Nursing conference to celebrate student and faculty research

Dr. Brent James, Intermountain Healthcare Executive Director and Chief Quality Officer, will speak Monday, Oct. 13 at BYU's nursing conference. (BYU)
Dr. Brent James, Intermountain Healthcare executive director and chief quality officer, will speak Monday, Oct. 13, at BYU’s nursing conference. (BYU Nursing Department)

BYU nursing students and faculty members will meet for the 37th annual conference on Monday, Oct. 13, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Wilkinson Student Center. The conference will showcase research and other contributions to the nursing industry.

“Nurses are on the front line of health care,” said Barbara Heise, BYU College of Nursing associate professor and conference director. “Student nurses need to know that they have a very positive influence in contributing to improving our healthcare system through combining clinical practices and research/scholarly projects.”

This year’s conference theme is “Making a Difference in Your Practice through Scholarly Works,” where graduate and undergraduate students will present their research in various breakout sessions.

Brent James, chief quality officer and executive director of Intermountain Healthcare, will be the keynote speaker opening the conference.

“Dr. James is an internationally known speaker on translating research into clinical practice,” Heise said.

Three breakout sessions will follow James’ speech. Students, with their faculty mentors, will conduct the breakout sessions for second- through sixth-semester nursing students.

Session topics include “Parents of Children with Type One Diabetes and Their Needs,” “Improving Health and Smiles in Otavalo, Ecuador” and “Empathy in Nursing Students: The Impact of Poverty Simulation.”

Some sessions will feature students’ international projects for the required course, “Our Global Health and Human Diversity.” This course takes nursing faculty and students all over the world for their work.

This year marks the 37th scholarly works conference for BYU’s nursing program. Heise expects 320 students and faculty to attend Monday’s conference.

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