Shanina C. Knighton, PhD, RN, CIC

Instructor, KL2 Scholar
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

Teaching Information

Teaching Interests

  • Interprofessional Education
  • Quality and Safety
  • Entrepreneurship in Healthcare
  • BioDesign Innovation

Research Information

Research Interests

  • Infection prevention
  • Technology-based self-management interventions
  • Medical-device innovation for clinical settings
  • Gerontology
  • Quality improvement and patient safety
  • Implementation science

Research Projects

UL1 TR002548 - Pilot Award
Role: Principal Investigator
05/2020 – 04/2021*
(NCATS)/ NIH/NCATS Clinical Translational Science Collaborative of Cleveland, Funded by National Institutes of Health, from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. The purpose of this grant is to explore the use of technology to enhance hand hygiene self-management of older adults.

KL2TR000440 (PI, Raed Dweik)
Role: Scholar
07/2019 – 04/2023*
(NCATS)/ NIH/NCATS Clinical Translational Science Collaborative of Cleveland, Funded by National Institutes of Health, from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. The purpose of this grant is to designed to address the need to enhance the training of individuals interested in multidisciplinary clinical research and training them to lead and conduct multidisciplinary team-based patient-oriented research effectively.

CTSC Pilot Award (PI, Colin Drummond)
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
09/2019-04/2020
Virtual Assistant System to Enhance Patient Self Medication Outcomes. Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative. The purpose of this study to develop a new interactive virtual assistant to improve medication adherence, patient quality of life and outcomes. My role on the team is to help develop patient and nurse clinical needs for voice algorithms to detect medication use and potential adverse medication interactions Co-collaborators: C. Alfes, E. Zimmermann, S. Frank, M. Pekarek.

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T32NR015433-04 (PI, Shirley Moore)
Role: T32 Postdoctoral Fellow
07/2018-06/2019
Project: Multiple Chronic Conditions Interdisciplinary Nurse Scientist Training, Funded by NIH National Institute for Nursing Research. The goal of this fellowship was to receive additional training in self-management science, team science and to understand self-management strategies among older adults in relation to variables associated with managing multiple chronic conditions. My research training during my fellowship was done primarily at the Cleveland VA Medical Center and at MetroHealth System.

ISAACS Internet of Things Grant (PI, Kiju Li)
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
02/2018-01/2019
Institute for Smart Secure and Connected Systems (ISSACS) Living Lab, funded by the Internet of Things Case School of Engineering and the Office of Research and Technology Management. The purpose this grant was to establish an infrastructure for which we could engage with older adults as partners to determine what there unmet needs are regarding things that can simplify their care. Co-collaborators: C. Drummond, M. Dolansky, G. Gilmore, M. Huang, M.C., J. Pae, M. Plow.

FPB Alumni Research Award
Role: Principal Investigator
04/2016-02/2017
“Use of a verbal electronic audio reminder with a patient hand hygiene bundle to increase independent patient hand hygiene practices of older adults in an acute care setting.” Dissertation Research, Patricia Higgins, PhD Chair. Funded by FPB Alumni Association. CWRU. Sigma Theta Tau International Role: Principal Investigator 03/2016-02/2017 Research Grant “Use of a verbal electronic audio reminder with a patient hand hygiene bundle to increase independent patient hand hygiene practices of older adults in an acute care setting.” Dissertation Research, Patricia Higgins, PhD Chair. Funded by Sigma Theta Tau International.

Awards and Honors

New Investigator Award, Promoting Health Across Lifespans
2020
Midwest Nursing Research Society
National Institutes of Health National Institute on Aging Loan Repayment Program
2019
40 under 40 Leader in Health Award
2019
National Minority Quality Forum
Innovation in Aging Research National Award
2018
Matherlife Ways
Dean's Legacy Award
2017
Frances Payne Bolton Case Western Reserve University
Madeline R. Zorworski Outstanding Leadership
2017
Case Western Reserve University
Matherstone Women of Achievement “Spotlight Award"
2015
Case Western Reserve University

Publications

Knighton SC, Richmond M, Zabarsky T, Dolansky M, Rai H, Donskey CJ. Patients' capability, opportunity, motivation, and perception of inpatient hand hygiene. Am J Infect Control. 2020 Feb;48(2):157-161. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2019.09.001. Epub 2019 Oct 29. PubMed PMID: 31672318; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6980874.

Knighton SC, Dolansky M, Donskey C, Warner C, Rai H, Higgins PA. Use of a verbal electronic audio reminder with a patient hand hygiene bundle to increase independent patient hand hygiene practices of older adults in an acute care setting. Am J Infect Control. 2018 Jun;46(6):610-616. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2018.01.005. Epub 2018 Mar 1. PubMed PMID: 29502883.

Knighton SC, McDowell C, Rai H, Higgins P, Burant C, Donskey CJ. Feasibility: An important but neglected issue in patient hand hygiene. Am J Infect Control. 2017 Jun 1;45(6):626-629. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2016.12.023. Epub 2017 Feb 9. PubMed PMID: 28189410.

Rai H, Knighton S, Zabarsky TF, Donskey CJ. A randomized trial to determine the impact of a 5 moments for patient hand hygiene educational intervention on patient hand hygiene. Am J Infect Control. 2017 May 1;45(5):551-553. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2016.12.022. Epub 2017 Feb 13. PubMed PMID: 28209452.

Sunkesula VC, Knighton S, Zabarsky TF, Kundrapu S, Higgins PA, Donskey CJ. Four Moments for Patient Hand Hygiene: A Patient-Centered, Provider-Facilitated Model to Improve Patient Hand Hygiene. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2015 Aug;36(8):986-9. doi: 10.1017/ice.2015.78. Epub 2015 Apr 10. PubMed PMID: 25857700

Education

Doctor of Philosophy
Nursing
Case Western Reserve University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Ohio University
Diploma, Nursing
Cleveland Clinic-Huron Road School of Nursing
Bachelor of Arts
Sports Medicine
Baldwin-Wallace University

Additional Information

  • Google Scholar https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=NjnZ2kcAAAAJ&hl=en
  • National Minority Quality Forum https://www.nmqf.org/40-under-40-awardees/2019/knighton
  • Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology https://apic.org/
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society https://mnrs.org/
  • Council on the Advancement for Nursing Science https://www.nursingscience.org