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Simmons College of Kentucky, also referred to as Simmons College and Simmons Bible College, is a private, co-educational college located in Louisville, Kentucky. Founded in 1879, Simmons College is a historically black college. The school is in applicant status for accreditation from the Association for Biblical Higher Education and also plans to apply to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools . Wikipedia.

Community-based pathogens that can survive on common touch surfaces include those that can cause gastrointestinal, respiratory, and skin infections. Our hands play an obvious role in the transmission of many of these pathogens, but common touch surfaces are also part of the transmission equation. Traditionally, common touch surfaces have not been the main focus of cleaning and sanitation in household and community settings. Infectious disease continues to be of concern globally due in part to emergence of new pathogens, antibiotic-resistant organisms, and a growing immunocompromised community. As a result, it is important to prevent and minimize the infection risk in homes and in the community. Understanding the role of common touch surfaces should inform surface hygiene practices and these surfaces should be the subject of future intervention studies. Copyright © 2013 by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

This article examines how public health faculty prepare students to respond to economic globalization, and more broadly considers the response of public health academics to structural challenges that fall within the realm of global economics, politics, and policy. At this moment, public health is at a crossroads of formalizing its education through graduate competencies and certifications. This research undertook in-depth interviews with public health faculty from across the US to explore how students are prepared to critically consider root causes and respond to political and economic trends shaping health. These interviews reveal a general dearth of attention to globalization, as well as several factors shaping public health academic knowledge production. These include the deep influence and shortcomings of funding resources; a general lack of critical perspective in public health; and both methodological and faculty competence deficiencies. Interviewees also discuss political influences and conflicting student demands, as well the strength of public health as an interdisciplinary profession and potential opportunities for improving public health's responsiveness. Interestingly, while there was near unanimity regarding public health's role and obligation to advocate for change on these issues, there was also uncertainty about how to appropriately model and teach advocacy skills, and tension over public health's role in politics and policy. While public health has a rich history of addressing structural and political factors shaping health, this research reveals an ongoing need to define public health's role in contemporary politics and policy, and in advocating for change at the global policy level. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Berger M.,Simmons College
Journal of Chemical Education | Year: 2012

Fully functional and inexpensive electrodes assembled by students have previously been described for use in potentiometric titrations. A detailed analysis of graphs generated from titration data obtained with such electrodes can offer students greater insight into the nature of solubility and practical use of the Nernst equation. These titration data can also be used by students to calculate the solubility product of the precipitant formed by the chemical reaction between the analyte and titrant. © 2012 The American Chemical Society and Division of Chemical Education, Inc.

OVERVIEW: Patients expect and deserve adequate postoperative pain relief. Opioid analgesics are widely used and effective in controlling postoperative pain, but their use poses risks that many patients don't understand and that all too often result in adverse outcomes. Inappropriate and often dangerous use of prescription medication has increased sharply in the past two decades in the United States. Patients and caregivers must have an adequate understanding of safe use, storage, and disposal of opioids to prevent adverse drug events in patients and others. Nurses play a key role in providing this patient education. This article provides a case study that highlights the risks and important aspects of opioid medication use in the postoperative patient.

Loftus J.,Simmons College
Journal of National Black Nurses' Association : JNBNA | Year: 2010

The number of ethnic minorities graduating from nursing programs does not meet the number of ethnic minority nurses that are needed for patient care. In order to identify the facilitators and barriers to success, a survey was sent to current students and to those who graduated within 2 years. There were 314 responses, which was an overall response rate of 39.6%. Among the 4 facilitator factors, only the general academic support factor was perceived as more helpful by African-American students (p = 0.001). Among the 5 barrier factors, African-American students and Other Ethnic Minority students perceived program workload and pace (African-Americans p < 0.005; Other multicultural groups p < 0.02), computer access (African-Americans p < 0.05; Other multicultural groups p < 0.05) and technology competence (African-Americans p < 0.02) to be barriers. Any student, regardless of ethnicity, who worked at a job 13 to 40 hours a week, perceived family and financial concerns as a barrier. Results indicated that curriculum content should include technology basics and testing for competence. Financial support for students must be expanded through loans and scholarships so workload and pace become more manageable.

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