Samuel Merritt University, formerly Samuel Merritt College, was founded in 1909 as a hospital school of nursing. It is a fully accredited health science institution located on the Summit campus of the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland, California, United States. Samuel Merritt offers undergraduate degrees in nursing and graduate degrees in nursing, physical therapy, physician assistant, occupational therapy, and podiatric medicine. The baccalaureate nursing program is offered cooperatively with Saint Mary's College of California in Moraga, Mills College, Holy Names University and Notre Dame de Namur University. Samuel Merritt University is an affiliate of the Sutter Health Network and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center.Samuel Merritt is the only provider of physical and occupational therapists and physician assistants and is the largest source of nurses in the greater East Bay. Wikipedia.
News Article | April 24, 2017
With an upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare, Ellen Chan, RN, joins the prestigious ranks of the International Nurses Association. Ellen is a Registered Nurse with 28 years of experience in her field and extensive expertise in all facets of nursing, especially medical/surgical nursing, orthopedics, education, nursing informatics, and high fidelity simulation. Ellen is currently serving patients as Staff Nurse IV at Kaiser Foundation Hospital and Adjunct Professor teaching Medical Surgical Nursing II at Yuba College in Marysville, California; and recently teaching Medical Surgical I, II, and III at Samuel Merritt University in Sacramento, California. Ellen completed the vocational nursing program in 1992 at Napa College, before receiving her Associate’s Degree in Nursing in 1999 from the College of San Mateo. An advocate for continuing education, she graduated with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 2009 from California State University, Sacramento, followed by her Master of Science Degree in Nursing in 2014 from Chamberlain College of Nursing. To stay current with the latest advances in nursing, Ellen maintains a professional membership with the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and the California Teachers Association. For her wealth of experience and knowledge, Ellen is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including inclusion in Montclair Who’s Who In Nursing. She is active in volunteer work, and attributes her success to her desire to save lives and continue her education, as well as her passion to serve others and contributes to the world in her own way. When she is not assisting her patients, Ellen enjoys baking, reading, dancing, singing, and traveling. Learn more about Ellen here: http://inanurse.org/network/index.php?do=/4136012/info/ and be sure to read her upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare.
Topp K.S.,University of California at San Francisco |
Boyd B.S.,Samuel Merritt University
Journal of Hand Therapy | Year: 2012
Peripheral nerves are composed of motor and sensory axons, associated ensheathing Schwann cells, and organized layers of connective tissues that are in continuity with the tissues of the central nervous system. Nerve fiber anatomy facilitates conduction of electrical impulses to convey information over a distance, and the length of these polarized cells necessitates regulated axonal transport of organelles and structural proteins for normal cell function. Nerve connective tissues serve a protective function as the limb is subjected to the stresses of myriad limb positions and postures. Thus, the tissues are uniquely arranged to control the local nerve fiber environment and modulate physical stresses. In this brief review, we describe the microscopic anatomy and physiology of peripheral nerve and the biomechanical properties that enable nerve to withstand the physical stresses of everyday life. © 2012 Hanley & Belfus, an imprint of Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Feuer S.K.,University of California at San Francisco |
Camarano L.,Samuel Merritt University |
Rinaudo P.F.,University of California at San Francisco
Molecular Human Reproduction | Year: 2013
Since the birth of the first IVF-conceived child in 1978, the use of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) has grown dramatically, contributing to the successful birth of 5 million individuals worldwide. However, there are several reported associations of ART with pregnancy complications, such as low birthweight (LBW), preterm birth, birth defects, epigenetic disorders, cancer and poor metabolic health. Whether this is attributed to ART procedures or to the subset of the population seeking ART remains a controversy, but the most relevant question today concerns the potential long-term implications of assisted conception. Recent evidence has emerged suggesting that ART-conceived children have distinct metabolic profiles that may predispose to cardiovascular pathologies in adulthood. Because the eldest IVF individuals are still too young to exhibit components of chronic middle-aged syndromes, the use of animal models has become particularly useful in describing the effects of unusual or stressful preimplantation experiences on adult fitness. Elucidating the molecular mechanisms by which embryos integrate environmental signals into development and metabolic gene expression programs will be essential for optimizing ART procedures such as in vitro culture conditions, embryo selection and transfer. In the future, additional animal studies to identify mechanisms underlying unfavorable ART outcomes, as well as more epidemiological reviews to monitor the long-term health of ART children are required, given that ART procedures have become routine medical practice. © The Author 2012. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology. All rights reserved.
Boyd B.S.,Samuel Merritt University |
Dilley A.,University of Sussex
Muscle and Nerve | Year: 2014
Introduction: Hyperglycemia associated with diabetes mellitus (DM) has adverse impacts on peripheral nerve connective tissue structure, and there is preliminary evidence that nerve biomechanics may be altered. Methods: Ultrasound imaging was utilized to quantify the magnitude and timing of tibial nerve excursion during ankle dorsiflexion in patients with DM and matched healthy controls. Results: Tibial nerve longitudinal excursion at the ankle and knee was reduced, and timing was delayed at the ankle in the DM group. Severity of neuropathy was correlated with larger reductions in longitudinal excursion. Nerve cross-sectional area was increased at the ankle in the DM group. Conclusions: Larger tibial nerve size within the tarsal tunnel in patients with DM may restrict longitudinal excursion, which was most evident with more severe neuropathy. It is hypothesized that these alterations may be related to painful symptoms during functional activities that utilize similar physiological motions through various biomechanical and physiological mechanisms. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
August S.L.,Samuel Merritt University |
de Rosa M.J.,Samuel Merritt University
PLoS ONE | Year: 2012
Objective: Urinary tract infection (UTI) is the most common non-intestinal infection worldwide. In the developed world, incidence and prevalence of UTI would be similar owing to the relatively short duration of illness experienced by women with ready access to healthcare services. We hypothesize that, in the developing world, factors limiting access to care and those which may increase the likelihood of developing UTI, result in increased morbidity. This difference is reflected in an increased prevalence of UTI in regions where women suffer the effects of UTI for extended periods of time. Methods: This study represents a cross sectional analysis of UTI prevalence in rural western Panama conducted over the course of a 3-day medical mission. All women 18-45 years of age reporting to the medical brigade clinic were tested for UTI by dipstick urinalysis and a brief history regardless of whether they themselves were presenting with a complaint. Results: UTI was diagnosed clinically by providers in 29.8% of the women tested although only 21.15% of these same women met the evidence-based study criteria. This prevalence of 21.15% is seven times greater than reported by the Panamanian Ministry of Health. When comparing the effectiveness of clinical diagnosis relative to urinalysis by dipstick, a Kappa coefficient revealed only low moderate agreement (0.42; SE 0.0955). Conclusions: The prevalence of UTI in rural western Panama is greater than would be expected based on prevalence data from either the US or Panamanian Ministry of Health and may represent an opportunity for targeted interventions, including educational programming about UTI prevention.
Van P.,Samuel Merritt University
Journal of National Black Nurses' Association : JNBNA | Year: 2010
Grief is a normal response after pregnancy loss. Potentially, prolonged periods of grief can have a negative impact on physical or mental health. African-American women experience pregnancy loss at rates that are at least twice the rate of any other racial or ethnic group. However, the research literature on pregnancy loss has failed to include representative samples of African-American women or to explore and describe adequately their unique experiences after pregnancy loss. The purpose of this study was to examine the factors that are related to grief intensity after pregnancy loss (i.e., miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, or fetal death) among African-American women. The results presented in this paper are components of a larger study in which the grief and coping experiences of African-American women following pregnancy loss were examined, using both quantitative and qualitative analysis. Eighty-six (N = 86) African-American women with a self-reported history ofinvoluntary pregnancy loss were recruited using a variety of culturally sensitive methods. The women completed three instruments: the Perinatal Grief Scale-Short Form (PGS-S), the Women's Role Integration Protocol (WRIP), and a personal profile tool designed specifically for the study. Pearson correlations were computed using pairwise deletion. Four models were tested using hierarchical multiple regression. Age and level of role integration were recurring predictors of the various dimensions of grief as measured by the PGS-S. Being older and reporting more major role satisfaction contributed to having less grief intensity after pregnancy loss. It is proposed that women with a history of pregnancy loss be assessed for residual grieving across their life span. Future explorations should address two main areas: specific interpersonal relations that facilitate grief management and the partners' experiences after pregnancy loss.
Boyd B.S.,Samuel Merritt University
Journal of Hand Therapy | Year: 2012
Study Design: Clinical measurement pilot study. Introduction: Upper limb neurodynamic testing (ULNT1) uses interlimb comparisons to investigate nerve sensitivity to movement. Purpose of the Study: To establish the magnitude of range of motion asymmetries between limbs and the frequency of neurogenic sensory responses during ULNT1. Methods: Elbow extension range of motion (EE-ROM) and sensory responses were measured during ULNT1 in dominant and nondominant limbs for 40 asymptomatic participants. Structural differentiation was performed to examine if sensory responses were associated with neurogenic sources. Results: The average intraindividual EE-ROM asymmetry was 7.28 deg (6.68 standard deviation) (95% confidence interval: 5.18, 9.28). Sensory responses in the limbs during ULNT1 were altered by structural differentiation in 95% of participants. An intraindividual, interlimb difference of ≥10 deg exceeds the range of common asymmetry during ULNT1. Conclusions: Neurogenic sensory responses are common findings in healthy individuals and should be acknowledged when interpreting ULNT1 findings. © 2012 Hanley & Belfus, an imprint of Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Boyd B.S.,Samuel Merritt University |
Villa P.S.,Kaiser Permanente
BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders | Year: 2012
Background: The straight leg raise (SLR) neurodynamic test is commonly used to examine the sensitivity of the lower quarter nervous system to movement. Range of motion during the SLR varies considerably, due to factors such as age, sex and activity level. Knowing intra-individual, inter-limb differences may provide a normative measure that is not influenced by such demographic characteristics. This study aimed to determine normal asymmetries between limbs in healthy, asymptomatic individuals during SLR testing and the relationship of various demographic characteristics. Methods. The limb elevation angle was measured using an inclinometer during SLR neurodynamic testing that involved pre-positioning the ankle in plantar flexion (PF/SLR) and neutral dorsiflexion (DF/SLR). Phase 1 of the study included 20 participants where the ankle was positioned using an ankle brace replicating research testing conditions. Phase 2 included 20 additional participants where the ankle was manually positioned to replicate clinical testing conditions. Results: The group average range of motion during PF/SLR was 57.1 degrees (SD: 16.8 degrees) on the left and 56.7 degrees (SD: 17.2 degrees) on the right while during DF/SLR the group average was 48.5 degrees (SD: 16.1 degrees) on the left and 48.9 degrees (SD: 16.4 degrees) on the right. The range of motion during SLR was moderately correlated to weight (-0.40 to -0.52), body mass index (-0.41 to -0.52), sex (0.40 to 0.42) and self-reported activity level (0.50 to 0.57). Intra-individual differences between limbs for range of motion during PF/SLR averaged 5.0 degrees (SD: 3.5 degrees) (95% CI: 3.8 degrees, 6.1 degrees) and during DF/SLR averaged 4.1 degrees (SD: 3.2 degrees) (95% CI: 3.1 degrees, 5.1 degrees) but were not correlated with any demographic characteristic. There were no significant differences between Phase 1 and Phase 2. Conclusions: Overall range of motion during SLR was related to sex, weight, BMI and activity level, which is likely reflected in the high variability documented. We can be 95% confident that inter-limb differences during SLR neurodynamic testing fall below 11 degrees in 90% of the general population of healthy individuals. In addition, inter-limb differences were not affected by demographic factors and thus may be a more valuable comparison for test interpretation. © 2012 Boyd and Villa; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.
Wolf K.A.,Samuel Merritt University
Advances in Nursing Science | Year: 2014
Nursing is grounded in care of the body. This article examines nursing as bodywork, as experienced intersubjectively by nurses together with patients and collectively as a body within the health care labor force. The relation of nurses to the body generates conflicting and contradictory social meanings from intimate and sacred work to dirty work. Such meanings have contributed to stigmatizing the work and the worker within the labor force as well contributing to an ongoing stratification in the labor force as nurses have shifted bodywork "to lower level" or ancillary workers. Copyright © 2014 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
News Article | February 24, 2017
Actor Harrison Ford is a fan and now so too are the international community of medical device makers as iWALK2.0, created by a Long Beach, Calif. company, has walked away with top honors at the i-NOVO awards held recently in Dusseldorf, Germany. Unlike crutches, which require the use of both arms, the iWALK 2.0 is hands-free device that resembles a 20th century Pirates “peg leg” that straps to the area just below the knee of the injured leg, allowing users to walk naturally. The iWALK 2.0 is fast becoming common among athletes and celebrities who have suffered below-the-knee injuries though amputees are also using the newly redesigned product. A key committee representing the medical products industry nominated the finalists for the Medica Expo’s i-NOVO Awards and the 120,000 attendees from all over the world cast their vote for the best-designed product. iWALK 2.0 earned the highest score, earning it the “First Place” honor. iWALK company president Brad Hunter, who led the redesign of the original product to its current incarnation, said that the iWALK 2.0 is quickly growing in popularity as users realize its benefits. “Think about how your life is hampered by crutches,” Hunter asks. “You can’t use your cell phone at the mall, walk down the aisle at your wedding with bouquet in hand, drink your Starbucks while shopping, push your baby in a stroller, take your dog for a walk, keep up with your friends in daily life or a million other things,” said Hunter. “We are excited by the public reaction and earning this distinguished award helps put us in another league.” At any one time, some 732,000+ Americans need crutches to remain ambulatory including: In addition to its convenience, there are also health benefits associated with the iWalk 2.0. “Did you know that the muscles around your upper leg and hip atrophy by as much as 2% a day while on crutches? Not so with iWALK 2.0” says Hunter. “Also, one’s blood flow to the lower extremities is typically reduced when using crutches thus hampering the healing process. Additionally, the transition between using crutches and walking without them can be difficult, but the iWALK 2.0 makes the transition seamless.” A Canadian farmer developed the prototype of today’s product out of necessity. Since tending to his farm required him to walk the fields and use his hands, he went to work creating an apparatus that would allow him to do both. When Hunter, an entrepreneur with a background in engineering, manufacturing and designing high-performance bicycles wheels learned of it, he became involved with the company and went to work perfecting the product, leading to the development of the iWALK 2.0. In his quest for continued improvement, Hunter is working with the Motion Analysis Research Center at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, Calif. For more information about iWALK 2.0, please call 562 653-4222 or visit iwalk-free.com.