Shell selected to represent SDSU at South Dakota Student Research Poster Session

image001Lauren Shell, Senior Nursing Student, has been selected to represent SDSU at the 2017 South Dakota Student Research Poster Session at the State Capitol Rotunda in Pierre, SD on March 2, 2017.

Poster title: Student Nurse Interns’ Perceptions about Spiritual Assessment

Abstract. Identifying spiritual needs of patients and families, and providing spiritual care are important aspects of nursing which are required by the Joint Commission. Spirituality, spiritual assessment, and spiritual care content in nursing curricula is crucial to effectively prepare nursing students in assessing patients’ spiritual needs and understanding implications of spiritual distress. However, little is known regarding nursing students’ perceptions about applying this knowledge in the clinical setting. This project, guided by Neuman’s Systems Model, explored student nurse interns’ perceptions about assessment of patients’ spiritual needs.  A qualitative, exploratory-descriptive approach was used with a purposive sample of 10 senior baccalaureate nursing students from a Midwestern university who participated in a summer nursing student internship. Individual 15- to 30 minute face-to-face interviews were conducted by the investigator. Interviews were recorded and transcribed verbatim. Thematic content analysis was utilized to interpret student nurse interns’ perceptions about spiritual assessment. While the student participants acknowledged the importance of spiritual assessment, two themes emerged: Logistical Uncertainty and Page to Practice. Student narratives illustrate a need for experiential learning that takes spiritual assessment curriculum content from learning to implementation. We recommend threading curriculum with faculty development that supports a skill set associated with confidence in the clinical practice of spiritual assessment.

Biography. Lauren Shell is an undergraduate student, majoring in Nursing who will graduate May, 2017. Lauren’s home town is Spirit Lake, Iowa. While pursuing a Baccalaureate degree in Nursing at SDSU, Lauren held various campus positions, including Community Assistant for the Campus Residence Halls, Chemistry Tutor at the Wintrode Student Success Center, and SDSU New Student Orientation Leader. Lauren volunteers as a member of the SDSU Honors College, South Dakota and National Student Nursing Association, and Nurses Christian Fellowship. Lauren will present her research at the Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) in Minneapolis, MN in April, 2017. Upon graduation, Lauren will begin her career at Mercy Medical Center- Des Moines (Iowa), working on the cardiac/telemetry unit, and pursue graduate nursing education.

Dr. Mary Minton, Associate Dean for Graduate Nursing and Associate Professor is Lauren’s research advisor on this project.

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