Nursing Research Conference promotes tools, education, and enthusiasm
Patricia Pothier, PhD, RN, and Patti Radovich, MSN, RN, bookmark a poster on End Stage Renal Disease Education Day at the 9th annual Nursing Research Conference, which was held on May 7, 2008, in Wong Kerlee International Conference Center.
According to Patti Radovich, MSN, RN, the 9th annual Nursing Research Conference—which was held on May 7, 2008, in Wong Kerlee International Conference Center—was “a phenomenal success!”
Ms. Radovich, the manager for nursing research at LLUMC and coordinator of the conference, reports that the event was jointly sponsored by a number of organizations including the Nursing Research Council, Loma Linda University Medical Center nursing department, LLU School of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau Gamma Alpha Chapter, and the office of sponsored research.
“Promoting Growth in our Garden” was the theme for the 2008 conference, which was designed to provide tools, education, and empowerment to enable clinical nurses to conduct and utilize research in their practice of nursing.
A total of 130 participants attended the all-day event in the Jesse-Peterson Room of Wong Kerlee International Conference Center. That number surpassed last year’s conference and indicates a high level of interest in nursing research. Ms. Radovich notes that some participants came from as far away as Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital in Hangzhou, China. “There were also many participa
Members of the unit 8100 research team from Loma Linda University Medical Center celebrate winning second place in the 2008 Nursing Research Conference poster competition. The group took home $150 for their study titled “Do flexible visiting hours affect nurse job satisfaction?”
nts from the LLU Medical Center clinical nursing staff, as well as students from the LLU School of Nursing. We are very excited about the level of interest in our research endeavors,” she notes.
One highlight of the day-long conference was the poster presentations. Poster topics focused on areas such as health promotion models in hypertension, adult obesity, and depression, as well as studies evaluating prenatal care and lactation, maternal attachment, and childhood obesity. Others featured patient education, caregiver concerns and experiences related to stroke and cancer, and exercise training in chronic heart failure. Additional studies looked at nursing students, clinical nurses’ job satisfaction, and post-traumatic stress disorder among bomb blast survivors in Karachi, Pakistan.
Yang Mingli, RN, MS student, was awarded first place and a check for $250 for her study, “A controlled trial investigating outcomes of exercise training in Chinese patients with chronic heart failure.” The research team from unit 8100 was awarded second place and a check for $150 for their study, “Do flexible visiting hours affect nurse job satisfaction?” Trina
A major function of the poster contest at the 9th annual Nursing Research Conference is the dissemination and communication of research findings. There were so many posters at this year’s conference that it took two rooms to accommodate them all.
D. Ondrizek, RN, MS student, received the third place award for “Childhood obesity: an after-school intervention proposal.” Feng Jine, RN, MS student from Hangzhou, China, won fourth place for the “Effect of auricular acupressure on chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting for Chinese women with breast cancer.”
While they’re delighted at the success of this year’s event, members of the Nursing Research Council are busy making preparations for 2009. The 10th annual Nursing Research Conference will be held on May 7, 2009, and will feature Marita Titler, PhD, RN. Dr. Titler is currently the director of nursing research, quality, and outcomes management at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. Her expertise in translational research has made her a nationally and internationally recognized authority, Ms. Radovich asserts. “We feel very excited and gratified to have her coming to Loma Linda next year. She will deliver the keynote presentation, as well as holding consultations with local researchers.”
Ms. Radovich concludes her assessment with a word of thanks. “On behalf of the Nursing Research Council, I would like to thank nursing administration at Loma Linda University Medical Center; Marilyn Herrmann, PhD, RN, dean of LLU School of Nursing; and the School of Nursing faculty and Sigma Theta Tau Alpha Gamma chapter for their collaboration, support, and encouragement over the past year.”
By James Ponder
What would you do if your entry in the 2008 Nursing Research Conference at Loma Linda University Medical Center wins first prize, but you’re more than 11,000 miles away in Hangzhou, China? If you’re Yang Mingli, RN, MS student, you’d send Pat Jones, PhD, RN (left), and Betty Winslow, PhD, RN (center), to accept the honor for you from awards presenter Deborah Manson (right). Ms. Mingli won a check for $250 for her study, “A controlled trial investigating outcomes of exercise training in Chinese patients with chronic heart failure.”