2019 Distinguished Dissertation Award
Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Lanzillotta for her dissertation, "The Association of Prescription Opioid Exposure and Patient Factors with Prolonged Postoperative Opioid Use in Opioid Naïve Patients," under the guidance of her Committee Chair, Dr. Melissa Kalarchian.
Established in 2012, the School of Nursing Distinguished Dissertation Award recognizes original scholarly work that makes a significant contribution to nursing. The review criteria included originality, innovativeness, scholarly excellence, methodological sophistication, significant contribution to the discipline, quality of writing, and the letters of support.
Dr. Lanzillotta will be nominated for the University's Distinguished Dissertation Awards, which consist of a cash prize and a recognition plaque.
Sigma Theta Tau Epsilon Phi Chapter Annual Awards
Congratulations to the following award winners:
Graduate Student 2019 Research Award
- Mary Kovaleski, MSN,RN - "The Impact of a Music Intervention on the Incidence, Severity and Duration of Delirium in in Older Acute Care Patients"
- Nathalie Confiac - "Mexican American Cultural Beliefs of Healthy and Unhealthy Weight in Children 2 to 11 years of Age"
General Member 2019 Research Award
Angele Karakachian MSN, RN - "Nurse's Moral Distress and Burnout when Caring for Victims of Child Abuse"
Students Present Resolution at NSNA
Congratulations to Deanna Webb and Holly Storm who presented their resolution "In Support of Increased Awareness of the importance of Early Mobilization in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Patients" at the NSNA convention and the resolution was passed!
Ten Student Posters Displayed at the Undergraduate Research & Scholarship Symposium
School of Nursing Undergraduate Research Award
"Assessing for Intimate Partner Violence - A Quality Improvement Pilot Project for Nurses"
Faculty Advisor: Melanie Turk, PhD, RN
Center for African Studies: Award for Undergraduate Research in Global Health
"The Effects of Pictorial Hygiene Education among Adult Women in El Tamarindo, Dominican Republic"
Nursing Faculty Advisor: Linda Garand, PhD
Biomedical Engineering: Duquesne Award for Excellence in Biomedical Engineering
Faculty Advisor: Benjamin Goldschmidt, PhD
Center for African Studies: Award for Undergraduate Research in African Studies
"Effects of Fluoride on the Human Body in Tanzania"
"A Literature Review of Female College Student Awareness of Chemical Exposures in Personal Care Products"
"A Review of Cystic Fibrosis Animal Models and Vector Types"
"Are e-cigarettes more effective than nicotine replacement therapy products in increasing the chance of long-term cessation?"
"Conquering Caregiver Challenges of Daily Living - A Secondary Analysis"
"Cultural Impact on Quality of Life Following Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Implantation: A Literature Review"
"History at Odds with Ambition and Progress: August Wilson's 'The Pittsburgh Cycle'"
Two Students Display Posters at the Graduate Student Research Symposium
The Graduate Student Research Symposium (GSRS) took place on Friday, March 15th. Open to Duquesne University graduate students from all disciplines, the GSRS allows students the opportunity to gain valuable experience presenting research, receive a mark of distinction for their CVs, practice for job interviews and/or future national conferences, and interact with peers and faculty from various disciplines.
The School of Nursing sponsors an award for the event. There were two excellent posters representing nursing and the winner was Lois Rajcan's poster.
"Oncology Patient Trust in the Nurse: An Integrative Review"
Lois Rajcan, MSN, RN, CRNI
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Joan Such Lockhart
The second poster was:
"The Feasibility of a Mini-Study Using Ethnonursing Methodology to Understand the Experiences, Values, and Beliefs of Spanish Speaking Parents Whose Children are Hospitalized"
Jennifer Stephen, MSN, RN, CPN
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Rick Zoucha
Student Poster Accepted for National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)
Congratulations to undergraduate students Macy Zimmerman and Marlana Werderber for having their poster titled "Are e-cigarettes more effective than nicotine replacement therapy products in increasing the chance of long-term cessation?" accepted for this national conference! Their poster was chosen from more than 4,000 submissions. Their faculty advisor is Dr. Rebecca Chia.
PhD Student Appointment
Congratulations to PhD student, Deborah Artman, who has been selected to served on the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services' Advisory Committee on Childhood Immunizations as the Eastern District Representative for Missouri.
New Jonas Scholars Named
Dr. Colbert has secured $20,000 in funding for two Jonas Scholars who will each receive a $10,000 scholarship matched by the University. This year the program has changed to targeted investments in scholars with specific foci that address the most pressing healthcare needs. Christine Lepianka will be supported for her work in the area of Chronic Health, and Liz Stokes in the area of Psychiatric Mental Health. Congratulations!
2018 School of Nursing Distinguished Dissertation Award
It's a tie! Congratulations to:
Dr. Catherine Recznik for her dissertation, "Comparison of Two Methods of Pediatric Triage Education," under the guidance of her Committee Chair, Dr. Lynn Simko.
Dr. Margaret DiCuccio for her dissertation, "The Relationship between and among Perceptions of Patient Safety Culture, Nurse Advocacy and Nurse Sensitive Patient Outcomes," under the guidance of her Committee Chair, Dr. Alison Colbert.
Established in 2012, the School of Nursing Distinguished Dissertation Award recognizes original scholarly work that makes a significant contribution to nursing. Our review criteria include originality, innovativeness, scholarly excellence, methodological sophistication, significant contribution to the discipline, quality of writing, and the letters of support.
Minority Nurse Faculty Scholar
Congratulations to PhD student, Griselle B. Estrada, on being named a Minority Nurse Faculty Scholar by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). Launched to address the faculty shortage and enhance diversity among nurse educators, this AACN-administered program provides generous financial support, mentoring, and leadership development to graduate students from minority backgrounds who aspire to teach in our nation’s schools of nursing.
Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium Poster Winners
Congratulations to our nursing students who were the winners of five awards at the Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium!
"Race‐based Inequities in Maternal‐Child Health in the Hill District"
"Barriers and Facilitators of Breastfeeding among Inner City African American Women"
"Evidence Based Practice Project to Prevent Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections"
Other Poster Entries:
The School of Nursing had four posters and three excellent presentations at this year's Graduate Student Research Symposium. We are pleased to share our award recipients:
School of Nursing Award for Graduate Research
A Qualitative Mini-Study of young adults who use electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS)
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Melanie Turk
Gumberg Library Award for Graduate Research
Coping in African Americans with Inflammatory Bowel Disease: An Integrative Review of the Literature
Other authors: Dr. Joan Such Lockhart, Dr. Karen Jakub, & Dr. Rick Zoucha
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Joan Lockhart
Thanks to Drs. Spigelmyer and Chia for serving as our judges. Thanks, all, for mentoring, attending, and supporting our students.
Students Volunteer at Our Clubhouse
Students from ATD and DUSNA helped serve meals at the annual Valentines Dinner at Our Clubhouse in the Strip District. Our Clubhouse is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that creates welcoming communities of support for everyone currently living with cancer - men, women, teens, and children - along with their families and friends. Their unique program is an essential complement to medical care, providing networking and support groups, workshops, education and social activities. All of the activities are offered to members at no cost and membership is free.
Photos courtesy of A&A Photography
Congratulation to PhD student Deb Kramlich on her latest publication!
Kramlich, D., Kronk, R., & Jakub, K. (2017). Challenges and Facilitators of Recruitment: Lessons Learned from Conducting a Focused Ethnography in a Vulnerable Rural Population. The Qualitative Report, 22(3), 818-830. Retrieved from http://nsuworks.nova.edu/tqr/vol22/iss3/9