School of Nursing doctoral student wins top honors at 2014 Student Research Forum

April 23, 2014

Lynn Schallom Marilyn Schallom, who will participate in the University of Kansas School of Nursing's doctoral hooding ceremony in May, received the Roma Lee Taunton Medal at the 2014 Student Research Forum held earlier this month at KU Medical Center.

She won the top honor for the presentation of her dissertation study, "Head of Bed Elevation and Early Patient Outcomes of Gastric Reflux, Aspiration and Pressure Ulcers: A Feasibility Study."

"This feasibility study demonstrated the safety of using a higher HOB (head of bed) elevation and needs to be replicated with a larger sample size and for longer periods of data collection," says Schallom, whose advisor was nurse scientist and School of Nursing professor Janet Pierce, Ph.D., APRN, CCRN, FAAN,

Schallom, RN, Ph.D., CCNS, is currently a research scientist at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

The annual Research Forum, sponsored by the Graduate Student Council, is a three-day interactive event that showcases research conducted by students from the schools of medicine, nursing and health professions.

Held this year April 2-4, the event also included a banquet and the A.L. Chapman Keynote Research Lecture in honor of A.L. Chapman, professor emeritus of anatomy and cell biology, and vice chancellor for academic affairs emeritus. This year's speaker was Dr. Mark Levine, chief of Molecular and Clinical Nutrition and a senior staff physician at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Other KU School of Nursing students who presented at this year's Student Research Forum include:  

Jessica Cline, Gracielle Cromwell, & Lottie Gleason: "Impressions of Baccalaureate Nursing Education Among Public Health and School Nurses in Rural Kansas," Cynthia Teel & Jill Peltzer, advisors  

Kidist Daka & Jenny Bailey:  "Young African American HIV-Positive Women's Experience of and Coping Strategies for Depressive Symptoms: A Secondary Qualitative Data Analysis," Jill Peltzer, advisor  

Kathryn Czanderna: "A Qualitative Study on the Impact of a Short-term Global Healthcare Immersion Experience in Bachelor of Science Nursing Students," Marge Bott & Elaine Domian, advisors  

Shirley Waugh, Cara Busenhart, Mary Meyer, Karen Groller & Sarah Myers: "Recently Graduated Registered Nurses' Perceptions of Simulation as a Learning Experience: Qualitative Analysis of 'Acting Like a Nurse,'" Kristin Stegenga, advisor   Gwen Wagner:  "Improving Management of Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease in the Primary Care Setting," Wanda Bonnell, advisor.  

Here's a list of the 2014 Student Research Forum winners.    

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