Two graduate students are the first in Western Carolina University’s nurse anesthetist program to receive WCU’s research and creative projects stipend award.
Paula Grey of Swannanoa and Jenna Poziombke of Fall Creek, Wis., received awards for the 2013 spring term for the research proposal “An Evaluation of Sedation Level and Correlated Adverse Events Using Bispectral Index in Patients Undergoing Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC) for Colonoscopies.” Grey and Poziombke are working with Dr. Mark A. Kossick, professor of nursing and graduate anesthesia simulation education coordinator, serving as chairperson on the project.
“This is the first time the WCU graduate nurse anesthesia program has received such recognition for students developing a clinical research proposal for a thesis,” said Kossick.
Up to 20 graduate students may be selected for the award. Those selected receive $1,000 for approximately 50 hours of work during the spring 2013 semester, according to the Graduate Student Research and Creative Projects Stipend website.