Paula Baeza and Ana Nuria Peralta, best graduation projects in health sciences of the UPNA

the diplomas Paula Baeza Gonzalo (nurse) Yes Ana Nuria Peralta Rodríguez (physiotherapy) were winners of the prize for the best end-of-studies project of the Faculty of Health Sciences of the Public University of Navarre (UPNA).

The topics of the papers were, in the case of nursing, the benefits of breastfeeding and rooming-in in the treatment of neonatal abstinence syndrome and, in the case of physiotherapy, the use of mirror therapy and virtual reality in upper limb rehabilitation. in a stroke.

The tutors of the work are the teachers Olga Lopez of Dicastillo Sainz de Murieta Yes Ana Insausti Serrano in nursing and physiotherapy, respectively.

In addition to the winners, the following finalists attended the nursing diploma with an indication, in parentheses, of their work: Sara Martínez Urroz (Nursing care for patients with severe head trauma in intensive care, led by Professor José María García García), Elisabeth Marín Palop (Expectations and preferences of cancer survivors and their families in long-term survivorship health care, directed by Cristina García Vivar) and Nerea Villa Gurucharri (Impact of nursing interventions in the bereavement process loss at the end of pregnancy, directed by Carolina Sánchez-Cruzat Albertin).

In the case of physiotherapy, Andrea Ibáñez Moreno and Arrate Herrero Onaindia also participated in the contest. The papers they presented were, respectively, the following: Efficacy of the Blood Flow Restriction Technique in Patients with Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction (led by José Ignacio Niubo Ena) and Postpartum Abdominal Diastasis Approach. Bibliographic review and intervention proposal (directed by Ana Insausti Serrano).


The award ceremony for the best nursing work took place in the meeting room of the Faculty of Health Sciences and was chaired by its dean, Javier Fernández Montalvo, accompanied by the vice-dean Olga López de Dicastillo. There was also a conference invited by Isabel Irigoyen Aristorena, nurse who works in clinical management support and continuity of care, from the University Hospital of Navarre in the area of ​​​​continuing and academic training support. In his presentation, he explained how patient and family involvement can advance research and safe, quality care in health centers.

In the case of physiotherapy, the awards were given at the Tudela campus, where this degree is taught, and the event featured a guest lecture by nurse and UPNA professor Leticia San Martín, recently awarded for her charity work during the war in Ukraine, which recounts his experience as a volunteer.

The nursing prize jury was made up of undergraduate professors Nely Soto Ruiz, Paula Escalada Hernández and María Jesús Pumar Méndez. Physiotherapy, on the other hand, was made up of professors María Ortega Moneo, Natalia Domínguez Sanz and Ana Beatriz Bays Moneo.


Paula Baeza’s work has focused on the care of newborns with neonatal abstinence syndrome, a problem that arises when pregnant women use drugs during pregnancy. According to the research author, the care of newborns with this syndrome varies from hospital to hospital, but the tendency is to separate them from their mothers. “After analyzing the literature, this work shows that breastfeeding and cohabitation, that is to say sharing a room with parents in the hospital, are favorable to the newborn. Indeed, there are fewer days of hospitalization, the need and duration of withdrawal medications, the need for the baby to be admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), the rate of readmission to the hospital and the severity of the syndrome,” the author points out.

For her part, Ana Nuria Peralta explains in her book the effects of mirror therapy and virtual reality in the rehabilitation process of the upper limb in the event of a stroke. According to his research, with the use of both methods, significant improvements are obtained in functional performance, motor function, muscle tone, sensitivity, mobility or strength. The recommendation is to use these techniques in combination with traditional physiotherapy, according to the author. However, as detailed, these methods also have limitations, such as the difficulty of follow-up, the impossibility of generalizing the treatment for all patients or, in the case of virtual reality, the cost.


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