April 3, 2007 See a complete list of presenters and titles of presentations
Capt. Michael McCarthy, R.N., B.S.N., nurse manager of the surgical trauma intensive care unit at Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas, will be the keynote speaker when the Morningside College Nursing Education Department and the Morningside Student Nurses Association hold their 25th annual Maud Adams Nursing Research Day from 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, April 11, at the Olsen Student Center, 3609 Peters Avenue.
McCarthy, a 1994 Morningside graduate, has been named the 2007 Morningside Nursing Alumnus of the Year. This award is presented for commitment to nursing and outstanding leadership in the profession. McCarthy will present his remarks at 8:30 a.m. in the Yockey Family Community Room of the Olsen Student Center.
The Nursing Alumni Scholarship will be presented in McCarthy’s honor to Nhung Nguyen of Sioux City during the opening address. Nguyen is a senior at Sioux City West High School and plans to enroll at Morningside this fall to pursue a bachelor of science in nursing degree. The scholarship is presented to a student who shows potential for outstanding professionalism in nursing.
From 10 a.m. until 12 p.m., nursing student presentations will take place in the Hickman Dining Room and the Maud Adams Conference Room in the Olsen Student Center, Room 101 in the Lincoln Center, and Room 114 of the Hindman Hobbs Center, all on the Morningside campus. Beginning at 2 p.m., senior nursing students will also present their research utilization projects on topics such as medication errors, nursing burnout, increased tobacco use in women, pain management, mental health issues, and more as part of Morningside’s Palmer Student Research Symposium, also held on the college campus on April 11 from 8:45 a.m. until 4:20 p.m.
McCarthy has experience in the areas of surgical and cardio-thoracic intensive care, critical care transport, and flight nursing. He served as affiliate faculty member and flight nurse instructor at University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a two-time winner of the Dolly Vinsant Flight Nurse of the Year award, the highest award given for a flight nurse in the Air Force, as well as the NASA Achievement Award for recovering the only United States astronaut assigned to the International Space Station upon his return to Astana, Kazakhstan.
The nursing research day, started in 1983 as a tribute to the late Maud Adams, was created to feature the work of students and to provide a mechanism to promote
professional development. Adams, a former chair of the Morningside nursing department,
was an instrumental leader in the early days of the department of nursing education. Before she came to Morningside, Adams served as a staff nurse, instructor, and administrator in various public health agencies and nursing programs.