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Nursing Holds Research Day

Dr. Elizabeth Jesse, right, associate professor of ECU nursing, talks with participants at the 18th annual Collaborative Nursing Research Day held Feb. 27 at the Edwin W. Monroe AHEC Conference Center. Jesse and Dr. Edward R. Newton, professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the Brody School of Medicine, presented research on racial disparities in bio-psychosocial factors and spontaneous preterm birth among rural low income women.

The conference focused on integrating evidence-based research into practice. Twenty research posters were submitted by faculty, graduate nursing students and clinical nurses. Two abstracts were chosen as recipients of the 2009 Collaborative Research Grant Award: Research Utilization and Valuing Patterns in Nurse Managers by Drs. Elaine Scott, Linda D. Hofler and Joan D. Wynn; and Intrauterine Pressure Measurement of Contractility and Resting Tone Before and After Epidural Analgesia in Term Laboring Women With and Without Pictocin Augmentation by Rebecca Benfield, Dawn Daniels, Sara Buck, Drs. Mel Swanson and Edward Newton. Dr. Linda Dudjak, a 30-year health care veteran and associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Nursing, was the keynote speaker. The event was sponsored by the College of Nursing, UHS, Beta Nu chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International and the Eastern Area Health Education Center.  (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

This page originally appeared in the March 20, 2009 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at