School of nursing

School Notes: School of Nursing
November/December 2015

Professor leads national oncology organization

Associate Professor Mark Lazenby ’09MSN has assumed the presidency of the American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS), the nation’s only multidisciplinary professional society of advocates, chaplains, licensed mental health counselors, nurses, psychiatrists, and psychologists working in psychosocial oncology. The mission of the APOS is to advance the science and practice of psychosocial care for people affected by cancer. During his presidency, APOS will continue partnering with the cancer care community to ensure that the psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of cancer are included in cancer care routines. APOS works with YSN on a training program to educate cancer care professionals from across the country on screening patients for psychosocial distress.

Student named a Bloomberg Emerging Nurse Scholar

The Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing chose YSN PhD student Nancy Knechel ’15 to present her research at the competitive Emerging Nurse Scholars Forum this past October in Toronto, Canada. Knechel is the second student in YSN’s history to have been selected for this prestigious forum. She presented her research titled, “The relationships between sleep disturbance and falls among veterans who have experienced strokes.”

Poster wins top honors

US Navy commander and YSN graduate Lisa Braun ’15PhD recently attended the TriService Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice Dissemination Course in San Antonio, Texas, where she won first place for her evidence-based-practice poster presentation. The poster was based on Braun’s YSN dissertation, “US Navy Women’s Experience with Abnormal Cervical Cancer Screening and Follow-up Care.” Founded in 1990, the TriService Nursing Research Program facilitates nursing research to optimize the health of military members and their beneficiaries.

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