Nursing Science Day

Nursing Science Day is a continuing education offering of the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing. The second annual event was March 7, 2024, while the inaugural Nursing Science Day was April 27, 2023. Please check back for details on the third symposium.

2nd Annual Nursing Science Day

The State of the Science for Animal-Assisted Therapy: Nursing Implications for Research, Education, and Practice Across the Healthcare Continuum

Learn Initiatives for Best Practice for the Use of Canines in Academic, Allied Health and Outpatient Settings

Noon-7 p.m. Thursday, March 7, 2024
Fayetteville Town Center

Eleanor Mann School of Nursing, College of Education and Health Professions, University of Arkansas

Faculty and students from health-related disciplines in area colleges and healthcare professionals are invited to attend the symposium. The program was free, but registration was required. Please check back for details on the third Nursing Science Day.

Keynote Speaker — Temple Grandin, Ph.D.

Temple Grandin

Topic: "Ethical Use of Canines in Healthcare and Academics Settings"

Temple Grandin is a distinguished professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University, Fort Collins. Facilities that she has designed for handling livestock are used by many companies around the world. She also has been instrumental in implementing animal welfare auditing programs that are used by McDonald's, Wendy’s, Whole Foods and other corporations. Temple has appeared on numerous TV news shows such as 20/20 and Prime Time. Her books include Thinking in Pictures, Livestock Handling and Transport and The Autistic Brain. Her books Animals in Translation and Visual Thinking have been on The New York Times Bestseller List. Temple was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in September 2017. In 2022, she was named a Colorado State University Distinguished Professor and in 2023 was inducted into the Colorado Authors’ Hall of Fame.

Faculty biography


Kyria Henry

Symposium Speaker

Topic: "Assistance Dog Training Minor Degree and Certification for University Students"

Kyria Henry, M.A.

Founder and Executive Director, paws4people
Instructor, UNCW Assistance Dog Training Program
University of North Carolina, Wilmington

Michele Kilmer

Symposium Speaker

Topic: "Use of Canines in Autism Therapy"

Michele Kilmer, D.N.P., APRN, CPNP-PC

Assistant Professor
Program Director, Access for Autism
Eleanor Mann School of Nursing, University of Arkansas

Allison Scott

Symposium Speaker

Topic, with Dr. Yordy: "Use of Canines in Academic Settings to Promote Mental Health"

Allison Scott, D.N.P. CPNP-PC, IBCLC

Associate Professor
Eleanor Mann School of Nursing, University of Arkansas

Morgan Yordy, D.N.P.

Symposium Speaker

Topic, with Dr. Scott: "Use of Canines in Academic Settings to Promote Mental Health"

Morgan Yordy, D.N.P., ACNS-BC, R.N., FCNS

Associate Professor
College of Nursing, Auburn University, Alabama

Contact Hours Offered

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Schedule Subject to Change
Symposium: 'The State of the Science for Animal-Assisted Therapy: Nursing Implications for Research, Education, and Practice Across the Healthcare Continuum'

Registration form (deadline has passed)

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Poster and booth set-up
12:30 Welcome —
• Dean Kate Mamiseishvili, Ph.D., College of Education and Health Professions, University of Arkansas
• Symposium Host: Jessie Casida, Ph.D., R.N., ANP-C, FAAN, professor and executive director, Eleanor Mann School of Nursing, University of Arkansas
12:35-1:20 Speakers — Morgan Yordy and Allison Scott — "Use of Canines in Academic Settings to Promote Mental Health"
1:20-2 Break — including poster viewing, book signings, photo ops etc.
2-2:50 Speaker — Kyria Henry — "Assistance Dog Training Minor Degree & Certification for University Students"
2:50-3 Break
3-3:45 Speaker — Michele Kilmer — "Use of Canines in Autism Therapy"
3:45-4 Scholarship Awards
4-5 Book Signing
5-6 Dinner
6-6:05 Introduction of Keynote Speaker
6:05-6:50 Keynote Address — Temple Grandin — "Ethical Use of Canines in Healthcare and Academics Settings"
6:50-7 Closing Remarks


Flyer for the 2024 Nursing Science Day (PDF) that may be downloaded and shared.

Call for Abstracts

Click to download PDF of flyer for the 2024 Nursing Science Day

Online Abstract Submission Form — the submission window has closed ☜

General information can be found at "Now Accepting Abstract Submissions for Second Annual Nursing Science Day" from University of Arkansas News, Nov. 17, 2023.

  • Submission Deadline — Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024
  • Notification of Acceptance of Abstracts — Saturday, Feb. 9, 2024

The Eleanor Mann School of Nursing and the Pi Theta chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International are accepting abstracts for this, the second annual U of A Nursing Science Day.

Authors from nursing and other disciplines are invited to submit their abstracts informing the advancement of nursing research, practice, education and/or policy.


  • Poster presentation
  • Original research
  • Quality/performance improvement
  • Systematic reviews
  • Thoughts and Progress — e.g., theory, instrumentation, research methodology

Abstract Categories

  • Artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science, data analytics
  • Advocacy, ethics, jurisprudence and law
  • Basic, behavioral, food/nutrition and social sciences
  • Clinical care across the lifespan, care settings and care continuum
  • Health promotion and risk reduction
  • Healthcare systems, leadership, organizational effectiveness
  • Healthcare economics, business of nursing and healthcare
  • Planetary health — community, global, public and school health
  • Quality and safety
  • Teaching and learning
  • Technology, biomedical engineering, computer science, informatics
  • Therapy and therapeutics — e.g., art, dance, music, biologics, canine, cognitive-behavioral, pharmacological, surgical procedures

Submission Guidelines

Submit your abstract online and follow the following steps:

  1. Select abstract category
  2. Corresponding author/presenter: Full name, email address and telephone number
  3. Abstract title: Use/type upper and lower case
  4. Authors and institutions: Include the full first name, middle initial and last name of all authors, degree if they have one, their institutional affiliations, cities, and states
  5. Abstract body: Type purpose, methods, results and conclusion in the space provided. Content must include the following:
    • Brief statement of the purpose of the study (research questions, aims, goal, or hypothesis being tested)
    • Statement of methods and procedures/instrumentation used
    • Summary of results, presented in sufficient detail to support the conclusion
    • Conclusions must include implications for nursing research, practice, education, policy, and/or interprofessional education or research.
    • Space limit:
      • Words: 350 word excluding spaces and headings.
      • If applicable, attach 1 table and 1 figure, or 2 tables or 2 figures
    • Reminders:
      • Use AMA Manual of Style 10th edition writing and citation style, arial font 12, single-space
      • Include background section in the poster
      • If applicable, create an Acknowledgement section in the poster citing funding source(s), institutional support, other contributors etc.
      • Proofread carefully; no resubmission allowed
      • Notifications of accepted abstracts will include instructions on poster preparations, upload, and presentation

Contact Hours for Nursing Continuing Professional Development

The Eleanor Mann School of Nursing at the University of Arkansas is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

To receive contact hours for the NCPD sessions offered during the program, participants are required to attend the entire session, complete the NCPD event evaluation and complete the evaluation for each session attended. Certificates for attendees can be retrieved after the online evaluation is complete. The number of contact hours awarded to each participant will be based on the number of evaluations completed for each session attended.

Notice of Disclosures

Relevant Financial Relationships

The planning committee members, content reviewers and faculty/speakers/authors have disclosed no relevant financial relationships unless otherwise noted prior to the beginning of the educational session.

Commercial Support and Sponsorships

EMSON will inform attendees if a commercial interest has provided financial or in-kind support for the educational activity, including how content integrity is maintained and bias is prevented. This will be done prior to the educational session.

Available contact hours will be posted once the Nursing Science Symposium schedule is finalized. Please check back.


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