Research Day 2024

McNamara Alumni Center

Nursing Research: A Catalyst for Health Equity

The University of Minnesota’s School of Nursing will be hosting the 2024 Nursing Research Day conference on Friday, April 12.  This year's theme is Nursing Research: A Catalyst for Health Equity.  The event is free; Minnesota Board of Nursing continuing education credits will be offered. Throughout the day, faculty, community partners and students will lead concurrent podium and poster presentation sessions that showcase findings from innovative research and evidence-based projects that improve health and quality care.

Discovering What Matters: The Impact of Nursing Research
Keynote speaker
Heather M.Young

Heather M. Young

A nurse leader, educator, scientist and nationally recognized expert in gerontological nursing and rural health care, Heather M. Young is national director of the Betty Irene Moore Fellowship Program for Nurse Leaders and Innovators, professor, and dean emerita for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. Young researches healthy aging with a particular focus on the interface between individuals, family and formal health care systems. She co-leads the Healthy Aging in a Digital World initiative at UC Davis Health and co-directs the Family Caregiving Institute and is a Senior Policy Fellow with the AARP Public Policy Institute focusing on policy and systems supports for family caregivers.  Her research has played an instrumental role in shaping long-term care policies in Washington state and beyond and she conducted several longitudinal studies of family caregiving in the context of cognitive and functional decline associated with Alzheimer’s Disease. Her systems research includes use of technology, such as telehealth, and community-based strategies to promote healthy aging and management of chronic conditions. As founding dean and Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing for UC Davis Health, Young led the establishment of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.  Young’s nursing practice included critical care and as a geriatric nurse practitioner in community-based long-term care. Previously, she directed the John A. Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence at Oregon Health and Science University and, prior to that, she held a joint appointment on faculty at the University of Washington School of Nursing and as the chief operations officer of a retirement community company, designing and managing an array of residential and skilled nursing programs.


8:00 am Registration and check-in opens

8:45 am Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:00 am Keynote presentation followed by Q & A   

10:15 am Break

10:30 am Concurrent Morning Oral Presentation Breakout Sessions

  • Integrating Technology and Data Analytics for Holistic Health Assessment: Insights into Long COVID, Nursing Documentation, and Cognitive Wellness
  • Empowering Scholarly Engagement and Student Development: Multilingual Publishing, Interprofessional Immersion, and Peer Mentorship in Healthcare Education    
  • Fostering Compassionate Care and Developmental Support: Insights on Pediatric Health and Adolescent Well-being for Pediatric and Adolescent Health

12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)

12:00 pm UMN Nursing PhD program information session (pre-registration required)

1:00 pm Concurrent Afternoon Oral Presentation Breakout Sessions

  • Driven to Discover innovation: Nursing Research at Minnesota State and County Fairs
  • Enhancing Patient Outcomes through Innovative Protocols: Insights from Postoperative Care, Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia Prevention, and Opioid Use Disorder Management
  • Advancing Global Health Equity: Collaborative Initiatives and Digital Solutions in Nigeria, Liberia, and Beyond

2:30 pm Break

2:45 pm In-Person Poster Presentation Session

3:30 pm People’s Choice Poster Awards and Closing Remarks

3:45 pm Adjourn

Frequently Asked Questions

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Looking for Zoom links or a confirmation email?

Your Research Day registration should trigger a confirmation email.  Be sure to check your spam folder.  On Research Day, a reminder email will be sent to all registered 2024 attendees at 6:30 AM.  It will include the Research Day session Zoom links.  Some organizations' email systems have flagged our emails as spam.  You should receive a confirmatory email within 24 hours of registering.  If you don’t, re-register and be sure to type your email carefully.   If you still didn’t receive a confirmatory email, contact Margaret

How does Research Day work?

Nursing Research Day will be a hybrid event.  The keynote and the oral breakout sessions will be streamed live (via Zoom) for those who are not joining us on campus at McNamara Center.  The online poster presentations will be available for viewing April 5-15, 2024; a subset of posters will be selected and printed. Those posters will be presented in-person at Research Day.  In order to attend in-person or online you must pre-register for Research Day.  Same day or “walk-in” registration on April 12 cannot be accommodated.

Is there a cost to attend Research Day?

No.  It is free.

Are CEUs available?

Yes.  MN Board of Nursing credit will be offered.

Is there a schedule for Research Day?

See the Agenda tab above.

Is breakfast and/or lunch provided as part of Research Day?

No.  We are able to hold Research Day free of charge by not providing food as part of the conference, although coffee and tea will be available during the morning hours.  Please plan accordingly.  D’Amico & Sons Express in McNamara Center is open and a Google search of nearby restaurants can be found here.

How do the poster presentations sessions work?

Research Day includes two poster presentations (1) an online  poster presentation platform that will be open April 5-15, 2024.  Poster PDFs and audio files (e.g., voicethreads) will be available on the website for review and Q&A/comment.  The poster website link will be sent to all registered attendees in early April. (2) Following a competitive review process, a subset of posters will be printed and presented in-person at Research Day.  The in-person poster presentation will be held during the afternoon of April 12, (i.e., Research Day.)

I missed a breakout session. Can I access the recorded presentations after Research Day?

The recorded keynote presentation will be posted on the School of Nursing web page by mid-May.  No other oral presentations will be available/streamed outside of the actual, live, presentation.

I am only interested in attending a poster session. Do I still need to register?

Yes.  Only by registering prior to April 12 will you be able to access the Research Day poster website.  We are happy to have you join us for just the online poster session. 

I'm interested in the UMN PhD in Nursing program. Is there an opportunity to learn more?

Yes!  We're delighted to hear you're interested in the program!  Be sure to answer "yes” to the question in the Research Day Registration form indicating you're interested.  This will share your information with our student services colleagues for follow up and information about opportunities to connect.  You can also reach them directly at

I registered for Research Day but want to change my breakout session registration. How do I do that?

Don’t worry.  You can attend any breakout session (in-person or online) that you want.  We don’t require you to update your breakout registration.  However, if you no longer plan to attend Research Day in-person, we would appreciate receiving notification (email as Research Day typically has a waiting list for in-person attendance.

Can I share the Research Day Zoom link with my friend? S/He forgot to register.

No. Unfortunately that isn't an option.  Research Day is a closed/private event.  Access is limited to people who have pre-registered.

Is a lactation space available at McNamara?

Yes there is.  Room 211 (searchable here)