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nursing Accomplishments

Nov 26, 2018
Tirth Bhatta (Sociology) co-authored an article, “Gendered ‘Long Arm’ of Parental Education?: Life Course Influences on Functional Limitations Among Older Adults in India,” that was published in the Journal of Aging and Health. Bhatta also co-authored a chapter with Nirmala Lekhak (Nursing) and Moushumi Roy (Michigan State University), “The Effects of ‘Natural’ Disasters on Older Adults in South Asia: The Case of Intersectional Identities,” that appears in the edited volume Global Agenda for Social Justice.

Nov 21, 2018
Barbara St. Pierre Schneider (Nursing) was inducted into the 2018 inaugural cohort of the Hall of Fame at the Louisiana State University Health School of Nursing in New Orleans. The School of Nursing Hall of Fame recognizes alumni, faculty or student achievements that have made an enduring contribution to the nursing profession sustainable beyond their lifetime. Hall of Fame recipients have demonstrated outstanding leadership that has impacted the health or welfare of Louisianans, other United States citizens or internationally through a sustained lifelong contribution to nursing practice, education, administration, service, or research.

Nov 14, 2018
Nirmala Lekhak (Nursing) presented her research “Effect of Meditation and Prayer on Cognitive Function of Older Adults with Multimorbidity” at International Symposium of Contemplative Practices, Mind and Life Institute Flagship Conference, in Phoenix. She also received a scholarship to attend this conference.  

Nov 14, 2018
Jennifer Kawi (Nursing) is the recipient of a $30,000 Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare award to support three Jonas Scholars with a $10,000 scholarship each in the 2018-2020 Jonas Scholar cohort.  Catherine Dingley (Nursing) submitted the application.

Nov 9, 2018
Du Feng (Nursing) is the recipient of a $177,777 Health Resources and Services Administration Nurse Faculty Loan Program award to make loans available to students who will become qualified nursing faculty. Rebecca Benfield (Nursing) submitted the application.

Nov 1, 2018
Rachell Ekroos (Nursing) and colleague Lauren Traveller (Southern Utah University) presented preliminary data from the Forensic Nursing Representation in Online News Reports research project at the International Conference on Forensic Nursing Science and Practice. Through descriptive statistics and quantitative text analysis, the purpose of the study is to describe the representation of forensic nursing and forensic nurses in online news media reports.  

Oct 29, 2018
Rachell A. Ekroos (Nursing) was selected Texas Christian University’s 2018 Cecil H. and Ida Green Honors Chair. The Cecil H. and Ida Green Honors Chair was established in 1969, by Drs. Cecil H. and Ida Green of Dallas to bring to campus nationally known visiting scholars, scientists, writers, and other career persons on a rotating appointment program. Ekroos’s visit to the TCU campus, hosted by the Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences, included three days of engagement, presentations, and discussions with university faculty, current students, alumni, and the local community about human trafficking.  

Oct 18, 2018
Crista Reaves (Nursing) earned one of seven Foundation for Nursing Education Scholarship Awards from the National League of Nursing (NLN). A Ph.D. candidate, Reaves was one of 150 applicants to earn this national award. Her research focus is on the implementation of a brief mindfulness technique in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The NLN Foundation for Nursing Education offers scholarships each year to nurse educators who are focused on building a strong and diverse nursing workforce to advance the health of the nation and the global community. The seven scholarship recipients were recognized during the 2018 NLN Education Summit in Chicago.

Oct 11, 2018
Rachell A. Ekroos (Nursing) was an invited speaker at the GLMA Nursing Summit this week. She was asked to share her expertise on the topic of sexual violence among LGBTQ+ populations and communities. Her presentation, titled “Responding to Sexual Violence Among LGBTQ+ Identifying Persons," provided context to achieve a shared understanding among audience members regarding the number of LGBTQ+ people affected by sexual violence, barriers to accessing specialized forensic medical services; assumptions about the person, their needs, and their experience of violence; and multidisciplinary interventions. Ekroos highlighted additional considerations for transgender persons seeking health care after experiencing sexual assault. The presentation was well received and provoked many conversations related to the context of services including health care, law enforcement, advocacy, and legal responses.   

Sep 21, 2018
Jennifer Kawi, Andrew Thomas Reyes, (both Nursing), and Rogelio A. Arenas (Anthropology) co-authored “Exploring Pain Management Among Asian Immigrants with Chronic Pain: Self-Management and Resilience," which is published online and will appear in the December issue of Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. Arenas is a Ph.D. candidate.