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Dissertations from 2021

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

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

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Increasing Adherence of Pump Integration with Electronic Medical Record Through Simulation, Judi Reeves

Dissertations from 2020

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The Effects of High Dose Intravenous Vitamin C in Cancer Patients, Bankole Aluko

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Utilizing Mindfulness-Based Exercises to Reduce Anxiety Severity Scores According to the GAD-7, Kelly Calhoun

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Tailoring Violence Prevention Programming to a Critical Care Area, Jaime Campbell

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Increasing CMS Sepsis Core Measure Adherence Rates Through Virtual Consultation, Angela Cann

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Diet Behaviors, Physical Activity, and Sociodemographic Factors in a Sample of Racially Diverse Adults: A Secondary Analysis of NHANES (2017-2018) Data, Fatemeh Choupani

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Nurse Practitioner Student Confidence and Competence in Common Women's Health Diagnostic Procedures, Jessica Cowan

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Bridging the Gap in Primary Care of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Patients, Deanna Dial

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Diversity in Pre-nursing Majors and Nursing Program Applicants, Christel Fehr

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The Relationship among Perfectionism, Perceived Stress, and Coping in Baccalaureate Nursing Students, Amanda Finley

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Empowering Nurses of Minority in the Face of Incivility and Bullying: Through the Lens of Phenomenology, Corrine Floyd

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Effect of Standardized Nurse Teaching on Patient Experience Using CAHPS®, Julie Hake

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Screening and Referring for Postpartum Depression in Pediatric Primary Care, Melissa Harkins

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Effects of Genetic Testing on Clinical Outcomes of Patients with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Jessica Higlen

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Take 10 Program Effects on Fifth Grade Academic Achievement, Emily Janes

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Improving Clinician Adherence Rates to AIMS Testing on Individuals Taking Long-Term Antipsychotics, Shavaun Johnson

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A Descriptive Phenomenological Study of Body Art Patients and Their Health Care Experience, Lacee Kaufmann

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Multidisciplinary Team Approach Effect On Pediatric Severe Asthma, Lila Kertz

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Optimizing the Effectiveness of Peripheral Intravenous Catheters, Carrie Kollar

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Implementing a Three-Minute Foot Exam for Diabetic Patients in Primary Care, Emilee Laster

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Improvement in Primary Care Identification of Trauma Symptoms of Foster Care Children, Crystal Lucas

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How Do Student Nurses of English Language Learner Populations Experience NCLEX-RN Style Questions?, Shawne Manies

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Missed Appointment Rates And The Implication On Primary Care Practice, Kelly Martin

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A Strategic Plan to Thread Genomics Competencies into Undergraduate Curriculum, Holly Mathis

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Mitigating Suicide Risk Post-Discharge from Inpatient Crisis Stabilization: Safety Planning Intervention, Leighia M. McGhee

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Impact of Meaningful Recognition on Work Environment Perception of Critical Care Nurses, Kristin Meinershagen

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Utilization of Asthma Guidelines in Primary Care, Kate R. Miller

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Screening for Delirium in the Emergency Department, Melissa Minks

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The Experience of Early Mobility after One Week of Hospital-acquired Deconditioning, Lila S. Moersch

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Compassion Fatigue and the Emergency Department, Alexandra Myers

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Intimate Partner Violence Screening in Adolescent and Young Adult Females, Emily Myers

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Impact of the Hester Davis Fall Risk Scale on Inpatient Falls, Amelia Payne

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Evaluation of McGeer Criteria for UTI Determination in a Nursing Home, Julie Rehagen (Available for download on Saturday, July 30, 2022)

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Comorbidity and Quality of Life of HIV-Positive Adults Living in Supportive Housing, Rose Sharp

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Evaluation of a Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Care Coordination Program, Carrie Smith

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Sustainability of an Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Program, Kristin Smith

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Community Health Nurse Educators and Disaster Nursing Education, Jody Spiess

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Utilizing High Flow Oxygen Therapy In Infants With Bronchiolitis, Sarah Ulses

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Increasing Patient Adherence to Gestational Weight Gain Goals in Pregnancy, Annie Vining

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Utilizing Wellness Champions as a Faith-Based Initiative for Mental Health Promotion, Tracy M. Webster Cooley

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Evaluation of Sleep Hygiene Checklist for Delirium in an Intensive Care Unit, Ying Wei

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Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems in a Psychiatry Practice, Treacy Williams

Dissertations from 2019

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A Quality Improvement Study on Missed Appointment Management in Primary Care, Aunye' Dina Amos

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Evaluating Controlled Substance Documentation in an Electronic Medical Record, Delora Brooks

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Evaluating the Delivery of Diabetes-Related Care Among the Asian Population, Lyly Bui

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Depression Screening in Antepartum Females, Michelle Burk

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Primary Care Delays in Underserved Areas: A Strategic Plan to Improve Access to Care, Debra Connell-Dent

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Fathers' Experiences with Their Premature Infants or Unhealthy Neonates, Lisa Cummings

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Loss of a Sibling: A Phenomenological Exploration of the Experiences of School-aged children, Barbara Dixon

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Referrals to an Opioid Overdose Program with EMS Involvement: Comparing Treatment Outcomes, Courtney Haas

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Education-Based Interventions Effects on 30-day Readmission Rates for Patients with COPD, Gina Hand-Eoloff

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A Vaccine Administration Training Program to Increase Adolescent Vaccination Rates, Claire Jensen

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Decreasing Opioid Overprescription Following Outpatient Gynecology Surgery, Monica Kistler

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Nitrous Oxide Use For Minor But Painful Pediatric Procedures, Samantha Kremer

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Race-based Trauma Care Training for Veteran’s Health Administration Nurse Practitioners, Vanessa Loyd

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Implementation of Oral Health Recommendations in Pediatric Primary Care, Kelly Lucash

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Reducing CAUTIs in a Neurological ICU, Claire McKee

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The Influence of Stressful Life Events on the Development of Type 2 Diabetes, Joshua Minks

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A Quality Initiative to Reduce Pneumonia Readmissions and Mortality in Older Adults, Terri Morris

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Depression in HIV-positive Individuals Living in a Residential Housing Community, Danielle Njeri

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Human Trafficking Identification among Nurse Practitioner Students During Objective Structured Clinical Examinations, Zoe Onyun

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Screening For Sexually Transmitted Infections In Adolescents, Millicent Palacios

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Barriers to Mental Health Treatment in Patients Referred by Primary Care, Rebecca Palmer

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Implementation of the Integrated Palliative Outcome Scale (IPOS) into Palliative Care Practice, Lisa A. Pezold

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Adult-Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Fellowship For The Veterans Health Administration, Karen Scaglione

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A Rural Telehealth Objective Structured Clinical Examination, Devon Schlottach

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Dysphagia Screening to Prevent Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia Rates, Namneet Sekhon

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Identifying Potential Predictors of Health Literacy and Steps Taken to Pursue Kidney Transplant Among African-Americans on Dialysis, Stacy Skelton

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Management and Support of Uninsured Patients with Diabetes Type II Within a Nurse Managed Clinic, Emma Spencer

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Improving Maternal Outcomes through Labetalol Algorithm Utilization for Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy, Hailee B. Taylor

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A Behavioral Weight Loss Program for Low-Income Adults with Obesity and HIV, Sophai Thach

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Examining Opioid Ordering Rates of Advanced Practice Providers in an Emergency Department, Bridgette Thompson

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Perioperative Antimicrobial Prophylaxis in Vascular Surgery: A Quality Assessment and Improvement Project, Brian Torres

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Increasing Nursing Competence and Confidence During Obstetric Emergencies Through Simulation: A Quality Improvement Project, Tram Wallen

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A Survey of Healthcare Workers on Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Resource Availability, Utilization, and Adherence, Kimberly Waltrip

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Improving Access to Mental Health Care with Nurse Practitioners, Jessica Whelan

Dissertations from 2018

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Optimizing the Involvement of Women with Opioid Use Disorder in the Care of Their Infants Experiencing Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, Rebecca Boedeker

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Nurse-led Triage Clinic in an HIV Supportive Housing Apartment Community, Sally Breen

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Evaluation of Educating Registered Nurses Prior to Implementing New Evidence-based Protocol: Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS), Lisa Brooks

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Traumatic Brain Injuries: A Telehealth Alternative for Veterans, Jessica Dickman

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Implementing a CAPS Simulation to Increase Nursing Education Practice Students’ Self-awareness of Attitudes and Beliefs about Poverty, Melissa Ehmke

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Aligning With Patient-Centered Medical Home Standards: Depression Screening in Women's Health, Charity Galgani

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Assessing the Impact of Practice Transition on Advance Practice Registered Nurse’s Job Stress and Job Satisfaction, Patricia E. Hendrickson

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Permanent Housing and On-Site Nursing Care: Effects on Homeless Individuals with HIV and Other Cormorbidities, Lynelle Hinden

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Measurements That Matter: Assessment & Management of the Symptoms of Chronic Illness Using the Integrated Palliative Outcome Scale (IPOS), Deborah Jeffery

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The Meaning of a Family History of Colorectal Cancer in Black Families in the United States, Cassandra Loggins

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An Exploration of NICU Nursing Staff Perspective on the Change from Pod to Private Room Patient Care, Julie Nickles

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Implementing the CDCs Core Elements of Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Program into the Urgent Care, Deanna Powelson

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Implementation of National Pediatric Guidelines to Prevent Chemotherapy Induced Nausea and Vomiting in Children with Cancer, Taryn Sandheinrich

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Assessment of Nursing Knowledge Before and After Implementation of Educational Intervention on Heart Failure, Sarah Scott

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Aligning with Patient-Centered Medical Home Standards: Depression Screening in Primary Care, Elizabeth Segura

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Eye Examination:Satisfying a Quality Care Measure in Diabetes, Meera Shekar

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Evaluation of a Youth Emergency Room Enhancement Program for Behavioral Health, Anne Thatcher

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Prophylactic Antibiotic Use in Female Patients With Pelvic Floor Reconstructive Surgery: A Retrospective Comparative Effectiveness Study, Courtney E. Turnbough

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Predictors of First Semester Baccalaureate Nursing Student Academic Success, Julie Twidwell

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Alternatives in Magnesium Sulfate Treatment Courses: An Investigation of Physician Prescribing Behaviors, Erin Williams

Dissertations from 2017

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Predictors of Cognitive Function Among Cognitively Impaired Older African Americans Living in Congregate Residential Settings, Zyra Daffodil Apugan