College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines

Updates for students, alumni, and supporters

CNPD Research News: October 2023

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CNPD Accomplishments

Congratulations to Dr. Carenlee Barkdull for being awarded a new grant, North Dakota Child Welfare Best Practices Partnership!

  • Please see the link for the article on this new grant!

Congratulations to Dean Maridee Shogren on her publication!

Congratulations to Stephanie Orth on her publication!

  • Orth, S. & Evanson, T. (2023). “The nurse faculty role: A lived experience of mentoring nurses while coping with anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic.” Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 00, 1—6 DOI: 10.1111/jpm.12962.

Congratulations to Jeffrey Anvari-Clark on his successful Financial Interdependence Colloquium event held in September! Read about it in UND Today.

UND’s Nutrition & Dietetics faculty member, Dr. Nathaniel Johnson, along with colleagues from NDSU, Drs. Julie Garden-Robinson and Sherri Stastny, have clinched the “Best Poster Presentation” award at the North Dakota Nurses Association Interprofessional Collaborative Research Conference in Fargo, ND. Their outstanding work on “Going solo: ‘Living alone’ impact on health lifestyle for rural North Dakotans” has earned them the prestigious ND N&D Trophy (The North Dakota Nutrition and Dietetics Trophy). This award is unique because it celebrates the collaborative spirit between UND and NDSU, and the trophy itself will be shared between the two universities. But here’s the fun twist! The trophy will call the department office of the university that currently holds the BRAGGING RIGHTS from the LAST FOOTBALL GAME home! Meaning it is sitting comfortably here at UND. It’s a new tradition for UND and NDSU, adding a little extra excitement to the mix. Let the friendly rivalry continue! We’re proud of the incredible work you do in advancing healthcare research and making a positive impact on rural North Dakotans.

Community News

Announcement of 2024 MNRS Research Conference, Feb.28-March 2, 2024, Minneapolis, MN

  • We are pleased to share with you that three PhD Nursing Students have been selected to present their research.
  • Stephanie Orth, MS, RN, “An Exploration of the Meaning of the Phenomenon of Hope, in the Context of Hopelessness, for Rural Frontline Registered Nurses in South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota During the COVID-19 Pandemic”, (Dr. Tracy Evanson, advisor)
  • Randy Huard, DNP, PhD©, RN, PHN, The Experience of Caregiving Among Males Caring for a Family Member with Alzheimer’s Disease: A Descriptive Phenomenology Study”, (Dr. Tracy Evanson, Advisor)
  • Tanya Trotter, PhD, APRN, PHCNS-BC, “Stroke Survivors’ and Informal Caregivers’ Perceptions of Depressive Symptoms After Stroke: An Explanatory Sequential Mixed-Methods Study” (Dr. Tracy Evanson and Dr. Dawn Denny, advisors)



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