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Student Research

Undergraduate Honors Program

The University of Kansas School of Nursing’s BSN Honors Program is a Departmental Honors program that offers motivated juniors and seniors the opportunity to conduct research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Throughout the program, students have opportunities to present at regional and national conferences, including the Mind and Heart Together Conference, the Midwest Nursing Research Society Annual Research Conference, and Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol. The program culminates in students submitting an original research paper and presenting their work to their undergraduate cohort and School of Nursing faculty. 

In collaboration with their faculty mentor, students in the program may publish their research in a peer reviewed journal. BSN Honor student publications have included: 

Wambach K, Davis A, Nelson E, Snow, K., *Yungmeyer, A., Muzzy, R. Romero, K., & Murray, M. (2021). momHealth, a Multiple Health Behavior Change (MHBC) Feasibility Study. Kansas Journal of Medicine, 14, 176-181. DOI: 10.17161/kjm.vol1414738 

*Downey, E. & Olds, D. M. (2021). Comparison of documentation on inpatient discharge and ambulatory end-of-visit summaries. Journal for Healthcare Quality: Official Publication of the National Association for Healthcare Quality, 43(3), e43–e52. DOI: 10.1097/JHQ.0000000000000269 

*Casler, K., Trees, K., & Bosak, K. (2020). Providing care for fatty liver disease patients: Primary care nurse practitioners’ knowledge, actions, and preparedness. Gastroenterology Nursing, 43(5), E184-189. DOI: 10.1097/SGA.0000000000000487 

*Casler, K., Trees, K., & Bosak, K. (2020). Readiness for the epidemic: The adult non-alcoholic fatty liver disease toolkit for primary care nurse practitioners. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 32(4), 323-331. DOI: 10.1097/JXX.0000000000000223 

Wambach, K., Bateson, T., *Matheny, P., & Easter-Brown, K. (2019). A descriptive study of the attitudes, perceptions, and experiences of human milk donation, Advances in Neonatal Care,19(6), 441-451. DOI: 10.1097/ANC.0000000000000659  

Park, S.H., *Hanchette, M., & Ma, C. (2018). Practice environment characteristics associated with missed nursing care. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 50(6), 722-730. DOI: 10.1111/jnu.12434. 

Wambach, K. & *Britt, E. (2018). Breastfeeding support experiences of registered nurses in a large children’s hospital system. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 47(5), 632–640. DOI: 10.1016/j.jogn.2018.07.007 

* Denotes BSN Honors Student 

PhD Student Research 

The Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) Program is designed to prepare graduates for faculty positions in schools of nursing, including independent research and scholarly endeavors in nursing; generation and expansion of theoretical, empirical, and philosophical bases for nursing practice; and preparation for leadership in the profession and through the interpretation of nursing to society. [Link to PhD page in Academics) 

Recent Student Dissertations 

  • Lauri Jones – Faculty Perceptions of Nursing Student Retention in Community College Associate Degree Programs: A Qualitative Descriptive Study (Co-Chairs: Dr. Cynthia Teel & Dr. Kesa Herlihy) 
  • Amenda Fisher – Weight in: Overweight working women's descriptions of body weight and weight management (Co-Chairs: Dr. Cynthia Teel & Dr. Jill Peltzer) 
  • Rebecca Miller – Examining the relationship between nurse manager practice environment and burnout (Co-Chairs Dr. Karen Wambach & Dr. Danielle Olds)  
  • Marian Savage – Defining the characteristics and instrument development of nurse workarounds during medication administration (Co-Chairs: Dr. Shin Hye Park & Dr. Marge Bott) 

PhD Student Grant Funding & Competetive Scholarships 

  • Sigma Theta Tau International Small Grant
    • Heidi McNeely “Substance Use Treatment Providers Perspectives on Barriers and Facilitators to Treatment, Recovery, and Returning to Work for Healthcare Professionals with Substance Use” (Faculty Advisors: Dr. Cindy Teel & Dr. Heather Nelson-Brantley) 

    • Zimmerman Pre-Doctoral Fellowships: Alisha Hershberger, Phyllis Patswa, Tara Martin 
    • Jonas Nurse Leader Fellowship – 2021: Karen Towne (Faculty Advisor: Dr. Barbara Polivka) 
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