Nursing Students to be Honored at UB’s Celebration of Academic Student Excellence

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Published April 25, 2022

Three School of Nursing students will be honored for academic excellence during UB’s Celebration of Academic Excellence. The ceremony will take place on April 22, 2022.

SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence


Paloma Tripathi

Paloma Tripathi of Buffalo is a Dorothy C. Darlak scholar, a University Honors College scholar and a Pride of New York scholar pursuing her nursing degree. Tripathi also has been a DAISY Award winner for extraordinary nursing students. A member of the Indian Student Association, Tripathi has volunteered locally as a health screener and assisted with food drives. Tripathi, who pursued a care coordinator certification to enhance her education, will graduate with a bachelor’s in nursing.

UB Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creativity Award

Cristina de Rosa, PhD Student (Graduate Honoree)

Older Adults with Dementia Who Live Alone: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of Predisposing, Enabling, and Need Factors

Persons with dementia (PWD) may utilize external services and supports more frequently when they live alone in the community versus living with family or friends. Profiling PWD may provide insight into gaps in care needs. The purpose of this study was to determine whether differences exist in predisposing, enabling, and need factors for PWD who live alone compared to those who live with others. This descriptive, cross-sectional analysis performed chi-square tests for independence comparing characteristics of PWD within a nationally representative dataset linked with their respective caregivers. There were significant associations between living alone versus with others and age, gender, race, marital status, number of children, and living situation satisfaction, but not education, importance of attending religious services, Medicaid eligibility, census division, or overall self-rated health. Future longitudinal analysis should explore how living alone or with others influences outcomes over time, transitions in care, and use of services.

Vicky Lin, Traditional Nursing Baccalaureate Student (Undergraduate Honoree)

Associations Between Cigarette Smoking and E-Cigarette Use and Adolescent Suicidal Ideation and Behavior

This study examined whether smoking and e-cigarette use was associated with adolescent suicidal ideation and behavior. Data from the 2019 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was used. A serious of binary logistic regression models were conducted in Mplus Version 8.6. Covariates were gender, age, race/ethnicity, and sexual identity. Samples were 13,667 students (50.3% female). Smoke only, e-cigarette only, and dual use, regardless of ever or current, increased the likelihood of seriously considering attempting suicide, attempted suicide, and times of attempting suicide. Wald tests showed that dual use had stronger effects on the likelihood of the outcomes than e-cigarette use only (both ever and current; all p's < .001). Our findings suggested that cigarette smoking and e-cigarette use are linked to the increased likelihood of adolescent suicidal ideation and behavior.

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