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Beena Davis

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Beena Davis is a full-time Ph. D. Nursing student at Azusa Pacific University, a full-time nursing faculty at LAC College of Nursing, and an adjunct nursing faculty at CSULA. Ms. Davis began her nursing career by working as a staff nurse and progressed into a charge nurse, assistant nurse manager, and a nursing faculty. She has logged nearly twenty years of experience in various nursing specialty and in teaching. In addition to her extensive clinical and teaching experience, Ms. Davis also has an outstanding academic background. She received her diploma in Nursing from Lisie School of Nursing, India, BSN from Fr. Muller’s College of Nursing, India, and MSN in Nursing Education from CSULA. She has received several awards including outstanding nurse faculty, top scorer in final year BSN, and Community Health Nursing. Currently, she serves as the assistant coordinator of semester four, the chair of the Content Experts committee, and the co-chair of the Institutional Effectiveness committee. She had also served as the president and advisor of Association of Student Body. Ms. Davis is interested in improving the health of the ethnic minority women in underserved community areas. The identified gap in research indicates that despite the known benefits of adhering to a heart-healthy lifestyle, fewer women than men participate in prevention strategies. One reason for this lack of participation is low levels of self-efficacy. Therefore, Ms. Davis’ goal is to conduct an intervention study to promote self-efficacy in underserved, ethnic minority, postmenopausal women to improve their overall cardiovascular health.

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Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Scholar – Preventive Health
Dissertation: Anticipated Dissertation Title: Promoting self-efficacy in underserved, ethnic minority, postmenopausal womento improve cardiovascular health. My research focus is preventive health and I am interested in improving the health of the ethnic minority women in underserved community areas. The identified gap in research indicates that despite the known benefits of adhering to a heart-healthy lifestyle, fewer women than men participate in prevention strategies (Banman & Sawatzky, 2017). One reason for this lack of participation may be due to low levels of self-efficacy; the belief in one’s own capabilities to successfully perform a behavior or task (e.g., exercising, eating healthy, smoking cessation etc.). In general, women lack the confidence to make healthy behavior decisions (Banman & Sawatzky, 2017). It is very evident that there were multiple studies done to prove that physical activities reduce cardiovascular disease risks in postmenopausal women. Therefore, my goal is to conduct an intervention study to promote self-efficacy in underserved, ethnic minority, postmenopausal women, which, in turn, will enable these women to take the necessary steps to improve their overall cardiovascular health. I believe that, by educating women about health promotion activities and promoting their self-efficacy will help them to improve their own health and the health of the whole family and community.





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