Nursing Research News: Sept-Oct. 2023

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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 Ronald Hickman, associate dean for research at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing:

When I assumed the role of associate dean for research in October of 2018, I could not imagine how our school and society would be impacted by a global pandemic and the ills of social injustice. There have been seismic shifts in national research priorities that have spurred authentic dialogue within the Frances Payne Bolton (FPB) School of Nursing research community about how we can advance the university’s mission to “enrich people’s lives through research that capitalizes on the power of collaboration.”

Today, our research community is thriving and more vibrant than ever. We have seen substantial growth in our research funding and diversification in the sources of sponsored research, recruited and retained high-quality scientists, and enhanced our stature as one of the nation’s most dynamic schools for advancing nursing science and its translation into practice and policy.

The tremendous growth in our school’s research program is a testament to the collective commitment to its research mission by our faculty, staff, and students. We have much to celebrate. Below are a few highlights: 

  • Growth in Research Funding: Across fiscal years 2018 to 2023, the school has seen an 83% increase in its annual research funding. We are projected to close out FY2023 at a record high of $14.3 million dollars to support our sponsored research.
  • Diversification of Funding Sources: We have increased the amount of sponsored research from corporations and diversified our NIH awards. In 2018, 67% of our NIH awards were from the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), and currently, our funding portfolio has climbed to 83% of awards from other NIH institutes. Diversifying our funding portfolio has been a strategic priority that has contributed to our growth in research funding. 
  • Recruitment and Retention of Research Faculty: With support from the Office of the Dean, we have been able to recruit 9 early career faculty who have amassed more than $12.5 million in sponsored research as principal investigators. Additionally, 5 faculty have been promoted based on their performance, positioning the school for larger research and training awards. 
  • Improvement in FPB’s Research and Scholarship Profile: We have maintained our status as one of the top schools of nursing in NIH awards, and more than 24 faculty have received national and international honors, such as distinguished university professorships, appointment to committees for the National Academy of Medicine, and election to other national academies, including the Sigma International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.

It’s a sincere honor to serve the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing in my current post. We have accomplished a great deal together, and the future of our school’s research is promising. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to work alongside each and every one of you.

Grants and Awards

Stephanie Griggs, PhD, RN, FAAN, assistant professor and Agnes Stahlin Baun Endowed Scholar, was awarded an R01 research grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health for her study, “A Cognitive Behavioral Sleep Self-Management Intervention for Young Adults with Type 1 Diabetes.”

Pamela Bolton, MS, ACNPC, CCNS, CCRN, PCCN, RN, FAANP, predoctoral fellow was awarded an F31 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship by the National Institute of Nursing Research of the National Institutes of Health for her study, “Racial Disparities in Sleep, Circadian Rhythm, and Glucoregulation Among Individuals Post-Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery.” In addition, Pamela was honored by Case Western Reserve University as a 2023 CWRU Student Innovator of the Year!

MNRS Poster Winners
Several School of Nursing BSN and doctoral students won Midwest Nursing Research Society awards for their poster abstracts in the 2024 MNRS Poster Competition. Here are the winners:

  • Ronnie Adeyinka – BSN program
  • Nick Valenta – BSN program
  • Clara Ahn – BSN program
  • Hind Alsabti – PhD program
  • Quiana Howard – PhD program
  • Sutthinee Thorngthip – PhD program
  • Janna Kinney – DNP program

Upcoming Events

Our fall 2023 Goldbag Research Seminar Series has returned on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month. All presentations will be held virtually via Zoom. The entire fall schedule of speakers can be found in this document. On Oct. 23, from noon to 1 p.m., Virginia LeBaron, PhD, APRN, FAAN, the Kluge-Schakat Associate Professor of Compassionate Care at the University of Virginia School of Nursing, will speak on “Designing and Deploying Technology to Enhance Equity and Improve Outcomes in Cancer Cares.”

To attend the Oct. 23 presentation, use this Zoom link.

Other Information

Midwest Nursing Research Society

MNRS & Implementation Interest Group (RIIG) awards can be accessed using this portal. New highlights for all 2023 MNRS RIIG Awards include:

  • Members can ONLY win ONE RIIG Award per year. No multiple winners for different RIIGs.
  • All applicants to be considered MUST be active members of that RIIG for at least one year before applying. 
  • Each RIIG award winner MUST present their short presentation/acceptance during their RIIG meeting (RIIG meetings will be held either virtually prior to the conference or in-person at the conference depending on what each RIIG chooses).

Nominations are accepted from now until Nov. 6, 2023, at 5 p.m. EST. Also see our quick-reference table of RIIGs and the awards they offer in this document.

CTSC Pilot Award Program

The Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) Annual Pilot Award Program seeks letters of intent (LOI) for one-year Annual Pilot Projects ($50,000) for:

Dissemination & Implementation of research evidence and innovation to Clinical Practice
Interventions at Community and/or Clinical Practices to promote Health Equity
Later stages of Translational Research (T3/T4) are the target for this year's program. One-page LOIs are due Nov. 15, 2023, via InfoReady.

Applicants will submit a letter of intent to clearly enunciate the proposed activities that address one or more of these goals with a sustainable design for future application to community health. Applicants submitting a successful LOI will be invited to submit a full proposal.

A minimum of two (2), and up to (6) grants, will be awarded with budgets of up to $50,000 each in direct costs. All research activities must be completed by June 30, 2025.

The ideal letter of intent will address a later stage of clinical research (T3/T4) of community health with an articulated, quantitative outcome result leading to a change in health using Translational Research approaches. Examples which will be more favorably reviewed are:

  • Team building across biological and behavioral methodology and clinical health science
  • Articulate the innovation for the applicant and/or the co-investigator(s)
  • Use community engagement principles to address equity in deployment of the outcomes
  • Incremental impact, if any, of a novel strategy to improve health in special populations (e.g., children, minorities, handicapped, elderly)

The call for letters of intent and full 2024 RFA are available on the CTSC website.

Questions? Contact Wesley Chen, CTSC Pilot Coordinator at

NIH News and Updates

What POs can and can’t do for you: Program Officials (POs) are a tremendous resource and can help you in many ways. Just keep in mind that their role as federal administrators and stewards limits what they can and can’t help you with.

Maximize your chances of success when applying for grants: Securing research funding is an essential skill for researchers. In this Nature article, Mireille Consalvey, an experienced funding adviser, shares a 13-step guide to writing a great grant application. Some of her tips include the following:

  • Check the grant's scope: Ensure your research aligns with the funder’s objectives.
  • Read the grant guidelines: Familiarize yourself with eligibility rules and proposal format.
  • Start early: Avoid errors by beginning your proposal well in advance.
  • Demonstrate impact: Show how your research can benefit society.
  • Think about the budget: Ensure your budget aligns with your research goals.
  • Create Biosketches Using ScienCV

Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv) is a new electronic system that helps researchers assemble the professional information needed for participation in federally funded research. SciENcv gathers and compiles information on expertise, employment, education, and professional accomplishments. Researchers can use SciENcv to create and maintain biosketches that are submitted with grant applications and annual reports. SciENcv allows researchers to describe and highlight their scientific contributions in their own words. Of note, starting in October of 2023, The National Science Foundation (NSF) will require SciENcv biosketches.

What SciENcv Does: 

  • Eliminates the need to repeatedly enter biosketch information.
  • Reduces the administrative burden associated with federal grant submission and reporting requirements.
  • Provides access to a researcher-claimed data repository with information on expertise, employment, education, and professional accomplishments.
  • Allows researchers to describe their scientific contributions in their own language.

Recent School of Nursing Publications

Dolansky, M. A., Dick, T., Byrd, E., Miltner, R. S., & Layton, S. S. (2023). The QSEN competency legacy threaded through the entry-level AACN essentials: Shaping the future. Nurse Educator, 10-1097.

Webel, A. R., Davey, C. H., Oliveira, V., Cleveland, D., Crane, H. M., Gripshover, B. M., Long, D. M., Fleming, J. G., Buford, T. W., & Willig, A. L. (2023). Physical activity is associated with adiposity in older adults with HIV in the modern HIV era. AIDS (London, England), 37(12), 1819–1826.

Meyer, K., Gonzalez, A., & Benton, D. (in press; available online). Qualitative evaluation of family caregivers’ experiences participating in knowledge and interpersonal skills to develop exemplary relationships (KINDER): Web-Based Intervention to Improve Relationship Quality. JMIR Formative Research.

Douglas S. L., Plow, M., Packer, T., Lipson, A. R., & Lehman, J. J. (2023). Effect of 2-arm intervention on emotional outcomes in informal caregivers of individuals with multiple sclerosis: A randomized pilot study trial. International Journal of MS Care. Advance online publication.

Johnson, C. R., Barto, L., Worley, S., Rothstein, R., & Alder, M. (in press) Telehealth parent training for sleep disturbances in young children with autism spectrum disorder: A randomized controlled trial. Sleep Medicine.

Griggs, S., Pignatiello, G., Motairek, I., Rieke, J., Howard, Q., Crawford, S.L., Rajagopalan, S., Al-Kindi, S., & Hickman, R. L. (in press). Environmental exposures and blood pressure in adolescents and adults in the T1D exchange clinic registry. Journal of Diabetes and its Complications.

Ruksakulpiwat, S., Phianhasin, L., Benjasirisan, C., & Schiltz, N. K. (2023). Using neural networks algorithm in ischemic stroke diagnosis: A systematic review. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, 16, 2593–2602. 

Alqahtani, H. M., Koroukian, S. M., Stange, K. C., Schiltz, N. K., & Bissada, N. F. (2023). Investigating the influence of periodontal disease on the association between complex multimorbidity and health: A cross-sectional study. Journal of International Society of Preventive & Community Dentistry, 13(3), 247–257. 

Rullán, P. J., Deren, M. E., Zhou, G., Emara, A. K., Klika, A. K., Schiltz, N. K., Barsoum, W. K., Koroukian, S., & Piuzzi, N. S. (2023). The arthroplasty surgeon growth indicator: A tool for monitoring supply and demand trends in the orthopaedic surgeon workforce from 2020 to 2050. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 105(13), 1038–1045. 

Ismail, R., Yona, S., Nurachmah, E., Khariroh, S., Sujianto, U., Santoso, W., Bangun, S. A. & Voss, J. G. (2023). Feasibility of lantern using whatsapp to improve antiretroviral therapy adherence. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing.

Ruksakulpiwat, S., Benjasirisan, C., Ding, K., Phianhasin, L., Thorngthip, S., Ajibade, A. D., Thampakkul, J., Zhang, A. Y., & Voss, J. G. (2023). Utilizing social determinants of health model to understand barriers to medication adherence in patients with ischemic stroke: A systematic review. Patient Preference and Adherence.

Hudays, A., Gary, F., Voss, J. G., Zhang, A. Y., & Alghamdi, A. (2023). Utilizing the social determinants of health model to explore factors affecting nurses’ job satisfaction in Saudi Arabian hospitals: A systematic review. Healthcare, 11(17), 2394.

Voss, J. G., Pinto, M. D., & Burton, C. W. (in press). How do the social determinants of health impact the post-acute sequelae of COVID-19: A critical review. Nursing Clinics. Advance online publication.

Wang, T., Ho, M-H, Tong, M. C. F., Chow, J. C-H, Voss, J. G., & Lin, C-C. (in press). Effects of patient-reported outcome tracking and health information provision via remote patient monitoring software on patient outcomes in oncology care: A systematic review. Seminars in Oncology Nursing.