2017 Research Symposium

March 30, 2017
“Shaping the Health of Our Nation through Research and Evidence-Based Practice”
APU Felix Event Center, 701 E. Foothill Blvd., Azusa, California

The Nursing Research Symposium Planning Committee would like to thank our students, community partners, and faculty who helped to make this year's event a success. We would specifically like to thank the following organizations for their support:

Platinum Sponsor: Visiting Angels


  • Azusa Pacific University School of Nursing
  • Center for Career and Calling
  • Community Counseling Center
  • Institute of Health Research
  • Iota Sigma (Azusa Pacific School of Nursing Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International)
  • National Association of Nigerian Nurses in North America (NANNNA)
  • Graduate School of Nursing Class of 2017: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and their Practices
  • SBIRT: Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment
  • Student Nurses of Azusa Pacific University (SNAP) Azusa Campus
  • Student Nurses of Azusa Pacific University (SNAP) High Desert Campus
  • Weight Watchers
  • Western Conservatory of Nursing History


  • Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital
  • Kaiser Baldwin Park
  • Kindred Medical Hospital of Rancho Cucamonga
  • US Army
  • US Navy

Congratulations to the Poster Winners:

  • Peggy Buerhenn, MS, CNS; Christopher Okamoto, RN, BSN; Denise Economou, MSN, CNS; R. Yang, MS; Can-Lan Sun, Ph.D.; and Arti Hurria, MD: "Educating 400 Nurses in Geriatric Oncology across the US". City of Hope, Duarte, CA (Community Category)
  • Mercy Atieno Manaen, RN, FNP-BC, DNP (c); and Marie N. Fongwa, Ph.D., MPH, MSN: "Implementing an Erectile Dysfunction Screening Tool in a Primary Care Setting" (Doctoral Category)
  • Donarel De La Cruz, RN, BSN; and Jennifer McFarlane, RN, MSN, CNS: "Empowering Nurses with Simple Immediate Fixes for Problems Encountered Using Bar Code Medication Administration" (MSN Category)
  • Kimberly Lin, BS; Mallory Malecki, BS; Kasey Ring, BS; Amanda Sheehan, BA; Veronica Thach, BS; and Naiood Azar, Ph.D., RN: "Evaluating the Benefits of Alternative Methods of Pain Caused by Vaginal Birth" (ELM Category)
  • Virginia Ah Ching, Michelle Arguello, and Jacqueline Ye: "Early Oral Feeding of Uncomplicated Post Cesarean Birth Patients: A Development of a Standard Protocol" (BSN Category)

Azusa Pacific University’s School of Nursing and Iota Sigma Chapter invite nursing professionals, faculty, and students to check back for the 14th annual Nursing Research Symposium to be held in April 2018. We invite you to present research and dialogue about ideas and experiences in all areas of health care. This exchange of knowledge and research from diverse areas of nursing provides an occasion to work together to contribute to achieving improved health outcomes globally.

About the Research Symposium

The School of Nursing sponsored the first Research Day in spring 2005 in conjunction with the installation of Aja Lesh, PhD, RN, as dean. Today, the Research Symposium stands as an important annual outreach event. Guests include preceptors, nurses in collaborating health care facilities, and APU students, faculty, and alumni. Each year, research presentations focus on a specific theme, such as Addressing Health Disparities, Building Bridges Across the Globe: Research, Academic and Service Partnerships, and Dignity Through Life’s Transitions: Optimizing Spiritual Care.

Past featured speakers have included Betty Ferrell, PhD, FAAN; Nancy Fugate Woods, PhD, RN, FAAN; Josepha Campinha-Bacote, PhD, MAR, APRN, BC, CNS, CTN, FAAN; Janice Morse, RN, PhD; Loreta Sweet Jemmot, PhD, FAAN, RN; Adey Nyamathi, ANP, PhD, FAAN; and Patricia M. Davidson, RN, BA, Med, PhD, FRCNA.

APU’s Iota Sigma chapter of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, Inc. cosponsors the event and the poster session held in conjunction with the Research Symposium to:

  • Provide an avenue for dissemination of evidence-based research and linkages to clinical applications.
  • Utilize researchers as role models to encourage excellence in students and colleagues.
  • Provide networking opportunities and promote collegiality among students and nursing professionals.
  • Provide a forum for students and nurses from the community to present their work.
  • Provide a forum for dialogue and collaboration with students, service, and academic partners, locally and internationally.

Symposium Resources

The abstracts for the posters are housed in a Google Drive for review along with PDF files of PowerPoints for the Li and Bowden presentations.

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