Martin Hall

COLUMBUS, Miss.-- Mississippi University for Women student research used to improve clinics, hospitals and communities is now available to the world.   

Dating back to 1971, theses authored by graduate students from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at The W can now be accessed by students, organizations, practitioners and the general public via the university’s institutional repositories, Athena Commons.

“The collection of research has already been accessed by other higher education institutions hospitals and healthcare systems. Geographically, most users are based in the United States.

However, we do have people accessing and using theses from all over the world such as Romania, Australia, Kenya, Philippines and Sudan,” said Vic Jones, archives and special collections librarian

The research was conducted by two groups of graduate students. Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Nursing program identified gaps in practice, patient education and provider education. Doctoral student’s research is used primarily as practice change and quality improvement project to help improve patient outcomes, clinic flow and increase access to vital health resources for patients and providers.

The previous research has resulted in such practice and policy changes as the creation of obesity education material, a texting reminder system to aid patients recovery from common health issues, and the implementation of an employer health care program.

“Digitizing previous nursing research offers expanded access to research performed across the Southeast region and provides a central location to showcase student and faculty theses, dissertations and electronic portfolios,” said Dr. Alena Lester, associate professor of Graduate Nursing.   

Lester also noted that increased access and visibility will prevent research duplication and allow

current students to build upon previous research.  

The Athena Commons Institutional Repositories bring together all of the university's research including published articles, conference papers, presentations, senior theses and other works not published elsewhere and is accessible to the public at


Nov. 3, 2020
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