2012-2013 Sigma Theta Tau International Grant Recipients
The Honor Society of Nursing and its Foundation wish to congratulate the following grant recipients!
Dal Lae Chin, PhD, RN (Alpha Eta Chapter, USA) will receive a small grant funding for the study "Smoking Behavior In Korean Americans." The purpose of this proposed study is to examine the associations of individual, social, cultural, and occupational factors with smoking behavior among Korean Americans (KAs) in California to guide intervention development to reduce smoking rates.
Yuqing Guo, PhD (Gamma Tau-at-Large Chapter, USA) and her research team will be the recipients of a small research grant award for the study "An Innovative Maternal And Child Home Visiting Program: Understanding Care Coordination Between Registered Nurses and Home Visitors." The proposed study will examine how MOMS implements its coordinated care to promote healthy births and positive infant development.
Dana Hines, MSN (USA) will study "Social Patterns and Pathways Of HIV Care Among HIV Positive Transgender Women" with the small grant she receives. The purpose of this study is to; describe the illness careers of HIV-positive transgendered women; describe the influence of important social relationships in the social support system on illness careers; and describe the influence of health care encounters within treatment systems on the illness careers.
Diana L. Jacobson, PhD (Beta Upsilon Chapter, USA) and her investigative team will study "Cultural Relevance Of The Healthy Choices Intervention Program" with their awarded small grant. The purpose of this study is to collect information concerning the acceptability, applicability and cultural relevance of the Healthy Choices Intervention (HCI) program for underserved, Hispanic overweight and obese 9 to 12 year old school-age children and their parents who utilize the healthcare services at Cathedral Health Services free clinic.
Ying-Ling Jao, MSN (Gamma Chapter, USA) is a small research grant recipient for the study entitled “Developing An Apathy Scale For Persons With Dementia Incorporating Environmental Factors." The purpose of this study is to establish reliability for the Apathy in Dementia Observational Scale (ADOS).
Kyounghae Kim, MSN (USA) is a recipient of a small research grant award for the study, "Uncovering The Links Between Health Literacy And Cervical Cancer Disparity In Korean American Women: A Mixed Methods Study." The purpose of this study is to understand the relationships between health literacy (HL), theoretically selected psychosocial determinants—knowledge, decisional balance, and self-efficacy—and receipt of a Pap test in the preceding three years among Korean American (KA) women; and to explore KA women's perceptions and decision making about cervical cancer (CC) preventive practices (i.e., a Pap test and human papillomavirus [HPV] vaccination) based on their level of health literacy (HL).
Rick Y.C. Kwan, MSc (HONG KONG) and his research team will receive a small research grant award for the study "Standardization Of An Acupressure Protocol For Managing Agitation In Nursing Home Residents With Dementia: A Pilot Study.” The purpose of this study is to compare the effects of the acupressure at various dosages. This is the first study to estimate the optimal dosage needed for a standardized acupressure protocol by comparing the effects of the acupressure at various dosages.
Michal Liebergall, PhD (Xi-Chapter, JERUSALEM) will receive a small research grant award for “Randomized Trial Of The Paula Method (Circular Muscle Exercise Versus Antimuscarine Drug For Urinary Incontinence Symptoms of Women with Multiple Sclerosis.” This study will examine whether the Paula method is as effective for treating UI and the correlating LUTD symptoms in comparison to the recommended ant muscarinic drug treatment.
Barbara E. Mawn, PhD (Eta Omega Chapter, USA) and her research team will receive a small research grant award for the study “Quality of Life of Bhutanese Refugees Recently Resettled in the U.S." The purpose of this study is to explore the experience of older adult Bhutanese refugees who have emigrated to the U.S.
Monica McLemore, PhD (Alpha Eta Chapter, USA) and her research team will study "Discovering The Continuum Between Conscientious Objection And Designated Staff In The Care Of Women Needing Abortions”. The overall goal of this program of research is to discover the continuum between conscientious objection and designated staff nurses in the care of women needing abortions.
Jane O'Brien, MASc (Phi Delta-at-Large Chapter, AUSTRALIA) will receive a small research grant award for the study "The Benefits Of A Self-Management Telephone Based Intervention For Promoting Exercise And Healing Rates For Venous Leg Ulcer Patients." The purpose of this research study is to obtain evidence on the effectiveness of an intervention to promote healing of venous leg ulcers, a significant cause of chronic ill-health for older adults.
Shin Hye Park, PhD (Delta and Lambda Alpha-at-Large Chapters, USA) and her research team will receive a small research grant award for the study "Quality Of Care And Nursing Work Environments With High Patient Turnover." The purpose of this study is to explore nursing work environments characterized by high patient turnover and evaluate the influence of high-turnover environments on nursing-sensitive patient outcomes.
Dana Rodriguez, MSN (Delta Gamma-at-Large Chapter, USA) will receive a small research grant award for the study "Hispanic Mothers’ Normative Beliefs And Intentions Regarding The Discussion Of Sex-Related Topics With Their Adolescent Daughters." The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of background factors and normative beliefs of Hispanic mothers on their intention regarding the discussion of sex-related topics (DSRTs) with their adolescent daughters.
Angela White, MSN (Alpha Theta Chapter, USA) will receive a small research grant award for the study "Making Connections: Faith-Based Social Services And Homeless Social Networks In A Suburban Community." This exploratory ethnography study will use mixed-methods to gain a comprehensive look at the social networks of the homeless in suburban communities; visualize the composition and structure of homeless social networks and elicit the ways that faith-based organizations (FBOs) may enhance or constrain the movement of the homeless along the housing continuum.
Doris Bloch Research Award
Karen J. Fishe, MSN (Alpha Beta Chapter, USA)
will research “Immune Dysregulation By Psychosocial Distress." The purpose of this study is to investigate: the relationship between maternal childhood adversity and the psychosocial-neuroendocrine-inflammatory (PNI) profile during pregnancy; maternal risk and protective factors posited to moderate maternal PNI profile; and the relationship among maternal childhood adversity, maternal PNI profile during pregnancy, and neonatal outcomes.Rosemary Berkel Crisp Research Award
Teresa L. Hagan, BSN (USA)
and her research team will receive a small grant for the study "Development Of The Reliability Of The Self-Advocacy In Cancer Survivorship Scale." This purpose of this study is to evaluate the reliability of the Self-Advocacy in Cancer Survivorship (SACS) Scale among a sample of adult female cancer survivors.
Joan K. Stout, RN, Research Grant Ashley Franklin, MSN, RN (Beta Psi Chapter, USA)
and her research team are the recipients of the Joan K. Stout, RN, Research Grant for the study A Randomized Control Trial of Expert Modeling to Increase Novice Nurses' Competence and Self-Efficacy. This team proposes an expert modeling video intervention to increase novice nurses’ competence and self-efficacy for providing care to multiple patients in a simulation setting.
Co-Sponsored Partner Grant Recipients
Sigma Theta Tau International/Alpha Eta Collaborative Research Grant
Kate Joyner, DPhil, SSM (Tau Lambda-at-Large Chapter, SOUTH AFRICA)
will receive the Sigma Theta Tau International/Alpha Eta Collaborative Research Grant for the study "An Evaluation Of Group Interventions For Women Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence In Cape Town, South Africa." This project aims to test and refine the therapeutic and community-based support group components of a model of care for intimate partner violence (IPV) to develop a sustainable intervention for women experiencing IPV in a scarcely-resourced community setting.Sigma Theta Tau International/American Association of Critical Care Nurses Grant
James "Nick" Dionne-Odom, MSN, RN (USA)
will research "Generating a Theoretical Model of the Psychological Processes of Surrogate Decision Making at Adult End of Life in the ICU, Using Cognitive Task Analysis." This study will address the creation of healing and humane environments and improve processes and systems that foster the optimal contribution of critical care nurses.
Sigma Theta Tau International/American Nurses Foundation Grant
Victoria M. Pak, PhD, MS, BSN (USA) was awarded the Sigma Theta Tau International/American Nurses Foundation Grant for the study Biological Mechanisms of Sleepiness Symptoms in Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Cardiovascular Disease. The proposed project will uncover the mechanism of sleepiness symptoms in sleep apnea.
Sigma Theta Tau International/Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses Grant
Donna Kent, MS, RN, CNOR (USA) and her research team will receive the Sigma Theta Tau International/Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses Grant for the study Therapeutic Environmental Effects on Analgesic Requirements During Phase I Post Anesthesia Care. The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of a noise and light regulated environment on patient satisfaction and analgesic requirements of patients in the post anesthesia care unit (PACU).
Sigma Theta Tau International/ATI Educational Assessment Nursing Research Grant
Kempa S. French, MSN (Nu Phi Chapter, USA)
and her research team will receive the Sigma Theta Tau International/ATI Educational Assessment Nursing Research Grant for Assessment of Multidimensional and Functional Health Literacy Educational Interventions with BSN graduates: A Randomized Controlled Trial . The purpose of this pilot study is to foster greater inclusion of health literacy (HL) competencies throughout nursing curriculum, course content and clinical experiences. In comparison with functional HL approaches, multidimensional educational interventions use novel instructional approaches to develop health professional competencies, including: an online unfolding case simulation to develop core HL knowledge as the basis for clinical competencies,facilitated HL instructional sessions incorporating peer modeling and self-reflective critical thinking strategies, andobservations of standardized patient-nurse interactions to assess instructional effects on pre- and post-intervention HL outcomes.
Sigma Theta Tau International/Canadian Nurses Foundation Grant
Barbara Wilson, MScN, RN(EC), CNeph(C) (Iota Omicron Chapter, CANADA) and her research team will receive the Sigma Theta Tau International/Canadian Nurses Foundation Grant for the study "Understanding Skill Acquisition Among Registered Nurses: The 'Perpetual Novice' Phenomenon." The purpose of this mixed methods study is to further explore the concept of the perpetual novice and determine whether this complex phenomenon exists beyond nephrology nursing to other clinical areas where RNs practice, and if so, with which particular skills.
Sigma Theta Tau International/CAE Healthcare METI Simulation in Nursing Research Grant
Melanie G. Martin, MS (USA) and her research team are the recipients of the Sigma Theta Tau International/CAE Healthcare METI Simulation in Nursing Research Grant for the study Effectiveness of High-Fidelity Patient Simulations on Nurses Early Identification of Deteriorating Pediatric Patients, and on Patient Outcomes. The purpose of this innovative study is to examine the effectiveness of virtual reality disaster simulation in fostering knowledge acquisition and retention of disaster training in nursing students.
Sigma Theta Tau International/Council for Advancement of Nursing Science
Cara C. Young, PhD (Iota and Upsilon Theta Chapters, USA) is the recipient of the Sigma Theta Tau International/Council for Advancement of Nursing Science for the study Examining the Impact of Sociocultural Influences, Psychosocial Stressors, and Cognitive Vulnerabilities on Development of Depressive Symptoms in Hispanic Adolescents. The purpose of this research to examine individual-and contextual-level factors associated with the development of depressive symptoms in Hispanic adolescents in order to identify salient risk factors to target in the construction of culturally relevant prevention and treatment interventions.
Sigma Theta Tau International/Emergency Nurses Association Foundation Grant
Christian Burchill, PhD, RN, CEN (USA)
will recieve the Sigma Theta Tau International/Emergency Nurses Association Foundation Grant for the study "Psychometric Testing of the Personal Workplace Safety Instrument for Emergency Nurses." The primary aim of this investigation is to conduct psychometric testing on an instrument developed by the principal investigator, the Personal Workplace Safety Instrument for Emergency Nurses (PWSI EN). Sigma Theta Tau International/Hill-Rom Quality Improvement/Patient Saety Nursing Research Grant
Marie T. Duffy, DNP (Mu Theta-at-Large Chapter, USA),
and her team will be a awarded the Sigma Theta Tau International/Hill-Rom Quality Improvement/Patient Safety Nursing Research Grant for the study The Impact of the Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) on Patient, Operational, and Staff Outcomes The purpose of the study is to assess the impact of HELP at IMVH not only in terms of delirium prevention (patient outcome) and reduction in sitter hours (operational outcome), but also in terms of knowledge, attitude and behavior change among geriatric nursing care providers (staff outcome).Sigma Theta Tau International/Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation End of Life Nursing Care Research Grant
Susan Lowey, PhD, RN, CHPN (USA),
will be awarded the Sigma Theta Tau International/Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation End of Life Nursing Care Research Grant for the study "Factors that Influence Care Transitions of End-Stage Heart Failure Patients to Palliative Home Care. The aim of this study is to explore factors that influence the care transitions of end-stage heart failure patients to palliative home health care.
Sigma Theta Tau International Global Nursing Research Grant
Ana M. Kelly, RN, BSN, (Alpha Psi Chapter, USA), will be awarded the Sigma Theta Tau International Global Nursing Research Grant for the study "Symptoms, Adverse Drug Reactions and Health-Related Quality of Life During Multidrup-Resistant Tuberculosis Treatment." The purpose of this descriptive study is to identify which patient and clinical characteristics, symptoms, and adverse reactions (ADR's) have the most negative impact on patients' high-related quality of life.
Sigma Theta Tau International/Midwest Nursing Research Society Research Grant Mary Dawn Hennessy, PhD, RN, CNM (USA)
and her team
will receive the Sigma Theta Tau International/Midwest Nursing Research Society Research Grant for the study "Hepcidin, Iron Bioavailability, And Its Impact On Birth Outcomes." The central hypothesis of this proposal is that increased leptin levels stimulate hepcidin production during pregnancy leading to hepcidin-mediated iron restriction. Furthermore, it is hypothesized hepcidin-mediated iron restriction is a potential pathway to adverse birth outcomes, including preeclampsia, small for gestational age, low birth weight and preterm birth.Sigma Theta Tau International/National Gerontological Nursing Association Research Grant
Valerie Lander McCarthy, PhD, (Iota Zeta Chapter, USA)
and her research team will receive the Sigma Theta Tau International/National Gerontological Nursing Association Research Grant for the study Facilitating Self-Transcendence: An Intervention to Enhance Well-being in Late Life. The The purpose of this pilot study is to explore the feasibility of conducting a psycho-educational intervention to increase self-transcendence and well-being among community-dwelling older adults, aged 60 and older, at a community senior center.
Sigma Theta Tau International/National League for Nursing Grant
Cynthia Ann Blum, PhD, RN, CNE (USA)
will receive the Sigma Theta Tau International/National League for Nursing Grant for the study Harnessing the Power of the Technological Pedagogical Revolution to Enhance Student Learning Using Podcasts. The purpose of this project is to do evaluation research on a community-wide initiative conducted in South Florida, designed to prepare nursing students to work more effectively within their capstone clinical practicum course in critical thinking ability.
Sigma Theta Tau International/Oncology Nursing Society Grant
Fay J. Strohschein, RN (CAN) and her research team will receive the Sigma Theta Tau International/Oncology Nursing Society Grant for the study Processes of Cancer Treatment Decision Making among Older Men and Women with Colorectal Cancer. The purpose of this study is to gain an in-depth understanding of how older men and women with Colorectal Cancer (CRC) come to decisions about cancer treatment, specifically attending to the influence of age- and gender-related personal and contextual influences.
Sigma Theta Tau International/Southern Nursing Research Society Grant
Cheryl Postlewaite, MSN, CWOCN (USA) and her team have recieved the Sigma Theta Tau International/Southern Nursing Research Society Grant for the study "Exploration of the Accuracy and Precision of the Scott Triggers Instrument in Predicting Postoperative Pressure Ulcer Development." The purpose of this retrospective, exploratory study is to investigate the accuracy and precision of the Scott TriggersTM instrument in predicting postoperative pressure ulcer development in a large, heterogenous surgical patient population.