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Graduating class in nursing education presents research in learning

Dr. Toni Barnett gives check-up

The 2012 graduating class of the Master of Science in nursing education program gave presentations of research and results from their final projects at a celebratory ceremony in December.

"These students worked very hard preparing and executing numerous educational projects, and it was exciting to see what they plan on contributing to future generations of nurses as they take this momentous step toward becoming educators," said Dr. Michelle Byrne, director of the Master of Science in Nursing Education program.

Student Jenna Lynne Shackleford presented strides she made in using social media for case study presentations with nurse externs—nurses who train at a hospital or institution for an orientation period without officially residing at that institution. Shackleford also won the outstanding grad student award.

“My aim is to introduce an alternative, innovative, and active learning strategy,” Shackleford said. “This provides opportunities for learning enhancement and helps to bridge the gap between theory and practice.”

Student Clare Ruto spoke about the assumptions and cultural habits that many nurses carry with them when traveling to other countries or when treating patients of different cultures.

“Just because you view something as what’s best for you does not necessarily make it what’s best for someone else,” Ruto said. “One of the most important tools a nurse can have is the capacity for cultural self-assessment, and being able to identify what societal norms your culture may have that do not translate into other cultures is a critical part of that assessment.”

Also presenting their work were students Patrice Parris, Lisa Boisseau, Chassidy Davis-Evans, Amanda Reichert, Lee Anne Hardison, and Brittani Hawk. Dotty Gabrels was recognized for completing the post Master’s certificate in nursing education.

2012 graduating class of MS in nursing education
Gabrels (far left) and Byrne (far right) with the 2012 graduating class of the Master of Science in nursing education program

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