Thursday, April 27, 2017

AU Nursing Student Successfully Defends Honors Defense

 Emily Donahue, senior honors nursing student, successfully defended her honors capstone project Understanding Suicide in the Navajo Population on April 19. Emily’s project was the culmination of two site visits to the Navajo reservation as a student in the Navajo Reservation Cultural Immersion class. Her study of Navajo culture prior to this immersion experience, plus her first experience sparked her interest that led to her topic of inquiry.  Emily performed a qualitative research study gathering data by semi-structured interviews. The objective of her qualitative study was to glean insight about suicide in the Navajo and inform care of the Navajo population. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for American Indians/Alaskan Natives.

Emily presented her work as a poster presentation at 2 scholarly events. She presented at a regional meeting of Sigma Theta Tau International (the honor society of nursing). She also presented her work at the national level during the 42nd Annual Conference of the Transcultural Nursing Society.  Professor Sharon See served as faculty mentor and Dr. Jackie Owens contributed as a second reader.