2013-2014 Sigma Theta Tau International Grant Recipients
The Honor Society of Nursing and its Foundation wish to congratulate the following grant recipients!
Sivia Barnoy, PhD (Delta Lambda-at-Large Chapter, ISRAEL) and her research team will receive a small grant funding for the study "Decision-Making Process in Cancer Genetics: Clinicians’ Views of Carrier and Family Involvement ." The purpose of this study is to shed light on the role of nurses in cancer genetics in Israel and will improve the understanding of nurses’ contribution to the decision-making process when family members are involved in cancer genetics.
Eileen Fry-Bowers, PhD (Gamma Alpha Chapter, USA) and her research team will study "Low-income Latina Mothers' Perceptions Of Care Coordination For Young Children At Risk For Or Who Have A Developmental Disability" with their small grant award. This study will explore maternal understanding of the purpose and practice of care coordination for young low-income Latino children with or who are at risk for developmental disabilities.
Thokozani M. Bvumbwe, MSc (Tau Lambda-at-Large Chapter, SOUTH AFRICA) and his investigative team will study "Optimizing geriatric nursing care in Malawi: Towards a Framework for Practice" with their awarded small grant. This study will explore the knowledge, attitudes and practices of community health nurses in rural Malawi and will act as a catalyst to stimulate nurses to practice with greater knowledge and skill, and thus improve the quality of care to older adults.
Roger Carpenter, PhD (Alpha Rho Chapter, USA) is a small research grant recipient for the study entitled “Impact of Category of Appraisal on Diabetes Self-Management." The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between diabetes-related distress and self-management based on the appraisal of diabetes as a threat, harm, or challenge.
Angela Chia-Chen Chen, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC (Beta Upsilon Chapter, USA) and her research team will receive a small grant for the study, "A Pilot Study of a Computer-tailored Intervention to Promote HPV Vaccination among Mexican American Adolescents." The purpose of this proposal is to examine the feasibility, acceptability and preliminary efficacy of a bilingual, computer-tailored intervention for Mexican American parents to increase human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination in their adolescent children.
Aaron Conway, PhD, (Phi Delta-at-Large Chapter, AUSTRALIA) will receive a small research grant award for his study "A Pilot Study of Nurse-led Screening for Anxiety and Depression in Adult Heart Transplant Recipients Followed by Referral for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Co-ordination of Communication with On-going Specialist and Primary Care Providers." The purpose of this study is to pilot test the feasibility of a model of care that operationalizes the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation’s (ISHLT) consensus-based recommendations for the psychological care of heart transplant recipients.
Martha Highfield, PhD, RN (Gamma Tau-at-Large-Chapter, USA) and her research team will receive a small research grant award for “Effect of Simulation on OB/Perinatal Nurses' Knowledge & Confidence in Managing Complications & Emergencies.” The purpose of this study is to test the effectiveness of a nurse-led, educational intervention of simulation-plus-lecture on nurses’ knowledge and confidence related to managing OB/perinatal complications and emergencies.
Christopher C. Imes, PhD (Psi-at-Large Chapter, USA) and his research team will receive a small research grant award for the study “American Heart Association’s “My Life Check” to Improve Dietary and Physical Activity Habits among Young Adults." The purpose of this proposed pilot, randomized controlled trial (RCT) is to determine if a 12-week behavioral intervention, using telephone counseling that includes goal setting focused on the AHA’s My Life Check, improves diet, increases PA, and improves the overall cardiovascular health in a small sample (N=24) of young adults (18-35 year olds).
Youjeong Kang, MPH (Xi Chapter, USA) will study "Predictors of Re-hospitalization in Older Adults With Heart Failure Receiving Telehomecare." The purpose of this study is to identify patient characteristics associated with re-hospitalization and with time-to–first re-hospitalization in older adults with heart failure who receive telehomecare.
Stephanie Pickett, PhD (Lambda Chapter, USA) will receive a small research grant award for the study "Psychometric testing of the revised Beliefs about Personal Weight Survey." The purpose of this study is to refine and further validate the beliefs about personal weight survey.
Mirko Prosen, M. Sc. (Upsilon Xi-at-Large Chapter, SLOVENIA) will receive a small research grant award for the study "The Social Construction of Medicalization of Pregnancy and Childbirth." The purpose of the study is to explore the phenomena of medicalization of pregnancy and childbirth in Slovenia and to compare the intensity of these phenomena between selected countries, including Slovenia.
Cha-Nam Shin, PhD (Delta Lambda; Lambda Sigma Chapters, USA) will receive a small research grant award for the study "Cardiometabolic health of Korean Americans and Protective Factors." The purpose of this study is to identify risk and protective factors for cardiometabolic disease among Korean American adults.
Janet Wilhaus, PhD, RN (USA) and her research team will receive a small research grant award for the study "A Brief Intervention to Counter Workplace Incivility: Capturing Biomarker Data, Psychological Stress and Effects on Safe Patient Care." This proposal responds to the need to develop a safer, healthier workforce by testing the use of cognitive rehearsal (CR) a strategy to help newly licensed nurses cope with workplace incivility.
Doris Bloch Research Award
Mary B. Kaylor, PhD, RN, (USA) and her research team will receive a small research grant award for the study "Nursing Faculty Beliefs and Organizational Readiness for Curricular Integration of Evidence-Based Practice." The purpose of this study is to conduct a baseline needs assessment across multiple schools of nursing from state universities to identify faculty beliefs, implementation strategies, and organizational culture and readiness for curricular-wide integration of EBP.
Rosemary Berkel Crisp Research Award
Eileen Fry-Bowers, PhD (Gamma Alpha Chapter, USA) and her research team will receive a small grant for the study "Low-income Latina Mothers' Perceptions Of Care Coordination For Young Children At Risk For Or Who Have A Developmental Disability." This qualitative study seeks to understand the perceptions of and expectations for care coordination among low-income Latina mothers of young children who have or are at risk for developmental disability, which has not been previously explored.
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. Virginia Henderson Clinical Research Grant
April Bice, MSN, PhD (Gamma Tau-at-Large Chapter, USA)
will receive a small research grant award for the study "Exploring Holistic Comfort in Children who Experience an Invasive Nursing Procedure." This study aims to explore the meaning of pediatric holistic comfort related to invasive nursing procedures as described by children aged 4 to 7 years old and their caregivers.
Sigma Theta Tau International Global Nursing Research Grant
Emilia N. Iwu, MSN (Eta Mu Chapter, USA), will be awarded the Sigma Theta Tau International Global Nursing Research Grant for the study "Shifting HIV Management Tasks from Physicians to Nurses in Africa: A Correlational Study examining Relationships among Task Shifting Training, Mentoring and Demographic Factors on Nurses’ Self Efficacy and Job Satisfaction." The aim of this study is to provide a quantitative analysis of the relationships among task shifting training and mentoring, nurse demographics, setting characteristics, African nurses’ self-efficacy to perform HIV tasks shifted from physicians, and their job satisfaction.
Co-Sponsored Partner Grant Recipients
Sigma Theta Tau International/Alpha Eta Collaborative Research Grant
Hannah Inyama, MSc (Tau Lambda-at-Large Chapter, SOUTH AFRICA)
will receive the Sigma Theta Tau International/Alpha Eta Collaborative Research Grant for the study "The Feasibility of Therapeutic Hypothermia as a Treatment to Improve Neurological Outcomes of Patients Post cardiac Arrest at Kenyatta National and Referral Hospital." This project hopes to show that therapeutic hypothermia is feasible in Kenya's hospitals and to improve this health disparity in this region.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
Carol Sedlak, PhD (Delta Xi Chapter, USA)
was awarded the Sigma Theta Tau International/American Nurses Foundation Grant for the study "Transgender Individuals and Osteoporosis Prevention
." The purpose of this study is to produce pilot data on the knowledge, health beliefs, and osteoporosis preventing behaviors (OPB) of TI in an attempt to expand the scientific knowledge base about their bone health and bone health behaviors so that interventions can be planned.
Sigma Theta Tau International/Association of Nurses in AIDS Care Grant
Meredith Mikulich, MPH, BSN (USA) will research "Exploring Determinants of Infant Feeding Practice Among HIV-Postitive Mothers in Ethiopia." This study aims to identify factors that underlie women’s infant feeding decision-making and behavior over time. Identifying these factors will allow more successful and cost-effective health interventions that support optimal feeding practices to be designed in Ethiopia and other low-resource populations, as well as reduce the threat of viral diffusion across international borders.
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, and observations of standardized patient-nurse interactions to assess instructional effects on pre- and post-intervention HL outcomes.
Sigma Theta Tau International/Canadian Nurses Foundation Grant
Ingrid E. Handlovsky, MN (Xi Eta Chapter, CANADA) will receive the Sigma Theta Tau International/Canadian Nurses Foundation Grant for the study "A Qualitative Exploration of Gay Men’s Health Issues, Help-Seeking Behaviours and Health Provider-Client Interactions." This study will address a noted gap in the literature and the knowledge derived will ultimately inform nursing practice, resources, and services to promote the health and well-being of gay men.
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/Chamberlain College of Nursing Education Research Grants Karen L. Gorton, PhD (Alpha Kappa-at-Large, Eta Nu Chapters, USA)
and her research team will receive a Sigma Theta Tau International/Chamberlain College of Nursing Education Research Grant for the study Accentuating the “I’s” and eliminating the “D’s”: Inducements and discouragements for students transitioning from Associate Degree to Baccalaureate Degree Nursing Programs - A national review. The purpose of this study is to isolate and define the barriers and enhancements for students nationwide who are in academic transition from associate-degree to baccalaureate-degree status in nursing.
Siobhan O'Connor, BSc (Phi Mu Chapter, IRELAND) and her research team will receive a Sigma Theta Tau International/Chamberlain College of Nursing Education Research Grant to study Smartphone Applications In Clinical Nursing Education And Practice - Exploring Their Design, Development And Use (Smart Nurse). This research study seeks to examine how a co-design process can be utilized to create a high quality educational smartphone application for undergraduate nursing students, and how this novel technology can improve nursing students’ learning and practice of clinical skills in practice settings.
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
Allison Jones, MSN (USA) will receive the Sigma Theta Tau International/Emergency Nurses Association Foundation Grant for the study "Predictors of Cognitive Function and Disability in Adult Trauma Patients who receive Blood Transfusions." The purpose of this study is to perform a systematic evaluation of the association of blood transfusion volume, ratio of components, and age of stored blood components with cognitive and psychological function in adult trauma patients with an injury severity score (ISS) of ≥ 15 (indicates severe injury) and no brain injury who receive blood transfusion in the first 24 hours of hospital admission.
Sigma Theta Tau International/Hill-Rom Quality Improvement/Patient Safety 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
Maureen Metzger, PhD, RN (Alpha Alpha and Epsilon Xi Chapters, USA),
and her team
will be awarded the Sigma Theta Tau International/Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation End of Life Nursing Care Research Grant for the study "A Randomized Controlled Trial of SPIRIT-HF: An Intervention to Prepare LVAD Patients and Their Surrogates for End-of-Life Decision-Making." The aim of this study is to test end-of-life communication interventions designed to prepare patients with LVADs and their surrogate decision-makers for end-of-life decision-making.
Sigma Theta Tau International/Midwest Nursing Research Society Research Grant Ashley Weber, MS (Epsilon Chapter, USA)
and her team
will receive the Sigma Theta Tau International/Midwest Nursing Research Society Research Grant for the study "Oxytocin: Biomarker of Affiliation and Neurodevelopment in Premature Infants." The purpose of this grant is to describe oxytocin levels in plasma, urine, and saliva in premature infants and determine if oxytocin levels vary with indicators of early neurodevelopment, including infant stress exposure, maternal-infant interaction, and neurobehavioral organization. Fifty premature infants, born gestational ages 25-28 6/7
weeks, will be longitudinally followed until discharge. 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 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
Aimee A. Woda, PhD (Delta Gamma-at-Large Chapter, USA)
and her research team
will receive the Sigma Theta Tau International/National League for Nursing Grant for the study" Evaluating Clinical Decision Making Among Nursing Students Enrolled in a Simulation Practicum". The purpose of this study is to compare CDM and CDM-related self-confidence and anxiety among undergraduate nursing students who engage in three different exposures to simulation experiences.Sigma Theta Tau International/Omicron Delta Research Grant
Shejila Chillakunnel Hussain Rawther, MSN (INDIA) is being awarded the Sigma Theta Tau International/Omicron Delta Research Grant for the study "A Randomized Controlled Trial To Evaluate The Impact Of A Nurse Navigator Programme (NNP) On Anxiety, Psychological Distress And Quality Of Life Of Breast Cancer Patients In A Tertiary Care Hospital, Karnataka, India." The main purpose of the study is to evaluate the impact on quality and continuity of care delivered by a nurse navigator to alleviate anxiety and psychological distress and to improve the quality of life of breast cancer patients.
Sigma Theta Tau International/Oncology Nursing Society Grant John Merriman, PhD, RN, AOCNS (USA)
will receive the Sigma Theta Tau International/Oncology Nursing Society Grant for the study "Brain Biomarkers of Cognitive and Mood Changes Related to Anastrozole Use
." Sigma Theta Tau International/Southern Nursing Research Society GrantRoy Ann Sherrod, PhD (Epsilon Omega Chapter, USA)
will receive the Sigma Theta Tau International/Southern Nursing Research Society Grant for the study "Infertility Experiences and Help Seeking in African Americans: A Pilot Study." This research’s purpose is to address a critical barrier to progress in the field by expanding minority infertility literature specific to African Americans.
Sigma Theta Tau International/Western Institute of Nursing Research GrantLaura Mood, MSN (Beta Psi Chapter, USA)
and her team will receive a small grant for the study "Transition to clinical nursing practice for persons with learning disabilities."
The purpose of this study is to understand what pre- and post-licensure transition to practice (TTP) is like for persons with learning disabilities (LD).