• Monitoring Changes In Microbial Composition And Density In Coastal Marine Waters In Essex County, MA: Part I

      Gordon, Ethel; Fregeau, Mark; Maney, Ted; Brown, Jason; Scottgale, Thomas; Schreiner, Sheila M.; Alachi, Peter (2020-05-04)
      This research tests the hypothesis that periodic assessment of the variety and density of coastal microbes will coincide with the safety or danger of these waters for public use. We will use sterile containers to collect samples from surface water near the Salem State University mussel farm and assess microbes by conventional and genetic reactions. A prolonged study of microbial life in this area may have implications for understanding the impact of current environmental changes.
    • Coronavirus Explainer

      Sprenkle, Amy B. (2020-05-04)
      As a professor or Microbiology, Biotechnology and Immunology here at Salem State, I’ve been following COVID-19 quite closely, and communicating the details to my students. Here is a brief coronavirus explainer during the time of the pandemic.
    • The Pronunciation Effect On Vocabulary Choices Of Multilingual English Speakers In Oral Discourse

      Bustamante Martinez, Esau I.; Gonzalez, Melanie; Gonzalez, Melanie (2020-05-04)
      Pronunciation and vocabulary are two important elements in English language learning. This pilot study uses a qualitative approach to investigate the relationship between pronunciation and vocabulary choices of multilingual English language learners. In the study six different instruments were used to assess the participant’s pronunciation and their reasons for her vocabulary choices. The results showed that there is a variation in the participant’s pronunciation at the segmental and phonotactic level and her responses indicated that pronunciation has an impact in vocabulary choices as well.
    • Managing Cardiovascular Disease In The Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Population

      Fennel, Jaclyn; Bashir, Mercy (2020-05-04)
      Hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients are a very unique population with an equally unique set of risk factors predisposing them to cardiovascular disease.
    • Improving Healthcare For African American Adult Males Through Barbershop-Based Programs

      Grullon, Sasha; Bashir, Mercy (2020-05-04)
      Healthcare access, perceptions of health based on masculinity ideology and psychological factors are all contributing factors affecting health promoting behaviors in African American men.
    • Becoming A Nurse Just In Time

      Bombino, Kathleen; Williams, Cheryl; Williams, Cheryl (2020-05-04)
      This study examined the implications of nursing student attrition, risk factors for course failure, and proposed utilization of a faculty desktop tool to identify students in need of support to remain academically successful. The Student Academic Success Survey (SASS) tool, developed by the researchers, was used at a local regional state university with 103 students. The SAS tool was not linked with student GPA, however, its utility as an early attrition marker needs further development.
    • The Effect Of Physical Activity In The Elderly With Mild Cognitive Impairment

      Kim-Hodgkins, Olga; Bashir, Mercy (2020-05-04)
      Physical activity can be beneficial to the elderly with mild cognitive impairment.
    • Privatized v. Academic Online Tutoring: A Proposal to Determine the Effectiveness of the Mary G. Walsh Writing Center Compared to Pearson-Smarthinking

      Quackenbush, Will; DeCiccio, Al (2020-05-04)
      This proposal for an experiment (which is part of a larger study) will evaluate the effectiveness of the Mary G. Walsh Writing Center’s online tutoring system when compared to that of Pearson Education’s (known as Smarthinking Online Tutoring). This experiment is primarily interested in discerning which online system (PearsonSmarthinking or that of the Mary G. Walsh Writing Center) can provide the most complete virtual “tutor experience.”
    • The Use Of Melatonin For Insomnia In Patients With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

      Bevan, Brooke; Ackerman, Margaret (2020-05-04)
      Review literature and evidenced based use of melatonin to treat insomnia in people with COPD
    • Should I Be CNOR? Peri Op Nurses Perception About Certification

      Venico, Rener; Williams, Cheryl (2020-05-04)
      Nurses are expected to provide the highest form of nursing care to all patients. Patients are the most important stakeholder in the health care environment. They deserve to receive excellent care from qualified highly trained nurses. Numerous nursing organizations believe that to maintain the highest standard of practice more importantly in a specialty, nurses need to be certified. This study surveyed nurses’ perception of certification. There are various viewpoints on achieving certification among per-operative nurses.
    • Role of Vitamin D in Preventing Falls in Nursing Home Patients

      St. Paul, Mahala; Ackerman, Margaret (2020-05-04)
      Literature review and analysis of best practice for use of Vitamin D to prevent falls in elderly.
    • Preventing Osteoporosis In Postmenopausal Women

      Balla, Blerta; Ackerman, Margaret (2020-05-04)
      Review of literature analyzing best practice for treatment of osteoporosis in post menopausal women.
    • Diabetes Education In School Nurses

      Zichella, Carol; Williams, Cheryl (2020-05-04)
      Increasing incidence of diabetes in youth requires the school nurse to be competent in providing evidence-based nursing care for the management of diabetes in the school setting. The purpose of this project was to evaluate and increase the knowledge and confidence level of school nurses in the care of students with type 1 diabetes. The lack of literature or competencies focused on diabetes management in the school setting led to the development of a curriculum and survey to measure the effectiveness of the curriculum. 15 school nurses participated in the educational offering. Paired sample t-tests demonstrated a statistically significant improvement in diabetes knowledge and confidence in diabetes care. (p<0.01).
    • Effective Treatment Of Adult Patients With Spinal Stenosis To Restore Optimal Function

      Serhan, Haitham; Ackerman, Margaret (2020-05-04)
      Analyze effectiveness of pharmacotherapy versus surgical interventions in the treatment of adult patients with spinal stenosis.
    • The Effectiveness Of Diabetes Shared Medical Appointments In Primary Care

      Mathieu, Sarietha; Ackerman, Margaret (2020-05-04)
      Review literature and determine best practices for diabetes appointments in primary care.Di
    • Conservative Treatment Of Meniscus Injuries Compared To Surgical Intervention

      Bingham, Gregory; Ackerman, Margaret (2020-05-04)
      Review of literature and evidenced based practice on treatment of meniscus injury repairs
    • Implementing An Antibiotic Stewardship Program In Primary Care

      Aptt, Lisa; Ackerman, Margaret (2020-05-04)
      Review of literature and evidenced based recommendations on use and overuse of antibiotics.
    • Yoga As A Treatment For Anxiety In Adult Women With Breast Cancer

      Carideo, Regina; Bashir, Mercy (2020-05-04)
      The incorporation of complimentary holistic therapies, including yoga practice, have been alleged to offer benefits to those suffering from anxiety symptoms.
    • Every MA Nurse Faculty Counts

      Andronaco, Michelle; Cross, Lisa; Williams, Cheryl; Williams, Cheryl (2020-05-04)
      Aim: This project’s purpose was to obtain a headcount of MA nurse faculty to determine their intentions to remain in an academic educator role. Background: There is a known national shortage of nursing faculty currently in the workforce. Identifying the number of nursing faculty in Massachusetts, their qualifications, and their intentions to continue to teach nursing will help workforce development initiatives. Method: This was an online descriptive, cross-sectional survey. Results: Findings show an aging MA nursing faculty with plans to stay in their role an average of ten more years. Conclusion: The looming faculty shortage needs to be addressed as our nursing faculty are aging out of their role.
    • Advanced Care Planning Interventions In Primary Care

      Cliffe, Kathleen; Bashir, Mercy (2020-05-04)
      Advancements in medical technology have allowed for an increase in the average life expectancy of human beings. To prevent individuals from suffering at end of life its imperative that advance care planning conversations occur between patients and their providers.