Research Day Keynote

Nursing Research Day focuses on care, caregiving

April 21, 2021
Faculty, students and community members gathered virtually April 16 for the school’s annual Nursing Research Day. The theme this year was Care and Caregiving in a Complex World.

Keynote speaker J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom, PhD, APRN, ACHPN, FPCN, FAAN, assistant professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and co-director of Caregiver and Bereavement Support Services at the UAB Center for Palliative and Supportive Care, spoke about early palliative care and lay navigator-led interventions to enhance the coping and decision-making skills of family caregivers of persons with serious illness, particularly advanced cancer and heart failure.

Research posters and oral presentations showcased findings from innovative research and evidence-based projects representing the school’s four research areas of focus, including health promotion among vulnerable populations, prevention and management of chronic health conditions, symptom management, and health/nursing informatics and systems innovation.

BSN student Ava Hofbauer won the People’s Choice Award for her poster Honey and Wound Healing. PhD student Kristin Elgersma, DM, MN, RN, received second place for her poster, Feeding Infants with Complex Congenital Heart Disease: A Modified Delphi Survey to Examine Potential Research and Practice Gaps. Third place went to Clinical Professor Mary Benbenek, PhD, APRN, CNP, FAANP, for A Telehealth Clinical Learning Solution in the COVID-19 Pandemic.