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Six students from the College of Nursing and Public Health have been named Rising Stars of Research and Scholarship by the international nursing honor society Sigma Theta Tau.

The six include two undergraduate students, Ally Buettel and Janet Ilyavev; three graduate students (now alumni), Jaime Li-A-Ping, MS ’21, and Lisa Kosoffsky ’14, MS ’21, both from the MS in Psychiatric and Mental Health–Nurse Practitioner program, and Jacqueline Mounayar, MS ’21, from the MS in Adult Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program; and recent PhD graduate Dorothy Veron, MS ’88, PhD ’20.

“The College of Nursing and Public Health applauds these Sigma Rising Stars as we, collectively, continue our commitment to fostering the scholarly growth of our students,” said Elaine Smith ’78, MS ’88, EdD, dean of the College of Nursing and Public Health.

For more than 50 years, Sigma Theta Tau has promoted nursing research and scholarly achievements of students and nursing practitioners and supported the learning, knowledge and professional development of nurses making a difference in healthcare around the world.

“Sigma Theta Tau International Alpha Omega Chapter and the College of Nursing and Public Health are very excited and proud to have Rising Stars of Research and Scholarship represent us at both the International Congress in July 2021 and the Biennial Convention in November 2021,” said Marissa Abram ’08, PhD ’17, assistant professor and director of the psychiatric nurse practitioner program. “The projects spanning the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels are innovative and cutting edge, reflecting the contemporary needs of society and nursing.”

As Rising Stars, students present their research at international conventions held by the honor society.

Three of the honorees presented their research findings at the first convention in July.

  • Buettel: “The Detrimental Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences and the Significance of Trauma-Informed Care for Nurses”
  • Li-A-Ping: “Structural Racism and the Impact on the Family”
  • Dr. Veron: “An Investigation of Nurse Leader Perceived Stress, Resilience, Work Engagement, and Burnout”

The remaining three honorees will present their research papers at the November convention to be held in Indianapolis.

  • Ilyavev: “COVID-19 Pandemic: A Nursing Perspective on Stress and Recommendations Moving Forward”
  • Mounayar: “Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Residency Program: Best Practice”
  • Kosoffsky: “The Impact of School Closures on the Mental Health of Children”
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