Community Nurses Receive Awards at Fifth Annual Capstones of Nursing Conference

The Rho Omega Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing conducted its fifth annual Capstones of Nursing Conference May 5 at Truman State University. Judith J. Warren, associate professor of nursing at the University of Kansas, presented the keynote address, “Nursing Education and Practice in the Information Age: The Role of Technology.”
    Other presentations included “Nursing Residency Program: Blessing Hospital’s Experience,” “Hands On Research: A Student Nurse Experience,” “HeartHealth for Life,” “The Effects of a Smoking Cessation Assistance Program among Pregnant Women,” “Evidence-Based Strategies to Reduce Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia in the ICU,” “Recognizing the Realities of Reliability,” “International Learning Represented by Nursing Students During Study Abroad in the Philippines,” and “Identifying Populations at Risk for Postpartum Depression.”
    Various awards were presented to community nurses during the fifth annual Capstones of Nursing luncheon. Susie Chapman, of Preferred Family Healthcare, received the “Nominate a NEMO Nurse” award for 2005. Elizabeth Dewitt, of Northeast Regional Medical Center, received the Preceptor Award for an Acute Care Setting. Jeanie Johnson, of Putnam County Health Department, received the Preceptor Award for a Community Care Setting. Teak Nelson, doctoral student at Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri, was awarded $200 research grant for her dissertation, “Breastfeeding in Low-Income Women: A Grounded Theory Exploration of the Breastfeeding Woman’s Response to Perceived Persuasion.”
    Rho Omega Chapter, through the yearly Capstones of Nursing, supports the nursing goals of recognizing superior achievement, recognizing the development of leadership qualities, fostering professional standards, encouraging creative work, and strengthening commitment on the part of individuals to the ideals and purposes of the profession of nursing.

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