Research Day

Virtual Research Day 2021: Avenues of Nursing Impact

April 5-6, 2021

The 2021 theme celebrated the many ways faculty and staff contribute to advancing health.  It truly does take a team with different areas of expertise, different ways of understanding a problem and a variety of philosophical and theoretical approaches. The Avenues of Impact are:

  • Patient-centered Care
  • Policy and Public Engagement
  • Practice Implementation and Dissemination
  • Innovative Digital and Technical Solutions


Explore the Avenues 

View poster summaries, contact the authors and learn more about each poster session. 

Two people looking at computer

Digital and Technical Solutions 

April 5 poster session: 9:40-11:20 a.m.

April 6 poster session: 10:40 a.m.-Noon

Three people working on a pregnant person

Patient-Centered Care

April 5 poster session: 9:40-11:20 a.m.

April 6 poster session: 10:40 a.m.-Noon


Nursing student teaching children

Policy and Public Engagement

April 5 poster session: 9:40-11:20 a.m.

April 6 poster session: 10:40 a.m.-Noon

Person demonstrating how to give naloxone

Practice Implementation and Dissemination

April 5 poster session: 9:40-11:20 a.m.

April 6 poster session: 10:40 a.m.-Noon


Day 1: Monday, April 5

  • 9-9:30 a.m. — Welcome and orientation to the event
  • 9:40-11:20 a.m. — Virtual poster sessions in four separate Zoom rooms, one per each Avenue of Impact with live Q&A
    See titles, abstracts and approximate start times above
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Tenth Annual Suzanne H. Brouse keynote lecture featuring Victoria L. Champion, Ph.D., FAAN, with Q&A to follow, moderated by U-M School of Nursing Mary Lou Willard French Professor of Oncology Nursing and Associate Dean for Research and Rackham Graduate Studies Debra L. Barton, Ph.D., FAAN, RN.

Day 2: Tuesday, April 6

  • 9 a.m. — Welcome and orientation
  • 9:10-10:30 a.m. — Research panel presentations and discussion, moderated by U-M School of Nursing Associate Professor and Director of the Healthcare Innovation Impact Program (HiiP) Olga Yakusheva, Ph.D.
  • 10:40 a.m.- Noon — Virtual poster sessions in four separate Zoom rooms, one per each Avenue of Impact with live Q&A
    See titles, abstracts, and approximate start times above
  • 12:10-1:10 p.m. — Second invited plenary speaker Dr. Patricia Coleman-Burns, Ph.D., U-M School of Nursing Assistant Professor Emerita, with Q& A to follow, moderated by Chief Inclusion Officer Rushika Patel, Ph.D.
  • 1:20 p.m. — Research Day awards and closing by the 2021 Research Day Planning Committee Chair, U-M School of Nursing Research Professor and Director of the Applied Biostatistics Laboratory and Data Management Core Robert J. Ploutz-Snyder, Ph.D., PStat®

What's different about Research Day 2021?

  • The 2021 event was 100% virtual featuring live presentations from two plenary speakers, a live panel of experts and virtual poster sessions.
  • To beat “online fatigue,” the event was held over two half-days starting at 9 a.m. on both days and ending in the early afternoon.

About Research Day

Nursing research is at the core of advancing health care. As a champion of nursing research that has impact, the U-M School of Nursing organized an initiative in 2009 to bring together the nursing community for a day dedicated to research. The goal was not only to provide an additional forum for faculty but also give students at all levels an opportunity to present their research, igniting and fueling their own research ambitions. Now an annual event at the school, Research Day remains a way for faculty, students and university health care professionals to share the impact of their research while hearing new perspectives and forging collaborative partnerships.

The event includes a poster session, panel discussion and the Suzanne H. Brouse Lecture. The Brouse Lecture is made possible through a generous donation by Suzanne H. Brouse, Ph.D., RN, who received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Michigan in 1958.


Michigan Medicine Nursing Professional Development & Education is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91)

Up to 7.8 nursing contact hours will be provided based on attendance.


Sigma Rho Chapter is pleased to provide financial support for the annual School of Nursing Research Day. Rho is the local chapter of Sigma, the national nursing honor society, and supports nursing scholarship at the School of Nursing through grants, events and dissemination of scholarly work.

2021 Research Day recap
Read more about the 2021 event, exploring ‘Avenues of Impact’ in a virtual format.

2019 Research Day recap
Read more about the 2019 event, focused on innovation at the interface of knowledge development and equitable care.

2018 Research Day recap
This event focused on the Science of Nursing Education.

2017 Research Day recap
Read more about the 2017 event, focused on the science of addiction, from risks to recovery.

2016 Research Day recap
Read more about the 2016 event, which kicked off a three-day U-M School of Nursing Symposium on Global Health: 125 Years of Research and Impact. 

2015 Research Day recap
Read more about the 2015 Dean's Research Day activities and poster winners and view photos. 

2014 Research Day recap
2014 DRD focused on "Learning on the Edge of Discovery."

2013  Research Day recap
2013 Dean's Research Day events, photos and poster winners.