March 2024


Sending out a Hip Hip Hooray to our faculty for

hitting 2024 on a high note

Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence

2023-24 Teaching and Learning Scholarship and Teaching Transformation and Innovation Grants

Paul Logan, Assistant Research Professor, Hershey Medical Center. “Perception of Durable Learning to Achieve Mastery of AACN Essentials and Readiness to Practice”

Victoria Kellogg, Assistant Teaching Professor of Nursing, Penn State Altoona, “Incorporating Virtual Reality Simulation into Nursing Education.”

For more information click HERE

Nurse Practitioner Award

Sheilah Yohn, Assistant Teaching Professor in the Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing, received the Sheila Gealey Award for 2023 at the annual Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners Conference.

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Research Highlights

Dr. Nikki Hill, Associate Professor, and her team recently completed a 5-year study funded by the National Institute on Aging investigating risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease. The project examined cognitive trajectories in multiple longitudinal datasets that included over 40,000 participants across periods of up to 20 years to characterize subgroups of older adults at the highest risk for Alzheimer’s disease based on early symptoms. Among their key findings were that older adults’ perceptions of their memory

performance influenced several potentially modifiable risk factors for cognitive decline. Specifically, in older adults with no evidence of cognitive impairment, reports of perceived memory decline consistently predicted future depressive and anxiety symptoms as well as lower leisure activity participation. Furthermore, they found that feelings of depression (e.g., sadness, hopelessness) that accompanied perceived memory problems negatively influenced cognition over time. Therefore, older adults whose mood is influenced by concerns about their memory may be important to target with early interventions to improve psychological and cognitive health, thereby reducing risk for cognitive decline. More broadly, Dr. Hill’s research aims to identify older adults at risk for cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease, tailor intervention strategies based on individual characteristics, and develop therapeutic approaches to promote cognitive health. In her most current work, she is exploring how stigmatized beliefs about aging and dementia may influence older adults’ perceptions of their memory as well as their reports of cognitive problems to healthcare providers.

7th Annual Translating Research to Innovations in Practice Symposium

Registration is open NOW for this annual symposium, which provides an opportunity for nurses and health care professionals to network with peers and colleagues and to discuss evidence around practice concerns and solutions. 

The symposium will take place beginning on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (reception and poster session) and Thursday, May 9, 2024, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (conference sessions) at The Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, PA.  A block of rooms has been reserved at the Lodge.

Keynote Speaker

Susan J. Loeb, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN, Professor of Nursing and Ph.D. Program Director, Penn State Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing

Dr. Loeb is the scheduled keynote speaker. Her research focus is Enhancing Health in Correctional Settings.

CNO Panel

Join our panel of Chief Nursing Officers for their insight on the following topics:

  • Wendy Clayton, MSN, RN, CCM, CPHQ—Nursing Clinical Practice
  • Michele Szkolnicki, MS, BSN, RN, FACHE, CMPE—Nursing Informatics
  • Leslyn Williamson, DNP, MSN, RN, MPH, NEA-BC, FACHE—Nursing Education and Professional Development
  • Barbara Zuppa, MSN, RN—Nursing Professional Excellence

Poster and Podium Presentations

The symposium will offer a wide variety of information and research findings on such topics as:

  • Work Environment / Violence
  • MindStrong / Work-life Balance
  • Pediatrics
  • Supply Waste
  • Racial Disparities
  • Community Health
  • Substance Abuse / Women's Health
  • Critical Care / ICU
  • Long-Term Care
  • Artificial Intelligence / vICU

The poster presentations will be in-person, which will provide the time to celebrate nurses’ scholarly work and to engage in conversation about clinical practice and professional issues.


myResearch Portal

To help manage your external award finances, please look into the myResearch Portal. For those of you with internal funding, you may need to coordinate with the finance office in the college that has that funding account. Feel free to reach out to the CNR with additional questions you may have.


Center for Nursing Research Office provides an organized infrastructure designed to support graduate research faculty and their interdisciplinary teams throughout the various stages of their projects, from preparing proposals and obtaining funding to disseminating results in peer-reviewed journals and at national and international conferences. If you have any questions use the resource list below.

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