Students volunteer at DeKalb Senior Fair

Recently, several NIU Student Academy of Audiology members, along with NIU Audiology clinical professors, attended the DeKalb Senior Health Fair, at the DeKalb High School. This event brought together 70 different area vendors to provide information on the resources available in the community. SAA members provided educational materials on hearing health, performed hearing screenings, and informed…

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Alumnus Randall Moore II named AANA CEO

Randall Moore II (’99), DNP, MBA, CRNA is the new Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), a professional organization representing over 50,000 certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA). According to a news release from the AANA, Moore has worked as the director of Perioperative and Anesthesia Services at Passavant Area Hospital…

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Professor shares Illinois Public Health Association news

Assistant Professor Sarah Geiger, of NIU’s Public Health program, is also the chair of the epidemiology and health statistics section of the Illinois Public Health Association (IPHA). She recently shared news of that section’s initiatives which include database projects, strategy objectives and a policy resolution. Read the IPHA newsletter, and Geiger’s article on page 2, below.

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Nursing simulation lab gets upgrades

The nursing simulation laboratory received several upgrades this summer. The lab replaced an obsolete medicine dispensary machine with a current, state-of-the-art version, called the Pyxis MedStation. This device will not only help nursing students better understand medication safety and efficiency, but it is also the same machine used by many hospitals today, making this hands-on…

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PT professor becomes board certified orthopedic clinical specialist

Dawn Brown, PT, DPT, OCS, a NIU Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education in the DPT Program, has recently become an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist. Orthopedic clinical specialists are experts in evaluating, treating and managing patients with orthopedic conditions. Some of these conditions include sprains, strains, tendonitis,…

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Students get in-depth look at philosophy of food

CHHS Nutrition, Dietetics and Wellness major Autumn Martin participated in NIU professor Mylan Engle’s newly created service-learning class, The Philosophy of Food. The course looks at ethical issues pertaining to food such as global hunger, ethical production and sustainability.  

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Nursing professor discusses research at AHNA Annual Conference

NIU School of Nursing Assistant Professor Maryann Abendroth, recently presented her research on caregiver stress at the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) national conference in Palm Springs, California. Abendroth’s research focuses on the strain caregivers experience when they care for persons with Parkinson’s Disease. her research, which partially funded by both a Joan E. Wood Award for…

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Students provide hearing screenings to Special Olympians

Several NIU Audiology students recently volunteered to provide hearing screenings to Special Olympics athletes. Joining forces with students from Illinois State University and Rush University to conduct the screenings in Bloomington, Illinois. These screening attempt to bring to light any audiological or ear problems that athletes may be facing and, if present, to refer them to appropriate audiological…

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Heart of Hearing program cruises to Dominican Republic

Several NIU audiology students, along with audiology professor King Chung, visited the Dominican Republic on a humanitarian trip through the Heart of Hearing Program. On their visit in January, they identified patients who might need surgery, cerumen services (ear wax removal), and/or hearing aids/cochlear implants.  When they returned to the Dominican Republic in March, they…

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Nursing professor to study patient transfer devices

Jie Chen, assistant professor of nursing,  recently received a grant through the Joan E. Wood Award for Nursing Faculty Research. The research project will involve comparing three patient transfer devices and the amount of physical stress that caregivers experience as a result of handling those devices. It will also examine differences in the head impact…

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