         the School of Nurse Anesthesia on the                                                    “Truthfully, we weren’t surprised when                                 commitment to a low faculty/student ratio as well as the accessibility of
         outstanding accomplishment,” said Paulette                                               we found out they got 10 years of                                      faculty to students. In his time at TCU, Ryan felt it has been easy to excel
         Burns, dean of the Harris College of Nursing                                             accreditation.”                                                        because of the highly motivated faculty, staff and students who unite for
         & Health Sciences.                                                                          Brian Aydell, also a first-year graduate                            a common purpose of achieving excellence. Ryan’s fondest memories
             When a school for nurse anesthesia is created, it must           student in the school, said he came to TCU because of the
                                                                                                                                                                         of TCU include seeing his students walk across the stage to receive their
         receive permission from the Council on Accreditation to              reputation of Sanders and the school’s faculty. “That’s just
                                                                                                                                                                         diplomas at commencement.
         be temporarily accredited in order to accept students. The           telling you that they’ve put something together that’s really
                                                                                                                                                                              When asked what Ryan is planning to do in retirement, he replied,
         temporary accreditation lasts for one year after the first class     strong and is going to be productive and successful,” he
                                                                                                                                                                         “I’m not sure. When you have been helping people all of your career it’s
         graduates. The first class of 53 students graduated in December      said. - SK
                                                                                                                                                                         hard to just stop.” - HM
       6 · Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences                                                                                                                                                            The Harris College Magazine - Winter 2008 · 7

                                                                                                                                                         Japanese soccer player learns to manage sports injuries

                                                                                                                                                                entaro “Kenny” Ishii grew up playing soccer in Japan and has
                                                                                                                                                                always had a great love for the sport. During his younger
                                                                                                                                                                years, Kenny suffered several injuries including ACL and
                                                                                                                                                         MCL sprains, a meniscus tear, a fractured fibula, a fractured rib,
                                                                                                                                                         a fractured ulna, a fractured radius, a concussion, and numerous
                                                                                                                                                         ankle sprains, which ended his soccer career.
                                                                                                                                                              Unfortunately, there wasn’t an athletic trainer at Kenny’s
                                                                                                                                                         high school to treat his injuries or to educate him on how they
                                                                                                                                                         could be prevented. So Kenny took it upon himself to become
                                                                                                                                                         the first athletic training student in his school’s history.
                                                                                                                                                              Kenny sought information about athletic training anywhere
                                                                                                                                                         he could find it. He read books, attended workshops and visited
                                                                                                                                                         with “trainers” in Japan. However, Kenny found that most
                                                                                                                                                         “trainers” in Japan were actually therapists that only treated

             Turning pain into                                                                                                                           people after they had incurred an injury. They did not attempt

                                                                                                                                                         to prevent injuries as an athletic trainer would do. That is when       Kenny Ishii provides physicial therapy for TCU football player, Aaron Brown
                                                                                                                                                         Kenny decided he wanted to come to the United States and TCU            director of the Athletic Training Education Program and TCU’s
                                                                                                                                                         to study athletic training.                                             team physician for intercollegiate athletes. Through TCU’s athletic
                                                                                                                                                              Currently, he’s a junior in TCU’s Athletic Training Program. He    department, Kenny and his fellow athletic training students have
                                                                                                                                                         came to TCU from the city of Mishima in Japan where his parents         experienced first-hand athletic training in Division I sports.
                  To overcome physical, emotional                  Her passion soared through high         with the skills she needs to enter the                                                                                     Since high school football and athletic training are so
                                                                                                                                                         and grandmother still live. His three older sisters, a 28-year-old
             and mental abuse is outstanding, but            school, as she broke records in track and     workforce as a nurse. Through classes,
                                                                                                                                                         and 26-year-old twins, all live in Tokyo.                               prominent in Texas, a lot of athletic training students have also
             to turn that pain into power is an even         class became a haven for her happiness.       labs and clinicals, Damaris has learned
             greater accomplishment. TCU senior and          Negative words from her father turned         how to excel as a nurse.                           When he first arrived at TCU, he spoke minimal English and         had internships at schools in the DFW area. Many have gone on
             nursing student Damaris Akinniyi was            into positive energy in her life. Damaris           “We are taught about diversity of                                           enrolled in intensive English       to become athletic trainers in the Metroplex.
             able to remove herself from two abusive         fell into another abusive relationship with   cultures and how to approach them in                                              courses to help him better               “Many of the athletic trainers in the area are TCU alums,
             relationships and move forward into a           her husband after enrolling in college.       the hospital. Without understanding                                               understand the classes for          which may lead to jobs after graduation,” said Willeford.
             promising life through her determination        She worked full-time and went to school       how the patient views life and the world,                                         his double major – athletic              A new aspect of the program allows students to gain
             to attain a higher education.                   full-time. The control and violence within    a nurse cannot help the patient,” Damaris                                         training and movement science.      a broader knowledge of athletic training by experiencing a
                  “Higher education was not an               her relationship with her husband caused      explained.
                                                                                                                                                                                             Through hard work and               variety of settings and clinical instructors. To accomplish this,
             option for me; it was the only way for          her to almost lose her life again. After            Damaris is also a part of the Student
             me to become my own person, because             leaving the relationship behind, Damaris      Nurses’ Association at TCU and Life                                               determination, he’s been able       Kelley Henderson, Clinical Coordinator for the ATEP, established
             education is the key to opening doors,”         made school her priority.                     Group Christian Ministries. She has also                                          to achieve a 3.3 GPA.               rotations at Trinity Valley School with program alumni Tim Jones
             Damaris said. “I got myself a start by                At TCU, Damaris decided to study to     conducted research at the University of                                              According to Sean Willeford,     and Sara Kinsel.
             giving myself a start.”                         be a nurse. “Nursing allows me to help        Arizona on gastric ulcers in mice and on                                          Director of the Athletic Training        “Through opportunities like this, our students are able to
                  As a child, Damaris was repeatedly         other people by showing them not to use       HIV/AIDS in women as well as helped to                                            Education Program, “Kenny is        get enhanced hands-on experience,” said Willeford. “They learn
             told by her father she would never              a situation to push yourself down, but to     write a report on the research.                                                   self-driven to learn. He absorbs    a lot and are very prepared through the education program
             amount to anything and that she was             uplift, especially in young women.”                 After graduating, Damaris hopes to
                                                                                                                                                                                             the information, goes above and     here at TCU and their field experience. In fact, the majority of our
             a failure. “When I was 14, my hand                    Through        generous       grants,   work in the emergency room or intensive
             was seriously damaged and broken                scholarships and loans, Damaris can           care unit at Parkland Memorial Hospital in                                        beyond and has a strong work        students have jobs or graduate assistantships before graduation.”
             by my father,” Damaris added. School            make a better life for herself. “God          Dallas. She explained that working in the                                         ethic.”                                  Kenny has been able to benefit from opportunities and
             became less important and her grades            has been supportive in helping me to          intensive care unit will allow opportunity         Every summer, like many of the students in the program,            a well-rounded education. His goal is to become an athletic
             began to drop while she fell into a deep        continue school,” Damaris said. In 2005,      for growth and learning as well as being      Kenny has had internships to learn more about his chosen field.         trainer for a professional soccer team and later to become an
             depression.                                     Damaris received the Texas Conference         able to focus on patients.                    He’s had hands-on experience with the Ben Hogan Sport Therapy           athletic training educator in Japan. He wishes to eventually have
                  “One day I realized that I was the         for Women scholarship sponsored by                  The Harris College of Nursing &         Institute, Kansas City Wizards of the MLS and the Dallas Cowboys.       athletic trainers at high schools in Japan so that young athletes
             only one who could alter my destiny.            the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for            Health Sciences has allowed Damaris to
                                                                                                                                                              As a senior, Kenny has a general medical rotation, along with      won’t have their careers cut short by preventable injuries like his
             Not one person had that power over me.          Nursing’s Future.                             fulfill her dream of becoming a nurse
             Suddenly I had a passion for success,”                The Harris College of Nursing &         and becoming independent. - HM                his fellow senior students, with Dr. Sam Haraldson, the medical         own. - SK
             Damaris described.                              Health Sciences has provided Damaris
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                                                                                                                                                                        The school is already     A Nurse, Not a Number                         Not for the Faint of Heart
                                                                                                                                                               making a name for itself —             Students are also drawn to the                The 28-month program is rigorous
                                                                                                                                                             nationally and internationally.      program’s personal touch.                     and challenging, according to those who
                                                                                                                                                           In November 2006, it exceeded              “You almost felt like family when         have just completed it.
                                                                                                                                                          national accreditation standards on     you interviewed,” said Richard Burrow             “From the time you begin the
                                                                                                                                                        its first application and earned the      of Forney, an MSNA December grad.             program it really turns your whole life
                                                                                                                                                      maximum 10 years of accreditation.          “You felt like they had a genuine interest    upside down. It challenges you in every
                                                                                                                                                     Few programs are granted accreditation       in you.”                                      area of your life. It requires your full
                                                                                                                                                    with no progress report required and              Burrow earned his undergraduate           attention so that can make it tough on
                                                                                                                                                    even fewer achieve the maximum 10             degree in business and worked as a retail     friendships, relationships and marriages,”
                                                                                                                                                    years accreditation, according to officials   manager for five years before going           said Foster, who is eager to begin training
                                                                                                                                                    at the Council on Accreditation of Nurse      to nursing school. “While working as a        for triathlons again with her husband.
                                                                                                                                                    Anesthesia Educational Programs.              nurse I came into contact with a nurse            For Burrow, who is married with three
                                                                                                                                                        Setting TCU’s NA school apart are         anesthetist and was intrigued by their        children, balancing full-time school with
                                                                                                                                                    its faculty, students and simulation          responsibility,” he said.                     family life and adjusting to a budget
                                                                                                                                                    opportunities. The school has six full-           He has taken a job with Baylor            without his job was challenging.
                                                                                                                                                    time nurse anesthetists. Two nurse            University Medical Center in Dallas and           “We had such a volume of information
                                                                                                                                                    anesthetists have Ph.D.s — one full-time      will also be working as a CRNA in the Air     it was difficult to weigh family time and
                                                                                                                                                    faculty and one adjunct. (Only about 280      Force Reserves, which helped fund his         study time against that,” Burrow said.
                                                                                                                                                    of the some 30,000 Certified Registered       participation in the program.                 He describes the program as a “life-
                                                                                                                                                    Nurse Anesthetists in the country have            “From the first time I walked into the    changing” experience. “I made friends
                                                                                                                                                    doctoral degrees.) In addition, four          School of Nurse Anesthesia here I felt        I will have for life. … And it’s definitely
                                                                                                                                                    faculty members are enrolled in clinical      welcome,” said April Foster, a December       made me appreciate my family more.”
                                                                                                                                                    doctoral programs.                            MSNA graduate from Lafayette, La.                 Francesco DiPierro, RRNA, a second
                                                                                                                                                        “The      quality     and     academic        With a background in emergency            year student, can relate. “Being in a
                                                                                                                                                    preparation of our faculty is a strong        medical services, Foster left her job in      program as demanding as the nurse
                                                                                                                                                    point … which of course leads to the          critical care to further her education and    anesthesia program has made me
                                                                                                                                                    quality of the academic preparation of        realize more autonomy in her profession.      understand the importance of hard
                                                                                                                                                    our students,” Sanders said.                  She has accepted a position with North        work, perseverance, determination and
                                                                                                                                                        TCU student pass rates on the             Star Anesthesia in Georgetown, Texas.         sacrifice,” he said.
                                                                                                                                                    National Certification Exam for Nurse             She is looking forward to continuing          DiPierro lived in Italy for 13 years
                                                                                                                                                    Anesthesia prove that point. The class of     the long legacy of nurse anesthesia.          before returning to the United States
                                                                                                                                                    2006 posted a 100 percent pass rate —         “Nurses were the first to safely administer   when he was 18. “I realized Italy had —
                                                                                                                                                    compared to 89.5 percent nationally —         anesthetics for over 100 years. I take        and still has today — a large number of
                                                                                                                                                    with TCU grads scoring an average 574         pride in that. I look forward to and really   college graduates without a job, and I

Practice Makes Prepared:
                                                                                                                                                    compared to 527 nationally.                   enjoy anesthesia. It is a very rewarding      did not want to be one of them.”
                                                                                                                                                        Expectations are high for current         job to be able to make surgery without            He became intrigued with NA while
                                                                                                                                                    classes. Applicants must have a bachelor      pain or recall possible,” she said.           in nursing school. “I am very much so
                                                                                                                                                    of science degree, be a licensed                                                            a people person. I love being around
TCU Nursing Anesthesia grad students get hands-on experience for real-world practice                                                                registered nurse and have at least one                                                      people and getting to know my patients.
                                                                                                                                                    year of critical care experience. The most                                                  The thought that I can help patients
                                                                                                                                                    recent class admitted averaged five-and-                                                    be pain free is one of the aspects that
                                                       When the Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia graduates walked across the stage Dec.        a-half years of critical care experience.                                                   has attracted me to nurse anesthesia,”
                                                   15, they were ready to walk into real-world practice. More than ready.                               During the first year of the 28-month                                                   he said.
                                                       The 55 members of the 2007 graduating class averaged 818 cases in general and regional       program, students study physiology,                                                             DiPierro chose TCU because of the
                                                   anesthesia. One graduate completed 1,097 cases.                                                  pathophysiology, pharmacology and                                                           commitment to making NA “a topnotch
                                                       Only 550 cases are required to sit for the national nurse anesthesia certification exam.     chemistry on the TCU campus, where                                                          program,” the high certification exam
                                                   “And this class averaged 818. They worked very hard,” said Kay K. Sanders, CRNA, MHS,            their work is very hands on. The human                                                      passing rate, state-of-the-art equipment,
                                                   director of the School of Nurse Anesthesia at the Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences.   patient simulator and lab facilities                                                        among other reasons.
                                                   “So by the time they graduate, they’ve done anesthesia a lot of times.”                          are state of the art and include two                                                            “The TCU campus is a small jewel
                                                                                                                                                    very sophisticated, computer-driven                                                         in the heart of Fort Worth,” he said. “It
                                                                                                                                                    mannequins that provide a full-body
                                                   Standards of Excellence                                                                          simulation of anesthetics.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                reminds me of a Renaissance garden
                                                      December marked the third graduating class in the Nurse Anesthesia program, bringing                                                                                                      where scholars would meet to discuss
                                                                                                                                                        Students also complete 16-month                                                         their theories.”
                                                   the total number of graduates to 161. Now the fourth-largest in the country, TCU’s program
                                                                                                                                                    clinical residencies at one of 13 approved                                                      For more information on TCU’s School
                                                   continues to make inroads in an area that feels the pain of the nursing shortage. Nurse
                                                                                                                                                    hospitals around the country.                                                               of Nurse Anesthesia, call 817-257-7887
                                                   anesthetists deliver almost two-thirds of the anesthesia administered in the United States.
                                                                                                                                                        “Our students are well practiced                                                        or visit www.crna.tcu.edu. - RSM & DTS
                                                   Job openings are plentiful, and salaries average in the six figures.
                                                                                                                                                    before they go to the hospital because
                                                      “Prior to TCU there were only three civilian programs in Texas. Starting a fourth program
                                                                                                                                                    of our sophisticated simulation,”
                                                   has certainly helped with the supply of nurse anesthetists in Texas and other states,”
                                                                                                                                                    Sanders said.
                                                   Sanders said.
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New faculty join Harris College
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mary Schnell, RN, MS — received her Master of Science
                                                                                                                                                                                                          degree in Nursing Administration with a focus in education
                                                                                                                                                                                                          from Andrews University in Michigan. Mary joined the nursing
                                                                                                                                                                                                          faculty at TCU in the fall of 2007, but previously taught at
                                             Betsy Agee, MSN ‘06, RN -- received her ADN from Tarleton State                                                                                              Tarrant County College in Fort Worth and University of New
                                             University. Afterward, she worked for Harris Methodist Hospital                                                                                              England Medical Center.
                                             Southwest, followed by the education department at Harris Methodist
                                             Hospital Fort Worth from 2005- 2007. She began TCU’s ADN to MSN                                                                                              Jodie L. Weatherly, MSN, RN, CCRN – received both her BSN
                                             program in 2004 and finished in 2006. After serving as a graduate                                                                                            and MSN from West Texas A&M University. She has joined
                                             teaching assistant at TCU, she decided that she wanted a full-time                                                                                           the Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences as a nursing
                                             position and is now a lecturer at the University.                                                                                                            lecturer. Jodie was the recipient of the Clinical Excellence
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Award at North West Texas Hospital, and has advanced
                                             Kathy Baker, Ph.D., RN, CNS, CGRN, APRN, BC – received her Ph.D.                                                                                             certification in Neonatal Nursing from the American Academy
                                             from the University of Texas at Austin. She is also an advanced                                                                                              of Critical Care Nurses.
                                             practice nurse and a certified gastroenterology registered nurse. She
                                             has completed numerous research studies and publications on the                                                                                              Kathleen White, RN, MSN, CPNP – received her BSN and MSN
                                             effects liver transplants have on recipients. She has come to TCU as                                                                                         from the University of Texas at Arlington. She also received
                                             an associate professor of nursing in the Harris College of Nursing &                                                                                         her CPNP from the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. She
                                             Health Sciences.                                                                                                                                             has been a PNP at Cook Children’s Medical Center since 1990
                                                                                                                                                                                                          in the Hematology/Oncology Clinic. She has joined TCU as a
                                             John Gotwals, Ph.D. – received his Ph.D. in sport psychology from the                                                                                        clinical instructor.
                                             University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. His program of
                                             research is focused on examination of the maladaptive and adaptive                                                                                           Joe Rue Williams, Ph.D., CRNA – received his Ph.D. in
                                             nature of perfectionistic orientations in sport. Specifically, he                                                                                            philosophy in health services administration at the Union
                                             investigates whether athletes’ perfectionism can be manipulated to                                                                                           Institute University in Cincinnati. He earned his Certificate of
                                             help athletes avoid the pitfalls associated with the trait. He has joined                                                                                    Nurse Anesthesia at the Duke University Medical Center. He
                                             the kinesiology department as an assistant professor.                                                                                                        previously served as an associate professor at the University
                                                                                                                                                                                                          of Alabama in Birmingham, and is now a Clinical Associate
                                             Kathy Hakala, MARE, MSN, RN, CS, CARN, PMHNP – received her BSN                                                                                              Professor in the School of Nurse Anesthesia at TCU.
                                             from Baylor University, MARE from Southwestern Baptist Theological
                                             Seminary and MSN from the University of Texas at Arlington. She
                                             received her post-master’s degree from the same institution in
                                             psychiatric/mental health. She joined the Harris College of Nursing &
                                             Health Sciences as a nursing lecturer.

                                             Lynette Howington, RNC, MSN, WHNP ‘94 — received her BSN                    Linda Moore
                                             from TCU and her Master of Science in Nursing from Old Dominion
                                             University in Virginia. Lynette works at TCU as an instructor for
                                             students in maternity and women’s health. Lynette was also part of
                                                                                                                         recognized for Creative
                                             the TCU ROTC program as a student and was a nurse in the Army. She
                                             is married to a nurse who is also a TCU alumnus.
                                                                                                                         Teacher and Scholar

                                             Susan M. Rugari, PH.D, RN, CNS — received her doctoral degree in
                                             nursing from Texas Women’s University. She is currently an assistant                      r. Linda Moore, former chair of the Department of Social Work and current
                                             professor in the Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences and is                       professor, receives the most joy in working closely with students to enhance Dr. Linda Moore (picture in front row, second from left) gathers with social
                                             on the tenure track. Susan studies the process of equine facilitated                      their future and education, which she believes is the key to their success - work students.
                                             psychotherapy (EEP) and equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP). These          as a result, she volunteers for numerous leadership positions on campus.                   collaborative activities between African American and white social workers and
                                             are strategies that include a horse as part of the therapeutic process.
                                             She is studying the process, patterns and behaviors of the client, horse           But working with students is not Dr. Moore’s only passion— her passion for research activities of the Progressive Era with strategies for such collaboration today,” said David
                                             and therapist.                                                              and furthering the field of social work also makes her an exceptional asset to TCU. Her Jenkins, an associate professor of social work.
                                                                                                                         research with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator in social work education has received               Her research has landed her the opportunity to speak at myriad conferences as
                                             Ailey Runyon, RN, MSN, FNP-c — received her MSN as a family nurse           national recognition for scholarship in the numerous articles published on the subject.    well as receive many grants. Her outstanding work and outlook has provided her a
                                             practitioner from Baylor University, and is currently working toward
                                             a Ph.D. at Dallas Baptist University in leadership studies. Ailey is a             Dr. Moore’s other work focuses on teaching strategies and ways to involve students nomination for the TCU Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Achievement as a Creative
                                             lecturer at the Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences and leads       in the learning process, which is an important, but neglected area of social work. Her Teacher and Scholar.
                                             two fundamental clinical groups. Ailey has an interest in international     focus on marginalized areas leads to her interest in research on the history of social            “In all that she does, Dr. Moore brings enthusiasm, excitement, competence in
                                             health and has served in countries including Tanzania, Kenya,               work in the Progressive Era, specifically dealing with the development of the NAACP.       teaching and scholarship, leadership and a commitment to enhancing the educational
                                             Romania, and Guatemala.
                                                                                                                                “This work brings to light a neglected area of history and allows her to link experience of students,” Jenkins said. - HM

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                                                                                                                                                  are, and how impoverished. They begin to       volunteer with social service agencies, all
                                                                                                                                                  understand why Mexicans might migrate          while learning to work together across

                                                                                                                                                  for jobs so they can send money home.          borders, seeking collaborative solutions.
                                                                                                                                                        “These people really don’t want to            This summer, students spent five
                                                                                                                                                  leave their loved ones or take something       weeks in El Monte de San Nicolas, a rural
                                                                                                                                                  from us,” Dietz said. “However, they don’t     community of 250 people. Mostly social
                                                                                                                                                  want to see their families suffer, either.”    work students attended, working with
                                                                                                                                                        Seeing poverty up close is something     an elementary school and investigating
                                                                                                                                                  the students brace themselves for, but it      interdisciplinary issues with the women in
                                                                                                                                                  still affects them. Of even greater impact     the village. The women expressed interest
                                                                                                                                                  is the fact that people who have so little     in self-development courses in nutrition
                                                                                                                                                  are so happy to give. Maggie Thiesen           and exercise. At present they help their
                                                                                                                                                  wrote from Guanajuato, on the second           children and husbands, but they wanted
                                                                                                                                                  day of the trip:                               to learn how to help themselves.
                                                                                                                                                        Work began on the first stove. The            Since the program’s inception, TCU       She is convinced that TCU should
                                                                                                                                                  people of the community were incredibly        has built meaningful relationships with       become a leader in international service
                                                                                                                                                  friendly and excited that we were there. It    nongovernmental organizations and             learning. She calls it a “logical fit” with
                                                                                                                                                  was amazing that with such little they had,    local and state government officials. The     TCU’s mission statement and dedication
                                                                                                                                                  they were still eager to share with us. They   projects have been so successful that         to international education. This fall, she
                                                                                                                                                  practically force-fed us before we left!       Dietz has proposed the idea of a TCU          is teaching a service-learning course on
                                                                                                                                                        Dietz has taught a five-week TCU         interdisciplinary center in Guanajuato,       helping communities here at home. Issues
                                                                                                                                                  summer study abroad course in social           where international service-learning          surrounding the Mexican-American
                                                                                                                                                  work in Guanajuato for nearly 10 years.        programs and curricula, internships,          community in Fort Worth and connecting
                                                                                                                                                  Students study the Spanish language            research and faculty/student exchanges        with the local Hispanic community is

Clearing the Air:
                                                                                                                                                  and culture, live with host families and       would take place.                             the focus. - NA

Building vented ovens in Guanajuato helps erase international stereotypes                                                                         STAYING STRONG:

                                                                alk inside Doña Aurelia                 Now in its third year, the spring break   New center tackles issues of aging
                                                                Moran’s tiny home, and even        program in Guanajuato has become                   As boomers push toward retirement, society in the U.S.
                                                                when the fire’s out you feel       synonymous with hard work: shoveling           moves into new territory: a population that is living longer
                                                    like coughing. Like every woman in the         dirt, sand and cement and mixing and           and postponing the development of chronic and debilitating
                                                    mountains above Guanajuato, Mexico,            making adobe bricks, the kind of labor         disease. And since Texas has the fourth largest older adult
                                                                                                                                                  population in the U.S., the Harris College of Nursing & Health
                                                    Aurelia cooks for her family over an open      that results in structures you can sit
                                                                                                                                                  Sciences has launched a Center for Healthy Aging to tackle
                                                    wood stove. Watch Aurelia and Felicitas        inside of or cook a meal on when you’re
                                                                                                                                                  the healthcare, social, and economic issues related to this
                                                    prepare one meal, and you’ll never joke        done. But the more important labor,            demographic shift. Dr. Linda Curry, Director of the Center for
                                                    again about slaving over a hot stove.          Dietz says, is the invisible work of hearts    Healthy Aging, reports the center’s goals are to:
                                                         According to the World Health             and minds.
                                                    Organization, making meals in the Third             “Students gain through immersion          •	   Serve as a resource center for healthy aging by providing       kinesiology focus on exercise in older women and the influence
                                                                                                                                                       expertise and leadership to academic, professional and          of sex hormones on exercise; also, social work faculty research
                                                    World is a deadly occupation: Lung             in another culture an opportunity to
                                                                                                                                                       community organizations.                                        Mexican, lesbian, gay and other oppressed populations of
                                                    disease caused by cooking on indoor            really appreciate diversity and difference.
                                                                                                                                                  •	   Facilitate on campus services that promote healthy aging        older adults, as well as spirituality, forgiveness and resiliency
                                                    wood stoves kills 1.6 million people           On their part, the students are faced with          for caregivers and elders.                                      of older adults.
                                                    (mainly women) per year. TCU social            stereotypical views that others may have            Provide educational programs about healthy aging
                                                                                                                                                  •	                                                                        Teams of students, faculty, and community practitioners
                                                    work professor Tracy Dietz isn’t willing to    of them. They are ambassadors for TCU               for students, faculty, health care professionals, and the       will conduct interdisciplinary research, mentor students and
                                                    let that statistic stand. This spring break,   but more importantly for the U.S.A., and            community.                                                      junior faculty, and educate the current and future workforce.
                                                    she and eight TCU students helped a            they change negative perceptions that          •	   Foster scholarly inquiry on healthy aging and promote           This collaborative effort will generate new knowledge for
                                                    Mexican conservation group, Cuerpos            Mexicans may have about Americans.”                 interdisciplinary research among faculty, students and          the complex issues facing older adults and their families, and
                                                    de Conservación, rebuild ovens in seven             At the same time, the students gain            community partners.                                             create innovative interdisciplinary models of service delivery
                                                    houses in Hacienda de Arriba, equipping        firsthand knowledge of the Mexican                                                                                  to the university and community at large.
                                                                                                                                                      The center is an outgrowth of work already being done in
                                                    them with chimneys to divert the smoke         people, shattering stereotypes of their                                                                                  For more information, contact director Linda Curry at
                                                                                                                                                  Harris College. In addition to funded research in gerontology
                                                    outdoors.                                      own. They see how close-knit families                                                                               l.curry@tcu.edu.
                                                                                                                                                  and caregiving by faculty in the nursing school, researchers in
 Helping Hands: Top, a view of Guanajuato; left social work students busy working;
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              Kinesiology professor                                                                                                                                     Probing differences

              revolutionizes P.E. in DFW area                                                                                                                           in heart disease
                                                                                                        “The statistics are what got us the grants,” Dr. Rhea said.             Heart disease – not breast cancer –
                                                                                                  Also, many FWISD schools are lacking funds and are part of Title              is the top killer of women in the United States.
                                                                                                  I, a program that aims to “improve the academic achievement
                                                                                                  of the disadvantaged,” according to the U.S. Department of
                                                                                                        Out of roughly 80,000 students in FWISD schools in 2007,
                                                                                                  about 55,000 of those were eligible to receive free or reduced
                                                                                                  meals due to socioeconomic disadvantages.
                                                                                                        Generally, lower socioeconomic status, according to Dr.
                                                                                                                                                                        I    n fact, 50 percent of women die from
                                                                                                                                                                             cardiovascular disease compared
                                                                                                                                                                             with 4 percent who succumb to
                                                                                                                                                                        breast cancer, according to the National
                                                                                                                                                                        Institute for Health.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    differently,” he said. “What we’re looking
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    for is a biological marker, something in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the blood that signals risk for developing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    cardiovascular disease.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Cheek’s search has taken him to
                                                                                                  Rhea, is a potential reason students are overweight, as many                                                      the endothelium, a single layer of cells
                                                                                                  kids don’t have a place to be physically active outside of            Surprised?                                  that line the inside of the heart and
                                                                                                  school.                                                                                                           blood vessels. For years, researchers
                                                                                                                                                                        There is good reason to be.
                                                                                                        On the other hand, Dr. Rhea cites technology as a reason                                                    believed this organ had little impact on
                                                                                                                                                                             Until recently, doctors and
                                                                                                  many kids are uninterested in physical activity. “Kids have                                                       overall health. Now, they know that it
                                                                                                                                                                        researchers were mostly in the dark
                                                                                                  become so enamored with instant stimulation,” Dr. Rhea said.                                                      is active in metabolism and plays a key
                                                                                                                                                                        about heart disease in women. Like the
                                                                                                        Because of a constant need for stimulation that is present in                                               role in signaling cardiovascular disease

                                                                                                                                                                        rest of us, they have clung to the long-
                       ver the past six years, Dr. Debbie Rhea (pictured above                    today’s youth, Dr. Rhea had to look for and consider alternative,                                                 because of its crucial location between
                                                                                                                                                                        held notion that it mainly afflicts men.
                       on the right), associate professor of kinesiology at                       unique means of getting kids active and staying healthy.                                                          the blood and vessel walls.                        Cheek’s work has been to develop a
                                                                                                                                                                        Even research, historically, has been
                       TCU, has committed herself and her time to ensuring                              One of the most creative and consequently most popular                                                           When functioning correctly, the          method in vitro to isolate and measure
                                                                                                                                                                        devoted mostly to young and middle-
              that K-12 students in Fort Worth Independent School District                        additions to the physical education program is Dance-Dance                                                        endothelium produces and releases             eNOS mRNA from cells at a given sample
                                                                                                                                                                        aged white males, yet findings are
              (FWISD) have a multitude of options for physical activity in a P.E.                 Revolution, a game that involves participants dancing on a                                                        nitric oxide (NO), a chemical generated       size. Cheek and student researchers
                                                                                                                                                                        applied globally to women.
              setting.                                                                            pressure-sensitive mat, while following dance steps on a TV                                                       by the enzyme nitric oxide synthase           have used lab-grown female human
                                                                                                                                                                             One problem: Men and women
                   In September, the Dallas Business Journal named Dr. Rhea                       screen.                                                                                                           (NOS). Nitric oxide relaxes the smooth        vascular umbilical cells and diluted
                                                                                                                                                                        don’t exhibit the same symptoms.
              a Healthcare Hero for 2007 for her commitment to combating                                Also particularly popular are game bikes, exercise bikes                                                    muscle surrounding the vessel walls,          them into a series of samples, some as
                                                                                                                                                                        Men tend to develop coronary artery
              obesity in Fort Worth schools.                                                      with video simulation of bicycle courses, which change when                                                       thus dilating arteries. As a result, it       small as a nanogram. Then they amplify
                                                                                                                                                                        disease around 50. For women, it’s often
                   With the help of Dr. Rhea and FWISD PE program director                        students plug in different game cartridges.                                                                       reduces blood pressure and aids blood         the enzyme using quantitative real-time
                                                                                                                                                                        a decade later. Men typically present
              Georgi Roberts (pictured above on the left), FWISD has received                           “We’re making systematic change, and we will keep                                                           flow.                                         polymerase chain reaction, a procedure
                                                                                                                                                                        with the well-known classics - left arm
              and implemented five physical education program grants                              progressing,” Dr. Rhea said. The key, she said, is having a long-                                                      But as humans age, endothelial           that replicates the genetic code.
                                                                                                                                                                        radiation, chest pain, palpitations.
              from the federal government to aid in revamping the district’s                      term impact on the physical education programs with the                                                           cells lose function and produce smaller            “Essentially, it works like a copy
                                                                                                                                                                        Women sometimes experience none of
              physical education program for K-12 students.                                       grants provided to FWISD.                                                                                         amounts of NO. Cheek and other                machine, duplicating the genetic code
                                                                                                                                                                        these. Instead, they report less obvious
                   The grants have been used to obtain new equipment, train                             Currently, Dr. Rhea is working on grant proposals that                                                      researchers believe this dysfunction          as it goes along, so it can be more
                                                                                                                                                                        signs such as fatigue, shortness of
              physical education instructors, and develop new activities to                       would bring more funding to FWISD, and she is assisting Belton                                                    likely marks the beginning of                 easily measured,” he said. “We can go
                                                                                                                                                                        breath and sleep disturbance.
              keep students stimulated.                                                           ISD in obtaining grants for its middle and high school physical                                                   atherosclerosis      and     subsequently     from a single sample to a million within
                   Fitness centers, complete with stationary bikes, elliptical                    education programs.                                                                                               heart disease. It is also linked to           minutes.”
              machines, weights, aerobic steps, physio balls and an audio                               “My dream is that we’ll continue to see school districts        Why?                                        diabetes, obesity, hypertension and
                                                                                                                                                                            That’s the question Dennis Cheek,                                                          These measurements have helped
              system have also been placed in all of the district’s 13 high                       want to make changes,” Dr. Rhea said. In her opinion, high                                                        high cholesterol.                             Cheek determine a dynamic range
              schools.                                                                            school programs need the most help, as many students at the           Abell-Hanger Professor of Gerontological         “Nitric oxide has a protective
                                                                                                                                                                        Nursing, has been asking for more than                                                    of values of eNOS mRNA in the small
                   The fitness centers were implemented with the help of                          high school level are rebellious and unmotivated.                                                                 effect on the endothelium,” Cheek said.       samples - essentially what’s normal -
              three consecutive grants designated for the high school level,                            With Dr. Rhea’s enthusiasm and dedication to achieve            two decades, and he thinks he may have      “Therefore, based on its presence or
                                                                                                                                                                        a partial answer.                                                                         which will give researchers a baseline for
              which have contributed just under a million dollars over a                          success in physical education programs, it is likely that FWISD                                                   absence in endothelial cells circulating      future studies. No matter how diluted a
              three-year period to helping high school students stay active.                      and other school districts like Belton will see long-term                 “Since a woman presents differently     in the blood stream, we could identify
                                                                                                                                                                        than a man, her cells must also react                                                     sample is, Cheek’s findings will be the
                   According to Dr. Rhea, Fort Worth is one of only two                           change—the kind of change that makes Dr. Rhea a hero. - DTS                                                       women at risk for heart disease. So the       basis for accurate readings.
              independent school districts in the nation that has received                                                                                                                                          genetic expression of endothelial nitric           Next up, testing the technique in a
              three grants in a row, and with good reason.                                                                                                                                                          oxide synthase (eNOS mRNA) could be           blood draw. Cheek’s team is approved
                   Dr. Rhea’s research indicates that Fort Worth, the third                                                                                                                                         our biomarker.”                               to draw blood from patients at John
              largest school district in Texas, has some of the most overweight                                                                                                                                          But endothelial cells are difficult to   Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, but
              students in the nation.                                                                                                                                                                               capture in a blood sample. In a milliliter    he says they’re not quite ready.
                   In fact on average, 22 percent of elementary students in                                                                                                                                         of blood, a researcher might collect               “We’re not going to do it until we
              America are overweight, while 33 percent of African-American                                                                                                                                          only a few – maybe none – making the          get some other techniques set,” he said.
              students, 24 percent of white students and 32 percent of                                                                                                                                              sample too diluted to measure.                “But we’ll keep working at it.” - RW
              Hispanic students in FWISD are overweight.
                                                               McLean Middle School students
                                                                    playing a scarf relay race.
            16 · Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences                                                                                                                                                                                                           The Harris College Magazine - Winter 2008 · 17
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Robert Kelsey, TCU School of Nurse Anesthesia instructor and
                                                                                                                                                                                        Social work professors are                                        David Jenkins appointed to chair                                human laboratory patient coordinator, was promoted by the U.S. Air
                                                                                                                                                                                        national honor recipients                                         of social work department

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Force from deputy commander to commander of the 701st Medical
                                                                                                                                                                                              Dr. Harriet Cohen and Dr. David Jenkins, from the                                               TCU’s Harris College of     Squadron at Naval Air Station, Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth.
                                                                                                                                                                                        social work department, were each selected as one of                                             Nursing & Health Sciences        Kelsey’s appointment brings him to the top leadership post in terms

                                                                                                                                            studies                                     10 to 12 geriatric social work professionals nationally to                                       appointed David Jenkins          of authority and responsibility for the 701st Medical Squadron.

                                                                                                                                                                                        be named Hartford Faculty Scholars in 2006 and 2007,                                             chair of the social work         With this position he will be involved in the administration of the

                                                                                                                                                                                        respectively.                                                                                    department in 2007. He           185-member squadron.
                                                                                                                                                                                              The distinction provides selected professionals                                            joined TCU in 1991 as an
                                                                                                                                                                                        with a $100,000 grant to help conduct research, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         associate professor.             Lynn Flahive was awarded the Jack L. Bangs Award from the
                                                                                                                                                                                        offers benefits and guidance aimed to foster professional                                             “I welcome Dr. Jenkins      Texas Speech-Language Hearing Association, the highest honor of

                                                                                                                                                                                        development over a two-year period.                                                              to the chair position and look   the Association. The Jack L. Bangs Award is presented to individual
                                                                                                                                          athletes                                            “To have two Hartford scholars in our department
                                                                                                                                                                                        of social work is very much an honor,” said Dr. Paulette
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         forward to his leadership
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         of the well-respected
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          speech-language pathologists and/or audiologists who have been
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          members of TSHA for 10 or more years and members of ASHA for
                                                                                                                                                                                        Burns, dean of the Harris College of Nursing & Health             Department of Social Work,” said Dr. Paulette Burns, dean       15 or more years, have contributed significantly to TSHA and ASHA,
                                                                                                                                                                                        Sciences. “This also recognizes the quality of our program        of the Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences. “Dr.        and have demonstrated outstanding leadership and exemplary
                                                                                                                                        TCU’s kinesiology department received grant     and its faculty.”                                                 Jenkins’s energy and enthusiasm for TCU students, faculty       professional excellence. A full-time instructor at TCU’s Department
                                                                                                                                                                                              The award, sponsored by the Gerontological Society          and staff are well-known and makes him an excellent             of Communication Sciences and Disorders since 1991, Flahive earned
                                                                                                                                   funding from the Gatorade Sports Science Institute
                                                                                                                                                                                        of America, is in its eighth year of its commitment to            choice for department chair.”                                   both her bachelor and master’s in science from Marquette University.
                                                                                                                                 to provide support for an in-depth lab study to        improving the well-being of older adults in society by                  “Our faculty has diverse interests and is highly

                                                                                                                              examine how sodium levels in high performance             increasing the number of adequately trained geriatric             productive,” said Dr. Jenkins.“I see us continuing to create    Dr. David Jenkins and Dr. Harriet Cohen were selected as two of
                                                                                                                            athletes are affected by extensive exercise under high      social workers.                                                   an environment where we can promote scholarship,                15 scholars to attend the Fourth Annual Research Training on Aging
                                                                                                                                                                                              With the help of the grant, Dr. Cohen has continued         teaching, and service in a discipline that directly touches     and Social Work, sponsored by the National Institute on Aging.
                                                                                                                         outdoor temperatures.                                          work on topics surrounding her research project, “The             the lives of people.”
                                                                                                                                 This is the second time Gatorade has contributed       Phenomenology of Forgiveness in Older Holocaust                         As chair of the social work department, Dr. Jenkins
                                                                                                                     funding to kinesiology research projects at TCU. Gatorade has      Survivors,” and Dr. Jenkins has continued exploring his           oversees all components of the department, including            Notable student accomplishments
                                                                                                                   also contributed smaller grants for more than six independent        research topic, “Family Relationships in Older Adulthood:         managing the program, and is the primary liaison                Social work major, Lauren Love, was selected as the Tarrant County
                                                                                                                                                                                        Step-grandparents who are Lesbian or Gay.”                        between TCU social work and the Harris College of Nursing       NASW Student Social Worker of the Year.
                                                                                                                 research studies aiding graduate research at TCU.                            “I am really passionate about my research, said Dr.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          & Health Sciences. Dr. Jenkins will work with both faculty
                                                                                                                       Dr. Joel Mitchell, chair of the kinesiology department, is       Jenkins. “It is exciting to understand that my research was       and students, and staff to ensure the success of the social     Social work major, Deborah Jones, was selected to the All-American
                                                                                                                                                                                        assessed by numerous individuals and that it continually                                                                          team for track and field.
                                                                                                            directing this study with the assistance of six other faculty members                                                                         work department.
                                                                                                                                                                                        passed review at several different levels.”
                                                                                                          and several TCU kinesiology graduate students. Kimberly Hubing, a                                                                                                                                               First-year bilingual communication sciences and disorders student
                                                                                                        kinesiology master’s degree student, will be using this study as part of her
                                                                                                                                                                                              According to the Gerontological Society of America,         Harris College of Nursing &                                     Barbara Fernandes was selected to be a participant in the
                                                                                                                                                                                        by the end of the initiative, the program should have
                                                                                                      thesis project.                                                                   helped to develop and enhance the leadership skills of            Health Sciences has three                                       American Speech-Language Hearing Association’s Minority Student

                                                                                                           The TCU study surrounding the sodium balance issues affecting athletes       the faculty scholars, thereby increasing the visibility and       “Great 100 Nurses”                                              leadership Program at the annual convention in Miami, Fla.
                                                                                                                                                                                        desirability of gerontological social work as a field. - DTS            Three faculty from TCU’s Harris College of Nursing        Kim George, RN, graduate nursing student, was selected as the
                                                                                                  developed after the Hotter ‘N’ Hell 100 cycling event which took place in the                                                                           & Health Science were honored as “Great 100 Nurses” for         national oncology nurse of the year by the National Oncology Nursing

                                                                                               blistering summer heat of Wichita Falls, Texas, in August 2006. The event is one         TCU announces a new director                                      2007 by the Texas Nurses Association, districts three and       Association.
                                                                                             of the nation’s most popular 100-mile cycling events attracting more than 9,000            of nursing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          four, and the Dallas-Fort Worth Nurses Executives. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          awardees included Lavonne Adams, Kris Riddlesperger             Dr. Dennis Cheek and nursing students Hollie McGehee Smith
                                                                                           cyclists per year.                                                                                                                TCU’s Harris College of                                                                      and Janet Good were recognized for a published manuscript, “New
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and Charles Walker.
                                                                                                 Dr. Mitchell and several of his TCU colleagues were stationed at a medical tent                                        Nursing & Health Sciences                                                                         Respect for the Humble Endothelium,” Nursing 2006 (March). The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lavonne Adams, Ph.D., RN, CCRN has been an assistant            published article was awarded third prize in this year’s Clinical Writing
                                                                                       that provided care for riders experiencing a variety of ailments. At the tent, Dr. Mitchell                                      recently celebrated the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        appointment of a new              professor in TCU’s Harris College of Nursing & Health           contest sponsored by Nursing 2006. Manuscripts were nominated by
                                                                                     analyzed the sodium levels of riders who appeared to be suffering from hydration problems                                                                            Sciences since 2004. She holds nursing degrees from             editors and chosen by the magazine’s editorial advisory board.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        director of TCU Nursing
                                                                                  by using a portable sodium analyzer.                                                                                                  with a reception at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kettering College of Medical Arts (AS), Wright State
                                                                                         “Because of the extreme 100-degree-plus temperatures, we had to keep the portable                                                                                University (BSN), and Andrews University (MS) and a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kelly Center. Donna Scott
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ph.D. in leadership from Andrews University. Dr. Adams
                                                                              analyzer in a cooler full of ice in order for it to function properly,” Dr. Mitchell said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Notable student facts
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tilley, RN, Ph.D., CNE was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          presents and publishes on topics such as leadership,
                                                                                     The new lab study conducted will provide accurate scientific data explaining the sodium                                            appointed the new director
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          administration, and disaster preparedness and response.         All graduate speech-language pathology students (10) found
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and began her duties in the
                                                                          control mechanisms that can contribute to problematic sodium imbalances among athletes.                                                                                         Kris Riddlesperger, Ph.D., RN is a clinical assistant           employment immediately upon graduation; all graduating seniors
                                                                                                                                                                                        Fall 2007 semester. Dr. Tilley began at TCU as an associate
                                                                                  “By the implementation of various controls on the participants, we can accurately monitor             professor of nursing in August 2006.                              professor in TCU’s Harris College of Nursing & Health           who applied to graduate school were accepted.
                                                                      their progression throughout the course of the study,” Dr. Mitchell said.                                               As the director of nursing, Dr. Tilley is responsible for   Sciences since 1994 and teaches classes in maternity            MSNA, MSN, and BSN graduates had 100 percent employment
                                                                       The group of 10-12 participants in this study will primarily include highly trained cyclists and tri-athletes    managing all aspects of the programs in nursing, and is           and women’s health. She holds nursing degrees from TCU          opportunities upon graduation.
                                                                                                                                                                                        the primary liaison between TCU Nursing and the Harris            (BSN) and Texas Woman’s University (MSN and Ph.D.). Dr.
                                                                  selected from a variety of off-campus organizations and clubs. Each participant will complete four trials, each                                                                         Riddlesperger has personal interest in clinical hospice         The nursing state board pass rate last year was 92 percent. A letter of
                                                                                                                                                                                        College of Nursing & Health Sciences. Dr. Tilley will work
                                                                consisting of one hour of intense exercise in the heat followed by a three-hour rehydration recovery period.            with faculty, students, and staff to ensure the success of        nursing after encountering a hospice nurse who made a           commendation has been received from the Board of Nurse Examiners.
                                                                       Participants will be continually monitored throughout this process during the next several months.               the nursing programs.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          difference with her family.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          MSN students achieved 100 percent pass rate on the national
                                                            Information gathered through these trials will include blood sampling, sweat and repertory variation measurements                 Dr. Tilley hopes for a continued excellence in              Charles A. Walker, Ph.D., RNC is an associate professor         certifying exam for adult clinical nurse specialists and are now
                                                          and sodium concentrations. Also, ADH (anti-diuretic hormone) measurements will reveal how the body responds to                undergraduate and graduate nursing education and                  in TCU’s Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences            recognized as advanced practice nurses in Texas.
                                                                                                                                                                                        continued growth of the accelerated second degree                 since 2001. He holds degrees from TCU (BS and BSN),
                                                        the re-absorption of fluids.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kinesiology students had a 100 percent pass rate on the teacher
                                                                                                                                                                                        program through establishing and maintaining                      University of Texas (MSN) and Texas Woman’s University
                                                            For more information on the study, contact Dr. Mitchell at j.mitchell@tcu.edu.                                              innovative partnerships with clinical partners.                   (Ph.D.). His clinical and research interests include aging      certification exam (ExCet) and on the athletic training state
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          readiness among baby boomers, chronic and disabling             licensure exam.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          illnesses, elder caregiving, and relocation stress.
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                                                        From seed to table
                                                        TCU nursing and nutrition students
                                                        participated in a community garden
                                                        project to learn about gardening
                                                        healthy plants from start to finish.
                                                        The initiative was a community-based
                                                        participatory research collaboration
                                                        between the Harris College of Nursing
                                                        & Health Sciences and the Department
                                                        of Nutritional Sciences. Nursing and
                                                        nutrition students began developing the
                                                        garden with master gardeners on two
                                                        acres with plants ranging from roses and
                                                        herbs to fruits and vegetables.

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