April 24, 2007

Contact: Lauren Cruse (505) 272-3690

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - This April, the University of New Mexico College of Nursing (UNM CoN) had a record 34 Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Honors students participate in the UNM Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference, a student body of excellence; a conference of diversity; an event taking research and creativity to futuristic and exciting beginnings. The students’ faculty mentor was P.J. Woods, PhD, MBA, RN, and assistant professor at the UNM CoN.

There were over 150 entries at the symposium. The UNM CoN had abstracts accepted for three podium and five poster presentations. Entries had to earn a score of 95 out of 100 or higher to win. While four entries won awards of excellence and cash prizes, the others were all within a fraction of receiving awards as well.

Several symposium judges from other colleges and the community complimented the CoN students on their level of sophistication, professionalism, and contribution to advancing the profession of nursing.

Listed below are the nursing students who participated, their research and awards:

Simulator Training and Students Nurses Education:

Anthony Duran, Matthew Moore, Casey Smolenski, Stephanie Saiz, Michael Sanchez - 97 points and $500

Development of a Tool to Increase Student Nurses’ Ability to Translate Comfort Therapy into Practice in a Medical-Surgical Acute Care Hospital:

Marian Daigle, Chelsea Howard, Melinda Yates - 96 points and $300

Development of An After School Program for APS, Children Ages 9-11 Who are Home Alone: Joel E. Hill, Lynn Wheeler, Jennifer Templeman, Jennifer Torbaghan - 96 points and $400

Development of an Effective Postpartum Discharge Packer for the Mother/Baby Unit at the UNM Hospitals: Morgana Hill, Leslie Star, Michael Sanchez, Amy Ross, Malerie Randour - 95 points and $400

Measurements of the Outcomes of Levels of Knowledge and Effects of Likelihood of Healthcare Workers Receiving the Flu Vaccine: Andrea Meisner, Hannah Hunter, Karla Trino

Stress and Health Behaviors of First-Year Nursing Students at the UNM CoN:

Melissa Austin, Erika Cole, Julia M. Kuiper, Deborah M. Redford

Risky Behaviors Associated with Adolescents’ Use of ‘My Space’ Web Pages: Anallisa Campos, Nicole Crocker, Kelli Goshorn, M. Nicole Webb

Integration of Complementary and Alternative Medicine into Undergraduate Nursing Curriculum: Ada Blount, Janet Brown, Kenmar Smith, Ariel Vaughan