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Dissertations from 2022

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Evaluation of a Process Change Using an Updated Sedation Protocol, Rachel Allen

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Evaluating the RASS and CAP-D in a Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Sarah Anderson

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Implementing Recova® to Adjust Estimated Dry Weight in an Outpatient Hemodialysis Clinic, Ayomide Aruwajoye

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Improving Maternal Outcomes through Quantifying Blood Loss in Cesarean Sections, Michelle R. Barrier

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Improving Postpartum Hypertension Discharge Education: A Pilot Project, Kathryn Barth

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The Impact of the PHQ-8 on Referrals to Psychotherapy Services for Oncology Patients, Sarah Beckmann

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The Hustler Award Program, Julia N. Biayi

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Preventing Falls Using Evidence-based Interventions in a Long-term Care Facility, Pibi Bouda

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Standardizing Discharge Practices for Pediatric Urology Outpatient Procedures: A Quality Improvement Project, Megan Bush

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Evaluation of an Education Program Implementation for Adults with Stage 4 and 5 Chronic Kidney Disease, Dana Marie Carter

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Quality Improvement Competency Development for Correctional Nursing Leaders, Angela Chandler

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Liquid Biopsies for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Biomarkers for Disease Risk and Diagnosis, Stephanie Chidester (Available for download on Wednesday, October 25, 2023)

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Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) Driveline Infection Rates Between Two Different Dressing Methods, Gretchen Compton

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Addressing Perceived Barriers to Screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences in Primary Care, Trenton Conway

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The Effectiveness of Continuous Video Monitoring In Reducing Inpatient Fall Rates, Yunhee Cruse

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The Mission System: An Electronic Health Record for Medical Treatment in Guatemala, Tawniece M. Curry

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Nursing Anxiety Self-Evaluation and Resiliency Methods, Dianne Deck

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Fall Risk Screening in Community Dwelling Elders through Self-Assessment, Natasha Dickinson

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Addressing Barriers to Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Therapy in Veterans, Lauren Elliott

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Factor Structure and Construct Validity of a Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture Survey Using Exploratory Factor Analysis, Maureen Falcone

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Implementation of a Critical Event Debriefing Tool in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Tara Fiala

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Intimate Partner Violence Education for Pregnant and Postpartum Adolescents and Young Adults, Tatiana Filajdic

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Life Matters, Marina Fischer

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The Effects of Early Lactation Support on Breastfeeding Exclusivity Rates, Alexa Fleming (Available for download on Tuesday, July 22, 2025)

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Minimizing Workplace Violence by Initiating an Evidence-Based Community Meeting, Olivia Gabrielle Foster

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Evaluating Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9) Use in Burn Survivors, Chelsey Friend

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Dental Screening and Caries Prevention in Pediatric Primary Care, Amy Hoch

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Implementing A Child Friendly Menu Guide in A Pediatric Unit: Promoting Healthful Choices, Lauren Hull

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Implementation of a Pre-Anesthesia Questionnaire in the Preoperative Phase of Care, Katherine Jones

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Decreasing Central Venous Catheter Usage for the Hemodialysis Patient, Antionette Jordan

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Initiation of Procalcitonin Screening as a Marker in Antibiotic Therapy De-escalation, Briana Kile

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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Education Implementation for Graduate Nursing Students, Courtney Kovachevich

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Implementation of a Protocol Nurse in the Emergency Department, Marissa Kramer

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Reducing Pediatric Morbidity Through Development of a Clinical Practice Guideline, Deanna Kroh

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Implementing Patient Acuity Scale on a Medical-Surgical Unit, Coreen Ladd

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Implicit Bias Training for Perinatal Nursing, Racheal Lakine-Harden

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Implementation of an Evaluation of DaVita CLABSI Protocol to Reduce Bloodstream Infections in Acute Hemodialysis Patients, Emmy Le

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Multi-method Approach to Examining Psychosocial Responses and Reactions to COVID-19 in the US and China, Fan Li (Available for download on Tuesday, July 25, 2023)

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Increasing Rooming-In Rates on a Mother Baby Unit, Scotti Manes

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Evaluation of an Updated Maternal Severe Hypertension Recognition and Response Protocol, Diana Marshall

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Standardized Approach to Early Mobilization of the Critically Ill Pediatric Patient, Courtney McCarty (Available for download on Sunday, July 20, 2025)

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Implementation of Postpartum Oral Glucose Testing Follow-up in Women with Gestational Diabetes, Amanda Rose Metz

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Implementing a Standardized Nursing Communication Tool to Improve Inpatient Nursing Communication, Ashley D. Nator

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Effect of a Trauma Informed Care Tool in a Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Taylor Park

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Auditing Workplace Aggression and Violence in the Emergency Department, Michelle Parmentier

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Improving Saint Louis University Mental Status (SLUMS) Exam Adherence, Kelsie Patek

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Implementing a D/deaf Educational Module for Graduate Nursing Students, Brenda J. Pauley

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Palliative Care Screening for Persons Living with Dementia in a Nursing Home, Shanika S. Pruitt

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Healthcare-Associated Pressure Injury Prevention in the Intensive Care Unit, Ross Quinton

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Visualizing Depressive Symptom Improvement: Implementing the 17-Item Hamilton Depression Rating Scale, Briana Raterman

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Evaluation of Neonatal Ankyloglossia, Ellen M. Ray

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Family Mentorship Program in the Pediatric Organ Transplant Population, Kristin Rich

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Evaluation of Pre-Procedural Phone Call Effectiveness Before a Colonoscopy, Rachel Schoelch

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Evaluating the Effects of MINDSTRONG™ in Graduate Nursing Students, Syeda Shah

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An Evaluation of a Multidisciplinary Implementation of Evidence Based Practice in Prediabetes, Emily Sisco

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Doubling Down on Sepsis: A Quality Improvement Project to Improve Sepsis Bundle Compliance on an Inpatient Oncology Unit, Kayla Slay

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Reducing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Maria Smith

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Evaluating the Effectiveness of Implementing Depression Screenings with Uninsured African American Adults, Pamela Talley

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The Effect of Self-Management Support Interventions for Adults with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Family Caregivers, Ann Thaiudom

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Evaluating Mindfulness on Loneliness in an Older Adult Population, Jessica Tieskoetter

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Eye Care Protocol in Critically Ill Pediatric Patients on Neuromuscular Blockage, Jinnie Tkach

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Screening for Social Determinants of Health in a Comprehensive Pediatric Sickle Cell Disease Clinic, Marie Turner

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Effect of a Turn Clock on Hospital-Acquired Pressure Injury Incidence, Sydney Warren

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Rural Pregnant Women’s Experiences with Substance Use Disorder: A Qualitative Study, Cami Weber

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Evaluating SBIRT in a Behavioral Health Urgent Care, Christina L. Williams

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Implementation of Quantitative Blood Loss Tool to Detect Postpartum Hemorrhage After Vaginal Delivery, Rachael Williams

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Education to Improve Long-Acting Injectable Antipsychotic Use, Travis Donald Wolfangel

Dissertations from 2021

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A Standardized Approach to Awakening and Breathing Trials, Maureen Awuor Abongo

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Attitudes Toward SARS-CoV-2 in Frontline Healthcare Workers and First Responders, Michelle Tiffany Arrington

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Impact of Social Isolation in HIV-Positive Individuals During a Pandemic, Corina Jane Bakoylis

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Evaluation of Lifestyle Modification Program for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome in Infertile Women, Kelly Batton

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A Descriptive Study of Health-Related Risks and Outcome Differences by Loneliness Status in a Sample of Older Veterans, Rachael Beard

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Youth Sports in a Pandemic Age, Robert Bohnert

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Measuring Serum Lactate in Sepsis, Ouafae Bouziane

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Evaluation of Depression, Anxiety and Stress in Graduate Nursing Students, Rachel Dunston

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Enhancing Communication Between Nurses And Physicians On Patients With Sepsis, Jayne Ehirim

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Antibiotic Administration Time During a Code Sepsis, Shemekia Ford

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Intimate Partner Violence Education for High School Students, Morgan Foster

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Bladder Management Post Epidural Anesthesia: Impact on the Second Stage of Labor, Megan Hedgcorth

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Implementation of Pediatric Adverse Childhood Experiences Screening in Primary Care, Alexzandra Hillyer

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Post-Cesarean Section Pain Management Using Pre-built Computerized Order Entry Sets, Ashleigh Hunkins

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Mental Health Concerns of Frontline Registered Nurses Associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic, Julie Ingle

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Evaluation of a Hypertension Bundle to Improve Maternal Outcomes, Jamie Jetton

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Mental Health Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Older Adults, Elizabeth Kerr

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Proactive Text Messaging for Public Health Surveillance During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Daria Kester

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Evaluation of an Elopement Risk Assessment Tool in an Acute Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital, Beth Lockhart

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Preventing Ocular Surface Disease in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Emily Mallette

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Effect of Purposeful Nurse Rounding on Patient Satisfaction, Jayne Mangi

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Implementing a Depression Screening in a Pediatric Acute Care Setting for Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes, Kelcie Marler

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A Telehealth Palliative Care Objective Structured Clinical Examination, Lindsey Q. McIntyre

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Digital Contact Tracing During the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic, Erin Katherine Moran

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Integration of Kansas City Cardiomyopathy Questionnaire-12 in Clinical Practice, Norman Njihi

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Detection of Breast Cancer in African American Women Using Walk-in Mammography, Munachi Nwosu

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Benzodiazepine Reduction Program in a Psychiatric Mental Health Setting, Tracy Pacini

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Implementing the Richmond Agitation-Sedation Scale to Assess Delirium in a Pediatric ICU, Leigh Paridy

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The Effect of Pre-Procedural Opioid Video Education on Pediatric Patients Undergoing Orthopedic Surgery, Amy Pham

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Identification of Veterans Experiencing Symptoms of Mental Illness for the First Time after COVID-19 Diagnosis, Brittania Phillips

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Evaluation of a DIRFloortime® Program for Autism Spectrum Disorder, Jennifer L. Pipitone

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Primary Care Screening for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in the Adult Population, Carrie Plisco

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Resuscitation Quality Improvement Mortality Rates, Jordan Priest