Nursing Students Contribute to the Science of Nursing through Research
This past March, the Rho Psi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing held Research Day 2020. The event was held in Savannah, Georgia, at the Mash Auditorium at St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital.
The annual event brings together all areas of nursing from students, academics and practicing nurses as well as nursing administrators to collaborate and share evidence based practice topics in nursing. For the first time, senior nursing students from Georgia Southern University Armstrong Campus participated and disseminated their evidence based practice topics via poster presentation.
“Evidenced based practice is essential to providing high quality care to patients and, as nurses, we want to ensure that the interventions we are using have been thoroughly researched and proven to be effective in treating illness, restoring health and preventing disease. As nurses, we are expected to participate in the research process and contribute to the science of nursing. Our students had the unique opportunity to do this as students,” stated Catherine Gilbert, Ed.D, RN, chair of the School of Nursing.
Augusta University College of Nursing Assistant Professor Pricilla Hartley, DNP, RN, was the keynote speaker and presented on the topic, “Sepsis: Known Knowns, Known Unknowns, Unknown UnKnowns.”
Sigma Theta Tau International (Sigma) is the only honor society for professional nursing and membership is by invitation only. “Students and nursing leaders must meet high standards and strict criteria to be inducted into the society,” stated Gilbert. “For students, only the top one third of the qualifying class is inducted into the society.”