Research Day 2016 Recap

“When this event was created seven years ago, we had fewer than 50 people,” said Kathleen Potempa, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the University of Michigan School of Nursing (UMSN), as she welcomed the crowd to UMSN’s annual Research Day. “Today, we have more than 250 people here to recognize and share the impact of nursing research.”

Research Posters

Hillman Scholar Alex FauerNearly 50 posters from nursing faculty, practitioners and students were on display, highlighting the vast scope of nursing research. Topics included health promotion, chronic disease, substance use and abuse, mental health and women’s health. Awards were given out in student and faculty categories.

Student Awards

First Place: Alex Fauer, BSN Student, Hillman Scholar; Christopher R. Friese, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN. Plasma biomarkers associated with inflammation and female reproductive function: A review of literature.

Second Place:  Kathryn Abramoski, BSN Student, Hillman Scholar; Corinne Hauck, BSN Student; Jennifer Pierce, MA; Sarah A. Stoddard, PhD, RN, CNP, FSAHM. The relationship between purpose, perceived norms, and alcohol and marijuana use in high school adolescents.

Faculty Award

Stephen Strobbe, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, CARN-AP; Theresa R. F. Dreyer, MPH; Chin Hwa (Gina) Dahlem, PhD, FNP-C, FAANP; Adreanne Waller, MPH; Marci Scalera, ACSW, LMSW, CAADC; Alice Penrose, MD, MPH. Reducing opioid overdose deaths through the Washtenaw Health Initiative Opioid Project.

Lectures and Presentations

Dr. Hughes delivers the Brouse Lecture

“Nurses Hold Up Half the Sky” was the theme of the Sixth Annual Suzanne H. Brouse Lecture, delivered by Tonda L. Hughes, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor and associate dean for Global Health, University of Illinois College of Nursing,

“Nurses are not distributed evenly throughout the world,” said Dr. Hughes. “Despite their large numbers, there are still challenges… If there were sufficiently prepared nurses, evenly distributed across the world, we could eliminate or at least reduce many illnesses.”

UMSN faculty then shared some of their global-focused research during a panel discussion. Topics included child abuse and the impact it may have on women when they experience pregnancy and motherhood, sexual health, gender-based violence, and domestic violence.

The UMSN researchers noted challenges of working in other countries where they might be viewed as “outsiders.” They encouraged students and others interested in global research to approach the work with sincere curiosity, an open heart and respect for the people and cultures involved.


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