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William F. Connell School of Nursing

CSON students present research at symposium

Christy Tran ’12 presents research on how caregivers can identify the psychosocial needs of women with unintended pregnancies. Photograph: Christopher Soldt

Seven Connell School of Nursing students were among the 54 undergraduate presenters who took part in the sixth annual Boston College Undergraduate Research Symposium February 3.

During a panel on Health Care Challenges, Alexandra Mulloy ’12 and Terry Bustos ’13 summarized research they conducted with CSON faculty members. Mulloy described a cost/benefit study of using human patient simulation to improve nursing students’ critical thinking skills. Bustos, who spent five weeks in a rural hospital in the Philippines, recounted obstacles to adequate health care she observed while she was in that country.

Five students took part in the symposium’s opening poster session. Margaret Veroneau ’12 and Kelly Leonard ’12 reported results of a web survey designed to characterize binge eating and other eating disorders among undergraduates. Brianna Sacco ’12 presented findings on loss of control associated with binge-eating disorders. Ashley Thibodeau ’12 summarized 10 CSON students’ experiences helping to deliver community health care in Haiti. And Christy Tran ’12 explained her research on caregivers’ roles in improving outcomes for women with unintended pregnancies.