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8 October 2012

Rachael McLaughlin, Director
Marketing and Communications
Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International

Nurse grant recipients will study use of high-fidelity patient simulation and simulated patient scenario video as effective learning tools
Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International co-sponsors grants with CAE Healthcare and ATI Nursing Education

INDIANAPOLIS – Effective learning and assessment tools not only make nursing education more efficient but studies show they also improve nurses’ performance and patient outcomes. The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) has joined with CAE Healthcare and ATI Nursing Education to support nursing research that will study the effectiveness and usefulness of educational intervention and high-fidelity clinical simulation experiences and simulated patient scenario video clips within a synchronous online course.

Grant awardees are:

Melanie G. Martin, MS, of Columbus, Ohio, United States, is the recipient of a US $9,000 Simulation in Nursing Research Grant co-sponsored by STTI and CAE Healthcare. Along with Carol Risch, MSN, Terri Long, MSN, and Leah A. Keller, RN, Martin will study the “Effectiveness of High-Fidelity Patient Simulations on Nurses’ Early Identification of Deteriorating Pediatric Patients and on Patient Outcomes.” A unique aspect of this study is that the relative effect of other variables known to influence nurses’ performance and patient outcomes will be included in the analysis: educational level, previous experience in caring for patients whose conditions were deteriorating, critical thinking skills, and self-reported confidence and competence in the management of these patients.

Laurie Freeman-Gibb, PhD, MSN, of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, is the recipient of a US $6,000 Educational Assessment Nursing Research Grant co-sponsored by STTI and ATI Nursing Education. Along with Chris Teplovs, PhD, and Nick Baker, BSc, Freeman-Gibb will conduct a study on the “Integration, Use and Evaluation of Simulated Patient Scenario Video Clips Within a Synchronous Online Learning Environment.” They will develop and evaluate simulated patient scenario video clips for their usefulness within a synchronous online post-master’s diploma course in advanced practice oncology/palliative nursing.

“As a leading global provider of simulation technology, CAE Healthcare understands nursing’s significant impact on patient outcomes and safety,” said Thomas J. Doyle, chief learning officer of CAE Healthcare. “We are proud to have the opportunity to collaborate with STTI to fund quality research focused on using simulation to ultimately improve patient care and safety.”

“Our partnership with nursing professionals and organizations such as STTI is foundational to our goal of delivering solutions that help enable nurses to perform their jobs at an optimum level,” added Sheryl Sommer, PhD, RN, director of Nursing Education and Curriculum at ATI Nursing Education. “We’re excited to support these grant recipients as they explore the ways simulation can assist nurses in delivering the highest level of care and believe their findings will be extremely valuable.”

“Evidence-based research is highly important to STTI,” said Suzanne Prevost, PhD, RN, COI, president of STTI. “Thanks to the generosity and foresight of ATI and CAE Healthcare, we can give nurse researchers the resources they need to objectively assess the way we are teaching nurses today.”

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The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is advancing world health and celebrating nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Founded in 1922, STTI has more than 135,000 active members in more than 85 countries. Members include practicing nurses, instructors, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs and others. STTI’s roughly 500 chapters are located at approximately 695 institutions of higher education throughout Armenia, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, the United States, and Wales. More information about STTI can be found online at


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