McMaster University

McMaster University

Nursing students showcase their research

By Amanda Boundris
Published: July 19, 2011
Sarah Brandt explains her poster to fellow student Sharnjit Khinda
Sarah Brandt explains her poster to fellow student Sharnjit Khinda.

The School of Nursing (SON) hosted its research poster day July 12 for 61 McMaster and Mohawk nursing students taking the fourth-year Research Practicum course this summer.

Posters on display in the lobby of the Ewart Angus Centre highlighted student research on topics such as: risk factors for neonatal thrombosis; electronic documentation; obstacles in providing oral care at the end-of-life; genetics of heart disease in children; and evaluation of osteoporosis after hip fracture.

Student Sarah Brandt's research and poster outlined the literature review she conducted that identified these six risk factors for neonatal thrombosis: prematurity, maternal diabetes, catheterization, increased sodium levels, asphyxia, and prothrombotic disorders. She concluded that due to the small number of cases reported in previous research literature, the risk factors may be underdiagnosed or underreported, and so each risk factor requires further study.

Brandt said the topic interested her because the available research "was so out-dated and the condition so rare, but because it's underdiagnosed and underreported, is it so rare?'

Being able to present her poster at the event was a valuable experience for Brandt.

"I think it's good to see the different aspects of nursing and the different research methods, and it's great getting together with my peers and sharing our work,' she said.

Brandt's tutor Kim Nagel, an assistant clinical professor with the SON, said poster day is great practice for students looking to do research in the future who need to become skilled at communicating their findings.

"It's a great opportunity for the students to share the work they've done rather than learning just to learn, and they get a lot of value out of it,' she explained.

Jessica Brokking's poster was entitled Electronic Documentation: Nurses'Friend or Foe? and her research is examining whether the satisfaction rate of the Patient Care System – a computerized charting system – has increased among the nursing staff at the Brant Community Healthcare System over the last two years.

"Before, I never really understood the process of how long it takes or what goes into preparing a journal article or implementing a computer system in a hospital,' said Brokking.

Students are graded on the accuracy of their depiction of the research; their ability to convey that information in an attractive, coherent, and informative manner; and their ability to engage others in a knowledgeable discussion of that research.

Thirty-five nursing students from the Conestoga site participated in their research poster day July 13 at Conestoga College.

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