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2020 Research Symposium

Population Health Across the Globe

April 2, 2020
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 16th annual Nursing Research Symposium to present research and dialogue about ideas and experiences in all areas of health care.

This year, our focus is on population health, at-risk communities, and international programs and initiatives. This exchange of knowledge and research from diverse areas of nursing provides an occasion to work together for improved health outcomes locally and 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 healthcare 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.

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 Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing cosponsors the event, and the poster session held in conjunction with the Research Symposium, in order 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 and service and academic partners, locally and internationally.


Please register for the symposium on our Eventbrite page.

Call for Abstracts

Students, faculty, and nurses from the community are invited to submit abstracts for posters to be presented during our poster session at the Research Symposium. Select the appropriate call for abstracts below:

Parking Information

Event parking is limited to general spaces only, not in handicapped or marked spaces.

Stay Connected

See our Facebook page for information and updates on this year’s symposium. Follow us on Twitter @APU_SON for updates about the symposium, to interact with participants, and to pose questions during the conference using the hashtag #nursym.

Student Testimonials from the 2018 Symposium

“I enjoyed listening to the research panel and all the experiences they shared. The passion with which they speak about research encourages new nurses not to be intimidated and to love research as much as they love nursing, because you can’t have one without the other.”

“It was great that all the different nursing students throughout APU were able to gather at this symposium—it increased my sense of community within the university. It was also inspiring to see nurses taking charge of their profession and creating protocols and procedures to improve their patient outcomes.”

“I enjoyed the networking opportunities that this conference has given me. The symposium was an enjoyable way to introduce a possible future to me, especially as a first-year nursing student. Being able to take time to view and listen to researchers’ and students’ work was an excellent learning experience.”