Feb. 13, 2015
Three University of Kansas School of Nursing seniors shared their research posters with the public and legislators this week at the 2015 Kansas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol.
They were among the 12 KU students who participated in the annual event Wednesday with peers from other Kansas Board of Regents public four-year universities.
Marge Bott, Ph.D., RN, associate dean for research at the KU School of Nursing, said it's important for the students to interact with members of the Legislature to showcase their research.
"The undergraduate and graduate students are the next generation of researchers who will bring innovation and new practices to help improve the healthcare of Kansas residents," said Bott, who was in Topeka for the presentations.
For her project, Stephanie Gass, DeSoto, looked at nurse turnover in hospital units in "Comparison of Reasons for Nurse Turnover in Magnet® and Non-Magnet Hospitals." The faculty mentor on her study was Shin Hye Park, Ph.D., RN.
Samantha Johnson, Lawrence, presented "Communication with Residents and Families in Nursing Homes at the End of Life" at the Capitol. Bott served as her faculty mentor on the research project.
Kelsea O'Neal, Kansas City, Kan., showed her findings on "Pediatric Pain Management in U.S. Hospitals: Assessment Tools, Intervention Use, and Reassessment Rates." Her faculty mentor for the research was Danielle Olds, Ph.D., RN.
On Thursday, 12 KU graduate students presented their research at the Capitol Graduate Research Summit, including nursing student Teresa Kilkenny, DNP, APRN, Her project looked at "Developing and Implementing a Circumcision Multimedia Decision Aid: A Quality Process Improvement Project." Her faculty member mentor was Lisa Ogawa, Ph.D., RN.
See the full list of KU presenters at both events at the Capitol.