AACN News: First IRG Grant Awarded

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American Association of Critical-Care Nurses awards first $50,000 Impact Research Grant

Ruth Kleinpell, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, receives AACN grant to conduct benchmark research about the impact of telemedicine on ICU nursing care

AACN Impact Research Grants fund projects that address gaps in clinical bedside research to support clinical inquiry and drive change in high acuity and critical care nursing practice

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — Feb. 11, 2011 — The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses(AACN) recently awarded its first $50,000 AACN Impact Research Grant to Ruth Kleinpell, PhD, RN-CS, FAAN, director, Center for Clinical Research, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, and professor, Rush University College of Nursing.

Kleinpell will explore the impact of telemedicine on ICU nursing care with coinvestigators from Sutter Health, Sacramento-Sierra region, Calif.; Baptist Health South Florida, Miami; Resurrection Health Care, Chicago; UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester; and Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor.

They will conduct a two-phase study that includes national benchmarking of a random sample of 350 nurses who work in tele-ICUs to identify the impact of telemedicine on nursing care, including barriers and benefits.

Kleinpell received AACN’s 2010 Flame of Excellence Award for sustained regional and national contributions to acute and critical care nursing. A fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, Washington, D.C.; American College of Critical Care Medicine, Mount Prospect, Ill.; and Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Austin, Texas, she edited “Outcome Assessment in Advanced Practice Nursing,” 2nd edition, which earned a 2009 Advanced Practice Nursing Book of the Year award from the American Journal of Nursing.

AACN Impact Research Grants support clinical inquiry that drives change in high acuity and critical care nursing practice. Priority projects address gaps in clinical research at the organization or system level and translation of these findings to bedside clinicians.

Projects include use of technology to assess patients and manage outcomes; ways to create a healing and humane environment; and processes and systems to optimize high acuity and critical care nursing. In 2012, AACN will award two Impact Research Grants, which will increase to three in 2013.

The grants are available to established researchers and beginning researchers with mentors, and applicants may request up to $50,000 in total costs for a maximum of three years.

AACN developed the Impact Research Grants in its ongoing effort to support clinical research for high acuity and critical care nursing.

The association also continues to award the following grants annually: the AACN-Sigma Theta Tau Critical Care Grant for up to $10,000; as many as three AACN-Philips Medical Systems Outcomes Grants, up to $10,000 each; up to two AACN-Edwards Lifesciences Nurse-driven Clinical Practice Outcomes Grants, up to $5,000 each; and the AACN Physio-Control Clinical Practice Grant for up to $1,500.

Principal investigators must be current AACN members. All AACN research grant applications must be submitted online by Nov. 1, 2012. For more information, including award criteria and supporting documents, visit www.aacn.org/grants.


About the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses: Founded in 1969 and based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world. AACN joins together the interests of more than 500,000 acute and critical care nurses and claims more than 240 chapters worldwide. The organization’s vision is to create a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and their families in which acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution.

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, 101 Columbia, Aliso Viejo, Calif. 92656-4109;
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