Rochester University senior nursing student Sarah Brackney was selected to participate at SIGMA Research Day in April. Brackney, who graduated with her bachelor of science in nursing on May 1, was the only undergraduate student from the local nursing chapter to present her work in the research lightning rounds.

RU’s Theta Psi-at large Chapter with Sigma was established in partnership with Oakland University in 2018 and allows a professional collaboration for nursing students. Sigma, a nonprofit organization founded in 1922 as an international honor society of nursing, works to “develop nurse leaders anywhere to improve healthcare everywhere.”

Brackney’s research was titled, “It Stops Here. Screening for Intimate Partner Violence in the Emergency Department.

Dr. Malgorzata Baumann, assistant professor of nursing, oversaw Brackney’s research. She said, “Sarah has been a model of what nursing stands for since her sophomore year. Sarah has been precepting in the emergency department when she realized the impact of intimate partner violence. With the dramatic increase of domestic violence, depression and mental health issues due to COVID-19, she pursued this important topic.”

Brackney said her education in RU’s School of Nursing taught her extensively about the human body, treatments and ways to promote health. Beyond that, she said, “My nursing school experience has taught me the importance of human respect, how far a willingness to care can go, and the impact I can have on the world around me. Some of my favorite stories in scripture involve Jesus healing the sick and broken. These stories guided me to serve in God’s ministry by loving others through the nursing profession.”

Brackney’s next steps will be to pass the nursing licensing exam and begin work in an emergency department.

RU nursing students have participated in Sigma Research Day since joining the Theta Psi chapter. Dr. John Collins, director of the School of Nursing, said, “Our junior and senior students pride themselves on abstract and poster acceptance at this prestigious event. We are very proud of Sarah and know that she will have a successful nursing career.”