Nursing Student Awarded for Research on Older Adults

Friday, September 19, 2014

Shannon Halloway, BSN, RN, and PhD student in the Rush University College of Nursing, was recently named the 2014 best student  paper winner by the Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS). Halloway’s paper, “Prehabilitation Interventions for Older Adults: An Integrative Review,” will be published in the January 2015 issue of the Western Journal of Nursing Research (WJNR), and she will also receive a $500 prize.

Halloway’s research is focused on identifying modifiable health behaviors that can help stabilize or decrease the onset of cognitive impairment in community-dwelling older adults. Her interest in the older adult population was first sparked when she was selected to be a nursing scholar as part of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded comprehensive gerontologic education partnership at Pacific Lutheran University to produce more qualified nurses committed to older adult care.

Under the guidance of JoEllen Wilbur, PhD, her chairperson in the College of Nursing, Halloway has published and presented both regionally and nationally on older adult and physical activity research. At Rush, she’s received the Diane Cronin-Stubbs Memorial Award, as well as the Mary S. Oakley and Kellogg scholarships, and is a Jonas Nurse Leader Scholar. She is also a member of the Sigma Theta Tau and Psi Chi honor societies

In addition, Halloway’s clinical experience has focused on the care of older adults in multiple settings, including critical care and home health. Her current clinical position is as the wellness nurse for independent seniors living in residential apartments on the Rush campus.