College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines

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CNPD Research News: March 2024

Submit research updates and accomplishments to the CNPD Research Office email at

CNPD Announcements

CNPD Research and Scholarship Day is May 1, 2024
10 a.m. – 1p.m. | Memorial Union Ballroom

We want you!

CNPD students and faculty are encouraged to participate in a day celebrating research, collaboration, scholarship, and creative activities.

Eligible Participants

CNPD students and faculty from Nursing, Nutrition & Dietetics and Social Work who are engaged in research, scholarship and creative work through thesis, dissertations, non-thesis projects, faculty projects, and independent studies, or who have conducted substantial research as a part of coursework.

CNPD students or faculty may either present solo research, or if research was done collaboratively, they may present with other co-presenters.

Opportunities are available for both on-campus and online/distance learning students.


  • The final deadline to submit a poster presentation title to participate in CNPD Research & Scholarship Day is Sunday, March 31th by 11:59 p.m. (no exceptions)
  • Final Posters or video submissions must be submitted by Sunday, April 14th, 2024, by 11:59 p.m. (no exceptions)The College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines will pay the cost of one (1) poster printing.

Students can learn more about the event, presentation information, and more by visiting the event page.


Contact the CNPD Research & Grants Management Office at

CNPD Accomplishments

Congratulations to all our participants at the Midwest Nursing Research Society(MNRS) Conference. Please see the list of students, faculty and alumni who participated in the conference below. Please see more information on this on our CNPD Blog.

Congratulations to Dr. Stephanie Orth on her presentation!

  • Dr. Stephanie Orth (Fall 2023 graduate): “An Exploration of the meaning of Hope, in the Context of Hopelessness, for Rural Frontline Registered Nurses in South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota during the COVID-19 Pandemic”

Congratulations to Dr. Tanya Trotter on her presentation and award!

  • Dr. Tanya Trotter (spring 2023 graduate): “Stroke Survivors’ and Informal Caregivers’ Perceptions of Depressive Symptoms after Stroke: An Explanatory Sequential Mixed-Methods Study”
  • Dr. Tanya Trotter received an award from the Qualitative RIIG, “Outstanding Dissertation Award”

Congratulations to Dr. Randy Huard on his presentation!

  • Dr. Randy Huard: “The Experience of Caregiving among Males Caring for a Family Member with Alzheimer’s Disease: A Descriptive Phenomenology Study”

Congratulations to Frank Johnson on his award!

  • Frank was awarded the “Joseph and Jean Buckwalter Dissertation Grant” for his study entitled “The Primary Care Experiences of American Indian Patients with Opioid Use Disorder”

Congratulations to Dr. Dawn Denny, Dr. Rhoda Owens, and Mary Labuhn on their Presentations! Please see the blog post here.

  • Denny, D. L., Owens, R. A., Labuhn, M., Fakir, M. H., Vetsch, C., Lorano, V. M., Hanson, D., & Tavakolian, P. “Pain and Tissue Perfusion Among Healthy Adult Participants With Use of Three Surgical Surfaces: A Patient-Centered Approach.”

Congratulations to Dr. Dawn Denny and Dr. Glinda Lindseth on their publications!

  • Denny, D, L., Lindseth, G., Petros, T., & Berg, J. A. (2023). “Teaching Statistics Online: Comparing Competency-Based and Traditional Learning”, published online in the Journal of Teaching and Learning in Nursing
  • Juelich, J., Denny, D., Owens, R., Raatz, S., Lindseth, G. (2023) “Effects of Sleep on Adolescents’ Appetite, Dietary Intake, and Weight”, published online in SAGE Open Nursing

Congratulations to Dr. Nathaniel Johnson on his publication!

  • Bhushan S., Jayakrishnan U., Johnson N., Prajapati S.K., Lakshan K.A.S., Kaphle K., Eshkabilow S., Simsek H., (2024). UV-C pretreatment of wastewater-grown algal biomass for recover of biofuel precursors. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering. Doi:

Congratulations to Dr. Carenlee Barkdull for having an article published on her grant work! Please see the article here.



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