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Home : Media

For Immediate Release
January 2011

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

New grant to support nursing research on quality improvement and patient safety
The Sigma Theta Tau International Foundation for Nursing
and Hill-Rom co-sponsor grant

INDIANAPOLIS – Nurses, who are among the most trusted health care providers, are integral to delivering quality patient care. And, when they have access to the latest nursing research, evidence and expert opinions, they can better match patients’ needs to the right services and treatments. The Sigma Theta Tau International Foundation for Nursing and Hill-Rom will award a US $9,000 Quality Improvement/Patient Safety research grant in order to advance the science of nursing through research focused on the implementation of outcomes-based practice and quality within health care institutions.

In 2000, there were only a handful of quality and accountability measures in place at hospitals nationwide. Now there are 24 accountability measures and six additional quality considerations implemented to assure patient health, reports the Joint Commission.

While overall quality continues to improve, according to the same report, startling statistics remain, for example:

  • Only 55.2 percent of heart attack patients needing fibrinolytic therapy received such care within 30 minutes upon arrival.
  • 67.5 percent of pneumonia patients in intensive care received antibiotics within 24 hours of arrival.

“We are pleased to be able to fund this important research,” said Melissa Fitzpatrick, RN, MSN, FAAN, Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer for Hill-Rom. “Our mission is to enhance outcomes for patients and their caregivers and this research is one tangible way in which we can fulfill our mission and drive optimal patient care delivery. We look forward to seeing the outcomes that this grant will facilitate.”

“The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) supports research that bridges the gap between the best data available and the most appropriate nursing care for patients,” said STTI President Karen H. Morin, DSN, RN, ANEF. “It’s part of our mission to provide nurses globally with the most current and comprehensive resources for developing the best nursing research, then translating the findings obtained into the best policies and practices.”

Online submissions for the 2011 Quality Improvement/Patient Safety research grant will be accepted beginning 1 April 2011. Visit to apply before 1 July 2011.

To be eligible for the grant, nurses must:

  1. Hold a current registered nurse (RN) license
  2. Have earned a master’s or doctoral degree, or be enrolled in a doctoral program
  3. Be ready to implement the funded research project as soon as the funding is received

For additional information about this and other grant opportunities available from the Foundation, contact Tonna Thomas at or online at

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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

Hill-Rom is a leading worldwide manufacturer and provider of medical technologies and related services for the health care industry, including patient support systems, safe mobility and handling solutions, non-invasive therapeutic products for a variety of acute and chronic medical conditions, medical equipment rentals and information technology solutions. Hill-Rom's comprehensive product and service offerings are used by health care providers across the health care continuum in hospitals, extended care facilities and home care settings to enhance the safety and quality of patient care.
Hill-Rom … enhancing outcomes for patients and their caregivers.  


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