MAHSLIN Professional Development Award – Thank you!
I am pleased to be supported by the MAHSLIN Professional Development award – much appreciated!
And, I was fortunate enough to use this to attend a day of the New England Science Bootcamp for librarians – The 2016 conference took place on the UMass Dartmouth campus in Dartmouth, MA from Wednesday, June 15th – Friday, June 17th, 2016. I attended sessions on Thursday, June 16th.
Nathan Norris, MLS, AHIP
What is the Science Bootcamp?
From the program organizers:
“Science Boot Camp is a 2 ½ day immersion into science topics offering opportunities for librarians and library students interested in science, health sciences, and technology to learn, meet and network in a fun, laid-back atmosphere. Now in its eighth year, the New England Science Boot Camp has been hosted on multiple New England campuses and has been attended by librarians and library students from various regions of the US and beyond—and inspired the development of other Science Boot Camps in the West, Southeast, and Canada! Science Boot Camp provides a fun and casual setting where New England science faculty present educational sessions on their respective science domains to librarians.”
The planning committee for the program consisted of science librarians from a number of institutions including University of Massachusetts -Amherst, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, Tufts University, University of Connecticut, and College of the Holy Cross, University of Massachusetts –Boston, Worcester Polytechnic and the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
In addition to the main programming, the planning committee does a great job providing fun, local activities such as campus, library and museum tours. This time, the festivities included a trip to the New Bedford Whaling museum. I must also give kudos to the organizers for offering single day registrations which included meals, as well as the multiple day option which included meals and lodging – all very flexible and at a very reasonable cost!
The 3 science topics for this years’ conference were Nursing, Physics and Engineering. Following the main presentations, there was a capstone program on science literacy which focused on finding, reading and understanding primary literature.
Each of the 3 main topic areas were covered by at least 2 speakers – the first speaker providing an overview of the field followed by a speaker presenting specific research.
While I attended a portion of the presentations on Physics, I will focus on the Nursing content of the program, which is the reason I attended this year. For the Nursing segment, there were 3 speakers.
The first speaker presented a history of nursing. The second speaker discussed nurse training, the nature of the nursing field and broad areas of nursing research. The third presented specific nursing research. I will provide an overview of each presentation.
Science Bootcamp Nursing Segment Overview:
Speaker: Sharon Keating
The first presentation was done by Sharon Keating. Sharon is a lecturer in the Department of Community Nursing at University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.
Sharon provided attendees with a nursing timeline and historical milestones which marked specific nursing “eras”. In doing this, she provided us with background on a number of nursing luminaries such as Florence Nightingale, Clara Barton (American Red Cross Founder) and Lilian Walt (Considered the first “Public Health” Nurse). Additionally, she provided attendees with context for the evolution of nursing roles care and how major events and legislation such as Medicare & Medicaid, the Vietnam War, the HIV/ AIDS epidemic and the effect of the Accountable Care Act (ACA) have changed the nursing field.
Sharon’s presentation has been posted to YouTube and can be viewed here:
While Sharon didn’t discuss much of this in her talk, her research interest is in the use of technology and social media to improve adolescent/emerging adult health and healthcare. You can read one of her articles on text messaging as a health intervention for adolescents here (free):
Systematic review of text messaging as an intervention for adolescent obesity
Keating, Sharon R., McCurry, Mary K. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Volume 27, Issue 12, pages 714–720, December 2015.
Speaker: Stephen Padgett
The second presentation (and latter portion of the “nursing overview”) was done by Stephen Padgett. Stephen is an assistant professor in the Department of Community Nursing at University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.
Stephen provided attendees with a good overview of the various “pathways” to nursing practice – both historically and currently. He also highlighted the importance of nursing as a career which requires “lifelong learning” and detailed various paths to graduate nurse training and careers based on those fields of study.
Stephen’s presentation provided context for current nursing practice in the era of evidence-based practice and opportunities for nurses as practitioners, researchers, administrators, etc. During this section, he covered topics such as licensure, certification and the nature of professionalism exhibited through nursing knowledge, service, code of ethics and documentation such as policy statements, scope and standards of practice, ethics, etc. We learned also about nursing specialization and the “barriers” that nurses face in healthcare such as numerous professional organizations, varying levels of education, and external conflict with other healthcare organizations (AMA, for example).
Stephen also provided an overview of the various types of research studies, breaking them out by design, level, and type of article produced. And, finally Stephen informed participants of various challenges in conducting nursing research, such as the difficulties in measuring effectiveness.
Stephen’s presentation has been posted to YouTube and can be viewed here:
Selected articles by Stephen Padgett (PubMed – RSS Feed):
Speaker: Kristen Sethares
The final segment on a specific research project was presented by Kristen Sethares. Kristen is a professor in the College of Nursing and director of the PhD Program at University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth.
Kristen has also worked as a cardiac nurse, and her research involves patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). The goal of her work is to have CHF patients improve “self-care” to reduce hospital re-admissions. From her description, the purpose of the study is “To improve symptom self-care in heart failure patients with the use of cell phone apps and sensors in the home setting.” For this case, Kristen defined “Self-care” as the process of recognizing, interpreting and treating CHF.
CHF is very costly condition and the leading cause of hospital admission for patients over 65 years of age. It is also a major factor contributing to degradation of quality of life, and symptoms include fluid retention, shortness of breath and fatigue. 60 – 80% of CHF patients also have mild cognitive impairment. Patients can avoid going to the hospital if they do effective self-care and get treatment, as needed, without being admitted. One of the reasons for this type of research has been the failure of telehealth efforts to teach patients self-care. More interest has been paid to her research now that hospital readmissions within 30 days for the same condition are not being compensated by CMS.
Kristen’s research has been 13 years of collaboration between the Engineering and Nursing departments at UMass Dartmouth. She worked with a couple of engineers at UMass Dartmouth to put together a mobile monitoring device and software app. The device provides a continuous electrocardiogram (ECG) (as well as other types of monitoring), and the app provides a method for patients to record their own perceptions about their health status. The thought process is that this system can provide continual health data to the researchers and the app can aid patients in recognizing problem symptoms and empower them to manage them appropriately.
Kristen outlined the development and refinement of this app to measure how well patients were employing self-help methodologies. And, she used the self-care of heart failure Index (SCHFI) (developed by Barbara Riegel and Victoria Dickson – Riegel & Dickson, 2008) as the basis for her research. This model includes 3 parts – self-care maintenance, self-care management and self-care confidence.
So far, Kristen has been very pleased with her research results, and the methods developed seem to be approachable for this patient population.
Kristen’s presentation has been posted to YouTube and can be viewed here:
Selected articles by Kristen Sethares (PubMed – RSS Feed):
The conference was very well organized and very interesting – I would highly recommend it for science-related topics of interest!
To learn more on the Science Bootcamp and for some suggested references on heart failure from Kristen Sethares, see the links below.
Heart Failure References:
Heart and Lung (Journal)