Dr. Ty WaltonCOLUMBUS, Miss. -- Dr. Tyrongilia Walton of Oxford, a recent graduate of the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program at Mississippi University for Women, received a $1,000 award for scholarly writing for her capstone project, “Knowledge Assessment of Primary Care Providers Regarding Chronic Kidney Disease Assessment in High-Risk Individuals.”


The award was given through the Mississippi Nurses Foundation and was sponsored by the Arthur L. Davis Publishing, Agency, Inc., which recognizes nursing students in undergraduate or graduate nursing program who are active in a professional nursing organization.

“It’s been an honor to receive this award” said Walton. “Dr. Jonnie Sue (Wijewardane), my faculty adviser, believed it was a great project and wanted me to submit it.”

Walton has presented her project at several conferences and it is currently being submitted for publication in a national journal. The project focuses on developing an educational tool to increase awareness of primary care providers on the prevalence of kidney disease and also offers a management protocol as a clinical guideline for treatment of chronic kidney disease, which is extracted from the National Kidney Foundation Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative.

Her guidelines have been distributed and used by nurse practitioners in Mississippi and she hopes to evaluate the success of her project in the coming months.

“To be a graduate of the first doctoral program is refreshing and very rewarding because graduates are able to receive scholarships and publishable manuscripts that the other nursing programs at MUW are already recognized for,” Walton said.

Since graduating from the program in December, Walton has become a local district president of the Mississippi Nurses Association (District 31) and has been nominated to the Top 40 under 40 in the Mississippi Business Journal.