Alice Shaughnessy-Begay, BSM, RN
Organization: WKU College of Nursing
My interest and graduate course work in folk medicine allowed me to become part of a multidisciplinary research team investigating the use of Burn and Wound (B&W) salve for the treatment of burns in the Mennonite and Amish population. The Mennonite and Amish population produce the B&W salve from natural ingredients.
As a member of the research team, I was involved in the development of the research tool. My course work in Field Work prepared me to participate in the development of a qualitative research tool that would meet the requirements of the Human Subjects Review Board at W.K.U.
I made several visits to the Mennonite community in Allen County, Kentucky to observe and participate in their medical clinic. This opportunity allowed me to gather information concerning their participation with conventional medicine.
After my internship was completed, I was asked to remain on the research team as a co-researcher.