Annual Research Symposium

Sponsored by Mercy College Research Advisory Council and co-sponsored by
Mercy College Alumni Association and Sigma Theta Tau – Zeta Chi Chapter

Clinical Approaches to the Problem of Opioid Addiction

Monday, April 3, 2017 • 12:00 to 4:30 pm
Mercy College of Health Sciences 

Keynote: Joan Beard, RN-BC, MSN
Director, Mercy Medical Center Pain, Palliative Care and Sedation Teams

Joan Beard is the Director of Pain, Palliative Care & Sedation Team Services at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.  Joan received a Diploma in Nursing from Mercy School of Nursing, and then went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Drake University, followed by a Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Phoenix.  Joan has worked in the field of pain management for 25 years and is certified in Pain Management Nursing.  She is a member of the American Society for Pain Management Nursing (ASPMN) and formerly served on the Board of Directors.  

Joan has conducted hundreds of educational programs on pain management and palliative care to the general public, nurses, physicians, pharmacists, and various health care professionals.  She has published several articles on the topics surrounding pain management. 

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Call for Posters

Poster abstracts can be submitted by March 21, 2017 using the button below. For questions, please email Linda Knowles or call 515-643-6760.

Submit A  Poster Abstract

Poster Categories May Include:

  • Research (Includes experimental quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods studies. May include evidence-based studies and evaluation studies.)
  • Literature Review (Summary of the literature on a specific topic or issue using credible resources.)
  • Experiential (Includes reflections on, descriptions of, or outcomes from preceptorships, service learning and clinical experiences.)