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STTI Foundation for Nursing Announces Grant Recipients

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


Carol Boswell, EdD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN
Iota Mu Chapter, USA

National Survey of Self-Efficacy for Evidence-Based Nursing Practice 

Brittany Butts, PhD, BSN
Alpha Epsilon Chapter, USA

Symptoms and Skeletal Muscle in Persons with Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction

Ellen Fineout-Overholt, PhD, MSN, BSN 
Iota Nu-at-Large Chapter, USA

Faculty and Employer Perceived Importance of Quality and Safety Competencies (FEQSC) for Newly Graduated Registered Nurses

Fernanda Gimenes, PhD, MSN, BSN
Rho Upsilon Chapter, Brazil

Learning to Live with Diabetes

Shannon Halloway, PhD, RN
Gamma Phi Chapter, USA

Women's Lifestyle Physical Activity Program: Brain and Cardiovascular Health

Sara Jones, PhD, BSN
Gamma Xi Chapter, USA

Exploring the Mental Health Needs of First Responders in Arkansas: A Pilot Study

Kendra Joy Kamp, BSN 
Alpha Psi Chapter, USA

Self-management of Provider Recommended Medication Adherence and Patient Initiated Diet Modification among Young Adults with Inflammatory Bowel Disease 

Mariya Kovaleva, BSN, RN 
Alpha Epsilon Chapter, USA

Experiences of Caregivers of Dementia Patients with an Integrated Primary Care Model

Hyunhwa Lee, PhD, MSN, BSN 
Zeta Kappa-at-Large Chapter, USA

Epigenetic Markers of Neurodegenerative Changes in Traumatic Brain Injury

Lory Lewis, PhD, MSN, BSN 
Delta Xi Chapter, USA

Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing: Care Disruptions to the Thermal Environment of Premature Neonates

Adesola Ogunfowokan, PhD MScN, BNSc 
Chi Omicron-at-Large Chapter, Nigeria

An Evaluation of Effects of Rape Education on Rape Myth Acceptance, Rape Victim Empathy and Rape Risk Behaviours among Adolescents in Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Lori Rhudy, PhD, RN 
Mu Tau Chapter, USA

Interruptions During Handoff: Implications for Patient Safety

Melissa Saftner, PhD, MSN, BSN 
Zeta Chapter, USA

Exploring Risk Behaviors in Ugandan Adolescents Living in Rural Fishing Communities

Lee Anne Siegmund, PhD, BSN
Delta Omega Chapter, USA
Feasibility of a Social Media Intervention on Exercise Motivation and Cardiac Rehabilitation Adherence

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

Erin Whitehouse, MPH, BSN
Nu Beta Chapter, USA
Cardiovascular Multi-Morbidity among South Africans with Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis and HIV

Chao Hsing Yeh, MPH, MSN, RN
Development of an Auricular Point Acupressure Smartphone Application to Self-Manage Chronic Low Back Pain


Champion Nyoni, M Soc Sc, BSc 
Tau Lambda-at-Large Chapter, Lesotho

Prevention of Curriculum Drift: A Framework to Support and Sustain a Curricula Innovation in a Midwifery Programme in Lesotho


Marilyn Macdonald, MSN, RN 
Kappa Zeta-at-Large Chapter, Canada

The Experiences and Perceptions of Unpaid Caregivers Providing Care for Community-dwelling Adults With a Dementia: A Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) Qualitative Systematic Review 


Daisy Garcia, PhD, MSN 
Beta Epsilon Chapter, USA

Examining Bolivian Nurses Readiness to Engage in Evidence-Based Practice


Ashley Weber, PhD, MSN
Epsilon Chapter, USA

Epidermal Stress Responses to Nursing Care and Skin-to-Skin Care in Premature Infants: A Pilot Study 


Kristiana Avery, MS, PMHNP-BC
Alpha Kappa-at-Large and Gamma Pi-at-Large Chapters, USA

CACNA1C Biomarkers in Mood Disorder Assessment 

Congratulations to these grant recipients.

Additional research grant opportunities with a deadline of 1 July 2017 are now open through the STTI Foundation for Nursing. For more information about these and other nursing research grants available throughout the year, please visit the STTI Foundation for Nursing grants page at

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