Patricia E. Thompson Giving Circle

In Support of the Global Nursing Research Fund

What is the Patricia E. Thompson Giving Circle?

The Patricia E. Thompson Giving Circle is comprised of a group of donors who collectively support the Global Nursing Research Grant. This grant was established by the Sigma Foundation for Nursing to honor Sigma  CEO Pat Thompson’s commitment to nursing knowledge and the global advancement Sigma has undertaken during her decade as CEO.

How will my donation be used ?

Your donation will fund a US $10,000 grant that is awarded annually to early career or experienced nurse researchers. The research project must meet the following criteria:

  • Address global health disparities
  • Implement nurse-led interprofessional research teams
  • Serve thousands of individuals
  • Leverage additional research funds
  • Disseminate outcomes through poster or podium presentations, publications, and the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository
  • Sustain the future of global nursing research

How do I join?

Make a minimum annual donation of US $220* to the Patricia E. Thompson Global Nursing Research Fund, and you will:

  • Collaborate with the Foundation and Sigma to promote the availability of the global nursing research grant.
  • Collaborate with the Foundation and Sigma to designate appropriate peer-reviewers for the grant requests received.
  • Receive updates on the grant recipient(s).
  • Be recognized as a giving circle donor on Foundation donor lists.

*Donations of less than US $220 may be made in Pat’s honor but donors will not participate or receive recognition in the giving circle.

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Global Nursing Research Grant Recipients

2018 Global Nursing Recipient

Congratulations to Dr. Susan D. Newman for receiving the 2018 Global Nursing Research Grant

Project title:
A Qualitative Exploration of Peer Mentoring after Spinal Cord Injury in Delhi, India

The purpose of the study is to investigate the experience of peer-mentoring to support health and community participation after spinal cord injury (SCI) in India.

Grant Impact:
Findings of this study can inform innovative approaches to community-based SCI rehabilitation, especially in the context of low to middle income countries, according to the abstract.

Past Global Nursing Research Grant Recipients

2017 Grant Recipient

Hong, Hyejeong

Hyejeong Hong was the 2017 recipient for her 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. This study will be the first to develop a prediction model to determine the risk of AG-induced hearing loss at MDR-TB treatment initiation. It has the potential to be very high-impact (informing treatment guidelines) and, moreover, is readily feasible, as it uses existing, quality-assured data.


2016 Grant Recipient


Linda Aiken was the 2016 recipient for her project Healthcare Workforce and Quality Outcomes in Chile.

2015 Grant Recipient

Susan Caplan and Patricia E. Thompson

Susan Caplan was the 2015 recipient for her project CBT - Interactive Voice Response to Improve Depression Treatment Outcomes among Dominican Primary Care Patients.

2014 Grant Recipient

Emilia Iwu

The 2014 recipient was Emilia N. Iwu for her project  Shifting HIV Management Tasks from Physicians to Nurses in Africa: A Correlational Study examining Relationships among Task Shifting Training, Mentoring and Demographic Factors on Nurses’ Self Efficacy and Job Satisfaction.

2013 Grant Recipient


The first grant was awarded in 2013 to Ana M. Kelly (USA) for her study focused on tuberculosis treatment. Patricia E. Thompson is photographed below presenting Ana with this award.