Sigma Small Grants

Muna Alali, MSN, BSN (Alpha Psi Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Evaluation of the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) to Determine Physical Activity (PA) in Saudi Female Adolescents in the Eastern Region, Saudi Arabia
The purpose of the study is to examine the relationship between psychosocial factors of the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) and physical activity (PA) among Saudi female adolescents.

Colleen Victoria Anusiewicz, PhD, BSN (Nu at-Large Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Exploring Hospital Nursing Resources to Address Racial Disparities in Outcomes Among Older Adults Living with Multiple Chronic Conditions
The purpose of the proposed study is to determine whether nursing resources are associated with disparities in outcomes between black, Hispanic, and white older adults living with multiple chronic conditions (MCCs), and to determine whether there is an association between discharge readiness and disparities in outcomes (LOS and readmissions), and whether and to what extent differences in discharge readiness explain any observed relationship between nursing resources and disparities in these outcomes.

Jonathan Bayuo, MN, MPhil, BN (Chi Omicron Chapter, Hong Kong)

Title of Project: Effects of A Nurse-Led Transitional Burns Rehabilitation Program (4Cs-TBuRP) For Adult Burn Survivors: A Randomized Controlled Trial
This trial will ascertain the effects and implementation process of a nurse-led transitional rehabilitation program for adult burn survivors.

“The proposed study meets both local and global need for comprehensive burns rehabilitation in a continuous and coordinated manner to improve patient outcomes in the early post-discharge period. The telehealth component of the intervention suggests that burn survivors and their families will continue to receive support at a distance as they recover which is critical to overcome challenges associated with transportation costs/ distance and more importantly, in the midst of the current coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, the follow-up process evaluation phase will offer unique insights into barriers, facilitators and mechanisms associated with the implementation process to help identify ways of sustaining the programme in the long-term..”
Jonathan Bayuo, MPN, BN
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Nursing

Yuling Chen, MSN, BSN (Nu Beta at-Large Chapter, China)

Title of Project: Associations between Literacy (health and eHealth literacy) and Major Cardiovascular Events in Patients with Documented Coronary Heart Disease in China: A Prospective Cohort Study
This study focuses on addressing health disparities in mainland China through determining the associations between literacy (health literacy and electric health literacy) and major cardiovascular events among patients with documented coronary heart disease in China.

Wenyi Chen, MSN, BSN (Nu Beta Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Adverse and Positive Childhood Experiences and General Health among Asian American Young Adults
The purpose of this study is to investigate whether disparities in ACE and PCE exposures exist in a diverse Asian American population of young adults (i.e., Asian Indian, Chinese, Hmong American) differing in their US immigration histories, cultures, language, and countries of origin and describe the relationships among ACEs, PCEs, and self-reported general health among Asian American young adults.

Angela Chia-Chen Chen, PhD, RN, PMHNP-C (Beta Upsilon Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Discrimination, Health, and Vaccine Acceptance among Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese Americans amid COVID-19
The purpose of this study is to conduct timely and time-sensitive research that examines how racial/ethnic discrimination toward our target populations amid COVID-19 has negatively impacted their preventive behaviors, health and healthcare seeking behaviors, including vaccination intent and uptake.

Jeungok Choi, PhD, MSN, BSN (Beta Zeta at-Large Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Web-Based Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Older Adult with Arthritis Fatigue; A Feasibility and Acceptability Study
The purpose of this project is to develop a web-based cognitive behavioral intervention (Web-CBI) and to test feasibility and acceptability of Web-CBI for older adults with arthritis fatigue.

Caroline Dickson, RN, BSN (Omega Xi Chapter, United Kingdom)

Title of Project: The Translation of Learning About Person-Centeredness Into Practice From a Community Nursing Preparation Program
The purpose of this study  to explore whether community nurses (CNs) who have been prepared through, or are currently post-registration students on, person-centered masters programs, demonstrate translation into practice (I.e. implementation of learning about person-centeredness) and how this impacts on workplace /team culture. 

Candace Harrington , PhD, DNP, BSN (Iota at-Large and Iota Zeta Chapters, USA)
Title of Project: Rural Older Female Family Caregivers Lived Experiences in the Context of Caregiving for Those with AD/ADRD during the COVID-19 Pandemic
The purpose of this qualitative study is to investigate rural older female caregivers' lived experiences in the context of caring for family members with Alzheimer's disease/Alzheimer's disease-related dementias (AD/ADRD) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Elliane Irani, PhD, MSN, BSN (Alpha Mu Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Resourcefulness and Health Outcomes in Persons with Cardiovascular Disease and their Care Partners
The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship between resourcefulness and health outcomes (depressive symptoms and quality of life) in a dyadic context for Persons with CVD (PwCVD) and their care partners. 
“Our study will contribute to the literature about resourcefulness and dyadic illness management. The findings will extend resourcefulness theory to a dyadic context and will highlight a protective factor (i.e., resourcefulness) that contributes to dyadic appraisal and dyadic management behaviors as indicated in the theory of dyadic illness management. Moreover, the findings will inform the adaptation of a dyadic intervention, leading our team to seek federal funding to test the intervention..”
—Elliane Irani, PhD, MSN, BSN
Case Western Reserve University, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

Heidi McNeely, MSN, BSN (Delta Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Substance Use Treatment Providers Perspectives on Barriers and Facilitators to Treatment, Recovery, and Returning to Work for Healthcare Professionals with Substance Use
The overall purpose of the study is to help identify barriers and facilitators to substance use (SU) treatment, successful recovery and return to work for healthcare professionals (HCPs) with SU.

Amnazo Muhirwa, MSN, BSN (Rho Lambda Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Stress, the Superwoman Schema and Cardiovascular Wellbeing Among Rural African American Women
The proposed study will conduct a retrospective analysis utilizing electronic health record (EHR) patient portal records from Duke Primary Care rural in North Carolina combined with self-report data on diet and physical activity to examine the association between community stress factors (neighborhood cohesion, neighborhood safety).

Brad Phillips, MSN, RN (Alpha Rho Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Experience of Parents Caring for a Child with an Acquired Disability
 This study will gather empirical evidence on the concept of transforming loss to offer guidance on how to assist parents who have a child who has an acquired disability, and to create new perspectives of purpose and meaning.

Kathryn Post, PhD, MSN (Alpha Chi Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Breast Cancer Transitions
The purpose of this study is to explore the experience of patients diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) to inform the development of a nurse-led, psycho-educational and coping intervention to enhance quality of life (QOL) during the transition from curative therapy to surveillance.

Lesley Rink, MSN, BSN (Beta Epsilon Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Characterizing Burnout and Resilience Among Nurses: A Latent Profile Analysis
The overall goal of this study is to describe different profiles of burnout and resilience among nurses working in inpatient or outpatient United States (U.S.) healthcare settings and determine nurse characteristics associated with the different profile subgroups.

Knar Sagherian, PhD, MSN, BSN (Gamma Chi Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Taking a Break: How Rest Breaks Can Reduce Acute Fatigue during the COVID-19 Pandemic
This study will evaluate the effect of rest breaks during work hours on reducing COVID-19 work strain among hospital nurses.

Kisha Thompson, MSN, BSN (Omega Delta Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Reflection and Resilience Influences that Support Survival in Young Black Men
The purpose of this study is to determine the association between self-reflection and resilience in young Black men and to determine if the concept of insight is a mediator in this relationship.

Rosemary Berkel Crisp Research Award

Weijiao Zhou, MSN, BSN (Rho Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Objectively Measured Physical Activity in Surgical Lung Cancer Patients: Feasibility and Acceptability of a Longitudinal Approach
The purpose of this study is to determine the feasibility and acceptability of conducting a longitudinal study of physical activity (PA) before and after lung cancer surgery using accelerometers to measure PA and questionnaires to measure potential factors that influence PA and to establish preliminary estimates of change in PA and estimates of the strength of relationships between PA and factors thought to influence PA before and after surgery.
“Physical activity declines after lung cancer surgery and may not recover to the preoperative level for months after surgery. One to six years after surgery, only 23.1% to 28.0% of surgical lung cancer survivors engaged in recommended amount of PA. With objective measures of physical activity we will better understand the natural trajectory of change in PA and its predictors. The proposed research will help us determine if the plans for collecting this type of data are realistic, basically is it feasible to collect this data and do subjects find it acceptable or is it too burdensome. This project will launch a much larger program of research that examines the trajectory of PA in a much larger sample and establishes predictors of change in PA before and after surgery. This has the potential to lead to interventions and improved outcomes for people after lung cancer surgery.”
— Wiejiao Zhou, MSN, BSN
University of Michigan

Doris Bloch Research Award

Tongyao Wang, BSN (Alpha Mu Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Development and Validation: A Pictographic Educational Handout on Tracheostomy Care
The purpose of the study is to develop and validate a pictograph-enhanced patient education material on tracheostomy care for patients with head and neck cancers and their family caregivers. 

Joan K. Stout, RN, Research Grant

Natalie Murphy, PhD, MSN, BSN (Nu Chi Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Evaluating the Effects of an LGBTQ Educational Program on the Attitudes and Knowledge of Undergraduate Nursing Students
The purpose of this research study is to determine if knowledge and attitudes of undergraduate nursing students toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) population change after participation in an interactive six hour long learning module.

Sigma Global Nursing Research Grant

Brittney van de Water, PhD, MSN, BSN (Beta Epsilon Chapter, USA)
Karl W le Roux, MBChB (South Africa)
Mercedes Becerra, ScD, ScM (USA)

Title of Project: Reach, Implementation, and Effectiveness of a Tuberculosis Preventive Therapy Intervention in Rural South Africa 

The study will assess the reach, implementation, and effectiveness of a nurse-led home based intervention designed to deliver tuberculosis (TB) preventive therapy.

Sigma/Alpha Eta Collaborative Research Grant

Pule Moabi, MPH, BN (Tau Lambda at-Large Chapter, Lesotho)

Title of Project: Facilitation of the development of a model/framework that guides Simulation-Based Education in under-resourced nursing education institutions in Lesotho
The proposed study may ensure that teaching and learning in simulation also focuses on critical thinking, decision making, problem solving and team work.
“Findings from the proposed study may act as a data base for literature search on simulation based education and simulation models. As the researcher proposes to develop a model, the developed model can be adopted by various researchers in different parts of the globe..”
— Pule Moabi, MPH, BN
Scott College of Nursing

Sigma/American Nurses Foundation Grant

Brian Peach, PhD, RN, CCRN (Theta Epsilon Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Intensive Care Unit Delirium in the COVID-19 Pandemic
The purposes of this study are to (a)examine differences in incidence and (b) risk factors for ICU delirium between patients with COVID-19 respiratory failure and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).

Sigma/American Nurses Foundation Grant

Linda Kim, PhD, MSN, BSN (Gamma Tau at-Large Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Association Between Burnout, DNA Methylation, and Work Environment Among Interprofessional Clinical and Non-Clinical Staff
The purpose of this study is to assess the feasibility of using DNA methylation (DNAm) as a biomarker of burnout and to identify work conditions associated with burnout.

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

Christine Mullins, DNP, BSN, (Epsilon Sigma at-Large Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Implementation of an Evidence-based Suicide Prevention Program for a Primary Care Network of Clinics in Rural Appalachia
The purpose of this project is to implement an evidence-based (EB) suicide prevention (SP) resource guide with a suicide-prevention point-of-care (SP POC) contact for PCPs and nurses in rural Appalachia to enhance assessment and referral process.

Sigma/Association of Nurses in AIDS Care Grant

Karen Geiger, BSN (USA)

Title of Project: The Effects of MDR-TB Treatment on HIV Viral Suppression in MDR-TB/HIV Co-infected Patients in South Africa
The purpose of this study is to investigate the clinical impact of treatment for MDR-TB on HIV viral suppression in MDR-TB/HIV co-infected patients in South Africa.

Sigma/Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses Grant

Ellen Rich, PhD, RN, FNP, FAANP ( USA)

Title of Project: The Lived Experience of Perioperative and Ambulatory Registered Nurses
Displaced to Acute Care Settings During the COVID-19 Pandemic at an Urban Specialty Hospital: A Phenomenological Study.
The purpose of this study is to describe perioperative and ambulatory registered nurses’ experiences caring for medical patients on acute care units in an orthopedic specialty hospital that had been converted to accommodate the surge of COVID-19 positive patients at an academic medical center in New York City..

Sigma/ATI Educational Assessment Nursing Research Grant

Julie Fitzwater, MNE, BSN (Xi Mu Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Using Simulation to Develop Clinical Teaching Competencies in Nurse Educators
The purpose of this pilot study is to determine if simulation is an effective method to increase teaching competencies in novice clinical nurse educators by examining behaviors to provide constructive formative feedback.

Sigma/Canadian Nurses Foundation Grant

Marian Luctkar Flude, PhD, MScN, RN, CCSNE (Lambda Pi at-Large Chapter, Canada)

Title of Project: Assessing Feasibility and Sensitivity of Using VoxNeuro as an Objective Measure of Cognitive Function in Cancer Survivors Receiving Neurofeedback for Post-Cancer Cognitive Impairment and Cancer-Related Fatigue
The purpose of our study is to assess the feasibility and sensitivity of VoxNeuro as an objective measure of cognitive function in cancer survivors receiving neurofeedback for post-cancer cognitive impairment (PCCI) and Cancer-related fatigue (CRF).
Luctkar Flude 
 This will support future grant applications for funding to sustain and expand the research program. Further this project will provide the research team and trainees with valuable experience in the delivery of the neurofeedback intervention and allow us to refine our protocols and further broaden the scope of our inquiry..”
— Marian Luctkar Flude, PhD, MScN, RN, CCSNE
Queen's University School of Nursing

Sigma/Chamberlain College of Nursing Education Research Grants

Elizabeth Van Horn, PhD, MSN, BSN (Gamma Zeta Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Exploration of Competence in New Graduate Nurses 
The purposes of this study are to: 1) explore the concept of competence in new graduate nurses, including its definition and evaluation in the hospital setting; and 2) provide foundational data to design and conduct a larger study of nursing education programs and their evaluation of end-of-program competence in nursing students.

Yolanda VanRiel, PhD, MSN, BSN (Gamma Zeta Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Exploration of RN to BSN Students Intent for Faculty Role
The purpose of this study is to explore RN to BSN students' intent to pursue a faculty role.

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The study findings will provide numbers of RN to BSN students who may pursue faculty positions and the strategies that may increase or enable that pursuit. This will be one of the first studies to provide this information to impact the faculty shortage.”
— Yolanda VanRiel, PhD, MSN, MBA, BSN
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Sigma/Council for Advancement of Nursing Science Grant

Clarissa Shaw, MSN, BSN (Gamma Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Advancing Methods of Measurement and Education for Communication in Dementia Care
The purpose of this study is to create simulations of dementia care and evaluate if communication in the simulated environment is equivalent to communication in the naturalistic environment

Sigma/Emergency Nurses Association Foundation Grant

Pamela Bourg, PhD, RN, TCRN, FAEN (Alpha Kappa at-Large, USA)

Title of Project: Frailty Scores/O2 Reduction Potential in Acutely Injured Trauma Patients.
The goal of this study will be to determine if new plasma biomarker of oxidative reduction potential (ORP) continues to correlate with frailty scale measured at the time of trauma admission remains predictive and to determine what the outcomes of patients who are admitted to trauma and correlation of the frailty score to the patient outcome.

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

Carrie Henry, MSN, BSN (Alpha Epsilon Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Relationships Among Strong Black Womanhood Belief, Coping Behaviors, Social Support, and Psychological Distress for Black Mothers After Stillbirth 
The purpose of the study is to describe the coping behaviors and psychological distress symptoms of Black mothers who experience a stillbirth and to examine the mechanisms by which the Black mothers adoption of the Strong Black Womanhood imperative promotes or hinders positive coping. 

Sigma/Jonas Philanthropies Collaborative Research Grant

Maria Bluhm, PhD, BSN (Delta Alpha at-Large Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Veteran Community Online Mindfulness Support (Vet-COMS): Feasibility and Acceptability of a Community-based Support Program for Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress
The goal of this study is to equip veterans with a stress-reduction tool, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic where imposed social distancing may stress the veterans and disallow them the community support needed.

Tamar Rodney, PhD, MSN, BSN (Nu Beta Chapter, USA)>

Title of Project: Life Course Review of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Following a Traumatic brain Injury: Symptom Perception and Health Outcomes. 
The purpose of this study is to assess the life course experience of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms and the impact on health outcomes in a cohort of Veterans who are traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivors.

Deborah Wilson, MSN, MPH, BSN (Nu Beta Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Adapting and Implementing an Indigenous Informed Intervention to Reduce Stress, Promote Wellbeing and Resilience in Tribal Head Start Teachers, Fort Peck Reservation, Montana 
This behavioral intervention aims to promote the health and wellbeing of Tribal Head Start teachers making it consistent with nursing research strategic goals of improving wellness by promoting health and preventing illness.

Sigma/Midwest Nursing Research Society Research Grant

Wan-chin Kuo, PhD, BSN (Beta Eta Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Gender Differences in Behavioral and Cardiometabolic Responses under Financial Stress: A Longitudinal Analysis Using the Health and Retirement Study
The purpose of this study is to understand the behavioral and cardiometabolic responses under chronic stress (e.g., perceived stress, financial stress, and life events), and its gender differences in adults transitioning from middle-age to older age. 

Sigma/National Association of Hispanic Nurses Research Grant

Karen Fowler, PhD, MSN, BSN (Delta Kappa Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Trauma in Hispanic Nursing Students: Is Resilience and Learning Impeded?
The purpose of the study is to investigate how the trauma experiences of Hispanic Nursing Students influence their resilience and academic learning. 

Sigma/Oncology Nursing Society Grant

Rachel K. Walker, PhD, RN (USA)

Title of Project: At Home Detection of Antineoplastic Drugs and Hazardous Metabolites in Body Fluids
The long-term goal of this projects is to improve patients' and caregivers' ability to self-manage exposure risks by developing a low-cost device for home use that can detect antineoplastic agents and their hazardous metabolites in body fluids such as urine, semen and vaginal fluid and breastmilk.

Sigma/Southern Nursing Research Society Grant

Eunju Choi, PhD, MSN, BSN (Epsilon Theta Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: The Use of Social Media to Explore the Unmet Needs of Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer
The study will be rooted in the works of Adler, who initiated the idea that understanding human beings requires a holistic view of each individual and will utilize the Supportive Care Framework for Cancer Care  including seven domains (physical, psychosocial, social, spiritual, emotional, practical, and informational).

Sigma/Western Institute of Nursing Research Grant

Sarah Martha, PhD, BSN, (Psi at-Large Chapter, USA)

Title of Project: Lipid Profiles and Associated Symptoms and Outcomes in Acute Ischemic Stroke Patients
The purpose of this study is to determine the feasibility of a 1-month protocol and to describe self-reported symptoms and their association to cognitive and functional outcomes in persons with Acute ischemic stroke (AIS) who did and did not receive reperfusion intervention.