Nursing Shark Tank

Nursing Shark Tank

Join us for Nursing Shark Tank where nurse researchers try to convince our audience – YOU – the Sharks – to give them the funding they need to turn their projects into reality. Sharks ensure that the UW continues its work to make the world a better place, and further prove that Together, we are boundless.

Date/Time: Thursday, November 15, 2018 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Location: Kane Hall – Walker-Ames Room 225
4069 Spokane Lane
Seattle, WA 98103


We are excited to hear from our featured faculty presenters below:

Yoriko Kozuki, PhD, PMHNP-BC, ARNP

The WA State Department of Correction houses about 17,000 inmates in 12 state-wide facilities. Compared to general population, this population has higher psychiatric illnesses, higher substance use disorders, and all could trace back to childhood neglect/abuse. The most urgent problem we face is overdose deaths immediately after the release from prison by opioids, because former prisoners do not have the same level of tolerance to the drugs when they relapse. We know what is the most effective solution, but do not have the network to offer this option that should bridge community and correctional system.

Kerryn Reding, PhD, MPH, RN

Two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese. This translates to an increased risk of diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, and cancer for millions of Americans – which translates to reduced life expectancy. However, the development of a lifestyle intervention with sustained weight loss has remained an elusive goal for health sciences research. Dr. Reding’s research focuses on understanding the physiologic impacts of excess weight so that lifestyle interventions can target the biologic pathways responsible for increased disease risk. Using this knowledge and innovative, translational approaches to lifestyle interventions, her team has designed a study to investigate an intervention aimed at sustained weight loss.

Jennifer Sonney, PhD, ARNP, PPCNP-BC

Asthma affects nearly one out of every 10 children in the US, and is a leading cause of missed school days, emergency department visits and hospitalizations among school-age kids. We believe the answer to this problem is a new approach: parent-child shared asthma management, in which children have a voice in their own care. The purpose of this project is to develop a health app for kids with asthma and their parents. We believe this project will be a critical first step toward not only improving asthma status, but also teaching kids essential skills in managing this lifelong condition.

Megan Streur, PhD, RN, FNP-C

Many individuals with advanced heart failure may require mechanical circulatory support (MCS). With recent and ongoing technological advances, more and more patients are being implanted with MCS devices every year. This study will aim to compare the experiences of living with different types of MCS, and provide important preliminary data for the development of interventions to support patients and their families during treatment for advanced heart failure.


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