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UK College of Nursing’s Tobacco Treatment Specialist training program receives accreditation

The University of Kentucky College of Nursing’s BREATHE Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) training program received accreditation from the Council for Tobacco Treatment Training Programs (CTTTP) recently. The program is one of 18 accredited training programs for tobacco treatment internationally. The BREATHE TTS training was developed as a collaborative effort by UK and community partners interested...

Following father’s example, UK nursing student Karly Schmidt donates a kidney to save a life

By Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward To commit a textbook term to memory, UK College of Nursing student Karly Schmidt used a mental shortcut by naming her two kidneys George and Fred. George, her right kidney, reminded her of the word “glomerular,” and Fred, her left kidney, reminded her of “filtration.” Putting the two words together, she could recall the glomerular filtration rate, which...

Kentucky hospitals struggling to find enough nurses; colleges working toward finding solutions

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News While studies show Kentucky will have a surplus of registered nurses in the next decade, right now many of the state’s hospitals are struggling to hire enough nurses to care for patients. “I am hoping this is cyclical,” said Susan Ellis, the vice president of Patient Care Services at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg. “But...

Voices of Hope offers $1,000 scholarship to support student in long-term recovery program

Voices of Hope, a Lexington-based advocacy group for people impacted by addiction, will award an academic scholarship to a student in long-term recovery who is pursuing post-secondary education in Central Kentucky. Students who have passed the one-year mark in a recovery program and completed one semester of college are eligible for the $1,000 Living Proof Scholarship. The scholarship, funded through...

UK Nursing student, breast cancer survivor thrives on activity, beating cancer and finishing school

By Elizabeth Adams UKNow reporter Striding across the finish line in pink knee-high socks imprinted with the phrase “tough ta-tas,” Brandy Smith completed her first 5K as a breast cancer survivor in October. She wore a victory sash and clasped a pink carnation as she and husband Jason waited for friends at the ballpark. The race was a moment of exhalation for the University of Kentucky student...

UK College of Nursing receives $2.6 million grant to promote rural caregivers’ cardiovascular health

By Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward In a self-sacrificial role, caregivers of chronically ill patients often neglect their own psychological and physical health while attending to the needs of a loved one. The demands of caregiving can cause emotional distress and reduce the time caregivers are able to devote to their personal health. In rural areas, additional barriers prevent caregivers from...

Use of e-cigarettes during pregnancy may be common, but still not considered a good idea

By Kristin Ashford Special to KyForward E-cigarettes are increasingly popular, and adult women of childbearing age are the most common users. This is especially true in Kentucky, which has the country’s second highest rate of smoking during pregnancy. Many women try to quit or reduce their smoking while pregnant, and may turn to e-cigs under the belief that they are safer or harmless during...

Public health researchers, geologists combine to create radon risk potential maps for state, 15 counties

University of Kentucky health researchers and geologists combined their research on radon and created a map that shows which parts of Kentucky have the highest risk of radon exposure, and most recently created maps that focus on 15 counties, according to a UK news release. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. “It is a collaboration between two disciplines that might not traditionally...

Health care professionals, emergency responders not immune to mental illness

By Janie Heath and Jan Findlay Special to KyForward Health care professionals and emergency responders confront the brutality of injury and illness on a daily basis. Too often we assume these heroes can block out the horrors and heartbreak of their jobs — that they are superhuman. But the idea that doctors, nurses, officers and EMTs are impervious to mental illness is untrue. Studies show health...

People in the News: University Press adds new director; Pitt named EKU human resources officer

The University Press of Kentucky welcomed Leila Salisbury as its new press director, becoming only the fourth in the press’s sixty-eight year history. Salisbury comes to UPK from the University Press of Mississippi, where she has served as director since 2008. While at UPM, Salisbury was responsible for strategic planning and the management of a $2.7 million scholarly publishing operation and a...

Healthy pregnancies and pre-term birth prevention drive work of UK College of Nursing researcher

By Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward Working as a labor and delivery nurse for a decade, Kristin Ashford was surrounded by happy beginnings. She helped women and families welcome healthy babies into the world. But amid those happy and healthy beginnings, Ashford also helped mothers and their families work through the stressful and heart-wrenching experience of pre-term birth. As a first-hand witness...

Wilmore health center is first free-for-service clinic operated by nurse practitioners from UK

A new community health center in Wilmore operated by the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, celebrated its grand opening last week, but it’s been seeing patients since September, according to a UK news release. The Phyllis D. Corbitt Community Health Center, named for a former family practice physician in the community, is the first fee-for-service health clinic operated by nurse practitioners...

Study exposes historical barriers to health
in Kentucky, other tobacco-growing states

A University of Kentucky researcher conducted a comprehensive review of historical data, including previously secret tobacco industry documents, for her study, ‘Tobacco-Control Policies in Tobacco-Growing States: Where Tobacco was King.’ (Photo provided)   By Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward   The major tobacco-growing states lag behind the rest of the nation in adopting measures...

Taylor Davis’ dream of becoming a nurse will become reality when family receives her pin

By Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward   When nursing student Taylor Davis entered Cameron Waters’ hospital room at 7 a.m., the 20-year-old cystic fibrosis patient sent a strong message he wasn’t in the mood for a visitor. The message was delivered in the form of a middle finger pointed in her direction.   Davis, standing at 4-foot-11, wasn’t discouraged by this offensive...

Commentary: Nursing's challenges real, but so are opportunities to make positive impact

By Janie Heath Special to KyForward   When a brother or sister is hurting, the whole family feels it and worries about it. That is what happens in nursing as well. As the largest health care profession, there are approximately 3 million registered nurses in the United States who I consider part of an extended family.   Do I worry about the stress and fatigue many nurses are experiencing...

Golden Apple Awards go to six groups for successful education-business partnerships

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   Everyone was on the same page Thursday at Commerce Lexington’s Good Morning Bluegrass breakfast, where the Community Partners Leadership Team and Fayette County Public Schools recognized high-performance partners for 2013-2014. These award-winners invest their time, energy and expertise in the district or particular schools through committed exchanges...

Lexington couple fund Haitian medical mission trips through ‘Repurposed Soul’

Andrea Kohlman with children in Haiti. (Photos from UKNow)   By Ann Blackford University of Kentucky   Andrea Kohlman, a winter 2012 University of Kentucky graduate, has been a part of numerous mission trips, but none impacted her more than her first mission trip to Haiti in November 2009.   “I was shaken to the core,” said Kohlman, who received a bachelor of science in nursing...