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New research, grants and awards for Duke University School of Nursing

Monday, November 4, 2013

Duke University School of Nursing Received More Than $2.7 Million in Awards for Research, Scholarships and Education in July, August and September 2013

Durham, NC…During the first three months of fiscal year 2014, Duke University School of Nursing received $2,706,029 in new awards for nurse research, education and scholarships. The projects range from new research in pediatric traumatic brain injury to developing a new HIV/AIDS specialty within the nurse practitioner program to supporting student scholarships.

“The grants are an illustration of the robust activity at Duke School of Nursing. Our research, scholarship and education are dedicated to improving the lives of patients, their families and communities. The variety of grants and awards show how the School’s researchers represent the many areas in which nurses can make a difference in health care,” said Executive Vice-Dean and Ann Henshaw Gardiner Professor of Nursing Elizabeth Merwin, PhD, RN, FAAN.

A complete list of new research projects are as follows:

  • Dr. Karin Reuter-Rice received a $348,631 three-year grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars program for her research proposal entitled “Relationship of Endothelin-1 and Cerebral Vasospasm in Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury.”   Her research focuses on vasospasms, conditions in which a blood vessel’s spasm or contraction leads to narrowing of blood vessels that can cause brain damage in the patient. A better understanding of cerebral vasospasm and its relationship to biologic markers and genetic variations will provide the basis for future interventional trials that could fundamentally change the care and outcomes of children with traumatic brain injury.
  • ·Dr. Les Harmon received an $829,797 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration for his “National AIDS Education and Training Center” proposal. This grant will support the creation of a new HIV/AIDS specialty concentration within the nurse practitioner program.
  • Dr. Brigit Carter received a Health Resources and Services Administration "Nursing Workforce Diversity" grant for three years to support the Health Equity Academy. The grant funds $212,464 during the first year of the grant. The Health Equity Academy at Duke School of Nursing cultivates the next generation of minority nurses leaders and promotes inclusivity within the School’s ABSN curriculum.
  • Dr. Cristina Hendrix received a three-year award from the Health Resources and Services Administration for her “Advanced Nursing Education Grants” proposal to support advanced nursing education specialty programs. This project was awarded at $334,592 for the first year of the three-year project period.
  • PhD student Mariam Kayle received a $10,260 two-year grant from the American Nurses Foundation for the research project “Adaptive Challenges for Adolescents with Sickle Cell Disease and their Parents.”  The aims of this study are to describe and explore the adaptive challenges and solutions of adolescents with sickle cell disease and their parents in self-managing their disease.
  • Dr. Michael Relf received an $110,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing scholarship program to support The Duke LEADS (Leadership, Excellence, Access and Diversity) Scholarship Program in Nursing.  The scholarship supports students enrolled in the ABSN program.
  • Dr. Sharon Hawks received $25,583 from Health Resources and Services Administration for her “Nurse Anesthetist Traineeship” proposal to support financial aid to nurse anesthesia students enrolled in the School’s Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesia program.
  • Dr. Terry Valiga received a one-year $9,200 grant from the National League for Nursing for her research project entitled “Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Significant Nursing Education Issues: Student Evaluations of Courses, Instructor.”
  • Dr. Beth Merwin,Executive Vice-Dean of the School of Nursing, received a one-year $485,915 Nurse Faculty Loan Program grant from Health Resources and Services Administration.
  • Dr. Ruth Anderson and Dr. Michael Cary were awarded a two-year $180,225 grant from the National Institutes of Health for their R01 Administrative Supplement proposal entitled “Supplement to Outcomes of Nursing Management Practice in Nursing Homes.”
  • PhD student Courtney Caiola, whose faculty sponsor is Dr. Julie Barroso, was awarded a two-year $74,562 grant for her National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award F31 proposal entitled “Social Determinants of Health for African American HIV-infected Mothers.” This research study examines the lives of African-American HIV-infected mothers and their unique social location and the intersection of the social determinants of health. This work is an essential step in understanding and addressing the disparity in this population’s health outcomes.
  • Dr. Valerie Sabol received a one-year $4,800 grant from Sigma Theta Tau International for the project “Measuring Entry-Level Nurses' Self Efficacy, Attitudes and Knowledge Related to the Care of Bariatric Patients.”
  • Dr. Lisa Day received a $150,432 two-year grant from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation for her proposal entitled "Attending to Professional Formation and Affective Domain Learning: Developing a Discovery Model Learning Course."    
  • The American Cancer Society awarded four scholarships, each worth $20,000, to Duke University School of Nursing students, including:
    • MSN student Yeshu Conn
    • MSN student Stacey Holman
    • MSN student Jennifer Mewshaw
    • DNP student Alison Bell

About Duke University School of Nursing

A diverse community of scholars and clinicians, Duke University School of Nursing is educating the next generation of transformational leaders in nursing. We advance nursing science in issues of global importance and foster the scholarly practice of nursing. In 2011, U.S. News and World Report ranked Duke among the top seven graduate schools of nursing in the nation. The School offers masters, PhD, and doctor of nursing practice degrees, as well as an accelerated bachelor of science in nursing degree to students who have previously graduated from college.