Students at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing are being recognized for their talents and accomplishments, receiving a stunning number and variety of awards and honors this spring.
One such student, Ronica Lu '10, has received a Johns Hopkins University Provost's Undergraduate Research Award (PURA) to study the prevalence of workplace violence against nurses who work in geriatric care. Working under the mentorship of Associate Professor Joan Kub, PhD, APHN, BC, Lu will examine the factorswhether personal, workplace, or environmentalthat influence violence in these settings.
"Workplace violence is a serious public health problem that has particular relevance for health care workers," says Lu. Her data will come from nurses who work at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Care Center, which serves to improve the health and well-being of geriatric patients after a hospital stay before returning home. "I hope my findings will lead to a deeper understanding of the themes, circumstances, and nature of workplace violence in geriatric care."
Other recent award-winners include:
Christina Cardella, MSN student, who has been awarded a Graduate Scholarship in Cancer Nursing Practice from the American Cancer Society. The award comes with a $10,000 annual stipend for two years.
Kelly Caslin, MSN student, who received the 2009 Linda Arneth Service Excellence Award for her research entitled Frequent Vitals: Turning Press Ganey Data into Results.
Meghan Greeley, MSN/MPH student, who received an Outstanding Student award from the Johns Hopkins Student OUtreach Resource Center for her extraordinary commitment to community projects.
Ronald Langlotz, MSN student, who received the 2009 Nursing Excellence Award for Implementation of Pediatric IV Response Team in Radiology.
Kelsey Oveson, Accelerated '09, who received the 2009 Shirley Sohmer Award for her research entitled "Determination of Most Appropriate Diet in Leukemia Patients Receiving AcD-Ac Consolidation Chemotherapy."
Summer Venable, MSN/MPH student, who was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Hopkins Fogerty Global Framework Program for her study "Identification of Risk and Protective Factors Associated with Family and Community Exiling of Women Survivors of Gender-Based Violence in South Kivu, DRC."
Eleven other baccalaureate students were immersed in research this year in the school's Undergraduate Research Honors Program, in which students spend three semesters carrying out a research project under the mentorship of a faculty member. The following students completed the program and gained a greater appreciation of research and its value to the nursing profession: Sarah Allgood '09; Vanessa Bruce, accelerated '09; Patricia Cook, accelerated '09; Jenny Fell '09; Amy Goh '09; Gyasi Moscou-Jackson '09; Ann ODonnell '09; Sarah Robinson '09; Samantha Schneider '09; Madeline Sylvia '09; and Kathleen Tracey, accelerated '09.