Southeast Nursing Student Presents Poster at Missouri Hospital Association Convention/Trade Show

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Nov. 21, 2003 – Jennifer Kiefer of Jackson, Mo., a Southeast Missouri State University senior nursing major, recently presented a poster exhibit at the Missouri Hospital Association Convention and Trade Show at Osage Beach, Mo.

Kiefer, who expects to graduate from Southeast in December and is a part-time employee at Southeast Missouri Hospital, created the poster as part of a Nursing Leadership and Management course she was enrolled in during the spring 2003 semester. Dr. Janet Weber, Southeast professor of nursing, along with Karen Retter, clinical instructor, taught the course.

The course is comprised of theoretical instruction and clinical experience.  A partnership between the University and Southeast Missouri Hospital allows students to work very closely with the hospital’s nursing staff, educating them to be leaders of other nurses and to manage resources for patient care.

As part of the course, students are required to complete a service learning project, Weber said.  Students each identified a problem in the medical field, researched literature, and sought out experts on the topic. Then they created a poster presentation, explaining their solutions to the problem.  The hospital nursing staff then judged the presentations.

“Both students and the hospital benefit from the project.”

Kiefer’s presentation was entitled “Tikosyn: Improving Knowledge.”  It provided an introduction to the new pharmaceutical drug Tikosyn, which is used to treat atrial fibrillation, a condition in which the rhythm in the top chambers of the heart is disturbed.  Kiefer was chosen as having the best presentation, and as a result, the hospital invited her to attend the conference held Nov. 5, along with Dr. Karen Hendrickson, assistant administrator and chief nursing officer at Southeast Missouri Hospital, and two other medical professionals.

Hospitals from across the state made presentations at the conference.  Kiefer’s poster was the only one from Southeast Missouri Hospital selected for the competition, and she was the only student attending.  According to Hendrickson, Kiefer’s presence highlighted the partnership between the University and the hospital.  Kiefer was able to attend the conference sessions, as well as present her poster.

“She was absolutely thrilled to death,” said Hendrickson.

Kiefer has been hired to serve as a registered nurse in the Department of Surgery at Southeast Missouri Hospital following her graduation in December.