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Faculty and Students Present at Western Institute of Nursing

Alia Crandall speaks about her research poster
Alia Crandall, right, speaks about her research poster

Many nursing faculty and students presented papers and posters at the 2014 Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference, sponsored by the Western Institute of Nursing (WIN), on April 9-12 in Seattle, Wash. WIN exists to bring together a diverse community of nurses in a shared commitment to advance nursing science, education, and practice to improve health outcomes. The theme of the 2014 conference was “Taking It Global: Research, Practice and Education in Nursing.”

Pamela Strohfus and Cathy Deckys, both nursing faculty, presented their paper “Idaho Schools of Nursing Unite to Protect College Students from Meningitis Disease” in a symposium on “Enhancing Nursing Education.”

Mark Siemon, nursing faculty, moderated a concurrent session on “At-Risk: Homelessness and Violence.” Siemon also presented his co-authored research paper, “State Certification of Community Health Workers and Nurses’ Perception of Team Climate,” during another concurrent session. Siemon’s co-authors were Geoff Shuster and Blake Boursaw, both faculty at the University of New Mexico College of Nursing.

Suzan Kardong-Edgren, Jody DeMeyer Endowed Chair in Nursing, moderated a symposium on “Sustaining Nursing Research Programs,” in which she and several Boise State nursing faculty presented as follows. Kardong-Edgren presented “Developing an Educational Research Program with Industry Funding” and “Overview: Sustaining Nursing Research Programs” with Jane Grassley. Grassley also presented “Developing a Sustainable Clinical Research Program.” Additionally, Cindy Clark presented “Using an Entrepreneurial Approach to Sustain a Program of Nursing Research” during the symposium.

Meanwhile, a dozen Boise State posters enlivened the poster sessions. The student and faculty posters are listed below:

  • Content Analysis of Night Nurse Nation Website and Facebook Page – Kristen Marie Koprowski, nursing student, and faculty mentor Grassley
  • Recruitment and Retention Strategies for Research with Adolescent Mothers – Grassley
  • Simulated Error Experiences: Improving Attention and Compliance – Renae L. Dougal and Karen R. Breitkreuz, nursing faculty
  • The Nursing Community Apgar Program – Molly Prengaman, nursing faculty, Ed Baker, director of the Boise State Center for Health Policy, and Dave Schmitz, affiliate faculty and senior researcher for the Boise State Center for Health Policy
  • Concurrence of Anxiety and Nausea in Cancer Patients Undergoing Port Access – Alia Crandall, nursing student, faculty mentor Marty Downey, and Heather Roberts, who works for St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute in Twin Falls, Idaho
  • Finnegan’s Scoring Tool Effectively Helps Care for Challenging NICU Infants – Amanda Erickson, nursing student, faculty mentor Strohfus, Christine Aragon and Victoria Wohlers, St. Luke’s Health System
  • Post Cardiac Rehab: Reviewing Facilitators of Sustained Health Behaviors – Andrea Lambe, nursing student and faculty mentor Grassley
  • Is Current Online Breastfeeding Information Adolescent Friendly? – Jarrod Crump, nursing student and faculty mentor Grassley
  • St. Luke’s Medical Center and Boise State University Patient Shadowing Project – Jessica Kelle-Bickford and Hillary Hoppe, nursing students and faculty mentor Deckys
  • Constructing a Global Citizenship Evaluation Tool – Taylor Jones, nursing student and faculty mentor Breitkreuz
  • Neonatal Outcomes of Vaginal and Planned Cesarean Birth: Evidence Review – Megan Hull, Katie Kruschek, Christina Marie, nursing students ,and faculty mentor Cara Gallegos
  • Effects of Aromatherapy on Anxiety and Nausea in Cancer Patients Undergoing Port Access – Downey, Roberts, and Crandall

Additionally, Max Veltman, Boise State nursing faculty, presented part of his work in the doctoral program at University of New Mexico College of Nursing with Marie Lobo through their poster “Children Transitioning from Hospital to Foster Home: Foster Parent Stories.”

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