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Vital Signs Across the Globe: Community Health Nursing in China FALL 2009 | VOLUME 26 | NUMBER TWO Connecting in this issue Faculty Visit China College of Nursing Families UIC College Prep
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Connecting the Dots of Healthcare 12Th ANNUAL eVeNT Friday, October 23, 2009 Hilton Chicago h O N O R A Ry C h A I R Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky We WOULD LIke TO ThANk OUR SPONSORS fOR TheIR geNeROUS S U P P O R T. keyNOTe SPeAkeR Dr. Tray Dunaway MAJOR SPONSORS ADDITIONAL SPONSORS hTTP: // Web. N U R SINg.U IC /P NLe On the cover: UIC College of Nursing is collaborating with Xi’an Jiaotong University, in Xi’an, China, to develop a community health nursing education program. Story on page 4. This magazine is printed on 10% post-consumer recycled paper.
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Message from the Interim Dean In July of this year, I had the great honor of being appointed interim dean of the UIC College of Nursing for this academic year. How the world has evolved since the first time I served as dean of the College, from 1988 to 1995 ! Yet, our mission to promote and support research, teaching, service, and innovation remains as strong and vibrant as ever. In the months ahead, I look forward to working with our world-class faculty, students, and staff associates as we build on the momentum established most recently by Dr. Joan Shaver and by our previous deans Drs. Helen Grace and Mitzi Duxbury. Working alongside me are four members of the faculty who have accepted interim appointments for this year of transition: Drs. Julie Zerwic, Tonda Hughes, Mariann Piano, and Constance Dallas. Continuing to serve on the administrative team are: Drs. Barbara Dancy, Patricia Lewis, Carol Ferrans, Beverly McElmurry, Judy Storfjell, Rosemary White-Traut, and Diana Wilkie. The theme of the 2009 Power of Nursing Leadership Event, taking place on Friday, October 23, 2009, is “Connecting the Dots of Healthcare”—in other words, understanding relationships and connections. Connections also is the theme of this issue of Vital Signs and an important element of all that we do at the College. You will read about five faculty members and a doctoral student who spent part of the summer in China, building connections with a school of nursing in Xi’an, to develop the country’s first master’s level community health nursing program. You also will learn about a unique partnership with a local high school to help prepare students for successful careers in the health sciences, including nursing, and how family connections bring nursing students to UIC. The College of Nursing family is made up of nearly 10,000 alumni, who live throughout the state, the country, and around the world. Unfortunately, I cannot personally meet each of you this year, but I look forward to getting to know many alumni and advocates of the College during my tenure as interim dean. Finally, it is my privilege to present our 120 scholarship recipients on page 32. Thank you to those who support the College and our students. And, thank you for your continued pride in the College of Nursing! Mi Ja Kim, PhD, RN, FRCN, FAAN Professor and Interim Dean 1
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College Administration INTERIM DEAN Regional Programs CENTRAL ILLINOIS (PEORIA-URBANA) DIRECTOR Mi Ja Kim, PhD , RN, FRCN, FAAN INTERIM EXECUTIVE ASSOCIATE DEAN Kathleen Baldwin, PhD ’92, MS ’78, RN ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR Julie Zerwic, PhD, RN, FAAN ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR NURSING SCIENCE STUDIES Sandra Burke, PhD ’04, RN, APN QUAD CITIES DIRECTOR Barbara L. Dancy, PhD , MS ’72, RN, FAAN ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR NURSING CLINICAL PRACTICE STUDIES Pamela D. Hill, PhD, RN, CBE, FAAN ROCKFORD DIRECTOR Patricia Lewis, PhD ’93 , RN ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR RESEARCH Patricia Lewis, PhD ’93, RN Carol Estwing Ferrans, PhD ’85, MS ’82, RN, FAAN Nursing Alumni Association PRESIDENT ASSOCIATE DEAN, GLOBAL HEALTH LEADERSHIP OFFICE Johanna Stubblefield, BSN ’05 SECRETARY Beverly J. McElmurry, EdD, RN, FAAN ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR ACADEMIC NURSING PRACTICE; EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH CARE INNOVATION C. Sue Fahrenwald, MS ’95 TREASURER Harlene Pearlman, MS ’95 IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Judy Storfjell, PhD , RN, FAAN INTERIM DEPARTMENT HEAD, BIOBEHAVIORAL HEALTH SCIENCE Mary Doherty, BSN ’80 DIRECTORS Mariann Piano, PhD ’88, MS ’84, RN, FAAN INTERIM DEPARTMENT HEAD, HEALTH SYSTEMS SCIENCE Tonda Hughes, PhD ’89, RN, FAAN DEPARTMENT HEAD, WOMEN, CHILDREN AND FAMILY HEALTH SCIENCE Rosemary White-Traut, PhD, RN, FAAN DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT Margaret Beaman, PhD ’87, MS ’82, BSN ’78 Kathy Simonik Bevier, BSN ’70 Sabina Dambrauskas, MS ’76, BSN ’68 Carol Estwing Ferrans, PhD ’85, MS ’82 Gloria Henderson, MS ’70 Rowena Mariano, BSN ’04 Mary Maryland, PhD ’94 Barbara McFarlin, PhD ’05, MS ’84, BSN ’74 Mary Nies, PhD ’88 FACULTY LIAISON Nancy Herman ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT Lauretta Quinn, PhD ’96 Nicole Sallee College Leadership Cabinet Joan Syer-Bailar Lake Forest Graduate School of Management L. Edward Bryant, Jr. Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP Judith E. Hicks, MS ’75 Beechwood Health Solutions LLC Raymond McCaskey Health Care Service Corporation Blue Cross/Blue Shield Christine Schwartz, BSN ’70 TCS Group LLC 2
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Table of Contents | Connections 4 15 20 Vital Signs Vital Signs is published bi-annually for the alumni, faculty, students, and friends of the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing. It is dedicated to promoting strong relationships among the College of Nursing, the UIC Nursing Alumni Associa- tion and its constituents, friends, and other supporters of the UIC College of Nursing. EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Connecting Across the Globe: Faculty Visit China Start Now: UIC College Prep College of Nursing Families Share a Special Connection In Every Issue 1 3 8 12 18 24 28 32 Message from the Dean Table of Contents Creating Brilliant Futures Vista Radius Celebrating Class Notes Scholarship Recipients Nancy Herman MANAGING EDITOR Nicole Sallee WRITERS Felicia Schneiderhan Mark Hagland COPY EDITOR Neal Lorenzi PHOTOGRAPHER Mark Mershon ART DIRECTION & DESIGN Kristin Tomsits Dunn New Yardstick Strategic Design University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing 845 South Damen Avenue, (MC 802) Chicago, IL 60612 Phone 312.996.1736 Fax 312.996.8066 Email conalum@uic.edu www.uic.edu/nursing 3
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Below left: The World Famous Terra Cotta Warriors of Xi’an. Below right: The Bell Tower of Xi’an is a symbol of the city. Connecting Across the Globe: UIC College of Nursing Faculty Partners with China to Develop Community Health Nursing Education By Felicia Schneiderhan Carrol Smith (PhD ’06), UIC College of Nursing clinical assistant professor, is known for her spontaneity in the classroom, even halfway across the world. This past summer, Smith found herself standing before a Chinese university classroom packed with eager Chinese nursing students, professors, and clinicians. She was jetlagged, in unfamiliar territory, and speaking through a translator. Her job was to teach a two-week introductory course in graduate-level community health nursing. Smith did what comes naturally. “I started having something fun to do at the beginning of the day just to loosen people up, and by the third day I thought, I should teach them a song.” She taught them ‘Good morning to you, good morning to you, we’re all in our places with smiles on our faces…’ “Then I taught them the version we used to sing as kids, ‘with egg on our faces.’ They thought that was so funny.” Smith continued to teach songs at the beginning of each day’s session. On the course evaluations, many students commented that the songs had made them feel comfortable. “I would do that again in a heartbeat—it’s a great technique when doing cross-cultural work,” Smith says with a smile. 4
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The UIC College of Nursing is once again building connections around the world to improve global healthcare—this time by partner- ing with a Chinese university to start the first master’s level community health nursing program in China. Over a six-week period this summer, five members of the College of Nursing faculty and one doctoral student traveled to Xi’an, China, home of the world-famous Terra Cotta Warriors, to teach three two-week sessions at Xi’an Jiaotong University. More than 100 Chinese graduate students, faculty, and clinicians attended the course, part of a new initiative funded by the China Medical Board. The course was a prototype for faculty in Chinese universities to adapt for their own communities’ needs and settings. Dr. Beverly McElmurry, professor and associate dean of the UIC College of Nursing Global Health Leadership Office, explains, “This illustrates the investment in global health by the College, in terms of influence, leadership, and contributions.” The College was designated as a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for International Nursing Development in Primary Health Care in 1986. boy fell ill and was taken to the hospital; the four rows of passengers surrounding him were quarantined in a hotel, where they waited 24 hours before being retested and released. “When I was taken to quarantine, I got to see an area of China that foreign visitors don’t usually come across,” Baldwin notes. “There were rice paddies right next to huge new apartment buildings.” A fellow traveler who grew up in China explained to Baldwin that the region through which they were traveling once was rural, but was now experiencing extremely rapid growth and development. According to Baldwin, this helped to enhance her comprehension of public health in China. She used this knowledge and personal experience to great advantage as she went on to teach the two-week session on the administration of public health. Baldwin and her class even observed public heath professionals in the field at six community centers throughout Xi’an. Bringing Mental Health to Light In addition to providing experiences from both sides of public health, the College is bringing vast expertise in mental health to its Chinese colleagues. Dr. Colleen Corte, assistant professor, and Linda McCreary (PhD ’00, MS ’93, BSN ’73), research assistant professor, co-taught a two-week session on community mental health nursing. Corte and McCreary noticed the students’ rapt attention from the start. “They were very surprised to hear that there could be a On the Other Side of Public Health Interestingly enough, the summer of 2009 presented its own set of learning opportunities for the community health nursing experts traveling to China. With the global presence of the H1N1 virus, all international flights landing in Shanghai were boarded by quarantine officers in full Hazmat suits and helmets who checked every passenger’s temperature. Most of the passengers were allowed to continue onto their ultimate destinations; however, one member of the College of Nursing team encountered a different side of public health in China. “The quarantine episode was unique and something that, as a public health nurse, I’m glad I was able to experience,” says Kathleen Baldwin (PhD ’92, MS ’78), clinical associate professor and director of the Central Illinois Regional Program. On Baldwin’s flight, a young Above middle: Drs. Linda McCreary (back row, fourth from left) and Colleen Corte (back row, fifth from right) join members of the community health nursing class. Above left and right: Participants in the community health nursing program at Xi’an Jiaotong University. 5
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biological basis for mental illness,” Corte says. “They asked questions like, ‘People with depression can work? People with depression live at home?’ They had very little knowledge about mental illness and believed that people suffering from mental illness were always in- stitutionalized.” Corte recalls how one day during a lecture, a student rose as if to ask a question. Instead, she turned to her fellow students and said, “We cannot pretend that we do not have mental illness here.” McCreary notes that during class, when she asked students whether they knew people who suffered from depression or bipolar disorder, there would be no response, or the students would deny knowing anyone who has such a condition. But after class, individual students would approach her to discuss a family member or client who was emotionally troubled and unable to function following a traumatic event, such as a horrific accident or the earthquake of May 2008. “The students were astonished to learn that treatments are available that can relieve many of the symptoms of mental disorders,” McCreary says. “It made me realize that there is even greater stigma related to mental illness than I had anticipated,” she explains. “The concept that mental disorders are illnesses, many with biochemical and genetic factors related to their development, is relatively new. Up until this time, nurses in China have not been educated to identify or intervene therapeutically with clients who have these conditions.” Cross-Cultural Teaching One of the biggest challenges the faculty experienced was condens- ing a semester-long graduate course to just two weeks, and then presenting it to a Mandarin-speaking audience that had varying levels of English proficiency. Developing the curriculum under a tight deadline “was worse than birthing a baby, I think,” says Carrol Smith, who worked with doctoral student Gabe Culbert (BSN ’04) to teach the first session as an introduction to basic public health. “Each day our plans went awry,” she explains. “We had to re-plan every night and re-negotiate what we were going to do the next day. Looking back, we really did cover most of the material we planned to, but maybe not in quite the same order.” Expanding Community Health Nursing Across the Globe China’s effort to develop community health nursing education stems from its rapid economic and technological advancements, and the fact that the majority of its 1.3 billion population lives in rural areas, where access to healthcare services is minimal. The need for equal access to care makes community health a key issue of reform, and spurred the new initiative from the China Medical Board to fund development of a graduate-level curriculum in public health for nurses. The relationship between the College of Nursing and Xi’an Jiaotong University began seven years ago as an effort to educate and train nurses throughout China on the delivery of care to HIV/AIDS patients. That initiative was pioneered by Reverend Scott T. Harris, a physician and director of the Maryknoll China Service Project based in Hong Kong, and College of Nursing Research Assistant Professor Carol Christiansen (PhD ’95, MS ’76, BSN ’73). “We started with seminars about care for people who were HIV positive and, just as importantly, prevention and nurses’ roles with Above left: Dr. Carrol Smith (third from left) visits a neighborhood clinic with Chinese colleagues and students. Above middle: The Giant Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi’an. Above right: Xuanzang, a famous Chinese monk and scholar from the 7th century. regard to the role community medicine can play in prevention,” Harris explains. Those week-long seminars were held for nurses at four Chinese colleges of nursing, including Xi’an Jiaotong University, which became the major partner in the initiative and assisted the teams as they traveled throughout Chinese provinces to train nurses. Once the China Medical Board was ready to fund the community health project, leaders at Xi’an Jiaotong University recognized that they would need to partner with a more experienced nursing faculty to develop the curriculum. Li Xiaomei, dean of Xi’an Jiaotong University 6
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Faculty of Nursing, called Christiansen to ask for assistance; the College of Nursing was poised to meet the need. According to McElmurry, this current project is the “culmination of five to seven years of communication and collaboration that has grown into a strong relationship. It takes a long time to win trust and develop good working relationships and that’s what we have now.” “Many organizations could have partnered with Xi’an Jiaotong University,” Christiansen says, “but as it turned out, we were the ones who had developed the affiliation. We also have a history with international work and developing curricula for other areas that can be adapted to meet urgent needs.” In August, the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office supported a meeting in Hong Kong to advance community health nursing in China. High-level Chinese nursing administrators, deans, and representatives from the Ministry of Health and the nation’s chief nurse attended the meeting, as did Dean Li Xiaomei and Carol Christiansen. Following the model developed for HIV/AIDS nursing education seven years ago, Christiansen explains, “We hope to develop a working curriculum that can be used in a pilot test before the end of the year.” College of Nursing Interim Dean Mi Ja Kim explains, “With our integrated research initiatives and network of faculty members who have special expertise in global health issues, we at the College bring added value when we participate in and join global partnerships. It is an honor for us to have the opportunity to develop curricula that will have a positive impact on public health issues in China.” 2009 Compendium of Primary Care Case Studies In the 2009 Compendium of Primary Care Case Studies, The World Health Organization (WHO) highlights exemplars of primary care models with particular emphasis on the contribution of nurses to the strengthening of health systems. Four of the 38 case studies cited in the compendium are UIC College of Nursing programs. CEnTErIngPrEgnanCy® aims to increase the psychosocial well-being and healthy behavior of disadvantaged women in Chicago as a strategy for reducing adverse maternal and infant outcomes and disparities among racial/ ethnic groups. is a nurse- managed center of the UIC College of Nursing that provides integrated primary physical and mental healthcare services for people who have serious mental illness such as schizo- phrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression and with (or at-risk) for co-morbid chronic physical disease. InTEgraTED HEalTH CarE (IHC) MzakE nDI MzakE (FrIEnD To FrIEnD) PEEr grouP InTErvEnTIon For HIv PrEvEnTIon: enables the primary care system and volunteer health workers to collaborate on HIV prevention with adults and adolescents in rural areas of Malawi. a PHC MoDEl aCTIvE lIvIng by DEsIgn and HEalTHy EaTIng by DEsIgn are two projects that aim to in- crease active living, physical activity, healthy eating, and improved nutrition among resi- dents of the Logan Square neighborhood in Chicago. According to the WHO, “the UIC College of Nursing has a distinguished record of support for primary care in resource-poor settings. It has demonstrated sustainable commitment to local and international partnerships; this has, in turn, enriched the experience of its own faculty and students.” To learn more, please visit www.uic.edu/ nursing. Above left: College of Nursing doctoral student Gabe Culbert in Xi’an. Above right: Dr. Carrol Smith (middle) tours Xi’an with Chinese colleagues. 7
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Creating brilliant Futures Cancer Research: Honoring a Mother’s Memory the College in memory of his mother, each time designating that the funds support nursing students involved in cancer research. “Don Biernat gives from his heart,” says nancy Herman, director of ad- vancement. “We at the College are so pleased that we can help him honor the life and memory of Helen Biernat.” Biernat knows what it means to overcome obstacles and never quit; he learned that lesson, and the importance of compassion, from his mother. Helen Biernat, born and raised on the near southwest side of Chicago, was the daughter of Polish immigrants who struggled to make a living. Helen had wanted to become a nurse, but she was never able to realize that dream. After her husband’s unexpected death at the age of 42, she worked whatever jobs Helen Biernat (far right), shown here as a young woman with her softball team, was a lifelong inspiration to her son, Donald. models and heroes that would help keep inner city kids in school and out of gangs. Donations of bats, balls, helmets, and signed photographs became part of his “Don’t Quit” program to celebrate the lives of people who overcame obstacles on their way to fame. After a lengthy fight with cancer, Helen passed away on March 22, 2005, at the age of 89. “My mom gave me opportunity,” says Biernat. “I want to continue that by giving opportunities to UIC College of Nursing students.” — Felicia Schneiderhan Honor a loved one by supporting the College of nursing Commemorative gifts are a thoughtful way to honor or memorialize a loved one while supporting a cause you believe in. Your gift can establish an endowment, fund a scholarship, or help support other projects. There are several ways to estab- lish a memorial gift, including: • Making an outright gift at any time; • Making a bequest in your will to provide funding after your lifetime; a special program or project in perpetuity. To learn more about making a • Setting up an endowment to fund she could find to support her four When Donald biernat walked into the UIC College of Nursing in 2006, it wasn’t to study nursing or because he had an affiliation with the College. He had no reason to be there, except that his mother, Helen biernat, had recently died after a long and painful battle with breast cancer, and he wanted to fund breast cancer research. His first gift enabled two graduate students to continue their research into the early screening and detection of breast cancer in younger women. A paper based on their findings has just been published in the Journal of Mid- wifery & Women’s Health. Since 2006, Biernat has made additional gifts to young children. During her teen years, Helen played sports at Whittier Playground, including softball, which she played profession- ally for a time; she passed on her love for the Chicago playgrounds to her children. Donald built his career ad- vancing sports in the Chicago Public School system, first at Emmet Play- ground and then at Pickard Elementary School, in the neighborhood where he grew up. From the late 1970s through the 1980s, Biernat wrote to sports team owners and countless others to share his dream of opening the Inner City Sports Museum of Chicago, dedicated to role commemorative gift, contact Nancy Herman, director of advancement, at 312.996.1736 or nherman@uic.edu. 8
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