Pulse Points is an informative podcast hosted by Dean Robin Newhouse. Each episode features in-depth discussions on nursing research topics, partnerships and industry news that aim to improve the delivery of health care and benefit local, regional, national and international communities. Episodes air once a month from August to May of each school year. Click here to subscribe.

Episode #23: Responding to the Addictions Crisis: IU Grand Challenge Update

Dean Robin NewhouseDr. Robin Newhouse, is the dean of the Indiana University School of Nursing, an IU distinguished professor and the lead investigator for IU’s Grand Challenge: Responding to the Addictions Crisis. She joined us on Pulse Points to talk about the addictions crisis in Indiana and the significant work being done in this area through IU’s Grand Challenge, a $50 million initiative to respond to the rising problems associated with addiction.


Drs. Jan Fulton and Brenda LyonEpisode #22: History of Clinical Nurse Specialists in Indiana and the Intersection Nursing Research

Drs. Janet Fulton and Brenda Lyon are leaders in advancing the practice of nursing, work meticulously to educate Advanced Practice Nurses, and advocate for the recognition of Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) and CNS practice nationally. They join Pulse Points to talk about the history of clinical nurse specialists in Indiana and the intersection of CNSs and nursing research.

Jason Gilbert, chief nursing officer for IU Health.Episode #21: PhD Program, Nursing Leadership and the Latest from IU Health's CNO

Dr. Jason Gilbert, Chief Nursing Officer for IU Health and a 2017 graduate of Indiana University School of Nursing's PhD program, joins Pulse Points to talk about the nursing profession, his career path and some significant changes he has led at IU Health, along with providing advice to nurses pursuing leadership roles.

  Dr. Sharron CrowderEpisode #20: Health policy, advocacy and opportunities for School of Nursing students and faculty

Dr. Sharron Crowder uses her expertise to engage students in learning and empowering nurses for leadership in health policy and advocacy. She joins Pulse Points to discuss her most recent advocacy work on behalf of nurses and opportunities for future IU School of Nursing students.


Dr. Sheri RobbEpisode #19: Research and the Growing Field of Music Therapy

Dr. Sheri Robb talks about the research, development and testing of music therapy and music-based interventions to manage distress, improve positive health outcomes and prevent secondary psychosocial morbidity in children and adolescents with cancer and their parents.



Dr. Eileen HackerEpisode #18: STEPS to Enhance Physical Activity While Living with Cancer

This month’s Podcast focuses on improving the quality of life and increasing exercise for people living with cancer. Dr. Eileen Hacker, professor and department chair at IU School of Nursing, joins Pulse Points for National Chronic Fatigue Symptom Awareness Month to discuss her research “STEPS to Enhance Physical Activity in people with multiple myeloma being treated with hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.”


Pulse Points - IU School of Nursing PodcastEpisode #17: Producing Real World Evidence - Program to Provide Systematic, High Quality Advance Care Planning for Nursing Home Patients with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias.

Education and support that leads to better planning for Nursing Home Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias. Dr. Susan Hickman of IU School of Nursing, joins Pulse Points to discuss her research program and her commitment to optimizing the quality of life for older adults in life’s final chapter through improved decision-making and communication about treatment preferences. Listeners who may be the caregiver for a loved one facing end of life decisions can learn more.


Dr, Chris ColemanEpisode #16: Health equity, spirituality, meditation and religion and its effect on men aged 50 and older with AIDS.

December is AIDS awareness month. Dr. Chris Coleman, associate dean of IU School of Nursing Fort Wayne, joins Pulse Points to discuss his research on health equity, spirituality, medication and religion and its effects on men aged 50 and older with AIDS. Dr. Coleman discusses his program of research and how people living with AIDS can learn more.


Dean Emerita Angela McBrideEpisode #15: A Conversation with Dean Emerita Angela Barron McBride on IU School of Nursing's history, transformations, and accomplishments

Dean Emerita Angela Barron McBride, PhD, RN, FAAN, joins Pulse Points to celebrate IUPUI's 50th anniversary by discussing the School's accomplishments and contributions to the health care community over the past 50 years.


Janet CarpenterEpisode #14: A Preview of "Hot Flashes? Cool!" Exhibit with Dr. Janet Carpenter for World Menopause Month

IUSON Associate Dean for Research and Distinguished Professor Dr. Janet Carpenter, PhD, RN, FAAN, joins Pulse Points for World Menopause Month to discuss how she is incorporating her program of research into her new exhibit, "Hot Flashes? Cool!" Dr. Carpenter helps define what menopause is, her inspiration and process behind creating the exhibit, what the components of the exhibit will be and what people can expect to learn from it.

lu and changEpisode #13: Studying the Physical and Psychological Effects of Qigong Exercise

In honor of Healthy Aging Month, this month's episode features Associate Professor Dr. Yvonne Lu of IU School of Nursing, IUPUI and Assistant Professor Dr. Pei-Shiun Chang of IU School of Nursing, Bloomington. The two professors discuss plans for their upcoming research study titled, “Physical and Psychological Effects of Qigong Exercise in Community-Dwelling Older African-Americans” and why they decided to partner for the project.

shieh_carol2017.jpgEpisode #12: Researching Weight Management and Obesity Prevention in Pregnant Women

Associate Professor Carol Shieh, DNSc, MPH, RNC-OB, FAAN, joins the podcast to share her current study on weight management and obesity prevention in pregnant women. Dr. Shieh discusses the risk factors of excessive weight gain and risks to mother and child during pregnancy, why she chose this topic to study and what she has learned from her research so far.

 Michelle JanneyEpisode #11: A Conversation with Dr. Michelle Janney on IU Health's Academic-Clinical Partnership with IU School of Nursing

Following the celebration of National Nurses Week, Dean Newhouse sits down with IU Health Chief Nurse Executive Dr. Michelle Janney, PhD, RN for the last episode of the 2017-2018 season. Their discussion centers around the academic-clinical partnership between IU School of Nursing and IU Health called "Inclusive Inquiry with Impact" that focuses on the goals and benefits of using evidence-based practice and research to improve the nursing practice of patient care and clinical outcomes.

Victoria ChampionEpisode #10: Defining Cancer Control Research and the Work of the Indiana University School of Nursing Champion Center for Cancer Control Research Month

April is Cancer Control Month and Dean Newhouse is joined by Distinguished Professor Dr. Victoria Champion, PhD, RN, FAAN, who is a leading figure in the field of cancer control research. Dr. Champion discusses what cancer control research is, how technology has changed it and her work with interdisciplinary research training. In addition, she shares the current and future goals of the Indiana University School of Nursing Champion Center for Cancer Control Research ahead of its two-year anniversary.

Susan RawlEpisode #9: Bringing Awareness to the Importance of Colon Cancer Screenings and How to Reduce Your Risk for National Colon Month

Dr. Susan Rawl, PhD, RN, FAAN, helps us recognize National Colon Cancer Awareness Month with an honest discussion about the types of colon cancer, how to reduce risk of contracting the disease and why it's so important to start screening early. Dr. Rawl also talks about her team's Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute-funded study that focuses on technological intervention methods related to colorectal cancer screenings. 

Episode #8: Knowing the Signs of Heart Failure, How to Prevent the Disease and Studying the Effects of Cognitive Training on Memory of Patients with Heart Failure

In recognition of American Heart Month, IU School of Nursing Professor and Director of the Center for Enhancing Quality of Life in Chronic Illness Dr. Susan Pressler, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA, joins the podcast to discuss the causes, risk factors and best prevention and wellness practices related to heart disease. As a cardiovascular researcher, she shares her information on her current study on how cognitive training can improve memory in patients with heart failure.

Meg Moorman Interview

Episode #7: Critical Health Information on Birth Defect Types, Causes and Prevention Methods for National Birth Defect Prevention Month and Importance of Folic Acid Intake

In honor of National Birth Defect Prevention Month, Clinical Assistant Professor Dr. Meg Moorman, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, discusses the aspects of birth defects including different types, causes, prevention methods, screening tests and best questions to ask your doctor or nurse practitioner. Dr. Moorman also shares the importance of taking folic acid during pregnancy and what foods folic acid is found in.

Amy KnopfEpisode #6: Population Trends in HIV/AIDS Infections and the Need to Include Adolescents in Biomedical Prevention Trials for International AIDS Awareness Month 

Assistant Professor Dr. Amy Knopf, PhD, MPH, RN, joins Dean Newhouse during International AIDS Awareness Month to discuss population trends in terms of HIV/AIDS infections, the effect of the disease on marginalized populations and why she feels it's crucial to focus on enrolling adolescents and young adults in biomedical prevention trials. Dr. Knopf details her research into the legal complexities, ethical considerations and the effects of including young people in these trials.

Lisa Carter HarrisEpisode #5: Studying Patients' Decision-Making Processes for Lung Cancer Screenings for National Lung Cancer Awareness Month

For National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Lisa Carter-Harris, PhD, APRN, ANP-C, joins Dean Newhouse to discuss her work on patients' decision to screen for lung cancer, the creation and testing of a conceptual model to understand patient perspectives with respect to screenings, analysis of the impact of disparities on the decision-making processes and the development of "LungTalk," a support tool that educates patients about lung cancer risks, symptoms and treatments.

Domestic Violence StatisticsEpisode #4: Understanding the Cycle of Violence and the Recovery Process for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

As we observe National Domestic Violence Awareness Month throughout October, we are reminded of the types of violence that can occur between partners and what can be done to help stop the cycle. Dr. Claire Draucker, PhD, RN, APRN, FAAN, sits down with Dean Newhouse to:

  • help define terms;
  • analyze recent data collected of an Indianapolis-based study;
  • and share a number of resources for those experiencing physical or emotional violence by a partner.

Dr. Draucker also expands on her important work that focuses on the recovery of victims of childhood sexual abuse. We hope you will tune in to this important episode of Pulse Points.

Allison McCord with StudentsEpisode #3: Doctoral Research of Hispanic Adolescents for National Hispanic Heritage Month

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, PhD Candidate Allison McCord talks about her work with Hispanic adolescents dealing with depression and her experience in the doctoral program.

Wendy Miller InterviewEpisode #2: Big Data Research Improving Patient-Centered Studies

Dr. Wendy Miller shares with Dean Newhouse the process of collecting large data sets in her work with self management of patients with epilepsy.




Dr. Ukamaka Oruche

Episode #1: IU School of Nursing Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners

Dean Robin Newhouse and Dr. Ukamaka Oruche, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, discuss how IU School of Nursing is helping to address the mental health provider crisis in Indiana.