Renee Sieving, Ph.D., RN, an associate professor and researcher at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, talks about her job. She discusses why she became an RN, what a typical workday is like, and how her role fits into the bigger healthcare picture.
Q: What's a typical workday like for you?
My research focuses on health promotion and prevention with groups of young people who are often overlooked by our healthcare systems. I'm leading two studies now. One is a school-based program to promote healthy behaviors and school success among middle-school students; the other is a clinic-based program to improve health among adolescent girls through adult mentoring and involvement in youth leadership activities. A typical day usually involves meeting with others involved in both of those projects. We design programming, create evaluations, interpret findings from the evaluations and write for funding to continue these programs and our research.
Q: How does your role fit into the bigger healthcare picture?
The Institute of Medicine, a national group that sets directions for healthcare services, recently said that in order to improve health systems for our young people, we need to do a better job of providing prevention and health promotion services. My work develops those types of services.
Q: Who do you interact with during the course of the day?
My team at the university includes nurses, health educators, social workers, statisticians and researchers. I also interact with a core group of community partners including nurses, doctors, social workers, teachers, principals and youth workers.
Q: Why did you become a nurse researcher?
In my nursing practice with adolescents and their families, I was limited in terms of addressing the big things that needed to change to really improve health outcomes for young people. Because I had a passion to improve conditions that affect young people's health, I went back to school to become a researcher.
Q: What do you like about your work?
I hope I can make a difference in the way we go about promoting health and preventing negative outcomes for young people, their families and communities.
- Nancy Crotti