Barbara Doyer Awarded $124,513 from State to Enhance Nursing Training
The State of California’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development has awarded Barbara Doyer, lecturer in Nursing, $124,513 for her program “Standardized Patients in the BSN Health Assessment Courses.” The grant will build on a pilot program in the School of Nursing, initiated in 2016, to expand the use of Standardized Patients — actors who are trained to represent patients during a clinical encounter with a health care provider. “With the utilization of standardized patients, students not only interact and communicate with a real person, but they also can receive feedback during the encounter,” explains Doyer.
In the pilot program, volunteer community members were trained as standardized patients and engaged with BSN students in one entry-level Health Assessment course. Instructors noticed that the students displayed increasing confidence in their interviewing skills and attaining health information. They were also able to develop their “touch with a purpose” in examining a “real person.”
Expanding the School of Nursing’s Standardized Patients program will allow an increase in the number of student encounters with live patients in both their Health Assessment and Simulation classes. Using these two different learning modalities may enhance the students’ experiences, potentially allowing for a safer practitioner prior to the patient encounter.
The Far West Athletic Trainers Association (FWATA) recently awarded Tricia Kasamatsu and Melissa Montgomery, assistant professors of kinesiology, grants of $2,165 and $3,000, respectively.
Nikolas Nikolaidis, associate professor of biological science, was awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant for $417,300 over four years for his project “Interaction between HspA1A, a seventy-kDa heat shock protein, and lipids in stressed cells.
Undergraduate and graduate students from across disciplines presented posters or exhibited their creative activities during Student Creative Activities and Research Day last month. The event recognized the high-impact projects developed by CSUF Titans.
Cal State Fullerton students excelled at the 31st annual California State University Student Research Competition at CSU San Luis Obispo.
The National Science Foundation’s Division of Undergraduate Education has awarded an anticipated $2,833,981 for the Advancing Teachers of Mathematics to Advance Learning for All (ATMALA) project, led by: Mark Ellis (on the right), professor of secondary education; Ruth Yopp-Edwards (on the left), professor of elementary education; and Martin Bonsangue (at the front), professor of Mathematics.