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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

Photo of Lois Rajcan and her poster

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

Photo of Jennifer Stephen and her poster

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.

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!

Photo of poster that won the Center for the Catholic Faith and culture Center for Spiritan Studies award

  • Center for the Catholic Faith and Culture Center for Spiritan Studies Award
  • Office of Diversity and Inclusion Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award

"Race‐based Inequities in Maternal‐Child Health in the Hill District"
Sarah Timmons, Sarah Sullivan, Michelle Zheng
Faculty Advisors: Andrew Simpson, Ph.D., Jessica Devido, Ph.D., Cathy Appelt, Ph.D.

Photo of poster that won the Center for African Studies Award for Undergraduate Research in Global Health award

  • Center for African Studies Award for Undergraduate Research in Global Health
  • Center for Women's and Gender Studies Award for Undergraduate Research

"Barriers and Facilitators of Breastfeeding among Inner City African American Women"
Sydney Cargill, Jazzlyn Horton
Faculty Advisors: Jessica Devido, Ph.D., Cathy Appelt, Ph.D., Andrew Simpson, Ph.D.

Photo of poster that won the School of Nursing Undergraduate Research Award

  • School of Nursing Undergraduate Research Award

"Evidence Based Practice Project to Prevent Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections"
Caroline Hanlon, Rachel Mettee, Brittany Hopper
Faculty Advisor: Melanie Turk, Ph.D, RN

Other Poster Entries:

Photo of poster by Rachel Coury, Nicholas Grott and Madelyn Warntz

  • Honorable Mention for the CTE Award for Undergraduate Research

Photo of poster by Lauren Cangelier, Meghan Leri and Rachel Rex

Photo of poster by Kellie Craig Photo of poster by Carrie Dahlmann
Photo of poster by Mary gingrow Photo of poster by Shelby Powell
Photo of poster by Cannon Roberts Photo of poster by Angela Sanctis

Poster Winners

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

Beth Tremblay
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

Photo of Gumberg Library Award for Graduate Research poster by Patricia Scott Patricia Scott
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.

Photo of student volunteer serving meals at Our Clubhouse's Valentine Dinner

Photo of student volunteers preparing meals at Our Clubhouse's Valentine Dinner

Photo of student volunteer serving meals at Our Clubhouse's Valentine Dinner

Photo of group of student volunteers at Our Clubhouse's Valentine Dinner

Photos courtesy of A&A Photography

Student Publications

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