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Nursing Research Day Supports Professional Collaboration

School News

October 18, 2019

The eighth annual Nursing Research Day on Friday, October 18, focused on professional collaboration and healthcare issues in Ohio.

Sponsored by Walsh’s Byers School of Nursing and Phi Eta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the 2019 Research Day featured a keynote address by Karen Frantz and Tiffany Kenny, entitledThe Best Care for Underserved Moms in Pregnancy (BUMP)”. Sessions included presentations on “Population Health in Ohio – The Importance of a High Risk Breast Cancer Prevention Program” and “Identifying Factors Associated with Horizontal Violence (HV) Among Registered Nurses,” in addition to multiple poster presentations.

“We started this event eight years ago with the goal to bring Northeast Ohio professional nurses together to address issues specific to the healthcare field,” said Event Organizer and Director of Undergraduate Nursing Programs Sherrie Underwood.  “This year, we have participants with us from both academic settings as well as healthcare environments. This event allows nurses to share research and information specific to our region. Overall, the event is about showcasing the research that is being done by nurses throughout the area.”

Karen Frantz is a Women’s Health Case Manager at Summa Health System, where she has served for more than 40 years. Her case management experience includes the areas of Labor and Delivery, Perinatal and Postpartum as well as case management for opiate addicted pregnant women. Frantz has also spent more than 20 years in the Special Care Nursery and five years as a Gynecology nurse.

Tiffany Kenny is an informatics nurse at Summa Health in Ohio. She leverages data and practice change to improve the quality and safety of care across disciplines. Her commitment to clinical excellence earned her the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Award for 2017.

“It is a privilege to host nurse researchers here on our campus. This platform is very important for our industry and for fostering new partnerships and collaborations that are beneficial not only to those of us in the field of nursing, but also for those entrusted in our care,” said Dean of the Byers School of Nursing Dr. Judy Kreye.