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Tip Sheet for the week of Sept. 22, 2008

RELEASED: Sept. 22, 2008

Story Idea
An assistant professor of management and marketing is researching how job burnout and procedural shortcuts affect the on-the-job safety of nurses. Dr. Jonathon Halbesleben received a three-year $300,000 grant from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health to support his research. He will survey about 600 nurses at two different times at Veteran's Administration hospitals in the Midwest. The first survey will look at the level of burnout nurses' exhibit and the amount of workarounds — or deviations from normal procedures — used by them. In the second survey, he will study the number and severity of injuries that occurred from the time of the first survey to the second. He will use data to determine the relationship, if any, between burnout, workarounds and work safety. Health care — and nursing in particular — is one of the few industries where work-related injuries are increasing. With changes to health care systems, patient loads and the severity of patient illnesses have increased, while the time to perform nursing procedures has decreased. To discuss the research, contact Dr. Jonathan Halbesleben at 715-836-2090 or halbesjr@uwec.edu.

Story/Photo Idea
Nursing students will team with gifted and talented students from Eau Claire middle schools to develop health-related teaching projects, which they hope to present to children at local elementary schools. Forty nursing students and 43 middle school students will meet Thursday, Sept. 25, in the Nursing Building. During the session, students will form teams according to national priority health areas identified in the Surgeon General report, Healthy People 2010. Some of the goals include reducing obesity; enhancing mental health and physical fitness; avoiding tobacco and alcohol use; caring for the environment; and seeking practical ways to prevent illness and injuries. The projects, which will focus on healthy behaviors, will be approved by nursing and elementary school faculty, school administrators and parent groups before being presented to school-age children. Introducing gifted and talented young people to the field of nursing is a secondary goal of the project. The nursing profession is in great need, with Wisconsin facing a projected 13 percent shortage in the next 15 years. For details about the project or to determine the best time for media visits during Thursday's session, contact Dr. Lee-Ellen Kirkhorn, associate professor of nursing and a registered nurse, at 715-836-5005 or kirkholc@uwec.edu.

Story/Photo Ideas
UW-Eau Claire will host several alcohol awareness events this week as part of Alcohol Awareness Week. Some highlights include:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 23 — The "Most of Us" campaign will feature 100 students who will ask faculty for permission to read in each of their classes statistics from the 2008 CORE survey that found most UW-Eau Claire students who drink do so responsibly.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 24 — From 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. University Police will "arrest" faculty, staff, students and administrators. Those arrested will complete a sobriety test. Officers will talk to observers about the consequences of driving drunk. Those arrested must raise bail to get out of jail. The money will go to the Student Wellness Advocacy Team.

Jennifer Lee, director of the Center for Alcohol Studies and Education, can talk about these and other efforts to reduce high-risk drinking. You can reach her at 715-836-5111 or leejs@uwec.edu.

Photo Idea
UW-Eau Claire students will be among those volunteering at the "Welcome Back to School Picnic for Hmong Families in the Eau Claire Area School District" from 4:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the Pine Pavilion in Carson Park. Hmong families in the Eau Claire Area School District are invited to attend. There will be games and activities in addition to Hmong-American song and dance. For more information, contact picnic organizer Sarah Fisher at 715-852-3800 or sfisher2@ecasd.k12.wi.us.

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