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 2024

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Reducing Severity of Primary Dysmenorrhea with the Utilization of Acupressure, Tatum N. Britton

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Utilizing Aromatherapy to Decrease Anxiety in Adults Experiencing Homelessness, Thomas A. Clawson

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Power and Control Wheel Tactics: Assessing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Epistemology Among Domestic Violence Survivors, Lisa Hady

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Accompanying Parents in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: A Nurse-Led Support Group, Rachel Hess

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Exploring the Implementation of a Nurse Professional Development Specialist (NPDS) in the Cardiac-vascular Ambulatory Care Setting: a Role Proposal, Elinor E. Hughes

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The Effects of Health Coaching on Stress Levels in College Students, Jennifer J. Johnson

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Care as Harm Reduction: Transcultural Nursing and Drug Use, Sarah Jane Keaveny

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Impact of Race on the Relationship Between Adverse Childhood Experience and Mental Health in the Minnesota Homeless Population, Sally Keckeisen

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Tiered Skills Acquisitioin Model Pilot for New Graduate Registered Nurses, Jamie Kollman

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Educating Nurses to be Spiritual Healers at the End of Life, Emily K. Lindee

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Implementation of Vinyasa Yoga for Adults Experiencing Anxiety, Megan K. Malyuk

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Conversations on Self-care: Supporting the Well-Being of Peer Mental Health Care Workers, Kara L. Nachtsheim

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Positive Self Talk in Young Adults with Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Marisa C. Rosas

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An Examination of the Big Five, Mental Illness Stigma, and Crisis Intervention Training, Trista Wolfgram

Theses/Dissertations from 2023

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From In-Person to Technology-Based Interpreting: Evolution and the Need for Flexible, Community-Based Standards, Muhiyadin (Mo) Aden

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A systematic review of the long and short-term effects of sports related concussions in youth and adolescent athletes, Yasin Ahmed

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The Efficacy of Platelet-Rich Plasma in Alopecia Treatment, Michaela Althaus

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Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction for Nurses, Bahsan Awale

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Stroke Prevention in Sub-Saharan African Immigrants: Educating for Change, Daniel Ayana

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Sisyphean Frustrations: The Impetus for Improving Harm Reduction Strategies in Minneapolis, MN, Jordan Baker

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Utilization of Pulmonary Ultrasound: An Effective Tool in Guiding or Replacing Existing Diagnostic Methods in Clinical Practice, Sidney M. Bauer

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Mindfulness Meditation for Alcohol use Disorder, Mykenzie S. Bender

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Addressing Disparities in Hospice Care: Race-Based Discrepancies, Barriers to Access and Proposals: A Systematic Review, Heather Block

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Growing Pains: A Needs-Based Assessment of Aging in Place in the Twin Cities, Emma Burt

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The Efficacy of PRP Injection vs Corticosteroid Injection in the Management of Common Tendinopathies: A Systematic Review, Eric Caloud

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The Efficacy of Limbic System Retraining and Neuroplasticity in the Management of Chronic Pain and Disease: A Systematic Review, Julia Carr

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Invitation to lay Down Your Burden: Self-care Health and Wellbeing Practices for Strong Black Superwomen, LaTonia Clark Chalmers

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An Ethiopian Health Center: a Transcultural Approach to Health for Immigrants Living in Minnesota, Liyu Daniel

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Racial Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Implict Bias Education in Nursing, Katie Daramola

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A Unique HIV Harm Reduction Perspective from Costa Rica: Hogar de la Esperanza An Ethnographic Case Study and Comparative Examination of Approach to HIV Treatment Between the United States and Costa Rica, Kim Marie Day

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Improving Minnesota’s Access to Opioid Use Disorder Treatment and Naloxone, Annasha Doane-Ramkhalawon

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Best Practices for the Retention and Graduation of Minority Nursing Students in 2 Year Programs, Rosalia Guadalupe Dominguez

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In Adults, does Level of Stress Affect Sleep Quality and Duration?, Zach Ekstein

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Effects of Meditation on Chronic Pain Management among Older Adults, Katelyn R. Forsell

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The Benefits and Limitations of a Clinician Lead Sexual Education Program in Wisconsin Public Schools, Margaret Freiermuth

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The differences between the quality of life and personal health profile between individuals diagnosed with celiac disease and those who follow a gluten-free diet for non-celiac reasons, Ellie Fuechtmann

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The Barriers Hispanic Students Face In The United States, and The Underrepresentation of Hispanic Providers, Eddie Gaytan

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Systematic review of the effect of exercise on the reduction of myocardial remodeling following a myocardial infarction compared to a sedentary approach, Vladislav Gladis

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Underlying Mechanisms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder in an Experimental Fear-Conditioning Paradigm, Melissa Hartnell

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A Systematic Review of Sodium Intake and its Impact on Cardiovascular Health: Insights from Costa Rican Studies, Benjamin M. Hillebrand

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Virtual Reality Pain Intervention for Pediatric Burn Patients, Tanya Ann Hinrichs

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Reiki for Health Promotion, Benjawan Jearanaivitthayakul

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A Holistic Tool Kit for Family Nurse Practitioners Working with Chronic Pain, Bethany Kristin Johnson

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Mindfulness Meditation for Emergency Department Nurses Experiencing Compassion Fatigue, Jennifer J. Johnson Krotzer

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Mindful Relapse Prevention, Ellen Kearney

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Evaluating Physician Assistant Students’ Knowledge and Competence in Lifestyle Medicine: Assessing the Need for Implementing Lifestyle Medicine Curriculum in Physician Assistant Programs, Tori Koopman

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Sedative Hypnotic Medications: Effect on Negative Cognition and Insomnia, Austin L. Larsen

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Implementation of Costa Rica’s Universal Healthcare System and Potential Consequences and Solutions to Burnout Their Providers are Faced With, Tony Lawler

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Reiki Therapy: A Stress Reduction Modality for Persons Experiencing Chronic Homelessness, Seng Tiong Lee

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Aromatherapy: Alleviating Stress for People With Intellectual Disabilities Receiving Medical Care, Stacy C. Lenz

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Effects of Reiki Healing on Newborn Attachment and Postpartum Depression in Women, Tam Ngoc Le

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Integrative Medicine for Hypertension in Primary Practice, Sarah Lien

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A Systematic Review of the Use of Artificial Intelligence in Early and Accurate Diagnosis for Lung and Breast Cancer, Elena Luu

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Holy Yoga as a Complementary Therapy for Women With Post-traumatic Disorder, Jennifer Diane McKinney

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The impact of skin-to-skin contact with infants on postpartum depression: A comparative case study, Hassan Mohamed

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Unique Posttraumatic Growth Expression Among Homeless Males Currently Enrolled in Chemical Dependency Treatment, Travis T. Mord

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Safety First: Assessing First Aid Educational Needs of Outdoor Education Participants, Melissa Niemiec

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Implementing Mindfulness Intervention with Homeless Individuals, Kelsey Maura Swenson Noah

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Dancers and Eating Disorders: Is Screening Beneficial for this Population?, Brittany Noble

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Utilization and Outcomes of Experiential Learning Pedagogy in the Setting of Medical Education: A Systematic Review, Jennifer R. Nyflot

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Home-Based Primary Care in Patients with Dementia: Impact on Cost, Medication Use, and Patient Satisfaction, Megan O'Leary

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The Effectiveness of Laser Acupuncture in Pain Management: a Systematic Review, June Park

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Cultivating the Strategic use of Storytelling as an Advocacy Skill for Social Justice in Nursing Practice, Theresa Reichert

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Medical Academic Burnout: A US Problem or a Worldwide Problem?, Ryan Rivard

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Using Huddles to Promote Interprofessional Collaboration and Psychological Safety, Mattie Rivera

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Practice of Reiki to Decrease Prenatal Anxiety, April M. Rothstein

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Barriers to HPV Screening and Prevention in Latin America: A systematic Review, Lauren Rutten

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Emergency Department Thoracotomy as an Intervention for Penetrating Trauma to the Thoracic Cavity: A Systematic Review, Samuel Scherf

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Herbal Medicine Use in Costa Rica: A Case Study Examining Herbal Medicine’s Utilization and Cultural Significance, Jules Schlicting-Bader

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Better Nature: How nature improves our health and how we can use nature to do better, Alyssa K. Snyder

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Sports, Family, and Leadership in Youth: Impacts of Family Environments and Sport Participation on Youth Leadership Development, Michael Stout

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The Combined Effects of Discrimination and Holding Multiple Intersecting Marginalized Identities on Substance Use Among Adolescents, Ashley Thomas

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Traumatic Brain Injury Severity in Older Adults: Impact on Anxiety and Depression Symptoms and Community Engagement, Ashley Tomford

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Patient positioning to prevent pressure injuries, Maria D. Trevis

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Identifying and Addressing the Cultural Experiences/Challenges of Hmong Community and Their Interactions with Western Medicine: A Case Report and Review of Literature, Kao Neng Vang

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Stress Management for Healthcare Providers in the Emergency Department During Covid-19 Pandemic, Carrie A. Warns

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Outcomes of Unbalanced versus Balanced Crystalloids in Sepsis: A Systematic Review, Gus R. Whittington

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The L.O.V.E. Project (LGBTQ+ Outpatient Vital and Valuable Allyship Education): Creating Safe and Welcoming Spaces for the LGBTQ+ Community, Kimberly D. Yue

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