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DNP Projects

The College of Nursing DNP Projects list is comprised of projects authored by South Dakota State University College of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice Students. A hallmark of the DNP-prepared nurse is the ability to utilize the concept of practice inquiry to translate meaningful health research into practice. Students learn this process through the completion of a final DNP project. Students investigate an area of nursing practice, the health care delivery system, or a health care policy issue to develop a project meaningful to the organization as well as one that meets the scope of doctoral level work. DNP projects may take the form of quality improvement initiatives, practice change programs, program evaluation or translating evidence into practice. See examples of DNP student projects below.

Projects from 2020

StudentTitleAdvisorFaculty
McKenzie TerfehrDNP project Title: Comprehensive Sex Education to Improve Sexually Transmitted Infection and Disease Knowledge Base and Decision Making in AdolescentsDr. Robin ArendsDr. Polly Hulme, Dr. Robin Brown and Dr. Hatfield
Abbie StyesImproving Rural Emergency Nurses Perceived Comfort when Communicating with Patients and Families about Palliative or End-of-Life CareDr. Mary Kay Nissen and Dr. Mary IsaacsonDr. Tom Stenvig, Dr. Victoria Britson and Dr. Rahman
Jodi PetersonIn-school Influenza Vaccinations: A Quality Improvement Project to Improve Influenza Vaccination Availability in School-Aged Children in a Rural CommunityDr. Brandi PravecekDr. Mary Isaacson, Dr. Polly Hulme, and Dr. Bjornestad
Lindsey PalmerDecreasing Oncology Patient Stress Through Implementation of an Education ChecklistDr. Mary Kay Nissen and Dr. Mary IsaacsonDr. Robin Brown and Dr. Meendering
Janelle KrizThe Implementation of Mock Code Simulations Guided by TeamSTEPPS 2.0 Curriculum to Improve Nurses’ Attitudes Towards Teamwork and Team Performance During Cardiac ArrestDr. Brandi PravecekDr. Robin Arends, Dr. Leann Horsley and Dr. Schmidt
Samantha KonechneAssessment of Staff Comfort with Sexual Assault Examination after Implementation of TeleSANE ProgramDr. Robin ArendsDr. Lori Hendrickx, Dr. Brandi Pravecek and Weidauer
Leah KeuneOptimizing Family-Centered Care in the PICUDr. Cynthia ElversonDr. Mary Kay Nissen, Dr. Jo Voss and Dr. Muthukumarappan
 
Elissa KarelsImpact of Infection Control Education on Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Procedural StaffDr. Jo VossDr. Robin Arends, Dr. Leann Horsley and Dr. Steinlicht
Chelsea JonesImproving Adoption of Opioid Risk Mitigation PracticesDr. Mary Kay Nissen and Dr. Leann HorsleyDr. Polly Hulme and Dr. Perkins
Nicole CottonIdentifying Concerns in Maternal Mental Health: Utilizing an Algorithm as a Screening GuideDr. Cynthia ElversonDr. Jo Voss, Dr. Nicole Gibson and Dr. McCormack
Catherine Andela-RuthWeighted Blankets: Impact on PRN Medication Use in the Inpatient Mental Health SettingDr. Polly HulmeDr. Kay Foland, Dr. Robin Arends and Dr. Zwart
Amber ThompsonThe Effects of Early Laxative, Diet, and Exercise Education on Postpartum Constipation PreventionDr. Robin ArendsDr. Linda Burdette, Dr. Cynthia Elverson and Dr. Roms

Projects from 2019

StudentTitleAdvisorFaculty
Morgan SundetThe Effect of Teach-Back Method on 30-Day Readmission Rates in Post-PCI PatientsDr. Nicole GibsonDr. Victoria Britson, Dr. Linda Burdette and Dr. Leffler
Kendra StormSexual Function Screening in Breast Cancer SurvivorsDr. Polly HulmeDr. Mary Isaacson, Dr. Victoria Britson, Dr. Zwart and Janice Conlee
Samantha SpeedThe use of Motivational Interviewing to Determine Smoking Cessation ReadinessDr. Kay FolandDr. Polly Hulme and Dr. Mary Isaacson
Zachary SchroerDecreasing Urine Contamination Rates in an Emergency DepartmentDr. Brandi PravecekDr. Linda Burdette, Dr. Robin Arends and Dr. Wu
Jessica ReinkingTeach-Back for Improved Medication Education: Increasing AdherenceDr. Robin ArendsDr. Linda Burdette, Dr. Brandi Pravecek and Dr. Reineke
Jessica KoupalPromoting Change in Vital Sign Assessment at Night to Impact Patient Perception of Sleep Quality in Hospitalized Patients with a Cardiac HistoryDr. Kay FolandDr. Nicole Gibson, Dr. Barbara Hobbs and Dr. Johnson
Amber FischerReducing Mistriage Rates in the Emergency Department through Emergency Severity Index TrainingDr. Jo VossDr. Kay Foland, Dr. Polly Hulme and Dr. Johnson
Elizabeth FiedlerUtilizing a Decision Aid in Acute Inpatients to Increase Patient Satisfaction in Communication with the ProviderDr. Robin ArendsDr. Lori Hendrickx, Dr. Nicole Gibson and Dr. Huang
Olivia BrownUtilization of a High-Touch Surfaces Checklist to Improve Environmental Cleaning Practices of Staff in a Surgical Outpatient Department and Emergency Department.Dr. Nicole GibsonDr. Robin Brown, Dr. Polly Hulme and Dr. Vollan
Emily BaertschStarting the Conversation: Community Sessions to Increase Knowledge and Readiness in Advance Care Planning in Rural Populations.Dr. Kay FolandDr. Victoria Britson,Dr. Mary Isaacson and Dr. Graham
Pamela Van MeeterenScreening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment for Tobacco Users with Severe Mental Illness at Rural Community Mental Health CenterDr. Robin ArendsDr. Cynthia Elverson and Dr. Kay Foland

Projects from 2018

StudentTitleAdvisorFaculty
Marly BraunImplementation of Delirium Screening and Prevention Plan in a Rural Critical Access HospitalDr. Robin ArendsDr. Cynthia Elverson and Dr. Kay Foland
Angela BroughtonReducing Length of Stay in the Emergency Department Using the Emergency Severity Index Triage SystemDr. Sheryl MarckstadtDr. Robin Arends, Dr. Victoria Britson and Dr. Kimberly Messerschmidt
Megan BurgardImplementing a Screening Tool for Female Hereditary CancerDr. Robin ArendsDr. Jo Voss, Dr. Marylou Mylant and Dr. Brown 
Nakayla BurnhamImplementation of Screen, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) in a Midwestern Rural Emergency DepartmentDr. Marylou MylantDr. Robin Arends, Dr. Cindi Elverson and Dr. Li
Jamie BuschEffect of Personal Resilience TM Techniques on Perceived Stress, Anxiety, and Heart Rate Variability in Nursing Students Dr. Jo VossDr. Marylou Mylant, Dr. Robin Arends and Dr. Jin
Michelle CrissingerDecreasing Length of Stay, 30-day Readmissions, and Impatient Falls in a Rural Critical Access HospitalDr. Nicole GibsonDr. Tom Stenvig, Dr. Leann Horsley and Dr. Heo
Travis EricksonVeterans and Pain: Taking Control with SMART GoalsDr. Robin ArendsDr. Tom Stenvig, Dr. Nicole Gibson and Dr. Vestal
Kelsi HamielPreventive Dental Health among Medicaid ChildrenDr. Nicole GibsonDr. Linda Burdette, Dr. Robin Arends and Dr. Abraham
Mallory HoganPneumonia Readmission Assessment Tool Use on an Inpatient UnitDr. Robin ArendsDr. Ann Kvamme, Dr. Linda Herickz and Dr. Circia
Elizabeth LarsonSun Safety in Adolescents and Young AdultsDr. Polly HulmeDr. Marylou Mylant, Dr. Cindi Elverson, Dr. Underwood and Dr. Janice Conlee
Jani LerbackIncreasing Self-Efficacy of Type 2 Diabetes in Native American EldersDr. Marylou MylantDr. Robin Arends, Dr. Kay Foland and Dr. Blair
Jenna LongImproving Depression Identification in Rural Primary Care Clinic with Standardized ScreeningDr. Victoria BritsonDr. Marylou Mylant, Dr. Kay Foland and Dr. Ujah
Natasha MeyerDaily Rounding Tool to Increase ICU Communication and Patient Plan of CareDr. Robin ArendsDr. Sheryl Marckstadt, Dr. Heidi Mennenga and Dr. Seefeldt
Megan MoedingMeasuring the Effects of a Multimodal Hand Hygiene Intervention and the Impact on Registered Nurses' Knowledge and Hand Hygiene Compliance in the Acute Hospital SettingDr. Nicole GisbonDr. Leann Horsley, Dr. Marylou Mylant and Dr. Li
Sarah MyersComparison of Time to Antibiotics, Time to Fluids, and Compliance with Serum Lactate Measurement Before and After Implementation of a Sepsis ProtocolDr. Victoria BritsonDr. Sheryl Marckstadt, Dr. Anne Kvamme and Dr. Messerli
Andrea NeugebauerVisual Communication and Patient Comprehension of the Plan of Care in the Emergency DepartmentDr. Robin ArendsDr. Sheryl Marckstadt, Dr. Mary Isaacson and Dr. Reineke
Brandi PravecekIncreasing Rural Nurses' Knowledge and Comfort in Palliative CareDr. Mary IsaacsonDr. Victoria Britson, Dr. Sheryl Marckstadt and Dr. Huang
Gabrielle PriceWhiteboard Implementation in the Emergency DepartmentDr. Sheryl MarckstadtDr. Robin Arends, Dr. Nicole Gibson and Dr. Chdrasekher
Charles PugsleyThe Effects of a Workplace Violence Incident Report Process in an Emergency DepartmentDr. Sheryl MarckstadtDr. Nicole Gibson, Dr. Victoria Britson and Dr. Wei
Kristin RokusekThink Donation: An Education InitiativeDr. Linda BurdetteDr. Marylou Mylant, Dr. Mary Nissen and Dr. Howard
Jennifer RoundsDepression and Anxiety Screening in Cystic FibrosisDr. Nicole GibsonDr. Nicole Gibson
Tressa SattlerAssessment of Rural Emergency Medical Technicians' Awareness and Triage Practices of Older Adults Who FallDr. Kay FolandDr. Lori Hendrickx, Dr. Robin Arends and Dr. Liu
Rebekah StormImproving End of Life Communication Through a Formal Education Program for Staff Nurses in a Rural Critical Access HospitalDr. Robin ArendsDr. Cindi Elverson, Dr. Mary Minton and Dr. Wang
Rebecca ThorstonHand Hygiene and Infection Prevention Education for Basic Emergency Medical Service ProvidersDr. Jo VossDr. Nicole Gibson, Dr. Lori Hendrickx and Dr. Glover
Amanda YounieThe Utilization of Fitness Tracking Applications to Promote Increased Physical Activity and Weight LossDr. Linda BurdetteDr. Victoria Britson, Dr. Polly Hulme and Dr. Jensen
Tracy HinrichsTransition to an Open Crib: A New Policy Implementation for Preterm Infants in a NICUDr. Cindi ElversonPolly Hulme, Dr. Marylou Mylant, Dr. Vargo and Dr. Smart
Cynthia CyrisNurse Attitudes, Practices, and Occurrence of Kangaroo Care in the Neonatal Intensive Care UnitDr. Cindi ElversonDr. Mary Isaacson, Dr. Lois Tschetter, Dr. Vargo and Dr. Abraham

Projects from 2017

StudentTitleAdvisorFaculty
Michelle AbrahamImplementation of a Survivorship Care Plan within the Oncology Department of a Midwestern Hospital that serves both Urban and Rural Veteran PopulationDr. Sheryl MarckstadDr. Robin Arends, Dr. Kay Foaldn and Dr. Perkins
Kathryn AdamsThe Effect of Lavender Aromatherapy on Rural-Dwelling Preoperative Patient AnxietyDr. Robin ArendsDr. Nicole Gibson, Dr. Linda Burdette and Dr. Yoon
Allison BrooksMental Health Screening in Refugee and Immigrant Patients Presenting to the Emergency DepartmentDr. Kay FolandDr. Nicole Gibson, Dr. Thomas Stenvig and Dr. Agostini
Keena Byrd-MoroInjury Prevention Program Implementation in High School Girls' Basketball in a Midwest Frontier SchoolDr. Kay FolandDr. Barbara Hobbs, Dr. Marylou Mylant, Dr. Howard and Dr. Janice Conlee
Katy CaffeeText Message Reminders and Parental Education for Parental Acceptance of the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Series in the Rural Pediatric ClinicDr. Robin ArendsDr. Thomas Stenvig, Dr. Hendrickx and Dr. Roy
Andrew DaviesMotivational Interviewing as a Way to Help Rural South Dakota Patients Who SmokeDr. Nicole GibsonDr. Thomas Stenvig, Dr. Marylou Mylant and Dr. Boe
Abigail Gramlick-MuellerImpact of Self-Management Education on Quality of Life Among Adults with Chronic PainDr. Robin ArendsDr. Linda Burdette and Dr. Victoria Britson
Natasha GrayPatient Education about Antibiotic Use for Acute Respiratory InfectionDr. Robin ArendsDr. Kay Foland, Dr. Jo Voss and Dr. Tonkoski
Jennifer HeilYouth Sports Related Concussion Education Among High School StudentsDr. Marylou MylantDr. Kay Foland, Dr. Jo Voss, Dr. Janice Conlee and Dr. Saiz
Chelsea HindersImplementation of an Advance Care Planning Discussion for Patients with Chronic Kidney DiseaseDr. Nicole GibsonDr. Victoria Britson, Dr. Mary Isaacson and Dr. Hailong
Peggy JansenUsing Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Techniques to Reduce Compassion Fatigue and BurnoutDr. Marylou MylantDr. Jo Voss, Dr. Robin Arends and Dr. Perkins
Timothy KruegerElderly Fall Risk Screening in the Emergency DepartmentDr. Sheryl MarckstadtDr. Marylou Mylant and Dr. Robin Arends
Lesley KlingUsing Clinical Decision Support to Increase Pneumococcal Vaccination at a Rural Health ClinicDr. Linda BurdetteDr. Thomas Stenvig and Dr. Sandeep
Jill KnightReducing Burnout in Rural Healthcare ProvidersDr. Linda BurdetteDr. Hendrickx, Dr. Mary Nissen and Dr. Letcher
Molly KuehlCommunity-based Advanced Care Planning Seminars: Increasing Knowledge in Decisional AdultsDr. Mary MintonDr. Mary Isaacson, Dr. Sheryl Marckstadt and Dr. Darrington
Nefeli MoutsoglouPediatric Oral Health Educational Curriculum for Primary Care Providers to Improve Children's Access to Dental ServicesDr. Linda BurdetteDr. Sheryl Marckstadt, Dr. Cynthia Elverson and Dr. Levesque
Kathryn RadiganPatient Activation and Weight Management in Primary CareDr. Nicole GibsonDr. Howard Wey, Dr. Linda Burdette and Dr. Roe
Danielle RathjenUtilization of EMR to Increase Weight Loss CounselingDr. Linda BurdetteDr. Sheryl Marckstadt, Dr. Lori Hendricks and Dr. Thaler
Sarah RodolphEngaging Patients in Self-Care Management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Primary CareDr. Kay FolandDr. Robin Arends, Dr. Linda Burdette and Dr. Gent
Sarah SharpScreening for Postpartum Depression with Well-Child VisitsDr. Kay FolandDr. Victoria Britson, Dr. Marylou Mylant and Dr. Burrows
Christina VogelImproving Gonorrhea and Chlamydia Screening Rates Among Adolescent and Adult Women in Rural Health ClinicDr. Victoria BritsonDr. Christina Lammers, Dr. Linda Burdette and Dr. Michna
Jill WaggonerPalliative Care Consultations in the Intensive Care Unit: Utilizing Criteria to Increase ReferralsDr. Robin ArendsDr. Sheryl Marckstadt, Dr. Mary Minton and Dr. Saunders
Miranda WelbigImplementing a Modified Early Warning Score to Evaluate Patient and Nursing Outcomes on a Medical-Surgical UnitDr. Nicole GibsonDr. Jo Voss, Dr. Anne Kvamme and Dr. Ramsay-Seane
Kathryn WermersShort Message Service (SMS) Appointment Reminder ProjectDr. Jo VossDr. Robin Arends, Dr. Heidi Mennenga and Dr. Graham

Projects from 2016

Student

Title

Advisor

Faculty

Michelle AhnbergEvaluation of the Use of Pediatric Early Warning Score (PEWS) to initiate the Pediatric Rapid Response Team (RRT)Dr. Cynthia ElversonDr. Barbara Hobbs, Dr. Robin Arends and Dr. Crumley (U of MO)
Elizabeth CarlsonUsing Personal Resilience Techniques to Reduce Anxiety in University StudentsDr. Jo VossDr. Robin Arends and Dr. Marylou Mylant
Kathryn ChristensenImproving Provider Recognition and Treatment of Stress Urinary Incontinence at a Rural Primary Care ClinicDr. Polly HulmeDr. Mary Isaacson and Dr. Sheryl Marckstadt
Sarah CullisonMilitary Sexual Trauma Staff Training and a Routine Screening Protocol for Women Attending a Women's Health ClinicDr. Nicole GibsonDr. Sheryl Marckstadt and Dr. Victoria Britson
Stacy EdenAvoiding Hospitalization in Assisted-Living Facility ResidentsDr. Kay FolandDr. Robin Arends and Dr. Nicole Gibson
Michelle HeilingSelf-Care Guide's Effect on Patient Knowledge and Antibiotic Desire with Acute Respiratory Tract Infection in Rural Emergency DepartmentDr. Sheryl MarckstadtDr. Linda Burdette and Dr. Robin Arends
Kelli HinschROTC Assessment of Military Sexual Trauma: An Educational InterventionDr. Polly HulmeDr. Thomas Stenvig and Dr. Linda Herrick
Ashely HolenLifestyle Modification for Blood Pressure ControlDr. Nicole GibsonDr. Jo Voss and Dr. Linda Burdette
Danielle HuehlIncreasing Palliative Care Knowledge of Nurses Who Care for People with the Life-Limited Illness Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)Dr. Robin ArendsDr. Victoria Britson and Dr. Mary Isaacson
Stacy KotalikPreoperative Orthopedic EducationDr. Robin ArendsDr. Mary Isaacson and Dr. Lori Hendrickx
Carol Lamoureux-LewallenScreening for Type 2 Diabetes MellitusDr. Robin ArendsDr. Nicole Gibson and Dr. Victoria Britson
Rachel LyndeRoutine Tobacco Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment for Tobacco Users on a Rural University CampusDr. Marylou MylantDr. Kay Foland and Dr. Robin Arends
Jodie MillerIncreasing Condom Use Among College Students to Decrease STI TransmissionDr. Sheryl MarckstadtDr. Robin Arends and Dr. Nicole Gibson
Adam NorenbergYou Taught Me That: Improving Patient Care through Teach-backDr. Nicole GibsonDr. Robin Arends and Dr. Sheryl Marckstadt
Kay RibbelInformal Caregiver StrainDr. Kay FolandDr. Linda Burdette and Dr. Jo Gibson
Ericka WiebuschDepression and Menopause Symptom Severity Screening during Menopausal TransitionDr. Kay FolandDr. Linda Burdette and Dr. Polly Hulme
Leslie WilsonMilitary Sexual Trauma Staff Training and Routine Screening Protocol for Women Attending a Women's Health Clinic Dr. Marylou MylantDr. Kay Foland and Dr. Polly Hulme

Projects from 2015

Student

Title

Advisor

Faculty

Amy AlbrechtImplementation of a Standardized Medication Reconciliation Process to Decrease Medication Discrepancies in the Primary Care SettingDr. Nicole GibsonDr. Polly Hulme and Dr. Jo Gibson
Lindsey BarthelA SANE Emergency DepartmentDr. Robin Peterson-LunchDr. Kay Foland and Dr. Mary Isaacson
Audrey BickerdykeManaging Food Allergies in School Utilizing a Standard GuidelineDr. Robin Peterson-LundDr. Marylou Mylant and Dr. Willard
Lacy BonteAn Approach to Improve Rural Provider Practice Patterns with Early Identification of Childhood Obesity and Intervention to Promote Healthy LivingDr. Jo GibsonDr. Cynthia Elerson and Dr. Robin Arends
Jeane CarlsenInitial Installation of an Evidence-Based Care Outcome Measure in an Outpatient Mental Health AgencyDr. Kay FolandDr. Marylou Mylant and Dr. Polly Hulme
Lesley CookIndividualized Music Program to Prevent Agitated Behaviors in DementiaDr. Kay FolandDr. Jo Gibson and Dr. Robin Arends
Jean CunninghamInterventions to Improve Diabetes Management in South DakotaDr. Robin ArendsDr. Marylou Mylant and Dr. Robin Peterson-Lund
Nicole DeVoeIntraosseous Vascular Access in the Emergency DepartmentDr. Lori HendrickxDr. Thomas Stenvig and Dr. Robin Arends
Karissa GettingImproving Asthma Control in Rural-Dwelling Persons with AsthmaDr. Nicole GibsonDr. Linda Burdette and Dr. Mary Minton
Patricia HeinricyAlternative Approach to School BullyingDr. Linda BurdetteDr. Robin Arends and Dr. Marylou Mylant
Grant JaspersImproving Education on Childhood Obesity within Middle School Ages Children with an integrated Health Promotion CurriculumDr. Nicole GibsonDr. Jo Gibson and Dr. Linda Burdette
Jennifer KingeryParent Education to increase HPV-Related knowledge and Improve Intent to Vaccinate Adolescent Males and FemalesDr. Jo GibsonDr. Christina Lammers and Dr. Linda Burdette
Abbey KittoImplementation of a Standardized Policy to Improve Allergy Documentation in an Ambulatory Surgery CenterDr. Thomas StenvigDr. Lori Hendrickx, Dr. Heidi Mennenga and Dr. Sheryl Marckstadt
Megan LarsenImproving Perceptions of Menopause with an Educational Tool About Non-Pharmacologic Menopause Symptom ManagementDr. Robin ArendsDr. Polly Hulme and Dr. Lori Hendrickx
Alysia LesterDonor Human Milk: A Change in PracticeDr. Cynthia ElversonDr. Marylou Mylant and Dr. Reavey (UMKC)
Kimberly Mitzel-OberlohDecreasing Illness-Related Absences in School through Hand Hygiene EducationDr. Mary MintonDr. Roddy and Dr. Pat Shaver
Katie PoppenAssessing Teach Back Method with Medications During Hospitalizations to Improve Patient and Nurse Perception of Patient Understanding Dr. Jo GibsonDr. Robin Arends and Dr. Mary Isaacson
Ericka PrivittThe Impact of Scheduled Meal Break in ICU NursesDr. Kay FolandDr. Roddy and Dr. Barbara Hobbs
Danielle ReiffIncorporating Plain Language to Improve Health Literacy in Rural Primary CareDr. S GibsonDr. Victoria Britson and Dr. Nicole Gibson
Laura SchirberReducing Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections and Urinary Catheter Days by Daily Nursing RoundingDr. Barbara HobbsDr. Pat Shaver and Dr. Roddy
Kimberly SchmidtChemotherapy-Inducted Peripheral Neuropathy Education and AssessmentDr. Robin ArendsDr. Mary Minton and Dr. Lori Hendrickx
Cynthia StocksAdvance Care Planning in Primary Care: A Practice Improvement ProjectDr. Kay FolandDr. Pat Shaver and Dr. Roddy
Bobbi VandendriesscheIncreasing Knowledge about HPV and the HPV Vaccines Among Young Adults Through a College-Based SettingDr. Robin ArendsDr. Linda Burdette and Dr. Jo Gibson
Wendy VanderkooiOptimizing Sedation for Cataract Surgery in Rural Critical AccessDr. Christina LammersDr. Paula Carson, and Dr. Mary Isaacson
Brittany WangsnessEmergency Department Care TransitionsDr. Nicole GibsonDr. Kay Foland and Dr. Lori Hendrickx
Nadia YusufiAn Interdisciplinary Telehealth to Home Weight Management Program for US Mid-west Veterans: Evaluation of an Electronic Reminder ToolDr. Robin Peterson-Lunch

Dr. Thommas Stenvig and Dr. Marylou Mylant

Projects from 2014

Student

Title

Advisor

Faculty

Tabitha AmmannImproving Employee Recognition: The Impact on job Satisfaction in the Operating RoomDr. Lori HendrickxDr. Kay Foland and Dr. Heidi Mennenga
Jennifer AndersonImplementation of a Nurse-Initiated Topical Anesthesia ProtocolDr. Cynthia ElversonDr Lori Hendrickx and Dr. Jo Voss
Robin ArendsDiabetic Nutrition Education for Low Income AdultsDr. Cristina LammersDr. Mary Lou Mylant and Dr. Rebecca Randall
Rachael DekkerThe Effect of Preoperative Calecoxib on Postoperative Narcotic Use in Adult Surgical Patients Undergoing Breast SurgeryDr. Cristina Lammers

Dr. Kay Foland and Dr. Mary Isaccson

Emily FettImplementing a Screening Pathway for Identifying Patients at Risk for Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Primary Care. Dr. Tom StenvigDr. Gina Rowe and Dr. Lori Hendrickx
Nicole GibsonDepression Screening and Referral in Adult Heart Failure PatientsDr. Kay FolandDr. Pat Shaver and Dr. Linda Burdette
Becky HrubyObstructive Sleep Apnea PerioperativelyDr. Jo VossDr. Lori Hendrickx and Dr. Linda Herrick
Lori LawsonDecreasing Residual Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) Levels in Operating Room by Improving Terminal Cleaning PracticeDr. Lori Hendrickx Dr. Heidi Mennenga and Dr. Thomas Stenvig
Lindsey MayerImproving Patient Safety with a Fall Prevention toolkitDr. Linda HerrickDr. Paula Carson and Dr. Jo Voss
Amanda McMillan Increasing compliance of pediatric BMI screening by Health Care Providers in a Rural Clinical Through the Use of  a ToolkitDr. Tom Stenvig
Marie RogersTransition of Care: Hand-off ProtocolDr. Kay FolandDr. Haifa Samra and Dr. Pat Shaver
Lily SanjayaPolycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) First-Line Treatment: Lifestyle CoachingDr. Cristina Lammers and Dr. Gina RowDr. Lois Tschetter
April SaufleyKidney Transplant Recipient Impatient Clinical PathwayDr. Linda HerrickDr. Paula Carson and Dr. Polly Hulme
Joni SengosThe Effect of Utilizing a Cue Card for Adult Patients in Primary Care Clinics to Increase Knowledge and Decrease the Prevalence of High Blood Pressure ReadingsDr. Rebecca RandallDr. Tom Stenvig and Dr. Christina Lamers
Rhonda SiverImpact of ECG Teaching and Algorithm on EMT Compliance of Pre-Hospital ECGDr. Lori Hendrickx Dr. Linda Burdette and Dr. Gloria Craig
Jessica WinelandCognitive Screening in Rural Primary CareDr. Linda BurdetteDr. Kay Foland, Dr. Heidi Mennenga and Dr. Sheryl Marckstadt
Ashley ZwiefelUse of the Teach-Back Method to Reduce 30-Day Readmission Rates in Post-Surgical Patients from Rural and Underserved AreasDr. Marylou MylantDr. Linda Burdette, Dr. Lori Hendrickx and Dr. Nicole Gibson

Projects from 2013

Student

Title

Advisor

Faculty

Keith BehlImpact of Education on Improving Patient Knowledge and Satisfaction in the Treatment of Acute Upper Respiratory Tract InfectionsDr. Kay FolandDr. Tom Stenvig and Dr. Robin Peterson-Lund
Dannica CalliesThe Period of PURPLE Crying® Program: Implementation in a Rural Community Dr. Marylou MylantDr. Cindy Elverson and Dr. Nicole Gibson
 Susan ConnellyImplementation of a School Health Report Card in a Parochial School SystemDr. Cindy ElversonDr. Robin Peterson-Lund and Dr. Paula Carson
S. Jo GibsonAddressing the Childhood Obesity Crisis: Quality Improvement for Primary Care in the Rural Midwest Dr. Marge HeggeDr. Cindy Elverson
Jeanne KleinhesselinkImplementation of a Cultural and Theory Based HIV/STD Prevention Intervention for Midwestern Hispanic YouthDr. Marge HeggeDr. Renae Durfee
Kathy NevinsA Faith Community Nurse Digital Toolkit Pilot test: Automated External Defibrillator (AED) ProtocolsDr. Marge HeggeDr. Haifa Samra and Dr. Nicole Gibson
Tanya SchaefferPostpartum Depression Screening at Well-Child Visits Dr. Kay FolandDr. Christina Lammers
Danielle SchroederIntimate Partner Violence Education and Screening Protocol Development in Rural South Dakota Primary CareDr. Marylou MylantDr. Christina Lammers and Dr. Robin Arends

Projects from 2012

Student

Title

Advisor

Faculty

Deborah HickmanA Process Improvement Project for Optimal Pediatric Asthma CareDr. Cindy ElversonDr. Marylou Mylant and Dr. Jan Haugen-Rogers
Kathy SchweitzerAwareness and Prevention of Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma Using the Period of Purple Crying® ProgramDr. Marylou MylantDr. Marge Hegge and Dr. Renae Durfee
Michelle Van WyheWellness through Walking in Rural CommunityDr. Marge HeggeDr. Renae Durfee
Kathleen ZamboUse of an Electronic Health Record Adult Obesity Toolkit and Template to Promote Weight Loss CounselingDr. Kay FolandDr. Ducheneaux