Research Interests

Contributions to Nursing Science

My primary contribution to science thus far stems from my dissertation work. Amish families use complementary health strategies and collaborate with biomedical providers for the care of their children. My dissertation work used ethnographic methodology to describe Amish perspectives of children’s health, Amish practices of healing for children with chronic health conditions, and how Amish families work with providers to collaborate care for their children. The findings are dynamic but describe a holistic perspective toward caring for children, viewing illness, and prioritize community methods of treatment over biomedical treatments.  When health care providers collaborated well with families, the health outcomes of children were improved.

In the summer of 2015, follow up research from this dissertation used surveys to identify complementary and alternative treatments used by Amish families with Hemophilia. In order to better serve this community, this research intends to bridge health care provider and Amish knowledge about the safety and effectiveness of combining traditional and biomedical treatments for children with Hemophilia.

My second contribution to science is related to contextual considerations to promote forgiveness in community. I conducted ethnographic research with the Old Order Amish to understand how forgiveness is taught within their community, including in their schools. Schools included exercises that teach children about forgiveness and develop the skills of forgiveness through storybooks, wall hangings, written lessons, and practicing apologies and forgiveness in front of the classroom. This forgiveness work continues in the implementation of school-based forgiveness programs in the academic year 2015-2016 in collaboration with psychology and nursing students in local schools.

Grant Research Funding:

June 2015- June 2016: Small Grant Award, Association of Community Health Nurse Educators                                   

Summer 2015: Student/Faculty Summer Collaborative Research, Luther College

August 2012- August 2014: Nena Amundson Distinguished Professorship, Luther College

September 2011- August, 2014: Koebrick Endowment for New Faculty, Luther College

February 2013- May 2013: Vending Machine Assessment Mini-Grant (Sponsored by Winneshiek County Board of Health), Iowa Department of Public Health                 

August 2010- December 2010: Janice Denehy Graduate Studies Fund Scholarship, University of Iowa College of Nursing                                                            

August 2007- July 2010: Between Two Worlds: Amish Children with Special Health Care Needs (Angela Kueny, PI), National Institutes of Health, 5  F31 NR010314-01

Related Presentations and Publications:

PUBLICATIONS

Lehan Mackin, M., Oldenburg, A. & Eisbach, S.  (2007).  Resilience Enhancement.  In S. Moorhead, M. Johnson, M. Maas, & E. Swanson, Nursing Outcomes Classification (NOC) (4th ed).

Taylor, J., Lehan Mackin, M., & Oldenburg, A.  (2008).  Engaging racial autobiography as a teaching tool for womanist inquiry, Advances in Nursing Science, 31(4), 342-355. 

Shever, L., Titler, M., Lehan Mackin, M., & Kueny, A.  (2010).  Fall Prevention Practices in Adult Medical-Surgical  Nursing Units Described by Nurse Managers.  Western Journal of Nursing Research [online], Oct. 4, 2010. doi: 10.1177/0193945910379217 

Oldenburg, A., & Eisbach, S. (2011).  Risk for compromised resilience.  In B.J. Ackley, & G.B. Ladwig (Eds.) Nursing Diagnosis Handbook: An Evidence-Based Guide to Planning Care (9th ed). 

Oldenburg, A., & Eisbach, S. (2011).  Impaired individual resilience. In B.J. Ackley, & G.B. Ladwig (Eds.) Nursing Diagnosis Handbook: An Evidence-Based Guide to Planning Care (9th ed). 

Oldenburg, A., & Eisbach, S. (2011).  Readiness for enhanced resilience. In B.J. Ackley, & G.B. Ladwig (Eds.) Nursing Diagnosis Handbook: An Evidence-Based Guide to Planning Care (9th ed). 

Kueny, A., Berg, J., Anderson, N., & Chowdhury, Y.  (2011).  Poquito a poquito:  Making changes in the home for Latino families with children with asthma.  Journal of Pediatric Health Care.

Kueny, A., Shever, L., Lehan, M., & Titler, M. (2015). Facilitating  the implementation of evidence-based practice through contextual support and nursing leadership. Journal of Healthcare Leadership [in press].

Kueny, A., & Cardenas, S. (2015) Old Order Amish Teaching Children Forgiveness. In J. Kiper and S. DiVietro (Eds.) Perspectives on Forgiveness: Contrasting Approaches to Concepts of Forgiveness and Revenge. [Submitted Chapter Manuscript] Witney, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press.

PRESENTATIONS

Oldenburg, A., & Tripp-Reimer, T.  (March, 2009).  Complementary and Alternative Medical Practices for Old Order Amish Children [Poster Presentation].  Minneapolis, MN:  Midwest Nursing Research Society.

Oldenburg, A. & Tripp Reimer, T. (April 2009).  Complementary and Alternative Medical Practices for Old Order Amish Children [Poster Presentation].  University of Iowa:  Student Interdisciplinary Health Research Poster Session.

Ayres, L., & Kueny, A. (April, 2010).  Persons with Impaired Mobility:  Transitions to Adulthood [Podium Presentation]. Kansas City, MO:  Midwest Nursing Research Society.

Kueny, A. & Ayres, L.  (November, 2010).  Between Two Worlds:  Amish Family Care for Children with Chronic Illnesses [Poster            Presentation].  Rochester, MN Mayo Clinic:  2010 Mayo Spiritual Care Research Conference.

Kueny, A. (March, 2011).  Amish Community Care for Children with Chronic Illnesses [Poster Discussion].  Columbus, Ohio:  Midwest Nursing Research Society.   

Kueny, A. (March, 2012)  Cultural Influences on the Care of Amish Children with Chronic Illnesses [Podium Presentation].  Dearborn, Michigain:  Midwest Nursing Research Society.

Kueny, A., & Urspringer, A. (February, 2014).  Promoting Forgiveness Through the School Community:  The Old Order Amish Model. [Podium Presentation].  Las Vegas, NV:  Ethnographic Qualitative Research Conference.

Kueny, A. (March, 2014).  Both Sides Now:  Old Order Amish Forgiveness in Religious and Communal Traditions  [Podium Presentation].  Decorah, Iowa:  Luther College.  Paideia Lecture Series

Kueny, A. (June, 2014)  A Scenario-Based Teaching Tool for Students to Work with Old Order Amish Families and Communities [Podium Presentation].  San Antonio, TX:  Association of Community Health Nurse Educators (ACHNE).

Kueny, A., Urspringer, A., & Cardenas, S. (July, 2014).  Old Order Amish Approaches to Teaching Community Forgiveness [Podium Presentation].  Oxford, United Kingdom:  7th Annual Forgiveness Conference.

Kueny, A. (April 2015) Results of a School-Based Health Fair Pilot for Elementary School Health Education and  Screening [Poster Discussion Presentation]. Cedar Rapids, IA: 2015 Iowa Governor’s Conference on Public Health.

Kueny, A. (July 2015). Considering School Based Forgiveness Programs: Learning from the Old Order Amish [Podium Presentation]. San Juan, Puerto Rico: Sigma Theta Tau International 26th International Nursing Research Congress.

STUDENT COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH

Campbell, R. (March, 2013)  HIV in Children and Adolescents [Poster Presentation].  Ames, Iowa:  2013 Iowa Governor’s  Conference on Public Health.

Cardenas, S. (April, 2014)  Forgiveness and Mental Health: The Old Order Amish Way  [Poster Presentation].  Lexington, KY:  National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR).

Mara, J. (April, 2015) ObesiTV: A Public Health Nursing Perspective on Childhood Obesity and Screen Time [Poster  Presentation]. Cedar Rapids, IA: 2015 Iowa Governor’s Conference on Public Health.

Pedersen, K. (April, 2015). Healthcare Resource Gap Analysis for the Hispanic Community in Northeast Iowa [Poster  Presentation]. Cedar Rapids, IA: 2015 Iowa Governor’s Conference on Public Health.

Langston, K. (April, 2015) Exploring Nonpharmacological Interventions for Sickle Cell Disease-Associated Pain [Poster  Presentation]. Cedar Rapids, IA: 2015 Iowa Governor’s Conference on Public Health.

Hopp, B., Kueny, A. (April 2015) Luther College Nursing Students: The Stress Experience and Recommendations for  Stress Reduction [Research Poster Presentation]. Iowa City, IA: 22nd National Evidence-Based Practice Conference.