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: Quality Improvement of Oral Medication Preparation and Administration through Feeding Tube in Hospitalized Patients
The study will investigate the effect of an integrated program to improve quality and safety of oral medication preparation and administration through enteral feeding tube, using the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s quality-improvement method.
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

McKenzie Wallace, BSN, BA (Alpha Mu Chapter, USA)
Title of Project: Determinants of Inflammation in Pregnancy
The purpose of the study is to describe the relationship among inflammation levels, fat mass, physical activity, stress, and LPA genotype in pregnancy. 

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

Elizabeth Herron, PhD, MSN, BSN (Pi Mu at Large Chapter, USA) 
Title of Project:Unfolding Simulated Case Studies: Does Use of Simulation in the Classroom Improve Student Satisfaction in Learning, Self-Confidence for Patient Care, and Ability to Apply Knowledge to Patient Care Scenarios?
The purpose of this proposed study is to evaluate the effect of integrating simulated unfolding case studies in the classroom on nursing students’ satisfaction in learning, self-confidence for patient care, and ability to apply knowledge to patient care scenarios.

Sigma Theta Tau International Global Nursing Research Grant

Hyejeong Hong, MSN, BSN (Nu Beta Chapter, USA)
Title of Project: Predicting Aminoglycoside-Induced Hearing Loss among MDR-TB infected Individuals in South Africa
The purpose of this study is to estimate the risk of AG-induced hearing loss for MDR-TB patients in South Africa. 

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

Dawn Langley-Brady, MSN, RN, AHN-BC, CHPN, CCAP (Beta Omicron Chapter, USA) 
Title of Project: Essential Oils Effect on Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy in Breast Cancer: A Mixed Methods Study. 
The purpose of this research study is to determine the pain-reducing and quality-of-life (QOL)-enhancing efficacy of a topically-applied EO Intervention (EOI).

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

Carole White, PhD, MScN, BScN (Delta Alpha-at-Large Chapter, USA)
Title of Project: A Knowledge Translation Project to Create a Dementia Friendly Acute Care Hospital.
The overall purpose of this evidence-based project is to improve the safety and quality of care for persons with dementia admitted to acute care, through a dementia friendly hospital initiative.

STTI/Association of Nurses in AIDS Care Grant

Hyejeong Hong, PhD, MSN (Nu Beta Chapter, USA) 
Title of Project: Predicting Aminoglycoside-Induced Hearing Loss among MDR-TB infected individuals in South Africa.
The purpose of this study is to estimate the risk of AG-induced hearing loss for MDR-TB patients in South Africa.

STTI/Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses Grant

Victoria Steelman, PhD, RN, CNOR, FAAN (USA)
Title of Project: Warming of Irrigation Fluids for Prevention of Perioperative Hypothermia during Arthroscopy: A Systemic Review and Meta-analysis 
The purpose of this systematic review and meta-analysis is to determine if warming of irrigation fluids for patients undergoing arthroscopy minimizes the risk of hypothermia or shivering compared to using room temperature irrigation fluids.

STTI/ATI Educational Assessment Nursing Research Grant

Kathy Keister, PhD, MSN, BSN (Omicron Chi Chapter, USA)
Title of Project: Development of a Scale to Measure Synergy
The purpose of this study is to develop a psychometrically sound instrument, the Nursing Education Synergy Scale (NESS), to assess the synergy within learning groups.

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.

Aimee Woda, PhD, MSN, BSN (Delta Gamma-at-Large Chapter, USA)
Exploring the Impact of Simulation on Knowledge Gain Regarding the Care of the Patient with Diabetes
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the impact of a high-fidelity simulation experience on traditional pre-licensure nursing student’s knowledge and practice related to key aspects of care of the diabetic patient.

Felecia Wood, PhD, MSN, BSN (Epsilon Omega Chapter, USA)
Title of Project: Promotion of Evidence-Based Communication Strategies Focused on Health Literacy in the Advanced Nursing Practice Curriculum
This research proposes to enhance the education, experience, and self-efficacy of advanced nursing practice graduate students in use of evidence-based communication strategies focused on health literacy.

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

Michelle Patch, MSN, APRN-CNS, ACNS-BC (USA)
Title of Project: Emergency Nursing and Health Care Responses to Strangled Women Seeking Care: A Mixed Methods of Diagnostic and Treatment Processes.
The proposed mixed methods study will use health care system and individual level analyses to provide a more complete understanding of emergency nursing and health care responses to women seeking care after an attempted strangulation.

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

Teresa Hagan, PhD, RN (Eta Chapter, USA)
Title of Project: Stronger Together: Promoting Patient Self-Advocacy and Nurse Empowerment in the Clinical Encounter.
The purpose of this study is to add to the growing field of patient self-advocacy – defined as the ability of a patient to get his or her needs met in the face of a challenge – by describing how patients with advanced cancer self-advocate and how oncology nurses promote patient self-advocacy in the clinical setting.

STTI/Midwest Nursing Research Society Research Grant

Colleen McGovern, MPH, BSN (Epsilon Chapter, USA)
Title of Project: COPE for Children with Asthma: A Cognitive Behavior Skills Building Intervention to Improve Physical and Emotional Outcomes.
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effects of a manualized cognitive behavior skills-building intervention on key physical and mental health outcomes in 9 to 12-year old children with persistent asthma and co-morbid anxiety/depression.

Judith Frain, PhD, RN (Tau Iota Chapter, USA)
Title of Project: Understanding Disrupted Sleep and its Implications on Symptoms for Older Adults Living with HIV
This proposed study will generate objective data describing the sleep cycle and the association among disruption in the sleep cycle and quality of life factors including daytime sleepiness, cognitive function, fatigue and depression in older adults living with HIV. 

STTI/National League for Nursing Research Grant

Yvonne Smith, PhD, APRN, CNS (Delta Omega and Delta Xi chapters, USA)
Title of Project: Teaching Effectiveness in Online Nursing Education: Instrument Development
This study will conduct conceptual and initial empirical work of instrument development to advance knowledge regarding online teaching effectiveness 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

Patricia B. Wright, BSN (Epsilon Omicron and Gamma Xi Chapters, USA)
Title of Project: A Pilot Study of Barriers and Facilitators to Utilizing Antagonist Medication-Assisted Treatment from the Perspectives of Persons Seeking Treatment for Prescription Opioid Use Disorder.
The purpose of this pilot study is to elucidate factors that impact seeking, entering, and sustaining medication-assisted treatment to stop opioid use and prevent relapse among rural persons with prescription opioid use disorder (POUD).

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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