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Nursing student's research addresses importance of universal primary education
Posted 05/09/2016 01:41PM

Misericordia University recently sponsored the annual Student Research Poster Presentation Day in Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall. The presentations were the culmination of research and work on a variety of topics by more than 180 students in the Colleges of Health Sciences, Arts and Sciences, and Professional Studies and Social Sciences.

Nursing major Heather Krzywicki of Mountain Top presented her research, "Primary Education as a Basic Human Right," which studied the need for universal primary education for all children. The initiative was presented as part of the Millennial Goals, a series of eight international development goals established by the United Nations to fight poverty. Krzywicki noted that there are 58 million children worldwide who do not have access to primary education. She concluded that instituting universal primary education would help people make better informed political decisions, thus bolstering democracy, and helping decrease poverty. She stated universal education also will help citizens make better informed health care decisions, subsequently making health care delivery easier – both conditions that will help lead to the achievement of the other Millennial Goals.

A senior, Krzywicki will earn her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Misericordia University's 90th annual Commencement on May 21.

Misericordia student researchers presented a total of 110 abstracts to the college community and answered questions related to their individual topics, which included biology, chemistry, medical imaging, nursing, physical therapy, psychology, speech-language pathology, teacher education and government, law and national security. University President Thomas J. Botzman, Ph.D., attended the two-hour event along with students, faculty, staff and deans of the colleges.

For more information about Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or log on to Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County's first four-year college and offers academic programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities – North category of U.S. News and World Report's 2016 edition of Best Colleges, and was designated a 2016 Best Northeastern College by the Princeton Review.


Misericordia University nursing student Heather Krzywicki of Mountain Top, Pa., presented her research on universal primary education and its benefits to health care delivery during the annual Student Research Poster Presentation Day that was held on campus.

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