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Key note speaker | 2017

Amy M. Sawyer, PhD, RN

TALK TITLE:  "Traversing the Abyss:" Starting & Sustaining a Research Career

Dr. Sawyer received her PhD in nursing science from University of Pennsylvania, where she also completed two postdoctoral fellowships, one in the School of Medicine on a federal institutional training grant for sleep science and one in the School of Nursing on an individually-funded, National Institute of Nursing Research fellowship focused on behavioral intervention design and clinical trial methodology.  Dr. Sawyer's prior education includes a Master's of Science in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from Millersville University and a diploma in Nursing from Lancaster General Hospital School of Nursing.  

Dr. Sawyer's program of research addresses treatment adherence in adults with obstructive sleep apnea.  Her research interests developed as a result of 15 years of advanced practice nursing in several Sleep Centers, both in academic medical institutions and the Veterans Health Administration.  Dr. Sawyer is presently an assistant professor at The Pennsylvania State University where she teaches undergraduate, graduate and doctoral core courses and mentors developing nurse scientists in the area of sleep and sleep disorders research.  Dr. Sawyer is an active member of both nursing science and sleep science practice and research organizations, including Eastern Nursing Research Society, Council for Advancement of Nursing Science, American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and Sleep Research Society.  Dr. Sawyer has served on numerous research-focused committees for these organizations.  Dr. Sawyer is an editorial board member for the journal, Sleep Health, the official publication of the National Sleep Foundation and is an active reviewer for more than 20 nursing and medical journals. 


Agenda

7:00 AM REGISTRATION / CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
8:00 AM WELCOME / INTRODUCTION OF COMMITTEE and KEYNOTE
8:15 AM KEYNOTE ADDRESS / QUESTION AND ANSWER SESSION
“Traversing the Abyss”: Starting & Sustaining a Research Career.
Dr. Amy M. Sawyer, PhD, RN
9:30 AM BREAK / POSTER VIEWING ~ Mary Zabielski, PhD, RNC
10:30 AM QUALITY IMPROVEMENT: TOOLS FOR IMPROVING PATIENT CARE
Hospital Nurses’ Work Activity in a Technology-Rich Environment: A Triangulated Quality Improvement Assessment * Linda Higgins, PhD, RN
Practice Change for Nasogastric Tube Placement * Amber Merulli, BSN, RN, CPN
11:00 AM WORKING TO IMPROVE CARDIAC CARE
Reducing Preventable Readmissions in Patients with Heart Failure * Lynda Nester, MS, BSN, RN
Initiation of a Supportive Care Needs Assessment Tool in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit *
Jenna Zaldonis, BSN, RN, CCRN
11:30 AM POSTER VOTING and GRANT / SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT
12:00 PM LUNCH
1:00 PM POSTER AWARDS
1:15PM BREAKOUT SESSION A: MULTI-DISCIPLINARY APPROACHES TO IMPROVE PATIENT CARE
Collaborating with a Multidisciplinary Team for Better Patient Outcomes * Molly Sinclair, MSN, RN
Increasing Non-Clinical Participants’ Confidence in Clinical Skills through a Blended Simulation Model: A Case Study * Erin Prettiman, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC
Nursing Education to Improve Anticoagulation Medication Administration * George Gallatin, BSN, RN, PCCN

BREAKOUT SESSION B: SUPPORTING NURSES AND NURSING STUDENTS
Charge Nurse Fellowship * Brittany Sheets, DNP, RN
Utilization of Nursing Councils to Develop a Hospital Wide Anti-Bullying Campaign * Michele Prior, MSN, RN, and Lori Laux, MSN, CRNP
The Effect of a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Intervention on the Perceived Stress and Burnout of RN Students Completing a Doctor of Nursing Practice * Melissa Turkal, BSN, RN, DNP (candidate)
2:00 PM BREAK
2:15 PM ADDRESSING PATIENTS’ PSYCHOSOCIAL NEEDS
Sexuality and Healthy Relationship Education in Young Males with Autism Spectrum Disorder * Kasey Walls, DNP, PMHNP-BC
Turning Points in Relationships between Cancer Patients and Their Spouses * Kaitlyn Reynolds, RA and Michael Evans, PhD, MSEd, RN, ACNS, CMSRN, CNE
Teaching Patients to Self-Advocacy: The Development and Acceptability of Strong Together Serious Game * Mary McLaughlin, MSN, RN, ONC
3:15 PM CLOSING EVALUATIONS AND CONTACT HOUR DISTRIBUTION