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MUW professors present research posters at statewide nursing summit
Feb. 20, 2012
Contact: Anika Mitchell Perkins
COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Two local nurse practitioners, Dr. Johnnie Sue Wijewardane and Dr. Mary Atkinson Smith, were selected to present their research posters at the 2012 Statewide Nursing Summit held at the Jackson Convention Complex.
The Nursing Summit, held in January, takes place once a year and is sponsored by the Mississippi Nurses’ Association and the Nursing Organization Liaison Committee.
The theme of this year’s Statewide Nursing Summit was Nothing Stays the Same Forever and the focus was on future health care changes that will affect nursing in Mississippi. The Statewide Nursing Summit also highlights emerging legislative issues that pertain to nursing. More than 1,200 nurses and nursing students registered for the summit this year. The attendees were addressed by Congressman Bennie Thompson, in addition to Mississippi Sen. Terry Burton and former legislator Bill Miles.
Wijewardane’s poster was titled “Psychometric Testing of the Cooper Parental Self-Efficacy Scale.” The Child Health Behavior Scale was developed and tested as Wijewardane's dissertation at University of Mississippi Medical Center for the PhD nursing program. She is assistant professor and department chair of the graduate nursing program at MUW and is the president of the local Mississippi Nurses Association District 18.
Smith’s poster was titled “Development of an Evidence-Based Osteoarthritis Management Protocol for Nursing Home Residents.” She completed the first phase of her third phase plan for the development of this protocol. The first phase of her project was completed as her doctoral capstone project while she was pursing her doctor of nursing practice degree from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Smith is a board certified nurse practitioner and surgical assistant at Starkville Orthopedic Clinic. She is also an assistant professor of nursing at MUW in addition to adjunct faculty at the University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing.