The experience also will provide her with a better conceptualization of the role of a nurse and his/her impact on patients. “Having this funding will allow me to increase the amount of time I am able to shadow Dr. Evans through VNA Home Health and Hospice of Lackawanna County, and gain a better insight into the field I wish to work in,” Kowalchik said. “In addition, I’m hoping to work with Dr. Evans on his research, which involves studying end-of-life care with advanced heart failure patients. This experience will provide me with a strong clinical foundation as I move through my academic career and work with Dr. Evans on his research.” Kowalchik will shadow Evans for 40 hours per month for four months, and plans to also attend the Sigma Theta Tau International, Xi Gamma Chapter annual summer meeting where a research presentation will be given. “This will expose me to current research being conducted in nursing science as well as allow me to network with nursing professionals,” she said. “With both the engagement experience as well as the Sigma Theta Tau International, Xi Gamma Chapter summer annual meeting, I will be able to enhance my academics holistically over this summer period.” At the completion of her engagement experience, Kowalchik will share the information she gleaned from the experience regarding the importance of faculty/student mentoring for academic success in the nursing field.
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