Midwest Nursing Research Society Conference

The Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) held its 43rd Annual Research Conference in Kansas City, Missouri on March 27-30, 2019. The theme for the 2019 conference was “Nursing Research at the Forefront of Healthcare Crises”.

A premier nursing research society, the mission of MNRS is to advance science, transform practice and enhance careers through a network of scholars. As one of the co-host schools for the conference, the Sinclair School of Nursing played a big part in making the conference a success. SSON graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, alumni, and faculty gave more than 30 research presentations at the conference and three will received awards! Specifically, Dr. Yuanlu Sun received the Dissertation Award from the Self-Care Research Interest Group (RIG); Dr. Donna Prentice received the Graduate Student Award from the Acute & Critical Care Across the Lifespan RIG, and Dr. Kimberly Powell received the Dissertation Award from the Health Systems, Policy and Informatics RIG. 

Moreover, our faculty, alumni and students were actively involved in the organization of the event. For example, Drs. Maithe Enriquez and Deidre Wipke-Tevis were on the MNRS Local Planning Committee. Professor Emeritus Vicki Conn PhD, RN is the editor of the society’s journal—Western Journal of Nursing Research. PhD alumna, Dr. Briana Snyder, is co-chairing the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN), a collaborative network of students, postdoctoral fellows, and early career nursing professionals that connects scholars at different levels of study and provides expanded opportunities for engagement and leadership within MNRS. Additionally, PhD candidate, Jennifer O’Connor, is currently the treasurer of the ESN. 

The Alpha Iota chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, affiliated with SSON, was one of the sponsors for Emerging Scholars Network Lunch & Learn which focused on “Career Planning for Doctorally-Prepared Nurses”. Additionally, to celebrate our research successes and introduce our new Dean, Dr. Sarah Thompson, the SSON hosted a reception for our students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and alumni who attended the conference. 

Effectively Treating Hypertension in Underserved Communities

Associate Professor, Maithe Enriquez has partnered with the Dominican Light a Candle Foundation, Kansas City non-profit Dominican Republic Medical Partnership and American non-profit Jonas Philanthropies to pilot a hypertension care program in underserved communities of Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic. So far, the results of this program indicate that it is both effective and sustainable.

 Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a major health concern worldwide, affecting an estimated 31 percent of the world’s population. Low and middle-income countries, such as the Dominican Republic, are disproportionately affected.

“Communities of migrant workers in the Dominican Republic have limited access to health care and healthy food, and so they end up eating lots of sugar and salt, which increases their risk of cardiac issues,” Enriquez said. “We coordinated with local communities to bring these people free screenings and treatment.”

This program, known as the Jonas Batey Hypertension Program, brought care to four bateyes, which are rural sugarcane settlements that often lack running water, electricity, proper sanitation and convenient access to health clinics or medication. The local foundation visited each community four times per year, providing screenings, multivitamins and a three-month supply of blood pressure medication to those in need at each visit. Though the program is still ongoing, it was evaluated by Enriquez and her colleagues after a one-year period.

The evaluation showed that among 813 participants who had participated in the program continuously for at least one year, 243 were diagnosed with hypertension and treated.

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