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This June, the Indiana University School of Nursing will celebrate its 100th anniversary. The year will also mark the 10th year for Marion Broome, Ph.D., serving as the dean. An IBJ “Woman of Influence” in 2011, Dr. Broome began her nursing career in the Army, where she was stationed at Fort Gordon in Georgia. She was assigned to a pediatric unit and knew instinctively this would be her career focus. It was there that she met her husband, Capt. Carroll Broome. He was a member of the signal corps and is a Vietnam veteran.
“Health care is shifting to the community. The shift will see growth in community care, with increases in wellness, preventive care and a stronger focus on more holistic chronic illness management.”
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“Health care is shifting to the community,” indicated Dr. Broome. She further explains that hospitals will have fewer beds, with increased — Dean Marion Broome, Ph.D. capacity for intensive care, surgical care and emergency departments. Back in the 1950s, the Associate in Science “The shift will see growth in degree was created to address a nursing Dr. Broome received her master’s degree community care,” states Dr. Broome, “with shortage. There were not many schools in family health and her Ph.D. in child and increases in wellness, preventive care and that offered a nursing baccalaureate at family development from the University of a stronger focus on more holistic chronic that time. Every decade or so since that Georgia. Her dissertation topic was how illness management.” parents’ child-rearing practices and behavior time, the industry experiences a shortage, proliferating the number of nurses with an and children’s medical fears influenced Forecasting health care trends indicate associate degree, obtained mostly through children’s responses to pain. For a part of that patients will spend shorter periods of community colleges. that study, Dr. Broome interviewed 125 time in the hospital, increasing demand children and their parents. As a result, she for home health care, wound care, some In a recent study released by the Institute of developed a questionnaire to measure post-surgical, rehab and hospice. With the Medicine, one recommendation was that 80 Affordable Care Act, more people who children’s fears. One such conclusion percent of nurses should have a baccalaureate have insurance who previously would only was that children who had high levels of degree. Not only that, the study emphasized go to the emergency room are increasing fear reported more pain from medical procedures. The results of this study created the future trend in nursing care would involve the need for access to health care services a baccalaureate as a minimum requirement to and preventive care. Another factor is that the “Child Medical Fear Scale.” This scale meet the needs of the changes occurring in created by Dr. Broome has been translated there are fewer primary care physicians health care. into five different languages. due to specialization, enabling an increased demand for nurse practitioners. Nurses will have to keep up with the The IU School of Nursing has a lot increased complexity of their profession. to celebrate for its centennial: its Chronic care management, for conditions They need to understand the impact of consistently impressive national ranking, such as diabetes and asthma, will focus technology and informatics, as well as groundbreaking research, international on keeping patients out of the hospital by outreach and, most important, its students. realize an increased need for a scientific helping them to manage their symptoms. background. IU’s nursing school has Nurse practitioners with advanced maintained an impressive national ranking Nursing, like any profession, has nursing degrees will find an increase in job in the top 20 of 700-plus nursing schools. A opportunities with this shift in health care. experienced changes over the last 60 years.
This study looks closely at women returning to work and how to best handle that transition as well as sleep, stress and quality of life after chemotherapy. There are many more studies, all important and relevant, whose findings may help benefit those with diabetes, those with cancer, stroke victims and their caregivers, and teens. The reach of IU’s nursing school extends across the Atlantic to Africa. In Monrovia, Liberia, IU has partnered with the University of Liberia to establish the first public baccalaureate program in nursing and midwifery. Students currently enrolled at the Tubman National Institute for Medical Arts at JFK Medical Center will complete their degree at the University of Liberia. An IU nursing alum, Wvannie Scott-McDonald, Ph.D., who is Liberian, received her master’s degree and her doctorate at the IU School of Nursing at IUPUI. It was through Dr. Scott-McDonald’s efforts and initiative that this school liaison was achieved. Dr. Scott-McDonald’s cousin is the president of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who was awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. Abroad or stateside, Dr. Broome indicates that preparing students for their careers in nursing is the single most important role of IU’s nursing school. With the dynamics in health care continually changing, creativity and flexibility of health care providers is a must. Dr. Broome, throughout her tenure, has witnessed changes in nursing care as well as foreseen changes to come, adapting as necessary to meet demands and to be ahead of the curve. Research is an important component of IU’s nursing school. IU focuses on symptom management with studies focused on helping individuals maintain or improve their quality of life. Recently in the news, attention has focused on a current study of music therapy with teens experiencing chemotherapy. In an article by the BBC News, “Making Music Videos Helps Young Cancer Patients Cope,” IU music therapist nurse researchers, led by Dr. Joan Haase and Dr. Sheri Robb, found the patients gained resilience and improved relationships with family and friends. All the patients were
undergoing high-risk stem cell transplant treatments. To produce their music videos, the young patients were asked to write song lyrics, record sounds and collect video images to create their story. In another study, the nursing school is examining the experience of diabetic teens transitioning from high school to college. Dr. Kathleen Hanna’s study of these teens may help others transition to managing their own care independently. IU’s nursing school is also studying cognitive changes in women during and after chemotherapy.
Little known fact: Audrey Geisel (widow of Theodore “Dr. Seuss” Geisel) is a graduate of IU’s nursing school and received her honorary doctorate in 2005. Not only is June the 100th anniversary of the nursing school, but Dr. Broome and her husband, Dr. Carroll Broome, have another major event to celebrate: their daughter’s wedding. Drs. Broome have two grandsons from their son and daughter-in-law.
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PLANTS, GRANTS AND GROUP WORK TO CLEAN UP MORSE Writer / Krista Shields
Morse Reservoir is getting cleaner because a group of concerned residents have been busy applying for grants to promote safety and a cleaner environment – The Morse Waterway Association (MWA). Although the grant did not fund the pedestrian walkway along 236th street, which is slated to be finished in June, 2014, it will be used in Red Bridge Park. It was written to implement a rain garden between the parking lot and the reservoir. This garden will reduce run off from the parking lot and will serve two other purposes: “one, the root systems grow deep into the soil absorbing engine oil and radiator fluid from parked cars and two, the plants produce oxygen” , stated the Park Superintendent, Charlie Cambre. The Utility Department and the Parks Department will be implementing the garden in the summer of 2014. The aesthetically pleasing fix became an opportunity for waterfront residents as well. Sixteen residents recently took advantage of the grant for rain gardens and shoreline plantings, which help to prevent direct runoff from driveways and lawns directly into the reservoir. Jeff Wells was one of these residents. According to Wells, he was provided with information about what was native and grew well under submersion. He said they came up with a plan with their landscaper and submitted it to the program. “We had a spot that was an erosion problem for us and the reservoir,” Wells said. “It was really steep and the water would just run straight
into the reservoir when it rained.” The grant is up to 75 percent, or $2,000. Though Wells’ complete project was over the limit, the grant supplemented the project and educated the homeowners on what was best for their property. Cheryl O’Bold heard about the program through a postcard she received in the mail. “Michelle Kearn with White River Watershed was very easy to work with on the project,” O’Bold said. “She came out to my property promptly to see if we were a candidate. The area had a lot of debris that kept washing into the lake as well as quite a bit of erosion.” The area has since been cleared and planted with native plants that filter the water. The native plants include black-eyed Susans and irises as well as other blooming plants. “I like all the colors,” O’Bold said. “They are small, but in a couple of years they should really get full and make a larger impact visually for the lake.”
“As a Morse Reservoir cleanup volunteer in the past, I can attest to the need for more volunteers. Not only is the cleanup needed to improve the aesthetics of the reservoir and water quality, but for those living on the water, their property values. I’m a supporter of these initiatives, and those residents of the Morse Reservoir need to take advantage of these grants,” said Doss.
The total funding for the projects was $57,900. The projects are all to be completed this calendar year. “An IDEM Section 319 grant was obtained by the Upper White River Watershed Alliance in 2012 to implement best management practices in priority watersheds, including Cicero Creek watershed,” MWA President Jim Schneider said. “The UWRWA’s grant will continue to implement BMPs to reduce nonpoint source pollutants including sediment throughout 2014.” These pollutants include nitrogen and phosphorus from agricultural runoff, which Indiana Conservation Officer Bill Doss said, result in higher levels of toxic blue-green “Growing up around Morse Reservoir and algae. IDEM flagged Little Cicero Creek, seeing the diverse ways the water is used which feeds into Morse, for the high levels helps us see the need for improvement. of E. coli. “Because of these high levels, Several agencies work tirelessly to improve Little Cicero Creek is listed as an impaired the quality and aesthetics of Morse stream in Indiana, meaning that it does Reservoir. For those who live around the not meet state standards for water quality,” reservoir, it is important to take care of Schneider said. Though they have cleaned this body of water. If you look at what has up the island, hauled 10 loads of garbage happened to the White River here in the from the reservoir every year, numbered all county since the cleanup initiatives started, the docks, and now obtained a $50,000-plus it is amazing. Imagine what Morse Reservoir grant, Schneider still estimates that about will look like in 10 years! 40 percent of the residents on Morse don’t know that the board exists.
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HOW CAN I HELP? “As a resident of Morse, I see the positive impact the reservoir can have on our community,” said Matt Clarke, vice president of the MWA. “Initially, when I joined the MWA, my main concern was the overall quality and level of the water in the reservoir.” Started in 2005 to clean up the water, the board is helping to do just that. They work closely with the Upper White River Watershed Alliance, the Department of Natural Resources, the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation Department, and Hamilton County surveyor, the city of Noblesville, and the town of Cicero. According to MWA, “they support the 1,400 homeowners living on the reservoir, the surrounding community, and the weekend recreational boaters and fishermen.”
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The group meets on a monthly basis to discuss their many projects, including Safety Awareness Days, the Cicero Triathlon and lake cleanup events. They also have other environmental projects underway for the future. Despite the steady success the group has seen to date, they are still looking for volunteers to assist with their annual cleanup. The event will take place on July 12 and volunteers can sign up on the group’s website at morseh2o.org. MWA has also posted a message from the Indiana Wildlife Federation on their website that includes tips for residents to improve Morse water quality.
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2014 has been a winter of subzero temperatures and record snow fall, so thinking about July the 4th is not on many people’s mind. For the volunteers of Lights Over Morse Lake Committee, the work begins as soon as the last firework is shot off. “ We always have to start working on next year’s show and how we can raise money to pay for the fireworks, it’s something we do all year long,” according to Greg Bowman, chairman of Lights Over Morse Lake. “People think the fireworks are paid with tax money or that the town of Cicero pays for the display, but that’s not true. Cicero does donate to help with program cost, but major funding is from individual donations and business sponsorships.”
The fireworks in Cicero have been an annual display for over 20 years and the biggest event held in Cicero each year. It has been estimated that the fireworks attract thousands to the town of Cicero each July 4th and hundreds watch the fireworks from boats on Morse Lake, with many of those boaters coming from the Harbours in Noblesville. Bowman is hoping that boaters from Noblesville along with Cicero area residents will keep the 2014 fireworks big and bright with their donations.
contact Greg Bowman 317-984-4745 or go to the website for a donation form at Lightsovermorselake.com. You can donate by cash, check or Pay Pal. Donations need to be made by April 30, to be listed in the 2014 festival’s program booklet.
This year’s festival will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 4-5-6. Lights Over Morse Lake is always looking for individuals to join the committee and food and craft vendors interested in taking part in the festival’s activities. Lights Over Morse Lake is also This year, individuals who donates $25.00 or looking for local talent to enter “Cicero’s more will be recognized by having their name Got Talent Show.” There is a youth division listed in the program’s “Land of the Free and an adult division. The talent show will and Home of the Brave” page. In previous be held during the 3 day festival in July with years only business donors were listed in the cash prizes awarded in each division. program. To donate or for more information, atMorse.com / MARCH 2014 / MORSE / 15
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