Posted on Feb 25, 2015

USF Nursing hosts national research conference in Tampa

USF Nursing hosts national research conference in Tampa

USF College of Nursing is the proud host of one of the largest research conferences in the southeast region of United States. The College is the host institution of the 29th Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS) Annual Conference – held at the Saddlebrook Resort, Feb. 25 through Feb. 28 in Tampa.

The conference titled “Conducting Research in Difficult Times: Come Revitalize Your Research Spirit” brings together hundreds of nurse scientists to encourage dialogue on various research areas as well as provide opportunities for networking.

Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN, senior associate vice president of USF Health and dean of the College of Nursing, will be the guest speaker during the opening reception. Cindy Munro, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, FAANprofessor and associate dean for research and innovation at USF College of Nursing, who is also the current president of SNRS, will officially open the conference as well as host the pre-conference workshop, Writing for Publication.

As the host institution, faculty and students will have the opportunity to present research currently happening at USF College of Nursing.


Dr. Maureen Groer presenting at SNRS


Jessica Gordon (left) and classmates presenting at SNRS

Presenters include as follows:

  • Amanda Elliott, PhD, ARNP, assistant professor – Visual status and cognitive performance in older adults
  • Brian Graves, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, assistant professor and assistant dean, master’s program & Academic Affairs – Multilevel modeling of ARDS mortality
  • Carissa Alinat, PhD student – State of the Science: Genetic Polymorphisms associated with fatigue among breast cancer survivor
  • Carly Paterson, BS, RN, PhD student and Cecile A. Lengacher, RN, PhD, FAAN, professor and program director for BS-PhD  – Sustained clinical treatment effects of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, MBSR(BC) on physical symptoms (pain, fatigue, sleep) and quality of life (QOL) among breast cancer survivors (BCS)
  • Carly Paterson, BS, RN, PhD student – Sexual distress and body image disturbance among breast cancer survivors: Baseline analyses
  • Carmen Rodriguez, PhD, ARNP, ANP-BC, AOCN, assistant professor – Nurses’ experiences in facilitating communication for hospitalized suddenly speechless patients
  • Cecile A. Lengacher, RN, PhD, FAAN, professor and program director for BS-PhD – Mindfulness, fear of recurrence and perceived stress, mediators of MBSR(BC) on symptom improvement among breast cancer survivors
  • Connie Visovsky, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, assistant professor and associate dean, students affairs and community engagement
    • Impact of anthropometric measures and physical activity on functioning, fatigue and muscle strength in women preparing to begin breast cancer chemotherapy
    • Neuropathic symptoms in individuals with peripheral neuropathy attending a supportive care clinic
  • Denise Maguire, PhD, RN, CNL, assistant Professor
    • Behaviors of infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome during feeding
    • Identifying infant behaviors that disrupt feeding using qualitative method
  • Dianne Morrison-Beedy, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, FNAP, FAANP, FAAN, senior associate vice president of USF Health and dean of the College of Nursing – Sexual risk reduction intervention impact on adolescent girls with discordant age partners
  • Hsiao-Lan Wang, PhD, RN, CMSRN, HFS – Physical Activity Intervention among head and neck cancer patients a pilot study
  • Jessica Gordon, MS, ARNP, CPNP-PC, PhD student –Skin to skin contact and salivary oxytocin
  • Mary Kutash, PhD student
    • Compassion fatigue among registered nurses in an urban teaching hospital
    • The relationship between nurses’ emotional intelligence and patient outcomes
  • Mary Webb, emeritus faculty – Perceptions of mothers of infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
  • Maureen Groer, RN, PhD, FAAN, professor and Gordon Keller professorship –  Course of chemokines, growth factors, and antibodies in preterm mother’s own milk and relationships to health outcomes
  • Melissa Shelton, PhD, RN, assistant professor – Fertility preservation treatment and outcomes in female patients with cancer
  • Meredeth Rowe, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA, Professor and Lewis and Leona Endowed Chair for Nursing Science & John M. Clochesy, PhD, MA, Professor, Faculty Mentorship Program Director and Assistant Dean for PhD ProgramUsing innovation and entrepreneurship to advance nursing science
  • Ponrathi Athilingam, PhD, ACNP, FAANP, assistant professor and concentration director for acute care nurse practitioner (ACNP) – Computerized auditory cognitive training to improve heart failure outcomes: Report from a pilot study
  • Pao-Chu Hsu, PhD student – Prenatal stress, depressive and fatigue symptoms in women with CMV Seropositive levels
  • Rasheeta Chandler, PhD, ARNO, FNP-BC, assistant professor
    • Listening to voices and visualizing data in qualitative research: Hypermodal dissemination possibilities
    • Creating HIV prevention media advertisements for black college women who attend historically black colleges and universities
  • Rita D’Aoust, PhD, ACNP, ANP-BC, CNE, FAANP, FNAP, associate professor and associate dean for academic affairs and interprofessional initiatives – Women Veterans and Fibromyalgia: Risks and Clinical Implications
  • Susan C. McMillan, PhD, ARNP, FAAN, distinguished professor and Thompson professor of oncology nursing
    • Symposium: Physical and psychosocial issues faced by persons with cancer
    • Symptoms experienced by cancer patients as reported on the newly developed and validated cancer symptom scale
  • Tanika Vivien, MS, RN, CHES, instructor – The provider’s perception of ovarian cancer awareness and survivorship in the community
  • Theresa Beckie, PhD, RN, FAHA, professor – Allostatic load in women veterans

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For more on research currently happening at USF Nursing click here.