• Addressing Children's Mental Health During a Pandemic Through Social Emotional Learning and Artistic Expression

      Walker, Grace; Kessler, Jonathan (2021-05-01)
      A presentation on how Grace Walker was able to implement a Social Emotional Learning Program at the North Shore YMCA’s School Age Learning Pods during the pandemic. The presentation covers the importance of social emotional learning and how it can be implemented in any after school program while also including artistic expression. From observing children’s disruptive behaviors, Walker was able to see a need for social emotional learning. After implementing a Social Emotional Learning Program, data collection continued and resulted in a significant decrease in disruptive behaviors. Children who participated in the program also expressed what they learned and enjoyed from participating.
    • An Education Initiative to Improve End of Life (EOL) Care in Undergraduate Curricula

      Barry, Michelle (2021-05-06)
      In today’s complex health care delivery system, patients with serious and chronic illness and their families demand that nurses and their interprofessional team be well versed in palliative and end of life (EOL) care techniques. Although there is evidence supporting the value of EOL care, the number of health care professionals fitted and available to provide this care is inadequate to meet the needs of patients and families across the lifespan. It is therefore imperative that future nurses be prepared with the knowledge, attitude, and skills to provide empathetic, efficient EOL care to the chronically ill. The following presentation will discuss the importance of improving EOL care modules in the undergraduate curriculum with an emphasis on improving communication techniques founded in empathy. It will highlight innovative ways to enhance teaching and learning. By synthesizing current literature, and identifying the theory-practice gap, a new curricular redesign will be formatted for consideration of future use combining traditional pedagogies and forum theater methodologies to improve students’ perceived level of comfort having difficult EOL conversations grounded in empathy and effective communication techniques.
    • An Examination of the Corpus of USCIS.gov

      Norris, Christina; González, Melanie (2021-05-01)
      One topic that is of increasing relevance to many English learners (ELs) as the number of individuals hoping to gain lawful residence in the U.S. is that of immigration. In fiscal year 2019, USCIS received more than 7.6 million forms relating to the many types of applications that they oversee, such as immigrant petitions for working visas, asylum and refugee adjustments, family unity applications, and naturalization applications (“Number of Service-wide Forms Fiscal Year To- Date, by Quarter, and Form Status Fiscal Year 2019,” 2020). Many of the applicants are ELs who would appreciate and benefit from direct or indirect assistance from their ESL or EFL instructors to better understand the application process, a process that tends to begin by visiting the USCIS website, www.USCIS.gov. This study, therefore, applied corpus linguistics methods examine the vocabulary of the USCIS website and application materials with the goal of creating word lists to assist language teachers and learners to better navigate the language of the process.
    • Caregiver Stress

      Short, Theresa; Williams, Cheryl (2021-05-01)
      The healthcare community needs to be more aware of caregiver stress; how to identify it and how to treat it.
    • Caseload Balance and Risk Stratification in Community Residential Care: A Pilot Program for Nurse Case Managers

      Burridge, Julieanne; Leger, Robin (2021-05-01)
      A pilot program for nurse case managers to identify patient acuity and balance caseloads based on risk identification and stratification.
    • Collaborative Online International Learning in the Time of COVID: SSU Professors Go Global from Home with COIL

      Blaber, Zlatinka; Emlinger, Ana; González, Melanie; Hartling, Cissy; Rocca, Anna; Ruget, Vanessa; Serra, Fatima; Yun, Chaerin (2021-05-06)
    • Compared Effectiveness of Mirror Therapy and Virtual Reality Therapy in Upper Extremity Motor Rehabilitation during the Acute Stage of Stroke

      Webb, Alex; Fink, Twyla (2021-05-01)
      Comparison of mirror therapy and virtual reality therapy for individuals with upper extremity hemiparesis during the acute stage of stroke. A comprehensive literature review was performed over several medical databases. 8 articles were selected which show that both interventions appear to have some level of effectiveness for this population and may be useful interventions for occupational therapy practitioners in improving daily function.
    • Cultural Humility Training to Improve Client Functional Performance Outcomes: A Systematic Review

      Velasquez, Chanel; MacLachlan, Jean (2021-05-01)
      The purpose of this systematic review is to investigate the characteristics of cultural humility as practiced by experienced healthcare professionals, primarily occupational therapy (OT) practitioners, and to analyze the implementation of cultural humility training in relation to client functional performance outcomes.
    • Do Movement-Based Sensory Interventions Increase Education Participation in the Classroom for Students with ASD?

      Arellano, Jesselyn; Turcotte, Jill (2021-05-01)
      The purpose of this systematic literature review is to examine whether sensory-based interventions targeting movement can have an impact on a child with ASD’s education participation.
    • Does a structured Staff Nurse Orientation in Ambulatory Clinics improve Nurse Preceptor satisfaction?

      Murphy, Siobhan (2021-05-06)
      A needs assessment was completed on a Hematology/Oncology Clinic. Based on the themes revealed through the survey, a pilot orientation structure was created. Goals include increasing preceptor satisfaction.
    • Does Animal Assisted Intervention Within the School-Based Setting Increase Socialization Skills For Children Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorderosed

      Ricker, Melissa; Turcotte, Jill (2021-05-01)
      This is a literature review conducted to determine the efficacy of incorporating animal assisted intervention within the school based setting to improve social skills for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Early Integration of Palliative Care Amongst Newly Diagnosed Solid Tumor Oncology Patients

      Tardanico, Erin (2021-05-06)
      Offering Palliative Care (PC) as a layer in addition to standard medical oncology care [amongst newly diagnosed solid tumor patients] offers great benefit to both the patient and the primary oncologist. The intervention described in this poster helps to ensure an automatic referral process to help educate the patient on the evidence based benefits of PC and reduce common misconceptions of PC. The intervention also allows the opportunity for patients to participate in PC without feeling pressured, along with being able to prioritize what is most meaningful to them, so their providers can align their focus with what is important to the patient.
    • ELLs and STEM Education

      Poirier, Christophe (2021-05-06)
      Within the scope of STEM-based subjects—Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics—English Language Learners, particularly long-term ELLs, are a demographic that has under-performed relative to their non-ELL peers. This paper will examine several of the issues that encumber ELL success with regards to STEM. It will also address current solutions available locally and nationally, as limited as they may be, in closing that widening gap. The main purpose of this document is to create a social awareness program that bridges ELLs and their community to STEM-based knowledge. By promoting lessons, activities, and opportunities with local programs, this project will springboard home-school partnerships, encourage ELLs and their families to invest in secondary language acquisition, and motivate them to think of solutions affecting their community. Additionally, we will conclude by offering ideas to foster outreach, support service-learning opportunities, and continued exploration in this important area of ELL development.
    • English Language Ideologies and their Impact in ELT programs in Oaxaca, Mexico

      Bustamante Martinez, Esau I.; González, Melanie (2021-05-01)
      The use of English as a language of communication is growing around the world and its global influence has spread to different areas. In Mexico, English language learning and teaching have been influenced by different ideologies; in some cases, those ideologies have their origins in social, political and economic factors. The aim of this study is to investigate if there is a connection between English language ideologies and English teaching in Oaxaca.
    • Enhancing Recovery for Patients Undergoing Colectomy and Hysterectomy procedures: Multidisciplinary-led Protocol Implementation.

      Conant, Roger; Leger, Robin (2021-05-01)
      This project is focused on improving outcomes and length of stay for patients having surgery. Average length of stay for colectomy and hysterectomy patients at CHA is greater than the national average. Also, narcotic usage for this patient population is high and results in increased post-op complications. A multidisciplinary team developed protocols to standardize treatment of these patients before and after surgery.
    • Fibromyalgia Management in Primary Care: Is Pharmacotherapy just one Part of the Treatment?

      Pousseu, Blandine (2021-05-06)
      Fibromyalgia diagnosis and management continues to be a challenge in primary care. Nurses Practitioner report a knowledge gap of this syndrome and do not fell comfortable effectively caring for those affected. Fibromyalgia patients usually undergo extensive, lengthy testing, and delayed diagnosis leading to poor health related quality of life. The goal of this poster is to increase awareness on the diagnosis criteria and treatment options of fibromyalgia as swell as evidence-based guidelines to curve the existing knowledge gap.
    • How Do Undergraduate Nursing Students Feel About Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing?

      Kalafatis Finley, Angelina; Williams, Cheryl (2021-05-01)
      This presentation is an integrative review that seeks to explore the perceptions, opinions, and attitudes of undergraduate nursing students on psychiatric-mental health nursing.
    • Identification of English Language Students in Greater Boston District Websites

      Katz, Julia; González, Melanie (2021-05-01)
      My research project discusses legal and scholarly developments regarding the classification and labelling of English language students. It also investigates how English language students and English language programs are identified on district webpages in the Greater Boston Area.
    • Increasing Access to Hospice Care: Adapting a virtual consent, patient intake and consumer education tool to meet unique needs at end of life

      Ramsden, Patricia; Leger, Robin (2021-05-01)
      Review of pilot program aimed at increasing access to hospice care through adaptation of virtual platform
    • Interventions that Address Feeding Challenges in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

      Casey, Abigail; Turcotte, Jill (2021-05-01)
      This review examines interventions within the scope of occupational therapy practice that address feeding challenges in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder between the ages of two and eight years. Identified approaches include behavioral-based approaches and sensory-based approaches.