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Past Dissertation Titles


Amanda Abrams

Emergency/Disaster Preparedness of Rural Healthcare Providers

Adam Hohman 

Mariya Bowen

Development of a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowshiip for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses:  A Case Study

Tina Lundeen

Amber Burgad

Provider Communication Regarding Childhood Vaccines:  An Educational Module

Heidi Saarinen

Katlyn Dobberstein

A Data Analysis of the Predictive Risks for Readmission of Patients with Depression Post-Myocardial Infarction.

Dean Gross

Karissa Emerson

Osteoporosis Treatment Based on Fracture Risk:  A Quality of Care Study

Mykell Barnacle

Brittany Frank

Development and Implementation of a Peer Mentoring Program for Undergraduate Student Nurses

Heidi Saarinen

Sarah Hanish

Colorectal Cancer: Improving Screening Compliance with the Utilization of FIT-DNA (Cologuard)

Kara Falk

Carrie Nelson

An Assessment of Psychological Distress and Resilience Among Nurse Practitioner Students

Mykell Barnacle

Laura Rupp

Disaster Preparedness of Rural Healthcare Providers

Adam Hohman

Josie Senger

A Concussion Toolkit Educational Session:  Promoting Evidence-Based Management of Youth Concussion in a Rural Primary Care Setting.

Dean Gross

Sarah SiebertHuman Papillomavirus Vaccine Knowledge, Beliefs, Attitudes, and Barriers:  A College-Based Intervention for Students to Increase Knowledge, Vaccine Intent, and Vaccine Uptake.Mykell Barnacle
Kelsey StriefelOpiods:  A Reason for Concern.Mykell Barnacle
Elizabeth UgelstadDeveloping and Implementing an Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Sleep Study Patient Education Video in a Sleep Medicine ClinicHeidi Saarinen
Kayla WeigelDecreasing Caregiver Burden:  A Quality Improvement InterventionDean Gross
Deanna WieserBarriers to New Nurse Practitioner Job SatisfactionTina Lundeen
Monica WenschlagEnhancing Resilience and Self-Efficacy Through COPE: Rural High School SeniorsTina Lundeen



Katie Banley

Assessing the Health Needs of Women Reentering the Community After Incarceration

Molly Secor-Turner

Dustin Czapiewski

Enhancing the Orientation Process for Nurse Practitioners Entering Primary Care

Tina Lundeen

Julian Good

Screening for Bipolar Disorder in the Primary Care Setting Using the Mood Disorder Questionnaire

Tina Lundeen

Sheila Greseth

Addressing Lyme Disease:  An Educational Module for Healthcare Providers

Dean Gross

Kari Hektner

Easing the Transition:  Needs Assessment and Seminar Development for Novice Advanced Practice Clinicians in Primary Care

Mykell Barnacle

Erin Hencley

Screening for Skin Cancer in Primary Care:  Implementation of Dermoscopy

Dean Gross

Liz Hodny

Increasing Awareness and Knowledge About Ovarian Cancer to Enhance Health Outcomes of Women

Tina Lundeen

Jessica Lindblom

Cope:  Evaluation of a School-Based Intervention to Improve the Overall Mental Health, Resiliency, and Social-Emotional Development of Rural North Dakota Adolescent Youth

Molly Secor-Turner

Jenna Wallace

Chronic Pain Management: Implementing Best Practice Strategies

Mykell Barnacle

Lindsey Weisgarber

Implementing a Comprehensive Diabetes and Depression Program at Family Health Care

Mykell Barnacle

Rayna BergsethImproving Resident Assistants’ Knowledge About
Eating Disorders on a College Campus
Tina Lundeen
Rebecca BoeslEssential Oil Education for Healthcare ProvidersHeidi Saarinen
Kayla ChesleyScreening for Youth Depression in Primary CareMolly Secor-Turner
Val EricksonIncreasing LARC Utilization Through Standardized
Contraception Education
Molly Secor-Turner
Amanda HelmerIncreasing Provider Awareness and Knowledge About
Preconception Care to Women of Reproductive Age
Mykell Barnacle
Nicholee LangeEating Disorder Screening Evaluation and Referral in the
Primary Care Setting.
Tina Lundeen
Saundra LauerImproving Stroke Care and Patient Outcomes in a
Rural Minnesota Hospital
Dean Gross
Vanessa LienScreening for Noise-Induced Hearing Loss in Rural FarmersDean Gross
Anna ThomasLooking Beyond the Question “Do You Feel Safe at Home?”:
What Healthcare Providers Need to Know to Identify, Support, and
Appropriately Refer Female Victims to Intimate Partner Violence.
Mykell Barnacle
Nathan TiedemanScreening and Brief Intervention for 12-25 Year Olds in Primary CareDean Gross
Ginger WarrenPrescription Drug Abuse: Implementing an Evidence-Based Pain Management Protocol Mykell Barnacle



Natalie AughinbaughThe Fruit and Vegetable Consumption ProblemMykell Barnacle
Kayla DascherTeamwork During Cardiopulmonary Resuscitations at a Rural Minnesota HospitalMykell Barnacle
Laurel DimlerImplementation of Fluoride Varnish as a Quality Improvement Intervention for Primary Care Providers in a Rural Pediatric PopulationDean Gross
Jenna GrossImplementing Provider Orders For Life-Sustaining Treatments Into Bemidji DialysisTina Lundeen
Emily KalinaStandardized Postpartum Depression Screening and TreatmentNorma Kiser-Larson
Dianne Kappelman BeyerAddressing Student Depression on Campus:  Barriers and Assets.Molly Secor-Turner
Christa KleinjanConcussion Assessment and Management in Young Athletes:  A Primary Care ModuleDean Gross
Christine OlsonEmergency Care Education for Advanced Practice Providers in Rural Critical Access HospitalsMykell Barnacle
Allison PeltierAddressing Cervical Cancer Disparities Among American Indian Women: Implementing An Educational Module for Healthcare ProvidersLoretta Heuer
Vanessa SkolnessSuccess Through Transition:  A Transition Planning Checklist for Diabetes Care TransitionMolly Secor-Turner
Taryn TreumerAdult ADHD Self-Report Scale: Implementation in a Primary Care SettingDean Gross
Jamie UptonMedication Therapy at Discharge and Medical Follow Up: Outcomes Following Surgical Coronary Revascularization in American IndiansLoretta Heuer
Molly VasihnavBreast Cancer Screening in Native American Women at an Urban Minnesota Community ClinicTina Lundeen



Melinda AndersonImproving Adolescent Friendly Healthcare Services: Implementing Comprehensive 
Psychosocial Histories into Practice
Molly Secor-Turner
Danielle Danielson

Designing a Hypertension Management Program for Family

Tina Lundeen
Ashley HuotDevelopment of Interprofessional Education Modules for Implementation in the
Doctor of Nursing Practice Curriculum
Dean Gross
Bonita JenzenPrimary Care Resource and Referral Guide for Children 4-11 Years of Age with ADHDMykell Barnacle
Toby ReddenNew Referral Hepatitis C Protocol: The New StandardTina Lundeen
Nichole RollerDevelopment of an Algorithm for Adolescent Bariatric SurgeryTina Lundeen
Jenna StoutEvaluating an Evidence-Based Prevention Program Delivered by Primary Care
Providers and In-Home Nurse Visits: The Period of Purple Crying: An Abusive
Head Trauma Prevention Program
Molly Secor-Turner
Kayla ThompsonImplementation of the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test to Improve Practice
in a Rural Primary Care Clinic
Dean Gross


Kelly AgnelloAssessment of Obese Children within a Family-Vased Intervention Pilot Study
Leah Brewster"I am AIDS" - Bridging the Gap
Angela Dolalie KelschScreening and Brief Interventions for Alcohol Use in College Students
Kathryn Stendgard (Gustin)Skin Cancer Prevention in North Dakota Farmers and Ranchers
Alicia HauffMedical Respite Care for Fargo-Moorhead Homeless Population: A Needs Assessment
Andrea MiddlesteadCultural Awareness and Provider Based Care for Refugee Women
Nancy NyongesaImplementing and Evidence-based Oral Health Assessment Tool (OHAT) in a Nursing Home
Lisa Schoenberg

Assessing North Dakota Nurse Practitioner's Knowledge of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network's Treatment Guidelines for Adult Cancer Pain


Lisa Ann GerhartMentorship Needs Of Novice Advance Practice Providers And Recommended For Practice
Hope Marie MathernHealthcare Providers' Attitude, Understanding, And Perceived Benefits Of Exercise On Depression In Primary Care
Julie Mae TernesBarriers To Measuring Waist Circumference In Primary Care
Chantee SeungAn Assessment Of Patient Health Literacy Levels And Preferred Learning Styles
Bethany Joy MelloDetermining The Need For A Student Health Service Center On A Small Liberal Arts College Campus
Kara LewisEffective nurse leader characteristics: Recommendations for leadership success of the DNP
Brooke BrekkeProviders' perceptions and attitudes of a nutritional assessment and screening tool in congestive heart failure patients.
Camille BrownEvidence based best practice for intimate partner violence screening by nuse practitioners in the primary care setting
Linda KibotAssessing nurse practitioner knowledge about the use of American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines for diagnosing and managing patients with heart failure
Jill McMullenA grassroots letter writing campaign to affect health policy and improve health among Minnesotans
Sharon SimonMotivational interviewing for smoking cessation
Jana SuderScreening for eating disorders in primary care


Bonnie Lee KihneWillingness Of Nurse Practitioners To Address Parental Perceptions Of Childhood Weight
Alison Jo EdinStandardizing Practice Through A Resource For Camp Nurses
Elisha Dawn AndersonImpact of Education On Parents In Motivating Initiation And Completion Of HPV Vaccination Series In Rural Adolescents
Amber Jean SandnessSoporific Solutions
Julie Ann TobkinHealthcare Provider Evaluation Of Sexual History Questionnaire At A Public Health Clinic
Marisa Lea ZutterThe Effect Of Sauna Therapy As A Form Of Complimentary Therapy On Perceived Stress Levels, Pulse And Blood Pressure
Susan Marie HarrisHypertension Therapeutic Goal Attainment In Patients With Dual Diagnosis Of Hypertension And Diabetes
Arian Lorene KloseThe Effects Of Internalized Stigma Of Mental Illness In Self-Efficacy
Sara Beth HansenFamily Practice Providers' Attitudes And Perceptions Of Antibiotic Resistance, And Intention To Practice Prudent Use Of Antibiotics
Heidi SaarinenBreastfeeding during infant immunization
Jana SundeenThe impact of vitamin D education on healthcare providers


Leslie KoltesHealthcare workers' attitudes, understanding and perceived risk of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
Tina Marie LundeenNurse Practitioner Knowledge, Beliefs, And Attitudes About Obesity, The Obese Patient, And The Management Of Obesity In Clinical Practice
Bonnie Lynn McGuireAdult Output Chemotherapy Patients' Attitudes And Preferences Toward Complimentary And Alternative Therapies (CAM) And The Physical Environment Of Treatment
Benjamin Bruce RanstromTaking Steps Together: A Family Centered, Lifestyle Education And Behavioral Modification Program For Overweight And Obese Children And Their Families
Terry Lynn EversSchizophrenia Physical Co-Morbidity Case Study
Jessice Gabrielle OlsonRetrospective Analysis Of Puerperal Depression, Assessment, And Treatment


Mykell Marie BarnacleYoung Women's Knowledge About HPV, Cervical Cancer And The HPV Vaccine
Adam Gregory HohmanDisaster Preparedness Of North Dakota Nurse Practitioners For Biological/Chemical Agents
Mary Jo Olson McCrackenMeeting The Self-Care Needs Of Adolescent And Young Adults With Cystic Fibrosis
Tamara Ann GarbergUnderstanding Students' Indoor Tanning Practice And Beliefs
Tosha Lynn BayerThe Effect Of A Health Information Intervention Of Perceptions Regarding Colorectal Cancer
Jessica Lynn HanzelAn Assessment Of Patient Health Literacy Levels
Kelly Ann KruschkeAn Impact Of Guided Imagery On Healthcare Employees As A Means To Lower Their Blood Pressure, Pulse, And Perceived Levels Of Stress


Georgia Gayle NygaardDisaster Nursing: The Primary Care Challenge
Aaron Kevin LindstromPatient Health Literacy Levels And The Readability Of Patient Education Materials
Jeanne Ann UnterseherCardiovascular Health Risk Management
Manuel JamesCircadian Rhythm Of People Of A Sub-Polar Region


Katie Jayne StarnsParents and Teachers Perceptions of Health Needs of School Aged Children
Jessica Anne KleindlReading Ability Of Patients Versus The Readability Of Patient Education Material

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