STTI Foundation announces research grant recipients

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) is honoring the following recipients of research grants awarded through the STTI Foundation for Nursing:


Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI)/Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) Research Grant
Predicting Aminoglycoside-Induced Hearing Loss among MDR-TB infected individuals in South Africa
Hyejeong Hong, PhD, MSN
Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
This study will develop a prediction model to determine the risk of AG-induced hearing loss at MDR-TB treatment initiation. Predicting hearing loss risk may reduce ototoxic drug use for those at highest risk and will thereby reduce hearing loss, and the study will increase understanding of the associations between MDR-TB/HIV coinfection and risk of ototoxicity.

Sigma Theta Tau International/Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation End of Life Nursing Care Research Grant
Stronger Together: Promoting Patient Self-Advocacy and Nurse Empowerment in the Clinical Encounter
Teresa L. Hagan, PhD, RN
University of Pittsburgh
This study enhances previous research on a measure of patient self-advocacy for women with cancer by (1) evaluating the clinical applicability of the measure, (2) describing behaviors and experiences of patients with cancer and the nurses who care for them, and (3) exploring the relationship between nurse empowerment, patient self-advocacy, and patient outcomes. This study will lead to a nurse-led patient self-advocacy intervention and improved patient outcomes for patients with advanced cancer.

Sigma Theta Tau International/Midwest Nursing Research Society Research Grant
COPE for Children with Asthma: A Cognitive Behavior Skills Building Intervention to Improve Physical and Emotional Outcomes
Colleen McGovern, MPH, BSN
The Ohio State University
Development of an intervention for children with asthma, who have a higher prevalence of co-morbid anxiety/depression and those with co-morbid asthma and anxiety/depression have increased morbidity and mortality. The project has the potential to help strengthen the physical and mental health outcomes of children with asthma directly. 

Sigma Theta Tau International/Southern Nursing Research Society Grant

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
Patricia B. Wright, PhD, MPH, BSN
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
This project addresses the major public health crisis that exists due to the unprecedented rise in POUD and the frustrating underutilization of evidence-based MAT, part of a necessary pre- intervention process to understand the complex individual and contextual factors among rural PO users that may inhibit or facilitate MAT utilization and sustainability in treatment.  



Sigma Theta Tau International/Chamberlain College of Nursing Education Research Grants
Exploring the Impact of Simulation on Knowledge Gain Regarding the Care of the Patient with Diabetes
Aimee A. Woda, PhD, MSN, BSN
Marquette University
This multi-site research study is an important step in testing how simulation experiences augment nursing student’s knowledge and their ability to perform assessments and nursing skills.


Promotion of Evidence-Based Communication Strategies Focused on Health Literacy in the Advanced Nursing Practice Curriculum
Felecia Wood, PhD, MSN, BSN
University of Alabama
Development of an intervention to approximately 60 online MSN students, who will provide care to many persons in varied health care settings, enabling them to efficiently and confidently assess an individual’s health literacy, provide health literate communication, assess educational materials to ensure health literate communication, and assess health literate attributes at the organizational level. 


Sigma Theta Tau International/American Nurses Credentialing Center Evidence-Based Practice Implementation Grant
A Knowledge Translation Project to Create a Dementia Friendly Acute Care Hospital
Carole White PhD, MScN, BScN
UT Health Science Center San Antonio
This project is anticipated to improve the quality and safety of care of patients admitted to acute care by training more than 300 front-line staff from selected units during the funding period and examining the impact of the program on hospital costs in terms of sitter hours.

Sigma Theta Tau International/National League for Nursing Grant
Teaching Effectiveness in Online Nursing Education Instrument Development
Yvonne Smith, PhD, APRN, CNS; Yea-Jyh Chen, PhD, RN
Kent State University
This study will develop an instrument to measure teaching effectiveness outcomes with the scientific and conceptual basis in online nursing education research.


Sigma Theta Tau International/ATI Educational Assessment Nursing Research Grant
Development of a Scale to Measure Synergy
Kathy J. Keister, PhD, MSN, BSN
Wright State University
The International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) is developing a psychometrically sound scale that can be use to measure synergy in team or group learning activities. The resulting scale will be piloted with senior-level baccalaureate nursing students using a TeamSTEPPS© interprofessional simulation scenario.

Sigma Theta Tau International/Doris Bloch Research Award Sigma Theta Tau International Global Nursing Research Grant
Determinants of Inflammation in Pregnancy
McKenzie Wallace, PhD, BSN
Case Western Reserve University
This research study will provide new information about how inflammation biomarkers change over the course of pregnancy while accounting for known determinates of inflammation. The results help lead to the development of biomarker screening tools to better predict who will develop PIH and GDM with the goal of preventing PIH and GDM and the associated lifelong cost and disease risk.

Sigma Theta Tau International/Joan K. Stout, RN, Research Grant
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?
Elizabeth Herron, PhD, MSN, BSN
James Madison University
This study was designed to investigate integrating simulation in the didactic portion of a nursing course to evaluate nursing students’ self-confidence, satisfaction, and clinical application of course material. The results will improve pre-licensure nursing students' clinical reasoning and preparation for practice.

Sigma Theta Tau International/National Gerontological Nursing Association Research Grant
Understanding Disrupted Sleep and its Implications on Symptoms for Older Adults Living with HIV
Judith Frain PhD, RN
Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College
This proposed study will objectively describe the sleep cycle in older persons with HIV and will provide much-needed data about how disrupted sleep is associated with selected symptoms during the day.