Leslie Harris Ed.D,MSN, BA
In order to prepare BSN graduates to utilize sound evidence based practices in their clinical reasoning, RN-BSN programs should focus on exposing the student to information systems that provide data about quality improvement (American Association of Colleges of Nursing [AACN], 2008, p. 18). Often, nursing students are not familiar with the “language” of scholarly searches and information gathering. This means that the curriculum should include explicit knowledge in how to search for and use scholarly information to inform their practice (e.g. McCulley & Jones, 2014; AACN, p. 16). One way to provide this skill in on-line courses is through the use of the Embedded Librarian. The Embedded Librarian promotes the collaboration between nurse faculty and librarians by making the librarian an active presence in on-line educational platforms. This allows students “one-click” access to the librarians and library staff for guidance in searching, obtaining, formatting and utilization of scholarly materials for use in on-line activities, assignments, papers, and presentations.
Desmond Batts and Bruce Morton
As East Hartford was losing an oil distribution terminal, jobs were being lost and the town was facing the burden of owning crumbling oil tanks and polluted land. Conversion of this former industrial Connecticut riverfront property from “tank town” to the Connecticut River Academy, an environmentally themed magnet high school, has turned the riverfront into a state-of-the art learning facility, a destination for recreational activities and has generally improved the quality of life in the area. This paper describes the journey Goodwin College took over the past few years in turning this former eye sore into a green gem on the banks of the Connecticut River.
Lisa Coolidge Manley; Henriette Pranger, PhD; Vicky Navaroli PhD; and Kelson J. Ettienne-Modeste MD
Goodwin College (GC) is a new baccalaureate institution with an expanding faculty for four current academic departments. At the start of the 2014-2015 academic year, Goodwin College implemented an approved Faculty Mentorship Program (FMP) across the four departments. Institutions are using mentoring at an increased rate to bolster faculty development and student retention. The program director matched senior faculty with early-career faculty in the mentorship program for a one year duration. This poster session brings aspects of the proposal, design, approval, implementation and evaluation of year one of formal faculty mentoring at Goodwin College (e.g. challenges and strengths). Lessons learned are explored and described to poster viewers so that they may start or improve their own faculty mentoring programs.
The Importance of Neighborhoods: An Investigation in the Demography of a Neighborhood in New Britain, CT
Michael A. Spano
The most important reason this study is being conducted is to find out if employment has anything to do with where a person lives. I gathered information from residents living at Willow Ridge apartment complex in New Britain, CT.
- I went door to door interviewing residents with a questionnaire I designed.
- Residents were asked what was the most important reason they choose in live in New Britain.
- Residents were asked why they chose to live in this neighborhood.
- Resident were asked why they chose to live at Willow Ridge apartment complex.
- Responses varied between residents.
- After careful analysis, I found that a majority of residents prioritized a quieter neighborhood over employment.
- Resident also preferred to live closer to family members than to work.
Holistic Practices in Human Services: How the Holistic Approach of Mind, Body, and Spirit Impacts Practitioners, Educators, and Students
Sherrilyn G. Bernier Ed.D., Veronica Vioude, Tashianna Henderson, Glady Reed, and Yamilette Rosado
The Personal Growth and Development of the Human Services Professional workshop panel consisted of human service students who completed a course in personal growth and development. The students spent the semester learning about their past, their present well-being, and where they are going. The objective of the panel was to have students share their experiences writing a journal of self-growth and how journaling impacted their understanding of the holistic approach and the human services profession.
Early Childhood Education / Child Studies Students Share Knowledge and Complete Community-Based Projects
Lori Blake, Kimberly Mansfield, and Kathy Gavin
Throughout the year, students have the opportunity to work with the public and share their skills.
Vernal pools have been identified as a critical habitat for many species, including amphibians. The goal of this project was to map the vernal pools in Woodstock, Connecticut. With this information, residents can be aware of the location of these important wetlands. Thirty-six vernal pools have been identified in Woodstock.
Dr. Randy Laist of Goodwin College describes an innovative strategy for teaching writing to business students.
In English 325: Advanced Business Writing, teams of students are putting their writing skills to work, composing annual reports for local small businesses and non-profit organizations. The annual report project provides students with a chance to employ both right-brain and left-brain business communications strategies to disseminate their partner organizations’ key messages in professional-grade documents. As they research and design their annual reports, students in the class establish relationships with their contact organizations that allow them to examine the operations of real small businesses and to cultivate networking opportunities. At the same time, these students provide a valuable service for small business owners struggling to broaden their market share and to raise awareness of their brand. The symbiotic collaboration between these student teams and their partner organizations provides a model of how institutions of higher education can work with the business community for the mutual benefit of both students and employers.
Randy Laist of Goodwin College discusses strategies used by both successful writers and successful businesspeople.
Barbara Morey and Rosemary Hathaway
Study Abroad is an elective independent study that enables a student to volunteer with an organization to administer medical or surgical services to an underserved population in the world. Students return with the life-changing experience of health care access to aggregate populations outside of the United States.
Place-based education is sometimes termed as education for sustainability. It is hands-on, project based, and related to something in the real world. At Goodwin College, the South Meadow and Crow Point Connecticut River floodplains are used to engage students in discovering the importance of floodplains to functioning river ecosystems. This is accomplished through field trips, active research and community engagement projects.
Henriette Pranger, PhD; Kelli Goodkowsky; and Debra A. Rajaniemi
Presented at the Annual Conference on Innovative Pedagogy & Course Redesign XIII, Fairfield Connecticut, this poster "depicts the collaborative efforts of Goodwin College's administration and Faculty Senate to build community among faculty through non-academic activities."
Cassandra Tierney, Cindy Seiwart, and Paul Danese
We studied the relationship between students that took the Exploring Life general science course (SCI110) and how those students performed in Human Biology (BIO120). Analysis showed that success (passing with a C or better) in the Exploring Life course predicted success (passing with a C or better) in Human Biology some of the time, lending some support to the argument that the Exploring Life course should be instituted as a requirement prior to taking the Human Biology course. In contrast, when you look at all grades, there seems to be no strong association between the two courses (r2=0.3) We also found no strong association between Accuplacer exam score and performance in SCI110 or BIO120.
Elizabeth Lane and Tamara Webb
H: Hands on presence in the online classroom minimizes your students’ frustration and maximizes learning.
U: Utilize relevant student-centered technology that engages your students proactively.
M: Model the online classroom behaviors you desire from your students.
A: Address the unique needs of your asynchronous learners.
N: Navigation of your classroom is consistent, logical, and student focused.
The Development of Two Anatomy and Physiology Courses that Allows Students to Complete Their Course Requirements at Home Using eScience Labs: Comparison Among Online, Hybrid and On-Ground Courses
Debra A. Rajaniemi and Vicky Navaroli
A two semester online Anatomy and Physiology 1 & 2 course was developed with complete online instructions. The lab portion is distributed as “A Lab in a Box” provided by eScience. Students using eScience lab kits have the flexibility of online learning while completing comprehensive hands-on experiments at home. These experiments include dissections, blood typing, blood pressure, lung mechanics, bone and muscle identification, protein and enzyme analysis, histology, reflex testing, etc. eScience provides students with full-color lab manuals, customized kits, safety equipment, video instructions, animations and integration into an LMS. This course accommodates all learning styles giving the freedom students need to work at their own pace. Students are assessed by completing weekly material including discussions, comprehensive lab manual work, lecture and lab quizzes, lab reports, practicals, and lecture exams. The lab reports include pre- and post-lab questions as well as submission of pictures and videos of their experiments. The online lecture exams, lab practicals and course work are generated through McGraw Hill’s software. All graded content are timed and extended times provided for students who need accommodations. Student responses are positive and overwhelming. Students love the ability to work at their own pace, spend less time on travel, more quality time with their families and less out-of-pocket expenses. Students with test anxiety feel comfort and relaxed working in the privacy of their home. Pregnant students, full-time parents and students recovering from surgeries/illnesses can finish their coursework without taking a medical leave thus completing their course requirement.
P02-36 - Effect of aripiprazole adjunctive to antidepressants on sexual functioning: A subgroup analysis of a 52-week open-label safety study (CN138–164)
Sabrina Vogel Marler, R Gismondi, A Clayton, Ross A. Baker, R. Forbes, and Robert M. Berman
This presentation addresses impacts of adjunctive aripiprazole (AA) in major depressive disorder (MDD).
Assess impacts of long-term (≤52 weeks) open-label AA to ADT on efficacy, sexual function and weight change in MDD.
Data were analyzed post-hoc from de novo patients enrolled in an open-label safety study of AA after inadequate response to one or more ADT. Three ADT classes were included: SSRIs, SNRIs, and a noradrenaline-dopamine reuptake inhibitor, bupropion.
Global well-being with AA was assessed (mean change in CGI-S score from baseline by ADT). Sexual functioning was assessed by Sexual Function Inventory (SFI) items: interest in sex, sexual arousal, achievement of orgasm, erection maintenance and sexual satisfaction. Item 6 captured change in the overall improvement score. Weight change at Week 52 (last observation carried forward) was assessed.
Overall mean change in CGI-S (n = 285) by Week 52 was -1.5. Mean changes in CGI-S from baseline scores (4.2-4.4) were: escitalopram (n=64) -1.5, venlafaxine XL (n = 48) -1.4, sertraline (n = 39) -1.7, fluoxetine (n = 41) -1.3, paroxetine or CR (n = 37) -1.5 and bupropion XL or SR (n = 46) -1.4. Improvements on SFI items (n = 155) ranged from -0.2 (sexual satisfaction) to -0.6 (interest in sex and orgasm). Mean overall improvement score (3.8) indicated mild-to-moderate sexual dysfunction. All AA groups experienced a mean weight increase (range +1.8 kg [sertraline] to +3.3 kg [fluoxetine]).
AA moderately improved CGI-S scores (to a similar degree) when added to three different classes of ADTs. Sexual functioning in patients on ADT modestly improved after adding aripiprazole to ADT.