April 07, 2020

College of Nursing faculty, students honored at national research conference

MNRS virtual conference provides spotlight for exceptional science

Several College of Nursing faculty were honored at the 2020 Midwestern Nursing Research Society’s (MNRS) 44th Annual Research Conference last week. Rather than cancel because of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, MNRS decided to host a virtual conference with the theme of “Advancing Nursing Research with Diverse Populations.”

MNRS explained on its website that “the science needs to be shared, student work needs to be fostered, and nursing researchers need a place to share ideas, innovations, and methodologies. We must be flexible while acknowledging this global health issue.”

“The science was exceptional, presented by researchers and scholars at all levels –students, junior investigators, mid-career and senior scientists,” said Cindy Anderson, PhD, APRN-CNP, ANEF, FAHA, FNAP, FAAN, senior associate dean of academic affairs and educational innovation and professor in the College of Nursing who also serves as president of MNRS. “It was a fitting celebration of the World Health Organization’s Year of the Nurse and Midwife, highlighting the significance of nursing research to the health of our nation and our world.”


Pickler receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Rita Pickler
Rita Pickler, PhD, RN, FAAN


Rita Pickler, PhD, RN, FAAN, received the MNRS Lifetime Achievement Award. “I am grateful and deeply honored to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from MNRS; I am particularly honored that I was nominated by colleagues whom I have mentored,” Pickler said. “I have been privileged in my own career to have received excellent mentoring and collegial support, making this award possible.” Pickler is the FloAnn Sours Easton Professor of Child and Adolescent Health, and director of the PhD and Master of Science in Nursing programs in the Martha S. Pitzer Center for Women, Children and Youth at the College of Nursing.

    Research Legacy Award
      Dianne Morrison-Beedy
      Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN


      Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, received the 2020 Adolescent RIG Research Legacy Award for her project, “HIPTeens intervention (The Health Improvement Project for Teens).” Morrison-Beedy is the Centennial Professor of Nursing and chief talent and global strategy officer for the College of Nursing.

        Investigator Awards
          Kayla Herbell
          Kayla Herbell, PhD, RN


          Timiya Nolan
          Timiya Nolan, PhD, APRN-CNP, ANP-BC


          Assistant Professor Kayla Herbell PhD, RN, received the Early Career Investigator Award from the MNRS Family Section Research Interest Group (RIG). Assistant Professor Timiya Nolan, PhD, APRN-CNP, ANP-BC, received the Self-Care New Investigator Award and the Health of Diverse Populations New Investigator Award.

            PhD Grant Awards

            Alexandra Nowak, JD, received the 2020 Dissertation Grant for her research entitled “Neighborhood Disorder and Epigenetic Regulation of Stress Pathways in Preterm Birth.” Laura Beth Kalvas, MS, RN, PCCN, received the Aurora Health Dissertation Grant for her research entitled “Sleep Disruption and Delirium in Critically Ill Children.”


            Virtual poster presentations

            Several College of Nursing students participated in the virtual poster presentation sessions, including:

            • BSN Honors program students Jenny Ahn (“Associations between Social Media Use and Psychological and Biological Stress in Adolescents”), Anna Rosenthal (“Preferred Features in Mhealth Applications for Kidney Transplant Recipients: A Qualitative Approach”) and Kayla Thomsen (“Nurse-Perceived Infant Well-being and Associations with Survival and Suffering”)
            • DNP students Sinead Yarberry, MS, RN, APRN-CNP, APRN-CNS, Elizabeth Kirchner, CNP and Dynasty Stokes, MSN, APRN-CNP, WHNP-BC
            • PhD students Laura Beth Kalvas, Stephanie Sealschott, MS, RN, and Elizabeth (Beth) Spurlock, RN

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