Nursing students to travel to Chicago and Australia to present Bio-Touch

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Nursing students to travel to Chicago and Australia to present Bio-Touch

March 5, 2012

Nursing students at Northwestern Oklahoma State University completed a research study utilizing a complementary touch therapy, titled Bio-Touch, to assess the effects on stress and other related factors. Twelve students are taking this research to Chicago to present at the Midwest Business Administration Association (MBAA) Conference March 28-31.

Seniors Brandi Fisher, Mooreland; Dawn Randolph, Noble; Revena Mattingly, Buffalo; Haley Sturgeon, Meno; Vickie Bright, Bethany Duhon, Tasha Schaffer, Cayla Bynum, Grant Frownfelter and Kari Knouse, all of Enid; Christine Diltz, Woodward; and Todd Felder, Okeene, will present their Bio-Touch research on March 30, and will be accompanied by Dr. Carole McKenzie, Division of Nursing chair, and Mary Brune, instructor of nursing.

In July, Bynum, Duhon, Schaefer and Shawna Stewart, Woodward, will travel to Brisbane, Australia, to make the Bio-Touch presentation during the Sigma Theta Tau International Conference, which takes place July 30-Aug. 3.

This conference hopes to:

• Explore innovative strategies to promote excellence in global nursing practice;

• Advance the science of nursing using innovation and new technologies to influence research, practice, education, administration and health care policy;

• Explore opportunities for international collaboration in nursing;

• Create an international forum for the exchange of evidence-based practices and solutions among nurse researchers, clinicians, educators, policy makers and administrators.

“It is unprecedented for undergraduate nursing students to present at Sigma Theta Tau International Research Conference,” McKenzie said.

“In addition, they have been accepted for a full symposium, not just a 20 minute presentation. The opportunity for our students to represent not only the university but the state and the nation at an international conference such as this, gives remarkable visibility to our students and re-affirms the excellence the nursing program requires.

“It also validates the external perception of quality that is held about our program and our university,” McKenzie said. “When the students presented in Tulsa on Feb. 17, one of the national nursing leaders who was there, came up to me and said it was amazing to think that there are 31 nurse scientists in northwest Oklahoma. I was incredibly proud that our students and program would be perceived in this way.”

Bio-Touch is a butterfly light touch applied to specific points on the human body. Previous research has suggested that Bio-Touch decreases individual stress, pain, restlessness, improvement in vital signs, increase in immune response and feeling cared for.

The therapy is easy to do and can be taught to anyone—a health care professional is not required—and there are no adverse side effects.

Research conducted showed that a convenience sample was utilized at the university that included students, staff, faculty and community members. There were 248 participates in the study, fairly evenly matched in gender and with an age range of 19-78.

This research can be easily replicated and utilized in any setting.

Nursing students currently are working on fundraising projects for their trip to Australia. They already have started a Pampered Chef catalog fundraiser that will end on April 2. Also, they have planned an Avon catalog fundraiser and a candy fundraiser. Each campus will prepare for a bake sale with those dates to be determined.

Nursing students encourage people to contact them if they are interested in purchasing items with the proceeds going toward their Australia trip. Contact Stewart at to make any contributions.