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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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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Creating a Complex Care Model, Kathryn Hoehn

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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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Alcohol Use Disorder and Major Depressive Episodes: Findings from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, Samantha Madler

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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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Moderating Factors in the Relationship Between Bully Victimization and Psychosomatic Symptoms, Tonya Paulson

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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

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What Treatment and Prevention Options are the Most Effective for Elbow, Knee, and Plantar Tendinopathies?, Cody Lawson

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In Patients With Cardiac Arrest, Does Early Defibrillation Reduce Mortality?, Nicholas Lueddecke

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What is the Most Effective Management for Patients with Concomitant Gallstones and Bile Duct Stones?, Stephanie McCarney

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Among Patients with A Dual Diagnosis of Schizophrenia and Substance Use Disorder What Current Treatments Provide Optimal Outcomes?, Drew McNamara

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Exercise as Self-care to Combat Nurse Burnout, Jessica Petefish

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The Improvement of Verbal and Nonverbal Communication in a Teenage Male with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Music Therapy: A Clinical Case Research Study, Kaitlin A. Pisarczyk

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Mindfulness Meditation in Nursing Practice: an Educational Module to Assist With Decreasing Stress in Nursing, Mary Pries

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Eating for Health, Tanya Reese

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The Process to Implement a Discharge Safety Plan Interverntion in a Large Midwestern Hospital Emergency Department, Vicki Samike

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Rise in Mesoamerican endemic Nephropathy (MeN) in Migrant Population in Exchange for Work; Is it Worth the Trade-Off?, Katie Schmitz

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Advance Care Planning Education for Older Adults, Jamie E. Seaquist

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Platelet-Rich Plasma vs. Traditional Surgical and Nonsurgical Interventions for Rotator Cuff Tendinopathies, Nick Slingerland

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Umbilical Cord Clamping: How Timing Affects Infant Health Outcomes, Lauren Snell

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Exploring Challenges Experienced by Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Nursing Students in the United States, Hilda Soko

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Painting Support Group: a Gateway to Healing Anxiety and Depression, Summer G. Soto Angulo

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Preventing Rehospitalizations Among Older Adults With Heart Failure, Megan E. Splittstoesser

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Latina Adolescent Dating Violence Public Narrative, Megan Staffen

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From Bunks and Bars to Sidewalks and Skies: Support for Reentry from Incarceration, Ashley Ann Steen

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Nursing Education on Sepsis, Bethsaida Taye

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Does Transitioning to an OMI/NOMI Model for the Evaluation of Acute Coronary Syndrome in Adult Emergency Department Patients Improve Outcomes Compared to Contemporary STEMI/NSTEMI Model?, Ismar Terzic

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Educating Nurse Practitioners on Palliative Care for Patients With Heart Failure, Amelia E. Tetlie