Saint Louis University

DNP Student Capstone Projects/Publications

Alul, Hana, August 2014

  • Topic Title: Hedis Scores and Uncomplicated Acute Bronchitis: The Analysis of a Webinar.

Assid, Pam, December 2014

  • Topic Title: Emergency Department Management of Hyperglycemic Emergencies.

Baker, Richard, May 2014

  • Topic Title: Implementation of a Pressure Ulcer Prevention Program Designed for Quality Improvement in the Long Term Care Facility.

Baldomero, Ryan, May 2014

  • Topic Title: Retrospective Analysis of a Structured Telephone Protocol to Increase Participation Rates of Post Discharge Cardiac Rehabilitation Patients.

Bartholomew, Tammy, December 2014

  • Topic Title: Screening for Pre-diabetes and Asymptomatic Diabetes in youth: Is it Time for a Change.

Beckerle, Carla J. MooreMay 2012

  • Topic Title: Self-Efficacy and Effects of Glycemic Control on Diabetes.
  • Publications/Presentations: Beckerle, C. & Lavin, M.A. (2013) Association of Self-Efficacy and Self-Care with Glycemic Control in Diabetes, Diabetes Spectrum, 26, 172-178.

Bredy, Marie, August 2014

  • Standardized HPV Gardasil Vaccine Promotion. A Retrospective Review.

Brock, Lyndsay, April 2014

  • The Effect of and Educational Program to Prevent Oxygen Waste in the Austere Environment.

Bryant, Vera, May 2014

  • Topic Title: A Retrospective Comparison of Electromagnetic Enteral Access Device Images to Abdominal Images for Accuracy in Bedside Placement of Small Bowel Feeding Tubes.

Cunningham, Mary Ann WolfMay 2011 

  • Topic Title: Is Albuterol a Trigger for Atrial Fibrillation in the Post-Op Cardiac Surgery Patient?
  • Publications/Presentations: Cunningham MA, Thanavaro, JL, Lorenz R, Delicath T, Budhathoki CB. (2012) Effect of bronchodilator treatment on the incidence of postoperative atrial fibrillation after cardiac surgery. Heart Lung;41(5):463-8. doi: 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2012.03.005.

Currier, Kristina May, December 2011

  • Topic Title: Reducing Risks for Morbidity and Mortality Related to Metabolic Syndrome in Patients Taking Atypical Antipsychotics.

Dang, Thuy H., November 2010

  • Topic Title: Improving Childhood Immunization Rate for a Low-Income Population Treated at a Federally Qualified Health Center.

Davis, Renee, May 2014

  • Topic Title: Vitamin D Levels in Overweight/Obese Youth in a Midwest Urban Setting.

Dettenmeier, Patricia, April 2014

  • The Impace of Motivation and Confidence Levels on Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Compliance in Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
  • Publications/Presentations: P. Dettenmeier (2014), iAyudame! Mi Esposo esta inconsciente!, Nursing 2014, June: 60-63. DOI-10.1097/01.NURSE.0000441883.72501.6d.

Dixon, Kerri A. Marshall, May 2011

  • Topic Title: Monitoring the risks of amiodarone therapy in primary care.
  • Publications/Presentations: Dixon, K., Thanavaro, J., Thais, A., & Lavin, M. A. (2013). Amiodarone Surveillance in Primary Care. Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 9(1), 46-54.

East, Susan A., May 2011

  • Topic Title: The Association between Wound Closure Methods and Saphenous Vein Harvest Wound Complications after Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery.
  • Publications/Presentations: East, S., Lorenz, R.A., Armbrecht, E.S. (in press) A retrospective review of leg wound complications after coronary artery bypass surgery. AORN.

Farran, Nicole Anne Neffgen, December 2011

  • Topic Title: Assessment of Provider Adherence to Obesity Treatment Guidelines
  • Publications/Presentations: Farran, N, Ellis, P, & Barron, ML. (2012). Assessment of provider adherence to obesity treatment guidelines. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, no-no. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-7599.2012.00769.x

Fitzgibbon, Marie C., May 2012

  • Topic Title: Medication Reconciliation: reducing risk for medication misadventure during transition from Hospital to Assisted Living
  • Publications/Presentations: Fitzgibbon, M., Lorenz, R.A., & Lach, H. (in press). Medication Reconciliation: Reducing risk for medication misadventure during transition from hospital to assisted living. Journal of Geriatric Nursing, December 2013 39(12) pp 22-29 doi: 10.3928/00989134-20130930-02.

Franklin, JoAnn Bardol, November 2010

  • Topic Title: Utilizing BMI as a guide for diagnosing prediabetes and diabetes and the impact of NP intervention on diabetic markers
  • Publications/Presentations: Franklin, J, Thanavaro, J. & Ellis, P. (2011). Body Mass Index as a Guide for Diagnosing Prediabetes and Diabetes. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 7(8), 634-640.  Podium Presentation: DNP Conference Sept. 2012 St. Louis, MO

Friess, Mary Kate Tadych, August 2012

  • Topic Title: An Assessment of Chronic Disease Implications in a Midwest Medicaid Clinic.

Gerdes, Peggy JoAnn Thomsen, May 2012

  • Topic Title: The Effect of an Outpatient Interdisciplinary Education Program on Heart Failure Re-Admissions
  • Publications/Presentations: Gerdes, P.& Lorenz, R.A. (in press). The Effect of an Outpatient Interdisciplinary Education Program on Heart Failure Readmissions. Journal of Nurse Practitioners, July/August 2013 9(7), pp. 422-427.

Gephart, Elizabeth F. O'Dell, May 2011

  • Topic Title: Weight management quality improvement Project for Group Homes serving Youth with Developmental disabilities
  • Publications/Presentations: Gephart, E.F. Loman, D.G (2012) Use of Prevention and Prevention Plus Weight Management Guidelines for Youth With Developmental Disabilities Living in Group Homes. Journal of Pediatric Health Care. doi: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2011.07.004

Hawkins, Patrick Dale, May 2012

  • Topic Title: Improvement in hemoglobin management in hemodialysis patients after the initiation of CMS bundled PPS.

Healy, Eileen, December 2013

  • Topic Title: Advanced Practice Pain Management Website Development and Evaluation.
  • Publications/Presentations: Lavin, M.A., Healy, E. & Barron, M. L. (2015). Structuring advanced practice knowledge: An internet resource for education and practice. In Saba, V. K. & McCormick, K.A., (Eds.), Essentials of nursing informatics (pp. 347-361). New York, New York: McGraw-Hill.

Heberlie, Gina, December 2014

  • Topic Title: Improving Screening Treatment of Vitamin D Deficiency

Holzemer, Eve Marie, November 2010

  • Topic Title: Modifying Risk Factors after TIA and Stroke:The Impact of Intensive Education
  • Publications/Presentations:  Holzemer, E.M, Thanavaro, J., Malmstrom, TK., & Cruz-Flores, S. (2011). Modifying Risk Factors After TIA and Stroke: The Impact of Intensive Education. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 7(5), 372-377. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nurpra.2011.01.017

House, Teresa M. Paul, December 2011

  • Topic Title: Advanced Directives in the Chronically Ill Hospitalized Patient: A Retrospective Cohort Study
  • Publications/Presentations: House, T. & Lach, H. W. (2014). Advanced directives in hospitalized patients: A retrospective study. Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 10(7), 465-471. .doi.org/10.1016/j.nurpra.2014.04.007.

Houston, Kathleen P., November 2012

  • Topic Title: Rapid antiretroviral therapy administration for acute sexual assault patients in the Emergency Unit

Jesenick, Crystal, May 2014

  • Topic Title: Utilization of the Teach Back Method for Patient Education to Reduce 30-Day Readmission Rate in Patients with Heart Failure.

Keser, Kimberly A. Smith, December 2011

  • Topic Title:Improving Blood Pressure through a Comprehensive Provider Intervention using JNC-7 Guidelines with the Use of EHR Records

Kim-Shepherd, So Youn, May 2012

  • Topic Title: Physical Activity Prescription

Kleinsorge, Christina, August 2014

  • Nursing Staff Knowledge Related to Prediabetes Screenings in Missouri Health Departments.

Kuensting, Laura L. Umbach, December 2011

  • Topic Title: Comparing Subcutaneous Fluid Infusion to Intravenous Fluid Infusion in Children
  • Publications/Presentations: Kuensting, L. L. (2013). Comparing subcutaneous fluid infusion with intravenous fluid infusion in children. J Emerg Nurs, 39(1), 86-91. doi: 10.1016/j.jen.2012.04.017 Kuensting, L. L. (2011). Subcutaneous infusion of fluid in children. J Emerg Nurs, 37(4), 346-349. doi: 10.1016 j.jen.2010.05.005

Kush, Catherine, May 2014

  • Topic Title: Preventing Avoidable Hospital Readmissions in Long-Term Care: The Effects of a Quality Improvement Project Using the INTERACT tools.

Manus, David, December 2014

  • Topic Title: Operating Room Staff Attitudes Toward Teamwork.

Massoni, Jennifer Ann, December 2012

  • Topic Title: Patient Outcomes following Pleural Catheter Placement

McClellan, Lynn, May 2014

  • Topic Title: Psychotropic Medications: Increased Body Mass Index and Elevated Blood Pressure in Children.

McNamar, Patricia, December 2012

  • Topic Title: A Pediatric Office-Based Quality Improvement Project in a Rural Health Clinic.
  • Publications/Presentations: McNamar, P., & Loman, D.G. (2014). A pediatric office-based quality improvement project: Retrospective evaluation. Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care, 14(1), 18-42. http://dx.doi.org/10.14574/ojrnhc.v14i1.280

McRee, Laura, May 2014

  • Topic Title: The impact of the electronic medical record surveillance program on outcomes for patients with sepsis.
  • Publications/Presentations:  McRee, L., Thanavaro, JL., Moore, K., Goldsmith, M., & Pasvogel, A. (2014). The impact of an electronic medical record surveillance program on outcomes for patients with sepsis. Heart and Lung-The Journal for Acute and Chronic Care, 43, 6, 546-549.
Owen, Joleyn, May 2014
  • Topic Title: Accuracy and Duplication of Tests in a Veterans Administration Compensation and Pension Department.

Papachrisanthou, Michelle Marie Mullenix, August 2012

  • Topic Title: Increasing Immunization Adherence: The Effects of Visual Imagery and Verbal Education.

Petersen, Valarie Anne Shearer, November 2012

  • Topic Title: An Interventional Study of Guiding Homeless Persons to Self-Reliance Using The Outcomes Star.
  • Publications/Presentations: Petersen, V., Ellis, P., Lorenz, R.A., Armbrecht, E.An Interventional Study of Guiding Homeless Persons to Self-Reliance Using The Outcomes Star (in Press) Clinical Scholars Review

Rariden, Christina, May 2015

  • Publications/Presentations: Rariden, C.A., Lavin, M.A. & Shumei, Y. (2015). Improving Prediabetes Screenings at Rural Missouri County Health Departments. Journal of Community Health. DOI 10.1007/s10900-015-0036-y

Rhodes, Leslie, May 2014

  • Topic Title: Comparing Bowel Regimens in Post-Operative Pediatric Orthopedic Patients: A Retrospective Review.

Robinson, Deborah Lynn Archey, December 2011

  • Topic Title: Assessment of Nutritional Screening and Referral for Nutritional Services in Children with Cancer who have Received Treatment with Chemotherapy and/or Radiation.
  • Publications/Presentations: Robinson, D. L., Loman, D. G., Balakas, K., & Flowers, M. (2012). Nutritional screening and early intervention in children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer. J Pediatr Oncol Nurs, 29(6), 346-355. doi: 10.1177/1043454212460921

Rosenkoetter, Eileen, May 2014

  • Topic Title: Self-Efficacy and Selected Dietary Behaviors in Adolescents who attend an urban school with Non-competitive Foods.
  • Publications/Presentations: Rosenkoetter, E., & Loman, D.G. (in press). Self-efficacy and self-reported dietary behaviors in adolescents at an urban school with no competitive foods. Journal of School Nursing.

Sanders, Michelle, May 2014

  • Topic Title: The Use of an Early Warning Scoring System to Identify Patients at Risk for Code Blue.

Schmidt, April, May 2014

  • Topic Title: Evaluating the Needs of Solid Tumor Cancer Patients: A Holistic Approach.

Schmidt, Laura, May 2014

  • Topic Title: Improving Allergic Asthma Outcomes Using Asthma Action Plans: A Pilot Study.

Severine, Janet, December 2014

  • Topic Title: Screening for Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Hospitalized TIA/Stroke Patients using the Stop-Bang Questionnaire.

Sherrer, Cathy, May 2014

  • Topic Title: The Quality of Diabetes Care: Adherence to Selected Clinical Practice Guidelines in a Rural Health Clinic.

Shima, Lynn, May 2014

  • Topic Title: Usefulness of a Portable Personal Health Record: A Pilot Study.

Snell, Mariea, May 2014

  • Topic Title: Improving the Detection of Trichomonas Vaginalis with the Implementation of a Step-Wise Approach to Testing in the High Risk Female.

Speight, Deanna, August 2014

  • Implementation of Depression Screenings among Diabetics in Primary Care.

Thompson, Patricia, May 2014

  • Topic Title: Electronic Health Record Reminders to Improve Rates of Colorectal Screening.

Underwood, Lindsay, May 2014

  • Topic Title: Inappropriate Use of Urinary Catheters in the Neurological/Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit.

Valentine-Fjone, Claudia A., May 2014

  • Topic Title: The Family Nurse Practitioner: Mental Health Practice Patterns in Missouri.

Ward, Wesley F., December 2011

  • Topic Title: Cost of Insulin and Oral Hypoglycemic Medications as a Barrier to ADA Hemoglobin A1C Guidelines in Diabetes Mellitus.
  • Publications/Presentations: Ward, W., Armbrecht, E. S., & Lavin, M. A. (2012). Medication possession and glycemic control among uninsured type 2 diabetics. Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 8(7), 528-533. doi: 10.1016/j.nurpra.2012.02.001

Weese, Brenda, November 2012

  • Topic Title: Faith Placed Container Gardens: Promotional Means to Increase Fruit and Vegetable Intake.

Winegar, Rhonda, December 2014

  • Topic Title: Hemiparetic Positioning of Hemiplegic Patients.
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