SSON Associate Professor Teaching Health Care Providers to Identify Signs of Domestic Violence

Sept. 19, 2014

COLUMBIA, Mo. – National data shows, on average, three women are murdered every day by a partner or ex-partner. More than 1 in 3 women experience partner violence in their lifetime. However, an emphasis to identify the signs of abuse is being taught by a Sinclair School of Nursing (SSON) faculty member.

“New national preventive care guidelines and provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) support routine screening for partner violence in healthcare settings,”  SSON Associate Professor Tina Bloom said.

Bloom said patients might not be getting the best care they can get. That’s because many healthcare providers are unaware of the recent changes with the ACA. Recent research conducted by Bloom shows that nurses and doctors often fail to recognize the signs of abuse. That’s because there is a lack of training in the area. Dr. Bloom notes that with appropriate training, healthcare providers can help women connect to safety resources that are potentially life-saving.

Dr. Bloom has worked with Elaine Hewins to train health care providers to recognize the sign of abuse. Hewins is the Domestic Violence Awareness and Education Program Coordinator at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Community Health Education Program in New Jersey. So far, Bloom and Hewins have trained more than 120 health care providers in the Mid-Missouri area.

“Many were surprised at how common and significant domestic violence is in Missouri.  Many of the people who attended said that they found the training to be eye-opening and that they intended to begin screening all their female patients for intimate partner violence,” Bloom said.

Several other providers told Bloom they are now looking at their profession in a whole new light. Others said because of the session with Dr. Bloom, they will try to get more training to identify domestic violence.

Hewins believes their training is some of the most effective. Her research has shown that after providers attend these sessions, they are able to recognize the signs. Some of the highlights include:

  • 98% of the program participants reported increased knowledge/awareness about screening for domestic violence
  • 95% of program participants reported a commitment to screening for domestic violence
  • 66% of program participants reported implementing domestic violence screening into their practice post-training (one month later)
  • Approximately 3,760 patients (on a weekly basis) have potentially benefited from the training based on the data obtained from 45 participants estimated for all participants.

Hewins and Bloom say if  anyone is experiencing domestic violence to use resources like 1-800-799-SAFE, which is the National Domestic Violence Hotline, a critical resource for 24-hour safety planning information. 

Tournament Brings in About $20,000 for Scholarships

Sept. 15, 2014

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The 14th annual University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing (MU SSON) “Fund the Drive for Nurses” golf tournament had its best tournament ever. About 100 people attending the tournament hit the golf course at the Country Club of Missouri trying to be the team to beat. The turnout had many excited about what this might mean for the school.

“I remember back when this tournament first started years ago and it has grown. It encourages me that more people are beginning to understand the importance of the school of nursing,” one of the event’s sponsor Gary Evans said.

Evans said the one thing he wants everyone to take out of the tournament is the importance of nurses. He believes that exact sentiment is starting to pay dividends.

The tournament saw some of the highest donation amounts to date. The tournament brought in more than $20,000 to the school. Throughout the years, the tournament has garnered about $210,000. All the money goes back towards the education of students in the form of scholarships. So far, 135 students have benefited from the money. With the continued support of donors, the number of students able to benefit will only grow.

Some believe helping future nurses get through school should be at the top of the priority list.

“There’s a shortage of nurses in the country so it’s important an organization like the University of Missouri follow through with training education of quality nurses,” Mayor of Columbia Bob McDavid said.

McDavid said the nursing school is a gem for the city. He wanted everyone to know that it’s not only the university that’s proud of the school, but also the city.

Event sponsors, like Evans, say seeing everyone having a great time is an encouraging sign.

“We should have a larger school of nursing in the state of Missouri because we have to turn down so many qualified young people simply because we don’t have the room,” Evans said.

The MU SSON would like to thank all sponsors involved in making the tournament happen. The sponsors include:

Mpix and Miller’s Professional Imaging
Gary Evans/Larry Gross
Boone County National Bank
Boone Hospital Center
Providence Bank
Jack & Donna Smith
MU School of Health Professions
University of Missouri Health Care
Logistique Studio
Larry & Annette Lueckenotte
University Club
Marilyn Rantz
PW Architects
Darlene Huff
Missouri Institute for Positive Coaching
Wendy Evans
Midwest Health Consultants
Dave Sinclair Ford Lincoln
Rex & Jeanne Sinquefield
Peachtree Banquet & Catering
Roxanne McDaniel
Judith Fitzgerald Miller
Tiger Family Chiropractic
Columbia Daily Tribune
The Missourian
N.H. Scheppers Distribution
Missouri Cotton Exchange

You can watch the video for the tournament here. You can also see the pictures from the event either on our Facebook or Flickr pages.