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Graduate Nursing Research Poster Symposium

The eighth annual nursing research poster symposium drew a strong field of participants

May 6, 2021

The Eighth Annual Graduate Nursing Research Poster Symposium earlier this semester looked a little different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with virtual Zoom presentations from graduate nursing students who shared their year-long thesis research findings on topics such as workforce burnout and nurse turnover.

This year, 16 Master of Science in Nursing students, all set to finish their studies in 2021, showcased their research findings before five MSN alums who served as judges and selected the top three poster winners.

The top three poster winners were:

First place — “Teach-Back Method and Hospital Readmission,” by Jasper Sanchez, BSN, RN, CCRN-K, CNRN, SCRN.

Second place — “Home Health Care Service Intervention and the 30-Day Readmission Rate in High-Risk Post-CABG Patients,” by Kristi Min-Kim, BSN, PHN, AMC-RN.

Third place — “The Relationship between Nurse Burnout and Nurse Self-Reporter Intent to Leave,” by Anni Nazaryan, BSN, RN, PCCN, PHN. 

The top three winners of the nursing research poster symposium, left to right, are Jasper Sanchez, Kristi Min-Kim and Anni Nazaryan.
The top three winners of the nursing research poster symposium, left to right, are Jasper Sanchez, Kristi Min-Kim and Anni Nazaryan.

Preparing for the symposium came with unprecedented challenges for the students because of the pandemic, says Dr. Tori Canillas-Dufau, the MSN thesis advisor who worked with the students throughout the yearlong process.

“There were delays in accessing data and analyzing the data and this was unique to the COVID situation,” she says. “But this pandemic has hit our students in more ways than one, not even academically, but also because the students actually work in healthcare settings that have other priorities. Many of the students are working long hours in providing direct care to COVID patients and their families; so, I was extremely proud of them.”

The pandemic also brought forth very interesting findings, Canillas-Dufau adds. “Some of the presenters looked at really timely topics such as nurse burnout and nurse resilience. We came to the conclusion that some of our findings were quite unique this year because of COVID.”

First-place presenter Jasper Sanchez said of his research that “incorporating the teach-back method to every education session has proven to improve knowledge retention, promote patient engagement, improve communication and validate patient understanding. As Benjamin Franklin said, ‘Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.’”

“My thesis is to assist patients, families and the health organization with reducing readmission rates after coronary artery bypass grafting surgery,” says Min-Kim. “The result of my study showed that at-risk patients who received at least one home visit by home health care nurses had less than half the number of readmissions within 30 days compared to patients with similar demographic and medical conditions who did not receive the interventions.”

She said that Tori’s frequently cited phrase, “When eating an elephant, take one bite at a time,” helped students from becoming overwhelmed with their projects. “It turned out to be very true,” Min-Kim explained. “The journey of the thesis project was not easy, but it made me grateful for the accomplishment.”

The experience was similarly fulfilling for third-place presenter Nazaryan, who also commented on Tori’s elephant phrase. “Patience and perseverance are virtues,” she says. “I am grateful for this journey and opportunity.  Thank you to all my classmates and professors for their help and guidance in this incredible journey."

The following MSN students also presented:

Hannah Barlis, BSN, RN, CPN - "An Examination of the Relationship between Burnout and Resilience in Inpatient Nurses”

Jasmine Belmonte, BSN, RN, SCRN - “An Examination of Job Satisfaction and Burnout in Critical Care Nurses”

Vantiva Bhodang, BSN, RN, CPN - “Emergency Room Use of the Columbia – Suicide Severity Rate Scale Tool in Prevention of Subsequent Patient Admission for Self-Injury”

Lea Calapas, BSN, RN - “Effects of Completion of a Comprehensive Critical Care Program on Perceived Transition Readiness in Critical Care RNs”

James Cucinotta, BSN, RN - “The Impact of Preoperative Risk Stratification on Patient Optimization”

Bessie Euceda, BSN, RN - “Ambulatory Care Registered Nurses’ Perceptions of Organizational Culture and Nurse Retention”

Karina Gudani, BSN, RN, CLSSBB - “Exploring the Relationship of Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Style in Nurse Managers”

Leslie Karbassi, BSN, RN, PHN - “Prevention of Skin and Pressure Injuries in Hospitalized Pediatric Patients”

Rebecca Leach, BSN, RN, CCRN – “The Impact of Alarm Fatigue on Critical Care Nurses” 

Ruth Mbabazi, BSN, RN, CCRN, LNC - “The Impact of Hospital Acquired Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections on Length of Stay in the ICU”

Yessenia Ortega Ramirez, BSN, RN - “An Examination of Interpretive Language Tools and Readmission Rates in Spanish Speaking Patients”

George Pullukalayil, BSN, RN – “The Impact of Nurse Leader Rounds on Patient Satisfaction Scores”

Joulia Skibinsky, BSN, RN - “Factors Contributing to and Preventing Medication Errors”