2013 Research Grant Recipients

AACN Impact Research Grant

Martha A. Q. Curley, RN, PhD, FAAN, Kapito Professor in Nursing Science, University of Pennsylvania

Predicting Immobility-related and Medical Device-related Pressure Ulcer Risk in Pediatric Patients

Curley and her research team with colleagues from five pediatric hospitals will further assess the predictive validity of the Braden Q Scale for the development of immobility-related pressure ulcers.

In addition, they will test a new element, referred to as the Braden Q+D, to describe pediatric patients’ risk for medical device-related pressure ulcers.

Margaret Campbell, RN, PhD, Associate Professor-Research, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

Two-group Trial of a Terminal Ventilator Withdrawal Algorithm: Pilot Testing

Campbell’s research team will investigate the process of ventilator withdrawal for patients at the end of life. Their study will look at standardizing a nurse-led approach to patient comfort during the ventilator withdrawal process, reducing patient suffering and family distress.

The researchers will compare outcomes for patients who receive the new standardized approach with patients who receive usual care; the data will guide a future randomized trial.

AACN-Sigma Theta Tau Critical Care Grant

James "Nick" Dionne-Odom, RN, MSN, Staff Nurse, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire

Generating a Theoretical Model of the Psychological Processes of Surrogate Decision Making at Adult End of Life in the ICU, Using Cognitive Task Analysis

Dionne-Odom’s long-term aim is to design and test novel, nursing-led decision support interventions for surrogate decision makers undergoing the often burdensome role of making choices for others who are dying in the ICU.

The study will address the creation of healing and humane environments and improve processes and systems that foster the optimal contribution of critical care nurses.

AACN-Philips Healthcare Clinical Outcomes Grant

Tina Mammone, RN, MSN, Director of Clinical Operations, Department of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, San Francisco, California

Effect of Nursing Interventions on Reducing Cardiac Monitor Alarm Burden in the Neurosurgical ICU

Mammone’s study is focused on assessing the effectiveness of nursing interventions to reduce alarm fatigue related to physiologic monitors in the neuroscience ICU.

She will examine sources of alarms and implement interventions to minimize the clinical risks associated with excessive alarms and alarm fatigue among clinicians.

Monica Rochman, RN, PhD, Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Relationship Between the Organization of Hospital Nursing and In-hospital Cardiac Arrest Outcomes 

Rochman and her team will examine the relationship between nursing delivery system strategies and in-hospital cardiac arrest patient outcomes; the study will merge two unique large national databases and provide significant insight into the connection between nursing care and resuscitation outcomes.

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