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FALL 2017

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23 FALL 2017 W hat's the secret to inspiring more Kentucky high school students to become teachers? Answer: start early, offer hands-on learning, provide access to experienced educators and help students earn college credit while still in high school. Those are the main goals of a College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) initiative that kicked off during the fall 2017 semester. The Teaching and Learning Career Pathway Program is a collab- oration with the Kentucky Department of Education. CEHD signed memoran- dums of understanding with three Kentucky school districts — Jefferson, Bullitt and Gallatin counties — and expects to sign agreements with more districts soon. The contracts leverage the Kentucky Dual Scholarship Pro- gram, a statewide initiative that funds college-level courses for high school students. "When a high school student expresses an interest in teach- ing, we want to do our part to help and inspire that student," said Amy Lingo, the college's associ- ate dean for academic affairs and unit effectiveness. Dean Ann Larson said the partnership with the schools fits nicely with the college's focus on learning by doing, recruiting and supporting high school students into a teaching pipeline to jump- start their education careers. "We've learned that when an aspiring teacher, beginning at the high school level with earned college credits, actually walks in the shoes of a seasoned teacher, it's a powerful and inspiring the- ory-to-practice learning tool," said Larson. University officials expect about 100 students to take part in the teacher education-focused curriculum during the 2017-2018 academic year. The University of Louisville is one of four insti- tutions participating in the pilot program. H aving family members present while a loved one is resus- citated. Creating a "barf scale" for adults undergoing can- cer treatment. Changing nurses' views toward drug-addicted mothers who birth babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome. To evolve these areas of bed- side care and more, School of Nursing Professor Barbara Polivka is guiding research in the trenches at Norton Healthcare. The work is part of Poliv- ka's role as the Shirley B. Powers Endowed Chair in Nursing. Polivka's work originates in the nursing research councils at Norton's hospitals, where staff nurses discuss what research they want to pursue based on issues they have encountered in the clinical setting. "It's fun when you work with enthusiastic staff nurses," Polivka said. "If I can get a few people interested in research or at least feel like they're making an impact, that's the reward." At Norton Hospital, research on nurse perceptions of family members being present during a patient's resuscitation brought institution-wide policy change. Nurses had widely varying opinions on whether it was appro- priate for a family member to witness a patient being resus- citated, a seemingly gruesome scene for those unaccustomed to the procedure. Norton's internal guidance in this area was unclear. Polivka worked with several nurses from the research coun- cil and a Uof L undergraduate nursing research scholar to sur- vey hospital nurses. Based on the findings, Norton Healthcare implemented a policy to ensure a staff member is present with family during resuscitation. "When you do CPR, it looks horrible," Polivka said. "A staff member can explain to the family what is going on and ensure they don't get in someone's way think- ing that their loved one is being abused." Another new study focuses on nurses' attitudes toward drug-addicted mothers who give birth to babies with neona- tal abstinence syndrome (NAS). These babies undergo with- drawal, with problems including low birth weight, difficulty breathing and feeding, excessive high-pitched crying and seizures. Polivka hopes data from this study can be the baseline for interventions. "Nurses are sometimes car- ing for these babies a long time and are not always sure how to deal with a mom who may be try- ing to kick a habit," Polivka said. "Our ultimate goal is to try and change that so the nurses have a different perspective; that we need to address and recognize the trauma that these moms have been through and not think of them in negative terms." Amy Lingo, left, and CEHD Dean Ann Larson, far right, talk with freshman Me- gan Baskerville, one of the first students to participate in a new program that gives aspiring teachers an early start on their college classes. Inspired to teach Transforming care through nursing research If I can get a few people interested in research or at least feel like they're making an impact, that's the reward. High schoolers get head start with help from CEHD

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