2016 OHSU School of Nursing Announces Innovations Grants Awards

12/10/15  Portland, Ore.

The Oregon Health & Science University's School of Nursing announces the 2016 award recipients of the Innovative Research, Education, and Practice Grants Program.

Two funding mechanisms support this year's awards:  The Dean's Intramural Grants Program and the Betty Gray Rural Health Development Program which funds projects that promote health in rural areas.

The School's Commitment to Faculty Innovation

Supporting faculty's innovative pilot studies that hold promise for advancing nursing science, education, and practice is a high priority of the School. Applications for funds are reviewed by peer faculty with matching expertise who set high standards for rigor and quality. Proposals are evaluated for significance, innovation, methodological approach, sustainability, and synergism with School and University priorities. The qualifications of faculty investigators and the feasibility of studies are considered carefully to maximize the probability of long-term success. Interprofessional collaboration is highly encouraged as it reflects both the University's and the nation's value of team science.

According to Dean Susan Bakewell-Sachs, "OHSU School of Nursing is well-known for innovation. Supporting pilot work across our missions of research, education and practice is essential to continuing this tradition. We are proud of our faculty and hopeful for their future successes and breakthroughs. This cycle of awards will facilitate development of innovative ideas and improvements for education and patient care."

According to the Senior Associate Dean for Research (interim), Virginia Tilden, "In this challenging climate for research funding, supporting faculty's innovative studies, both in clinical and educational research, is the right thing to do. Highly talented faculty of the School brim with innovative approaches for improving care to patients and education to students. This small grants program helps launch the creative work of junior faculty and complement the on-going work of senior faculty. I am thrilled at the array of studies and passion for innovation displayed by the 2016 awardees, who so deserve these awards."

2016 Awardees

Dean's Awards

Martha Driessnack, Ph.D., P.P.C.N.P. - Developing a fully functional, art-based, patient-centered app with (and for) children.

Cathy Emeis, Ph.D., C.N.M., Elise Erickson, M.S., C.N.M., and Laura Lallande, M.S., C.N.M., I.B.C.L.C. - Bio-behavioral Lactation Outcomes Following Oxytocin Administration During Parturition

Lissi Hansen, Ph.D., R.N., Nathan Dieckmann, Ph.D., and Patricia Taylor-Young, Ph.D., R.N., F.N.P.-B.C. - Hepatitis C Treatment: A Prospective Study of Individuals' Symptoms and Expectations.

Frances Lee-Lin, Ph.D., R.N. and Connie Nguyen-Truong, Ph.D., R.N. - Early Care for Health: Vietnamese Women's Breast Health Program.

Cynthia Perry, Ph.D., R.N., F.N.P.-B.C., F.A.H.A. and Kerri Winters, Ph.D., F.A.C.S.M. - Preliminary Work for Implementation of an Exercise Program for Breast Cancer Survivors.

Amy Ross, Ph.D., R.N., Christopher Lee, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.H.A., F.A.A.N., and Helmi Lutsep, M.D. - The Role of Immune Senescence in Stroke-induced Immunodeficiency.

Kerri Winters-Stone, Ph.D., F.A.C.S.M. and Christopher Lee, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.H.A., F.A.A.N. - Exercise and cardiovascular pathogenesis in women treated for cancer.

Betty Gray Rural Health Development Awards

Nancy Findholt, Ph.D., R.N. and Betty Izumi, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D. - Community-based strategies to increase access to healthy snacks and beverages in food stores near three rural Oregon schools.

Karen Lyons, Ph.D. and Brandon Hayes-Lattin, M.D. - Together: A pilot study of young and middle age couples with cancer in rural and urban areas.

Stephanie Sideras, Ph.D., R.N. and Paula Gubrud-Howe, Ed.D., R.N., F.A.A.N. - An examination of the inter-rater reliability of a performance appraisal instrument designed for use in undergraduate nursing simulation.

Patti Warkentin, M.Ed., B.S.N., R.N., Angie Docherty, Nurs.D., M.P.H., R.N., Nick Miehl, M.S.N., R.N., and Rana Najjar, Ph.D., R.N., C.P.N.P. - Legal Simulation.


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