April 4, 2007
Dr. Mary Kovarna, associate professor and chair of nursing education at Morningside College, had her poster presentation titled “Nursing Students’ Attitudes Toward People Living in Poverty” selected for exhibition during the 7th Annual Nurse Educator Institute: Educational Strategies for Highly Effective Nurse Educators, held March 27-30 in Branson, Mo.
Kovarna’s research was based on surveys of nursing students to determine attitudes and related personal attributes or experiences with people living in poverty. Her project also included information on how media, academic coursework, and clinical practicums affect those attitudes.
The 7th Annual Nurse Educator Institute, hosted by the Area Health Education Center-Northwest at Harrison and North Arkansas College, is designed to feature techniques and strategies for improving teaching skills of nurse educators and to provide networking opportunities.
Kovarna joined the faculty at Morningside in 1995. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in nursing from South Dakota State University. She received her docatorate in educational administration from the University of South Dakota in 2006. Kovarna’s areas of interest include adult health, health promotion, and gerontological nursing.