Pediatric NPs Contribute to Publication

Congratulations to Samantha Lee, MSN, NP (Pulmonary); Natalie Van Waning, MSN, NP (Cardiology); and Brynna Van Wyk, MSN, NP (Nephrology) for being contributors to the recently published “Pediatric Acute Care: A Guide to Interprofessional Practice, 2nd Edition” by Elsevier.

“Now in its second edition, Pediatric Acute Care: A Guide for Interprofessional Practice takes an evidence-based, interprofessional approach to pediatric acute care as it exemplifies the depth and diversity that’s needed for the dynamic healthcare environments in which acutely ill children receive care. Coverage includes how to work with the pediatric patient and family, major acute care disorders and their management, emergency preparedness, common acute care procedures, and much more. With contributions from more than 200 practicing clinicians and academic experts, it represents a wide variety of disciplines including medicine, nursing, pharmacy, child life, nutrition, law, integrative medicine, education, public health, and psychology, among others. The second edition also features the addition of new physician and nurse practitioner co-editors as well as extensive content updates including updated evidence-based content throughout the text, the integration of the 2016 IPEC Core Competencies for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice, a new full-color design, and new vivid illustrations throughout.”

New Faculty Announcement – Dr. Alexandrou

Please welcome Dr. Eirene Alexandrou as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes.

Dr. Alexandrou earned her BS from the University of Notre Dame in 2010.  Next, she earned her medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine in 2014. Dr. Alexandrou completed pediatric residency training at the Medical College of Georgia 2017.  She recently completed pediatric endocrinology fellowship training at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Center.  She is board certified in Pediatrics and board eligible in pediatric endocrinology.

Dr. Alexandrou joins the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes to expand availability in the Endocrine and Diabetes clinics, including outreach and attending on the inpatient and consultation services.

Please welcome Dr. Alexandrou to the Department, the University, and the community!

New Faculty Announcement – Dr. Ramakrishna

Please welcome Dr. Akhila Ramakrishna as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes.

Dr. Ramakrishna earned her MD from the Armed Forces Medical College in 2011.  Next, she completed an internship at Bangalore Medical College in 2011. Dr. Ramakrishna completed pediatric residency training at the Case Western Reserve University, Metro Health Medical Center in 2017.  She recently completed pediatric endocrinology fellowship training at May Clinic in Rochester Minnesota.  She is board certified in Pediatrics and board eligible in pediatric endocrinology.

Dr. Ramakrishna joins the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes to expand availability in the Endocrine and Diabetes clinics, including outreach and attending on the inpatient and consultation services. Please welcome Dr. Ramakrishna to the Department, the University, and the community!

Johnson Receives Kleiber Excellence Award

Marissa Johnson, BSN, RN, is the recipient of the 2020 Charmaine Kleiber Excellence in Pediatric Nursing Research-to-Practice.

Award BackgroundCharmaine Kleiber, PhD, RN, FAAN, began her University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics (UIHC) nursing career in 1983 as CNS II for Children’s and Women’s Services and served in the roles of Advanced Practice Nurse for Research and Senior Nurse Scientist for Research. During her career, she was also an Associate Professor at the College of Nursing from 2004 until 2012. Dr. Kleiber was an early visionary, developing and operationalizing the role of a nurse scientist at UIHC. She was a lead author of the original Iowa Model, as well as the award winning “Evidence-Based Practice in Action” book. Her research and evidence-based practice work have transformed pediatric nursing, especially in the area of non-pharmacological pain management for children.  Upon retiring from UIHC, Dr. Kleiber established a fund for excellence in pediatric nursing research. This award, given annually, will be used to support pediatric nurses involved in research and evidence-based practice.

Award Overview: The Charmaine Kleiber Excellence in Pediatric Nursing Research-to-Practice Award is given annually to a pediatric nurse who has demonstrated exceptional work in pediatric nursing research or evidence-based practice. This award may be given to an individual or team who has completed or is near completion of data collection for a research study or initiative that incorporates the use of research-based evidence for the benefit of children and their families. The award of $1,000, can be used to support education of the recipient or project costs and dissemination.   

The award presentation will be held on Monday, August 3, 2020 at 1130 via Zoom.

Program Overview:

  • Introductions and Program Overview: Kirsten Hanrahan, DNP, ARNP, CPNP-PC, FAAN, Director of Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice
  • Welcome Cindy Dawson, MSN, RN, CORLN, Chief Nurse Executive and Associate Director, UI Hospitals and Clinics
  • Award and Recipient: Jody Kurtt, MA, RN, NEA-BC, CPNP, Director, Nursing Services, Children’s and Women’s Services
  • Description of Project: Marissa Johnson, BSN, RN, Staff Nurse, Children’s and Women’s Services
  • Comments: Charmaine Kleiber, PhD, RN, FAAN, Award Honoree and Angel
  • Closing: Kirsten Hanrahan, DNP, ARNP, CPNP-PC, FAAN, Director of Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice

Dr. Schieltz and Dr. Wacker Praised in Article on Telehealth

Dr. Dave Wacker (Professor Emeritus) and Dr. Schieltz were praised in a recent article on telehealth in the field of behavior analysis.

LeBlanc LA, Lerman DC, Norman MP. Behavior analytic contribution to public health and telehealth. J Applied Beh Analysis, 2020, 53, 1208-1218.

From the article:

“Wacker and his colleagues at University of Iowa initiated this research almost 15 years ago when they began to coach parents of young children with autism to conduct functional analyses of problem behavior and to implement functional communication training (FCT) through the internet (Barretto et al., 2006; Wacker et al., 2013a,b). … As a result of research at the University of Iowa and other research labs, our field now has nearly 15 years of evidence demonstrating that telehealth ABA services can make meaningful changes in families’ lives. This evidence undoubtably impacted the number of practitioners who transitioned to telehealth services during the COVID-19 pandemic and the amount of funding that was available from third parties (e.g., insurance companies) to support these services. In this first special section, Schieltz and Wacker (2020) provide an informative analysis of the type of telehealth work Public Health and Telehealth 1211 pioneered in their lab, along with pointed suggestions to guide the next generation of this research, in “Functional Assessment and Function-Based Treatment Delivered via Telehealth: A Brief Summary.”

CMN Awardees for 2020

Congratulations to the Children’s Miracle Network Research Awardees for 2020. They include:

  • Dr. Rhanda Darville, GI Fellow: “the role of diet, sex and microbiome in sterile osteomyelitis” – $50,000.
  • Dr. Gopinathan Gangadharan Nambiar, GI Fellow: “Investigational study on obstructive meconium lysis” – $50,000.
  • Dr. Katie Larson Ode, Endocrinology and Diabetes: “University of Iowa CF Biobank” – $48,468.