Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Undergraduate Nursing Scholars Day

Long hours, research techniques, nursing knowledge, clinical experience and a big dose of drive came together as the scholarly work of undergraduate nursing students was showcased at the inaugural Undergraduate Nursing Scholars Day held April 12th in Driscoll Hall.

The campus community joined the College of Nursing for the poster presentations by students from the traditional undergraduate and accelerated second degree programs on such topics as lower back pain, intellectual disabilities, community health worker education, exercise programs, shared governance, breast feeding, collective bargaining and bipolar disorder. The faculty challenged the students who will graduate soon to find evidence based solutions for the clinical situations they will encounter in their practice and share them in a similar forum.

Additionally, senior nursing majors in the Community Health Nursing course developed and presented talks followed by Q&A on their Population Assessment Projects representing developmentally challenged populations, an ethnic population in Philadelphia, a South Philadelphia neighborhood, and a North Philadelphia population as well as a Kensington neighborhood, maternal /child populations in Philadelphia, adults in Conshohocken, international sites in Central and Latin America, and Chester County health problems. Each group had reviewed health statistics as well as the impact of economic, social and environmental factors on the morbidity and mortality of their assigned population. They further identified and prioritized health issues and multidisciplinary solutions to those problems.

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