Megan Danielson, a senior nursing student, presented research at the National Student Nurses Association Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, held April 9-12, 2014. Megan presented a poster on the effects of alarm fatigue on nursing practice, which has quickly become an area of interest and concern in nursing research. Alarm fatigue is when nurses become desensitized to alarm signals in the clinical setting from multiple machines and technology, causing unsafe reactions to important alarms, such as silencing the alarm, waiting to respond to the alarm, etc. The findings from Megan’s review of the current literature suggests that an interdisciplinary team approach is crucial to finding solutions to prevent alarm fatigue in nurses throughout many healthcare settings.
Jennifer Dye is a senior nursing major presenting a literature review examining parental decisions for childhood vaccination at the National Student Nurses Association Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, held April 9-12, 2014. She evaluated reasons parents refuse vaccination for their children while also looking at current interventions utilized in Minnesota to promote vaccination. Her interest in pediatric nursing led her to explore childhood vaccination rates, and she hopes to use this information in her future care of patients and families.
Rebecca Strommen is a senior nursing major who presented a poster at the National Student Nurses Association Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, held April 9-12, 2014. Her poster focused on the role of nurses within a changing healthcare system. She identified how the Affordable Care Act will impact the work and increasing demand for nurses in health care.
Anna Christianson is a senior nursing student who presented a poster at the National Student Nurses Association Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, April 9-12, 2014. Her presentation, entitled “Having a Sibling with Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Exploration of Wellbeing and the Need for Enhanced Support,” explored the impact that Autism has on siblings, particularly as the statistics continue to escalate. She plans to continue to research this topic in greater detail throughout graduate school.