Mary 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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