Misericordia University Students Present Research Posters


DALLAS TWP., Pa. – Misericordia University recently sponsored the annual Student Research Day in Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall. The poster presentations were the culmination of research and work by more than 200 Misericordia student researchers in the College of Health Sciences and Education and the College of Arts and Sciences.

The students presented 103 abstracts to the college community and answered questions related to their individual topics, which included biology, chemistry, history, medical imaging, nursing, physical therapy, physics, psychology, and speech-language pathology. University President Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D., attended the two-hour event along with students, faculty, staff and deans of the colleges.

Senior nursing major Shana Mraz of Stroudsburg presented her research, “The Impact Uninsured/Underinsured Have on the American Healthcare System,” a study on how nurses, through programs such as free clinics, can have a positive impact on the quality of health care for uninsured and underinsured individuals. Darlene Kuchinski-Donnelly, M.S.N., C.R.N.P., R.N.C., assistant professor of nursing, served as faculty advisor on the project.

For more information about Misericordia University Department of Nursing, please call (570) 674-6400 or visit www.misericordia.edu/nursing. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 45 academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities – North category of U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 edition of Best Colleges, and was designated a 2017 Best Northeastern College by the Princeton Review.

Misericordia University nursing student Shana Mraz of Stroudsburg, Pa., presented her research, ‘The Impact Uninsured/Underinsured Have on the American Healthcare System,’ at the annual Student Research Presentation Day.