Spring 2021 Newsletter

Dr. JaHun Kim Receives Scholarly Writing Award from the Journal of School Nursing

Headshot of Dr. JaHun Kim standing outdoors

JaHun Kim, PhD, RN, received the 2021 Scholarly Writing Award from the Journal of School Nursing for her article, Cyberbullying and Victimization and Youth Suicide Risk: The Buffering Effects of School Connectedness.

Dr. Kim is an assistant professor of nursing who joined Seattle U in 2013. Her paper examined whether cyberbullying and/or cyberbullying-victimization would increase risk of suicide among middle school youth. Announcement of the award will appear on the cover of the Journal of School Nursing and in the editorial of the June issue. Her article can be accessed here.

“This work exemplifies the high quality of Dr. Kim’s research and addresses a key challenge to the health and well-being of youth,” said Dean Kristen M. Swanson.

Dr. Kim was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. After completing her master’s program in nursing at Seoul National University, she accepted a position as a nurse at Saint Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco, California, where she worked for several years. She moved to Seattle to pursue her doctoral degree in nursing at University of Washington.

Dr. Kim said she chose to advance her career as a nurse researcher and educator at Seattle U, because she had a desire “to contribute to social justice by educating marginalized and underrepresented college students,” especially around mental health topics.

In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Kim is completing a post-doctoral certificate in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program at Seattle U. When she has free time, she enjoys trail walking, practicing yoga and mindfulness, and cooking for her family.

Dr. Kim recently took some time to share more with us about herself and her work at Seattle U.

What drew you to your current position at SU?

I believe that educating nursing students about mental health, and what it’s like to manage symptoms in everyday life, will give them the tools they need as a nurse to work toward reducing the stigma of mental illness. Mental illness is the most stigmatized among any other health issues.

What’s your favorite part of teaching and mentoring SU nursing students?

The most rewarding aspect of teaching at Seattle U is when I observe students growing as future health care providers and mature individuals. When they are motivated to learn and try harder, when they share their 'A-ha’ moments of deep understanding of core concepts and start performing at a higher level of nursing care--these are moments of joy for me as a teacher.

You recently won an award for your article, “Cyberbullying and Victimization and Youth Suicide Risk: The Buffering Effects of School Connectedness.” Would you share more about the focus of your research? 

This study, published in 2020 by the Journal of School Nursing, examined the associations among cyberbullying, bully-victimization, and risk of suicide among students in middle school, and, most importantly, investigated the protective role of school connectedness. We examined whether students’ perspective on school bonding would play a protective role when students did cyberbullying and/or were bully-victimized.

Findings indicated that being a victim of cyberbullying, but not a perpetrator, was associated with increased risk of suicide and that connections to school moderated this relationship. Among youth who were victims of cyberbullying, those more connected to school were less likely to report suicidal behavior.

Is there any advice you would like to share with your students as they prepare for their careers in nursing? 

Nursing is a great profession that provides opportunities to help others and our communities in many meaningful ways. However, it can be challenging and demanding to always “be there” for patients. I think it’s important for nursing students to learn about self-care prior to starting their career as a nurse. Self-care helps reduce stress, prevents compassion fatigue, and replenishes a nurse’s capacity for empathy…ultimately, improving the overall quality of care.