The goal of the Nursing Center of Excellence is to promote student and alumni success through engagement in evidence-based practice, quality improvement, and nursing research utilization and dissemination for the purpose of improving the health of the people of the south plains region.

Recent News

Congratulations Nursing Center of Excellence Fellow for the 2018-2019 Academic Year, Kimberly Parks, BSN,

Add: Congratulations Dr. Kyle Johnson, on his successful completion of his PhD from the University of Indiana School of Nursing.  Dr. Johnson’s work in simulation has received national recognition by the National League for Nursing!

Research, Brown Bags, and Scholarship

LCU Department of Nursing and Covenant Health are pleased to announce their Research Partnership.

The Iota Mu chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, TNA District 18, Covenant Health, and TTUHSC SON are pleased to collaborate with LCU to promote nursing research in the Research Brown Bag (RBB) programs. All RBB take place in the Department of Nursing, LCU campus.

LCU Department of Nursing Faculty

Upcoming Dates:

  • No scheduled dates yet.

Past Brown Bag Events:

Accepted Research Posters and Podium Presentations

29th International Nursing Research Congress

Melbourne, Australia July 19-23, 2018

Rising Stars of Research and Scholarship Invited Student Posters

  • Aundraea T. Guinn, BSN, RN “Deathbed Visions and the Peaceful Death: An Integrative Research Review”
  • Melissa Ann Leiker, BSN, RN “Does Low-FODMAP Diet Decrease Symptoms and Improve Quality of Life in IBS? An Integrative Research Review”
  • Viviana Amy Vizcarra, BSN, RN “Does Baking Soda Slow the Progression of Chronic Kidney Disease?”

Jamie Roney, DNP, RN-BC, CCRN-K; JoAnn D. Long, PhD, RN, NEA-BC; Stacey Spradling, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN; Karen Baggerly, MSN, RN, NE-BC; and Nikki L. Galaviz, BSN, RN, CCRN “Bridging the Gap: An Innovative Web-Based Approach for Evaluating EBP Readiness in Direct Care Nurses.

JoAnn D. Long, PhD, RN, NEA-BC; Steven Bonner, DMin; Samara Silva, MSN, BSN, RN, CLC; and Hope Cimino, BSN, RN, “Adolescent Moral Development: Effects of Engaging Youth in the Critical Appraisal of Theological Content”

Monica T. Foster, BSN, RN; JoAnn D. Long, PhD, RN, NEA-BC; and Emelia Garcia, MSN, RN-NiC “Family-Centered Care: Perceptions of Newborn Care During Transition to a Higher Level of Care"

Emelia C. Garcia, MSN, RNC-NIC; JoAnn D. Long, PhD, RN, NEA-BC; and Monica Foster, BSN, RN “Caring for Newborns with Transitional Hypoglycemia: Best Practices for Education Healthcare Providers and Families” 

28th International Nursing Research Congress

Dublin, Ireland July 27 - 31, 2017

Martina Mendoza, MSN, BSN, RN, CWOCN, Joyce Elaine Emery, MSN, BSN, RN, CDE, & JoAnn D. Long, PhD, RN "Does 3D Technology Have Clinical Applications in Nursing Assessment of Wounds in Adult Care Settings?"

Andrea Morris, BSN, RN, VA-BC "Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Priobiotics: Effective or Not?

Laura Locke, BSN, RN, Cynthia Grissman, BSN, RN, Rita Crasta, MSN, RN, Gisele Bazan, BSN, RN, Kari Love, BS, RN, Cindy Ford, PhD, RN, Jamie Roney, DNP, RN-BC, & JoAnn D. Long, PhD, RN "Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) Prevention Strategies Using Education in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU).  

JoAnn Long, PhD, RN, Paula Gannaway, MEd, MLS, & Cindy Ford, PhD, RN "Comparative Analysis of the Similarities and Differences in Approach to Integrative Reviews"

Mark Wilkinson, DNP, RN "The Evaluation of a Community Based Program on Health Indicators in a Food Insecure Population" 

LCU Rising Stars in Scholarship and Research Posters

Andrea Morris ""Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Priobiotics: Effective or Not?"

Sigma Theta Tau International Biennial Convention
Indianapolis, IN

Terry Delaney, DNP, RN "The Effects of a Professional Writing Workshop on the Perceived Writing Self-Efficacy of Undergraduate Students"

27th International Nursing Research Congress

Cape Town, South Africa

July 21-25, 2016

Elaine Emery, MSN, BSN, RN, CDE and Martina Mendoza, MSN, BSN, RN, CWOCN “Should Insulin be Withheld When Nothing By Mouth is Ordered in Patients Who Require Insulin?”

Cindy Ford, PhD, RN, CNE “’Nurses Eat Their Young’ Moves to Academia: Expert Nurse Researchers’ Treatment of Novice Nurse Researchers”

JoAnn Long, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, Sara Dodd, PhD, Carol Boswell, EdD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN, & Toby Rogers, PhD, MPT “Eating Behavior in College Students: TFEQ R-18 and Qualitative Perceptions of Cell-Phone Use for Recording Diet”

JoAnn Long, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, Alyce Ashcraft, PhD, RN, CNE, FNGNA, ANEF, Cindy Ford, PhD, RN, CNE, Jamie Roney, DNP, CCRN-K, Randall Stennett, DNP, RN, CHSE, Karen Baggerly, MSN, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, Colleen LeClair-Smith, DNP, RN, & Marguerite Fallon, DNP, RN “Establishing a Research Academy Collaborative: Benefits, Challenges, and Preliminary Outcomes”

JoAnn Long, PhD, RN, NEA-BC & Rita Doumit, PhD, MPH, BSN, RN “Fostering an International Research Collaborative through STTI”

Jamie Roney, DNP, CCRN-K “Centering Pregnancy Model: EBP for Reducing Low Birth Weight Infants”

Laura Valdez, MSN, RN, Cindy Ford, PhD, RN, CNE, Marguerite Fallon, DNP, RN, Shannon Shuttlesworth, MSN, RN, CCRN “Phase II: Implementation of the Dyad Model in a Children’s Hospital”

LCU Rising Stars in Scholarship and Research Posters

Brenda Kinning “Medication Administration Barcode Scanning Verification”

Kim Schober “Implementation of Infection Control Bundle in an Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility”

Wendi McNabb “Will Goal-Directed Blood Therapy Utilizing Thromboelastography in Trauma Patients Decrease Blood Utilization: An Integrative Research Review”

Melissia Tomblin “Are Nurses Who Are Digital Immigrants Resistant to Technology Use for Delivery of Care?”

30th National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)

Ashvile, NC

April 7-9, 2016

Clayton Brackeen "Antibiotic Stewardship to Manage C. Difficile in Nursing Homes: Integrative Research Review"

Wendi McNabb "Will Goal Directed Blood Product Therapy Utilizing Thromboelastography (TEG) in the Massively Hemorrhaging Trauma Patient Decrease Blood Utilization: An Integrative Research Review"

2016 International Education Conference Posters

Washington, D.C.

Meshack Samia, BSN, RN

Kim Schober, BSN, RN

Tasheva Davis, BSN,

Vanessa Parker BSN, RN

Bev Byers, EdD, RN, LMT, MTI & Paula Gannaway, MLS

43rd Biennial Convention

Las Vegas, Nevada

7-11 November 2015

LCU Rising Stars

Amanda C. Raymundo: - "Treating Attention -Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in U.S. Children with Complementary Alternative Medicine Therapies: How effective are they?"

Crystal Pellam: - "Effectiveness of a KUDOS Program in Increasing Nursing Job Satifaction."

Kimberly Fiveash: - "Win the War"

26th International Nursing Research Congress

San Juan, Puerto Rico

23-27 July 2015

Rising Stars of Scholarship and Research Poster Program

Amanda Cole: - "Breastfeeding and Postpartum Depression."

Stephanie Dunkle: - "Reliability Testing of a Modified Early Warning Score (MEWS) System."

Morgana Posada: - "Literature Review on Harmful Effects of Synthetic Marijuana and Needed Public Health Education."

Erin Whilley: - "Recognizing Sepsis using a Modified Early Warning Scoring (MEWS) Tool."

Crystal Pellam: - "Effectiveness of a KUDOS Program in Increasing Nursing Job Satisfaction."

Beverley Byers, Susan Sayari: - "Do Graduate Nursing Students Have a Change in Perspective Regarding Nursing Care after Taking a Nursing Theory Course?"

R. Doumit, N. Zeeni, J. Long, C. Kazandjian, N. Gharibeh, L. Karam, Song H., C. Boswell: - "Effects of Recording Food Intake Using Cell Phone Camera Pictures on Calorie Intake and Food Choice in College Students."

R. Doumit, G. Khazen, I. Katsounari, C. Kazandijian, O. Sukkarieh-Haraty, J. A. Long, N. Zeeni: - "Investigating Vulnerability for Developing Eating Disorders in a Multi-Confessional Lebanese Sample."

Accepted for Presentation Sigma Theta Tau International 25th International Research Congress

Hong Kong, China

July 22-28, 2014

Dusty Hough "Association between implantation of Graduate Nurse Internship and Retention through the First Two Years of Employment"

Adelyn S. Mitchell "Perceptions, Methods of Controlling, and Preventing Violence against Emergency Room Nurses "

Bruce M. Mitchell - "Which fluid, Lactated Ringer's or Normal Saline 0.9% is the best chice for nursing practice in the air medical industry?"

Madelyn Sparks - "Sparks Code-Blue Ability Questionnaire of Novice Nurses in the ICU."

JoAnn Long, Sara Dodd, Martin Binks, Toby Rogers, Carol Boswell, and Ngozi Anywanwu - "Diet, Encoded Memory, Visual Cues, Obesity, and Neuroimaging"

JoAnn Long, Paula Gannaway, Cindy Ford, Rita Doumit, Nadine Zeeni, Ola Sukarieh-Haraty, Aline Milane - "Outcomes of an Evidence-Based Research (EBR) Tool to Teach Online Research and Critical Thinking Skills"


28th National Conference on Undersgraduate Research (NCUR)

Lexington, KY

April 3-4, 2014

Winter Chambers - "Emotional Eating and Visual Food Records."

Improvement in Science Research Network

San Antonio, TX

August 5-6, 2014

Mark Wilkinson - "Does the Health Partners Program Reduce Rcidivism in Congestive Heart Failure Patients?"

Accepted for Presentation Sigma Theta Tau International 24th International Research Congress

Prague, Czech Republic
July 22-26, 2013

Dana Boltz, LaNell Harrison, JoAnn Long -“Teaching Nurses and Lay Midwives in Malindi, Kenya”

BevByers, JoAnn Long – “Student Learning Outcomes and Global Trips: Insight into Cultural Awareness and Personal Growth”

Matthew T. Cotton, JoAnn Long – “Exploring Facilitators and Barriers to Healthy Eating Among Community Gardeners”

Jane Fuerstenberg – “The Significance of Low Health Literacy, Self-management, and Compliance in Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes”

Lexie Futrell, Erin Whitley, Jessica Maples, Kim Stunkard, Jamie Roney, JoAnn Long “Reliability Testing of a Modified Early Warning Scoring (MEWS) System”

Cynthia Mullen – “Implementation of an Evidence-based Management Algorithm in the Treatment of Post-Operative Chylothorax Children”

Rosa San Pedro, JoAnn Long – “The Role of Patient Selected Music in Decreasing Anxiety in Adult Patients Undergoing Cataract Extraction Under Monitored Anesthesia”

Jamie Roney, Erin Whitley, Jessica Maples, Kim Stunkard, Lexie Futrell, JoAnn Long – “Usability and Acceptability Testing of a Modified Early Warning Scoring (MEWS) Tool Using Simulation”

Christi S. Weems, JoAnn Long – “Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy: A Treatment Option for Seniors with Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo”

Accepted for Presentation Sigma Theta Tau International 42nd Biennial Convention Indianapolis, IN November 16-20, 2013

Jane Fuerstenberg – Rising Star in Scholarship LCU Representative - “The Significance of Low Health Literacy, Self-management, and Compliance in Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes”

Amanda Venable – Rising Star in Scholarship LCU Representative – “Is Electronic Surveillance Equivalent to Manual Surveillance of Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAI)?”

Maribeth Lyon - Exploring Alternative Pain Management Methods of Registered Nurses in Medical and Surgical Cardiac Telemetry Units

27th National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)

Kim Stunkard, "Testing of a Modified Early Warning System (MEWS) Tool"
Accepted for Presentation at Sigma Theta Tau International 23rd Research Congress: Brisbane, Australia, July 30-August 4, 2012

Sue Dossey, Janice Miller, University Medical Center, LCU Alum
“Creating a Committed Alumni Base of Support: Methods and Metrics”

Paula Ponder, Terry Hill, Kathy Virone CovenantSchool of Nursing, LCU Alumni“Effectiveness of Lenburg’s COPA Model in Increasing Nursing Student Engagement and Clinical Competency: A Case Report”

Lynn Cain, University Medical Center & LCU MSN student
“Effects of Parental Involvement in Nutrition Education on Consumed Foods”

Becky Geist, LISD, LCU MSN student
“Why are College Students Abusing Adderall?

Courtney Ivey, Covenant Medical Center, LCU Alum
“Exploring Key Retention Factors for Retaining Nurses at the Bedside”

Kim McCauley, Covenant Medical Center, & LCU MSN student
“Knowledge Translation: Making the Evidence for Medication Reconciliation Meaningful”

JoAnn Long, Cindy Ford, LaNell Harrison, Bev Byers, Steve German, Rod Blackwood, LCU
“Brokers of Change: Outcomes of a Shared Governance Model of Leadership in Academia”

2012 Scholar's Colloquium

Elaine Emery, RN, MSN,CDE - Inpatient Management of Hyperglycemia in the Acute Care Setting Utilizing Basal Bolus Insulin Instead of Sliding Scale Insulin

Marguerite Fallon, DNP, RN - Perspectives on Mentoring Evidence Based Practices


1st Place: Ami Freeman and Duston Merton
2nd Place: Mary Ellen Holland and Erin Pirkle
3rd Place: Susan Sayari and Maribeth Lyon

STTI Iota Mu Poster Awards
1st Place: Tiffnay Nino and Veronica Estrada
2nd Place: Kelli Duriex, Sam Dennis and Allister Morris
3rd Place: Shanna Morrow and Richard Horton

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