Volume 26 Issue No.2
Scott Tilley, Chair
Southern Connections Subcommittee
Shireman, Student Representative
Batchelor Aselage, Student
Marshall, Interim Editor
Note - Denise Linton, DNS, FNP-BC
Denise Linton, DNS, FNP-BC
I spent my
summer working, vacationing, and reflecting on my contribution to
nursing in the area of research. At a recent national conference that
I attended, one of the speakers said "... if not you then who,
if not now then when..." I took this personally and I am truly
motivated to implement my program of research now.
I would like
to thank the contributors of this issue; they have provided you with
information regarding how you can contribute to nursing research.
It is my
hope that you will choose to do something now.
President's Pen -
Patricia B Crane, PhD, RN, FAHA
Patricia B Crane, PhD, RN, FAHA
It is hard
to believe that we are half way through the summer. The abstracts for
our annual conference are being reviewed and the program planning
committee is hard at work getting ready for our annual conference.
SNRS will be represented at two conferences: The XIII Pan American Research Colloquium
and the 2012 State of the Science Congress on Nursing
Research: Discovery through Innovation. Both these events
are highlighting the importance of nursing research.
As I watch
national news, I am amazed at the lack of representation of nursing
science in the discussion regarding our nation's health. Despite
major advances in our science that has directly impacted health we
still do not have nursing represented on national media venues. As an
organization, how can we more effectively communicate nursing science
to the public? Each of you has a voice that can communicate this
message at a grassroots level. Recently, I subscribed to a newsletter
called "Brain Pickings". The title
alone intrigued me! One message had great relevance to our
organization: "5 things Every Presenter Should Know About
communicate what nurse researchers have and are contributing to
healthcare, we should remember these tips:
learn best in 20-minute chunks: Have your message succinct and
be ready to explain nursing science at any moment.
sensory channels compete: Make sure your visual is not competing
with your auditory. This would include slides and appearance
(both visual venues).
you say is only one part of your presentation: Be aware of your
posture, gestures, tone, eye contact, and other silent messages
that you may be sending.
you want people to act, you have to call them to action: Be
extremely clear about what you want the person (audience) to do
imitate your emotions and feel your feelings: If you are
passionate about nursing research your audience will 'catch'
approach the end of the summer, be prepared to share nursing science
with your colleagues, friends, multidisciplinary partners, and
others. Let the secret out! Nursing research does make a difference!
Celebrate this by continuing to engage in SNRS. Early this fall
(deadline October 1st), we will be calling for nominations for awards. Consider
nominating one of your colleagues for these prestigious awards.
Feature Corner: A Senior Researcher, Mary Jo Grap PhD, RN, FAAN
Mary Jo Grap PhD, RN, FAAN
Dr. Mary Jo
Grap is a Nursing Alumni Endowed Professor in the Adult Health and
Nursing Systems department at Virginia Commonwealth University in
Richmond, Virginia. Her research is directed toward optimizing
pulmonary function in critically ill adults undergoing mechanical
ventilation, including studies on airway management, prevention of ventilator-associated
pneumonia (VAP), sedation evaluation during mechanical ventilation and
recently, effect of backrest elevation on skin integrity.
because inappropriate levels of sedation may increase duration of
mechanical ventilation, the team has evaluated sedation effects in
mechanically ventilated patients. In concert with this work, Dr. Grap
participated in developing and testing the Richmond Agitation Sedation
Scale (RASS) which has been widely used and is considered to be the first
of an improved "second generation" sedation scale.
team is presently investigating the effect of backrest elevation, used
to reduce VAP, on skin integrity (R01 NR010381, Grap PI) in
mechanically ventilated, critically ill adults. She also serves as the
Director of the VCU School of Nursing's Center for Biobehavioral
Research Center of Excellence (P30 NR011403, Grap, PI) and as the
Interim Associate Dean for Research. Dr. Grap serves as a research
consultant and mentor for staff nurses, graduate students, and faculty
in a variety of intensive care settings to improve critical care
nursing practice. Her interdisciplinary research team includes
respiratory therapists, physicians, biomedical engineers, basic
scientists, physical therapists, and developers of critical care
equipment; the team has advanced the visibility and impact of critical
care nursing research to a wide audience.
what advice she would give to junior researchers Dr. Grap responded:
I have 3
pieces of advice for junior researchers: (1) Find and develop a great
team, and specifically a "research partner" who will
push you and you can push to keep the work moving. Developing a
research career in an isolated fashion is just not that much fun,
working with great people, can be exhilarating and so productive! (2)
Always stay close to the clinical setting and clinical problems; I
believe these are the most important problems and the ones that have
been so rewarding for me. Keep your clinical colleagues by your side.
(3) Develop what we call at VCU an "integrated life"... in
any way you can, integrate your research, with your teaching and your
Her funded work has consistently investigated clinical
issues that directly affect the nursing care of patients on mechanical
ventilation. Her team has focused on reducing VAP through oral care
interventions and described backrest elevation and oral care practices
in intensive care settings. Dr. Grap's team recently found that a
single, early oral care intervention of chlorhexidine in trauma victims
reduced the incidence of VAP (DoD, TSNRP, MDA-905-03-1-TS02, Grap PI).
Research Interest Group
Corner: Research in Clinical Settings Research Interest Group
Chair, Heather Carter-Templeton, PhD, RN-BC
What is the Research in Clinical Settings Research
The purpose of
the Research in
the Clinical Setting Research Interest Group (RIG) is to
promote excellence in research in the diverse clinical settings of our
members. We are creating a group of researchers who share best
practices, challenges, and celebrations in the conduct of research
within the clinical setting.
Over the past
several years we have met as a group at the annual SNRS conference in
order to revitalize our RIG and to discuss challenges in conducting
research in the clinical setting. We welcome all SNRS members,
researchers, clinicians, academicians, and students, who are interested
in our area of work to join and participate in our RIG. Our hope is
that we can learn from each other as we navigate and learn more about
conducting research in this unique setting.
Chair-elect, Jennifer I.
Rheingans, PhD, RN
As you may
know, SNRS is working to improve communication and engagement of its
members throughout the year. Current members of the Research in
Clinical Settings RIG will be receiving a brief online survey via
email. The purpose of this survey is to help us guide the future of our
RIG. Your responses can help us work to support your needs as a
researcher and facilitate communication within the RIG. We encourage
you to join, participate, and learn more about the Research in the Clinical
Membership Committee Report:
Chair, Deborah J. Jones, PhD, MS, RN
Deborah J. Jones, PhD, RN
Committee is preparing to distribute a membership survey this Fall
2012. The last membership survey was completed in 2009 and information
from that survey was used to make improvements that will continue to
foster nursing research. The survey will provide the membership with an
opportunity to provide feedback regarding the organization, strategic initiatives,
and membership services. The recent increase in the amount of funding
to support SNRS grants and the strengthening of the RIG's was impelled
by information obtained from the membership survey. This is an example
of how your feedback counts!
is also focusing efforts on increasing visibility of the organization
in the community and meeting the needs of the membership. Do not
hesitate to contact your State Liaison for any member concerns,
questions, or if you are interested in volunteering to serve on a
Stay tuned and
look out for the survey this fall, your input is invaluable!
Dr. Deborah J. Jones is Assistant Professor and
Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Programs at the University of Texas
Health Science Center Houston. Dr. Jones has been a member of SNRS
since 2004 as a doctoral student and she is serving the last year of
her 2nd term as Membership Chair of SNRS. Her research focus is on
improving outcomes in mechanically ventilated adults through best
practices. She recently received intramural funding to examine the
effects of oral care on oral and systemic inflammation in mechanically
Doctoral Student Corner:
Partners Investing in Nursing's Future Project and
Opportunities as a Breast
Partners Investing in Nursing's Future
Carol Compas, PhD(c), BSN, RN, CPHQ
Carol Compas, PhD(c), BSN, RN,
experts are noticing the severity of the nursing shortage and its
impact on the healthcare system. Every community across the nation is
facing some threat to patient safety, health care costs, and patient
outcomes directly linked to the nursing shortage. A landmark event
occurred in 2008 when "the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
and Institute on Medicine launched a two-year initiative to respond to
the need to assess and transform the nursing profession". The Institute of
Medicine (IOM) released The Future of Nursing: Leading Change,
Advancing Health consensus report as a result of the two-year
initiative in October 2010. The report developed eight recommendations
for an action-oriented blueprint for nursing's future. Four critical
messages were developed and can be viewed in their entirety on the IOM:
The Future of Nursing report's homepage.
teamed up with the Northwest Health Foundation to create Partners
Investing in Nursing's Future (PIN) to encourage local foundations to
act as catalysts in their communities to develop state-specific
strategies to create and sustain stable nursing workforces related to
the IOM recommendations. The national PIN project, through state
foundations, works in collaboration with partners such as state
workforce investment boards, hospitals, educational institutions, trade
associations, and others, to explore an array of initiatives that meet
their community's specific needs.
Community Foundation (ARCF) is the foundation that supports funding for
the Arkansas PIN project. Our state PIN project, "Implementation
of the Arkansas Nursing Educational Pipeline" addresses one of the
action-imperatives articulated by the RWJF and IOM report that nurses
should achieve higher levels of education and training through an
improved education system that promotes seamless academic progression.
The goal of our project is to encourage nurses to achieve higher levels
of education by implementing "pipeline" recruitment and
support programs for LPNs, AD, and Diploma-prepared RNs from Long-Term
Care (LTC) settings into baccalaureate and higher degree nursing
programs throughout the state of Arkansas.
PIN project targets nursing workforce needs specific to nursing homes,
assisted livings, home health agencies, and hospice organizations under
the LTC umbrella. In collaboration with ARCF as the lead for PIN,
partners are working together to assess our state's geriatric care
needs related to the actual LTC nursing shortage and level of academic
preparation for nurses currently working in LTC. We are compiling
resources to ensure the success of potential nursing students enrolled
in the educational pipeline.
To learn more
about the national PIN project and its relationship to your state,
please visit Partners In Nursing.
Additional information about the Arkansas PIN Project can be obtained
by contacting Project Director Carol Compas, PhD(c), BSN, RN,
Opportunities as a Breast Health Specialist
Sondra Bedwell, NP, PhD (c)
Sondra Bedwell, NP, PhD (c)
In Southwest Arkansas, our Komen affiliation provides
grant opportunities for the advancement of early diagnosis of
breast cancer. They also support education services for women in the
community. Our AHEC has applied for and received grant monies to offer
breast examinations, education, and mammograms free of cost to women
who are underserved.
qualify for the grant examination, education, and mammogram may choose
to return to the clinic for their other health care needs. Building
rapport with patients by focusing on preventative health care sets the
stage for open communication and encourages patient involvement.
practitioners who are interested in this aspect of women's health may
pursue individual excellence in this field through certification. The
National Consortium of Breast Centers is one of the entities that
provide this certification. This group meets annually to test and
certify qualified health care providers, such as nurse practitioners,
as well as to offer state of the art information at their national
conference. Being certified as a breast health examiner offers a unique
niche for the nurse practitioner who is attempting to build her
health arena may also lead to opportunities for research. Some of the
possible focus areas could include understanding and evaluating the
best practices for education, evaluation, diagnosis, and follow-up for
application in the clinic environment.
is a major health concern for women. One out of seven women in the
United States will be affected by breast cancer in their lifetime. As a
nurse practitioner and a doctoral student, this health topic can be an
opportunity for clinic growth, research, and grant application.