Allyssa Lynne Harris

Allyssa Lynne Harris
Boston College, USA | BC · William F. Connell School of Nursing

RN, PhD, WHNP-BC

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Introduction
Allyssa Lynne Harris currently works at the William F. Connell School of Nursing, Boston College, USA. Allyssa's program of research focuses on adolescent sexual risk behaviors including parent-child sexual community and media influences of sexual risk. In addition she is a Women's Health NP and is the Women's Health NP Program Director at BC. She is currently investigating media influences on sexual activity among AA adolescent females.

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United States demographics are changing, but that change is yet to be recognized in the makeup of the nursing workforce. The underrepresentation of minorities in nursing is a longstanding problem, resulting in missed opportunities for culturally sensitive care that can foster optimal patient care outcomes. This report describes qualitative analysis...
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Poor sleep is frequently reported by women during the menopausal transition period. Difficulties with sleep can affect women’s physical and emotional health as well as their overall quality of life. Investigators have found that there is a correlation between a woman’s menopausal history and poor sleep; however, there are differences within each me...
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Parent-child sexual communication has been associated with reducing adolescent sexual risk behaviors. Limited research on parent-child sexual communication has been conducted on African American (AA) adolescent males who are at increased risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV/AIDS. The purpose of this research was to examine A...
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Although federal legislation designed to advance sexual misconduct policies at institutes of higher education (IHEs) has been in effect for decades, recent national attention has put more pressure on IHEs to combat sexual violence on their campuses. Thus, the past few years have yielded significant research that examines federal compliance, dissemi...
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Women ages 50 years and older are at risk for herpes zoster, a reactivated virus from varicella zoster virus (chickenpox) that causes a painful vesicular rash and can result in postherpetic neuralgia. It is estimated that one in three adults will be affected by herpes zoster in their lifetime. Research evidence points to the need to prevent herpes...
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Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) has been promoted among high-risk populations as an effective HIV biomedical intervention. However, limited research is available on the significance of culturally informed biomedical interventions for Latino MSM. A total of 159 self-administered Internet surveys were completed by Latino MSM ages 21–30 in San Antonio...
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Quantitative survey PrEP awareness questions and participant responses (N = 159). (PDF)
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Descriptive characteristics of PrEP participants for self-administered internet surveys (N = 159). (PDF)
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Quantitative survey PrEP questions and participant responses (N = 159) designated by representative groups for Latino MSM. (PDF)
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Depression is a significant health issue for women of reproductive age. A number of professional organizations have issued guidance regarding perinatal depression screening. However, some health care providers are reluctant to screen women. This column takes a second look at two recent research studies in which investigators examined the barriers t...
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Depression is a significant health issue for women of reproductive age. A number of professional organizations have issued guidance regarding perinatal depression screening. However, some health care providers are reluctant to screen women. This column takes a second look at two recent research studies in which investigators examined the barriers t...
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Black/African-American women living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are at greater risk for developing cervical cancer. However, little is known about their understanding of the human papilloma virus (HPV), cervical cancer, or Pap testing. Therefore, the purpose of this paper was to examine HPV and cervical cancer among Black/African-Am...
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Studies suggest that women living with HIV are not being adequately screened for cervical cancer. In this article we review the latest recommendations for cervical cancer screening in women with HIV and make recommendations for clinical practice.
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Risky sexual behavior among adolescents is a major public health concern with potentially long-lasting consequences, including pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and HIV/AIDS. Researchers have demonstrated that parent–adolescent sexual communication can mitigate adolescent risky sexual behaviors; the development of interventions that suppo...
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Ovarian cancer is a major health concern for women. Women are often diagnosed late in the course of the disease, making the mortality rate high. Currently, screening methods for ovarian cancer are limited and, therefore, prevention methods remain an area of focus for researchers. Recent research has examined the salpingectomy and tubal ligation/ste...
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Adolescents spend an inordinate amount of time engaged with media, which is highly sexualized. Sexualized material can be found in music, on television and the Internet, as well as in magazines and books. Adolescents engaged with media are often influenced by this sexualized content, leading them to engage in risky sexual behavior. Urban literature...
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The clinical experience is essential to the nursing education process, but the process by which students are assigned patients has remained unchanged for decades. The purpose of this qualitative descriptive study was to determine the acceptability of a same-day clinical assignment process from the perspective of pre-licensure nursing students. Stud...
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Safe medication use by women during pregnancy and lactation is an area of concern for women and their health care providers. In December 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a final rule on new labeling changes, which go into effect in June 2015 and eliminate the current letter system of A-D, X. The new labeling will include a s...
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Osteoporosis is a serious health problem of endemic proportions in the United States. Approximately 50% of women will experience an osteoporosis-related fracture during their lifetimes. With the increase in the population of women age 65 and older, nurses need to be familiar with osteoporosis risks, prevention strategies, and screening guidelines t...
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Osteoporosis is a serious health problem of endemic proportions in the United States. Approximately 50% of women will experience an osteoporosis-related fracture during their lifetimes. With the increase in the population of women age 65 and older, nurses need to be familiar with osteoporosis risks, prevention strategies, and screening guidelines t...
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This study examined the influence of parental marital status, parent-child sexual communication, parent-child closeness on the HIV-related knowledge, safer-sex intentions, and behaviors of late adolescent urban African American males. The study employed a cross-sectional design with retrospective recall of salient parental influences and behaviors....
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Reproductive health disparities are a significant issue for African-American adolescents. This study was designed to explore the cross-generational influences on adolescent sexuality in a cohort of daughters/granddaughters of U.S. born African-American women. Data were generated through interviews with triads of African-American women: grandmothers...
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Sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV, continue to be associated with significant morbidity and mortality among women. Intimate partner violence (IPV), affecting approximately 25% of women, has been shown to be a risk factor for HIV and STIs. This study describes the relationship between sexual risk, safer sex, and partner violence...
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Many African-American teenaged girls are reading urban literature. This genre of literature is known for its gritty portrayal of urban life and has themes of violence, promiscuity, substance abuse and misogyny. Although research has demonstrated that the portrayal of sex and violence in the media are influential on adolescent sexual behavior, to da...
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Historically, adolescent sexual activity has been narrowly viewed in terms of whether they are sexually active or not, with an inadequate focus on how they define their sexual behaviors. These dichotomous views of sexual activity fail to acknowledge the wide range of sexual behaviors that could increase the risk for sexually transmitted infections....
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Media play an important role in the lives of adolescents, providing them with opportunities for education and socialization. Media content is increasingly permeated with violence and sexual references that can be highly influential as adolescents continue the developmental process. Providing patient education is one of the cornerstones of nursing p...
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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a common hospital pathogen, but now its prevalence in the community is increasing. Community-associated MRSA (CA-MRSA) is the causative agent in many outpatient skin and soft tissue infections. Within the women's health population, CA-MRSA infection can result in a variety of genital skin infect...
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Millions of women each year start or continue to use some type of hormonal contraceptive method. Choosing a method may be anxiety provoking. In this article, we review some of the latest advances in and options for hormonal contraception, including extended-dose oral contraceptives, the vaginal ring, injectable methods, and emergency contraception....

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to understand the role of media and its influence on adolescent sexual risk behaviors