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Nursing students present original research projects

December 05, 2017
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -

Mount Saint Mary College students in the graduate nursing program present their research in poster form.

Mount Saint Mary College students in the graduate nursing program present their research in poster form.

 

Nearly two dozen Mount Saint Mary College graduate nursing students presented original research projects at the college’s Graduate Nursing Symposium on November 28.

As part of the graduate nursing program curriculum, the students developed and implemented research projects in various clinical settings. 

Naomi M. Biviano, RN, BSN, CLC of Milton, N.Y. presented on “Increased Follow-up and Teaching: An intervention for increased medication adherence and blood pressure control.” The graduate student, who is passionate about creating a more personal nursing experience, created a program that defined barriers (such as lack of knowledge, language miscommunication, etc.) that would prevent patients from adhering to their medication plan. With weekly follow-up phone calls that went over medication schedules, Biviano’s method cleared up misconceptions and empowered patients to participate in their own care.

“Patients who are involved are more likely to care” about their health, said Biviano.

Amir Islam, BSN, RN of New Hampton, N.Y. and Laura Guerra, BSN, RN of Florida, N.Y. chose to educate other nurses on proper use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the workforce. As the pair pointed out, PPE-related problems normally arose not from lack of PPE, but rather incorrect use. Through their research project, Islam and Guerra provided a demo on proper PPE implementation to a group of nurses, testing both prior and post-demo knowledge. The result was a 30 percent increase in PPE knowledge. 

The presentations were a capstone for these students’ research coursework, which had been developed over several semesters. The Mount’s nursing faculty acted as advisors for the students, overseeing the projects’ development and implementation.