Nursing professor discusses research at AHNA Annual Conference

Maryann Abendroth

NIU School of Nursing Assistant Professor Maryann Abendroth, recently presented her research on caregiver stress at the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) national conference in Palm Springs, California.

Abendroth’s research focuses on the strain caregivers experience when they care for persons with Parkinson’s Disease. her research, which partially funded by both a Joan E. Wood Award for Nursing Research and an American Nursing Foundation grant, resulted in the development and validation of a tool called the Caregiver Strain Risk Screen-10 (CSRS-10). This tool recently has been found to be predictive of the frequency of occurrence of physical health symptoms in this specific category of caregivers.

The AHNA Annual Conference is a gathering of holistic nursing professionals from across the country, with growing international attendance from Canada, Japan, China and Jamaica. This annual event is one of the largest and most valuable conferences dedicated to bringing together nurses who share a passion for holistic healing.