Isabella Penniston

Isabella Penniston, Undergraduate student, Nursing

Evaluates telehealth

What is your degree program and expected graduation date? Nursing, May 2020

Please describe your research: My research is studying how telehealth symptom management impacts depression and anxiety in rural advanced cancer patients. I’m doing so through Dr. Gilbertson-White’s website, Oncology Associated Symptoms and Individualized Strategies (OASIS).

In simple terms, why does this research matter? My research matters because cancer patients experience a wide variety of symptoms, including depression and anxiety. Providing patients the ability to self-manage symptoms through internet-based platforms may help improve the severity and distress of their symptoms.

How soon after starting at the University of Iowa were you able to participate in research? I started during the Spring semester of my sophomore year in February of 2018.

How has being involved in research made you more successful at the University of Iowa? My research allows me to explore parts of the nursing career I may not have otherwise known and explore what I may be able to change or influence in the healthcare field. I’ve also had opportunities to make connections with and learn from other researchers and participate in national research conferences.

What are your career goals and/or plans after graduation? After graduating with my BSN I plan to begin my nursing career at UIHC as a bedside nurse. I’m not certain of the specialty, although I’m currently leaning towards the Emergency Department. After gaining some experience, my ultimate goal is to attend graduate school and attain a PhD with the long-term goal of teaching the next generation of nurses.

Faculty mentor/advisor: Stephanie Gilbertson-White

Hometown: Bellevue, IA

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