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Congratulations to Deborah Fisher, M.S.N., R.N., PNP-BC, CPON, a current Ph.D. candidate from Midlothian, VA, and alumna Michelle Frazelle, Ph.D., R.N., CCRN, NIH/NINR, from Vienna, VA, for being invited to present during the Top Student Poster Session at the 26th Annual Conference of the Southern Nursing Research Society. Fisher received her acceptance to SNRS through her research abstract, titled “Opioid Withdrawal Signs and Symptoms in the Pediatric Patient during Opioid Tapering,” and Frazelle on her research abstract, titled “Healthcare Acquired Infection Risk and Toothbrush Contamination in the ICU.”
Frazelle conducted her research at the School of Nursing. She worked in collaboration with Mary Jo Grap, Ph.D., R.N., ACNP, FAAN, Nursing Alumni Endowed Professor and a professor of Adult Health and Nursing Systems, and Cindy Munro, Ph.D., R.N., ANP, FAAN,associate dean for research and innovation and professor at the University of South Florida College of Nursing. She also worked with a few faculty members outside of the School of Nursing, including Jessica Ketchum, assistant professor in the Department of Biostatistics, Todd Kitten, associate professor for the VCU School of Dentistry and Michael Edmond, VCUHS Hospital Epidemiologist. Frazelle graduated in the fall of 2011 with honorable recognition of her abstract. She will be expected to present her poster on Feb. 23 from 1:30 to 3:00 during poster discussion session B6.
Fisher conducted her study at the Children’s Hospital of Richmond, but her research plan was developed through her work as a doctoral student at the School of Nursing. She worked specifically with Dr. Grap, Ph.D., R.N., ACNP, FAAN, and Janet Younger, Ph.D., R.N., professor emerita, RK Elswick, Ph.D., associate professor, and Suzanne Ameringer, Ph.D., R.N., assistant professor. Fisher is currently finishing up her doctoral research and anticipates graduating in the spring of 2012. She will present her poster on Feb. 23 from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. during poster discussion Session A6.
The posters were identified by SNRS in a special group of the highest scored student posters. The top student posters will be displayed in a poster discussion group, which will consist of poster displays followed by podium discussions. The top scored poster will be eligible for the student poster award! The posters will also make a valuable contribution to science and evidence at the SNRS 2012 conference.

Michelle Frazelle

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Deborah Fisher

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