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King Nursing Professors’ International Healthcare Research Presented at Conferences

BRISTOL, Tenn., May 23, 2016 – Penny Neal, Ph.D., associate professor and PNP concentration program coordinator, and Dr. Amy Knowles, Ph.D., associate professor of Nursing, recently gave an oral presentation at the Sigma Theta Tau Research Day in Knoxville, Tenn. Dr. Neal also presented at the 2016 Nurse Practitioner Conference in Atlanta, Ga., this spring.

Drs. Neal and Knowles traveled to Knoxville, where they presented “Participatory Rural Appraisal for Community Assessment of Health Needs in Three Rural Villages in Haiti” at Sigma Theta Tau’s Research Day. “Our work on this research is preliminary at this time,” said Knowles. “We are planning to perform community assessments in Haiti beginning in early 2017.”

Neal and Knowles lead a group of faculty and master’s-level nursing students to Haiti each year on a mission trip. Their primary goal is to assist local healthcare professionals in serving the needs of the Haitian people during a long-term health crisis.

“For all of King’s students who have been able to participate in an international mission trip and see firsthand the healthcare needs in developing countries, it has been truly transformational experience,” said Neal. “We will be taking another group of students to Haiti in September of this year.”

Neal co-presented “Healthcare of the Newly Immigrated Child” at the 2016 Nurse Practitioner Conference in Atlanta, Ga., in April 2016. Neal, a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNP), co-presented with several faculty and nurse practitioners, also members of NAPNP’s global health special interest group. Collectively, the group discussed the needs of children born outside of the United States who have recently immigrated to this country.


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