Department of Nursing announces recent faculty honors, presentations

Faculty from Fort Hays State University's Department of Nursing received several awards and honors during the Fall 2005 semester. They also prepared and delivered several presentations at state and national conferences.

Several gave presentations at the 16th International Rocky Mountain Nurse Educators' Conference in Breckenridge, CO. Attendees were Dianna Koerner, professor of nursing; Billie Groth and Dr. Karolyn Kells, associate professors of nursing; and Christine Hober, Rebecca Sander and Karen Trible, assistant professors of nursing.

Koerner and Kells presented "Meshing the Worlds of Learning and Reality" and "27 Years of Successful Distance Education for RNs;" Trible and Hober presented "Electronic Concept Mapping for Children;" Groth and Hober presented "Mentoring Roadmaps: Community Partnerships;" Trible and Sander presented "The Electronic Clinical Evaluation Tool;" and Sander presented "The 'Virtual' Clinical Evaluation Tool."

Trible and Hober also presented "Pediatric Electronic Concept Mapping" at the National Pediatric Nurses' Conference in Akron, Ohio.

Dorothy Ochs, assistant professor of nursing and coordinator of advanced practice nursing, attended the Doctor of Nursing Practice Regional Conference sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in St. Louis, MO.

Kells and Dr. Sandra Tweed, associate professor of nursing, served as abstract reviewers for the Kansas Nurse Research Exchange 10th Annual Conference in Kansas City, MO. Kells was also a member of the planning committee.

Kells, Koerner and Groth presented "Emotional Roller Coaster: A Grounded Theory of Student Nurses' First Clinical Experience" at the Third Pan-Pacific Nursing Conference and Fifth Hong Kong Nursing Symposium on Cancer Care in Hong Kong, China. Carolyn Insley, associate professor of nursing, assisted in the research for this presentation.

Kells also presented "Evidence-based Practice" at the Kansas Association of Nurses of Continuing Education Providers held in Hays.

Koerner co-authored an article addressing a bi-directional education mobility curriculum plan for registered nurses and paramedics. The article, "A Two-Way Street," was recently published in the "Journal of Emergency Medical Services."

Koerner also recently became certified as a Red Cross Responder in the case of disaster.

Koerner also received the "Excellence in Nursing Continuing Education" from the Kansas State Nurses Association for 2005.
Associate Professor Sue Boos' article, "Skin Disorders," was recently published in the book "Individualized Healthcare Plans for the School Nurse: Concepts, Framework, Issues and Applications for School Nursing Practice."

Ochs was recently appointed as coordinator of advanced practice nursing for FHSU's master of science in nursing program.

Assistant Professor of Nursing Karen Trible recently earned national certification in pediatric nursing through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board. She successfully passed a national examination and documented practice in pediatric nursing to earn this certification.

Assistant Professor of Nursing Sally Schmidt was elected delegate to the American Nurses Associates House of Delegates.

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