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Welcome to the 2017 UMaine Student Symposium: Research and Creative Activity electronic event program. This electronic program includes student abstracts, student presentation style descriptions, and presentation schedules. It also includes a map of the venue layout, schedule of the entire day’s events and programs, as well as details and information regarding our sponsors and selected university programs.

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Monday, April 24 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Poster Presentations – Allied Health

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Karyn Carlin

Nursing, 10:45AM-12:00PM
Preventing Hospital Readmission Rates with Individualized Patient Teaching Strategies | | | Topic and Purpose | ● As the rate of preventable hospital readmissions continues to rise, the need for patient centered education has become increasingly evident. Preventable readmissions monopolize nursing resources and exert a large economical strain on the healthcare system as a whole. In fact, Medicare has recently spent over $17 billion in unexpected and preventable readmission costs (Zuckerman, Sheingold, Orav, Ruhter... Read More →

Lauren Doak

Communication Sciences and Disorders, 10:45AM-12:00PM
The Effect of Nutrition on Language Development in Preterm Infants | | This literature review looks at how early nutrition in premature infants affects later language development. This paper researches the feeding disorders common among premature infants and how they impair premature... Read More →

Sarah Ford

Nursing, 10:45AM-12:00PM
The Effects of Nurse Residency Programs on New Graduate Job Satisfaction (Section B Poster 36) | | During the first two years of post graduate employment, the turnover rate for newly licensed nurses is 33.5%, with high reports of job dissatisfaction (Kovner, Brewer, Fatehi, & Jun, 2014). This high turnover rate negatively affects patient care, is a large contributor to the current nurse shortage, and is costly for hospitals (Nursing Solutions, Inc., 2016). In an effort to combat this, hospitals across the country have implemented nurse residency programs (NRP). These programs utilize evidence based curriculums to enhance new nurses competencies in the areas of leadership, professional development, and patient safety. The purpose of... Read More →

Jill Hamm

Communication Sciences and Disorders, Child Development and Family Relations, 10:45AM-12:00PM
Perceptions and Practices of Speech and Language Therapy: A Global Perspective | | Today, speech-language therapy can be delivered in many ways, for the purposes of this literature review and proposed study the family-centered approach to speech-language therapy will be explo... Read More →

Brandon Howlett

Nursing, 10:45AM-12:00PM
Ventilator Associated Pneumonia Prevention: Traditional Versus Novel Means | | Ventilator associated pneumonia is defined as pneumonia that occurs more than 48 hours after the patient is placed on a ventilator (Koenig 2006). When a patient is on a ventilator, one of the most significant health threats is ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP), which has an estimated mortality rate of up to 50%. The purpose of this review of the literature is to identify modifiable risk factors and preventative measures that can reduce the incidence of VAP. A search of the electronic databases CINAHL, Medline and PubMed from the years 2000 to present using the keywords... Read More →

Katarina Querfurth

Nursing, 10:45AM-12:00PM
For hospitalized in-patients , what evidence-based interventions will reduce the feelings of stress, anxiety and/or fear brought on by the hospital environment? | | Topic and Purpose: Patients often times experience a great deal of increased anxiety and stress while in the hospital setting. Not only can this be detrimental the patient satisfaction scores in a particular hospital but it can also hinder the healing process of the patient (Mandel, Davis... Read More →

Clelia Sigaud

School Psychology, 10:45AM-12:00PM
Special Health Needs: Transitioning to Adult Primary Care | | The transition from pediatric to adult primary care can be a difficult and/or delayed process for patients with special health care needs. The following study sought to gather preliminary data regarding the state of transitional services for young adult patients in the state of Maine with special healthcare needs. Data was gathered via email and phone surveys, with the goal of gathering answers to the following questions (1) what proportion of respondents/practices provided primary care to children with special healthcare needs, (2) what proportion utilised a care coordinator/nurse navigator on either a full or part time basis, (3) whether the provider/practice had a formal transition protocol in place for transitioning patients with special needs to adult care, and (4) what kinds of supports would be most useful to providers to developing transition protocols. This information was sought with a view towards broadening understanding of the nature of transitional services, or lack thereof, in Maine, and a better conceptualization of how to best allocate resources intended to support providers in offering transition planning services to their patients with special healthcare needs. Although it is too early in the research process to draw conclusions and develop recommendations, the data gathered will be used to formulate recommendations regarding how best to maximize the care coordination role and support providers in developing formal transition protocols for their practice. | | Faculty Mentor: Alan... Read More →

Jessica Wood

Nursing, 10:45AM-12:00PM
ICU Staffing Ratios and Patient Outcomes | | A Review of the Literature on High Nurse to Patient Ratios and Adverse Patient Outcomes | Becky Julian, Sally Peckenham, Ashlee Sargent, and Jessica Wood | P = Patients hospitalized in intensive care units (ICUs) | I = Lower nurse-to-patient ratios | C = Higher nurse-to-patient ratios | O = Patient outcomes | Topic and Purpose: | Appropriate nurse staffing in the hospital setting is a growing problem that has the potential to adversely affect patient outcomes. A 2013 article in International journal of Nursing Studies reports that staffing with a reduced number of patients per nurse results in better outcomes and fewer patient complications. West, Barron, Harrison, Rafferty, Rowan... Read More →


Linda Archambault

Biochemistry, 9:15AM-10:30AM
Zebrafish Mucosal Infection Model Illuminates Host-Pathogen Interactions During Yeast Infection. | | Yeasts are part of the healthy microbiome of human gastrointestinal and reproductive tracts but can cause invasive and systemic disease in immunocompromised patients. Two species, Candida albicans and Candida parapsilosis, account for the majority of hospital-acquired yeast infections. While C. albicans has long been the subject of research, relatively little is known about host-pathogen interactions involving C. parapsilosis. | The zebrafish immune system is remarkably like our own and their see-through larvae allow for intimately detailed monitoring of pathogen and host cell interactions using fluorescence laser confocal microscopy. To better understand how epithelial tissues and innate immune cells interact with Candida species, we investigated aspects of C. albicans and C. parapsilosis mucosal infection in the zebrafish... Read More →

Monday April 24, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm

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