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.

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Recent Submissions

  • Privacy, please 

    Calvin, Sarah; Lascelles, Maggie
    The PICO question for this literature review is: Are single occupancy rooms cost effective in reducing overall nosocomial infection rates in adult patients in comparison to double occupancy rooms?  
  • Educational strategies to enhance medication knowledge 

    Kite, Shelby; Obert, Katelyn; Powell, Cortney; Shaw, Abi
    The implementation of additional educational strategies to undergraduate nursing curriculum may contribute to more knowledgeable and safe graduating nurses, leading to less medication errors.
  • Pediatric benefits of animal assisted therapy 

    Boschert, Megan; Hardy, Andrew; Morford, Cameron
    For pediatric patients, animal assisted therapy (AAT) may be a more effective method to improve overall wellbeing, including stress, fear, and anxiety, than standard or pharmaceutical methods.
  • Professional service activity change 

    Hobbs, Amelia; lay, Ashlynn; McPherson, Maria; Uhlmeyer, Katelyn
    This poster speaks to the confusion among Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing and Health Sciences faculty and students regarding Professional Service Activity requirements.
  • #EmpowerURself 

    Bakalyar, Jenny; Garcha, Supreet; Kramer, Sarah; Oboh, Patience
    This poster describes a project to create a co-op website for adolescents with sexual, mental, and physical health resources in Adams County, Illinois.
  • Hungry for a change 

    Elliott, Victoria; Thompson, Natiaya; Waddell, Jack
    This project describes the implementation of a 2-item screening tool to identify patients who are at risk of food insecurity on pilot unit at Blessing Hospital.
  • Get your sheets together 

    Haerr, Jennifer; Hull, Lauren; Miller, Kayla
    Not all Medical-Surgical units at Blessing Hospital have a soiled linen containment system. Containing soiled linens prevents the spread of infection and maintains a health environment for patients and staff.
  • Good sleep for good health 

    Gronewold, Michaela; Killday, Brooke; Smith, Brook
    At Blessing Hospital, patients are not getting an adequate amount of sleep, thus inhibiting positive patient outcomes.
  • Flash ordering: Improving patient outcomes 

    Lee, Joumi; Nwakile, Chinwe; Puma, Jessica; Walker, Krista
    At Blessing Hospital, nurses are kept on hold when calling to order food for patients who cannot order for themselves resulting in waste of time and delays in patient care.
  • Finding comfort in colors 

    Atkinson, Shannon; Ellis, Lynley; Rocco, Hayley; Smith, Kayce
    Implementation of environmental color changes to boost mood and improve mental health in children and adolescent patients on the Child and Adolescent Services psychiatric unit at Blessing Hospital.
  • A dog a day keeps the stress away 

    Biessman, Gretchen; Arras, Hannah; Hubbert, Kaitlin; Dahl, Melissa
    Decrease stress in healthcare staff, increase staff satisfaction and retention at Blessing Hospital with implementation of Pet Therapy Program.
  • Marco...Polo: Real time location 

    Hirsch, Mady; Kite, Emily; McDonald, Kerigan; Zanger, Abbi
    Implementation of Real-Time Location Systems for senior leadership nursing students. Real-Time Location Systems help locate students and ensure safety.
  • Communication is key! 

    Havermale, Ashley; Hoffman, Breanna; Ramsey, Mariah
    Implementation of mobile communication device for senior leadership students during clinical time to enhance communication between the students and other health care providers.
  • Attire for hire 

    Allison, Jessica; Arndt, Sydney; Sharpe, Carley
    This poster outlines a project to provide Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing and Health Sciences students with professional attire due to lack of resources.
  • Advance the talk with advanced directives 

    Bickhaus, Ashley Marie; Henderson, Brittany; McCollum, Dusty; Thrower, Brittney
    This student senior project poster seeks to improve patient knowledge about advanced directives.
  • Current perspectives on the Gestalt of nursing curricula 

    Venvertloh, Brandi Lynne
    This research study aimed to investigate the current gestalt of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) curricula in the United States. Presently there is an emphasis in nursing education on the practice–education gap in ...
  • Say “NO” to nosocomials: Clostridium difficile 

    Bonds, Peyton; McDaniel, Gavin; Vahle, Madelyn; Winters, Alisha
    For acutely hospitalized patients, the concurrent use of probiotics of various strains may decrease the incidence of Clostridium difficile (C. diff) cases compared to antibiotic administration alone. P – Patients receiving ...
  • Impact of animal facilitated therapy on inpatient outcomes 

    Arras, Hannah; Biessman, Gretchen; Hubbert, Kaitlin
    The use of Animal Facilitated Therapy (AFT) in an inpatient setting improves overall patient outcomes. P- Inpatient stress, Anxiety, Rehabilitation I- Animal Facilitated Therapy C- The use of Animal Facilitated Therapy ...
  • Fish skin for wound healing 

    Dahl, Melissa; Hull, Lauren; Koger, Marcus
    For patients with impaired wound healing, the use of fish skin grafting may provide a faster and higher quality healing than standard dressing care. P-Patients with impaired wound healing. I-Application of fish skin grafts. ...
  • NPO length prior to surgery 

    Ellis, Lynley; Huckstep, Christy; Smith, Kayce; Tangerose, Andrea
    What is the effect of NPO length of duration prior to surgery on gastrointestinal motility and patient satisfaction post op? P-Post Operative Population I-Shorter NPO times C-NPO of 8hrs vs NPO of O-Greater patient ...

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