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Report on the Use of Race, Ethnicity, and Ancestry as Population Descriptors in Genomics Research

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine have released a new report: Using Population Descriptors in Genetics and Genomics Research: A New Framework for an Evolving Field. The report was developed by The Committee on Use of Race, Ethnicity, and Ancestry as Population Descriptors in Genomics Research, which included Sandra Soo-Jin Lee, Chief of the Columbia Division of Ethics, Katrina Armstrong, Dean of the CUIMC Faculties of Health Sciences and the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Molly Przerworksi, Professor of the Columbia Department of Biological Sciences.

Faculty Handbook

The current version of the Duquesne University Faculty Handbook is available on DORI in the Academic Affairs’ section (bottom right column), please look here for future updates. In the interim, here’s the 2022/23 Handbook PDF.

AACN Student Learning Support

The AACN has highlighted nursing student specific educational materials for COVID-19 vaccinations. The materials include CDC resources such as a COVID-19 Vaccination Webinar Series, considerations when administering the vaccinations and training modules for healthcare professions.

Antibias and Inclusive Language in Scholarly Writing

Academic Medicine produced a one-page primer for authors to pursue equity, diversity and inclusion in scholarly discourse. Recognizing the constant evolution of language, this primer helps authors aspire for scholarly writing that is free from bias, inclusive and accurate in its depiction of identity, health and risk.

The Nursing Workforce Dashboard

NCHWA’s Nursing Workforce Dashboard visualizes data from the 2018 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses (NSSRN), which includes detailed information on the nursing workforce in the United States. This tool can be used to: view data on the nursing workforce landscape, including demographics, employment, and education for RNs, NPs and APRNs; Analyze results for specific subsets of the data using filters by location, license type and employment status; and, access over 100,000 unique data points from the NSSRN.

Best Practice Guide to Telehealth and Cancer Care

Every year, nearly two million people in the United States are diagnosed with cancer. As telehealth technology grows and evolves, more health care providers are integrating telehealth as part of their cancer care programs, also known as tele-oncology. Tele-oncology may offer patients, their family members, and caregivers convenience (i.e., time and travel), lower costs, and flexible scheduling. Telehealth also reduces germ exposure for immunocompromised individuals. View HHS’ Best Practice Guide in addressing the needs and procedures for a successful telehealth cancer care program.

Telehealth and Remote Patient Monitoring

Get trusted tips for remote patient monitoring with HRSA’s preparing patients for telehealth guidelines. Telehealth and the ability to monitor certain aspects of a patient’s health from their own home has become an increasingly popular telehealth option. Remote patient monitoring lets providers manage acute and chronic conditions

“Write on Site” Faculty Writing Group

Are you a faculty member interested in meeting with a supportive group of colleagues to discuss your writing and gently be held accountable to writing deadlines? Join the cross-disciplinary faculty writing group! Participants briefly report on their writing projects, discuss challenges and questions, and then use the time to write. At the end of the hour, we check in on our writing goals. The group does not require a weekly commitment. You are welcome to come as you are able. Meetings will be held Tuesdays 9:30–10:30 AM and Fridays 10-11 AM via Zoom. Please email Jim Purdy for more information.

NINR Releases Five-Year Strategic Plan

The National Institute of Nursing Research 2022–2026 Strategic Plan outlines the Institute’s vision for supporting science that advances our mission: to lead nursing research to solve pressing health challenges and inform practice and policy—optimizing health and advancing health equity into the future.

The NINR’s Strategic Fact Sheet provides an overview of the National Institute of Nursing Research’s (NINR) 2022-2026 strategic plan, which includes NINR’s mission, research lenses for investigating health-related questions, guiding principles for prioritizing research and a research framework for achieving NINR’s mission.

CETR Resources in Your Mailbox

The Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research (CETR) has updated its listserv, please subscribe to the specific areas that are of interest.

Forbes List of 16 Healthcare Innovators

According to Forbes, “These 16 innovators are changing the face of healthcare. … They cross boundaries and repel traditional healthcare models. They are on the front lines and behind the scenes. And what they all have in common is their passion and commitment to innovation in health.” If you prefer, you can listen to the 16 interviews via the link.

NSF Project Evaluation Handbook

This 2010 Handbook was developed to provide project directors and principal investigators working with the National Science Foundation (NSF) with a basic guide for evaluating NSF’s educational projects. It is aimed at people who need to learn more about both the value of evaluation and how to design and carry out an evaluation, rather than those who already have a solid base of experience in the field. It builds on firmly established principles, blending technical knowledge and common sense to meet the special needs of NSF and its stakeholders. As a result of reading this Handbook, it is expected that principal investigators will increase their understanding of the evaluation process and NSF’s requirements for evaluation, as well as gain knowledge that will help them to communicate with evaluators and obtain data that help them improve their work.

NIH’s New Scientific Data Sharing Web Site

NIH has announced a new website on Scientific Data Sharing. This site is intended to benefit those involved in an NIH-funded project who seek to understand which sharing policies apply to your research and how to comply, as well as researchers looking to access scientific data from NIH-affiliated repositories. Additionally, the site will regularly feature new and existing resources, events, and tools from across NIH.

Over the next few months, in preparation for the new NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy that goes into effect for applications due on or after January 25, 2023, DUSON will be adding a number of resources to this section of the Digest. In the interim, please watch the overview of the new Web site and the impacts the 2023 changes will have on NIH policies.

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Teaching Tip: Interactive Lectures

Given that students have an attention span of around 15 to 20 minutes and that university classes are around 50 or 75 minutes, instructors must do something to control their students’ attention. “The ‘Change-Up’ in Lectures,”

is an article by Joan Middendorf and Alan Kalish that describes more than 20 practical strategies for breaking up lectures with activities that help keep students engaged and foster active learning. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Write a Question – Instead of just saying, “Are there any questions?” ask all of your students to spend a minute or two reflecting on the lecture thus far and writing down one or two questions on paper.
  • Think-Pair-Share – After posing a sufficiently difficult question, instead of asking for volunteers to answer the question, have students think about it silently for a minute. Then have them pair up and discuss the problem with their partners. Then ask for students to share their perspectives with the whole class.
  • Finding Illustrative Quotations – Ask students to reread the text to see quotations that support particular arguments. You might have all students address the same case, or different students look at different arguments.
  • Brainstorming – As a segue to a new topic, have students share any thought, idea, story, etc. that occurs to them about the original issue. Record these ideas at the board without analyzing them. After discovering the concepts move on to a more critical discussion.
  • Practice Homework Problems – After lecturing on a particular type of problem, give students a challenge to work at their seats that resembles the kinds of issues they’ll see on their homework. After giving students a few minutes to try to work through the problem, discuss the issue with the class.

New APA Guidelines

The updated guidelines adjust terms for inclusive language. These adjustments are related to first-person and identity-first language, including age, disability status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, social economic status and more.

Additional updates have been made to the Publication Practices and Responsibilities Authorship and primarily highlights accurate research methodologies as well as outlining the parameters for authorship credit.

Enhanced Awareness of ACEs

The CDC is seeking greater awareness of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and their connection to high rates of overdose and suicide. In collaboration with the American Public Health Association, they have developed a new training web page to help provide background and talking points.

Addressing Health Misinformation

The Surgeon General’s Community Toolkit for Addressing Health Misinformation provides specific guidance to individuals, health care professionals and administrators, teachers, school administrators, librarians, and faith leaders to understand, identify and stop the spread of health misinformation.

Editing peer reviews | COPE: Committee on Publication Ethics

These guidelines are formal COPE policy and are intended to advise editors, publishers and researchers on expected practices regarding editing peer reviews. This is helpful information for editors and peer reviewers. 

NLN Nursing Education Research Grants Guidelines

The NLN Research in Nursing Education Grants Program supports high-quality studies that contribute to the development of the science of nursing education. The NLN-funded grants promote diversity of research topics and support investigators who demonstrate rigor and innovative approaches to advance the field of nursing education research. All NLN research grants relate to the NLN Priorities for Research in Nursing Education.

Access a free archived webinar that outlines the submission process for research proposals; provides tips for developing strong, competitive proposals; and encourages submissions that clearly address issues relevant to excellence in nursing education. 

Self-help Tip: Mindfulness

Ways to incorporate mindfulness into daily living.

  1. Journaling: Write an intention when you wake in the morning.
  2. Slow down and pay attention to your breath. Notice how it feels to inhale and exhale.
  3. Take 60 seconds to visualize three things you are grateful for.
  4. Scan your body from the top of your head down to your toes and check in on how you are feeling physically today.

SBM Suggests Priorities for Women’s Health

Interventions To Prevent Work-Related Stress and Support Health Worker Mental Health; Request for Information

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), announces an opportunity for the public to provide information and comments on current evidence-based, workplace and occupational safety and health interventions to prevent work-associated stress, support stress reduction, and foster positive mental health and well-being among the nation’s health workers. Information and comments are also requested on interventions under development and research in progress to support and promote the mental health and well-being of health workers. NIOSH is seeking information on related best practices, promising practices…

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