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

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

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

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

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

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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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Symptom Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis, Tracie Reamer

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

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

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

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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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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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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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

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Mindfulness Movement Program for Homeless Pregnant MothersMindfulness Movement Program for Homeless Pregnant Mothers, Emily Thor

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Opium use in Hmong Patients: a Drug Screening Tool and an Opium use Resource for Providers, MAI MOUA Vang

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Health Promotion of Adolescent sex Education With Hmong Youth, Pang Vang

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Nursing Improvisation: Improving Team Communication Through Creativity, Molly A. VanHorn

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Nurse Practitioners and Community Health Workers Improve Community Health, Emmalee F. Voskuil

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Percutaneous coronary intervention versus coronary artery bypass graft in the treatment of multivessel coronary artery disease on Diabetes Mellitus patients, Nguyen Vu

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Postpartum Support: Application of a Local Peer Support, Community Care Model, Stephanie E. Ward

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Vicarious Traumatization in Therapists who Treat Sexual Offenders and Have a Personal History of Sexual Abuse, Darci J. Wikelius

Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Somali Culture and Maternal Health: Induction of Labor, Faiso Abdulle

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Increasing Mental Health Awareness among Somali Youth in Minneapolis, Ikraan Abdulle

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Increasing Autism Awareness in the Somali Community, Safiya Ahmed

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New Treatment Options for Concussions Using Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Crystal Amundson

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Assuring Cultural Competence in the Nurse Caring for the Transgender Patient, LeAnn Bauman

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Vitamin C as an Adjunct Therapy in Sepsis Management, Nicholas Becker

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Reiki for Pain and Anxiety in an Early Cancer Therapeutics Unit, Gwen M. Boe

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Does administration of antipsychotic medications reduce the incidence and duration of delirium in critically ill adult patients?, Ellen Brateng

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Achieving an Inclusive Nursing Culture: Developing a Model for Diversity and Inclusion Education, Amber K. Charleville

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The Role of Temperature Management in Neurologic Outcomes of Adult Cardiac Arrests:, Trenton Christensen

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A Proposal to Implement Assertive Community Treatment Into a Primary Care Shelter Clinic, Julie Churcher-Fields

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Restorative Yoga Practice in Arthritis, Mary Burkhart Denton

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Creating Health Membership in a Health Commons, Melinda Dively-White

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Nicotine Exposure During Pregnancy and Risk of Behavioral Disorders in Offspring, Bailey Eklund

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Assessing Trauma in Adolescents With Chronic Pain, Andrea Ellingson

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Misuse of Prescription Stimulants and Their Effect on Cognition, Zachary Friederichs