iROC: Nurse Education Matters! Increasing Breastfeeding Rates
at a Local Hospital
Investigating Research on Campus
Please be with us November 17th when Yasmine Kalkstein, Division
of Social Sciences, presents Nurse Education Matters!
Increasing Breastfeeding Rates at a Local Hospital.
Dr. Kalkstein will describe research undertaken at St. Luke’s
Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh with one of her students, a senior
nursing major at MSMC. The project was developed in partnership
with Jeanne Boydston, director of the Birth Center at St. Luke’s.
Data was collected from nurses before and after they trained to
become certified lactation counselors. The education seemed to
create a cultural shift in the hospital, changing the perception,
knowledge, and attitudes of nurses and patients regarding
breastfeeding. A little intervention showed some interesting
Yasmine L. Kalkstein is Associate Professor of Psychology in the
Division of Social Sciences. She holds master’s and doctoral
degrees in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota.
Her work in recent years has delved into medical decision-making.
Dr. Kalkstein’s initial collaboration with St. Luke's led to a
service project called It Takes a Village where over 2,000
children's books and educational materials were distributed to new
mothers. The work she’ll be presenting is her first research
project with the hospital.
Nurse Education Matters! will take place in Kaplan
Library room 218 in the Dominican Center. This event has been
approved FYE credit as College Connection. Light refreshments will
be served. We hope to see you there!
For more information about this or any of the iROC
presentations, or to volunteer as or recommend an iROC speaker,
please contact the coordinators of the iROC program - Dr. Evan
Merkhofer, Assistant Professor of Biology, 845-569-3368, firstname.lastname@example.org
or Jen Park, Assistant Librarian for Access and Outreach Services,