UCLA School of Nursing to Present Two Important Symposiums at the Upcoming Western Institute of Nursing Conference

(LOS ANGELES – April 11, 2012) — Faculty members and doctoral candidates from the UCLA School of Nursing will conduct two important symposiums at the Western Institute for Nursing Conference (WIN) April 18-21 in Portland. In addition, faculty members and doctoral students from the school will share research findings in a myriad of timely clinical areas through a pre-conference workshop, nine podium presentations and exhibiting seven poster presentations.

On Thursday, April 19, Janelle Palacios, CNM, Ph.D., post-doctoral research fellow at the UCLA School of Nursing, will conduct a symposium on “Storytelling: An Innovative Approach to Strengthening Nursing.” The symposium will explore how storytelling, contextualized by culture, can be an effective method for data collection and an intervention. It will focus on three vulnerable populations: American Indian women who were teen mothers, American Indian cancer survivors, and HIV/AIDS prevention among African American women.

“Storytelling is a basic cultural phenomenon that is now being recognized by science as a valuable method to elicit rich data that can reduce risky behaviors,” said Dr. Palacios. “Understanding storytelling can lead to creating meaningful and culturally effective methods for data collection and interventions that can ultimately improve health behaviors.”

The “storytelling” symposium will include research findings from five independent studies. Joining Dr. Palacios in sharing their findings will be UCLA School of Nursing faculty member Felicia Schanche Hodge, Dr.P.H.; post-doctoral research fellow Ann Anaebere, RN, Ph.D.; and doctoral candidates Cynthia Albarrán, RN, MS, CNS, and Teodocia Hayes-Bautista, RN, MPH.

On Friday, April 20, representatives from the UCLA School of Nursing will present a symposium on “Novel Biologic and Behavioral Research.” Leading that symposium will be Adeline Nyamathi, ANP, Ph.D., FAAN, associate dean for international research and scholarly activities, along with doctoral candidates Benissa Salem, RN, MSN, PHN, CNL, and Margaret Susan Stemmler, MPH, FNP, CNM; and School of Nursing Distinguished Alumnae Isabell B. Purdy, RN, Ph.D. and NP, will also present as part of the session.

This symposium will focus on achieving a better understanding of the application of biological and behavioral nursing research among three diverse vulnerable populations with substantial health disparities; United States-based methamphetamine-using women, pre-term infants in the neonatal intensive care unit, and women living with HIV/AIDS in India.

“All of these populations are substantially affected by health disparities due to the interplay of psychosocial, behavioral and physiologic risk factors,” said Dr. Nyamathi. “There is a scarcity of nursing research that focuses on the nexus of these factors, and our symposium is intended to help bring this issue and these realities to light.”

Also at the WIN conference, faculty from the UCLA School of Nursing will present its Young Scholars Program, which identifies students early in their pre-licensure program who are interested in caring for older adults and then offers them the opportunity to participate in a highly personalized mentorship experience.

The Western Institute of Nursing is a professional organization of registered nurses and other healthcare professionals dedicated to advancing nursing science, education and practice to improve healthcare outcomes.

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