Congratulations to Megan Arumpanayil, a senior nursing student at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. Her research project Social Media Responses to Medical Aid in Dying in Ohio was presentated at the National Students Nurses Association Virtual 38th MidYear Conference in October 2020.

The aim of the study was to “analyze three social media posts detailing the public perception of a possible MAID law in the state of Ohio.” Megan meticulously evaluated 1151 comments made on Facebook in March 2019 using retrospective descriptive methodology to reach her conclusions. The research analysis found that 71% of the comments were supportive of Medical Aid in Dying. This closely mirrors a survey of Ohio voters in May 2018 which found that almost 70% supported legislation introduced in January of 2018 in Ohio. Megan’s research preceptor was Dr. Maryjo Prince-Paul, Associate Professor of nursing. Dr. Prince-Paul is a board member of Ohio End of Life Options and chairs the Health Care Advisory Committee.

Kudos to Megan for being a student nurse research leader and presenting her poster nationally. Her poster is displayed below. Click the image to view it more closely or click “download” below to save it to your computer.

Arumpanayil Poster Presentation