Pre-nursing students strut their research stuff
By Melissa Rodriguez
Thursday, May 9, Dr. Sandra Million-Underwood's pre-nursing students presented their final research projects during a poster presentation and "Gallery Walk." The 65 students in Dr. Underwood's Nursing 300: Foundations of Nursing Research class displayed their work in Upper Main Place of Wyllie Hall.
The class, consisting of sophomore and freshman students preparing to enter the nursing major, learned the basics of research techniques in the health field. For their final project, students were encouraged to choose a topic of personal interest.
Kyle Shuman, a sophomore, chose a project on controlling objects with the human mind.
"I'm a science geek, so I found something cool and futuristic," Shuman explained as he presented his display complete with research methods as well as video clips of a man moving a bionic arm. When asked about the purpose of the class, Shuman said, "It's more of a conceptual class...in some cases wanting you to get a love for literature."
In collaboration with UW Milwaukee, UW-Parkside brings this course in nursing research to campus during spring semester.
"I've been teaching at UWM and Parkside for 25 plus years," Dr. Underwood said. "In this course, students learn principles that are essential to research and that are used in the nursing practice."
Dr. Underwood went on to say the course teaches students how to apply what they've learned to real life. Another goal is to teach students how to present what they've learned.
"This is an opportunity where they can really showcase a level of excellence that I think often times cannot be showcased in a classroom. It allows them to share not only with their peers within the college, but with their peers across campus. An activity like this allows them to even develop that sense of self-confidence" said Dr. Underwood.
Sophomore Alison Scharette researched breast cancer in males and hopes her presentation will bring awareness to the campus about a subject that is rarely addressed.
"If I can have even 5 people--males--walk past me to make them aware of it, hopefully, it will make them aware to watch for the symptoms."Many of the students interviewed during this event have already been accepted into the nursing major and plan to continue their education at UW-Parkside.