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Lock Haven University nursing graduate has research published

Lauren Butler
Lauren Butler

Lauren Butler, a spring 2020 graduate of Lock Haven University and 2016 graduate of Clearfield High School, is now a published researcher. Butler graduated from LHU an associate and a bachelor’s degree both in nursing.

Butler, a Frenchville native and a registered nurse for Penn Highlands, DuBois Intensive Care Unit, recently had her article, “Nursing Faculty Experiences tutoring At-risk Nursing Students” published in the Keystone Journal of Undergraduate Research. She completed this qualitative research study during her undergraduate nursing program as an elective independent study course.

While serving as a tutor for other nursing students, Butler voiced an interest to her academic advisor, Dr. Darlene Ardary, about what it is like for nursing faculty to tutor nursing students at risk for failure. After discussion, she decided to go above and beyond her pre-licensure nursing requirements and complete research on the topic.

In collaboration with Ardary, Butler designed the study and carried out each step from gaining approval from the Institutional Review Board, data collection and dissemination. She presented a poster presentation on her research findings at the LHU, Clearfield Campus Celebration of Scholarship Day, but wanted to also seek publication.

“I was encouraged the entire time I was working on the research,” Butler said. “I was provided guidance and feedback that made the process easy to understand and perform. I hope my research can be used to help people who are passionate about nursing, but need the extra help to be successful.”

Butler said she was pushed to think holistically and critically and her education gave her an advantage to be able to begin her career at an early age and to find employment prior to graduation.

According to Ardary, co-author and current interim director of the School of Nursing, Butler is the first nursing student to complete research during the undergraduate nursing program and the first to get a publication.

“I am very proud of Lauren. She has added to the body of knowledge for this area in which little research has been done,” Ardary said. “The results from her study may increase awareness of teaching strategies that can lead to academic success for nursing students. Her dedication and commitment to research on this topic is wonderful and will serve her well, as she plans to pursue a graduate degree in nursing.”

“The academics at Lock Haven University’s nursing program are most challenging, and Lauren met the requirements with the added task of a published research study,” said Dr. Jennifer DellAntonio, chair of the nursing department at LHU. “It’s rewarding to watch Lauren advance both, academically and professionally.”

For more information on the Lock Haven University nursing programs, offered at both the Clearfield and Lock Haven campuses, visit or call 814-768-3450.

For more information on Lock Haven University Clearfield, visit, email or call 814-768-3405. 

LHU Clearfield offers nine undergraduate majors, including bachelor and associate degree programs. LHU is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System, the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth.

For more information on Lock Haven University, visit, email, or call 570-484-2011. 

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Lock Haven University’s main campus is located on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in the scenic mountains of Pennsylvania. The university offers 49 undergraduate majors and certifications with 47 minors and five graduate programs.

LHU is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System, the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 2,300 degree and certificate programs in more than 530 academic areas of study. Nearly 520,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.

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