UW School of Nursing: November 2010 Connections, Vol. 21, Issue 3

Connections Monthly Newsletter

Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research Pathfinder Award

Margaret HeitkemperMargaret Heitkemper was selected to receive the 2010 Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research Pathfinder award.

Dr. Heitkemper became entranced with science after receiving a biology set as a gift when she was just eight years old. Her training as a nurse followed experiences as a teenager serving as a volunteer and working in a local hospital. It was her care and concern for family members and her patients who suffered from gastrointestinal disease and distress which inspired her to embark on an outstanding career of research into these issues. Dr. Heitkemper’s experience as a practicing nurse also led her to translate her research into usable information and strategies that assist patients to actively manage their own health.

Dr. Heitkemper received this prestigious award at the FNINR NightinGala on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 in Washington D.C. The Pathfinder Award is given by FNINR to acknowledge nurse researchers whose research has made a difference in the lives of people with health care needs, and has been sustained by multiple research grants from the National Institute of Nursing Research. She has the honor of sharing this award with Dr. Suzanne Bakken from Columbia University.

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Alumni Spotlight

Class of 1974

Class of 1974 Reunion - September 25, 2010

Kneeling left to right: Julie Jensen Dunn, Pam Dalan. First row left to right: Colleen Blume Smith, Roxanne Upton Olason, Jan Shilling, Linda Sapp, Terri Bechtold Camp, Roberta Hansen, Kaethryn Chang Ko, Gail Gruber Houck, Lynn Trantow.

Back row left to right: Becky Guldjord Deeter, Kathy Fabrizio Rogers, Carolyn Chandler Main, Ileana Murphy, Marianne Graham Stanton, Christine Goodman Nuttall, Gina Kime Sears, Laura Jeffrey Oullette, Carol Hjort Abel, Debbie Harris Monsey, Robbie Carlson Hochrieiter, Linda Renfro.

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Alumna a Trail Blazer for Women's Health Services and
Nurse Practitioners

Karen Matsuda, a passionate nurse, an advocate for underrepresented communities and women’s health, and a deputy regional health administrator is being honored at the Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation’s Annual Asian Americans Pioneer in Healthcare.

Job Posting - Wellspring, Integrative Medical Center (AK)
Wellspring, Integrative Medical Center, seeks primary care ANP/ FNP to join Nurse Practitioner owned clinic in Juneau - Alaska's temperate rain forest.  Join our collaborative practice consisting of Advanced Nurse Practitioners, a Naturopathic Doctor, Massage Therapists, and a Licensed Professional Counselor.  We practice patient-centered allopathic and Complementary Alternative medicine.  Applicants must be comfortable working independently without MD supervision and willing to build a practice.  New grads welcome.  Interested parties, please send your resume via e-mail to: wellspring@alaska.net, or mail:  2231 Jordan Ave., Juneau, AK 99801.  Phone:  907-789-1812.


Nursing Ranks, Employment Growing
The number of licensed registered nurses (RNs) nationwide grew 5% to a new annual high of 3.1 million between 2004 and 2008—representing a net growth of 153,806 nurses, according to a report released September 22, 2010 by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
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Bekemeier named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
'Nurse Faculty Scholar
Betty Bekemeier, UW assistant professor of nursing, has won a competitive grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study how research partnerships between public health leaders in government, academia and the non-profit sector can answer practice-based questions that affect public health policies.

New Book Helps Patients Achieve Greater Freedom from
Irritable Bowel Syndrome

A new book from the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), authored by five University of Washington researchers, offers patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) a variety of strategies to lessen the burden that IBS puts on their everyday lives.

Faculty Publication: Complementary and Alternative Medicine (Cam) Attitudes and Competencies of Nursing Students and Faculty
Cathryn Booth-LaForce, Margaret Heitkemper, B. Jane Cornman, and Kristen Swanson.
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At School

Student Receives Two-year Grant from the
Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence

Anna Katherine Keiper, UW Nursing PhD Student, has been awarded a generous two-year, $75,000 grant from the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence in New York City. The National League for Nursing Foundation will distribute funds to each Jonas Scholar chosen through competitive review to participate in this initiative. Ms. Keiper serves as assistant nurse manager of the resource team at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. Ms. Keiper received a certificate in clinical trials from the university and her doctoral work focuses on evaluating PhD students in nursing’s understanding of responsible conduct of research by utilizing the principles of the Belmont Report and the nine core concepts of responsible conduct of research identified by the NIH.

Donna Poole Named 2010 Clinical Preceptor of the Year
Donna Poole, MSN, ARNP, PMHCNS-BC, has been named the University of Washington School of Nursing's 2010 Clinical Preceptor of the Year. Ms. Poole has been mentoring psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner students since 1998. Currently she works at a community mental health center that provides inpatient and outpatient care for urban and rural adults, seniors and children.
Donna Poole Named 2010 Clinical Preceptor of the Year.

Nursing Designated as a 'Very Highly Rated' Doctoral Program
The National Research Council released its long-awaited assessment of doctoral programs throughout the country. Fifteen of the University of Washington’s doctoral programs, including the Ph.D. program in the School of Nursing, were very highly rated, and 19 programs were highly rated among their peers at major universities across the country in an assessment by the National Research Council, according to the UW Graduate School’s analysis of the rankings.

Scholarship Reception

Katryna McCoy

The School of Nursing celebrated donors and students alike at its annual Scholarship Reception on Wednesday, October 20, at the Waterfront Activities Center. Donors had the opportunity to meet with the students whose lives they have touched with their generosity and share stories and good company. Two students, Rachel Johnston, BSN (photo below) and Katryna McCoy (photo above), PhD, shared their stories of the incredible impact that their scholarships have had on their lives and future careers in Nursing.

Rachel Johnston


Vol. 21, Issue 3

Consider a Gift of Real Estate

You can make a significant impact on the lives of students with a gift of real estate. Proceeds from the university’s sale of your donated real estate support the program or fund of your choice.

All forms of real property are potential donations, including residential, commercial and industrial properties, and undeveloped land.

Contributing appreciated real property to the university can present significant tax benefits. Gifts can be outright, to a charitable remainder unitrust to provide you with income, or as a "retained life estate." With a retained life estate in a personal residence, vacation home or farm, you can continue living in or using the property for life.

Learn more:
Office of Planned Giving
(206) 685-1001
Toll free: (800) 284-3679

Benefits of
the Affordable Care Act: A Conference CAll with Nurses

First Lady Michelle Obama held a conference call with nurses from across the country on September 28, 2010 to discuss the new Patient’s Bill of Rights and other important benefits from the Affordable Care Act.

Listen to the Call...

The Future of Nursing:
Leading Change, Advancing Health

Read the report produced by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing, at the Institute of Medicine as part of a two-year initiative to respond to the need to assess and transform the nursing profession.

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Depression Risk for Partners of Breast Cancer PAtients

WebMD Health News
Research of Frances Marcus Lewis, PhD, highlighted.

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In Memoriam

Betty J. Wood
August 20, 2010

ldaura Murillo-Rhode
September 5, 2010

Marijo Drescher
September 8, 2010

Lois Rimer
September 11, 2010

Florence B. Clark
September 19, 2010

New Website

New Website

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Upcoming Events

Nov. 18 - Nov. 19
Annual Update in Wound Management: Optimizing Outcomes in Wound Care
8 a.m.–5 p.m.

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