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Institute for Health Care Policy and Aging Research
Annabelle Layugan
Project L/EARN Intern - 2005
Annabelle Layugan
The Impact of the Primary Care Nurse Practitioner on Preventive Cancer Screening
Shawna Hudson, Ph.D.
Professor and Research Division Chief
Family Medicine and Community Health

Annabelle had been a Nursing major entering her junior year at the College of Nursing at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Annabelle’s major reason for choosing a Nursing major was her desire to not only treating the illness, but also the ill. During the school year, Annabelle had volunteered in the Rutgers Big Buddy program at Lincoln Elementary School in New Brunswick and had also been a preceptor on Busch Campus at Rutgers University.

Annabelle had applied to Project L/EARN because she felt it would enhance skills she learned in a previous research course and give her insight into the possibility of a future career in research. She values the great amount of knowledge she has gained over that summer, the friendships formed with her fellow interns and the opportunity she had to work with a supportive mentor. Annabelle also credits the program for improving her confidence and her public speaking skills.

Annabelle had been interested in pursuing graduate studies to achieve her goal of becoming a Nurse Practitioner or Advanced Practice Nurse and as a result of Project L/EARN, is now interested in oncology as a specialty. This interest stems from the understanding she has gained through her past summer project which aimed to determine whether the presence of a Nurse Practitioner in the primary care setting affects the rate of cancer screenings performed.

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