Four senior honors nursing students presented research at the 12th annual research conference “Advancing Nursing: Developing Excellence in EBP and Research.” The conference was developed for professional nurses and students seeking to use research and evidence-based practice to improve patient outcomes. The conference is a collaboration between the University of Delaware School of Nursing, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Christiana Care Health System, West Chester University College of Health Sciences, and Wilmington University College of Health Professions.

Presentations included:

  • “Warmer Babies, Warmer Mothers: Unexpected impact of the Cozy Cuties Bundle” by Rory Smith;
  • “Role of On-Q Marcaine Infusion Pump in Reducing Post-Op Narcotic use in Cesarean Sections” by Quinn Collins;
  • “The standard of care for perinatal loss: exploring the Haitian culture” by Katherine Butler; and
  • “Standards of care for African American perinatal loss” by Giselle Barkley.

Back in the spring, the students enrolled in a nursing research course. Each was paired with a nursing researcher. The students submitted their research via a blinded peer review. The students continued work on the projects in the spring with some working throughout the summer and fall to summarize findings.

The students collaborated with Melanie Chichester and Lynn Bayne from Christiana Care Health System. Carolee Polek, faculty for the honors research course, encouraged the students to submit their work for consideration for the research conference. To extend educational opportunities beyond the classroom, Polek applied for and received funding from the honors program to support this course enrichment activity for the honors students.


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