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CON Student Presentations will be Prevalent at MNRS

Kelley Blackburn

Several graduate and undergraduate students from UI’s College of Nursing have been selected to present their academic posters at the Midwest Nursing Research Society’s (MNRS) 39th Annual Research Conference this spring.

Representing the college’s graduate programs are two PhD students—Geri Kirkbride and Stephanie Edmond—and DNP student Kelley Blackburn (pictured).

Kirkbride will be presenting on “How Nurses Make Sense of the Safety Features of Smart Infusion Pump Technology”; Edmond’s abstract is titled “A Literature Review of Reproductive Life Planning”; and Blackburn’s poster presentation will cover “Standardization of Patient Equipment: A Quality Improvement Project.”

Undergraduate students presenting include Kaitlyn Jones (abstract title: “Calculating Risk: Personal Vulnerability for T2DM as a Dynamic, Intermittent Process”; Brenda Rocha (abstract title: “What makes the risk for T2DM matter to people who have a positive family history?”); and Anne Starykowicz (abstract title: “Can staff communication training increase person-centered communication for nursing home residents?”).

The theme of this upcoming MNRS research conference is Innovations for Person-Centered Care. Students will present their posters during this conference, which will be held in Indianapolis, Ind., April 16-19, 2015.

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Nov 26th, 2014