Over the weekend of April 14-16, the University of Arizona College of Nursing made a strong showing at the Western Institute of Nursing’s annual conference. Twenty-six PhD/dual degree students presented their research at the conference (see below for a complete list), and two faculty members were honored by the Institute with awards. Professor Janice D. Crist, PhD, RN, FWAN, FAAN won the Regional Geriatric Nursing Education Award and Professor and Public Health Director, PhD Program Lois J Loescher, PhD, RN, FAAN, won the Anna M. Shannon Mentorship Award.
Due to the COVID19 pandemic, the conference was held virtually this year, but it was still an excellent chance for nursing scholars, scientists and students to network with their peers and learn about each other’s research. The theme of this year’s conference was “Better Together: Integration of Nursing Research, Practice, and Education.”
“Drs. Crist and Loescher were selected for this year’s awards because of their status as role models for leadership and professionalism, their active involvement in supporting the professional development of students, their focus on the advancement of the nursing profession and their inspiring vision of nursing."
Drs. Crist and Loescher were selected for this year’s awards because of their status as role models for leadership and professionalism, their active involvement in supporting the professional development of students, their focus on the advancement of the nursing profession and their inspiring vision of nursing.
“I was extremely honored to be selected for the WIN Regional Geriatric Nursing Education Award,” Dr. Crist said. “I thank my mentors and colleagues from whom I’ve learned so much, from our critical mass of gerontological nursing educators who are in our Wildcat Interdisciplinary Geroscience Group, to the many PhD, DNP, and entry-level students who have studied and co-collaborated/co-published aging topics, e.g.: diversity, from Mexican American grandparenting with diabetes (Munoz, PhD) to long-term care workers’ implicit bias toward LBGT older adults (May, PhD); transitional care, e.g., family caregivers as part of the acute care team (Bristol, PhD), to delirium care (Spears, DNP), and 27 other student researchers and collaborators. I challenge my CON colleagues to improve education, research, and practice skills through local and international networking resources such as the UA Center on Aging, and the National Hartford Center on Gerontological Nursing Research, to, as in the words of WIN’s Gero-Special Interest Group: “build a cadre of gerontological nurses to advance the mission of WIN in the context of improving care of the older adult.”
Read more about Dr. Crist’s research here.
“This award is a great honor and is especially meaningful at this time in my career,” Dr. Loescher said. “Mentorship takes time and careful thought, but it’s one of the most rewarding parts of my job! I appreciate the nomination from my fellow faculty and students.”
Read more about Dr. Loescher’s research here.
PhD1 Students WIN
PhD2 Students WIN
PhD3 (+) WIN
Dual PhD/DNP WIN
Research and Information Exchange (R&IE) Posters:
Provider Focused LGBTQIA+ Education: A Quality Improvement Effort: Amir Wael Raad
Improving Tobacco Cessation at a Federally Qualified Health Center: Samantha Wirth, Martha Rukavena, Iesha Floyd
Transitions from Jail for Adults with Mental Illness: Carrie Langley
Reducing No-Shows: Analyzing Reminder Systems and Patient Preferences: Diana Valencia
Research among American Indians Utilizing a Unique Vulnerability Theory Approach: Rhea DeCoteau, Tracy Crane, Lois Loescher
Nutrition-Focused Practice Improvement: Influencing the Nutrition Behavior of Mexican Women: Karissa E. Cain