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 2018

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Analysis of Intrauterine Device Implementation and Review of Prevention Strategies to Reduce Adolescent Pregnancy in Nicaragua, Haley Johnson

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An Essential Perspective of Surgery: a Family Nurse Practitioner Clinical Care Model, Michelle D. Johnson

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Finding the fit: job Crafting as a Leadership Tool, Paul R. Johnson

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Smallpox Bioterrorism Preparedness: The Importance of Technology and Education for Early Detection and Response, D Taylor Jorgenson-Rathke

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Exploring the Lives of Retired Nurses Using the Lens of Legacy, Verliss L. Keller-Miller

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Comparing Short and Long-Term Benefits of ACL Autograft and Allograft Reconstruction Techniques, Nathan Kleppe

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An Analysis of Music Therapy on Improving Social and Communication Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Steven Koehler

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Inhaled Aromatherapy for Stress Reduction for Head Start Teachers, Jacquelyn Faulkner Komplin

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Climate Change: Human Health, the Developing World and the Global Response, Cole James Kriett

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Are Platelet Rich Plasma injections a Better Choice Compared to Glucocorticoid Injections for the Treatment of Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy in Adult Patients?, Sawyer Lange

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How is music therapy currently being used in pediatric pain management?, Kaylie LaPlante

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The Eleventh Hour: Navigating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Within a Veterans’ Community, Christopher R. Lee

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The Development of Hmong Leaders, Doua Lee

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Effect of Intimate Partner Violence on Maternal and Fetal Health During Pregnancy, Chelsey Leuschke

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Maintaining Competence for Safe Equipment use in the Operating Room, Benedict M. Lorenz

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HPV Screening in Nicaragua, Claire Maccani

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Nobody Likes Flies, Zachary Mattson

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Risk factors for developing child malnutrition in Central America, Molly McNamara

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Emergency Medical Services in Rural Costa Rica, Kelsey Merck

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Do three-dimensional printed prosthetics in below elbow amputee patients offer an affordable and accessible option to a customized and individualized prosthetic experience?, Mark Meyers

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Do Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Increase the Risk for Non- or Mal-Union Following Acute Fracture? A Literature Review, Bryan Moritz

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Barriers to Contraceptive Use in Nicaragua, Ellen Motley

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Telemedicine and Type 2 Diabetes, Erin Ness

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Target Temperature Management after Cardiac Arrest: Optimizing survival outcomes, Nicole Neumann

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Strategic Recommendations for New PAs entering the Workforce in 2020-2025, Minh A. Nguyen

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Photo-elicitation: an Alternative Method for Engaging Indigenous Voice in Health Care Delivery, Heather J. Nielsen

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Preserving Culture Through Means of Accompaniment: Igbo Youth in Minnesota, Chinyere Clara Obasi

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Increased antibiotic resistance of Escherichia coli in Nicaragua: Potential Causes and Future Implications, Ryan S. Paukert

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A Journey Through Homelessness: a Photovoice Project With Youth Experiencing Homelessness in Minnesota, Bonnie D. Paulsen

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Are children of a diabetic mother in comparison to children of a nondiabetic mother at an increased risk for developing obesity in the first 10 years of life?, Chhorn Pho

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The Utilization of Procalcitonin Biomarker to Decrease the Misuse of Antibiotics in Community- Acquired Pneumonia Infections, Jessica Radermacher

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Treatment of Depression in Elderly Patients, Molly Rentz

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Early Integration of Palliative Care for Patients Diagnosed With Life-limiting Illness, Jennifer M. Rivers

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Therapeutic Hypothermia for Neonatal Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy: Effects on Neurodevelopmental Outcomes, Claire Rustad

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Global Health and Societal Impacts of Schistosomiasis, William Ryan

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The Effectiveness of Video and Other Electronic Media on DNR/DNI Decisions within Advance Care Planning, Peter Seebarg

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The Future of 5-Fluorouracil Treatment of Colorectal Cancer: Translating a Better Understanding into Improved Patient Care, Nathan Smits

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The Impact of Breastfeeding Interventions on Breastfeeding Behavior, Ryan D. Steele

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Tai chi for the Management of Chronic Noncancer Pain, Jacqueline Njoki Sumner

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Cannabinoid: The Millennia’s New ‘Alternative Medicine’ for Refractory Epilepsy, Victoria Tahmassebi

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Prophylactic Pharmacotherapy for the Prevention of Poststroke Depression, Elizabeth Wallis

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Comparison of Single Therapy Treatment with Methotrexate versus addition of TNF-ɑ Inhibitors on Mortality and Morbidity related to Cardiovascular Disease in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Alissa Wigen

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Are Physician Assistants' unique job characteristic of career flexibility truly fulfilling the needs of primary and non-primary healthcare needs?, Ka Dey Yang

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Culture Care for the Hmong: a Flower Cloth Model, Linda Yang

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Trafficking victims in the emergency room setting, Lisa M. Archer

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Developing a care process reducing post-procedural pain levels, David C. Bartel

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Full court press: providing pre-adolescent girls success through team membership and mentoring, Katie N. Benike

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The Emerging Role of Physical Activity in Concussion Rehabilitation and Recovery, Justine Commerford

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Mindfulness, movement, & music: implementing a yoga program for children, Briana Darcy

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Thyroid Antibodies and Mental Health Disorders, Amanda Drewek

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A Qualitative Exploration into Larry Wilson's Transformational Leadership, Peter D. Engstrom

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A Phenomenological Investigation of Music Therapists’ Experiences when Working With Actively Dying Hospice Patients: an Analysis of Words, Mandalas, and Music, Erin I. Fox

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How to choose: Enhancing Shared Decision Making in Breast Cancer Screening, Emma Hermes

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Nursing education and institutional policy reform: creating a trajectory towards successful lactation, Kathleen Guinee Holman

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Performance improvement through a shared governance structure, Erik R. Johnson

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Schizophrenia’s Relationship with Cardiovascular Morbidity and Mortality, Hannah Jorgensen

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Transforming nursing orientation using a tiered skills acquisition model: promoting new nurse retention and competence, M Ellen Joswiak

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Improving family nurse practitioner abilities in addressing sexual health, Colleen A. Lane

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The integrative health and wellness program for veterans with spinal cord injury, Jamie Calie Lang

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STARS: students taking a rise against suicide, Tina M. Lewison

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Educational model for nursing: back health in orthopedics, Krystal H. Marking

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An acculturations orientation module for a midwestern endoscopy unit, Darcie E. Moehnke

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Mentorship program for novice psychiatric nurses to improve retention, Laura Niesen

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Merging human becoming theory and health coaching principles into the role of the family nurse practitioner, Tammy Lee Olney

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Early childhood nutrition education for Minnesota's Native American population, Rebecca Partridge

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Preventing falls in the community dwelling older adult population through education, exercise, and strategic partnerships, Julie Kay Philbrook

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Telestroke Network use to Improve Acute Ischemic Stroke Care in Rural Community Hospitals, Christopher Prigge

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Healing touch modalities and pediatric patients, Shanna Rapp

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Nurse mentorship program implementation to enculturate nurses to an intensive care unit, Michael A. Rysavy

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Partners in healing: a collaborative approach to caring and healing, Amy Schei

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Open your eyes: recognizing the signs and symptoms of human trafficking, Elizabeth M. Stanek

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Routine Screening for Silent Atrial Fibrillation, Zach Stevens

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Preventing Burnout in Health Care Providers with Biofeedback, Evan Welo

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Reducing restraint and seclusion in psychiatric settings: a paradigm shift in nursing practice, Victor Afolami Awosika

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Exercise as a treatment for depression, Frank M. Brekke

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Honoring others by accompaniment, Merrilee Brown

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Caring moments model: putting the safe patient handling and mobility pieces together, Sally T. Gardner

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Reclaiming our sacredness as nurse healers, Lani L. Hollenbeck

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culturally sensitive career advancement for Hmong nurses, Sandra M. Littlejohn

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Essential nursing care for the sole, Teresa A. Miller

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Uncertainty in nursing: the impact on practice and leadership, Sarah R. Orde

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Caring for homless youths: a culturally congruent guide for volunteers, Katherine R. Palmer

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Connecting across culture through story, Patrice (Tammy) Sinkfield-Morey

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Postpartum depression: a prenatal nursing educational module, Tersa Ailts

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Exploring the complexities of daily life and healthcare for the Old Order Amish of central Wisconsin, Denise E. Barten

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Collaborative care model for treating adolescents with depression in primary care, Roxanne M. Brennan

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Sharing stories-finding hope using storytelling as a model to better understand cancer survivor needs, Kathleen M. Bricco-Jablonski

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Palliative care: an education pathway for renal nurses, June Buck-Tipton

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Nutrition support nursing handoff: a computerized template, Suzanne L. Bundrick

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A model of care: improving patient education in the emergency department, Jessica Degrote

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Prevention of postoperative urinary retention, Terri L. Egesdal

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A qualitative study of a successful volleyball philosophy using Collins' Level 5 leadership model, Laura Evans

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Stepping away from the path: a transformational journey affirming emic food security practices on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, Beth E. Grund

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Transforming lives: the power of connection, Martha L. Guthmiller

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Retreat as a learning medium for health, empowerment and transformation of Tanzanian girls, Rebecca S. Hartwig

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A collaborative approach to an advanced nursing practice, Elizabeth R. Janeczko

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Cervical cancer screening in rural Tanzania, Shangwe Kiliaki

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Media selection and management for virtual teams, Randall Ross

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Reducing stress in nursing with aromatherapy, Elizabeth Rose Schmidt

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Integrative therapies to address postoperative pain and anxiety: a nurse educational module, Sara Selvaraju