Honors Alumna Publishes Honors Thesis Research

December 6, 2017

The John V. Roach Honors College is delighted to announce a recent publication by Honors alumna, Ms. Laura Posluszny. Ms. Posluszny co-authored “Comparing Professional Values of Sophomore and Senior Baccalaureate Nursing Students” with Dr. Diane A. Hawley, and this research brief appears in the September 2017 issue of the Journal of Nursing Education. Ms. Posluszny previously published a guest editorial, “Shaping Undergraduate Professional Identities through Mentoring and Promoting the Future of Nursing,” in the December 2014 issue of Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN) Journal.

Ms. Posluszny’s publications are based on her Honors thesis, which she completed her senior year in the Harris College of Nursing at TCU. Her Honors project focused on professional values, and she surveyed beginning nursing students and graduating nursing students to determine how students improved their professional values as a result of nursing school. Ms. Posluszny’s research revealed that while nursing students at TCU begin the program with strong caring and trust values, seniors scored significantly higher in activism, a direct result of TCU’s baccalaureate nursing curriculum.

Ms. Posluszny graduated from TCU in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Spanish for Health Professions minor. She joined Cook Children’s Nurse Residency and began working in the emergency department, where she is now a Trauma Nurse Leader and component of the Bedside Report Task Force. In 2018, Ms. Posluszny will pursue her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree at the University of Colorado Denver, and she is looking forward to her upcoming wedding in April. Congratulations!

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