2016-2017 Sigma Theta Tau International Grant Recipients

Congratulations to the following grant recipients!

STTI Small Grants

Carol Boswell, EdD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN (Iota Mu Chapter, USA)
Title of Project: National Survey of Self-Efficacy for Evidence-Based Nursing Practice
The purpose of this study is to determine the current level of EBP comprehension held by frontline nurses along with the intensity of confidence (self-efficacy) these nurses have for generating best practices.
Brittany Butts, PhD, BSN (Alpha Epsilon Chapter, USA)
Title of Project: Symptoms and Skeletal Muscle in Persons with Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction
The purpose of this study is to examine heart failure (HF) symptoms and skeletal muscle structure and mitochondrial function in persons with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). 
Ellen Fineout-Overholt, PhD, MSN, BSN (Iota Nu-at-Large Chapter, USA)
Title of Project: Faculty and Employer Perceived Importance of Quality and Safety Competencies (FEQSC) for Newly Graduated Registered Nurses
The purpose of the study is to explore nursing faculty and nursing employers’ perceived importance of six QSEN competencies and their 158 associated knowledge, skills and attitudes (KSAs) for newly graduated registered nurses (RNs).  
Fernanda Gimenes, PhD, MSN, BSN (Rho Upsilon Chapter, Brazil)
Title of Project: Learning to Live with Diabetes
The purpose of this study is to test the feasibility of the intervention, including its acceptability, and further refine intervention materials and study procedures (recruitment, enrollment, intervention, retention, and data collection) and test the initial efficacy of the intervention on participants with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) on glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c), adiposity, weight, and diabetes self-management behaviors.
Shannon Halloway, PhD, RN (Gamma Phi Chapter, USA)
Title of Project: Women's Lifestyle Physical Activity Program: Brain and Cardiovascular Health
The purpose of this study is to determine: (1) the feasibility of implementing an evidence-based, 5-session, 24-week lifestyle physical activity (PA) program in a clinic setting to older women at increased risk for cognitive impairment due to cardiovascular disease (CVD); and (2) the preliminary efficacy of the lifestyle PA program on change in PA, sedentary behavior, and cognitive function.
Sara Jones, PhD, BSN (Gamma Xi Chapter, USA)
Title of Project: Exploring the Mental Health Needs of First Responders in Arkansas: A Pilot Study
The purpose of this descriptive pilot study is to engage first responders in exploring their mental health (MH) needs and perceptions about seeking MH services.
Kendra Joy Kamp, BSN (Alpha Psi Chapter, USA)
Title of Project: Self-management of Provider Recommended Medication Adherence and Patient Initiated Diet Modification among Young Adults with Inflammatory Bowel Disease
The purpose of this study is to examine among young adults with IBD the influence of health-related quality of life (HRQoL), time since diagnosis, perceived stress, IBD self-efficacy, medication beliefs, dietary beliefs, and social support on the self-management strategies of provider-recommended medication adherence and patient-initiated diet modification.
Mariya Kovaleva, BSN, RN (Alpha Epsilon Chapter, USA)
Title of Project: Experiences of Caregivers of Dementia Patients with an Integrated Primary Care Model
This study is intended to evaluate the impact of the Integrated Memory Care Clinic on caregivers and person's living with dementia.
Hyunhwa Lee, PhD, MSN, BSN (Zeta Kappa-at-Large Chapter, USA)
Title of Project: Epigenetic Markers of Neurodegenerative Changes in Traumatic Brain Injury
The purpose of this study is to investigate peripheral epigenetic biomarkers, including DNA methylation and telomere lengths, in relation to symptom recoveries in impaired cognitive performance over 3 years among retired professional fighters with traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Lory Lewis, PhD, MSN, BSN (Delta Xi Chapter, USA)
Title of Project: Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing: Care Disruptions to the Thermal Environment of Premature Neonates
The goal of this program of research is to optimize neonatal growth, decrease morbidity, and reduce length of hospital stay for this vulnerable population.
Adesola Ogunfowokan, PhD MScN, BNSc (Chi Omicron-at-Large Chapter, Nigeria)
Title of Project: An Evaluation of Effects of Rape Education on Rape Myth Acceptance, Rape Victim Empathy and Rape Risk Behaviours among Adolescents in Ile-Ife, Nigeria
The purpose of the study is to determine the effectiveness of a newly developed Rape Discourse Package (RaDiP) using a school nurse and a police officer as facilitators to reduce acceptance of rape myth, increase rape victim empathy and reduce self-reported rape risk behaviours among school adolescent boys and girls.
Lori Rhudy, PhD, RN (Mu Tau Chapter, USA)
Title of Project: Interruptions During Handoff: Implications for Patient Safety
The purpose of this study is to examine the frequency, source, and type of interruptions experienced during nurse-to-nurse handoffs as they relate to nurses’ cognitive work and patient safety.
Melissa Saftner, PhD, MSN, BSN (Zeta Chapter, USA)
Title of Project: Exploring Risk Behaviors in Ugandan Adolescents Living in Rural Fishing Communities
The purpose of this mixed methods study is to explore risk behaviors in adolescents living in four Ugandan fishing communities/villages as a foundation for developing future interventions and programs to reduce risk behaviors (e.g., alcohol, substance use) and HIV/AIDs.
Lee Anne Siegmund, PhD, BSN (Delta Omega Chapter, USA)
Title of Project: Feasibility of a Social Media Intervention on Exercise Motivation and Cardiac Rehabilitation Adherence
The purpose of the current randomized pilot trial is to determine the effect of a social media intervention, providing education, peer support and provider support, on autonomous motivation and self-determination for exercise, and the adherence to cardiac rehabilitation (CR) in patients with cardiovascular disease during a 12-week CR program.

Tania Von Visger, MSN, BSN (Epsilon Chapter, USA)
Title of Project: Feasibility and Acceptability of Integrative Therapy for Management of Symptoms in Patients with Pulmonary Hypertension

The primary goal of this study is to determine the feasibility and acceptability of a 6-week multi-component integrative therapies program, Urban Zen Integrative Therapy (UZIT), for adults with PH.

Erin Whitehouse, MPH, BSN (Nu Beta Chapter, USA)
Title of Project: Cardiovascular Multi-Morbidity among South Africans with Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis and HIV

The purpose of this study is to describe the prevalence of cardiovascular disease risk and its impact on multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) treatment outcomes in a population of DR-TB patients with and without HIV co-infection in South Africa. 

Chao Hsing Yeh, MPH, MSN, RN (USA)
Title of Project: Development of an Auricular Point Acupressure Smartphone Application to Self-Manage Chronic Low Back Pain
The purpose of this study is to develop and evaluate the feasibility and usability of a smartphone application (app), featuring the use of auricular point acupressure to self-manage chronic low back pain (cLBP).  

Doris Bloch Research Award

Halley W. Ruppel, MS, BSN (Delta Mu Chapter, USA)
Title of Project: Nurses' Customization of Physiologic Monitor Alarms in Intensive Care Units.
The purpose of this study is to use a mixed methods approach to generate a complete understanding of nurses' alarm customization by integrating quantitative findings describing nurses' customization practices with qualitative findings on nurses' clinical judgment toward alarm customization.

Rosemary Berkel Crisp Research Award

Ashley Weber, PhD, MSN (Epsilon Chapter, USA)
Title of Project: Epidermal Stress Responses to Nursing Care and Skin-to-Skin Care in Premature Infants: A Pilot Study
The purpose of this study is to provide the preliminary evidence to support epidermal cortisol as a reliable, sensitive measure of stress responses in premature infants.

Joan K. Stout, RN, Research Grant

Carol Kostovich, PhD, MSN, BSN (Alpha Beta and Alpha Omicron Chapters, USA) 
Title of Project: Conceptualizing Student Experiences of Psychological Safety in Simulation Through Grounded Theory. 
The purpose of this study is twofold: (1) To conceptualize the basic social process of students feeling safe during a simulation experience; and (2) To empirically generate a theory of students feeling safe during a simulation experience. This study will serve as the initial step in the development and testing of an empirically-derived instrument to measure students' perceptions of psychological safety during a simulation learning experience.

Sigma Theta Tau International Global Nursing Research Grant

Linda Aiken, PhD, MN, BSN (Xi Chapter, USA)
Title of Project: Healthcare Workforce and Quality Outcomes in Chile.
The proposed study will examine variation in nursing resources across hospitals in Chile and their relationship to patient outcomes to develop specific recommendations to the Ministry of Health for improving patient outcomes in Chile. We will also benchmark Chilean data on studies of other countries to offer further insights into strategies that could improve quality of hospital care and patient outcomes in Chile. 

Co-Sponsored Partner Grant Recipients

STTI/Alpha Eta Collaborative Research Grant

Champion Nyoni, M Soc Sc, BSc (Tau Lambda-at-Large, Lesotho)
Title of Project: Prevention of Curriculum Drift: A Framework to Support and Sustain a Curricula Innovation in a Midwifery Programme in Lesotho.
This study will describe the extent of implementation of a competence based midwifery programme in Lesotho using the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) global standards for pre-service midwifery education.

STTI/American Association of Critical Care Nurses Grant

Sherrie McMullen, PhD, CNS, NNP-BC (USA)
Title of Project: Transitioning the Hospitalized Preterm Infant; A Randomized Control Trial."
The purpose of this study is to promote a period of acclimation before hospital discharge as the supine position reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome; the impact of positioning at this gestational age on development is unknown at this time.

STTI/American Nurses Foundation Grant

Janna Stephens, PhD, BSN (Epsilon Chapter, USA) 
Title of Project: Correlations between Body Mass Index and Lifestyle Factors in African American Community College Students. 
The goal of the proposed project is to better understand the relationship between body mass index (BMI) in African American/Black community college students and various lifestyle factors (hours worked per week, ideal body image, nutrition knowledge, physical activity).

STTI/American Nurses Credentialing Center Evidence-Based Practice Implementation Grant Program

Vallire D. Hooper, PhD, RN, CPAN, FAAN (Eta Psi Chapter, USA)
Title of Project: Using Telehealth Technology to Implement Evidence-Based Wound Care in Underserved Practice Settings.
The purpose of this evidence-based practice (EBP) project is to test the fidelity and feasibility of using telehealth technology for comprehensive WOC service delivery to underserved rural practice settings.

STTI/Association of Nurses in AIDS Care Grant

Laura E. Starbird, MS, RN, APHN-BC (Epsilon Tau-at-Large and Nu Beta Chapters, USA) 
Title of Project: Nurse Case Management to Improve Hepatitis C Care in HIV Co-infection: A Randomized Controlled Trial (Care2Cure). 
The purpose of this study is to evaluate if a hepatitis C nurse case management intervention in an HIV primary care setting will improve the hepatitis C care continuum among adults co-infected with HIV.

STTI/Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses Grant

Usavadee Asdornwised, PhD, MSN (Thailand)
Title of Project: The Study of Venous Thromboembolism Prevention Guideline uses in Perioperative Nurses in Asian Countries. 
The purpose of this study is to examine how perioperative nurses in Asian countries (Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, and Vietnam) comply with the use of VTE prophylaxis guidelines.

STTI/ATI Educational Assessment Nursing Research Grant

DeAnna Jan Emory, PhD, MSN, BSN (Phi Theta and Zeta Delta-at-Large Chapters, USA)
Title of Project: Predicting NCLEX Failures Using Standardized Assessments. 
The purpose of this proposal is to provide greater generalizability across multiple programs of nursing and to confirm findings in the pilot.

STTI/Canadian Nurses Foundation Grant

Marilyn Macdonald, MSN, RN (Kappa Zeta-at-Large Chapter, Canada)
Title of Project: The experiences and perceptions of unpaid caregivers providing care for community-dwelling adults with a dementia: A Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) qualitative systematic review.
The purpose of this study is to synthesize the evidence regarding the experiences of unpaid caregivers of community-dwelling adults with a dementia.

STTI/Chamberlain College of Nursing Education Research Grants

Heather Carter-Templeton, PhD, MSN, BSN (Epsilon Omega Chapter, USA)
Title of Project: Diffusing Nursing Research in a Nurse Residency Program via a Twitter Online Journal Club.
The purpose of this study is to explore the use of social media, specifically Twitter, in an asynchronous online journal club for nurses enrolled in a nurse residency program.

Daiwai Olson, PhD, BSN (Beta Beta Chapter, USA)
Title of Project: Manuscript Bootcamp: An Innovative Training Technique  
The purpose of this study is examine the impact of a manuscript bootcamp on improving the skills and success rate for research dissemination. 

STTI/Council for Advancement of Nursing Science Grant

Daisy Garcia, PhD, MSN (Beta Epsilon Chapter, USA)
Title of Project: Examining Bolivian Nurses Readiness to Engage in Evidence-Based Practice.
The purpose of this study is to examine Bolivian nurses’ readiness for EBP and to identify the challenges they face while implementing evidenced-based interventions in acute and ambulatory settings in the city of La Paz.

STTI/Emergency Nurses Association Foundation Grant

Elyssa Wood, RN (USA)
Title of Project: Efficacy of Video Discharge Instructions among Spanish-Speaking Population in the Pediatric Emergency Department. 
This proposal will compare the efficacy of Spanish-language video discharge instructions (VDI) in addition to Spanish-language written/oral discharge instructions (WODI) when viewed by Spanish-speaking caregivers of children discharged from the Pediatrics Emergency Department (Peds ED) to that of WODI alone.

STTI/Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation End of Life Nursing Care Research Grant

Jessica Rearden, PhD, MSN, BSN (Xi Chapter, USA)
Title of Project: Burdensome Transitions at End-of-Life for Older Adults with Cancer.
The purpose of this study is to determine predictors of burdensome transitions for older patients with poor prognosis cancers (brain, leukemia, pancreatic, lung, liver, esophageal & ovarian); and determine whether older patients with poor prognosis cancers enrolled in hospice, and enrolled in hospice for a longer period, are less likely to experience burdensome transitions compared to those not enrolled in hospice.

STTI/Midwest Nursing Research Society Research Grant

Susan Bonis, PhD, MSN, BSN (Eta Nu Chapter, USA)
Title of Project: Parental Stress Self-Management: Risks and Protector Factors for Access to a Diagnosis and Services for a Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
The purpose of this study is threefold: to describe parent experiences seeking and ASD diagnosis for their child; to describe parent responses to receiving the ASD diagnosis; and to describe parent-decision making to access and utilize ASD related services.

STTI/National Gerontological Nursing Association Research Grant

Alyce Ashcraft, PhD, RN, CNE (Iota Mu Chapter, USA)
Title of Project: Improving Nurse Physician Communication in the Nursing Home.
This pilot study will determine the feasibility and effectiveness of a Sensemaking SBAR training intervention on communication quality between NH nurses and physicians about changes in NH resident status. 

STTI/National League for Nursing Research Grant

Siobhan O’ Connor, M.SC, BSc, RN (Phi Mu Chapter, United Kingdom)
Title of Project: Leading Reform in Nursing Education - Technology in Nursing Education.
This systematic review will comprehensively search, identify, quality assess and summarize all of the peer-reviewed evidence on how social networking has been used in nursing education.​

STTI/Oncology Nursing Society Grant

Grace E. Dean, PhD, RN (USA)
Title of Project: Bright Light Therapy to Improve Sleep Continuity Disturbances in Lung Cancer Survivors. 
The purpose of the study is to assess the effect of morning bright light versus dim light therapy (control) on fatigue and sleep continuity disturbance in lung cancer survivors.

STTI/Southern Nursing Research Society Grant

Francine Hebert Sheppard, PhD, MSN, ADN, BS (Gamma Zeta and Phil Upsilon Chapters, USA)
Title of Project: Health Outcomes and Experiences of Retired Women.
The purpose of this study is to explore selected health outcomes in retired women and determine whether a relationship exists between women’s health outcomes and aspects of retirement, including status, type, and timing.

STTI/Western Institute of Nursing Research Grant

Kristiana Avery, MS, PMHNP-BC (Alpha Kappa-at-Large and Gamma Pi-at-Large Chapters, USA)
Title of Project: CACNA1C Biomarkers in Mood Disorder Assessment. 
The study aims to provide recommendations on the clinical utility of biomarkers in assessment of mood disorders.




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