Nursing Research News: January 2024

Photo of the Health Education Campus atrium at CWRU.

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

Happy New Year! 

We have exciting news to kick off 2024: The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing has climbed to 12th place in NIH rankings among schools of nursing in the nation! This achievement is a testament to the unwavering dedication and talent of our faculty, predoctoral and postdoctoral scholars, and staff. 

Our ascent in NIH ranking is the result of the School receiving 17 NIH awards totaling $6.6 million in federal fiscal year 2023. To put our improved NIH ranking into perspective, it’s a substantial improvement from being ranked 16th last year, and 39th in 2021.

We’re moving closer to achieving one of our School's priority research goals: to be consistently ranked among the nation’s top 10 schools of nursing in NIH funding. To achieve this goal, we will continue our efforts to recruit and retain the best and brightest research faculty, strongly support our dedicated community of scholars and research staff, and continue to enhance our administrative operations.

In the year ahead, let’s continue to elevate our School of Nursing’s research profile and its impact. Here’s to a transformative and productive year!

Ronald Hickman, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FNAP, FAAN

Research Grant Awards and Academic Honors

AACN Grant for Music Therapy Study

Grant A. Pignatiello, PhD, RN, assistant professor, was awarded an Impact Research Grant from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) for his study, “Using Music Therapy to Support Family Members with Complex Decisions in the Intensive Care Unit.”

Distinguished Nurse Scientist Award

Valerie Toly, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC, FAAN, the Carl W. and Margaret Davis Walter Professorship in Pediatric Nursing, was honored by the Family Health Research Interest and Implementation Group of the Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) with the 2024 Distinguished Nurse Scientist Award. Kudos to Valerie!

New Investigator Award

Christine Horvat Davey, PhD, RN, assistant professor, was given the 2024 New Investigator Award by the Symptom Science Research Interest and Implementation Group of the MNRS. Excellent, Christine!

MNRS Research Award

Siobhan Aaron, PhD, MBA, RN, FNP-BC, assistant professor, was recognized with a 2024 Research Award by the Palliative and End of Life Care Research Interest and Implementation Group of the MNRS.

Early Stage Research Award and More

Megan L. Wenzell, PhD, RN, assistant professor, received double recognition from the MNRS: a 2024 Early Stage Research Award from the MNRS Pediatric Research Interest and Implementation Group, and she was also elected to the MNRS Nominating Committee.

Research and Scholarly News

Library & Lunch Information Presentations

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 upcoming lunchtime talks by Kelvin Smith Library librarians Daniela Solomon and Karen Caputo at the Health Education Campus on Feb. 28 and March 20. Bring your lunch and learn about how and where you can submit your manuscripts to nursing and healthcare journals, and about copyright and fair use in academic writing. CE credit is available.

These informative presentations are free, but we ask that you email Matt McManus at by Feb. 5 to let us get an idea of how many people will attend before we reserve the room.

  • Feb 28: Library & Lunch Information Session #1 (Noon to 1 p.m. in HEC) featuring Daniela Solomon, Research Services Librarian, Kelvin Smith Library, and Karen Caputo, Scholarly Communication & Copyright Librarian, Kelvin Smith Library, will co-present a 1-hour lunchtime talk on how and where faculty can submit their manuscripts to nursing/healthcare publications.
  • March 20: Library & Lunch Information Session #2 (Noon to 1 p.m. in HEC) featuring Karen Caputo, Scholarly Communication & Copyright Librarian, Kelvin Smith Library, will present a 1-hour lunchtime talk on copyright and fair use in academic writing.

Library Resources

Research Librarians for Faculty & Staff

CWRU Research & Engagement Librarians (RELs) are here to help you. They are assigned to specific academic departments, including the Case School of Engineering, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Weatherhead School of Management, and support is also available for our University’s research centers and other campus offices. The librarians bring specialized knowledge to the departments they serve. These RELs have three primary functions: providing the best resources, assisting in research, and teaching people to use the resources.

Spanish Translation Services

The Community and Collaboration Component of the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) offers a Spanish translation service. This service is available to researchers needing Spanish translations/adaptations and English back translations of various items, including questionnaires, study instruments, fliers, and consent forms. All translations are handled individually and tailored to meet your specific needs. For more information, please contact Laura Fernandez at

Prohibition of TikTok (ByteDance Applications) in Research

The growing concern with data security on social media applications such as TikTok has resulted in federal regulation to address these risks. The recent Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 (Public Law No. 117-328), also known as the “No TikTok on Government Devices Act,” requires federal agencies to implement a prohibition on TikTok or any other ByteDance Limited or subsidiary-owned applications on executive agency information technology within 60 days of the Consolidated Appropriations Act’s enactment.

Research @ CWRU (Feb. 23, March 22)

These online Zoom sessions are intended to provide a broad overview of Research Administration functions at CWRU, including finding funding, proposal preparation, compliance functions, grant submissions, post-award accounting, and closeouts. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet with leaders of the Research Administration units.

NIH News and Updates

Ring in 2024 with NIH Grants Policy Updates on Jan. 31

Here’s an opportunity to hear what’s new and in development within NIH programs and policies. Join NIH policy experts on Jan. 31 from 1-2:30 p.m. for the latest policy updates.

Commons ID Required for Senior/Key Person Profile Form, Jan. 2024

In April 2021, NIH announced that all personnel listed on the R&R Senior/Key Person Profile (Expanded) Form must have an eRA Commons ID. Those who did not comply were given a warning. Having given ample notice to the applicant and recipient community and seeing a high level of compliance, NIH will now update the warning to an error for noncompliance with this requirement in mid-January 2024. Applicants will receive an error if the “Credential, e.g., agency field” is blank or does not contain a valid eRA Commons ID for all personnel on the form. That includes Senior/Key Personnel and Other Significant Contributors.

Recent School of Nursing Publications

Copley, D., Burchill, C., Lindell, D., Dolansky, M. (2023) Second victim phenomenon educational program evaluation. Journal for Nurses in Professional Development, 40(1), 10-15. Advance online publication.

Cuca, Y. P., Horvat Davey, C., Corless, I. B., Phillips, J. C., Sierra-Perez, Á. J., Solís Báez, S., Iwu, E., Sabone, M., Mulaudzi, M. T., Murphey, C., Shaibu, S., Chen, W. T., Santa Maria, D., Schnall, R., Palmieri, P., Apiruknapanond, P., Wang, T., de Jesús, T., Huang, E., Broussard, J., … Dawson-Rose, C. (2024). The social, mental, and physical health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with HIV: Protocol of an observational international multisite study. The Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care: JANAC, 35(1), 60-74.

Jackson, M. J. (2023). Competency-education and the revised AACN essentials: Engaging practice leaders. Nurse Leader. Advance online publication.

Knighton, S. C., Engle, J., Berkson, J., & Bartles, R. (2024). A narrative review of how infection preventionist (IP) staffing and outcome metrics are assessed by health care organizations and factors to consider. American journal of infection control, 52(1), 91-106.

Kraus, N. T., Connor, S., Shoda, K., Moore, S. E., & Irani, E. (2023). Historic redlining and health outcomes: A systematic review. Public Health Nursing. Advance online publication. 

Oliveira, V. H., Willig, A. L., Davey, C. H., Buford, T. W., Menezes, P., Cachay, E., Crane, H. M., Burkholder, G. A., Gripshover, B. M., Fleming, J. G., Cleveland, J. D., & Webel, A. R. (2023). Relationship between adiposity and biomarkers of aging and frailty among adults aging with HIV. Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes. Advance online publication.

Shestiperov, A., Grinstein-Cohen, O., Lindell, D., Irani, E., & Kagan, I. (2024) Lived experiences: Growing up with a seriously mentally ill parent. Journal of Nursing Scholarship. Advance online publication.