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Marcella Niehoff PhD student receives grant from Sigma Theta Tau International

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Karen Fishe, RN, APN, NNP-BC, a PhD student at the Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing in Maywood, Ill., received the Doris Bloch Research Grant from Sigma Theta Tau International. The grant was established to encourage nurses to advance the science of nursing through research.

According to a news release, Fishe will use the funds to study the impact of childhood adversity on stress vulnerability and maternal-fetal well-being during pregnancy.

“The study findings will enhance the screening of pregnant women to identify those at risk for greater prenatal stress, depression and anxiety that can lead to poor health in infants,” Linda Janusek, RN, PhD, FAAN, Fishe’s mentor and a professor and the Niehoff endowed chair for research at MNSON, said in the release. “This will allow healthcare providers to better care for expectant mothers and improve the health of the infants.”

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