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TWU nursing professor receives grant to study nursing students and stress



HOUSTON — Dr. Ann Malecha, associate professor of nursing at Texas Woman's University’s Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center, has received a grant for her study titled “Preparing the Future Nursing Workforce: A Pilot Study Examining Stressors and Nursing Student Success.”

Forty TWU nursing faculty and nursing graduate students — 20 from Houston and 20 from Dallas— have volunteered to help conduct the study as part of the Nurses And Personal Stressors (NAPS) research team.

“The purpose of the study is to identify the type and extent of various stressors associated with nursing students’ academic and professional successes and failures,” Dr. Malecha said. “We hope to provide crucial data on the relationships between personal and interpersonal stressors and success in nursing school and, eventually, success on the job.”

Starting this fall, all TWU junior I nursing students on the Houston and Dallas campuses will be recruited to participate in this four-year study. The study will examine personal and interpersonal stressors, such as depression and verbal abuse, during the last two years of nursing school and then two years into their professional practice. Data will be compared between those participants who remain in the nursing program and those who leave the program, and will be collected whether or not they are employed post-graduation.

“Over the years, nursing faculty have observed that students who encounter personal stressors such as financial stress, traumatic events such as death of family members or major life changes such as pregnancy, appear more likely to experience academic difficulty,” Dr. Malecha said. “Faculty also keep in touch with alumni and are aware of ongoing issues between personal stressors and success as a professional registered nurse.”

“These committed educators want to be part of the solution to the nursing shortage,” Dr. Malecha said.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Education and Research Center, located at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston’s School of Public Health, awarded Dr. Malecha a $16,900 grant to fund the study.

With more than 12,000 alumni and more than 2,300 undergraduate and graduate students at its Denton, Dallas and Houston campuses, TWU has the largest college of nursing in Texas and produces more new nurses than any other program in the state.

More than 1,200 students majoring in nursing, physical therapy, library science, business administration, healthcare administration, occupational therapy and nutrition are enrolled at TWU’s Institute for Health Sciences - Houston Center in the Texas Medical Center. Construction is nearly complete on the new TWU Houston campus, scheduled to open for fall classes on Aug. 28. The new, state-of-the-art facility will be located at 6700 Fannin St. and will allow TWU to eventually more than double its Houston enrollment.

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