The graduate students and faculty of Nebraska Methodist College are excited to share a repository collection of capstone and scholarly projects for nurses in MSN, DNP, and Ed.D programs of study. These capstone and scholarly projects exemplify our mission to positively influence the health and well-being of the community through shared values of caring, excellence, holism, learning, and respect. Information regarding Nebraska Methodist College can be found at www.methodistcollege.edu/.

Recent Submissions

  • The effects of racial battle fatigue in students of color: Increasing awareness and improving coping skills 

    Smith, Meyokia
    Students of color who attend predominately white institutions have reported experiencing racism, discrimination, or racial microaggression which has led to physiological, psychological, or behavioral stress responses coined ...
  • Improving patient education to increase nurses’ confidence 

    Washington, Aisha N.
    Effective patient education is something every interdisciplinary healthcare team member should aim for at each educational session. When patients understand the intended education, their ability to manage their chronic ...
  • Improving education in stroke patients by implementing one-on-one education 

    Jacobo, Estefani
    A patient understanding his or her treatment plan after having a stroke is imperative for their long-term treatment and preventing another stroke from occurring. Hospital systems across the United States are required to ...
  • Best practice tool kit for implementation of a patient education program for congestive heart failure education 

    Poe, Sarah; Hall, Lyndsi
    Problem: Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a challenging health concern and generates a multitude of issues including increased mortality rates and hospital readmission rates, and drastically decreases the quality of lives ...
  • Food insecurity screening among hospitalized older adults with cardiovascular disease 

    Montoya, Claire
    Objective: To implement a food insecurity (FI) screening process using the HVSTM for adults age 60 and older on an inpatient cardiac unit. The intent was to better understand the prevalence of FI, to evaluate ...
  • Implementation of wound education 

    Heapy, Dawn; Hall, Lyndsi
    The need for a uniform curriculum on wound care is evident in many healthcare settings. The purpose of this project was to determine the need for uniform wound care education; for example, wound staging, appropriate dressings ...
  • Dream Day 

    Christensen, Laurie; Kinney, Meg
    The purpose of this project was to examine the result that a career fair could have on the self-determination of the student members of the Tribe. Problem: The problem is that there is a lack of diversity among the health ...
  • Fourth trimester support 

    Krohn, Morgan
    Problem: In postpartum mothers seen in a clinic setting, does implementation of the fourth trimester support increase maternal feelings of support?  Intervention: This project intended to measure perceived ...
  • Reliably assessing dyspnea in non-communicative end-of-life patients 

    Thomas, Laura A.
    Problem: Will education provided to nurses at a Midwest community hospital about the Respiratory Distress Observation Scale (RDOS) result in increased knowledge on how to assess patients who are unable to self-report ...
  • Blood glucose sample collection in the post-operative coronary artery bypass patient 

    Thomas, Andrea; Kinney, Margaret
    This paper looks into the methods used to collect blood glucose samples in the post-operative coronary artery bypass patient. Current practice is waking a patient hourly to obtain blood via a finger prick. This project ...
  • Sepsis in the elderly 

    Estrada, Esthefany
    Sepsis has come to affect many populations and age groups, especially in the elderly population. This disease has caused many deaths as its signs and symptoms present so vaguely. The purpose of this project was to improve ...
  • Evaluating heart failure readmissions 

    Bedard, Katie E.
    Problem: In heart failure patients that were readmitted within 30 days of discharge, does identifying demographic and individual characteristics provide data that can enhance discharge education and planning for future ...
  • Helping with adherence to low sodium diets for people with heart failure 

    Ernesti, Melissa
    There are almost 6.9 million people in the United States living with heart failure and about 800,000 of these people are hospitalized each year. Heart failure has an economic burden of $43.6 billion. Heart failure is among ...
  • Prevention of retained surgical items through education 

    Li, Mary Claire; Anderson, Valerie
    Incorrect surgical counts and retained surgical items are preventable errors that compromise patient safety. The literature suggests that surgical counts may be affected by multiple variables. This capstone project sought ...
  • Mobile application technology to limit compassion fatigue in acute care nurses 

    Williams, Seth; Robertson, Whitney
    This project examined the usability and effectiveness of the free Ten Percent Happier mobile application designed to mitigate components of compassion fatigue through meditative, resilience-based interventions. Compassion ...
  • The impact of peer mentorship on stress in students in an educational doctorate healthcare program 

    Holzwarth, Abigail; Anderson, Valerie
    Graduate students face many challenges throughout their education. Stress is commonly associated with higher education, which can be related to meeting the demands of a rigorous educational program, as well as demands in ...
  • Advocate perception of forensic nursing care 

    Hultman, Shelley; Krumbach, Jillian
    Problem: The original problem being addressed by this project was does trauma informed education for forensic nurse examiners improve victim advocates perception of care delivered to patients within 6 weeks? However, after ...
  • Parkinson's Disease and computer-based cognitive training 

    MacDonald, Ashley N.
    There is an abundance of evidence supporting the positive impact that physical, cognitive, and speech interventions have on improving or delaying motor and non-motor symptom progression of Parkinson’s Disease (PD). ...
  • Advance directive promotion in the community setting 

    Dugan, Erin
    Problem: An advance directive is a recognized legal document that expresses a person’s own wishes and values which will guide medical decision making in the event of serious illness or incapacity. Despite many ongoing ...
  • Reducing the cesarean rate in NTSV births 

    Vande Vegte, Micah
    Problem: A cesarean section is a lifesaving procedure for both mothers and neonates when vaginal birth is no longer a safe option. Nonetheless, there has been an extraordinary rise in cesarean rates as well as remarkable ...

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