Education

Develops, tests, and disseminates nursing education pedagogies and nursing practice models that advance nursing practice.

Textbook

Textbook

The textbook Family-Focused Nursing Care (2015), published by F.A. Davis, contains 15 chapters. The F.A. Davis website provides the table of contents and a sample textbook chapter: http://www.fadavis.com/product/nursing-family-focused-nursing-care-denham-krumweide-eggenberger-young.  An Instructor Guide is also available for use by faculty members with supplemental learning activities (i.e., case studies, learning activities, web links, NCLEX questions). However, in the writing of the textbook, the authors of each chapter wrote additional information that exceeded publication page limits. The book editors have decided to make this supplementary content available in this Instructor Manual Companion for faculty use. When teaching the chapter content, these resources will provide additional background information and ideas to share with students. This additional content also provides theoretical background that supports the textbook. You may connect with the authors of the various chapters directly by contacting the Glen Taylor Nursing Institute for Family and Society taylornursinginstitute@mnsu.edu.

Dr. Sharon Denham developed a biography for family nursing leaders within North America for the textbook. Dr. Janice M. Bell, the Editor of the Journal of Family Nursing was invited to develop a list of 30 foundational family nursing leaders from around the world (http://janicembell.com/2014/01/30-foundational-leaders-in-family-nursing/). In collaboration with each of these international family nursing colleagues, she wrote a short biography for those outside of North America. Her assistance in this process was greatly valued.

FAMILY NURSING CLASSROOM ASSIGNMENT

The Family Construct Poster Presentation Assignment is designed for first semester undergraduate nursing program students.  It has been developed by Dr. Norma Krumwiede and Dr. Patricia Young.


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Meet Our Fellows

Dr. Angie RickheimDr. Angie Rickheim ('17-'19)

Capstone Project
Extracorporeal Life Support for Cardiac Intensive Care Unit Nurses

Angela Rickheim developed a program to support nurses, patients and families in the experience of using extracorporeal life support. The focus of her work was partnering with cardiac intensive care unit nurses.

Dr. Brittany WhiteDr. Brittany White ('17-'19)

Capstone Project
Educational Intervention for Bupropion Abuse Prevention

Brittany White evaluated an education program at two health care organization. Findings suggested that educational sessions on interventions for bupropion abuse prevention increased health care staff self-efficacy in management of bupropion abuse, changed prescribing practices of prescribers, and decreased the number of bupropion prescriptions.

Dr. Carrie YavarowDr. Carrie Yavarow ('17-'19)

Capstone Project
Increasing Breastfeeding Education Class Attendance in a Women, Infants, and Children's Clinic

Carrie led an implementation project designed to increase breastfeeding class attendance at a Women, Infant, and Children’s Clinic. She worked with clinic partners to support breastfeeding initiatives.

Leslie Darmofal ('16-'17)

Capstone Project
Psychological Distress: Transitioning Patients from Survivorship to New Normal

Leslie DarmofalThe continuity of care support for patients and their families during cancer recovery is a population health issue. Greater numbers of people are living as cancer survivors, and may need different types of support and services than are offered for patients newly diagnosed with cancer. The purpose of this research is to see what types of psychological distress occur longitudinally in cancer survivorship and facilitate better communication between patient and provider. This research may allow stronger advocacy for long-term support and services in cancer survivorship. The Psychological Distress Thermometer (National Comprehensive Cancer Network), was a key instrument to assist in gauging patient's perception of psychological distress at the time of their provider appointment. Patients with a prior cancer diagnosis were asked to participate and gauge their level of psychological distress by filling out the psychological distress tool and demographic information related to their cancer, and handing it to their provider. The use of cluster sampling statistics to analyze how patients perceived their coping and distress may give understanding of links between types of survivorship support needed for specific cancers at intervals over time. This research allowed nurses and providers to better understand what types of distress cancer survivors are experiencing longitudinally, and facilitate advocacy.

Carrie Dickson ('16-'17)

Capstone Project
Advancing Healthcare Quality for People on the Autism Spectrum

Carrie DicksonNurses have an ethical and legal obligation to address health disparities and ensure healthcare is accessible to all individuals across the neurodiversity spectrum and across the lifespan. To address the sporadic training in healthcare providers, a multidisciplinary community of practice for professionals in all settings and across the lifespan was established to facilitate networking, education, and advocacy related to caring for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families.

Participation in the community is voluntary, open to all healthcare providers without geographical limitations, and involvement may occur at varying levels based on participant's needs. The goal of the community is to improve access to quality healthcare to decrease health disparities in the autistic population as compared with other populations.

Health Professions Autism Network: www.healthprofessionsautismnetwork.org

Laurel Ostrow ('11-'12)

Capstone Project
Effect of Narrative Therapy on Elder Depression and Carer Stress in a Sample of Elders with Dementia

Laurel OstrowThe purpose of this project is to evaluate the impact a narrative therapy intervention has on the variables of depression and stress among people with dementia and depression and their caregivers.

The relationship between depression and dementia is a subject of great interest to clinicians and researchers. The project hopes to understand more about the relationship between these two clinical concerns through the initial screening for depression and then again after the narrative therapy intervention. The possibility that narrative therapy relieves depression and creates a sense of increased meaning in life among cognitively impaired and depressed elders is the primary subject of the investigation.

Rhonda Cornell ('11-'12)

2011-2012 Recipient
Background

Rhonda Cornell, RN, MS, FNP-BC from Bagley, Minn., whose focus is family presence during resuscitation in a rural Midwestern medical center.

Capstone Project
Impact of Adopting Guidelines Supporting Family Presence During Resuscitation on a Rural Midwestern Medical Center

Rhonda CornellThe purpose of this project was to adopt clinical practice guidelines supporting the option of FPDR based on written institutional policy and staff education. The corresponding study sought to answer the clinical question - In a rural Midwestern medical center, how does adoption of a written policy and staff education supporting FPDR based on current evidence impact (a) nurses' perceptions of risks and benefits of FPDR measured pre/post-education using the Family Presence Risk-Benefit Scale (FPR-BS), (b) nurses' report of self-confidence in skills needed for facilitating family centered support during resuscitation measured pre/post-education using the Family Presence Self-confidence Scale (FPS-CS), and (c) the clinical practice of FPDR measured retrospectively by chart review two months pre-intervention, two months during intervention, and two months post-intervention, compared to current practice (no current policy, no staff education, and inconsistent clinical practice of FPDR)?

Joyce Bredesen ('11-'12)

2011-2012 Recipient
Background

Joyce Bredesen, RN, MSN

Capstone Project
A Comparison of Recommended Practice Guidelines for Health Care of the Homeless and the Current Health Status of Homeless Families in St. Paul, Minnesota as Assessed Through the Use of Photovoice Methodology

Joyce BredesenA qualitative study was conducted using a photo-elicitation approach to generate understanding of the current health care experience of homeless families in St. Paul, Minnesota. A purposive sample of fifteen homeless adult family members who utilize services in a specific community were invited to participate in the project. Categories were identified that focused on community health foci selected from the Guideline: (a) access and continuity of health care, (b) basic needs, and (c) social support systems. The homeless families in this sample reported receiving a certain level of services that are part of the Guideline recommendations.

Amanda Winrow ('10-'11)

2011-2012 Recipient
Background

Amanda Winrow, is from Rushford, MN where she lives with her husband and five children.

Capstone Project
Delivery to Discharge: Implementing Postpartum Guidelines into a Small Rural Hospital

Amanda WinrowThe purpose of Amanda's Doctor of Nursing practice capstone project is to assist postpartum nurses in delivering education to postpartum patients and their families effectively, efficiently, and in a manner based on the best evidence. With more postpartum women being discharged from the hospital earlier following delivery, the ability of nurses to provide care and disseminate postpartum education has become significantly more challenging (Daughtery & Moore, 1998; Janssen, Keen, Seymour, Harris, Klien, & Reime, 2000). There is moderate evidence in the current literature-base indicating that mothers feel they did not receive adequate instruction regarding issues they felt were important (Berger & Loveland-Cook, 1998).

Sue Field ('09-'10)

2009 - 2010 Recipient
Capstone Project
Cultural Competence of Nurses in a Rural Clinic Setting

Sue FieldSue's doctoral capstone project includes testing methods to support nurses' development of cultural competence. She designed a Discussion Guide to facilitate "lunch and learn" sessions for nurses in clinic settings. The Discussion Guides accompanied DVD's that were created by Stratis Health of Minnesota and featured interviews with Health Care Specialists of the Somali, Hmong, and Hispanic/Latino cultures. Her comparison study examines results from one clinic where DVDs with Discussion guides were used and another clinic where only the DVDs were used. The comparison study will evaluate whether viewing Cultural DVD's with discussion increases cultural competence levels more than viewing Cultural DVD's alone.

Dana Schardt ('09-'10)

2009 - 2010 Recipient
Capstone Project
The Effects of Guided Imagery on Perceived Stress in the Perinatal Adolescent

Dana SchardtDana's capstone project focused on the effects of guided imagery on perceived stress in the perinatal adolescent. Her participants were pregnant adolescent women between ages 15-18 and below poverty level. It is unclear why many pregnant adolescents have poor birth outcomes such as poor mortality and morbidity rates. Following a literature review if was hypothesized that perceived stress was as a possible contributor to poor birth outcomes. Relaxation education is often used in many illnesses with success, but has little research on the use of relaxation techniques in pregnancy. This study used guided imagery relaxation CD. The participants listened three times per week and journaled how they felt once per week for eight weeks. There was no preterm labor or births in this group and the researcher received positive responses from the participants using the CD.

Ruth Van Heukelom ('09-'10)

2009 - 2010 Recipient
Capstone Project
Impact of Selected Patient and Family-Centered Interventions of Press Ganey Satisfaction Scores

Ruth Van HeukelomRuth Van Heukelom’s capstone project, Impact of Selected Patient and Family-Centered Interventions on Press Ganey Satisfaction, is being conducted on a Surgical Trauma Unit at a Midwestern hospital. The purpose is to determine if the implementation of a selected patient and family centered interventions impacts patient satisfaction. A nursing intervention with four components was planned with hospital staff. The intervention includes: (a) the addition of a message to the orientation binder welcoming family members as valued partners in the care of their loved one, (b) placement of a pad of paper inviting patients and families to record their questions at the bedside, (c) consistent introductions of nursing staff to patients and families, and (d) the Registered Nurse sits at the bedside and spends at least two minutes of focused time with each patient, and the family as possible, during the first four hours of the nursing shift, asking specifically what they want to accomplish during that nursing shift. Data collected from patients prior to implementation of the intervention will be compared to data gathered after the intervention during the same time period.