Nursing Research News: February 2024

Students working in the Clinical Teaching Bed Lab at the Health Education Campus at Case Western Reserve University.

Each month, the Center for Research and Scholarship at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing sends an internal research newsletter to faculty, staff, students and researchers. A recap is posted here.

Message from the Associate Dean for Research

Dear FPB Faculty, Staff, and Students: 

Black History Month, celebrated every February since 1976, is a time to recognize and appreciate the often-overlooked contributions of Black trailblazers in science and society. If we can acknowledge these historical oversights, it can inform and inspire us to build a future where recognizing diverse perspectives is not only essential for scientific innovation, but also critical for societal progress.

At the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, we value diversity, inclusion, and belongingness. However, we recognize that there is still a lot of work to be done in enhancing the representation of Black Americans and all individuals from diverse backgrounds in our workforce and research. 

Our school is a leader in promoting diversity in the nurse scientist workforce and developing effective solutions to engage Black Americans and other individuals from diverse and marginalized backgrounds in research and scholarship. We are committed to promoting health equity through initiatives such as the Provost Scholars Program, the NIH-sponsored Intensive Summer Education Program in Translation Research for Underrepresented Students (INSPIRE-US) program, and the newly launched Center for the Advancement of Community-Engaged Innovation in Health Equity (CACHE). 

Our collective efforts are making a difference in promoting representation of people from diverse backgrounds as producers, supporters, and beneficiaries of our nursing and healthcare research.

-Ronald Hickman, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FNAP, FAAN, associate dean for research

Research Grant Awards

AASM Travel and Registration Grant

Quiana Howard, MSN, RN-BC, PhD student, was awarded a DEI Travel and Registration Grant from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

Oncology Nursing Foundation Grant

Sumin Park, PhD, RN, adjunct research associate, was awarded a research grant from the Oncology Nursing Foundation for her study, “The impact of multi-level social determinants on health outcomes for lung cancer patients and their family caregivers during the transition from cancer treatment.”

Academic Honors

STTI Hall of Fame Inductee

Ronald L. Hickman, Jr., PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FAAN, associate dean for research and the Ruth M. Anderson Professor, was recently selected for induction into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame by the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Excellence in Scholarly Writing Award

Valerie Toly, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC, FAAN, the Carl W. and Margaret Davis Walter Professorship in Pediatric Nursing, along with co-authors Sally Cohen, PhD, Stacee M. Lerret, PhD, and Kathleen J. Sawin, PhD, were honored by the Journal of Pediatric Health Care with the 2024 Ellen Rudy Clore Excellence in Scholarly Writing Award for their publication, “The Impact of COVID-19 on Systems of Care for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs.”

MNRS Distinguished Abstract

Kyungmi Lee, PhD, RN, postdoctoral fellow, was recognized by the Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) with the 2024 Distinguished Abstract award for “Health Behaviors and Disability in Older Adults With Multiple Sclerosis: A Mediation Analysis.”

Other Research and Scholarly News

Lunch and Learn Talk on Academic Writing in March

Celeste Alfes, associate dean for academic affairs, Ron Hickman, associate dean for research, and the Center for Research and Scholarship invite all FPB faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and students to the second of our lunchtime talks with Kelvin Smith Library's Karen Caputo at the Health Education Campus on March 20 in room HEC 103B at noon. Bring your lunch and learn about copyright and fair use in academic writing. CE credit is available. This informative presentation is free, but if you've not already registered we ask that you email Matt McManus at

NIH News and Updates

Salary Cap Guidance

The Office of Personnel Management recently released new salary levels for the Executive Pay Scale. Effective January 1, 2024, the salary limitation for Executive Level II is $221,900.

The Look of eRA Commons

A new enhanced look for eRA Commons is coming soon. Several Commons modules and screens will be moving to an improved visual appearance being adopted by all eRA modules. New screens will be rolled out during the next few months into spring, including the Status screen for principal investigators, Personal Profile, and more.

NIH Webinars, Videos, and Other Resources

A blog post from Martina Schmidt, Ph.D. director, Division of Extramural Activities at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, provides links to resources available on how to apply for National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants and about the policies and processes that govern how NIH funds grants.

2023: A Year in Review

What a year! The NIH started it off by implementing the NIH Data Management and Sharing policy, a policy that reflected many thoughtful discussions with researchers, professional societies, and NIH staff over the past several years. The year was capped off with Monica Bertagnolli beginning her tenure as the new NIH director. We look forward to supporting her vision for NIH.

Recent School of Nursing Publications

Kaniecki, D. M., Grabowski, R. L., Holloway, D., Brown, A., & Lorenz, L. A. (2024). Nurse Practitioners in Critical Care Transport. Air Medical Journal. Advance online publication.

Raparla, A., Thorngthip, S., Pino, L., Hughes, R., Pohnert, A. M., & Dolansky, M. A. (2023). Age-Friendly Health Systems: Delivering evidence-based care to older adults. Nursing, 53(12), 40–43.