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Recent Dissertations

Year CompletedStudentDissertation TitleAdvisorInitial Placement After Graduation
2014 Jo Ana Chase “Interventions to Increase Physical Activity Among Older Adults: A Meta-Analysis” Dr. Vicki Conn University of Missouri; Assistant Professor

2014

Kathleen Ellis “Abuse and Pregnancy: Exploring Factors that may Contribute to Birth Weight Disparities” Drs. Tina Bloom &
Jane Armer

Baylor Regional Medical Center, Grapevine, TX;
Nurse Scientist

2014 Susan D. Scott "Second Victim Exposure and Resultant Impact on Patient Safety Perceptions" Dr. Marilyn Rantz University of Missouri Healthcare System; Manager of Patient Safety & Risk Management
2013 Leesa McBroom “Overwhelming Responsibility: Divorced Mothers of Children Managing Type 1 Diabetes With Their Children” Dr. Larry Ganong William Jewell College; Assistant Department Chair & Assistant Professor
2013 LuAnn Tandy “Failure to Rescue: Is the Phenomenon Present in Long Term Care?” Dr. Marilyn Rantz The Ensign Group, Inc.; Compliance Partner
2012 Gretchen Carlisle “Pet Dog Ownership in Families of Children with Autism: Children's Social Skills and Attachment to Their Dogs” Dr. Rebecca Johnson University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine; Post-Doctoral Fellow
2012 Ausanee Wanchai "Care Practices in Complementary and Alternative Medicine of Thai Breast Cancer Survivors" Dr. Jane Armer Boromarajonani College of Nursing, Bangkok, Thailand; Instructor
2011 Sheila Adams Leander "The Experiences of Black American Living Kidney Donors" Dr. Larry Ganong St. Louis University; Assistant Professor
2011 Laurel Despins "Factors Influencing Patient Risk Detection in Intensive Care Unit Nurses" Dr. Bonnie Wakefield University of Missouri Healthcare; Medical-Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit CNS & Project Director, Office of Clinical Effectiveness
2011 Patricia Groves "The Intersection between Safety Culture and Hospital Nursing Practice" Dr. Bonnie Wakefield University of Iowa, College of Nursing; Post-Doctoral Fellow & Associate Faculty Member
2011 Michelle Matteson "Pilot Intervention to Improve Medication Adherence in Nonadherent Inflammatory Bowel Disease Patients" Dr. Cindy Russell University of Missouri Healthcare; Medicine-Gastroenterology Nurse Practitioner
2011 Teak Nelson "Finding 'The Answers Inside Me': A Model of Empowerment Through Breastfeeding and Weaning" Dr. Kay Libbus Truman State University; Assistant Professor
2010 Brenda Beshears "The Experience of Young Adults Living with Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis" Dr. Eileen Porter Quincy University, Blessing Reiman College of Nursing; Academic Dean & Associate Professor
2010 Jean Krampe "Dance-Based Theory to Decrease Fall Risk in Older Adults" Dr. Marilyn Rantz St. Louis University; Assistant Professor
2010 Yaowarat Matchim "A Qualitative and Quantitative Study Examining Effects of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) on Physical and Psychological Well-being Among Breast Cancer Survivors" Dr. Jane Armer Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Songkhla, Thailand; Instructor
2010 Orawan Nukaew “Family caregivers's strategies in managing medication for adults with schizophrenia” Dr. Beth Geden Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Songkhla, Thailand; Instructor
2010 Teresa Russell "Professional Practice Models in Long-Term Care" Dr. Marilyn Rantz Cox College of Nursing; Assistant Professor
2009 Sheila Capp "Grief and Mourning Among African American Elders After Spousal Bereavement" Dr. Larry Ganong Quincy University, Blessing Reiman College of Nursing; Associate Professor
2009 Sharon Kist "Correlates of Pet-Keeping in Residence Halls on College Student Adjustment at a Small, Midwestern College" Dr. Rebecca Johnson Southern Arkansas University; Assistant Professor
2009 Todd Ruppar "A Behavioral Feedback - Based Intervention to Improve Medication Adherence in Older Adults with Hypertension" Dr. Vicki Conn University of Basel, Basel Switzerland; Post-Doctoral Fellow
2008 Katherine Kelly "Stepping Up, Stepping Back, Being Pushed, and Stepping Away. The Process of Making Treatment Decisions for Children with Cancer by Parents who no longer Live Together" Dr. Larry Ganong Children's National Medical Center; Professional Practice Specialist
2008 Rita Sue Lasiter "Older Adults' Perception of Feeling Safe in an Intensive Care Unit" Dr. Myra Aud University of Indiana; Assistant Professor
2008 Amy Vogelsmeier "Leadership, Communication, and Teamwork:  Differences between high and low Performing Nursing Homes" Dr. Jill Scott-Cawiezell University of Missouri; Assistant Professor
2008 Jie Yu "Physical Function Among Community Dwelling Older Adults" Dr. Marilyn Rantz California State University at Bakersfield; Assistant Professor