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Junior level nursing students Madeline Collier, Lauren Leo, Jaclyn Schreiber and Cassie Williams attended the 31 st Annual Nursing Research and Scholarly Activities Conference held April 17 th , 2018 at Classics V.

The conference was co- provided by the Professional Nurses Association of WNY and Gamma Kappa, Gamma Theta, Pi Zeta and Zeta Nu, local chapters of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. The conference featured a presentation by Dorothy Weir, ADN, RN, CWON, CWS on “Wound Care: State of the Science” and a poster session of research and scholarly activities. Lauren Leo stated “The presentation was stimulating and the presenter was very passionate about her work”. Student Jaclyn Schreiber adds “Being at the conference was very educational and insightful. I enjoyed seeing different hospitals and different departments coming together to encourage safer nursing care.” This conference and the exposure to wound care in this course has encouraged Madeline Collier to hopefully work in the field after she graduates. Cassie Williams really enjoyed attending all of the nursing research presentations, feeling that it was “so much more exiting to talk to the researchers themselves, compared with just reading their articles in a journal.” Williams found the key note speaker, Dot Weir, to be phenomenal. “It was truly inspiring to see someone so passionate about wounds!”

The 4 students in attendance, from Professor Jerge’s NUR 360 clinical group, recently had an alternate learning experience at the Advanced Wound Healing Center in the Caritas Medical Arts Building during their rotation at Sisters of Charity Hospital, St. Joseph’s Campus. During this time the students were exposed to various wound care treatments including compression wrapping, negative pressure wound therapy, and hyperbaric wound treatments. They attended this event to learn more about wound care and further their role in the profession of nursing.

Submitted by Professor Emily Jerge, MS, RN