UA Nursing Scholars Present Pioneering Research at American Heart Association Scientific Sessions

Dec 3, 2013

Faculty and doctoral students from the University of Arizona College of Nursing graduate programs – ranked in the top 6 percent nationwide by U.S. News & World Report and seventh in the nation by the National Research Council – presented their leading-edge research at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions held Nov. 16-20 in Dallas.

“Having multiple invitations to present at this major cardiovascular science conference reveals how highly regarded our research is nationally and internationally among expert cardiovascular and stroke scientists,” said Anne G. Rosenfeld, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, associate dean of research for the UA College of Nursing. Dr. Rosenfeld, a leadership council member for the Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing, co-authored two abstracts presented at the meeting.

Those presenting at the AHA Scientific Sessions included:

• Professor Kathleen C. Insel, PhD, RN, who gave an invited presentation on her recently completed National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01 grant, entitled “Multifaceted Prospective Memory Intervention to Improve Medication Adherence,” during the Sunday Morning Program “Nursing Science in Review: Top Trials in 2011-2013.”

• Recent Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD) graduate John Bowles, PhD, RN, PCCN, who presented his study, “The Acute Myocardial Infarction Symptom Experience of Mexican American Women with Coronary Heart Disease in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region,” along with his faculty co-authors Marylyn M. McEwen, PhD, PHCNS-BC, FAAN; Dr. Rosenfeld and Lois J. Loescher, PhD, RN, FAAN.

• Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) student Tiffany M. Hoke, BSN, RN, CNRN, and her faculty mentor Ruth E. Taylor-Piliae, PhD, RN, FAHA, who presented their award-winning poster, “Slipping, Tripping, and Rapid Ambulation are Key Fall Triggers for Stroke Survivors,” during the “Best of AHA Specialty Conferences” session. (Their poster received a “Best of Award” at the International Stroke Conference in February.)

• Dr. Rosenfeld who presented “Shortness of Breath Predicts Acute Coronary Syndrome in Women Only” with her co-authors, Holli A. DeVon, PhD, RN, FAHA, and Alana Steffan, PhD, from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Mohamud Daya, MD, MS, from Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, during the abstract oral session on symptoms and symptom management.

In addition to the research presentations, Professor Leslie Ritter, PhD, RN, FAHA, FAAN, who also is the William M. Feinberg Endowed Chair for Stroke Research at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center, was inducted as a Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA) and celebrated at the Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing Council banquet on Nov. 19.

AHA Scientific Sessions are attended by more than 18,000 cardiovascular experts from more than 105 countries, in addition to more than 1.5 million virtual professional attendees.

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