Ise Kannebecker, a student in the family nurse practitioner program, and Christine Ferrari, a senior nursing major, were selected as this year’s Library Research Prize winners. The Weinberg Memorial Library at The University of Scranton inaugurated the prize in 2011 to recognize excellence in research projects that show evidence of significant knowledge of the methods of research and the information gathering process, and use of library resources, tools and services.
Kannebecker, winner in the graduate category, submitted a research proposal that she completed for N594: Theory and Research Application titled, “Exploring the Effects of a Longer Music Listening Session on Reducing Postoperative Pain.” She has been a registered nurse for 12 years in addition to having a background in classical piano and harp. As a certified music practitioner, she provides music at the bedside as a therapeutic intervention. Her application essay states, “Collecting the research used to build the proposal required many hours of library utilization on site at the library and at home. It was exciting to realize the availability of resources and my gratitude to the library for their helpfulness is overwhelming.” In support of her application, Margarete Zalon, Ph.D., professor of nursing at Scranton, wrote, “Ise's efforts to examine what happens when listening to music and her exploration of the concept of entrainment is unique.”
The judges selected three students to receive honorable mention awards in the graduate category: Kristin Leccese and Christina Tripodi, occupational therapy majors, and Jessica Palmeri, a marketing major, who all graduated this year.
Ferrari, winner in the undergraduate category, submitted her honors thesis, “Pláticas de la presiόn arterial: Hypertension Education in the Hispanic Community.” She has volunteered in the Edward R. Leahy Jr. Clinic for the Uninsured as a translator and has participated in the International Service Program in El Salvador. After graduation, she hopes to work in a hospital as a registered nurse and to eventually become a nurse practitioner to serve the Hispanic community. In her application essay, Ferrari wrote, “The resources from the Weinberg Memorial Library … allowed me to design and implement a nursing intervention that taught Hispanic individuals about hypertension and provided them with the tools to reduce their risk for a detrimental disease.“ In support of her application, Dr. Zalon wrote, “Her use of library sources included books, and journal articles about health care disparities, cultural competence, hypertension, health promotion, evidence-based interventions as well as websites. “
Honorable mentions were also awarded to three senior undergraduate students: Bernadetta Bernatowicz, a biology major, William Reddington, a history major, and Joseph Seemiller, a neuroscience major.
Prize winners were honored at a May 9 reception in the Heritage Room of the Weinberg Memorial Library.
Ise Kannebecker (center), a student in the family nurse practitioner program, was selected as a Library Research Prize winner this spring. Pictured (from left) are Charles E. Kratz, dean of the library and information fluency; W. Jeffrey Welsh, dean of the College of Graduate and Continuing Education; Kannebecker; Margarete Zalon, Ph.D., professor of nursing; and Debra Pellegrino, dean of the Panuska College of Professional Studies.