Rutgers School of Nursing professor and student win top awards at annual research conference

April 24, 2024

School is well-represented at Eastern Nursing Research Society 36th Annual Scientific Sessions

With award winners and multiple presenters, Rutgers School of Nursing had a strong showing at the Eastern Nursing Research Society 2024 Scientific Sessions. Faculty member Suzanne Crincoli (PhD, RN), was honored for outstanding authorship, and nursing student Karla Soldevilla won first place in her research poster category.

Faculty and students from the nursing school presented more than a dozen posters and papers at the sold-out conference held April 4-5 in Boston, MA, and attended by hundreds of nurse researchers, nurse faculty, leaders in evidence-based practice, and undergraduate and graduate nursing students. This year’s conference theme was “Trailblazing Innovative Models of Care in Population Health through Nursing Science.”

Crincoli, a lecturer at the nursing school, received the ENRS Nursing Research Authorship Award, which recognizes a highly significant journal article published in the previous year. Her winning article, which examines how organization and individual characteristics and occupational fatigue interact to affect night nursing care, was published in Nursing Research. Crincoli earned her PhD in Nursing at Rutgers last year.

Soldevilla, who will graduate next month, received ENRS’ first-place award for bachelor’s student posters. Her poster, Comprehensive Fall Risk Assessments Among Community-dwelling Older Adults, summarizes a research project she supported as an honors student.

“Before joining the honors program at Rutgers School of Nursing, I had no idea that nurses conduct research,” Soldevilla said. “To be honest, being recognized at ENRS was an unexpected and shocking experience. From this experience, I learned how important it is to be consistent with my work and to continue to push myself to succeed even when it feels difficult.” Attending the conference was an important networking opportunity for Soldevilla. “I was able to meet many nurse faculty and students who are passionate about research,” she said.

Rutgers faculty are active with ENRS not just at conference time, but throughout the year. For example, Kathleen Horan (PhD, APRN, CNE) and Michele Roberts (EdD, RN, CNE, CHSE), both assistant professors, are co-chairs of ENRS’ new Nursing Education Research Interest Group. Karen D’Alonzo, an associate professor, co-chairs the RIG focused on family and community-based participatory research.

Rutgers School of Nursing Posters and Papers at ENRS 2024 (listed by lead author)
School-Selected Student Presentations
  • Katsiaryna Sikorskaya, DNP Student, Family Nurse Practitioner (’24), Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus Following COVID-19 Vaccination: Implications for Patient Counseling.
  • Karla, Soldevilla, Comprehensive Fall Risk Assessments Among Community-dwelling Older Adults.
  • Amal Mobarki, PhD Student, Moral Distress, its Contributing Factors, and its Consequences among Registered Nurses: A Literature Review.
Peer-Reviewed Papers and Posters — Students
  • Elise Corasmin, PhD Candidate (’24), Correlates of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Use Among Black Women.
  • Rowena Curva, PhD Candidate (’24), RBHS Lecturer and Clinical Learning Facilitator, Facilitator Experiences and Perspectives on Debriefing Methods and Training in Clinical Nursing Simulation in Baccalaureate Nursing Programs.
  • Tahani Maashi, PhD Candidate (’24), Clinical Learning Experiences (CLE) in Nursing: A Concept Analysis.
  • Isaac Nkrumah, PhD Student, Self-management Education and Support for Women with Gestational Diabetes: Competencies of Healthcare Professionals in Africa.
  • Dione Sandiford, PhD Candidate (’24) and RBHS Lecturer, Exploring Mentoring Experiences Of New Non-Tenured Faculty In Undergraduate Nursing Programs: A Qualitative Study.
  • Jenny Zijun Wang, BSN student (’24), Navigating COVID-19 Policies: Mapping Mandates in Acute Care Settings.
Peer-Reviewed Papers and Posters–Faculty
  • Nadine Aktan, Clinical Professor and Interim Associate Dean for Entry to Baccalaureate Practice, Urban Green Space and Perinatal Health Inequities in the United States: A Literature Review.
  • Ying-Yu Chao, Clinical Assistant Professor, Factors Associated with Help-seeking among Chinese Americans Who Reported Elder Mistreatment.
  • Ying-Yu Chao, Clinical Assistant Professor, The Impact of the COVID-19 Infections on Psychological Well-being during Pandemic.
  • Suzanne Crincoli, RBHS Lecturer, The Effects of Organizational Characteristics, Individual Nurse Characteristics, and Occupational Fatigue on Missed Care at Night.
  • Pamela de Cordova, Associate Professor, Acute Care Nurse Stress Appraisal: Application of the Transactional Model of Stress and Coping.
  • Beth Savage, Assistant Professor, The Influence of Neighborhood Opportunity on Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Survivorship in New Jersey.
  • Rita Truex, RBHS Lecturer, Maryse Bouton, and Kyeongra Yang Patients’ Lived Experience as Prelicensure Nursing Preparation for Person-centered Care: Lessons Learned from Patient’s Stories.