Theses, Dissertations, and graduate student summative projects submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for graduation from Augsburg University

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Theses/Dissertations from 2022

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Mindfulness Meditation: Stress Management for Black Maternal Patients, Muna Abdirahman

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Immunotherapy versus Chemotherapy: Which Treatment Offers Better Survival to Adults with Advanced Melanoma?, Nadeline Abro

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In patients with malaria, does the use of antimalarial drugs (Artemisinin-based combination therapies) more effective than exchange transfusion for treatment?, Abiel Adjagodo

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How Might Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia (UGRA) Provide Better Analgesic Care Compared to Opioids in Both Hospital, And Remote Environments, Ryan Ahlgren

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What are the Contributing Factors of the Disparities in Maternal Mortality?, Maryan Aideed

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Achieving Remission in Graves’ Disease: A Comparison of Treatment Options, Lauren Althman

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Social Determinants of Health in the Diagnosis, Prevention, and Treatment of Psychosis, Vanessa Amanor

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3D and Bio-printing as an Efficient and Safe Alternative to Traditional Methods and Materials in Cardiovascular Diseases, Angela Asare-Ose

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Improving Advanced Practice Nursing Care to Children With Autism in the Emergency Department, Suzanne J. Bartell

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Can CRISPR gene editing provide a definitive treatment for sickle cell disease?, Amanda Bartosh

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Building Resiliency in Children through Mindfulness, Karissa Buck

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Caregiver Stress: Aromatherapy to Decrease Burnout, Sara A. Campbell

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Comparing Efficacy of Denosumab to Bisphosphonates in Fragility Fractures, Ronald Toledo Cardoso

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A Review of Non-Pharmacologic Treatments for Adults Experiencing Suicidality, Britta Chiles

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What Are Barriers and Contributing Factors Limiting Healthcare Access in Southern Africa?, Ron Chitekwe

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Effectiveness of Oral versus Topical Antibiotics in the Treatment of Pediatric Otitis Media, Yusra Darkazanli

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Promoting Emotional Healing in Nurses During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Mattie M. Decker

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Does Probiotic Supplementation Improve Depression/Anxiety Outcome Measures?, Kathryn M. DeCleene

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Intermittent fasting and reduction of cardiovascular disease risk, Ethan DeKam

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Stroke Prevention in Patients with Non-valvular Atrial Fibrillation: The Watchman Device versus Warfarin, Emma Delaney

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Pediatric Seizures: Access and Utilization of Specialty Care and Mental Health Care, Samantha Delos Santos

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Integrative Music Therapy: A Healing Intervention for Children with Disabilities, Francesca N. Do

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Thermal Ablation as an Alternative to Standard Breast Conserving Surgery in the Treatment of Invasive Ductal Carcinoma of the Elderly, Dani Ducharme

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Resilience Through Mentorship, Erik Fairbanks

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Benefits of Hatha Yoga use: Integrative Therapy for Chronic Pain, Senayet A. Goitom

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Essential Medications for Native Americans, Valerie Decora Guimaraes

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An Acupressure Training Program for Nurses, Thazin Hlaing

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The Impact of Yoga on Performance Anxiety in Adult Motocross Racers, Brittany L. Hodkinson

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Energy Healing: Reiki as a Coping Mechanism in Intimate Partner Violence Trauma, Sarah Hoppe

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Socioeconomic Determinants of Antibiotic Resistance, Kausar Jama

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Diabetes and Cardiovascular Preventative Behavior Through Adult Education Among East African Immigrants, Gutama Kurfessa

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Mindfulness Meditation Program for Parents, Jennifer L. Lothert

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Improving the Discharge Planning Process in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Kimberly McFarlane

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Integration of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE’s) Care Program, Erin B. Mehta

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An Exploration of Aromatherapy and Mindfullness Meditation to Relieve Symptoms of Chronic Stress, Cassandra Miles-Hanson

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Focused Breathing Meditation: a Mindful-based Therapy for Multicultural Population With Heart Failure, Anne Mkalama

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Art Therapy for Pediatric Oncology Patients, Chera Morrow

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Effective Pharmacological and Non-pharmacological Treatments for Sleep Disturbances and Fatigue in Patients Who Have Experienced a Mild to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury, Mika Muras

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Impact of Provider Cultural Competency on Latino/Hispanic Patients During End-of-Life and Hospice Care, Nicholle Nacionales

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Yoga and Mindfulness to Reduce Stress and Anxiety in Adolescent Boys Through Teamwork and Coaching, Richard Navarro

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Birth Equity in Action: Community Partnerships in Nursing Praxis, Cynthia Rodriguez Navin

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Mindfulness and Quality of Life: Exploring Parents’ Perceptions, Jenna Nelson

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Effective Models in Community and Student Run Clinics, Jonathan Nyman

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Exercise to Reduce Inpatient Nursing Stress, Kacy Odean

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Addressing LGBTQ Anxiety With Mindful Meditation, Mark Pequignot

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Self-healing With Reiki for Homeless Individuals Suffering from Past Traumatic Events, Kathryn Piha

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Sound and Silence for Patients With Dementia, Jess Porteous

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Lowering Depression Symptoms in Adults: Exploring Nonpharmacologic/Non-talk Therapy Based Approaches, Alyssa A. Raiolo

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Symptom Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis, Tracie Reamer

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What Alternative Models are Effective in Improving Health Outcomes in Children With Obesity in the United States?, Kelsey Reineke

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The Impact of Conventional and Expanded Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on Juvenile Offending Outcomes, Jesma C. Revering

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Can Exercise be an Alternative Treatment Option for Depression, Walker Rogers

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Incorporating Quality Improvement and Problem-solving Into a Unit Safety Huddle, Kay M. Rowles

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Adolescent Anxiety: Implementing Mindfulness Techniques To Lessen Mental Health Crises, Britt Schultz

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Differences in Outcomes and Complications in Graves’ Disease in Patients Treated with Antithyroid Drugs, Thyroidectomy, and Radioiodine Ablation, David Shaffer

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Investigating the Relationship Between Mental Health and co- Morbidity Management During the Covid-19 Pandemic: a Literature Review, Alejandra Soto

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A Role for COX Inhibition in the Prevention of Progression of Barrett’s Esophagus To Esophageal Adenocarcinoma, John Speakman

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A Review of Monoclonal Antibody Regimens in Small Cell Lung Cancer Compared to Chemotherapy Standard of Care, Rachael St. Clair

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Mindfulness Meditation: Optimizing Mental Health in Hmong Elders, Mai Nou Thao

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In individuals aged 9-26, will increasing provider and parent education about the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine increase the rate of HPV Vaccination, Jessica Thonack

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Holistic tai chi Practice: a Comprehensive Stress Reduction for Graduate Student Nurses, Thuy N. Tu

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The Benefits of the Hmong Chicken Diet Among Postpartum Hmong Women, Sheng Vang

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Lower Extremity Risk Assessment in Athletes Following a Traumatic Brain Injury, Carlos D. Villalpando

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Dual Antiplatelet Therapy With Ticagrelor vs Clopidogrel in Patients With Acute Coronary Syndrome, Binh Vu

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Impact of using ACEs survey in the prevention of long-term health outcomes in adolescents in North America, Ebtisam Wais

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Living Life to the Fullest With Sjögren’s: an Online Resource, Vernalyn Wirig

Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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Outcomes of Elective Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Management: Open Surgical versus Endovascular Repair, Chelsea Armbruster

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What Are the Most Effective Risk Factor Management Strategies for The Prevention and Control of Hypertension?, Sherlyne Barasa

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In adults suffering acute large cerebral vessel occlusion, is direct mechanical thrombectomy more effective than treatment with tPA for reducing long-term morbidity?, Collin Barry

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A Mindfulness Program With Youth Affected by Crime, Margaret E. Becker

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Teaching Body Image Resilience to Create Better Body Image, Autumn Bertschinger

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The Adequacy of PA Didactic Psychiatric Education, Dean Berzins

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Improving Family Nurse Practitioners’ Knowledge of Palliative Care Resources, Michelle L. Bond

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Pain Reduction in Chronic Lumbar Patients Using Spinal Cord Stimulation, David Botros

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Promoting Wellness for College Athletes Through Mindfulness Meditation, Lisa R. Braatz

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Patient Self-care Outcomes With Utilization of Integrative Primary Care, Lora J. Briese

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The art of Emotional Intelligence: Decreasing Lateral Violence Among Nurses, Cheryl Ann Brugger

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Walking the journey side by side with the adolescent parent, Amy Buck

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Motivational Interviewing: Advancing Health and Agency, June Buck-Tipton

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Laughter is the Best Medicine, Anna Michelle Case

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Continuous Glucose Monitoring: Optimizing Type 1 Diabetes Management in Older Adults, Alyssa Clements

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Mental Healthcare in Costa Rica: A Critical Perspective, Claire Elise Decelles

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Occupational Factors and Risk for Preterm Birth, Kelsey Forbes

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Complementary Alternative Medicine: an Education of Guided Self-care in the Elderly Population for Management of Chronic Conditions, Janice B. Gerber

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A Missed Opportunity: The Underutilization of Preexposure Prophylaxis, Jacob Ginther

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Quiet Time: Supporting Rest and Healing in a Pediatric Medical/Surgical Setting, Kimberly R. Glidewell

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What is the Effect of Physical Activity on the Reduction of Macrovascular Complications in Patients Diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus?, Rachael M. Gordon

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Combating Pediatric Nurse Burnout and Increasing Retention With the Implementation of a Relaxation Room, Benjamin P. Groteboer

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Social Empowerment of Children With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Shawna Hanson

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A Cross-cultural Health Internship, Anna C. Hjerpe

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Environmental Influences on Pediatric Asthma: The Role of Social Determinants of Health in Costa Rica, Katherine Huber

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Factors that Impact Outcome in Patients Post-Esophagectomy, Leona Jakupi

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How Do Modifiable Risk Factors Impact the Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease?, Shamso Jama

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Pediatric Obesity: Prevention, Assessment and Treatment in Primary Care, Susan Johnson

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Holistic Admissions, Anna Kam

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In Patients With a Ruptured Anterior Cruciate Ligament, Does an Autograft Versus Allograft Reconstruction Provide Superior Post- Operative Outcomes?, Aaron Karo

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A Literature Review: What mental health challenges are experienced by first-generation Latino immigrant and refugee families entering the U.S.?, Hunnaan M. Khan

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An Overview of Individualized Management of Neuropsychiatric Symptoms in Dementia, Megan B. Knoll

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Will implementing human trafficking education and screening tools increase the number of identified trafficked victims and survivors in the healthcare setting?, Yadira Landeros De Santiago

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Identifying Skills for Connecting, Building Trust, and Developing Relationships With Sexually Exploited Youth, Julie A. Larose