Graduate nursing students complete capstone scholarly projects

Misericordia University graduate nursing students recently presented their evidence-based practice projects at the Graduate Nursing Scholarly Synthesis Poster Day in John J. Passan Hall’s College of Health Sciences.

The graduate synthesis capstone course represents the culmination of graduate nursing students’ skills and knowledge. Students demonstrate their ability to integrate theory, research, and clinical or functional practice in a seminar format. The final capstone scholarly project provides evidence of students’ synthesis of knowledge through written, oral and critical thinking skills. 
Melissa Bauman, presented her project, “Development of an Evidence Based Protocol for Treatment of Urinary Tract Infections with a Three-Day Course of Trimethoprim-Sulfamethoxazole.” Aimee Detweiler offered her project, “‘Wee’ Can Control Hypertension in Type 2 Diabetics,” and Lori Kreitzer presented her project, “A Good Shot at Preventing Cancer.’’
Laura Eastman Lunger presented her evidence based practice project “Utilization of the Geriatric Depression Scale-Short Form(GDS-SF).’’ Patricia Rodriguez-Hudson presented on “Direct Clinical Practice Implications for the PCP Utilizing the Ursine HCG Pregnancy Test,’’ Amanda Shingler presented “Nicotine Replacement Therapy for Tobacco Cessation in Primary Care,’’ and Lori Talutto offered her project findings on “Development of an Evidence Based Protocol: The Use of Metformin to Decrease HgA1C levels.’’ Samantha Wheeland presented on her project, “Acute Viral Rhinosinusitis: Resist the Resistance,” and Cathy Zurawski reviewed her project, “Development of an Evidence Based Project: The Impact of Text Messaging Intervention on Smoking Cessation Attempts in Adults.”
Graduate faculty members Dr. Cynthia Mailloux and Dr. Annette Weiss served as course faculty mentors for the capstone projects. For more information about the graduate nursing program at Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6474 or log on to

Misericordia University graduate nursing students presented at the Graduate Nursing Scholarly Synthesis program. Posing for a picture, first row from left, are Melissa Bauman, Effort, Pa.; Lori Kreitzer, Nanticoke, Pa.; Smanatha Wheeland, Williamsport, Pa.; Aimee Detweiler, White Haven, Pa.; Cathy Zurawski, Mountain Top, Pa.; and Amanda Shingler, Throop, Pa.; second row, Lori Talutto, Dunmore, Pa.; Professor Pamela Welsh; Dr. Brenda Pavill; Dr. Cynthia Mailloux, chair, Department of Nursing; Dr. Annette Weiss; Dr. Brenda Hage, director, Misericordia University Graduate Nursing Programs; Professor Kathleen Sheikh; Patricia Rodriguez-Hudson, Sugarloaf, Pa., and Laura Eastman Lunger, Monroe Twp., Pa.