Dickinson State nursing students win award at conference

Dickinson State University’s (DSU) senior nursing class attended the North Dakota Center for Nursing’s (NDCN) third annual conference Oct. 12 – 13, at the Radisson Hotel in Bismarck, North Dakota. The students, accompanied by Dr. Mary Anne Marsh, chair of the department of nursing, and Analena Valdes, assistant professor of nursing, presented their senior class research posters on evidence-based research topics such as Light Therapy, Pain Management, Protein Supplements, and Precocious Puberty.

The conference kicked off with a keynote presentation titled, “Building a Culture of Health in North Dakota,” presented by Monica Ptacek, RN, MSN, CENP, CNE, and Tara Brandner, DNP, FNP-C. A major topic of discussion included information on the Governor’s Nursing Workforce Shortage. Presentations from the North Dakota Center for Nursing and Department of Commerce shared data and insight on the state of the nursing workforce in North Dakota.

In addition to attending a multitude of conference breakouts, nearly 250 attendees were also able to vote on their favorite poster presentations, with the winner announced at the coinciding Legendary Nurse Awards Reception.

Dickinson State University students Teresa Buck, Emily Mnyama, Gabrielle Sickler, Virginia Sickler, Karissa Van Horn, and faculty member Analena Valdes won the coveted award with their poster titled, “Will Using an Accurate Pain Assessment Toolkit Improve Nursing Assessments of Pain to Facilitate a Decrease in Opioid Prescriptions?”!

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