Alumni News

Alumni Achievements

  • Holli Roberts (DNP, 2017) published her DNP project “A Descriptive Study of Nursing Peer Review Programs in American Magnet Hospitals” in the Journal of Nursing Administration, 47(4), 2017.
  • Shirl Johnson, DNP, RN, MHA, BB (DNP, 2015) presented her DNP project, “Impact of a Pulmonary Clinical Decision Unit on Outcomes in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease” at the 2017 American Nurses Association’s Annual Conference: Translating Quality in to Practice in March, 2017.
  • Brooke Vaughn (BSN, 2007 & MSN, 2016) presented her project “High Fidelity Simulation to Evaluate Emergency Management in Urgent Care Centers” at the 2016 Kentucky Nurses Association Convention, in Fall, 2016
  • La Sananikone, Montez Hogue (BSN, 2017), Melody Gramig (Accelerated BSN, 2017), Saile Davis (BSN, 2017), Beth Korkin, Crystal Owens (Accelerated BSN, 2017), Lyndsay Strohmeier (BSN, 2017), and Samantha Burger (Accelerated BSN, 2017), published “Heroin Epidemic: Impact on Foster Care” in the Kentucky Nurse in the April, May, June 2017 issue.
  • Scott Cook, Samantha Gerber (Accelerated BSN, 2017), Kayla Heines (BSN, 2017), Cayla Martin (BSN, 2017), Bailey Reeder (BSN, 2017), Sadie Schmidt (BSN, 2017), Emily Sidebottom (BSN, 2017) and Sara Wimsatt (BSN, 2017) published “Combatting Obesity: Teaching Children to Eat Right” in the Kentucky Nurse in the April, May, June 2017 issue.
  • Matthew Owens and David Fuller (Accelerated BSN, 2017) published “Will They Fall?  Assessing Risk of Falls in Knee or Hip Arthroplasty Patients” in the Data Bits section of Kentucky Nurse in the October, November and December 2016 issue.
  • Kristen Pickerell, DNP, RN, NE-BC, CPHQ (BSN, 2003, MSN, 2009, DNP, 2014) presented her DNP project “A transformational Leadership Program: A Necessity in Today’s Healthcare Environment” at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s 28th Annual National Forum, in December, 2016.
  • Joan Niemczewski Bischoff, DNP, APRN, RN-BC, FNP-BC, CDE, MLDE (BSN, 2006, MSN, 2009, DNP, 2013) published her DNP project, “Evaluating an Outpatient Diabetes Program Telephone Follow-Up Process on Glycosylated Hemoglobin Levels” in the Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice, 9(2), 2016.
  • Dr. Kelly Johnson (DNP, 2016) presented her DNP project “Sentinel Event management Model: A Performance Improvement Project” at the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management National Conference in September, 2016.
  • Ms. Britt Schloemer (Accelerated BSN, 2004 & Instructor, Nursing) was elected President of the Kentucky Chapter of NAPNAP (National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners) in 2016.
  • Whitney Van Vactor (MSN , 2016) presented her project “Effect of a Unit Based Clinical Outcome Nurse on Nurse Empowerment and Quality Outcomes” at the Sigma Theta Tau, International Leadership Connection Conference in September, 2016.
  • Teresa Vincent, DNP, RN (DNP, 2016) presented her DNP project “Implementation of TeamSTEPPS in the Operating Room: A Quality Improvement Project” at the National TeamSTEPPS Convention in June, 2016. 
  • Ms. Britt Schloemer (Accelerated BSN, 2004 & Instructor, Nursing) created and presented two, four hour CEU events in June for the public, University of Louisville Physicians, and Norton employees about the ketogenic diet as a treatment for epilepsy titled: “The Ketogenic Diet: It does your brain good.”
  • Dr. Joan Masters (Associate Professor, Nursing), Ms. Mary Kane, (MSN, 2012), and Dr. Mary Ellen Pike’s (Assistant Professor, Nursing) article “The Suitcase Simulation: An Effective and Inexpensive Psychiatric Nursing Teaching Activity” published in August 2014, won the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services 2014 Article of the Year Award.
  • Dr. Carol Goss (DNP, 2012) published “Systematic Review Building a Preceptor Support System” in the Journal for Nurses in Professional Development. It was published ahead-of-print on October 16, 2014.
  • Ms. Lindsay Horrell (BSN, 2014), Dr. Mary Ellen Pike (Assistant Professor, Nursing), Dr. Barbara Jackson (Assistant Professor, Nursing) and colleagues presented a poster entitled “A Model Process for Refugee Immunization: Towards a better Understanding of Performance Improvement” at the Transcultural Nursing Society’s Annual Conference in Charleston, South Carolina
  • Dr. Elizabeth Archer-Nanda (DNP, 2013) presented her DNP capstone project at the 28th Annual National American Psychiatric Nurses Association meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. A journalist, Linda G. Hughes, MA, heard her presentation and followed up with Dr. Archer-Nanda. An article featuring Dr. Archer-Nanda’s capstone work was published on the Healthcare Professionals Network, HCP Live, entitled “Reach Out and Communicate with Your Psycho-Oncology Interdisciplinary Team”.
  • Dr. Lisa Thompson (DNP, 2012) won the Leadership 500 Excellence Award at Robley Rex VAMC in the Government & Military Organization category for her DNP capstone project titled “Implementation of a Senior Leadership Development Course”.
  • BSN student Sherry Tolentino with Dr. Sherill Cronin and Dr. Elizabeth Fitzgerald presented a poster titled: “Remember the Wellness Wednesdays: Hispanic Outreach Program with St. Rita Catholic Church” at the 39th Annual Conference of the Transcultural Nursing Society in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Awards

  • Lauren Fish (Accelerated BSN, 2017)
    • Sigma Theta Tau International, Lambda Psi Chapter Award
    • Bellarmine Association of Nursing Students (BANS) Excellence Award
  • Saile Davis (BSN, 2017)
    • Bellarmine Association of Nursing Students (BANS) Excellence Award
  • Kayla Heines (BSN, 2017)
    • Nursing Faculty Merit Award
  • Sadie Schmidt (BSN, 2017)
    • Lansing School Msgr. Raymond J. Treece Senior Merit Award
  • Samuel Simkoff (Accelerated BSN, 2017)
    • Nursing Faculty Merit Award
  • Brooke Vaughn (BSN, 2007 & MSN, 2016)
    • Nursing Faculty Merit Award – Education track
    • Outstanding Graduate Nursing Student Award
  • Michelle Noel (MSN, 2016)
    • Nursing Faculty Merit Award – FNP track

DNP Projects

2017

  • Dr. Mary Ellen Broaddus - Demonstration Project to Address Juvenile Drug Addiction
  • Dr. Ellee Humphrey - Implementing an Evidence-Based Education Program for Labor and Delivery Nurses in a community Hospital Setting
  • Dr. Holli Roberts - Developing a Nursing Peer Review Program for Nurse Leaders
  • Dr. Janel Willingham - Text Messaging Appointment Reminders to Increase Patient Appointment Adherence on a Mobile Unit Within a Prevention and Wellness Program

2016

  • Dr. Kelly Johnson - Sentinel Event Management Model: A Performance Improvement Project
  • Dr. Gayle Mink - Reducing Benzodiazepine Use in the Treatment of Anxiety in a Community Mental Health Setting
  • Dr. Pam Missi - Enhancing Nurse-Physician Communication and Collaboration
  • Dr. Kathy Rose - Implementation and Evaluation of a Charge Nurse Development Project Bundle
  • Dr. Anna Laura Trimbur - Telephone Follow-up for Heart Failure Patients Discharged to Skilled Nursing Facilities
  • Dr. Teresa Vincent - Implementation of TeamSTEPPS in the Operating Room

2015

  • Dr. Teena Darnell - Prevalence of School Nurses in Kentucky and Student Outcomes
  • Dr. Shirl Johnson - A Pilot Study of the Impact of a Pulmonary Clinical Decision Unit on Patient Outcomes in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Dr. Colleen Knoop - Gap in Patient Expectations in Deep Brain Stimulation for the Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease
  • Dr. Carol Payton - Use of a Peanut Ball to Decrease Length of First & Second Stages of Labor
  • Dr. Lahoma Prather - A Post Discharge Support Program for Patients Experiencing Psychological Non-Epileptic Seizures: A Pilot Project
  • Dr. Sally Sturgeon - Strangulation Assessment, Evidence Collection, and Documentation Guidelines for Forensic Nurse Examiners: A Pilot Project

2014

  • Dr. Audria Denker - Transformational Leadership in Nursing: A Pilot Nurse Leader Development Program
  • Dr. Kimberly Gambino - Effects of a Antimicrobial Stewardship Program on Healthcare Costs and Clostridium Difficile Infections
  • Dr. Charla Glover - Implementation of an Obesity Scorecard in Primary Care
  • Dr. Deloris Jacobs - Implementation of an Evidence Based Falls Management Program in a Nursing Home
  • Dr. Kristin Pickerell - A Nursing Leadership Program: A Necessity in Today’s Healthcare Environment
  • Dr. Ronnita Usher - Improving Bedside Handoff: Evaluating the Impact of a Standardized Tool

2013

  • Dr. Sally Arnold - Pilot Project: Incontinence Associated Dermatitis Risk Assessment Scale
  • Dr. Elizabeth Archer-Nanda - Assessing Quality Outcomes in an Integrated Behavioral Oncology Program
  • Dr. Lynette Galloway – Implementation of a School-based Health Center: Model and Proposal for the Catholic School System
  • Dr. Linda Hunter - Modeling the Way: Introducing Evidence Based Practice
  • Dr. Mary Sue Krummen - Implementation of Wound Photography
  • Dr. Joan Niemczewski - Improving an Outpatient Diabetes Program Telephone Follow-up Process: Evaluating its Impact on Glycosylated Hemoglobin Levels
  • Dr. Sharon Ruhl - Is Implementation of a Standardized Assessment Tool for Hospitalized Adult Palliative Care Patients Associated with Enhanced Symptom Assessment and Decreased Symptom Burden?
  • Dr. Heather Ryle - Implementation of an Evidence-based Oral Cue Based Feeding Strategy in a Population of Infants with Gastroschisis-Impact on Outcomes at Time of Discharge
  • Dr. Jorecia Singleton - Evaluating and Measuring the Impact of a Registered Nurse Navigator Program on 30-Day Rehospitalization
  • Dr. Beverly Szukis - Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer: Management of Late Effects

2012

  • Dr. Kit Devine - Educational Interventions for Advanced Practice Nurses: Care for Women of Reproductive Age
  • Dr. Cherie Gaither - Internal Communication and the Effect on Employee Engagement
  • Dr. Sheryl Glasscock – Implementation of Shared Governance
  • Dr. Carol Goss - Building a Preceptor Support System
  • Dr. Nancy Owens - New Graduate Nurse Preceptor Program: A Collaborative Approach with Academia
  • Dr. Peggy Rinehart – Workplace Lactation Support Pilot Project
  • Dr. Lisa Thompson - Implementation of a Senior Leadership Development Course
  • Dr. Gail Springer - Effectiveness of a Pilot Gerontological Nursing Certification Preparation Support Program for Registered Nurses Working in Long Term Care