Martinsburg VA Co-Sponsors Nursing Research Conference - Martinsburg VA Medical Center
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Martinsburg VA Co-Sponsors Nursing Research Conference

September 5, 2013

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Martinsburg, W.Va. – On November 7, the Martinsburg Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center and Shepherd University will co-sponsor the 5th Annual Nursing Research Conference from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Shepherd’s nursing education building, Erma Ora Byrd Hall.  This year’s theme is "Expanding the Foundation of Nursing through Evidence Based Practice".  Medical center staff and local area nurses and nursing students are encouraged to attend this informative and engaging event.

The conference offers two plenary sessions and more than a dozen smaller sessions, allowing participants to build a personalized learning experience to enhance their nursing practice.  Participants will also collaborate to create informational posters about evidence based practice, as well as have the opportunity for individual conversation with keynote speakers.

The conference allows students to display their research, engage with other practitioners in the field and network with guest speakers and other visitors.  Event co-chair Mary Heinen said, “Students should challenge the status quo” and continue to research and learn.” She also said that “engaging in discussion and circulating ideas helps improve patient outcome.” The conference is a wonderful opportunity for students and nurses to learn from one another and to bring ideas into practice.

Rosemary Kidwiler, a previous scholarship winner, said she enjoyed previous conferences. Kidwiler was working on a Doctorate of Nurse Practitioner when she received the scholarship. The scholarship is “a nice gift, for those furthering education,” she said. “Students can learn about research and how to go about research projects.”
Every year the conference brings together over a hundred nursing professionals who exchange ideas and grow the world of healthcare. This year’s proceeds will fund the conference’s annual scholarship students, a Shepherd University student and a VA staff member who is pursuing a nursing degree. “Never stop learning because once you stop learning you stop growing,” Kidwiler said.

For more information regarding the conference please contact Mary Heinen at 304-263-0811, extension 3696 or Margaret Washington at extension 3896. Shepherd University nursing student may contact Laura Clayton at 304-876-5459.

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