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Graduate nursing students present scholarly research at synthesis seminar
Posted 05/16/2018 11:59AM

Misericordia University graduate nursing students recently presented their evidence-based practice projects at the Graduate Nursing Scholarly Synthesis Poster Day in John J. Passan Hall's College of Health Sciences and Education.

The graduate synthesis capstone course represents the culmination of graduate nursing students' skills and knowledge. Students demonstrate their ability to integrate theory, research, and clinical or functional practice in a seminar format. The final scholarly project provides evidence of the students' synthesis of knowledge through written, oral and critical thinking skills.

The following Master of Science in nursing degree students presented their scholarly research: Zeena Bacchus, B.S.N., R.N., "Extended-Release Naltrexone and Psychosocial Therapy: A Road to Decrease Relapse in Newly Abstinent Heroin Patients"; Melanie Centrelli, B.S.N., R.N., "Clearing the Air: The Effect of Individualized Web-Based Education on Management of Asthma in Children"; Lindsey Gorniak, B.S.N., R.N., "Point of Relief: Acupuncture for Chronic Low Back Pain"; Sacha Marino, B.S.N., R.N., C.N.R.N., "The Mediterranean Diet for Type 2 Diabetes: A Prescription for Food"; Leeann McDermott, B.S.N., R.N., "Stop the Resistance: Impact of Educational Interventions on Antibiotic Prescribing for Acute Respiratory Tract Infections in Adults";

Kami Nestler, B.S.N., R.N., "MI for BMI: Weight Management Strategies for Pediatric Patients"; Lori Piazza B.S.N., R.N., "Drop the Weight with Phentermine/Topiramate"; Carrie Pientka, B.S.N., R.N., "Namaste to Take the Back Pain Away: The Effectiveness of Yoga for Chronic Low Back Pain"; Sarahjean Seymour, B.S.N., R.N., "Break the Cycle: Massage Therapy for Chronic Migraines"; Tamara Snyder, B.S.N., R.N., "Adolescents and Type 1 DiabeTEXT"; Samantha Steinbrenner, B.S.N., R.N., "Adherence Therapy in Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders"; Renee Waligun, B.S.N., R.N., "Utilizing Buprenorphine for the Treatment of Opioid Abuse."

BSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice students Ashley Allen, Milford; Autumn Hillegas, Sugarloaf; Tammy Merrifield, Mountain Top; Kelly Sabaluski, Lehman, and Monica Stroz, Swoyersville, complete their studies in the academic program in August and are eligible to participate in the winter commencement ceremony in December.

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Misericordia University graduate nursing students presented their evidence-based practice projects at the Graduate Nursing Scholarly Synthesis Poster Day in John J. Passan Hall. Graduate nursing students who participated in the program, first row from left, are Zeena Bacchus, B.S.N., R.N., Reinholds, Pa.; Tamara Snyder, B.S.N., R.N., Elysburg, Pa.; Samantha Steinbrenner, BSN, RN, Mountain Top, Pa., and Tammy Merrifield, Mountain Top, Pa.; second row seated, Lindsey Gorniak, B.S.N., R.N., Scranton, Pa.; Sarahjean Seymour, B.S.N., R.N., Scranton, Pa.; Melanie Centrelli, B.S.N., R.N., Dunmore, Pa.; Sacha Marino, B.S.N., R.N., C.N.R.N., Hanover Twp., Pa.; Carrie Pientka, B.S.N., R.N., Nanticoke, Pa.; Ashley Allen, Milford, Pa.; Renee Waligun, B.S.N., R.N., Shavertown, Pa., and Kelly Sabaluski, Lehman, Pa.; third row, Autumn Hillegas, Sugarloaf, Pa.; Monica Stroz, Swoyersville, Pa.; Lee Ann McDermott, B.S.N., R.N., Forty Fort, Pa.; Kami Nestler, B.S.N., R.N., West Wyoming, Pa., and Lori Piazza, B.S.N., R.N., Swoyersville, Pa.

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