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The goal of the Nursing Center of Excellence is to promote student and alumni success through engagement in nursing research, utilization, and dissemination or the purpose of improving the health of the people of the south plains region.

Research, Brown Bags, and Scholarship

LCU Department of Nursing and Covenant Health are pleased to announce their Research Partnership.

The Iota Mu chapter of Sigma Theta Tau is pleased to collaborate with LCU to promote nursing research in the Research Brown Bag (RBB) programs. All RBB take place in the Department of Nursing, LCU campus.

LCU Department of Nursing Faculty

Past Brown Bag Events:


Accepted for Presentation Sigma Theta Tau International 24th International Research Congress

Prague, Czech Republic
July 22-26, 2013

Dana Boltz, LaNell Harrison, JoAnn Long -“Teaching Nurses and Lay Midwives in Malindi, Kenya”

BevByers, JoAnn Long – “Student Learning Outcomes and Global Trips: Insight into Cultural Awareness and Personal Growth”

Matthew T. Cotton, JoAnn Long – “Exploring Facilitators and Barriers to Healthy Eating Among Community Gardeners”

Jane Fuerstenberg – “The Significance of Low Health Literacy, Self-management, and Compliance in Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes”

Lexie Futrell, Erin Whitley, Jessica Maples, Kim Stunkard, Jamie Roney, JoAnn Long “Reliability Testing of a Modified Early Warning Scoring (MEWS) System”

Cynthia Mullen – “Implementation of an Evidence-based Management Algorithm in the Treatment of Post-Operative Chylothorax Children”

Rosa San Pedro, JoAnn Long – “The Role of Patient Selected Music in Decreasing Anxiety in Adult Patients Undergoing Cataract Extraction Under Monitored Anesthesia”

Jamie Roney, Erin Whitley, Jessica Maples, Kim Stunkard, Lexie Futrell, JoAnn Long – “Usability and Acceptability Testing of a Modified Early Warning Scoring (MEWS) Tool Using Simulation”

Christi S. Weems, JoAnn Long – “Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy: A Treatment Option for Seniors with Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo”

Accepted for Presentation Sigma Theta Tau International 42nd Biennial Convention Indianapolis, IN November 16-20, 2013

Jane Fuerstenberg – Rising Star in Scholarship LCU Representative - “The Significance of Low Health Literacy, Self-management, and Compliance in Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes”

Amanda Venable – Rising Star in Scholarship LCU Representative – “Is Electronic Surveillance Equivalent to Manual Surveillance of Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAI)?”

Maribeth Lyon - Exploring Alternative Pain Management Methods of Registered Nurses in Medical and Surgical Cardiac Telemetry Units

27th National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)

Kim Stunkard, "Testing of a Modified Early Warning System (MEWS) Tool"
Accepted for Presentation at Sigma Theta Tau International 23rd Research Congress: Brisbane, Australia, July 30-August 4, 2012

Sue Dossey, Janice Miller, University Medical Center, LCU Alum
“Creating a Committed Alumni Base of Support: Methods and Metrics”

Paula Ponder, Terry Hill, Kathy Virone CovenantSchool of Nursing, LCU Alumni“Effectiveness of Lenburg’s COPA Model in Increasing Nursing Student Engagement and Clinical Competency: A Case Report”

Lynn Cain, University Medical Center & LCU MSN student
“Effects of Parental Involvement in Nutrition Education on Consumed Foods”

Becky Geist, LISD, LCU MSN student
“Why are College Students Abusing Adderall?

Courtney Ivey, Covenant Medical Center, LCU Alum
“Exploring Key Retention Factors for Retaining Nurses at the Bedside”

Kim McCauley, Covenant Medical Center, & LCU MSN student
“Knowledge Translation: Making the Evidence for Medication Reconciliation Meaningful”

JoAnn Long, Cindy Ford, LaNell Harrison, Bev Byers, Steve German, Rod Blackwood, LCU
“Brokers of Change: Outcomes of a Shared Governance Model of Leadership in Academia”

2012 Scholar's Colloquium

Elaine Emery, RN, MSN,CDE - Inpatient Management of Hyperglycemia in the Acute Care Setting Utilizing Basal Bolus Insulin Instead of Sliding Scale Insulin

Marguerite Fallon, DNP, RN - Perspectives on Mentoring Evidence Based Practices


1st Place: Ami Freeman and Duston Merton
2nd Place: Mary Ellen Holland and Erin Pirkle
3rd Place: Susan Sayari and Maribeth Lyon

STTI Iota Mu Poster Awards
1st Place: Tiffnay Nino and Veronica Estrada
2nd Place: Kelli Duriex, Sam Dennis and Allister Morris
3rd Place: Shanna Morrow and Richard Horton

Last Updated: Jan 14, 2015