Nursing professors present at national convention

November 4, 2010

by Anna Claire Thomas, Staff Reporter

Two Tech nursing professors recently displayed two poster presentations while attending the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) 2010 Convention in Las Vegas.

Nancy Darland and Tanya Sims presented a joint poster presentation Sept. 25-29 on “Maternal/Newborn Community Outreach through Service Learning” to a group of AWHONN members to show the maternal and newborn service learning project Tech nursing students have completed for community service.

The presentation showed that among the fall, spring and summer quarters from 2003-2010 Nursing 210 students have had 225 service learning projects in North Louisiana and South Arkansas with more than 18,000 community participants. 

Darland said the experience gained at the AWHONN convention will help keep the students and professors at Tech updated on research and technology around the country. 

“I feel like our experience at the AWHONN 2010 Convention will greatly help us keep our nursing students and our program at Tech up to date on the most advanced technology and research that is available,” she said. “We are looking to take what we learned at the convention and apply it to our daily teaching skills to better inform our students.”

Sims also presented an individual poster presentation with Donna Hood, an associate professor, on “Community Connection through Simulation: Implementation of Service Learning to Prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome in a Pediatric Nursing Course.”

In winter quarter 2008-2009, Tech nursing students presented 14 Shaken Baby Syndrome service learning education projects to EMS and fire-fighting personnel, day care center employees and high school students enrolled in parenting and life choices classes. 

Sims said the convention was a good chance to show some of the research and community education Tech has been producing over the past few years.

“It was a great opportunity to go to the convention and to also to be able to present some of our own research to the members and guests of the AWHONN,” Sims said. “We also learned a great bit from the other presentations and feel that our experiences at the convention will help the future and research of our nursing department.”

The poster presentations were also published in Proceedings of the AWHONN Annual Convention, “Sharing Science, Finding Solutions” as an addition to the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing. 

Darland said the convention gave them a chance to introduce different nursing groups and organizations to some of the research Tech students and educators have been conducting.

“It was an honor to be able to present a poster presentation and show other AWHONN members some of our own skills set and what we’re doing here at Tech,” Darland said. “It was also great to get a chance to inform them of the great things we’re doing around the Ruston community.”

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