Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing & Health Sciences has a mission to provide excellence in professional nursing and healthcare career education. The faculty and students of Blessing-Rieman are excited to showcase their excellence as well as dedication to the profession of nursing by sharing a repository of scholarly work. The items include select undergrad and graduate-level capstones and scholarly projects that have been reviewed by Blessing-Rieman faculty for inclusion into the repository.

Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing & Health Sciences is a private, not-for-profit college founded in 1891 as a diploma school in nursing. In 1985, it became an accredited four-year college offering a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing with partner Culver-Stockton College. Quincy University was added as a partner in 1998. A Master of Science in Nursing Degree began in 2007. The online RN-BSN, and MSN degrees, as well as a Second Degree transfer option, are offered solely by Blessing-Rieman. The Associate of Science in Respiratory Care Program began in 2015, and the Associate of Science in Health Information Management Program began in 2018.

The Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing/Master’s degree in nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036-1120. The baccalaureate-nursing program is approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), and is fully approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing. The respiratory care program has provisional accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), and a member of the North Central Association (NCA) accredit the College.

To learn more about the programs offered at Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing & Health Sciences, visit our website: https://www.brcn.edu/our-nursing-health-sciences-programs

Recent Submissions

  • Let's be practical now 

    McKay, Jordan; Price, Amber; Turner, Chloe
    Provide the opportunity for qualifying BRCN students to test for IL LPN state licensure after junior year to improve staffing ratios and patient outcomes.
  • In the know with Kaplan 

    Griesbaum, Emrielle; Baltimore, Alyssa; Churchwell, Carson; Parker, Lindsay; Patel, Dimple
    Provide awareness of Kaplan resources to BRCN students.
  • Fueling for success 

    Autry, Emilee; Anderson, Paige; Vaughn, Emma
    Female athletes at Quincy University (QU) lack education regarding the Female Athlete Triad (the Triad) and proper nutrition.
  • Shifting to bedside 

    Smith, Sydney; Ebers, Chloe; Lindsay, Janel; White, Haylee
    Improve patient centered care and accurate reproting by implementing bedside shift report on the Rehabilitation Unit (RU) at Blessing Hospital (BH) using a new computerized based parameter.
  • Can we get your number? (Your blood glucose number) 

    Holloway, Marie; Goings, Jennifer; Olson, Jessica
    Providing nursing students glucometer training and access to obtain patient blood sugars (BS).  Students will obtain accrate BS checks and deliver insulin in a timely manner.
  • Reducing nursing burnout to ash 

    Skees, Lacie; Job, Brooke; Weisinger, Blair
    Education and prevention of burnout syndrome (BOS), due to high percentage of novice nurses leaving field within first one to two years.
  • You narCAN save lives 

    Miller, Erin; Moore, Tanya; Daughtery, Abbigale; Shaffer, Brianne
    Allow Blessed Beginnings (BB) at Blessing Hospital (BH) the use and access of naloxone (Narcan) to be distributed and available to postpartum women at risk for opioid addiction.
  • Lounging for student success 

    Lake, LeeAnn; Limkemann, Noelle; Luft, Callie; Stock, Nicole
    Create a more inviting and relaxing space for students to utilize between classes at BRCN.
  • Embarking in animal activities 

    Milazzo, Haley; Disseler, Jenna; Moore, Abbey; Todd, Kendra
    Reimplement the use of Animal Assisted Activities (AAA) at Blessing Hospital (BH) and raise awareness.
  • NPO guidelines 

    Martelli, Nicholas; Martin, Becca; Rachilla, Benjamin
    In presurgical patients undergoing anesthesia, how does the implementation of specific NPO time guidelines, compared to current “NPO after midnight” orders, affect the patient’s satisfaction and risk of ...
  • Effects of prone position 

    Hermann, Audrey; Hamilton, Payton; Zahn, Chelsea
    In COVID-19 patients, how does prone positioning compare to a posterior position affect oxygenation? P: Patients that were diagnosed with COVID-19 or Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. I: Mechanically ventilating ...
  • The female athlete triad 

    Anderson, Paige; Autry, Emilee; Vaughn, Emma
    Are female athletes who have developed the female athlete triad, compared to those without the female athlete triad, at more of a risk for developing injuries throughout their career?
  • Pain control methods in perioperative patients 

    Owens, Emily; Pate, Sara; Phelps, Paige
    In perioperative patients, nonpharmacological and non-opioid methods may result in adequate pain control and less adverse effects than opioids.
  • Nurse staffing 

    Giffin, Alexis; Turner, Chloe; White, Krista
    In staffing, how do regulated nurse-to-patient ratios compared to unregulated nurse-to-patient ratios affect patient outcomes and safety?
  • Medical marijuana in chemotherapy patients 

    Job, Brooke; Skees, Lacie; Weisinger, Rebekah Blair
    In chemotherapy patients, how does the use of medical marijuana compared to the standard treatment affect the negative side effects of chemotherapy?
  • Exercise for the reduction of pain in adults & older adults with arthritis 

    Goings, Jennifer; Luther, Sarah; Smith, Sydney
    In adults and older adults with arthritis, how does exercise compared to no exercise affect chronic pain?
  • Animal-assisted therapy in health-care facilities 

    Disseler, Jenna; Milazzo, Haley; Moore, Abbey
    How does the use of animal-assisted therapy compared to the lack of animal-assisted therapy affect the psychological well being of all patients?
  • Alternative birthing positions 

    Mckay, Jordan; Ebers, Chloe; Gebheim, Amanda
    In laboring women delivery in the hospital, how does the lithotomy position compared to alternative birthing positions effect postpartum and/or neonatal trauma?
  • Effect of CAM therapy in chemo therapy patients in comparison to Western medicine 

    Little, Zoey; Porterfield, Margaret; Rueter, Amalia
    The purpose of this project is to show that in chemotherapy patients, CAM therapies minimize the side effects of chemotherapy compared to Western medicine.
  • Controlled labor pain and postpartum depression 

    Crane, Erin; Thomas, Precious
    The purpose of this project is to answer the question: In postpartum women, what is the effect of analgesics during labor versus no analgesics during labor and being diagnosed with postpartum depression?

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