Nursing Research News: May 2024

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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

Last summer, Celeste Alfes, assistant dean for academic affairs, and I sponsored a 2-day workshop/retreat for FPB faculty and postdoctoral researchers to enable the participants to focus on research and academic manuscripts they had begun or had been meaning to write, but had not found the time to start or complete during previous semesters.  

A number of faculty, including postdocs and a VA Quality Scholar, participated and found the event last July to be helpful, informative, and productive.

Publication is key to advancing your career to a tenure-track position. We understand that it can be challenging to find the time and a quiet place to focus on transferring your knowledge and experience to the written word for publication.

This summer, we’ve split our workshop/retreat in two single-day events to choose from, though you are certainly welcome to attend both. We’ll provide you with a large, comfortable conference room in the Samson Pavilion at the Health Education Campus on Friday, June 28, and Friday, July 19, to join with your colleagues to conquer “writer’s block” and procrastination on that unfinished/unwritten manuscript you’ve wanted to get ready for submission to a journal.

  • On June 28, Celeste Alfes, who has published a number of journal articles and co-authored a book, will lead a discussion on two topics: “Publishing Your DNP Project,” and “Tackling Peer Reviewers’ Comments.” 
  • On July 19, Daniela Solomon, research librarian at the Kelvin Smith Library, and also a published book author, will return to the HEC to address (1) Publishing in interdisciplinary journals: weighing impact factor and visibility in the journal selection process; and (2) Finding journals that report on American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) essentials and competency-based education with simulation in nursing.

Daniela’s presentation will be followed by a special screening of a previously recorded talk, “How to Get Your Book Published: Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices in Publishing,” presented by Justin Race, director of acquisitions, and Tara Saunders, production editor, at Purdue University Press.

For the remainder of these 2 separate days in June and July, participants will be free to stay in the workshop conference room to write, or come and go as they please, but the room will be available to all of them from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. on both days. Matt McManus will be on hand to facilitate. After the retreats, when you have a draft completed for submission to a nursing or healthcare publication, he can schedule a thorough edit of your paper.

These free writing workshop/retreats will be held on Fridays, June 28 and July 19, in Samson Pavilion room 139, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

If you would like to register for this event, simply contact Matt McManus at and he’ll get back to you with more details.

Ronald Hickman, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FNAP, FAAN
Associate Dean for Research

Scholarship Awards & Grants

Nephrology Researcher Award

Christine Horvat Davey, assistant professor, was recently honored with the 2024 Nephrology Nurse Researcher Award by the American Nephrology Nurse Association.

Sigma Grant Recipients

Rayhanah R. Almutairi and Shemaine Martin, students at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, each received $1,000 research grants from the Alpha Mu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Honor Society of Nursing. Almutairi was awarded a grant for her proposal, “Depressive Symptoms, Sleep Quality, and Resourcefulness in Family Caregivers of People with Dementia,” and Martin’s grant is for “A Phenomenological Inquiry into Stigma and Sickle Cell Disease in the African American Community.”

Allocation of these STTI funds is based on the quality of the proposed research, the future promise of the applicant, and the applicant’s research budget. Applications from novice researchers who have received no other national research funds are encouraged.

NIH News & Updates

Fellowship Review and Application Revised

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced revisions to the NIH fellowship review and application process. Details of changes to be implemented for applications submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2025, can be found on this webpage.

NIH will be hosting a webinar, “Updates to NIH Training Grant Applications,” on June 5, 2024. More information and registration details for this webinar can be found here.

RPPR Update

NIH will be updating its Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) instructions to address the NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy. NIH plans to implement new questions about updates on the status of data sharing and repositories and unique identifiers for data that have been shared for RPPRs submitted on or after October 1, 2024.

Recent School of Nursing Publications

Aaron, S., DeSimio, S., & Zhang, A. Y. (2024). Behavioral interventions for managing lower urinary tract symptoms in men: A literature review from 2018 to 2024. Andrology, 13(3).

Adhiambo, H. F., Cook, P., Erlandson, K. M., Jankowski, C., Oliveira, V. H. F., Do, H., Khuu, V., Horvat Davey, C., & Webel, A. R. (2024). Qualitative Description of Exercise Perceptions and Experiences Among People With Human Immunodeficiency Virus in the High-Intensity Exercise to Attenuate Limitations and Train Habits Study. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 

Gillani, B., Prince, D. M., Ray-Novak, M., Feerasta, G., Jones, D., Mintz, L. J., & Moore, S. E. (2024). Mapping the Dynamic Complexity of Sexual and Gender Minority Healthcare Disparities: A Systems Thinking Approach. Healthcare, 12(4), 424. 

Johnson, C. R., Barto, L., Worley, S., Rothstein, R., & Wenzell, M. L. (2024). Follow-up of Telehealth Parent Training for Sleep Disturbances in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Sleep Medicine. Advance online publication.

Moore, S. E., Davey, C. H., Morgan, M., & Webel, A. (2024). Symptoms, Lifetime Duration of Estrogen Exposure, and Ovarian Reserve Among Women Living With HIV: A Cross-Sectional Observational Study. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 35(3), 264-280.

Melnyk, B. M. and Click, E. R. (2024). Creating and sustaining wellness cultures for faculty, staff, and students to thrive. Higher Education Today, American Council on Education, May 13, 2024. 

Narendrula, A., Brinza, E., Horvat Davey, C., Longenecker, C. T., & Webel, A. R. (2024). The Relationship Between Objectively Measured Physical Activity and Subclinical Cardiovascular Disease: A Systematic Review. BMJ Open Sport & Exercise Medicine, 10(1).

Scahill, L., Lecavalier, L., Edwards, M. C., Wenzell, M. L., Barto, L., Mulligan, A., Williams, A., Ousley, O., Sinha, C., Taylor, C., Kim, S. Y., Johnson, L., Gillespie, S., & Johnson, C. R. (in press). Toward better outcome measurement for insomnia in children with autism spectrum disorder. Autism.

St Marie, B. J., & Bernhofer, E. I. (2024). Ethical considerations for nurse practitioners conducting research in populations with opioid use disorder. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Advance online publication.  

Vangone, I., Arrigoni, C., Magon, A., Conte, G., Russo, S., Belloni, S., Stievano, A., Alfes, C. M., & Caruso, R. (2024). The efficacy of high-fidelity simulation on knowledge and performance in undergraduate nursing students: An umbrella review of systematic reviews and meta-analysis. Nurse Education Today, 139. 

Wenzell, M. L., Burant, C., & Zauszniewski, J. A. (in press). Evaluating the Need for Resourcefulness Training for Parents of Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Pediatric Nursing.