2018 Research Symposium

March 22, 2018
“Bridging Transitions through Research and Evidence-Based Practice”
APU Felix Event Center, 701 E. Foothill Blvd., Azusa, California

Azusa Pacific University’s School of Nursing and Iota Sigma Chapter invite nursing professionals, faculty, and students to the 14th annual Nursing Research Symposium 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. Join us as we continue to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the School of Nursing.

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.


Please register for the symposium on our Eventbrite page.

Poster Submission — Community Call for Abstracts

Poster submissions for this year’s symposium have closed.

Parking Information

Parking information will be emailed with other conference information the week before the research symposium.

Stay Connected

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Student Testimonials from Previous Symposiums

“Learning about evidence-based practice that is taking place in the world is so fascinating and enlightening, and makes me look at what I can do in my personal practice that could make a bigger and more insightful impact on my patient care.”

“The speaker who was most inspirational to me was Dr. Kaufman. She spoke about ‘Diabesity Across the Ages.’ The diabetes and obesity research showed great improvements in children’s health when soda was removed and healthy food options were presented. She inspired me to further my education on these two conditions. It has to start somewhere.”

“I would like to relay that I enjoyed the symposium. In the clinic I work in, I was able to share a few ideas and photos of the posters that were displayed. I hope to implement a few things that I learned from the symposium. I appreciate your time and effort.”