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APSU employees share recent professional developments, activities


            CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Faculty and staff members at Austin Peay State University recently announced a number of publications, conferences and credentials as part of their professional and scholarly activities.


Larry Hoehn, emeritus professor of mathematics, had another article published recently in Forum Geometricorum. The Forum is the leading international online journal of Euclidean Geometry. The article is titled “Derivation of the Law of Cosines via the Incircle” and can be found in Volume 13, pages 133-134. In addition to deriving the formula using only one case instead of the typical three cases, it answers the question that geometers have been asking in recent years as to whether the formula can be derived without the use of the Pythagorean Theorem.


Dr. Francisca (Chita) Farrar, professor of nursing, Dr. Debbie Ellison, associate professor of nursing, and Kristen Hershey, assistant professor of nursing, recently published three individual manuscripts in Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America, the June 2013 issue on Summer Incidents and Accidents. Farrar’s manuscript explored the growing epidemic of West Nile virus, including risk factors, prevention and nursing management for the neuroinvasive disease. Ellison wrote about the management of burns, which is the leading cause of accidental injury and death. She summarized the emergency treatment of severe burns, which include assessment, stabilization, transfer to a burn unit and immediate fluid resuscitation. Hershey highlighted in her manuscript the two important complications of fractures that can threaten a person’s life and the evidence-based interventions to recognize and treat these complications.  


Dr. Amy S. Hamlin, associate professor of nursing, and Dr. Tamara M. Robertson, associate professor of nursing, published an article titled “Incontinence in Women” in the journal Advance for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants, October 2013. The article reviewed a nurse practitioner-focused history and physical examination for community-dwelling, female patients presenting signs and symptoms of urinary incontinence.


Dr. Patty Orr, director of the School of Nursing, published a chapter in the National League of Nursing book titled “Innovation in Nursing Education: Leading the Future of Nursing,” published September 2013. The chapter is titled “A BSN Action Guide for Responding to 2011 Institute of Medicine Recommendations” and describes the innovations in education that are occurring at the APSU School of Nursing.