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Mary Jo Bugel Receives International Dissertation Award
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Mary Jo BugelMary Jo Bugel, Ph.D., R.N., C.N.L., C.N.E., NJ-CSN, one of Seton Hall's first Ph.D. graduates from the College of Nursing, has earned the 2013 Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing's Research Dissertation Award, for the research she conducted while in our Ph.D. in Nursing program. Bugel's dissertation focused on the experiences of children with siblings who are faced with a traumatic injury. The award will be presented at the 42nd Biennial Convention in November, where Bugel will also be making two presentations developed from her research.

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing aims to improve the health of people by increasing the scientific base of nursing research. STTI currently has more than 130,000 active members in more than 85 countries, including the Gamma Nu chapter here at Seton Hall University College of Nursing. The Research Dissertation Award is presented bi-annually to a member of the society whose doctoral dissertation is "exceptionally meritorious and exemplifies high standards of scholarship and knowledge development."

College of Nursing dean Phyllis Shanley Hansell, Ed.D., R.N., FAAN, is extremely pleased that Bugel's research will be honored on the national stage. Hansell notes, "Mary Jo, one of our inaugural Ph.D. alumnae, conducted thorough, disciplined research on an important topic and I am proud that her exceptional work is being recognized."

Bugel's 2011 dissertation, "Out Of The Mouths Of Sibs, A Study Of The Experience Of Being A Well School-Age Sibling Of A Child With A Traumatic Injury," was accepted for publication by several nursing journals, including Pediatric Nursing. Her research was conducted through a series of interviews on seven school-age children ranging from ages 8 to 12 years and uncovered themes relating to compassion, difficult situations, changes and constants. Bugel’s award-winning research shows that the experience is an emotional one, but still can be an opportunity for growth that brings the siblings to a different world, as described in the 158-page dissertation.

Bugel developed her research into guidelines and recommendations for both nurses and families helping traumatically injured children. These guidelines were given to support groups for the Newtown, CT, school shooting last winter. "To help those families and surviving siblings in any way has been very rewarding to me," Bugel says.

About Seton Hall University College of Nursing
Seton Hall University College of Nursing offered the first baccalaureate nursing program in New Jersey in 1937 and is CCNE-accredited through June of 2019. The graduate program was established in 1975 and the PhD program opened in 2006. US News and World Report ranks Seton Hall University College of Nursing as one of the top graduate nursing programs in the country. The College of Nursing's mission is to educate baccalaureate-prepared generalists and advanced practitioners of nursing who aspire to be innovators and leaders in the nursing profession.

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