Friday, April 26, 2013

PT Students Take "Polar Plunge"!

Hats off (and coats on) to the Rockhurst PT team who participated in the "Polar Plunge" on January 25, 2013 to raise money for Missouri Special Olympics.

There were nine people on the Rockhurst team (seven 1st year students, one 2nd year and a cousin who decided to join the fun).

We can do this!!
From the Polar Plunge web site:

"This 'unbearable' event is a unique opportunity to show your bravery as you support local Special Olympics athletes by walking, running or crawling into the frigid winter waters. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics Missouri’s year-round program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities."

Oh,'s all fun and games until you hit the water!!

Through donations from friends and family as well as fundraising done on campus through the sale of donuts and coffee and a trivia night, the Rockhurst team raised $1,017. Way to go team!

On the day of the plunge, the air temperature was 38 degrees, but the water was a chilling 34! In fact, many coves of the lake had been iced over (yikes!).

Whose idea was this again?
(Notice that the volunteers all have thermal suits on!)

This year a record setting 1,038 people participated in the Polar Plunge and raised over $274,000 for local athletes. We want to extend thanks (and hot cocoa) to everyone on the Rockhurst team who helped make the event such a success!!

We did it!!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Marcie Swift Voted Faculty of the Year

We're proud to announce that Marcie Swift, PT, PhD was named "Faculty of the Year" in conjunction with the Festival of Student Achievement (FOSA) in an awards program held on April 17, 2013.

As part of the FOSA program each year, the Student Life office asks students from throughout the university to nominate and then vote for faculty that they believe have made a significant and positive impact on their education at Rockhurst.

Marcie was nominated by several second year PT students and then additional students voted for her through the online ballot system. Marcie received the most votes of all faculty who were nominated (university-wide) and was selected as recipient of the award.

Marcie Swift, PT, PhD receives the Faculty of the Year Award
from Matt Quick, PhD, Rockhurst Vice President
for Student Development & Athletics, Dean of Students

In nominating Marcie, one of the PT students wrote, "She is a wonderful professor that truly cares about her students and is always willing to help with whatever they need. She also gives the greatest pep talks when she knows we are feeling stressed. You can tell she truly cares about her students not only pertaining to school but how we are doing in life and every other aspect of our life.

"She is passionate and willing to help, energetic, always looking for ways to improve herself, brings new ideas to always improving the program to turn out the best well rounded PT's possible.

"She relates well to us as students, gets on our level, and makes class enjoyable with her outgoing personality."

Marcie Swift, PT, PhD along with members of the DPT
Class of 2014 who facilitated her nomination
for the FOSA Faculty of the Year Award.

Congratulations to Marcie for receiving this tremendous honor. Thanks to Marcie and all PT faculty for the positive impact that they have on all of our students through their teaching and mentoring.

Monday, April 8, 2013

PT Students Team with Nursing Students in Standardized Patient Program

As part of the growing collaboration between the Department of Physical Therapy Education and the Research College of Nursing at Rockhurst University, third-year PT students have begun serving as standardized patients for nursing students in the new Seelos Simulation Center.

The state-of-the-art Seelos simulation center is located on the Research College of Nursing campus and features a number of high-tech mannequins that nursing instructors can use to put their students into very realistic patient care simulations.

However, the nursing students can also benefit from practicing other aspects of patient care like taking a history, reviewing systems and/or managing patients who are moving.

The PT students are able to act as standardized patients in these situations and expand the simulation capabilities of the center.

The university recently posted a short video to the web with more details about the center and the roles students will play for each other. Click here to see the whole clip.

Faculty from Physical Therapy (Marcie Swift, PT, Ph.D.) and Nursing (Tobey Stosberg, MSN, MAE, RN)  have begun a collaboration where students from each program will serve as standardized patients for students in the other program.  The students' collective knowledge of how patients present allows them to give very lifelike interactions.

Nursing students will act as standardized patients for the PT students later this spring as members of the PT Class of 2014 complete an Objective Structured Clinical Exam before beginning full-time clinical internships.

In the future, the partnership will expand to include the Theater Department at Rockhurst. In collaboration with Dr. Susan Proctor, they will develop an undergraduate course and/or additional training program that will give interested students the opportunity to learn how to realistically take on the role of a standardized patient in any setting.